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Day Camp Information

The City of Arlington Parks and Recreation Department is dedicated to fostering an inclusive environment for participants. We welcome all people no matter their race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, or age (program specific).

We have developed a program that enables campers to thrive in a program knowing they are safe, respected, and treated with kindness by their peers and counselors. A Program Participant Pledge will be provided and can be found on our website. We ask that parents read and discuss this pledge with their camper. Completed forms will be kept at your camp location.

Hours of Operation:

Cliff Nelson Recreation Center - 7:00 am - 6:30 pm

Dottie Lynn Recreation Center - 7:00 am - 6:30 pm

Elzie Odom Athletic Center - 7:00 am - 6:30 pm

Standard of Care

The City of Arlington is not regulated by any licensing agency because it is a municipality. We are asked to complete several requirements in order to have that licensing waived. Click here to view a complete copy of the Standards of Care.

Our Response to COVID-19:

In reaction to the COVID-19 pandemic, Arlington Parks & Recreation, with guidance from the Emergency Operation Center, has developed protocol to do our part to safely operate day camp at our facilities. While noticeable changes are in place, campers and families will still experience the fun, high-energy camp they know and love.


  • Registration is on a first-come, first-serve basis. There is limited space in camp at each location. Payment is due in full at the time of registration. Staff are unable to hold any spots for customers. Registration and payment are the only sure way to guarantee a space for camp on any given week.
  • We encourage participants to register online to minimize face-to-face interactions. Advanced registration is required. Payment is due at the time of registration. Parents needing to pay by cash must enter the “public” entrance after dropping child off, no exceptions.


  • Each camp is designating a camp drop-off and pick-up zone.
  • Parents and guardians should remain in their vehicles at camper drop-off and pick-up.
    The designated times for drop-off and pick-up are:
    7:00 am – 9:00 am
    4:00 pm – 6:30 pm
    Anyone needing assistance with dropping off or picking up outside these designated times must contact the center. A staff member will bring the camper to the vehicle. Please notify the center management of any scheduled appointments in advance. If you will need regular accommodations outside the set times, approval must be made by camp management.

Temperature Checks

  • Upon arrival each day, staff will use infrared thermometers to check every incoming camper for a fever. If a camper is found to have an elevated temperature (100.4 degrees or higher), campers will wait 2 minutes. Staff will retake the temperature with another infrared thermometer. If the camper’s elevated temperature persists, they will not be allowed to attend camp. The camper may not return until they are fever-free for at least 48 hours without the use of fever-reducing medications.

Camp Program & Design

Arlington Parks & Recreation Day Camp Staff are working diligently to program a great summer. Here are ways we are doing our part to help keep campers safe:

  • Designating a separate Day Camp entrance away from the regular public entrance
  • Maintaining a camp ratio of 1:10
  • Reducing camp numbers to safely operate within the facility
  • Routing group transitions to avoid common areas
  • Designating a personal item & lunch check-in table
  • Developing camp schedules and activities that encourage campers to social distance
  • PPE is anticipated to be common amongst staff and campers

Health & Safety Response

  • Parents must report to camp management if a camper has any symptoms, tests positive, or has been around anyone that has tested positive in the last 14 days. Camp management is required to notify families in the event another camper or staff tests positive for COVID-19. The identity of these individuals will not be made public outside of any CDC requirements.
  • Arlington Parks & Recreation pledges to stay up to date on information provided by the CDC, state and local health officials and act in accordance with government directives and recommendations.

Please click here to see the complete 2020 Day Camp Guidelines.