Special Programs

Watauga County Parks and Recreation offers several special programs for Watauga County residents throughout the year.  The following are programs currently scheduled.

Polar Plunge

The Polar Plunge is a fundraising event for Watauga County's Special Olympics.  The plunge is promoted and organized with local law enforcement agencies.  The Polar Plunge is the only time to legally jump into Appalachian State University's Duck Pond!  "Plungers" pay $25 to jump and are encouraged to find sponsors for their jump.  Prizes are given for the Most Extreme Costume, Top Fundraising Group and Top Fundraising Individual.  All plungers will receive Polar Plunge beach towels.  The 22nd Annual Polar Plunge is scheduled for Thursday, February 27, 2020.

Summer Adventure Camp

Summer Adventure Camp is a 7-week day camp program for children ages 5 - 13 (children must have completed kindergarten).  The camp is centrally located at Watauga High School.  Camp is open Monday - Friday from 7:30 am - 5:30 pm.  This structured camp provides themed weeks with activities, field trips, arts, and games related to the week's theme.  In addition to activities around campus and the weekly field trip, campers also go to Watauga County's tot lot and swim complex once each week.  Campers pay a per week registration fee.  Space is limited.  Registration begins May 3, 2021 and continues until all spaces have been filled.

Extreme Dance Camp

Extreme Dance Camp is a 1-week camp during the summer for girls and boys ages 6 - 14.  The camp focuses on clogging, hip-hop and cheerleading.  The camp meets at Watauga High School and is open from 8:00 am - 3:00 pm.  The campers perform in special end-of-camp program.  

High Country Senior Games - Cancelled this year due to the COVID 19 situation

Barter Theater Trip

Ballet for Beginners

Special Olympics