Jonathan Marchal with N.C. Arboretum explores critters in the creek with campers. / Aaron Jennings/Special to WNC Parent
Ah, to be a kid. At no other age do you get to spend your summer days splashing the day away. Learning (unintentionally) about nature, sports, leadership and friendship.
If your children arent the sleep-away-from-home types, summer in WNC offers plenty of day camp options.
On the following pages, we detail more than 80 organizations that provide daytime adventures for preschoolers to teenagers. Within those organizations, youll find camps focused on music or sports or art or nature, or all of those combined. And many camps wont break the bank. Your children have no reason to be bored this summer.
Looking for overnight options? Our February issue had those listings, but you can find them online 24/7 at www.wncparent.com.
June 3-Aug. 16
Ages 3-12. (Preschoolers must be potty-trained.) Gymnastics activities, crafts and outside water fun. Full-day campers go swimming and on field trips. Themes include Mad Scientist; Pirates and Princesses; Messy, Messy, Messy; Super Soakin; Artful Antics, more. Half-day (8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.) for potty-trained to age 12 for $75; full-day (until 5:30 p.m.) for ages 5-12 for $150. Extended day available. At 85 PEM Drive, Hendersonville.
Appalachian Institute for Creative Learning
Summer Enrichment Camp, July 14-20 and 21-27
www.appalachianinstitute.org; 800-951-7442; email@example.com
Rising 3rd-graders to age 12. Campers are called motivated learners, figuring that anyone who shows up to take biology, math or art in July is motivated. Campers classes in topics include science and math, history, society and culture, visual arts, drama, more. At Warren Wilson College. $360 per week. Overnight camp available for up to rising 12th-graders.
Art Buzz Kids
June 17-Aug. 2
Ages 6-14. Kids create a canvas art project, along with other arts and crafts. Themes include Buzzing Around Town, Art Around the World, Learn from the Best, and more. 9 a.m.-1 p.m. at Wine and Design, 640 Merrimon Ave. $150 with sibling discount.
Asheville Art Museum
June 10-Aug. 2
www.ashevilleart.org; 253-3227, ext. 122;
Rising grades K-12. Sessions offer wide variety of art activities. Includes all materials and museum admission. Half-day (9 a.m.-12:30 p.m. and 1:30-5 p.m.) for $95 members/$105 nonmembers, and all-day (9 a.m.-5 p.m.) sessions for $160/$180.
Asheville-Buncombe Technical Community College
Middle- and high-schoolers. Young Entrepreneurial Scholars (YES!) Camps. High schoolers, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. June 24-28. Middle-schoolers, 9 a.m.-2 p.m. July 22-26. Campers will gain an understanding of entrepreneurship as a viable career option and learn about resources in their community; generate business ideas to create an atmosphere of fun; meet and learn from successful entrepreneurs; learn to work and cooperate in groups; develop critical thinking and life skills; develop leadership abilities and skills; and identify and evaluate entrepreneurial opportunities in Western North Carolina. Both meet at A-B Tech Enka Site, Small Business Center.
Asheville Community Theatre
Tanglewood Summer Camp, June 17-Aug. 9
Ages 5-17. Camp well-suited for any child interested in exploring the world of theater. Session I, June 18-29, offers half-day camp (9 a.m.-12:30 p.m.) for ages 5-7. Sessions I and II, July 29-Aug. 9, offer full-day camp (9 a.m.-4 p.m.) for ages 8-15. Advanced Camp for ages 13-17 is by permission only for veteran campers, July 29-Aug. 9. $250-$500. At 35 E. Walnut St., Asheville.
June 3-Aug. 9
Ages 5-14. FUNdamentals Soccer Camps offers a games-centered teaching approach, creating an exciting and entertaining environment designed to boost player learning. Campers will be placed in proper age groups and skill levels to ensure all players benefit from developmentally appropriate activities, teaching and competition. The camp will employ games designed to build technical foundations for dribbling, passing, receiving, shielding, and shooting. Campers ages 11-14 will also be exposed to individual and small group tactical implications of the game. Half-day camps (9 a.m.-noon) for ages 5-6 for $115; full-day (9 a.m.-4 p.m.) for ages 7-14 for $195. At the JBL Soccer Complex at Azalea Park.
Asheville Christian Academy
Youth Athletic Camps
Grades 2-8. ACA will offer multiple weeklong camps on sport development, including baseball, basketball, soccer, volleyball and sports performance. $80-$100. At 74 Riverwood Road, Swannanoa.
Asheville Jewish Community Center
June 10-Aug. 2
Camp Ruach: Rising 1st- to 8th-graders. Weeklong sessions with swimming, sports, cooking, crafts, nature and gardening, dance and music and ending with a celebration of Shabbat. Horseback riding add-on available. 9 a.m.-3:30 or 5:30 p.m., starting at $195 members/$225 community. Extended and afternoon care available. At 236 Charlotte St., Asheville.
Camp Tikvah, June 17-July 12: Enables children on the autism spectrum to enjoy the fun and community of Camp Ruach in an individually monitored and highly structured program. A collaboration between Autism Consulting and Training Inc. and Camp Ruach, Camp Tikvah is a unique four-week experience that allows these kids to participate in as many peer activities as is individually appropriate. Limited to six campers per session. Families must be interviewed prior to registration. Contact Camp Ruach Director, Seth Kellam to arrange your interview.
Asheville Lightning Junior Olympics
Youth track and field, April 22-July
www.ashevillelightning.org; Bill Agrella, 242-0404; Lee Pantas, 779-1569
Ages 6-18. Youth track and field program, sponsored by U.S. Track and Field. Practice and signups start April 22. Practice is 6:15-8 p.m. Monday, Wednesday and Friday evenings, rain or shine, at Reynolds High School. $200 full membership; $150 practice-only membership.
Asheville Music School
June 17-July 23
Ages 4 to adult. Camps include jazz band, piano band and rock/pop camp (all with placement auditions April 27-28); ukulele camp; family and beginner piano and percussion camp; classical chamber ensemble music camp; Suzuki strings and more. Starts at $175. Full- and half-day camps. Held at 126 College St., Asheville.
Asheville Parks and Recreation
Contact information for each camp included in listings.
Summer Playground Program, June 10-Aug. 8: Rising grades 1-5. At Asheville area community centers. Games, crafts, cultural art and field trips. 8:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Monday-Friday. Contact your community center or Allison Dains, 350-2058 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Summer Teen Leadership Program, June 10-Aug. 8: Rising grades 6-9. The Temp-Teen Enrichment Program offers an alternative to traditional teen summer camps with creative activities, diverse projects, field trips, more. 8:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Monday-Friday. Contact Allison Dains, 350-2058 or email@example.com.
Therapeutic Recreation Summer Enrichment Camp, June 10-Aug. 8: Ages 6-13, with or without mild to moderate cognitive or developmental delays who meet eligibility requirements. Inclusive program with group games, arts and crafts, nature exploration, more. One-on-one workers may come free with participants. 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Monday-Friday. Randy Shaw, MHS, LRT/CTRS, 259-5483 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Therapeutic Recreation Teen Summer Camp: Middle- and high-schoolers with or without mild to moderate cognitive or developmental delays, who meet eligibility requirements. Eight-week inclusive camp with games, arts and crafts, nature exploration, special events and field trips. 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Monday-Friday. Offered in cooperation with F.I.R.S.T. Camp size is limited. Contact Randy Shaw, MHS, LRT/CTRS, 259-5483 or email@example.com.
Food Lion Skate Park, June-July: Ages 6-15. Sharpen skateboarding skills. 9 a.m.-noon Monday-Friday. $85 per session. Corner of Flint and Cherry streets, downtown Asheville. Call 225-7184 for dates and to register.
Tennis Program: Eight-week sessions for youth, beginners and intermediates starting in June at Malvern Hills and Aston parks; Reynolds and Roberson high schools; Enka and North Buncombe middle schools. Weekly 90-minute practices in early evening. $20. Registration starts in May. Call 251-4074 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Asheville Parks and Recreation Outdoor Adventure Programs
For information and to register, contact Christen McNamara at 251-4029 or email@example.com, or visit ashevillenc.gov.
Adventure Camp, June 17-21, July 8-12: Ages 8-12. Hiking, swimming, rafting, caving, camping. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Wednesday, with overnight camp out Thursday and pickup at noon Friday. Meets at East Asheville Recreation Center, 906 Tunnel Road. $175 residents/$180 nonresidents.
Eco-Explorers Camp, June 11-13: Ages 6-8. Environmental education focus with hiking, climbing at Montford Wall, stream investigation, field trip to Grandfather Mountain. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. $65 residents/$70 nonresidents.
Tween Adventure Camp, July 16-18: Ages 11-14. Focus on outdoors skills with tubing, hiking, canoeing, whitewater rafting or inflatable kayaking. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. $120 residents/$125 nonresidents. Includes all equipment, instruction and transportation.
Teen Canoe Camp Overnight, June 25-28: Ages 12-15. Canoe almost 25 miles on the New River in North Carolina. Participants must be able to swim 50 meters and be comfortable in the water. Campers will help set up and break down primitive camps, cook meals and follow all safety rules. $250 residents/$255 nonresidents, includes all equipment, meals, instruction and transportation. Campers must bring lunch and water the first day, and provide their own sleeping bag and pad.
Big Adventure Camp, July 22-25: Ages 12-15. Four days of adventuring in WNC and Eastern Tennessee. Activities include tubing at Deep Creek, canoeing the French Broad, rafting the Nantahala (class III) and Ocoee (class IV) rivers. Campers will help set up and break down primitive camps, cook meals, and follow all safety rules. Camp runs 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Tuesday, with an overnight camp out on Wednesday, and camp until 5 p.m. Thursday. $215 residents/$220 nonresidents, includes all equipment, instruction and transportation. Campers must bring lunch and water for each day, and provide their own sleeping bag and pad for camp out.
Asheville Performing Arts Academy
June 10-Aug. 2
Preschool-eighth grade. Campers will put on a show in one week and perform to an audience. Shows include Cinderella, Kids!, Willy Wonka, Kids! and more. 9 a.m.-2:30 p.m., extended care available. $250. At 210 Merrimon Ave., Asheville.
Asheville Physical Therapy
Speed camp, June-August
Ages 10-18+. Increase speed, agility and quickness. Correct inefficient movement patterns and weaknesses. Coached by speed expert Brian Lawler. 9-10:30 a.m. for younger campers, 4-5:30 p.m. for older campers, Monday-Thursday. $69.
Asheville Racquet Club
Ages 4-18. Club membership not required. Camps at ARC South, 200 Racquet Club Road, include:
Little Sneakers, which introduces tennis to ages 4-7, runs 9 a.m.-noon;
All Day Sports Camp, ages 7-14, provides tennis program, supervised conditioning program and swim time, 9 a.m.-4 p.m.
Advanced-Level Junior Tennis Camp, for competitive level juniors throught the summer. Check website for exact dates.
Soccer Camps. British Soccer Camp, June 24-28. Hourlong session for ages 3-5, half or full day for ages 6-16. Starts at $105. TetraBrazil Futsal Camp, July 15-19. Half-day for ages 6-16, full-day for ages 8-16. Starts at $163. Visit www.challengersports.com.
At ARC Downtown, behind Crowne Plaza Hotel, 1 Resort Drive, Asheville.
Two Day Junior Golf Camp, June 18-19 ages 8-10, June 25-26 ages 11-14 and July 9-10 ages 15-17. Taught by ARCs Professional PGA instructor Gwen Miller. Includes instruction in full swing and short game skills plus on course experience. Lunch provided. $135.
Ballet Conservatory of Asheville
Dance and theater workshops, June 10-Aug. 9
Ages 5-10. Weeklong workshops in ballet, jazz, tap and modern. Theater workshop (June 17-21) includes acting, voice and choreography. Friday showcase performances. Discount for multiple workshops. Full-day options. =Dance workshops 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Theater is 1-4 p.m. $155. At Five Points Studio, 6 E. Chestnut St.
Biltmore Equestrian Center
June 10-Aug. 2
Ages 5 and up. Horseback riding camps focus on natural horsemanship skills, on the ground and in the saddle, as well as equitation on the flat through walk, trot and canter. May include jumping. Instructor to camper ratio is 1:5 or better. For ages 8 and older, half-day camps, 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., $400; and one week of full-day camp, 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m., $700. Two-day mini-camps for ages 5-7, $175.
Black Mountain Center for the Arts
www.blackmountainarts.org; 669-0930; firstname.lastname@example.org.
Grades K-3. Arts camp with visual arts, music and creative movement, taught by certified teachers. 9 a.m.-noon. At 225 W. State St., Black Mountain. $100.
Bricks 4 Kidz
Ages 5-13. In these unique camps, children will build motorized creations, play games and have fun using LEGO bricks. Two half-day sessions, with different themes each week, including Super Hero Academy, Ninjago, Space Adventures, Animal Grossology and more. Held in conference room at Ashevilles Fun Depot, 2 Roberts Road, Asheville. Visit website for schedules.
Rising grades 4-6. In Nature Explorers Camp, explore the plants and wildlife found in WNC fields, forests, gardens and streams through science investigation, crafts, storytelling and journaling. 9 a.m.-3 p.m. At Bullington Center, 33 Upper Red Oak Trail in Hendersonville. $120.
British Soccer Camp
British coaching staff teaches skills and team tactics. Free ball and jersey if you register 45 days before camp. Visit www.challengersports.com for details and to register for all camps.
Henderson County Soccer Association, June 10-14 and July 29-Aug. 2: Ages 3-14. Camps range from one hour for ages 3-4 up to full day for ages 9-14. At Jackson Park. $77-$177.
Buncombe County Parks, Greenways and Recreation, June 10-14: Ages 3-16. Hourlong camp for ages 3-4 (8:30-9:30 a.m., $85), 90 minutes for ages 4-5 (9:30-11 a.m., $109), up to half day (8:30-11:30 a.m., $135) for ages 6-16. At Enka Middle School, 390 Asbury Road, Candler.
Asheville Racquet Club, June 24-28: Ages 3-16. Camps range from one our for ages 3-4 to all day (9 a.m.-4 p.m.) for ages 8-16. $105-$204.
Buncombe County Parks and Recreation, July 8-12: Ages 3-16. Hourlong camp for ages 3-4 (8:30-9:30 a.m., $85), 90 minutes for ages 4-5 (9:30-11 a.m., $109), up to half day (8:30-11:30 a.m., $135) for ages 6-16. At Karpen Soccer Fields, 207 Reems Creek Road, Weaverville.
Waynesville Parks and Recreation, July 22-26: Ages 3-16. Hourlong camp for ages 3-4 up to full day (9 am.-4 p.m.) for ages 8-16. $80-175. Rec Center Soccer Fields, 550 Vance St., Waynesville.
Buncombe County Parks, Greenways and Recreation
Lake Julian Park day camp, Aug. 5-9
Rising grades 1-8. 7:30 a.m.-4 p.m. with extended care until 6 p.m. Limited to 25 campers. Registration runs July 1-26. Activities include fishing, kayaking, canoeing, outdoor survival, crime scene investigation with the Buncombe County Sheriffs Department, a carnival day and more.
Camp Cedar Cliff
June 17-July 26
www.campcedarcliff.org; 450-3331; email@example.com
Rising grades K-6. Fun and adventure geared to help children succeed and grow, and to point them to God. Activities include archery, BBs, zip line, Bible studies, swimming, crafts, and more. Full-day sessions (8:30 a.m.-5 p.m.). At the Billy Graham Training Center in East Asheville. $215.
Day camp, June 10-July 12
Girls, grades 1-6. Sessions at Girl Scout Camp near Brevard include daily swimming, arts and crafts, sports, boating and a Thursday night sleepover. A great program for girls who are new to camp. Transportation available for additional cost from Asheville. $180, includes lunch, snack.
Coed day camp, June 10-Aug. 9
www.rockmont.com/day-camp; 686-3885; firstname.lastname@example.org
Rising grades 1-5. Coed Christian day camp incorporates many aspects of the camps overall mission of growth: discovering new skills, exploring the natural world and building a community that values each child. Activities include homesteading, nature, singing, hikes, crafts and waterfront activities (zip line, gully washer, canoes, swimming). 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. $325 with sibling discounts. Transportation available from Oakley Plaza on Fairview Road.
June 10-Aug. 9
Ages 5-8 (elementary) and 9-11 (adventure). Nature hikes, scavenger hunts, devotions, challenge course, swimming, paddle boating, hayrides, arts and crafts, games, songs, zip line, more. 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Monday-Friday. $185 elementary day camp, $195 adventure day camp.
Special needs day camp: Ages 8-12 with developmental disabilities. Campers have full participation in activities alongside other campers. Nature hikes, devotions, challenge course, zip line, boating, arts, crafts, hayrides, swimming, field games and water games. $210. 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Monday-Friday.
Carolina Pediatric Therapy
School-aged children. For children who have difficulty with handwriting as well as preschoolers who are just learning handwriting skills. Using techniques from the Handwriting Without Tears and the First Strokes programs, taught by occupational therapists, this innovative approach will focus on the development of fine motor skills required for improved pencil grasp, coloring, cutting and writing.
Carolina Day School
June 17-Aug. 9
Rising pre-K to 5th grade for Summer Quest; rising middle-schoolers for Summer Explorations; rising high-schoolers for Summer Workshops. Summer Quest offers a wide variety of academic, exploratory and quest camps including science, ecology, space, cooking, engineering, jewelry making, messy art, cartooning, sports, hiking and more. Summer Explorations offer an in-depth examination into a particular subject. Summer Workshops are directed toward high school students and offer intensive one- or two-week experiences. 9 a.m.-1 p.m. with extended care available. At 1345 Hendersonville Road. Starts at $155; discount before March 22.
Center Stage Dance Studio
June 10-Aug. 9
Boys and girls, ages 3-8. Expert supervision led by professional dance instructors with classes in dance, music, theater and art. Campers receive instruction in etiquette, manners, team building and group play. An informal performance for family and friends serves as the grand finale each week. Camps run 9 a.m.-1 p.m. $220, with discount before May 15. Extended care available. At 38 Rosscraggon Road, Asheville.
Climbmax Climbing Center
June 17-21, July 8-12, Aug. 5-9
Ages 6-16. Programs start at indoor rock climbing facility and progress to outdoors climbing locations. Junior Youth Climbing for ages 6-13 also includes crafts, tumbling and more. Advanced camp for ages 12-16 is more intensive and directed climbing program with two days on real rock and two days paddling the French Broad River. Includes two nights camping. $385-525.
Colburn Earth Science Museum
June 17-Aug. 9
Rising grades 1-7. Science camps with hands-on lessons, crafts and more. Themes include Journey to the Center of the Earth, Call of the Wild, Space Explorers, Ancient Astronomy and a girls-only Whats the Matter camp. 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Monday-Friday, $175 members/$200 nonmembers.
June 17-July 18
Ages 6-17. Half-day, full-day and overnight coed basketball camps that teach fundamentals, with fun competitions. Testimonies and share time. At these locations: Asheville School (1-4:30 p.m. June 17-21, ages 6-12); Hendersonville First Baptist Church (1-4:30 p.m. June 24-28, ages 6-12); Waynesville Recreation Center (1-4:30 p.m. July 1-5, ages 6-12); Asheville Christian Academy (1-4:30 p.m. July 8-12, ages 6-17); Mars Hill College (8:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. July 15-18, ages 9-17; and July 14-18 overnight for ages 9-17). $90 for half-day, $225 for full day, $350 for overnight.
Cub Scout Camp
Rising grades 1-5. For registered Cub Scouts. Boys can register as Cub Scouts during registration period. With archery, BB gun shooting, crafts, games, sports, nature and more. 8 a.m.-4 p.m. at Covenant Community Church, 11 Rocket Drive, Asheville. $100.
Elevate Life and Art
Ages 5-11. Day camp, plus a separate dance camp and theater camp. Day camp offers weekly field trips, swimming, team building, games, sports, dance, arts and crafts and more. $125. Dance camp for ages 12 and older, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. June 24-28, $150. Theater camp for ages 10 and older, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. July 22-26, $150.
Eliada Home for Children
June 10-Aug. 16
Ages 5-12 (must have completed kindergarten). Campus of 200+ acres with heated swimming pool, mountain hiking trails, mini-bike lessons, riding trails (ages 10-13), gymnasium, golf driving range, playground. Two air-conditioned spaces let children escape heat or rain to socialize, create arts and crafts, play games and more. Weekly sessions for ages 5-8 include planned activities, weekly field trip, daily swimming. For ages 9-12, two-week sessions include art, music, sports, outdoor recreation and health/fitness. 7 a.m.-5:30 p.m. $140. Child care vouchers accepted. At 2 Compton Drive, Asheville.
Emmanuel Lutheran School
Summer Rocks, June 10-Aug. 9
Rising grades 1-9. Variety of programs with field trips, arts and crafts, tae kwon do, sports, more. Two camps per week to choose from. 9 a.m.-noon Monday-Friday, with extended day 7:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. available. In drama camp, 4th- to 8th-graders can participate in the production of Disneys Little Mermaid Jr. Auditions are 6-8 p.m. May 29-30. At 51 Wilburn Place, Asheville.
Flat Rock Playhouse YouTheatre
June 3-Aug. 9
Pre-K to rising 12th grade. Sessions offered in musical theater, dance (ballet, theater dance and hip-hop), drama, improvisation, voice, visual arts (claymation, painting), stage combat, audition techniques, a traveling drama tour and more. Half-day (9 a.m.-noon and 1-4 p.m.) and full-day (10 a.m.-3 p.m.) camps available in 1- and 2-week sessions. Full- and half-day workshops and classes also offered throughout summer. Starting at $40.
Fletcher Parks and Recreation
June 1-Aug. 16
Ages 5-12. Includes games, arts and crafts, swimming on Tuesdays and Thursdays at Cane Creek Pool, field trips on Wednesday and Friday to outdoor recreation locales. $100 residents ($125 nonresidents). Registration day is 9 a.m.-noon March 9 at Fletcher Town Hall. No camp July 4. Camp runs 7:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. at Fletcher Community Park, 85 Howard Gap Road.
The Fountainhead Bookstore
Ages 9 and up. Harry Potter Mini-Session includes activities based on the Harry Potter series, including creating your own butter beer. 9 a.m.-1 p.m. at 408 N. Main St., Hendersonville. $88.
Grove Park Inn Resort and Spa
www.groveparkinn.com; 252-2711, ext. 1046
Kids Camp for hotel guests and members of GPI Sports Complex. Parent or guardian must be on resort property while children participate in the program.
Ages 5-12. Activities include swimming, arts and crafts, games, pizza party. Program runs 6-10 p.m. Fridays ($45); three times on Saturdays, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. ($45), 1-4 p.m. ($30) and 9 a.m.-4 p.m. ($65). From June 1-Aug. 9, program runs Monday-Saturday. Group events can be coordinated outside listed dates and times.
Gwynn Valley Camp
June 11-July 20
Rising grades 1-5. Coed camp is based on the tradition of its residential camp, founded in 1935. Traditional summer program with working farm. Also includes arts, drama, music, sports, archery, horseback riding, more. 8:30 a.m.-5:15 p.m. $400.
June 10-Aug. 16
Ages 3-13. (Preschoolers must be potty-trained.) Arts and crafts, games and gymnastics. Full-day campers go swimming and on weekly field trips. Themes include Mad Scientist; Super Soakin; Messy, Messy, Messy; Splish! Splash! Water Bash! and more. Full-day campers go on two field trips per week. Counselor-in-training program for teens who have finished 7th grade. Half-day (8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.) for ages 3-13, $85; full-day (8:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m.) for ages 5-13, $165. At 18 Legend Drive in Arden.
Aug. 5-9, 12-16
Two camps offered. For girls ages 11-15 (ages 14-15 can be assistant counselors), Warrior Women Week with adventure, challenge and fun in the outdoors including primitive skills, group games, wilderness backpacking and one overnight. $300. For rising grades 5-8, Crafty Hoopla Week includes field trips to swimming holes, crafts, skits and more. 9 a.m.-4 p.m. $235. At Hanger Hall School for Girls, 30 Ben Lippen School Road.
Hickory Nut Gap Farm
June 17-July 19
Ages 6-13. Camp is centered around horseback riding, and also offers art, pottery, swimming, and drama. 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday-Friday. $375 per week plus $25 one-time registration fee.
Historic Johnson Farm
Fiber camp, June 10-14 and 17-21
Age 9 and older. Put on by Heritage Weavers, 458-0738. At 3346 Haywood Road, Hendersonville.
Lisa Tygielski, 684-8745
Ages 6-13. Focus on horseback riding and horse care, with daily riding and barn lessons. Also includes arts and crafts. Half-day camp, on Hoopers Creek Road in Fletcher. $300 by May 1; $350 after.
Joyful Noise Community Music & Arts Center
Ages 7-18. Unique summer program combines intensive string education under master instructors with an eclectic interdisciplinary arts experience. For early intermediate to advanced string players. Core classes consist of string orchestra, chamber music, master class instruction and a daily concert hour featuring faculty and area professionals. Students also choose from a variety of electives including Music Mind Games, musical theater, visual arts, fiddle, dance and quilting. Camp culminates in a showcase concert. 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. $295. Scholarships and discounts available. At First Presbyterian Church of Weaverville, 30 Alabama Ave.
The Little Gym
Anytime Summertime Camps, June 10-Aug. 16
Ages 3-10. Themed camps include gymnastics, crafts and more. Offered 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Monday-Thursday. Pick as many or few days as fits your schedule. Cost varies. Flex pass available. At 1000 Brevard Road, Suite 168.
Kinder Camp, June 10-14 and July 15-19
Ages 4-7. Campers will learn about Jesus and how he calls them to new adventures every day. Traditional camp activities like crafts, games, songs, skits, stories and outdoor adventure on 160 acres of woods and trails. Campers grouped by age. On Hendersonville Road, south of Airport Road. $120, with discounts before March 12, April 13 and May 12.
Merrimon Avenue Baptist Church
July 29-Aug. 2
Rising 1st-7th grades. Camp with arts, crafts, sports, music sessions and more. $5 per day, lunch provided. At 283 Merrimon Avenue in Asheville.
Molly Angel's Art Camps
June 17-21 (in Fletcher) and Aug. 5-9 (in Weaverville)
Grades 1-6. Weeklong art camps feature drawing, painting, clay and collage offering students a wide range of media to explore and exciting projects to ignite their creativity. 10 a.m.-noon or 2-4 p.m. Limited to nine students per class. $95, includes all supplies.
Muddy Sneakers Summer Explorers
June 3-Aug. 2
Ages 8-12. Explore and learn about various habitats around Western North Carolina with an experienced naturalist. Each day will focus on a different activity and ecosystem. 15 campers per session. For kids in and around Henderson, Buncombe and Transylvania counties. Location TBA. 9 a.m.-3 p.m. $350 per week.
Music Academy of WNC
Rising 4th-8th grades. Camps run 9 a.m.-noon. Two camps offered: Mountain Dulcimer and Beginning Suzuki Strings. In dulcimer camp, kids will learn to assemble an instrument and play several songs individually and in a group. Led by Leslie Zarnowski. $120. At Beginning Orchestral Strings day camp, students will learn violin, viola or cello. Curriculum focuses on correct posture, listening techniques and rhythm. Format includes private, group and masterclass instruction. Instrument rental available. Led by Carolyn Tackett. $100.
Camps at 1408 Patton Ave. Suite F, Asheville.
Musical theater workshop, June 17-24. Ages 12 and up. Professional actor and singer Wendy Jones presents musical theater workshops for singers. Covers vocal technique, all facets of auditioning, head shots/resumes and how to keep it all in balance. Students will participate in daily Master Class sessions where they will receive individual feedback and instruction on a prepared musical theater piece. 9 a.m.-1 p.m. $175.
Jazz vocal workshop, July 15-19. Ages 14 and up. Led by jazz singer and educator Wendy Jones, students will learn proper jazz vocal technique,beginning improvisation,song interpretation, and participate in vocal jazz ensemble. No Jazz experience necessary. 9 a.m.-1 p.m. $175.
Musical experience, July 1-5 and 29-Aug. 2. Ages 7-12. Explore the basics of music theory, group and solo performance and composition with voice, hand percussion and the recorder.
Ninja Kids Club
June 10-Aug. 12
Ages 5-11. Students will progress through a solid curriculum that builds character, safety skills and physical ability, while fostering healthy habits and great friendships. All levels welcome. 9:30-11:30 a.m. Monday, Wednesday and Friday. $89 per week, $425 for a five-week series. At 640 Merrimon Ave., Asheville. On sunny days, class will be at the Botanical Gardens nearby.
Discovery camps, June 10-Aug. 16
Rising K-12. Every child deserves a chance to enjoy and explore the natural world. Camps for younger children include wildlife safaris, creek explorations, nature crafts and fort building. Older students engage in adventure activities both on campus and at other local destinations. Camps include rafting, hiking, geocaching, camping, mountain biking, fishing, more. 9 a.m.-4 p.m. with before and after care, and some overnight stays. Starting at $195. At N.C. 191 and the Blue Ridge Parkway.
Odyssey Center for Ceramic Arts
June 10-Aug. 9
Ages 4-14. Half-day clay camps include themes Gabes Groovalicious Clay Games, Young Potters Wheel Workshop, Mud Monkeys, Tea Parties for Princesses and more. 9 a.m.-noon or 2-5 p.m. $125-150 with scholarships available. At 236 Clingman Ave., Asheville.
Odyssey Community School
Summer Adventure Camps, June 3-Aug. 9
odysseysummercamp.com; 259-3653; email@example.com
Ages 5-12. Camps include sports and fitness, daily swimming, arts and crafts, nature exploration, outdoor adventures, reading, and hanging out with friends. 8:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m., with before and after care available. $100 for two day (Tues/Thurs); $150 for three day (Mon/Wed/Fri); $200 for full week. Discount available for three or more full weeks. At 90 Zillicoa Street, Asheville.
Youth Summer Operetta, July 22-26
Late elementary-high school age. Auditions are 10 a.m. June 1 at St. Marks Lutheran Church, 10 N. Liberty St., Asheville. Participants will receive individual lessons for music preparation prior to camp. Operetta is a fully staged, costumed production of The King, the Queen and The Bee. Camp runs 9 a.m.-3 p.m. $295.
July 1-Aug. 8
Ages 3-6. Coach Maxy guides children through the world of sport with creative lessons and opportunities to learn new skills, make new friends, and gain confidence and boost self-esteem. Each activity focuses on balance, coordination, speed, and how to have fun while playing team sports. $40 per day or $140 for 4-day session. 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Monday-Thursday. At St. Pauls Preschool, 223 Hillside St., Asheville.
Providence Christian Academy
June 10-Aug. 2
Rising grades 1-6. His Kids Summer with themes including karate, gymnastics, art week, VBS and more. Camp Runs 8 a.m.-5:30 p.m., full or half day. At 48 Woodland Hills Road in Asheville.
Art camps, June 10-Aug. 2
Rising grades K-12. Half-day weeklong fine arts classes in drawing, painting, ceramics, sculpture and printmaking taught by fine artists and licensed art teachers. An educational program with lots of fun, too. 9 a.m.-noon and 1-4 p.m. At Richmonds Studio, in Phil Mechanic Studios in the River Arts District. $150, with discounts including early bird for $120 before May 1.
Rising grades 3-5 (June 10-14 and July 8-12) and rising grades 6-8 (June 24-28 and July 15-19). Start at French Broad River Park on Amboy Road and take field trips to different sites in the French Broad River Watershed. Includes environmental education, river recreation, service learning. 9 a.m.-4 p.m. $250.
June 10-14 and 24-28; July 8-12 and 22-26
rockacademync.com; 252-1888; firstname.lastname@example.org
Ages 9-17. Rock Academy Summer Camp is the perfect place for young musicians to meet and play with others who want the coolest of summer camp experiences. Hands-on atmosphere at a state-of-the-art rehearsal space. Campers perfect their performance skills as individuals and, most importantly, as a band. Runs 9 a.m.-1 p.m. with snack and lunch break, at 1408 Patton Ave, West Asheville, behind Music City. With noon Friday concert. $175.
Roots + Wings School of Art
June 10-July 22
Age 3-rising 12th-graders. Camps will explore a large variety of art and design mediums. Camps will also incorporate fitness and music. Monday-Friday at multiple . Cost varies.
The Salvation Army Boys & Girls Club
June 10-Aug. 2
Ages 6-13, with teen center for ages 14-18. Arts and crafts, games, swimming, sports, field trips, music and Vacation Bible School, with hot lunch and snacks. Some campers will spend a week at overnight camp or participate in basketball camp. 7:30 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday-Friday at 750 Haywood Road. Child care vouchers accepted. $65 registration fee; $125 or less, with scholarships available. Teen Center is $50 per week, plus registration fee. Register 3-6 p.m. Monday-Thursday, starting April 1.
Soccer Speed camp
June 4-5, July 9-11, Aug. 6-8
Ages 9-16. Speed development camp for soccer players. Learn the fundamentals of proper sprinting and starting techniques. Three camps, 6-7:30 p.m. $40 per camp. Held in Fairview.
Swannanoa 4-H Camp
June 4-Aug. 16
Ages 4-13. Includes climbing wall, swimming, archery, riflery, arts and crafts and more. $140/week or $250 for two consecutive weeks.
High-Tech Day Camps, June 17 Aug 1
Ages 9-16.From video game design to Minecraft-modding, from robots to potato cannons, each week focuses on a different age range, providing fun and educational activities to stimulate the mind of every young inventor or designer. All camps are 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Monday-Thursday at Movement and Learning Center, downtown. $179.
Transylvania Community Arts Council
Camps held at TCArts Council, 349 S. Caldwell St., Brevard.
Summer Art Camp, June 24-28: Ages 5-12. Explore visual arts, music, dance and pottery. 9 a.m.-noon or 1-4 p.m. $75.
Mountain Roots Pottery Camp, July 8-12 or 22-26: Ages 6-15. Learn and practice basic hand-building skills including pinch, coil and slab techniques, and paint with glasses. 9 a.m.-noon (ages 6-10) or 1:30-4:30 p.m. (ages 10-15). Visit mountainroots.org or email ali@mountainroots for more information.
June 17-Aug. 2
Elementary-high school. Creative writing camps that are fun, active, experiential and nontraditional. Camps combine writing with illustration, stop-action animation (film), spoken word performance poetry, puppet theater, and more. With highly qualified professional writers and artists. Asheville locations vary by program and include The Thomas Wolfe Memorial site. Prices start at $135.
Baseball Camp: UNCAs baseball coaches lead camp for boys in grades 9-12. Offered 9 a.m.-4 p.m. July 23 ($125) and 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Sept. 7 and 8 ($225). Held at Greenwood Field on campus. Visit www.uncabulldogs.com.
Girls Basketball Camp: UNCA womens basketball coach Brenda Mock Kirkpatrick offers two basketball camps for girls. Elite Camp (June 20-21) is for advanced high school players. $150. Individual Day Camp (June 24-27) is for ages 6-14. Full-day (9 a.m.-4:30 p.m., $225) and half-day (9 a.m.-noon, $115). Contact Russ Gardiner at email@example.com or 251-6905. Visit www.uncabulldogs.com.
Nike Smoky Mountain Running Camp, July 7-26: Ages 11-18. Weeklong sessions led by high school and college-level coaches. Advanced Placement Cross Country Class for elite runners with college-level instruction about art and science of running. Daily runs in the national forest. Video taping with personal form analysis. Middle school program, July 14-19 only. Overnight, $675. Visit unca.edu/oaci.
Unitarian Universalist Congregation of the Swannanoa Valley
June 10-14, 24-28
Sybil Argintar, 230-3773 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Rising grades 1-8. Journey for the Earth is an environmental adventure. Each day will focus upon a different environmental theme, including recycling, solar energy, animal world, water, and sustainable food production. June 10-14 for rising grades 1-4 and June 24-28 for rising grades 5-8. Both 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Activities and field trips will be age-appropriate. $160. Partial scholarships will be available. Discount for siblings. Extended care available. At 500 Montreat Road, Black Mountain.
Vance Elementary's Camp Invention
www.campinvention.org; Rockelle Hancock, 350-6600
Program of the National Inventors Hall of Fame Foundation for rising grades 1-6. 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m. $220.
Veritas Christian Academy
June 3-July 18
Rising Pre-K to 5th grade. Summer soccer workouts, 5:15-6:15 p.m. June 3-7, taught by Veritas mens soccer team. Basketball camps run 9 a.m.-noon June 10-13 and July 15-18. Players will be grouped by age for different skill level teaching and challenges. Players will learn basics of the game. Includes 15-minute devotion time with guest speaker. At 17 Cane Creek Road, Fletcher. $90 per camper wtih sibling discounts. Art Camp runs 9-11:30 a.m. June 10-14 for rising grades 1-5. All supplies included for $105.
Warren Wilson College
Check website for camp details.
Western Carolina University
For details on WCUs camps, visit www.wcu.edu/13177.asp.
Bright Stars Theatre Summer Camp: 12:30-5:30 p.m. July 15-19. Ages 8-17. $110 for first child, $100 for additional. Limited to 30 student and overseen by two professional instructors. The camp includes theater games, improvisation, stage directing, character work, entertaining discussions, tours of the space and much more. With Friday showcase.
Catamount Adventure Camps: 9 a.m.-4 p.m. weekly. Details online.
Good Old Time Summer Day Camp, 8:30-5 p.m. July 22-26. Ages 9-13. Mountain Heritage Center, WCU Art Department, and Hunter Library combine to offer program will focus on exploring the culture of the region by covering the heritage of southern Appalachia, Cherokee and the pioneer experience. Campers will investigate and create crafts like mask making, weaving, candle making, open-hearth cooking and pottery. They will also listen to a local old-time musician and take a field trip to see local sites of natural and historic interest. Culminates in day of show and tell with families.
Rocket to Creativity camp, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. June 24-28. Details online.
Summer Reading Adventures, 8 a.m.-noon June 17-28. Reading reinforcement for rising grades 1-3. $125.
WNC Nature Center
June 3-Aug. 9
www.wncnaturecenter.com; 298-5600, ext. 305
Pee Wee Camp: Preschool and kindergarten-age children with parent or guardian. 9 a.m.-noon. $70 members/$75 nonmembers.
Wild Week Camps: Rising grades 1-5. Environmental focus with crafts, hikes and wildlife encounters. 8:30 a.m.-3 p.m. with after care available, 3-5 p.m. $150 members/$175 nonmembers.
June 22-Aug. 16
Ages 10-18. Morning language classes, afternoon activities like swimming, hiking, bowling, scavenger hunt, police department visit, volunteer projects. Weekly excursions to area attractions like Carowinds, tubing, white water rafting. All with international students. Runs 9 a.m.-5 p.m. at Francine Delany New School for Children, 119 Brevard Road, Asheville.
YWCA of Asheville
June 10-Aug. 15
Grades K-6. Gardening, swimming (including lessons), field trips, fitness activities, music, drama, art and nutrition. 7:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Friday. $140 members/$160 nonmembers. At 185 S. French Broad Ave., Asheville.
YMCA of Western North Carolina
www.ymcawnc.org; 210-2273 (except where stated otherwise)
Camps have one-time registration fee, noted after the session cost per child/per family. Financial aid applications available for some camps.
YMCA Discovery Camps, June 4-Aug. 20: Rising 1st-graders to age 12. Day camps based at Buncombe County Schools. Themed weeks with field trips, swimming/watersports, hiking, science/rocketry, crafts, songs, group games, a 3-day/2-night campout option at the Ys resident camp (ages 7-12), summer family nights, more. 7 a.m.-6 p.m. $155 ($50 child/$75 family registration fee). Includes breakfast, lunch and two snacks daily. State child care subsidy vouchers accepted at this camp only.
YMCA Discovery Camp in Hendersonville, June 10-Aug. 16: Ages 4-12. Themed weeks with field trips, swimming/watersports, hiking, science/rocketry, crafts, songs, group games, a 3-day/2-night campout option at the Ys resident camp (ages 7-12), summer family nights, more. 7 a.m.-6 p.m. $155 ($50 child/$75 family registration fee). Includes breakfast, lunch and two snacks daily. State child care subsidy vouchers accepted at this camp only. Financial aid applications available.
YMCA Explorer Camp at Beaverdam, June 4-Aug. 16: Rising 1st grade to age 12. Environmental/traditional day camp at the YMCA Youth Center in North Asheville. Activities including nature, sports, adventure courses, teambuilding, crafts, archery, ecology, outdoor cooking, science, camp songs, drama, group games, hiking, swimming, field trips, rocketry, a 3-day/2-night campout option at our resident camp (ages 7-12), more. 7 a.m.-6 p.m. MondayFriday. $165 ($50 child/$75 family registration fee).
YMCA Counselors-in-Training, June 4-Aug. 16: Ages 13-17. CITs will receive hands-on experience with assisting youth mentors in the day-to-day operations of camp. Trainings in a variety of topics ranging from CPR and First Aid to interview skills and conflict resolution. With teambuilding excursion away from camp each week. CITs attending at least six weeks will be rewarded with a Carowinds field trip at the end of the summer. $140 per week.
Corpening Memorial YMCA Day Camp, June 10-Aug. 23: Rising grades K-12. Activities include nature hikes, camp songs, group games, arts and crafts, swimming, outdoor exploration, water play, drama and music, sports, field trips and more. Leaders in Training for grades 6-8; Counselors In Training for grades 9-12. 6:30 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday-Friday. McDowell County residents only. $75 members/$95 nonmembers ($35 child/$50 family registration fee). Call 659-9622, ext. 115.
YMCA Kiddie Camp at Beaverdam, June 4-Aug. 16: Ages 4-5. Kiddie Camp is special part of Explorer Camp with smaller groups and additional staff. Activities include nature, camp crafts, ecology, sports, camp songs, dramatic play, swimming, field trips, more. Story time and a rest/nap time each day. 8-11:45 a.m. and 12:15-4 p.m. Register for either daily session or both. $82.50 per session per week or $155 per week for both sessions ($50 child/$75 family registration fee).
YMCA Kiddie Camp at Estes Elementary, June 4-Aug. 16: Ages 4-5. Kiddie Camp is special part of Explorer Camp with smaller groups and additional staff. Activities include nature, camp crafts, ecology, sports, camp songs, dramatic play, swimming, field trips, more. Story time and a rest/nap time each day. 8 a.m.-noon and noon-4 p.m. Register for either daily session or both. $82.50 per session per week or $155 per week for both sessions ($50 child/$75 family registration fee).
Mild Adventure Camp, June 4-Aug. 16: Ages 8-12. For kids who like the outdoors and physical activity. Adventure courses, field trips, hiking, swimming, games, outdoor skills challenge, more. 7 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday-Friday. At YMCA Youth Center at Beaverdam in North Asheville. $185 ($50 child/$75 family registration fee).
Wild Adventure Camp, weeks of June 17, July 8, 15 and 29, and Aug. 5: Ages 10-17. For kids with extreme adventure on their minds. Includes challenging hikes, rock climbing, bouldering, etc. With one special trip each week such as whitewater rafting, paintball, zip lines, more. 7 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday-Friday. At YMCA Youth Center at Beaverdam in North Asheville. $200 ($50 child/$75 family registration fee).
Wilderness Sleepaway Camp, weeks of June 24, July 22 and Aug. 11: Ages 12-17. For teens looking for extreme adventure with an overnight camp. Includes adventure courses on Monday. Sleep away Tuesday-Friday at Camp Watia in Swain County, with hiking on the Appalachian Trail, rock climbing, swimming, whitewater rafting, service project. 7 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday, pickup Friday by 6 p.m. At YMCA Youth Center at Beaverdam in North Asheville. $395 ($50 child/$75 family registration fee).
YMCA Swim Camp, July 8-12 and Aug. 5-9: Ages 8-12. 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. For intermediate to strong swimmers. Groups work on intensive skills and drills, junior lifeguard training, proper safety and daily competitions to introduce and acclimate children to swim team culture. Must already have swim skills and be comfortable swimming in the water without flotation devices. $135. ($50 child/$75 family registration fee). At Asheville Y. Extended camp available at Beaverdam or Estes or Oakley camps between 7 a.m.-6 p.m. (transportation provided).
YMCA Sports and Games Swim Camp, July 8-12 and Aug. 5-9: Ages 6-12. Campers will work on increasing comfort level in the water through a variety of activities including learning basic strokes, playing water polo, and boat and float time. Campers must be comfortable in shallow water without flotation devices. 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. at Reuter Y, with extended camp available at Beaverdam, Estes Camp, or Oakley Camp, 7 a.m.-6 p.m. (transportation provided). $135 ($50 child/$75 family registration fee).
YMCA Lego Camp, June 10-14 and July 15-19: Rising 1st grade to age 12. LEGO model building featuring working motors; unique, free-play bricks for creative model building; games and challenges using Lego bricks; many themes including robotics, movie-making, space academy, remote control mania, more. $125 ($50 child/$75 family registration fee). Extended camp available at Beaverdam, Hendersonville, Sandhill or Estes, 7 a.m.-6 p.m.
YMCA Art Camp, June 24-28 and July 29-Aug. 2. Rising 1st grade to age 12. Campers work in a variety of mediums including weaving, pottery, wax, and paint. This is focused art work and should be reserved for campers who love arts. $110 ($50/$75). At art studio in Black Mountain, 9 a.m.-noon with extended camp available at Beaverdam, Black Mountain Camp or Oakley Camp, 7 a.m.-6 p.m. (transportation provided).
YMCA Tennis Camp, Ages 7-12. Work on skills, drills, form, the mechanics of the game, and complete matches with other players. Must bring racquet. Focused instruction and should be reserved for campers who are interested in developing skills in tennis. $110 ($50 child/$75 family registration fee). 9 a.m.-noon with extended camp available at Hendersonville YMCA Discovery Camp from 7 a.m.-6 p.m. (transportation provided).
Reuter YMCA Sports camps, June-August. Rising grades 2-5. All Sports Camp focuses on basic fundamentals of a variety of sports including flag football, soccer and basketball. Youth All Sports Camp includes popular and nontraditional sports like rock climbing, cycling and more. Pop Warner Football and Cheer Camp focuses on flag football and cheerleading, with scrimmages, routines and one-on-one training. And Little All-Star Camp focuses on fundamentals of soccer, basketball and T-ball. All camps run 9 a.m.-noon and cost $95 member/$115 nonmember, plus registration fee ($50/$75). Call 651-9622. Extended camp available 7 a.m.-6 p.m. at Estes Camp (transportation provided).
Asheville YMCA Youth Sports Camp, Grades 2-5. All Sports Camp focuses on fundamentals of several sports including ultimate Frisbee, disc golf, field hockey, lacrosse and agility camp. Youth All Sports Camp includes popular and nontraditional sports. $175. 9 a.m.-4 p.m., with an optional early and late pick up for an additional $15. Call 210-9622.