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Summer Camps

Fox Mountain Guides and Climbing School

Fox Mountain Guides and Climbing School is the south’s only AMGA Accredited Guide Service. They offer rock climbing, ice climbing guiding and rock climbing courses across North Carolina. A great and exciting way to see the Mountains! FMG also offers a teen adventure summer camps June through August. We only use American Mountain Guides Association (AMGA) trained and certified Instructors and Guides. No other guide service in the Southeastern USA upholds this incredibly high standard. Excellence in Rock Guiding and Instruction since 1994.
– The South’s only AMGA Accredited Guide Service
– AMGA Certified Instructors or Guides on every trip
– No experience necessary
– We cater to all ability levels and ages


Toll Free: 1-888-28-GUIDE (4843)

Camp Ruach at the Asheville Jewish Community Center

Find your friends here! Camp Ruach (that means “spirit”) welcomes all rising 1st-8th graders for a traditional day camp experience focused on building lifelong friendships and enjoying a summer full of fun. Each two-week session is built upon teaching important values through exciting activities, including sports, cooking, crafts, archery, nature expeditions, gardening, overnights, dance, music, swimming with WSI certified swim instructors, and much more.
236 Charlotte Street, Asheville, NC 28801
Monday, June 13th through Friday, August 5th, 9:00 am to 5:00 pm


828-253-0701

Fletcher Summer Day Camp

Themes each week: arts & crafts, games, field trips. Ages 5-11. June 6-July 30. Contact Cristin Corder at 687-0751 or email [email protected] for more information.


(828) 687-0751

YWCA of Asheville

Eliminating racism, empowering women — it’s what the YWCA is about and what it intends to do. The YWCA of Asheville offers programs in Aquatics, including swim lessons, lap and open swims, water aerobics, lifeguard training, and more.
Asheville.com is proud to be an Advocate of the YWCA of Asheville.


Little Sneakers Camp

Asheville Racquet Club, Hendersonville Road. Fundamentals of tennis with focus on fun. One week sessions. Ages 4-6. May 31-July 30. For more information call: (828) 274-3361.


TrailRidge Mountain Camp for Boys

Travel to Washington and bike and raft or bike & canoe in Florida. June 6-25. For more information call: 669-5636 or Broshar@aol.com


(828) 669-5636

Eco-Explorers

Educational environmental studies with arts & crafts, stream investigation, climbing & hiking. Ages 6-9. July 20-22. Contact Christen McNamara at 251-4029 for more information.


(828) 251-4029

Camp Rockmont

Located just outside of Black Mountain, North Carolina, Camp Rockmont is a private Christian summer camp for boys ages 7-16. Contact Jon Brooks.


828-686-3885

Camp Timberlake

Timberlake offers traditional camping with an outstanding Christian staff. riding, backpacking, tennis, climbing, wrestling, paintball, archery, waterskiing, riflery, mountain biking, swimming, canoeing, kayaking, guitar, soccer, volleyball, ropes course, fencing, rafting, and much more are available. Timberlake is the brother camp to Merri-Mac for Girls.


YMCA

YMCA works hard to keep families involved in the community and involved with each other. The YMCA has activities for all ages.


Adventure Camp

Hiking, mountain biking, caving, rafting, climbing and camping all leading to an overnight trip. Ages 8-12. June 5-9, 19-23, and July 10-14 . Contact Katy Palombi at 251-4029 for more information.


(828) 251-4029

Wilderness Walk-About

As part of the Blue Ridge Parkway Jr. Ranger program learn low-impact camping, orienteering and what to do if you find yourself lost in the woods. Ages 11-12. July 21-23. Contact: Michele Maertens at 350-3822 ext. 207


Eliada Summer Sports Academy

This camp is for the novice 8-12 year-old athlete. Each week instruction in a specific sport allows each child to learn the basics, build confidence, practice, scrimmage, receive fitness training, learn about good nutrition, increase teamwork skills, and swim.


828-254-5356 ext 224

JC Martial Arts

TaeKwonDo and self-defense for kids. Summer programs meet two days a week for children 4 years and up. Classes take place at the new JC Martial Arts center at 1200 Hendersonville Road, Asheville. Contact Master Y. Jeon


828-277-8002

Terra Summer

Terra Summer is a summer day camp for children 11-14 that uses food as the vehicle for all activities and teachings. We cook, we farm, and we discuss the environmental, health, and social justice issues related to food and the impact we have through our food choices. Fun lessons is math, history, geography, and science are woven in between. Three sessions offered in 2011. Located in Mills River. Transportation and scholarships available.


Asheville Parks & Rec: Pat James Baseball School

For boys and girls ages 6-17 who want to improve their baseball skills and enhance their technique. Emphasis on fundamental skills of hitting, throwing, and fielding. Two sessions available beginning in June.


82-681-9613

Early Childhood Programs at the Asheville JCC

The Asheville JCC offers numerous opportunities for families with young children to participate in our community. Our outstanding Early Childhood Education programs, Hilde’s House Infant& Toddler Program, Shalom Children’s Center for Early Childhood and Shalom Children’s Center Pre-K, have received North Carolina’s highest rating of five stars, and include some of the most innovative programming available for young children in Western North Carolina. We also invite families with young children to participate in our weekly musical Shabbat and Havdalah celebrations.


828-253-0701

Nature Center of Western North Carolina

“Wild weeks!” A terrific series of week-long programs for children entering grades 1-7. Programs begin at 8:30 a.m. and end at 3:00 p.m., Monday through Friday. Drop-off time for children is between 8:00 a.m. and 8:30 a.m.. $130/week ($115 for members), includes snacks, all materials, and a WILD WEEKS T-shirt.


298-5600

The Asheville Music School

Now enrolling students to learn to play the instrument of their choice. Although there are no specific summer programs, instructors are available for private and group classes. Beginner to advanced.


828-252-6244

Carolina Day School Summer Programs

Carolina Day School offers over 80 different week-long sessions in arts, nature, hiking, sports, academics, science, theater, dance, and more! Ages: rising pre-k through twelfth-graders. Contact Libby Roland at [email protected]


(828) 274-0757

N.C. Outward Bound School

Through kayaking, rock climbing, hiking learn leadership and teamwork skills. Ages: 14-17. June 4-Aug 22. For more information call: 877-776-2627 or email [email protected]


877-776-2627

Eagle’s Nest Camp

Three week sessions of swimming, riding, backpacking, canoeing, rock climbing & visual and performing arts. Grades: K-12. June 5-Aug. 8. For more information call: 877-4349 or email [email protected]


Asheville Parks & Rec: Soccer

For boys and girls ages 6-16 of all levels of soccer experience to learn and improve skills and technique. Two sessions available beginning the third week of June at Warren Wilson College.


828-259-5800

Camp Merri-Mac

For more than 60 years Merri-Mac for has offered traditional camping with outstanding Christian staff. Riding, backpacking, tennis, climbing, gymnastics, archery, waterskiing, riflery, swimming, canoeing, kayaking, guitar, soccer, volleyball, ropes course, fencing, rafting, dance, drama, and much more are available. Merri-Mac is the sister camp to Timberlake for Boys.


Little Beaver Day Care Summer Camp

Cookouts, field trip, arts & crafts, sports for three week sessions. Ages 3-12. June 7- Aug. 6. For more information call: (828) 252-5112.


WNC Nature Center

The Western North Carolina Nature Center is the first place where area children meet the animals they have read about. Deers, bears, cougars, wolf, racoons, birds and even farm animals are there for all to learn about. Exhibits on area poisonous snakes are worth absorbing. An aviary, self-guided nature trail and petting zoo make this a great place for the family. Small admission fee.


(828) 298-5600

Colburn Museum Summer Camps

The Colburn Museum summer camps will be located in Pack Place downtown, and offer hands-on, science-oriented day camps to children in rising grades K-5, with both full and half-day options from June 11th-August 3rd (excluding July 2nd-6th). Our last 2 weeks of camp will be Fun Days–campers can register for individual themed days.


828-254-7162

LEAF Summer Camp

LEAF Summer Camp welcomes all rising first through fifth graders for a week full of daytime adventures through creative and performing arts! LEAF Camp will re-create the beloved festival experience for campers. Please visit http://theleaf.org/index.php/schoolsstreets/leaf-summer-camp for more information and to register your child online. Monday, July 21 through Friday, July 25, 2014. Camp will be from 8:30am-5:30pm. (camp hours extended to 6pm on Friday, July 25 for the LEAF showcase!)

Dr. Wesley Grant Sr., Southside Center, 285 Livingston Street, Asheville NC

French Broad River Camps

Environmental Education ~ River Recreation ~ Service Learning~ Kids in the Creek ~ River of Words & Art ~River cleanup ~ Tree plantings ~ Canoe, kayak or raft trip ~ Tour of River Parks, stream restorations, and rain gardens ~Rockin? RiverFest ~ And much more!


Art Club at Black Mountain Center for the Arts

Art Club is an opportunity for children, ages 8-13 to enhance their creative expression through experimentation. With guidance from an experienced artist, members will learn how to develop their ideas, be innovative and practice problem solving skills. Famous Artists, styles and techniques are introduced in a fun informal setting. Children have a great time making art while keeping their brains sharp through the summer months. Art Club meets 2:00 to 5:00 pm, Mon. – Fri. Membership is based on 2 week sessions and cost is only 120.00 per session which includes all supplies.


828-663-0930

Trail Ridge Mountain Camp

Known to some as the “world’s smallest camp.” Separate boys and girls travel camps offering programs from one to five weeks in length. Enrollment for each session is limited to 16 campers. This summer: Roan Mountain Base Camp; Pisgah Forest Base Camp; French Broad Canoe Adventure; and a four-day Appalachian Trail Backpacking and Rafting expedition. Just a few spots still available for this summer. Call Kim and David Broshar.


828-669-5636

Camp Pinnacle for Girls

Three week sessions of swimming, riding, backpacking, canoeing, rock climbing & visual and performing arts. June 6-July 2.


(828) 692-2677

Mountaineer Adventure Camp

Blue Ridge Parkway and Swannanoa Valley adventures in Black Mountain. Ages 8-12. July 19-23. For more information call: 669-9566.


(828) 669-9566

Backpacking Trip from Hendersonville

All levels welcome for hiking part of the Appalachian Trail. Ages: 14 and up. May 30-Aug 1.


(828) 298-6118 or (828) 698-3686

Junior Tennis Camp

Asheville Racquet Club, Hendersonville Road. Ages 6-8. May 31-July 30. For more information call: (828) 274-3361.


Swim Lessons at Skyland Recreation Center

Learn to swim. Ten-day sessions. All levels welcome. Ages 4 and older. June 7-July 29. For more information call: (828) 684-5072.


The American Adventure Service Corps

Is a year round, non-profit organization for ages 8-18, using outdoor adventure education, service to others and environmental education.


248-346-3902

2013 Young Entrepreneurial Scholars Camp for Middle & High School Students

Create your own job! Learn how this summer at the Young Entrepreneurial Scholars Camps at the AB Tech Small Business Center.  Now accepting applications for 6-8th graders and high school students. Dates: June 24 – 28 (high school). July 22 – 26 (middle school).  Cost: $25 per student.  Register online. Call Diane Hendrickson at 828-398-7957 for more information.


828-398-7957

Asheville Contemporary Dance Theater’s Summer Hip Hop and Jazz Camp

20 Commerce Street, Downtown Asheville
828-707-4178