For the rain-on-the-tongue nature lovers or those perfecting
their sport; for the “always prepared” Girl Scout or those grieving from a recent loss, the High
Country has a summer camp geared toward almost any and every interest.
Registration is open for fulfilling ways to spend the summer – their dates, times and prices listed below.
Feet will flock to Watauga County Parks and Recreation’s Extreme Dance Camp, being held at Watauga High School. The dates of the weeklong camp are to be announced. Kids 5 to 15 years old will learn cheering, clogging, jazz and hip-hop dance styles. Camp will take place 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. each day. The cost is $100 for the week. For more information, call Watauga County Parks and Recreation at (828) 264-9511.
Camp Sunshine day camp is aimed at children between 5 and 12 years old who are grieving the death of a family member or other loved one. The camp is available to children and their family free of charge, but pre-registration is required. One camp is held for Alleghany County children and another for Ashe and Watauga county campers combined. The Ashe and Watauga camp will be held at Valle Crucis Elementary School gym July 16 to 18, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Campers will learn about their grief and participate in specific activities designed to facilitate healing. Registration pamphlets will be sent to local public schools and will be available at High Country Hospice, located at 136 Furman Road, Suite 4, in Boone. For more information, call (828) 265-3926, and ask to speak to Anna Day or Jacob Willis.
WYN Summer Day Camp
WYN (Western Youth Network) uses outdoor adventures, experiential education, service learning projects and teambuilding to strengthen self-awareness, leadership and social skills within its campers. The camp is open Monday through Thursday for five sessions – June17 to 20, June 24 to 27, July 8 to 11, July 15 to 18 and July 22 to 25. The camp is for rising sixth- through rising ninth-graders and runs from 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Registration is $100, $80 for those illegible for a reduced school lunch and $60 for those eligible for free school lunch. Some full scholarships are available by calling WYN. Priority enrollment is offered to children who have participated in WYN programs in the past. Transportation to and from camp will be available for some children. Registration opens April 16. WYN is located at 155 WYN Way in Boone. For more information, call (828) 264-5174 or visit http://www.westernyouthnetwork.org/wordpress/.
Turtle Island Preserve
Kids can discover and bond with nature at Turtle Island Preserve’s boys and girls camps. Turtle Island Preserve is a 1,000-acre outdoor classroom, where kids receive a basic living and environmental education experience. Campers are challenged to extend their physical, emotional and intellectual capabilities through activities like hiking, blacksmithing, fishing, gardening, food preservation and swimming. Campers live in rustic shelters and learn to make what they need for wilderness comfort. Turtle Island Preserve is located eight miles west of Boone. Camps are offered in one- and two-week sessions in June, July and August. Ages 7-18 may enroll for kids camp, and an adult camp is available for those older than 18 years. Camp cost ranges from $700 to $1,400. For a camp application or for more information, visit http://www.turtleislandpreserve.com, or call (828) 265-2267.
Watauga County Parks and Recreation is providing seven weeks of two different camps from June 17 through Aug. 2.
Fun in the Sun is a licensed recreational camp held at Hardin Park School, where children can expect swim days, games, local field trips and playing outdoors. For residents, the cost is $85. For non-residents, the cost is $127.50.
The Summer Adventure Camp is an unlicensed camp held at Watauga High School. Field trip opportunities include Lazy 5 Ranch, The (apple) Orchard at Altapass, Blue Ridge Parkway, Bo’s Family Fun Center, Barter Theatre and Wildcat Lake. Field trips may cost extra. Campers get a swim day each week. For residents, the cost is $95. For non-residents, the cost is $142.50.
The camps will be held Monday through Friday, from 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Campers must be between the ages of 5 and 13 and be a rising first- through seventh-grader in fall 2013. Children will be divided into age-specific groups. Participants may be registered for any combination or number of weeks as space allows. Parents can register their children at the Watauga County Parks and Recreation office, located at 231 Complex Drive in Boone. For more information, call (828) 264-9511.
Camp Rainbow, located in Foscoe, is a Sunday through Saturday summer camp for girls and boys ages 9 to 17 years old. Established by the N.C. Order of the Eastern Star in 1954, the camp promises crafts, field games, swimming, miniature golf, tennis, shuffleboard, basketball and its own certified “Outward Bound” ropes course. Past field trip locales have included Tweetsie Railroad, Grandfather Mountain and Horn in the West. There are four camp sessions for girls and one camp session for boys between June 16 and July 27. An adult week of camp runs from July 28 through Aug. 3. The camp costs $280 a week. For more information, call (828) 963-4680, or visit http://www.camprainbow.biz.
Acting Up: Ensemble Stage Theatre Camp
All the world’s a stage at Ensemble Stage Summer Theatre Camp. Children can hone their theatrical skills at two separate camps in Blowing Rock this summer.
“Mother Grimm,” for ages 7 to 11, is a two-week camp where kids combine characters from Mother Goose stories and Grimm’s fairy tales and write a script of the characters interacting with each other. They act out the play in a public performance on June 28 at 4 p.m. The camp runs June 17 to 28, Monday through Friday, from 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., at the Blowing Rock School Auditorium. Enrollment is limited to 10 campers, and the cost is $350 per student.
Ensemble’s “Quantum Leap” camp, for ages 10 to 15, is a two-week camp where campers will use their imaginations to explore the possibilities, pitfalls and advantages of time travel. Campers will learn basic and advanced techniques in creating a play and characters for the stage, character relationships onstage, improv techniques, make-up applications, lighting, sound, set construction, etc. They will then write a play based on what they’ve discovered and publicly perform the play at the camp’s closing. The camp runs July 8 to 19, Monday through Friday each week, from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the Blowing Rock School Auditorium. Cost is $375 per student.
For more information, or to enroll in an Ensemble Stage summer camp, call (828) 414-1844, or visit http://www.ensemblestage.com.
Avery County 4-H Summer W.O.W.
Avery County 4-H Summer W.O.W., or “Wonderful Opportunities Waiting,” is a summer program for youth ages 5 to 13. Campers enjoy many different educational workshops and fun adventures like planting in a community garden, creating recycled puppets, visiting a water park and conducting Senior Olympics. The program begins June 17 and ends Aug. 9 and conducts approximately 63 programs. Each day, there are four programs available. Children ages 5 to 8 have one choice of two activities, and ages 9 to 13 have one choice of two other activities. The day activities last from 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.
The licensed camp serves breakfast, lunch and a snack every day. Transportation is provided by two buses to two locations in Banner Elk, and the camp base is located at Newland Elementary School. The cost is $24 per child per day and $20 per additional child. Campers can sign up for one day, one week or the entire summer. Social service subsidies are accepted, and children may be eligible for scholarships. For more information, call (828) 733-8270.
Blowing Rock Parks & Rec Summer Day Camp
Rising kindergarteners through sixth-graders can enjoy an active summer day camp in Blowing Rock, based at the Blowing Rock Recreation Office at 145 Park Ave. in downtown Blowing Rock. Campers can expect to swim at the pool and play at Memorial Park and Davant Field. Other activities include arts and crafts, canoeing, hiking, fishing, mini-festivals, whitewater rafting, tubing, trips to Tweetsie Railroad and Grandfather Mountain and cookouts. Campers can sign up for the summer or by the week. Camp starts June 10 and ends Aug. 2. Camp days run Monday through Friday, from 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. There will be 10 campers to every one counselor, and field trips are split into three age groups of 20 children and 2 counselors. Campers are asked to bring a packed lunch. For Blowing Rock taxpayers, the cost is $60 per week. For non-taxpayers, the cost is $120 week. For more information, visit http://www.townofblowingrock.com, or call (828) 295-5222.
Summer Arts Camp
The Watauga Arts Council Summer Arts Camp features workshops in storytelling, music, improvisation, the visual arts and more. Open to rising first- through rising 10th-graders, the day camp will be held June 17 to 22. The camp runs Monday through Friday, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., at the Watauga High School auditorium. The highlight of arts camp is a Missoula Children’s Theatre production of “Jack and the Beanstalk,” in which children will rehearse throughout the week and then perform for the community June 21 and 22.
Registration is $185 for the first child and $160 for each additional child in a family. Cost includes two tickets to the final production of “Jack and the Beanstalk” and a DVD of the performance. Scholarships are available for families in need. For more information or to register, visit http://www.watauga-arts.org, or call (828) 264-1789.
Holston Presbytery Camps
Holston Presbytery Center, a Christian retreat in Banner Elk, provides standard summer camp and five camp programs specific motive camps for different age groups.
Summer Camp is small group camping, in which campers and counselors live, play, plan, worship and grow in an environment of fun and fellowship. Kids ages 8-14 can enjoy two activities per day, such as kayaking, mountain biking, climbing, disc golf, fishing and crafts. Camp dates range over six weeks from June 9 to July 19. The standard weekly rate is $415 per camper. For ages 11 and older and for an additional fee, paintball and whitewater rafting are available.
CIT (Counselor in Training) Camp, for ages 15 and older, is an intense week of training and observation in becoming a camp counselor. Participants learn various summer program activity skills. Upon completion of training, the participant is eligible to volunteer one week during the summer camp session. The session runs from June 9 to 14 and is limited to the first six boys and six girls. The cost is $415.
JR Counselor Camp, for ages 16 and older, consists of learning under a counselor or program staff and opportunities to help lead camp activities under the supervision of the staff. Sessions run from June 16-28 and July 7-19. At $415 per person, each session is limited to the first four that sign up.
Adventure Camp is for ages 11 to 13. From June 16 to 21 and July 7 to 12, campers will spend two days and one night on the Appalachian Trail, followed by rafting on the Nolichucky and rock-climbing. Cost is $510 per session.
High Adventure Camp is for ages 14 to 17. From June 16 to 21 and July 7 to 12, campers will spend three days and two nights on Appalachian Trail, followed by rafting on the Nolichucky River and rock-climbing. Cost is $510 per session.
Rustic Camp, for ages 12 and older, will be held from June 30 to July 5 and July 14 to 19. During these weeks, campers will still get to choose their activities, but will spend the week in our rustic camp setting. Cost is $415 per session.
Holston Presbytery Camp is located at 6993 Hickory Nut Gap Road in Banner Elk. For more information, visit http://www.holstoncamp.org, or call (828) 898-6611.
EARTH Camp, orbiting the High Country July 7 to 20, is for children ages 12 to 17. Children learn how to live close to the Earth through using a wide range of earth skills and outdoor activities that promote connection and awareness at Buffalo Cove Outdoor Education Center in Deep Gap. Tuition is $1,500.
Explorers Camp is available to ages 8 to 12 from July 24 to 29. Tuition is $550. Explorers Camp is a five-day session for 8 to 12 year olds. Campers explore the foundation in earth skills, woods lore, camp craft and community living. Tuition is $550.
Buffalo Cove is located at 664 Buckskin Hollow in Deep Gap. For more information, visit http://www.buffalocove.com, or call (828) 964-1473.
Watauga County 4-H will escort a group of 8- to 14-year-old campers to Betsy-Jeff Penn 4-H Center, located near Greensboro in Rockingham County. The camping week of July 7 to 12 will involve horseback riding, canoeing, archery, climbing, swimming, arts and crafts, cookouts, campfires, nature exploration, teambuilding, high ropes and more. Adventure programs offer older youth opportunities to gain compass, GPS and other outdoor living skills, plus participate in rock climbing, river canoeing and more. The total cost of $460 covers meals, lodging, a T-shirt, transportation to the camp and more. Special programs for 12- to 14-year-olds is an additional $65. Some scholarship money is available. Contact the 4-H office at (828) 264-3061 for more information.
Creative and Performing Arts Camp
Lees-McRae College in Banner Elk presents CAPA (Creative and Performing Arts Camp) on the main campus in Banner Elk. From June 15 to 21 and June 22 to 28, grades K through eight will explore a wide range of arts experiences, including acting, costuming, dance, improvisation, make-up, music, performance, script writing and set design and how all of these theatrical elements work together. The day camp will culminate in a performance at the end of the week for family, friends and the college community.
Offered June 15 to 21, the Outdoor Leadership and Adventure Camp is designed for rising ninth- through 12th-grade students who have an interest in learning and exploring the outdoor environment. Participants will have the opportunity to study in the beautiful mountains of western North Carolina, a natural setting for hiking, backpacking, camping, swimming and ziplining.
From June 15 to 21 and July 7 to 12, Lees-McRae is offering the Wildlife Rehabilitation and Field Studies Camp at the Daniel and Dianne May Wildlife Rehabilitation Center. This camp provides high school students an opportunity to experience the academic side of the Wildlife Rehabilitation program and work with actual animal patients. The camp is designed for motivated students and will feature lectures and labs on wildlife rehabilitation and natural history, as well as hands-on learning. There will also be an Advanced Wildlife Studies Camp, held June 22-28, for those individuals who have completed the wildlife rehabilitation and field studies camp.
Athletic camps include basketball, lacrosse, soccer and softball. For more information on each sports camp, visit http://www.go.lmc.edu/summercamps.
The day camps last from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. each day. The cost per camper is $250 per week for grades K through eight day campers, $400 for high school day campers and $750 for high school residential campers. Price includes lunch, a camp T-shirt, field trips and instruction. A multiple-child discount of $50 is offered. Deadline for applications is May 1. For more information, visit http://www.lmc.edu/whats_happening/summer_camps/capa/.
Haw River Camps
The Summit Environmental Education staff at Haw River will be leading participants in a variety of engaging park adventures. The day camps will be for rising second- through sixth-graders and are $110 per week. From June 11 to 15 will be “Geology: A Rockin Good Time” day camp. From June 25 to 29 will be “Amphibians/Reptiles: Hop, Slither and Slime” day camp.
The Haw River Adventure Camp is for rising seventh- through eighth-graders. It will be held from June 25 to 27 and costs $70. Summer day camp schedules last from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Grand Camps will be for grandparents who would like to come to summer camp with a grandchild or two, or for children who would like to bring their grandparents to camp. Grand Camp, for rising second- through sixth-graders will be held Aug. 6 to 8. The camp lasts from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. and is $145 per participant. Grand Camp for rising seventh- through eighth-graders will be held Aug. 13 to 14. The camp lasts from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. and is $75 per participant.
For more information, call (336) 342-6181 or 342-6163, email (firstname.lastname@example.org) , or visit http://www.ncparks.gov, then choose Haw River, and then Summer Camps.
CCC&TI Extreme Super Summer Camp for Kids
For kids ages 5 and older, weeklong courses and activities are offered at Caldwell Community College and Technical Institute. Twelve weeks of camp are centered on a particular theme, such as science, art, aerodynamics, theater, basketball, martial arts, gymnastics, dance and cheerleading.
Extreme Super Summer Camp sessions begin on June 18 and run through the week of July 30, from 8 a.m. to noon. Cost per session is $60 and includes early drop-off, late pick-up, two programs and a snack in between programs. Each session covers two different topics with students separated into different age groups to allow each program to be customized with appropriate activities. To register, or for more information, call (828) 726-2242.
Kids in the Kitchen
Kids curious about the kitchen can learn the basics of cooking and baking at Kids in the Kitchen. Caldwell Community College & Technical Institute’s continuing education will be offering the series of courses to children ages 9 and older on the Hudson campus. The weeklong programs are “Baking Magic” (June 24 to 28), “Candies and Chocolates” (July 15 to 19) and “Pizza!! Pizza!!” (Aug. 5 to 9). Each day of camp begins at 1 p.m. and ends at 4 p.m. For more information or to register, call (828) 726-2242.
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Girl Scout Camp
Girls, regardless of if they are Girl Scouts, can practice leadership skills, while making new friends and having fun at Girl Scout Camp. Girl Scouts Peaks to Piedmont is welcoming all girls entering grades first through 12th to have fun at camp this summer. The camps offer traditional camp activities, including swimming, boating, nature exploration, low challenge course, hiking and campfire gatherings. Specialty sessions target the arts, dance, horseback riding, water activities, adventure sports, science and more.
Resident camps are being offered throughout June and July at three of the council’s camp properties: Camp Ginger Cascades (Lenoir) Camp Pisgah (Brevard) and Keyauwee Program Center (Sophia). Registrations are now being accepted for all girls, both members and non-members. The average cost for a camp session is $300. For more information or to register, call (800) 672-2148, or visit http://www.camplikeagirl.org.
Chetola Resort Kids Summer Camp
Over the course of 10 weeks from June 3 to Aug. 9, Chetola Resort and Spa will be hosting days of sports and fitness, water works, garden to grub and nuts for nature for ages 4 to 12. A full day lasts from 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Cost is $35 per day, $30 for each additional sibling, and a discount of $20 will be given to those who register for full days over the entire week. A half day lasts from 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. or 1 p.m. to 5:30 p.m., and cost $20 per half day. Optional RDU tennis will be held during some weeks. Every Wednesday is a full-day session to Tweetsie Railroad. Tweetsie tickets are not included in the camp fee. For more information or to register, call (828) 295-5535, or visit http://www.chetola.com.
Camp UREC, an Appalachian State University camp for rising first- through ninth-graders, focuses on outdoor recreation activities, like sports and fitness. The General Camp, Couselor in Training Camp and Adventure Camp are held during different slots of the six week period from June 10 to July 26. Hours are 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. weekdays. Tuition ranges from $200 to $250 per week of camp. For more information, visit http://www.campurec.appstate.edu, or call (828) 262-2100.
Anatomy & Physiology Camp
Held on the ASU campus, this intense, highly interactive residential camp, led by ASU faculty and other medical professionals, will introduce students in grades 8 to 11 to a host of health-related careers. The camp fee is $1,100 for residential or $950 for day camp and includes, meals, materials and recreational activities. Session I is held June 9 to 15. Session II is held June 16 to July 22. An advanced session is held June 23 to 29. For more information, call (828) 262-2530, or visit http://www.camps.appstate.edu/youth.php.
Animal Studies Camp
The Animal Studies Camp at ASU is science exploration for young animal-lovers interested in studying salamanders, lizards, snakes, fish, turtles and both live and preserved mammal specimens. ASU faculty and area educators lead the camp. Session I is for rising second- through fourth-graders and is held June 17 to 21. Session II is for rising fifth- through eighth-graders and is held July 29 to Aug. 2. Camp will take place from 1 to 5:15 p.m. each day at Rankin Science Building. The camp fee is $150. Campers will spend time in lab classrooms and outside. For more information, call (828) 262-2530, or visit http://www.pathways.appstate.edu.
Forensic Science Camp
ASU’s Forensic Camp is designed for students in grades nine through 12 with an interest in the laboratory analysis of crime scene evidence. Participants must be recommended by a science teacher or counselor. The camp fee is $509. The fee includes housing, food, materials and activities. Sessions are held from July 10 to 13 and July 24 to 27. Each session is limited to 24 participants. For more information, call (828) 262-8718, or visit http://www.camps.appstate.edu/youth.php.
Forensic Anthropology Camp
Students work with human skeletons in an osteology laboratory to gain hands-on experience in forensic analysis. The mission of this camp is to build knowledge and enthusiasm for biological anthropology and science among gifted young people, and a teacher recommendation is required to be accepted in this camp. The registration fee is $700, which includes five nights’ lodging in the residence hall, 15 meals, lab manual, lab and supplemental materials and a camp T-shirt. Sessions are held from July 7 to 12, July 14 to 19 and July 21 to 26. Space is limited to 25 participants. For more information, call (828) 262-8718, or visit http://www.camps.appstate.edu/youth.php.
ASU’s Camp Invention is a hands-on summer science experience, led by certified teachers, designed for creative, inventive students interested in science and the arts. Camp is from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., from June 24 to 28, at Edwin Duncan Hall and is open to all current kindergarten through fifth-grade students. The camp fee is $235 if registering online. There are various discounts available, and a few scholarships. For more information, call (828) 262-2530, or visit http://www.pathways.appstate.edu.
Math Camp, for rising sixth- through 12th-graders, is a highly interactive, sports-style camp for students who love math, hate math, fear math, catch on quickly, can’t seem to catch on and want a strong start in math next year. ASU faculty and area educators lead the camp. Located in ASU’s Walker Hall, Math Camp takes place July 8 to 11, from 6 to 9 p.m. each night. Cost is $120 per student. Partial scholarships are available. For more information, call (828) 264-0181, or visit http://www.camps.appstate.edu/youth.php.
Future Engineers and Robotics Camps
Product Development Camp will be held June 17 to 21, and Robotics Camp will be held June 17 to 21. Future Engineers Camps will be held June 24 to 28 for sixth- through eighth-graders. It will be held July 8 to 12 or July 15 to 19 for third- through fifth-graders.
Each camp is a five-day camp, beginning at 9 a.m. and ending at 3 p.m. daily. Licensed teachers who are trained by N.C. State University and ASU faculty and staff lead all Future Engineers Camps. There are hands-on activities introducing various engineering concepts in all the camps. Campers work in groups and individually to design and create solutions to various problems.
The elementary and middle school camp activities are different each year, so campers are encouraged to return. On the final day of camp, students will spend the morning working on final displays and challenges that incorporate activities from the camp. Students will demonstrate their work in a public competition and demonstration. Families and the community are invited to attend this final presentation.
The camp fee is $325. Applications received after the registration deadline will be considered only if there are openings in the chosen camp. For more information, call (828) 328-6183, or visit http://www.nccet.appstate.edu.
Introduction to Russian Business
The 2013 STARTALK NC Student Summer Institute is a two-week, residential immersion in Russian language, business and culture, to be held July 13 to 28. The program is offered to North Carolina students in grades nine through 12, and North Carolina college or university undergraduates who are currently studying the Russian language.
Food, on-campus housing, instruction, textbooks and office supplies are covered by 2013 STARTALK NC Student Summer Institute and are free of charge. Participant registration fee of $75 applies. For more information, call (828) 262-8718, or visit http://www.camps.appstate.edu/youth.php.
Besides the individual academic enrichment camps below, there are dozens of sports camps. This year, there are camps offered in baseball, softball, basketball, soccer, field hockey, football, track and field, wrestling and volleyball. For all of these camps, contact Greg Snodgrass at (828) 262-2942, or visit http://www.camps.appstate.edu/youth.php.