Western North Carolina Mother or father Day Camp Information
Schedules are subject to change this summer. Be flexible and be sure to check with program organizers for updates. At press time, some camp locations were still unsure if or when camps would be offered. Please inquire with camp locations directly as they develop in-person and virtual programs. Learn more about camps and COVID-19 at cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/community/schools-childcare/summer-camps.htm.
Looking for overnight camps? See our residential camp guide online at wncparent.com.
ABYSA, FUNdamentals Soccer Camp, abysa.org, 828-231-7017, [email protected], 439 Azalea Road E., Asheville. FUNdamentals soccer camp offers a game-centered approach to soccer education in an environment designed to boost player learning. Camp registration opens March 1. Spring Break camp is April 5-9.
Adventure Center of Asheville, ashevilletreetopsadventurepark.com/camps, 828-225-2921, [email protected], 85 Expo Drive, Asheville. -Adventure Camp for ages 8-15: Campers start each day with a unique adventure, from ziplining, rafting, aerial obstacle course, bike park and tree climbing. Campers will also have daily team building activities, swimming, creative learning, and educational programs, each week June 7-Aug. 9, 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m. $389 per week. Daily Adventures are available June 8 – 12 for $80 per individual session or $369 for five sessions, with discounts available. Spring Break Adventure Camp is April 5-9.
Angel Art Studios – Molly Angel’s Art Camp, mollyangel.com, 828-681-0106, [email protected], 15 Hickory Drive, Fletcher. Rising grades 1-7. June 21-25, 10 a.m.-noon or 2-4 p.m. Summer art camps feature drawing, painting, clay and collage, offering students a wide range of media to explore and exciting projects to ignite their creativity. Cost is $115 per student.
AR Workshop Asheville Youth Summer ART Camp, arworkshop.com/asheville, 833-967-5747, [email protected], 3726 Sweeten Creek Road, Arden. Ages 7-14. Kids create four DIY youth projects and a DIY camp T-shirt. Participants can customize and choose their project, design and paint colors. June-August.
Artemis Archery Adventure Day Camp, ArtemisArcheryAsheville.com, 828-257-2707, [email protected], 2 Westwood Place, Asheville. Ages 8-12, 13-16. Camp is 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday-Friday and includes archery, survival skills, fire building, map and compass, water purification, shelter building, plant and tree ID, self-defense and empowerment, campfire cookout and more, all at Wild Roots Preserve, 20 minutes from downtown Asheville. Camp size limited to 20 children per session. Kids: June 28-July 2, July 12-16, July 26-30, Aug. 2-6. Teens: July 19-23, Aug. 9-13. Sibling discount. $350 includes all equipment.
Asheville Art Museum, ashevilleart.org, 828-253-3227, [email protected], 2 S. Pack Square, Asheville. Rising grades K-12. All classes are age appropriate. Enrollment is limited, and pre-registration is required. Registration includes museum admission and all materials. Sign up for morning (9 a.m.-noon) or afternoon (1-4 p.m.) sessions or both. All-day students have a supervised lunch break. Weekly sessions are offered June 7 through the week of July 26.
Asheville Community Movement, Movers and Shakers, ashevillecommunitymovement.com, 828-254-6060, [email protected], 812 Riverside Drive, Asheville. Rising kindergarten and older. At ACM, each day is filled with arts and crafts, outdoor play, gymnastics and other movement activities. Campers can participate in archery, gardening, water play and more.
Asheville Museum of Science, ashevillescience.org, 828-254-7162, 43 Patton Ave., Asheville. Watch for summer camp updates online.
Asheville Music School, ashevillemusicschool.org, 828-252-6244, [email protected], 126 College St., Asheville.
● Ukulele Camp, ages 7-10, 9 a.m.-noon, July 7-11, Aug. 2-6. No previous musical experience is necessary.
● Pop Rock Camp, ages 9-13, 9 a.m.-4 p.m., June 14-18. Ideal for younger students, beginners and those who may need extra guidance through individual and small group instruction.
● Rock Camp, ages 10-18, 9 a.m.-4 p.m., June 21-25. At least 1 year of previous music lessons and/or ensemble experience is suggested.
● Pop Rock Camp, ages 12-18, 9 a.m.-4 p.m., June 28-July 2. At least 1-2 years of previous music lessons and/or ensemble experience is suggested.
● Music Explorations, ages 4-6, 9 a.m.-noon, July 12-16; 1-4 p.m. July 19-23.
● Fiddle Camp, ages 7-12 1-4p.m., July 12-16, 1pm-4pm.
● Beginner Suzuki Strings, ages 4-8, 9 a.m.-4 p.m., July 19-23. For beginning violin students using the Suzuki method, with a Harry Potter twist.
● Suzuki String Camp – Harry Potter theme, ages 5-12, 9 a.m.-4 p.m., July 26-30. For string students with at least 6 months of experience.
Asheville School of Film, ashevilleschooloffilm.com/youth-summer-program.html, 1-844-285-3456, [email protected], 45 S. French Broad Ave., Suite 120, Asheville.
● Youth Fun Film Camp, ages 12-14, 10-11:30 a.m. July 19-23 or July 26-30.
This camp will focus on a single filmmaking activity per day, such as lighting for mood, story development, shooting coverage, camera operation basics and editing exercises. Cost is $150.
● Teen Film Project, ages 15-18, 1-4 p.m. July 19-30. Build a higher education resume while working on a group film project. Cost is $425.
Ballet Conservatory of Asheville, BalletConservatoryofAsheville.com, 828-255-5777, 6 E. Chestnut St., Asheville. Dance Workshops for ages 5-10, 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. June 7-11, June 14-18, July 19-23, July 26-30, Aug. 2-6, Aug. 9-13.
New dance theme each week.
Black Mountain Center for the Arts, blackmountainarts.org, 828-669-0930, [email protected], 225 W. State St., Black Mountain.
● Dance, Sing, & Play: A Performing Arts Camp for Kids, ages 3-9. 9 a.m.-noon, June 7-11, June 14-18, June 21-25, June 28-July 2, and July 5-9. Tuition is $150 per week for registration before May 7 and $165 full price. Each week campers will enjoy music, dance, and crafts centered around different themes.
● Summer Dance Jam, ages 10-15. 10 a.m.-2 p.m. July 12-16. Dancers will learn styles such as flamenco, ballet, jazz, contemporary and many more. $175 for registration before May 7 and $200 full price.
● A Book and a Brush Art Camp, ages 5-11. 9 a.m.-3p.m. July 19-23. $225 for registration before June 7 or $250 full price. Explore a variety of art mediums, learn about famous artists, play games and make art.
● Puppet Parade Camp, ages 7-12. 9 a.m.-3 p.m. July 26-30. $225 early bird before June 7, or $250 full price. Learn to make a variety of puppets, work with other students to create skits and end the week with a Puppet Parade.
Blue Ridge Community College, Register March 1-May 30 at blueridge.edu/summer-camps.
● ArcStrong: Intro to welding, June 16 at Brevard High School or June 23 at Blue Ridge Community College (HVL), 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Rising grades 9-12. An introduction to the world of welding with an emphasis on gas metal arc welding (MIG) and plasma cutting. Campers must bring lunch and water. $100
● Cool. Automotive. Repair: Intro to automobiles, June 29 at Blue Ridge Community College (HVL) or June 30 at Blue Ridge Community College (Brevard), 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Rising grades 7-9. Explore the basics of automotive maintenance through a review of car design, roadside safety and basic car care. Hands-on lab activities including a Pit-Crew challenge. Campers must bring lunch and water. $100
● Hair Up! Train Up! Design Up!: Intro to cosmetology, June 24 at Blue Ridge Community College (HVL), 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Rising grades 9-12 and 2021 graduates. Campers explore the world of hair design with hands-on mannequin work and one-on-one interaction and learn skills used in the cosmetology industry today. Campers must bring lunch and water. Attendance is free of charge.
● Shark Tank: Introducing students to entrepreneurship, June 14-16 at Blue Ridge Community College (HVL), 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Rising grades 9-12. Learn idea formation, decision making, business modeling, marketing, planning and presentation skills. Present to a panel of Sharks. Campers must bring lunch and water. $150.
● Young Engineers Experience: June 14-17 at Blue Ridge Community College (HVL) OR June 21-24 at Blue Ridge Community College (Brevard), 9 a.m.- 4 p.m. Rising grades 7-9. An introduction to engineering with hands-on lab experiments in electronics and AutoCAD, as well as team design projects and competitions in robotics and bridge building. Campers must bring lunch and water. $200.
Camp Tekoa, camptekoa.org, 828-692-6516, 211 Thomas Road, Hendersonville, NC. Day camps are 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Monday-Friday. Elementary Day Camp is for ages 5-8. Adventure Day Camp is for ages 9-11. Details and registration information is available online.
Creative Beginnings Christian Preschool Summer Art Fun, Hendersonvillepc.org/creativebeginnings.cfm, 828-692-3211, Hendersonville Presbyterian Church, 699 N. Grove St., Hendersonville. Ages 2-6. 8:15-11:45 a.m., Tuesdays and Thursdays July 6-July 29. Learn about artists such as Van Gogh, Picasso and Monet. Children will get to create as they play. Cost is $200 per child/registration fee $50. Multiple siblings will receive a 10 percent discount.
Evergreen Community Charter School Summer Adventures, evergreensummercamp.org, 828-298-2173, 50 Bell Road, Asheville. Grades K-8. Evergreen currently plans to operate a scaled-back version of its enrichment and adventure camp, depending upon pandemic status. Registration will begin close to summer.
Fletcher Parks and Recreation Summer Day Camp, fletchernc.org, 828-687-0751, [email protected], 300 Old Cane Creek Road, Fletcher. Ages 5-12, completed kindergarten-rising grade 8. Limited to 55 campers. Group sizes of 10 or fewer. The cost is $110 per week for Fletcher residents and $140 per week for nonresidents. Field trips are pending.
FOX-N-OTTER Escape Rooms Adventure Day Camp, escaperoomsasheville.com, 828-585-4302, [email protected], 3 South Tunnel Road, Asheville. Ages 8-14.
Camp is 1-3:30 p.m. Monday-Thursday. Play an Escape Adventure Game each day together, do creative group activities with keys, codes, and clues.
H2o Dreams Paddling School, Green River School – Youth Kayak Day Camp, h2odreams.com, [email protected], 435 E. Main St., Saluda. Ages 8-16 (and younger campers with a pre-camp interview/lesson). June 14-18, July 5-9, July 12-16, July 19-23, Aug. 2-6. The aim of these camp sessions is to introduce new paddlers to the joys of the river and the skills necessary to keep it safe, productive, and fun, all while building camaraderie and connecting with nature. $395; kayak equipment included.
Hahn’s Gymnastics – Summer Adventures, hahnsgymnastics.com, 828-329-9962, 18 Legend Drive, Arden. Ages 3-12. Campers participate in arts and crafts, outdoor play, games, physical activities and basic gymnastics based on weekly themes. Full-day camp is $200 per week per camper and half-day camp is $110per week per camper.
Hanger Hall Camp for Girls, hangerhall.org/summercamp, 828-258-3600, [email protected], 64 W. T. Weaver Blvd., Asheville. Rising grades 5-9, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Aug. 9-13. Crafty Hoopla: Girls should expect a week filled with crafting, nature exploring and game playing. This camp is all about playing and having fun while creating beautiful nature inspired art.
Holston Presbytery Camp and Retreat Center – Boomer Day Camp, HolstonCenter.org/Summer-Camp/Day-Camp, 844-465-7866, [email protected], 6993 Hickory Nut Gap Road, Banner Elk. Ages 7-14. 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Friday, June 6-Aug. 6. Classic Holston Camp activities include hiking, rock climbing, swimming, canoeing, worship, crafts, nature play, zip-lines, archery, field games and more. Each week has a different theme. Cost per session is $165.
JCC of Asheville, jcc-asheville.org/youth/camp-ruach, 828-253-0701, [email protected] , 236 Charlotte St., Asheville. Rising grades 1-8. Camp Ruach is unique Jewish day camp experience open to first through eighth graders. Camp Tikvah is an inclusive day camp experience for children on the autism spectrum. Tikvah enables children on the autism spectrum to enjoy the fun and community of Camp Ruach. A leaders-in-training program is available for teens. Summer day camp at the J is open to children and teens of all backgrounds, cultures and religions.
Kids Garden AVL Kids Garden Camps, kidsgardennc.com, 828-417-7310, [email protected], 4 S. Tunnel Road #700, Asheville. Ages 2-12. Weekly creative themed camps are 9 a.m.-1 p.m. June 7-Aug. 13, or drop-in any time if space is available. Details are online.
Kolo Bike Park at the Adventure Center of Asheville, ashevilletreetopsadventurepark.com/camps, 828-225-2921, [email protected], 85 Expo Drive, Asheville.
● Summer Day Camp, ages 8-15, 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday-Friday, June 7-Aug. 9. Campers will ride daily on purpose-built mountain bike trails and skill elements designed for all levels of rider to experience flow on a bicycle. Camp is those who can comfortably ride a two-wheel bicycle. Some off-road experience is recommended but not required. Cost is $319 per person per week ($399 with bike rental). Multi-week discount available. Contact for cancellation policy and other details.
● Kolo Bike Park Kiddie Camp, ages 5-7, 8:30 a.m.-3 p.m. Monday-Friday, June 7-Aug. 9. Camp is focused on bikes and bike skills but with plenty of time off the bike to keep campers engaged.
Odyssey ClayWorks Clay Camp, [email protected], 828-285-0210, 236 Clingman Ave., Asheville. Ages 5-14. Sculpt, throw on the wheel, paint, play and more in a fun and inspiring environment.
Odyssey School Summer Camp, odysseycommunity.org, [email protected], 828-259-3653, 90 Zillicoa St., Asheville. Ages 5-11. Campers play and swim daily, with time for quiet relaxation. Choose from optional add-on classes to learn a new skill, including music, ceramics, engineering and art.
Roots + Wings School of Art and Design Summer Creativity Camps and Design Studios, rootsandwingsarts.com, 828-378-4140, [email protected], 573 Fairview Road, Asheville. Age 3 to rising grade 8. Camps offer one-of-a-kind programming with talented, passionate instructors that engage students in creativity, critical thinking and innovation using methods and techniques of art and design. Junior assistant/assistant-in-training and intern positions offer creative leadership opportunities for high school and college students.
St. Gerard House Connect Summer Program, stgerardhouse.org, 828-693-4223, [email protected], 610 Oakland St., Hendersonville. Ages 6-19. Connect is a summer program for children with disabilities. It promotes wellness support for all children, regardless of diagnosis, whether the child has a diagnosis on the autism spectrum or other developmental needs. Connect also welcomes the child who is typically developing and could benefit from tips that can help them socialize with other kids.
The Academy at Terpsicorps Theatre of Dance Summer Workshops, terpsicorpsacademy.org, 828-761-1277, [email protected], 1501 Patton Ave., Asheville. Ages 3-18. Many different programs are tailored for all different ages and skill levels. Visit the website or call for details.
The Forest School Foundation – Growing Wild Forest School, growingwildforestschool.org, 828-761-1497, [email protected], West Asheville. Ages 3-8. Year-round all-outdoor programming is offered. Summer day camp sessions for ages 3-8 are 9:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Cost is $250 per week, including a deposit. If programming is delayed due to COVID-19, deposits will be fully refunded. Choose which week(s) to attend. Each session will have a unique nature theme to inspire a sense of wonder, adventure and imagination.
The Little Gym of Asheville Super Quest Camps, tlgashevillenc.com, 828-747-2239, [email protected], 10 Crispin Court, Suite 104. Ages 3-9 and potty independent. This summer camp experience combines fun physical activity, games, crafts and Legos. Camps are 9 a.m.-1 p.m. or 1 p.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Friday, May 31-Aug. 20. Cost is $45 per half day or $200 per week.
The Music Academy Asheville, rockacademync.com, 828-252-1888, 1408 E Patton Ave., Asheville. Look for more camp details online.
Summer Experience Full Day Camp: June 14-18
Strings Camp: June 28-July 1
Roots Camp: July 12-16
Rock Academy Camp: June 26-30
Opening Act Camp: grades 1-3, Aug. 2-6; grades 4-6, Aug. 9-13
UNC Asheville, 1 University Heights, Asheville
● Summer Camps and Programs, camps.unca.edu, 828-251-6991, [email protected] UNC Asheville offers a variety of academic and athletic camps. Visit camps.unca.edu to learn about in-person and virtual offerings.
● Young Writers Workshop https://greatsmokies.unca.edu/young-writers-workshop/ 828-251-6099 [email protected] Rising grade 9 – first-year college. The two-week session meets via Zoom for two hours per day (one hour of poetry and one hour of prose, with a half hour break in between) with dates and times TBA. Email Lilly Augspurger at [email protected] to join the mailing list.
UNC Asheville STEAM Studio SkillSet, steamstudio.unca.edu/projects/skillset, 828-450-9870, 821 Riverside Drive, Suite 140, Asheville
● Make Your Own Guitar, Girls and non-binary age 13-18, July 5-9. Full day, cost is $520. Participants design and build a functioning custom electric guitar. Tools and processes include Fusion 360, CNC Router, Waterjet, soldering circuits, hand tools. No experience necessary.
● Chirps and Chimes, Girls and non-binary age 11-15. July 12-16. Half day, cost is $415. Participants will make birdhouses and copper pipe windchimes.
● Illuminations, Girls and non-binary age 13-18, July 19-23. Cost is $520. Participants will weld a pendant lamp, construct a wood and rice paper lamp and sew a soft circuit.
● Furniture, Girls and non-binary age 13-18, July 26-30. Cost is $520. Participants build and customize a wooden bench.
YMCA of Western North Carolina Summer Day Camps, ymcawnc.org/summerdaycamps, 828-251-5910, [email protected], Buncombe, McDowell, and Henderson counties. Ages 4-15. Camps are located throughout Buncombe, McDowell and Henderson counties. Activities include arts and crafts, swimming, academic achievement, summer learning loss prevention, swimming, archery, group games, counselor-in-training programs, field trips, STEAM curriculum and community service. Cost is $80-$250 per week. Financial assistance is available.
Zaniac 2021 STEM Summer Camps, zaniaclearning.com/asheville, 828-575-0355, [email protected], 1 Town Square Blvd., Suite 120, Asheville. Grades K-8. Explore animals, space, kitchen chemistry, coding, 3D printing, Minecraft and more. Weekly full-day or half-day STEM camps are June 1- Aug. 13. Small camp sizes, safety protocols and more.