Day Camps


Appalachian Mountain Leadership’s Youth Leadership Institute

The purpose of AML’s Youth Leadership Institute is to provide a fun and adventurous experience that cultivates age appropriate competencies in middle schoolers’ development.

  • Session 1: July 8-12

    • Monday- Thursday: 9am-4pm*

    • Friday: 8am-4pm**

  • Session 2: July 15-19

    • Monday- Thursday: 9am-4pm*

    • Friday: 8am-4pm**

      • Age(s): 11-14

      • Cost: $500

      • Program Elements: Rock Climbing and Rappelling, Backpacking, and Hiking

Avery 4-H Summer WOW

When: June 17-July 26
Where: Newland Elementary School Cafeteria
Who: Ages 5-13

The 2019 Avery County 4-H Summer W.O.W.(Wonderful Opportunities Waiting) Program has officially begun accepting applications for the upcoming summer. The Avery County 4-H staff has planned another exciting, fun and educational summer program for youth, ages 5 to13 years old. The 4-H Summer W.O.W. Program is licensed through N.C. Division of Child Development and Education.

4-H Summer W.O.W. will run from June 17 to July 26, 2019. The program hours of operation will be from 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., Monday through Friday. The daily participation fee is $25 per day. (Please note: Daily fees cover all activity costs, transportation to and from the main site, breakfast, lunch, and a healthy snack each day.) Transportation services will be available from Banner Elk Elementary and Freedom Trail Elementary ONLY.

For more information or to enroll go to:

Beech Mountain Day Camp

When: June 17-August 2
Where: Buckeye Recreation Center in Beech Mountain
Who: Ages 5-12

There isn’t a better way to spend summer on Beech Mountain if you are a kid than attending our Summer Day Camp. Camp runs from the end of June to the beginning of August for ages 5-12. Make life-long friendships and memories while gaining knowledge of the outdoor world on Beech Mountain. Try different sports, explore trails and creeks, visit State parks, get wet and wild on our slip-n slide and learn there is nothing like having summer fun on Beech Mountain at the Buckeye Recreation Center. Click here to register or call for more information. Camp fills up quick, so contacts us as soon as you can.

NEW! This year we will be introducing our Jr. Counselor Leadership Program. The J.C.L.P is designed to give our teens the skills, encouragement, and tools of becoming leaders of tomorrow. J.C.L.P participants will assist our counselors while taking part in all activities of camp.

Fee: Call for Updated Pricing.

More Information: Registration Form, or call 828-387-3003

Blowing Rock Summer Camp

Who: rising kindergarten-rising 6th grader, ages 5-13

We offer summer camp to rising Kindergarten-rising 6th graders. Activities include games, arts and crafts, swimming at the pool, weekly field trips, hiking, fishing, and more!

2019 Summer Day Camp registration will go live on Friday, March 1st at 9:00AM for Blowing Rock residents. Monday, March 11th at 9:00AM for non-residents. Junior Counselor applications will also be on Monday, March 11th, 2019 at 9 AM EST.  You will need to set up an account on our Recdesk platform to be able to register.  Please visit this link: to set up an account.  The camp registration links will be available at this link:

2019 Camp Dates: 

Week 1: June 17-21 
Week 2: June 24-28 
Week 3: July 1-5 (off July 4) 
Week 4: July 8-12
Week 5: July 15-19
Week 6: July 22-26
Week 7: July 29-August 2
Week 8: August 5-9 

*These dates may change depending on Watauga County Schools academic calendar. Fee: $70 per week for taxpayers and $120 per week for non-taxpayers.

Fee: Call for updated information: 828-295-5223

Junior Counselors – The Junior Counselor Program is open to anyone rising 7th grade – high school (under 18 years old). The Junior Counselor will be working under direction of the camp counselors, interns, and summer camp coordinator and supervisor.

Brushy Fork Baptist Church - Summer Day Camp

June 24-28

3915 Highway 421 North, Vilas, NC 28692
(828) 297-2524

Brushy Fork Baptist Church is sponsoring and hosting a Free Summer Day Camp for kids, ages K - 5th grade.  This event will be held on the church property from 7:30am until 5:30pm.  Breakfast and lunch are included. Looking forward to Summer? Enroll today by calling Pastor Johnmark at 850-333-7912.

Camp Girl Boss

July 15-19; 8:30am-4;30pm

Watauga High School
300 Go Pioneers Drive
Boone, NC 28607

#CampGirlBoss is a powerful day-camp experience for girls between the ages of 11 – 13 years old, presented by the Sequoyah Fund in Cherokee, NC. The program is a unique combination of entrepreneurship, leadership, and professional development to help empower 300 middle school Girl Bosses across WNC.

In 2018, the inaugural camp was held on campus at UNC Asheville and was taught by some of the most successful women leaders from WNC. During the summer of 2019, there will be several camps hosted around Western North Carolina. There are opportunities to apply, host, volunteer, and sponsor WNC Girl Bosses.

Boone, North Carolina will host a Camp Girl Boss camp during the week of July 15 - 19 on the Watauga County High School campus. Additional camp details, registration, and volunteer applications are available at

Camp Like a Girl - Girl Scout Camp

Check the website for camp locations (Lenoir, Brevard & Sophia) and dates/rates.

Offering Residential and Day Camps, including weekend programs.

Each camp offers a variety of activities such as canoeing, crafts, archery, swimming and so much more that will let girls be themselves. Girl Scout camp is for every girl! Girl Scout camp is the perfect place to make new friends, try something new and just have fun!


June 17-21

June 24-28

Camp runs Monday - Friday from 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m., with drop off starting at 7:45 a.m. and pick up ending at 5:30 p.m.

Camp UREC was created for young people (grades 2-9) in the High Country to enjoy spending a summer on Appalachian State's campus.  We offer a wide variety of recreation activities for a fun and memorable Summer! Camp UREC is made possible by University Recreation, a Division of Student Affairs.


Dependent of Student = $200 per camper/per week
Dependent of Other = $225 per camper/per week


Dependent of Student = $350 per camper/per week
Dependent of Other = $375 per camper/per week

Camp Cats & Canines

Deer Valley Athletic Club Summer Camps

507 Bamboo Rd
Booone, NC

June 10 - August 16

8:00am - 5:30pm

Half day options for mornings and afternoons are available.

Not a member a Deer Valley? Sign up by May 1st, 2019 for camps and pay the member rate!!

Deer Valley is excited to provide an active summer camp experience for our Deer Valley Members and their guests. We want to provide quality programming with a friendly staff to create a summer experience that your kids will never forget. 

The morning session will feature three different sports camps. Campers will receive instruction on various sports from our staff of professionals. The sports will include tennis, basketball, soccer and gymnastics. 

Afternoon sessions will include arts, crafts, swimming, life skills and other fun activities. 

Family Support Network Summer Camp Directory

Summer camp provides a unique opportunity for growth and development, and provides a period of summertime respite for parents and caregivers. The camp experience may be especially valuable for children who have special needs, as they can be isolated from some of the social experiences that other children take for granted.

The camps in this directory are organized alphabetically by county for camps in North Carolina, and alphabetically by state for camps outside the state.  Each entry includes contact information for the camp, type of disability it serves, a description of camp activities, cost, and dates for 2019.  We have also included a list of camps organized by specialty/condition.

This directory is a product of the Family Support Program at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Social Work. It is a resource for family members and service providers who are looking for summer camp experiences for children. The Family Support Program does not endorse any camp programs, including those listed in the directory.

Friends of Dirt Camp

June 17- Aug 2 (Enrollment Weekly) 
Times: 8-12; 8:15-12:15; 8:30-12:30 (inquire as to availability of after care)
Ages 3 -9
Ages 10 and up can apply to be counselors (

Week 1 June 17-21
Week 2 June 24-28 
Week 3 July 8-12
Week 4 July 15-19  
Week 5 July 22-26
Week 6 July 29-August 2

5 days $140/week; 3 days $87/week
Additional children in a family have 10% discount
Activity fee of $15/week/family

Glory Days

July 8-12

Alliance Bible Fellowship
1035 NC Hwy 105 Bypass, Boone, NC 28607
(828) 264-8312

Ages 3-4: 9:00am-12:00pm; Grades 1-5: 9:00am - 4:00pm

Glory Days is a weeklong, summer camp for campers who will be entering 1st - 5th grade in the fall of 2019 (current K - 5th grade). We do offer a prek camp from 9-12 for campers 3 years to 5 years old. The camp offers coaching in various sports or instruction in the arts, all by trained and gifted individuals. In addition to participating in the sport or art activities, campers will gather for a large group time as well as in small groups each day to learn about the Bible and to explore God’s Glory... in everything we do!

Holston Camp & Retreat Center

6993 Hickory Nut Gap Road, Banner Elk 

June 10-14
June 17-21
June 24-18
July 1-5
July 8-12
July 15-19
July 22-26
July 29-August 2
August 5-9
August 12-16

Holston Summer Day Camp is the place for friends, fun, and faith. Day campers are exposed to most of the same age-appropriate activities as the resident campers: swimming, canoeing, archery, zip-lines, rock climbing, hiking, morning worship and field games. Boomers also enjoy a hot lunch in our dining hall and an afternoon snack. Boomers usually take a field trip to a local attraction of interest like Grandfather Mountain or Linville Caverns. We employ and train college-age counselors to provide guidance and care for our kids. Come for 1 week or stay all 10 weeks, we guarantee your Boomer will have a blast. Time: 8:00 am until 5:00 pm.

$150 per week

Rising Grades 1-6


August 5-9

Camp Sky Ranch, Blowing Rock 

Cost: $125 per camper

Mission: Share the love of Christ through outdoor camping and experiential recreation adapted for the special needs population, regardless of age or ability. 

The Program: Each day we will try to have outside activities, a craft and hands-on activity, and of course music! Lunch WILL be provided each day and we will plan on getting the campers involved in preparing some of the meals! 

Each of the five days will have special themes that the activities will revolve around. As the opening day gets closer we will be announcing the different themes to create excitement for the campers over the summer months leading into camp. Campers will be encouraged to dress accordingly and even where costumes that go along with the theme for that day. 

At the conclusion of the activities on Day 5 we will have a short ceremony to give out awards, the t-shirts they decorated, and a special iCAMP patch for them to collect that will be unique each year. iCAMP is an exciting adventure for kids and families in the high country who are looking for adaptive recreation and education in the outdoors. We hope that you will join us. Questions or to request an application to attend as a camper or volunteer: Applications can be submitted online at or email Jack Sharp at or call 855-475-9947. 

Into the Woods Summer Day Camp

Hosted by: Wildwood Agile Learning Community

Camp Sky Ranch
Sky Ranch Rd, Blowing Rock, North Carolina 28605

Into the Woods Camp will provide the space and support to PLAY to your heart’s delight in a multi-age setting. Camp will take place at the beautiful & rustic Camp Sky Ranch and will offer a variety of down-and-dirty activities that inspire joy, creativity, and connection...such as exploring the creek, hiking, nature journaling, inventing creative games/free play, kickball, tie dying, and scavenger hunts. There will also be indoor offerings such as making meditation jars, lounging, games, yoga and crafting. Kids can follow their interests throughout the day, and are also welcome to bring their own ideas and activities to share with the group!

WHO: Kids ages 6-13

WHEN: July 29-August 2, 2019 from 9am-4pm (early drop-off/late pick-up w/ small fee)

COST: $175 ($155 for siblings) for the week

LOCATION: Camp Sky Ranch, 634 Sky Ranch Rd, Blowing Rock, NC (minutes from the Boone Mall)

Choice based, collaborative play naturally enhances skills like problem solving, communication, empathy, conflict resolution, leadership, self-regulation, and critical thinking. Wildwood ALC values freedom within structure, and we look forward to sharing this with you!

Kid Cove

Mountain Adventures Day Camp

June 17 - August 16 (no camp July 4th); 7:30am - 6:00pm

Cove Creek School
930 Vanderpool Rd, Vilas, NC 28692

Emily Greer, Camp Director
(828) 773-9986 or

The Mountain Adventures Summer Day Camp (sponsored by W.A.M.Y.) is designed to ensure that the whole child is provided with tools to reach his or her full potential. Your camper will enjoy all the fun learning opportunities that are planned for the duration of the summer. The program strives to make learning more fun and experiential!

Mountain Pathways Montessori Camps

453 Howard’s Creek Rd., Boone, NC 28607

(828) 262-5787

Pre-Primary Summer - Children 18 months to 3 will extend their rich Montessori education into the summer months. With plenty of time to enjoy nature as well.

Farm Sprouts - (Session 1: June 3rd – Fri., June 28th. Session 2: July 8th – August 2nd
Closed entire July 4 week) - Children ages 3-6 years old will now have daily farm-themed lessons/activities led by Farm Camp teachers in addition to special guest Montessori teachers each week. A full list of themes on that group’s page!

Farm Camp- June 3 - July 22 (four weeks) - students age 6-12 get 4 weeks of hands on experience on the Farm. Weekly themed lessons and the opportunity to experience sustainability from farm to table.

Farm Community Camp - New for this year we will be offering 4 weeks of our newly designed camp for students ages 12-15. Weekly structure will include volunteer work in the broader community as well as running the school’s Community Supported Agriculture Accounts.

Reading for Paws

River and Earth Adventures - Summer Boys and Girls Adventure Day Camps

187 Patterson Ln
Elizabethton, TN 37643

Four-day camps include:

Day 1: canoeing/kayaking on the New river.
Day 2: Rafting on the Watauga River.
Day 3: whitewater kayak instruction.
Day 4: caving Worlies cave.

We will provide guides and all equipment
Kids will need to bring lunch, water, and snacks

Dates: 2nd week of June and July, 1st week of august
Price: $75 per day

2019 Storybook Camp

June 17-20; 9:30am-1pm

Girls Ages 5-11 

Cost: $75

Storybook Camp is a summer day camp hosted by LeAnn Gregory.

Uplands Reach

Timber Rivers Wedding and Event Venue
1703 North Fork New River Road 
Lansing, NC 28643

Junior Camp - July 8-12

A power-packed day camp for 5 yr. olds  – 12 yr olds ! Junior Camp is a day camp for 5 year olds through 12 year olds. It is made up of five activity filled days that leave kids exhausted and pumped for the next thing. It is an intense week of crazy fun activities, music, and messages. Campers are placed in groups based on age and gender as they rotate through different activities each day. Everyday campers work on scripture memory and hear the Truth of God’s Word.

Pay by May 31- $175

Pay by June 28- $200

After June 28- $225

Watauga Parks and Rec Fun in The Sun Camp

June 17 - August 8 (no camp the week of July 4th)
Hardin Park Elementary School; 7:30am-5:30
Who: rising 1-7 graders, ages 5-13

Highlights: The Watauga Parks and Recreation Fun in the Sun Camp takes place at Hardin Park School, is open to rising first- through seventh-graders and will take place for seven weeks this summer. Campers can attend one week or as many weeks as they want. The camp features many different recreational activities, games and sports.

Cost: $90 per week ($135 per week for non-county residents)

More Information: 828-264-9511; Registration begins Monday, April 1

Watauga Parks and Recreation Summer Adventure Camp

June 17 - August 2
Watauga High School
Rising 1-7 graders, ages 5-13

This structured camp provides themed weeks with activities, field trips, arts, and games related to the week's theme.  In addition to activities around campus and the weekly field trip, campers also go to Watauga County's tot lot and swim complex once each week.  Campers pay a per week registration fee.  Space is limited.  Registration begins March 1 and continues until all spaces have been filled.

Cost: $100 per week.

More Information: 828-264-9511

Western Youth Network Summer Day Camps

155 WYN Way, Boone / Rising 6th-9th graders 

WYN’s six week summer camp for middle school youth gives teens of all socioeconomic backgrounds the opportunity to have a fun and enriching summer experience. Through WYN’s camp, teens have a safe and healthy place to spend their out-of-school hours while making summer memories that every young person deserves.

Summer Camp Hours: Monday-Thursday 8:00am-5:30pm

Location: Campers will meet each morning at the WYN facility. WYN staff will then take campers in two groups on daily trips and adventures across the High Country. A schedule of summer trips and events will be provided for parents and guardians at the start of the summer program.

Program Fees:

$125 per week Standard Fee            |            $100 per week (if eligible for reduced school lunch)

$75 per week (if eligible for free school lunch)             |             Full Scholarships Available

The Williams YMCA of Avery County

Click the link above for detailed list of camps provided for various ages each week.

4-H Summer WOW Camp

June 17-July 26; 7:30 am - 5:30 pm

Cost: The daily participation fee is $25 per day.

Ages: 5 to13 years old

Location: Newland Elementary School, Newland

The 2019 Avery County 4-H Summer W.O.W.(Wonderful Opportunities Waiting)Program has officially begun accepting applications for the upcoming summer. The Avery County 4-H staff has planned another exciting, fun and educational summer program for youth, ages 5 to13 years old. The 4-H Summer W.O.W. Program is licensed through N.C. Division of Child Development and Education

Camps Located Outside the High Country

Asheboro Zoo Day Camp

Various dates throughout the summer.

Looking for a fun educational experience for your child? The zoo offers exciting summer camps to engage the brain, entertain the senses, and enhance environmental awareness. All camps run from 9am – 4 pm and each day is filled with  games, crafts, zoo exploration, and special encounters. We are happy to offer several day Zoo Camps as well as our first  week long camps for rising 1st-6th graders.