2008 Summer Camps

Buckeye Recreation Center, Beech Mountain

Summer camp begins July 7th and finishes on August 8th. We are offering five different camps this year. Below is a list of the camps available along with the date that particular camp is running. Summer camps are for children 5-13 years of age. For More information, and to register, visit Beech Mountain’s website by clicking here.

Survivor: July 7-11, 9AM – 3PM, $125

themed after the hit TV series “Survivor”. Come join us for an island adventure set in the mountains, where we will focus on team work, cooperation and the importance of communication. Campers will be placed in a
tribe upon their arrival, where they will work together to complete challenges and work towards common goals. These challenges will be fun, interactive and stimulating for all of our campers and will help them learn life skills that will carry with them.

Nature Camp: July 14-18, 9AM – 3PM, $125

Each day during nature camp will focus on a different aspect of the environment.
We will be taking a look at the lake ecology here at Buckeye Lake,
learning how to identify trees, focusing on our daily water use, and will incorporate
activities like fishing, hiking, building emergency shelters, using a compass
and canoeing into those focus days

Basketball Camp: July 21-24, 9AM- 12PM, $50
designed to enhance the basketball skills, of incoming 2 nd through incoming 9 th graders, through a combination of fun games, drills, and scrimmages.

Mountain Adventure: July 28-Aug 1, 9AM – 3PM, $125
Get a true taste of the mountains and all that they have to offer through our summer camp, “Mountain Adventure”. This summer we will be getting our feet wet with adventures in canoeing and fishing, hiking and scavenger hunts, and we will even be paid a visit from some fine feathered and fury critters from next door
at the Genesis Wildlife Rehab Center. We will be focusing on getting up, getting out and getting excited about our mountainous playground here on top of Beech Mountain.

Tennis Camp: Aug 4 – 8, 9AM – 3:15PM, $125
The camp is led by Brian Rosenthal, USPTA Certified Tennis Professional and a USTA/ Southern Section Coach. He has coached Southern Zonals, National Zonals, and Davis Cup for NC Tennis. For more information and to Register, go to www.rdutennis.net. On the home page you will see a link for Buckeye Recreation Center on the right hand side.

Watauga Parks and Rec Summer Adventure Camp

When: 7:30 a.m. till 5:30 p.m., from Monday, June 16th until Friday, August 1st.

Where: Watauga High School

Who: Enrollment is limited to 50 campers per week. Held at , Summer Adventure Camp is open to campers ages 5 – 13, rising 1st through 7th graders (children must have completed kindergarten).

Fee: The registration fee for camp is $80 per week with some weeks having extra field trip fees assessed. To secure a camper’s enrollment, one half of the total amount for camp is due at registration. Full payment of camp fees must be paid by Monday, June 9th, 2008.

Highlights: Each of the seven weeks of camp has a different and unique theme, and campers may pick and choose which weeks they wish to attend.
More Information: contact Keron Poteat at 828.264.9511 or keron.poteat@ncmail.net

Watauga Parks and Rec Fun in the Sun Camp

When: 7:30 a.m. till 5:30 p.m., from Monday, June 16th until Friday, July 25th.

Where: Hardin Park School

Who: campers ages 5 – 13, rising 1st through 7th graders (children must have completed kindergarten). Kids are divided into Giggle Gang (ages 5-7), Super Troopers (ages 8-9) and Explorers (ages 10-13)

Highlights:The Fun in the Sun Camp is six weeks and the kids will swim once per week and they have physical activity and art activities on a daily basis. The campers also have access to the gym and playground.

Fees: The registration fee for camp is $70 per week with some weeks having extra field trip fees assessed. To secure a camper’s enrollment, one half of the total amount for camp is due at registration. Full payment of camp fees must be paid by Monday, June 9th, 2008.

More Information: contact Rebecca Woolard at 828.264.9511 or rebecca.woolard@ncmail.net


Watauga Arts Council Summer Arts Camp, featuring the Missoula Children’s Theater

When: June 23-28, 2008. The Arts Camp will operate Monday—Thursday, 9:00 am—4:00 pm
Friday, 9:00 am—show time and Saturday, noon—show time. Performances will be held Friday, June 27, at 7 p.m. & Saturday, June 28, at 3 p.m.

Where: Watauga High School Auditorium

Who: Rising first graders through rising tenth graders. 60 spaces available

Highlights: Workshops in storytelling, music, movement, improvisation, the visual arts, and more. Workshops will be led by local artists, and children will be involved in these workshops when not participating in rehearsals. The 2008 Production will be Robin Hood.

Fee: Registration fee for Summer Arts Camp: $110.00 per child
Registration fee for Robin Hood rehearsals only: $50.00 per child

More information: See the Summer Camp website to download registration forms or scholarship application.


Camp Broadstone’s Summer Enrichment Program for Academically Gifted Youth Day Camp

When: June 16 – August 1, 2008 One-Week Sessions, Monday to Friday with campers arriving at 8:30 a.m. and returning home at 5:30 p.m.

Where:Camp Broadstone, Valle Crucis

Who: local 4th through 6th grade academically gifted youth

Highlights: The Day Camp sessions will have themes such as Exploring Science, Appalachian Heritage, Outdoor Living Skills and more!

Fee: The cost is $250 per session, and campers are welcome to register for more than one session.

More information: The Camp Broadstone website website or by calling Katy June Abrams at 828-963-4640.


Camp Broadstone’s Summer Enrichment Program for Academically Gifted Youth Residence Camp (1 or 2 week sessions)

When: Two- Week Sessions, I. June 15-27, II. July 6-18, III. July 20 – August 1
One – Week Sessions, I. June 15 – 20, II. July 6 – 11, July 20 – 25

Where: Camp Broadstone, Valle Crucis

Who: Two week sessions: Current 4th – 9th Graders
One Week Sessions: Current 4th – 6th graders

Highlights: Campers attend their activities in enrichment programs each morning and participate in adventure activities in the afternoons. Seventh, eighth, and ninth grade campers will participate in a four day out-of-camp advanced program that will blend adventure activities with historical, cultural and environmental activities. This type of programming offers campers a broad range of social participation, group responsibility and individual decision making. Morning programs are hands-on activities in areas such as science, history, environmental studies, arts and crafts, journalism, music, dramatic arts, and cultural studies.

Fee: $1750 for 2-week session, $1000 for 1-week session

More information: See the Camp Broadstone website, or download the online brochure.


Blowing Rock Stage Company CAMPservatories

When: One Week Sessions, June 2 – August 1

Where: Blowing Rock Stage Company Facilities

Who: Children ages 4-18 (different age ranges each session)

Highlights: Blowing Rock Stage Company’s Theatre Education & Outreach Programs (TOPs) represent the educational wing of the company. Programs are offered to all students of Watauga County and surrounding communities. Since its inception in 2001, TOPs has enjoyed the participation of over 1,250 High Country students.

Fee: Most Sessions $170 ($50 deposit due at registration)

For More Information: See Blowing Rock Stage Company website


Blowing Rock Summer Camps

When: 1 week sessions, June 9 – August 1

Where: Blowing Rock Recreation Center

Who: rising 1st graders – rising 7th graders

Highlights: Emphasizes learning to appreciate the outdoors and our environment, and that campers should be out in and a part of the environment as much as possible. We will, for the most part, plan our special on-camp events and field trips according to this theme. There will, of course, be field trips and events that are purely for fun!

Fee: Taxpayer: 1st&2nd grade $40, 3rd– 7th grade $50
Non-Taxpayer: 1st&2nd grade $95, 3rd–7th grade $110

For More Information: BR Parks and Rec Registration form


Mountain Pathways Montessori Summer Camp

When: One Week Sessions, June 2 – August 15

Where: Mountain Pathways on Howard’s Creek Rd.

Who: Children ages 4 – 10

Highlights: provides children between the ages of 4 and 10 with a wealth of experiences, activities, and projects in an environment that is safe, relaxed and nurturing, yet stimulating.

Fee: $150 per week, $25 aftercare till 5:30

For More Information: See the Mountain Pathways website


Appalachian State University Youth Summer Camps

The Appalachian Youth Camps website has information about many athletic and academic camps. Sports include baseball, basketball, soccer, field hockey, football, softball, track and field, volleyball, cheerleading, wrestling.

Academics include academically gifted, craft, forensic science, math, SAT prep, scholars weekend, STARTALK institute in Chinese language skills.

For more information, see the Youth Camps website.


Lees McRae Summer Sports Camps

As of right now, Lees McRae has only a few camps listed, but I think they should be adding more soon. They are offering Boys’ Soccer and Girls’ Basketball. See the Bobcat Sports Camps and Clinic page for more information.


Turtle Island Preserve Boys’ and Girls’ Camps

When: Young Boys Camp (Ages 7-10): June 22 -June 28, 2008
Older Boys Camp (Ages 11-17): July 6-19, 2008
Girls Camp (Ages 8-16): July 20-26, 2008

Where: Turtle Island Preserve, Triplett, NC. Eight miles from Boone.

Highlights: Turtle Island Boys and Girls Camp offers a totally unique living experience and exceptional education. All campers and instructors live in tipis or Adirondack style shelters. Living close to nature brings understanding, appreciation and love for our environment. We explore our essential needs and learn to fulfill them together.

Fee: Young Boys, $700.00 ($100.00 deposit)
Older Boys, $1400.00 ($250.00 deposit)
Girls, $700.00 ($100.00 deposit)

For More Information: Turtle Island Preserve website


Holston Presbytery Camp & Retreat Center

When: Weekend and One-week sessions from April 18 – 25

Where: Holston Presbytery Camp, Banner Elk, NC

Who: Ages vary by session

Fee: $100 – $515

For More Information: Visit HolstonCamp.org


4-H Residential Camps

4-H offers residential, week-long camps across the state at a reasonable prices. Watauga County 4-H will escort a group of campers to Betsy-Jeff Penn 4-H Center the week of July 13 for fun adventures including swimming, canoeing, climbing, archery, horseback riding and more! While our local 4-H Camping group is filling up, other opportunities are still available through the 4-H camps across the state. The difference is that the parents will need to provide their own transportation and enroll their child directly with the camp. You may contact the local 4-H office for more information and assistance at 264-3061.

Here are some of the possibilities:
8-14 year olds: Junior Camp- traditional 4-H camp.
Cloverbud Camp for 5-8 year olds; 2 night introduction to camp away from home
Whitewater Adventures, 13-17 year olds
Forestry Camp, 8-12 year olds
Deaf Camp, 8-16 year olds; for hearing or speech impaired youth
Adventure Camp, 13-14 year olds; backpacing, campouts, canoeing
Marine Science and Sailing camp, 12-16 year olds
Target Shooting Camp, 10-16 year olds;
Fur, Fish and Game, 12-15 year olds

To check on availability and find out more information, check out



4-H Super Summer

4-H Super Summer workshops are now available for enrollment. The workshops are designed to offer fun and educational enrichment for 5-12 year olds throughout the summer, beginning on June 12. Workshop times vary from 2-3 hours with topics ranging from building birdhouses or
rockets to making soap. The Pizza Adventures daycamp lasts 4 days and involves searching the community for ingredients to make pizza. The brochure is available on-line at http://watauga.ces.ncsu.edu/index.php?page=youth4h

The forms are also available at the Cooperative Extension office at 971 West King Street. Call 264-3061 for more information. Participants must pre-register.


Camp Cotillion Day Camp
Learn to appreciate and make the most of your good qualities. Learn to be happy with your appearance and feel confident and poised under the direction of a skilled professional. Learn to be at ease in new situations, and always know what to say and when to say it. Dine with finesse at fancy restaurant, make the most of the fashions that flatter you and have fun planning and providing a mother/daughter banquet. This 4 day, day camp is open to girls in grades fourth through eighth grade in the fall, 2008. Cost is $95. The dates are June 16-19, 2008 – Hickory; and June 23-26, 2008 – Boone. Minimum 20, Maximum 40. Contact Pat at the Girl Scout Council of the Catawba Valley Area, Inc. – 828-328-2444/800-328-8388 for a registration packet.


ASU Summer Youth Programs and Camps.
Thanks to Shannon (Mrs. Bald Guy) for sending in this information .

Are you looking for summer enrichment for your children or grandchildren this summer? Look no farther than the ASU Office of Conferences and Institutes! Camps are filling fast, but as of today, it is not too late to sign up for any of these creative camp programs.

1. Animal Studies: June 2-6, for rising 2nd – 5th grade students
Participants will have the opportunity to examine salamanders, lizards, snakes, and turtles. We will also study both live and preserved mammal specimens, research water quality, and explore the inhabitants of Kraut Creek. This investigation of animals and local animal habitats will be led by Monique Eckerd through the ASU Biology Department. Read more at www.pathways.appstate.edu
2. Pottery classes: Wednesdays, beginning June 4, for ages 10 – 15
Designed for learning clay skills that leave room for active imaginations, you will be making fun projects using both the potters wheel and hand-building techniques. Come if you have never touched clay or if you have some experience. Dress for a mess! Read more at www.craftenrichment.com

3. Drawing class: Thursdays, beginning June 5, for ages 10 – 15
Learn to draw more realistically using secrets of light and shading, proportion and perspective. Full of fun projects exploring different drawing media such as graphite, conte, charcoal, pastel and watercolor pencils. Come and be amazed at what you can do! Read more at www.craftenrichment.com

4. Elementary Escapades: June 9-13, for ages 5 – 10
Create your own fun, build toys, make fiber arts, explore creeks, and much more. Surprise yourself in this outdoor exploration of the living world of nature. Discover hidden talents as you make olden days fiber crafts. This program starts each day on the campus of ASU, then travels on two afternoons to a nearby creek/ swamp habitat, and two afternoons to the farm home of a 5th generation Watauga County fiber artist. Read more at www.pathways.appstate.edu

5. Math Camp: July 7-10, for rising 6th-12th grade students
Math Camp is a social happening! Similar to a sports camp, we have teams and each team has an ASU student as a coach. We have hands-on activities, graphing calculators, computers, competitions, group interaction, prizes, snacks, fire-side chats (without the fire) and magic tricks that introduce algebra word problems. Also, real world problems will answer the question, “What is math good for?” Led by Dr. Anita Kitchens, this camp is for students that: Love Math – Hate Math – Fear Math – Catch on quickly – Can’t seem to catch on – Want a strong start in Math next year.Read more at www.camps.appstate.edu

6. Animal Studies: July 28 – August 1, for rising 2nd – 5th grade students
Participants will have the opportunity to examine salamanders, lizards, snakes, and turtles. We will also study both live and preserved mammal specimens, research water quality, and explore the inhabitants of Kraut Creek. This investigation of animals and local animal habitats will be led by Monique Eckerd through the ASU Biology Department. Read more at www.pathways.appstate.edu

7. Nature and Music: August 11-15, for students ages 4-7
Four days of music and outdoor exploration with licensed Musikgarten teacher Allison Moser. Your child will explore bugs, weather, water and trees through this music filled camp that highlights nature’s wonders and delights. Each day will include instrument playing, walking field trips, crafts, music and movement. Register your little explorer today! Read more at www.pathways.appstate.edu

ASU also sponsors a day camp for gifted and talented students in 4th-6th grade. Read more at www.campbroadstone.com.

Additional programs in baseball, basketball, soccer, field hockey, football, softball, track and field, cheer leading, volleyball and wrestling, can be found at www.camps.appstate.edu


Kindermusik of Boone Summer Session

Faye Ayers will be offering Kindermusic classes for kids from birth to seven years old. They will be offered in 5 day sessions, beginning in July.

Dates and prices vary, visit the Kindermusic of Boone website (click here) for more information, click here to email Faye, or call her at 264-4367.


JUNE 13-14
The SCORE Alliance Soccer Camp is available to boys and girls, ages 5-10, and is intended for young, enthusiastic players who want to learn in a fun and dynamic, training environment. These sessions are tailored to the developmental age and skill level of the camper. Call the church office at 264-8312 for more information.
COST: $35.00



Mary’s School Summer Backyard

Highlights: Summer Camp takes advantage of the summer weather with extended time outside. Campers will participate in creative and play activities, as well as Montessori math, language, sensorial and geography activities.

When: June 9 to Aug. 1. Morning sessions last from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. and children should bring a lunch.

Who: Two to nine, with older students acting as “junior assistants.”

Fees: Five mornings (Monday through Friday): $100
Three mornings (Monday, Wednesday, Friday): $68
Two Mornings (Tuesday and Thursday): $49
Extended hours (lasting until 4 p.m.) are available for $25 per day.

To register and for more information, contact the school at (828) 297-5045.


Lutheridge and Lutherock

When: Each camp offers weekly sessions starting on June 1 and ending Aug. 9.

Where: Lutheridge is located in Arden, and Lutherock is in Newland.

Who: Camps sessions vary, ranging from first to 12th grades.

Highlights: Summer camping experiences that focus on teamwork and Bible study. Activities at Lutheridge include swimming, crafts, games, canoeing, hikes and a low-ropes course. Lutherock offers campers outdoor adventure programs, including rafting, backpacking, caving, rock climbing and rappelling, in addition to more traditional camp experiences.

Fees: Vary, depending on age and session. Range from $399 to $589.

For more information and to register, visit llmi.net.


Cre8tive Drama Day Camp
Where: ASU’s I.G. Greer Studio Theater
Who: Six to 16 years old.
Fees: $50 for Turchin Center members, $75 for others.
Highlights:A week-long day camp focusing on drama and movement. ASU faculty member Gordon Hensley will serve as the workshop’s facilitatorFor more information and to register, call (828) 262-3017 or email turchincenter@appstate.edu.


Celtic Unicorn Horse StablesSummer Horseback Riding Camp.

When: Week-long sessions start in early June and end in mid August. For ages seven to 10, the camp runs from 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. For 11- to 15-year-olds, sessions last from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Where: Boone

Who: Seven to 15 years old.

Highlights: The camp focuses on beginning horseback riding mixed with craft activities, music, games and a bit of Scottish heritage. Campers will learn the basics of horseback riding and respectful horsemanship, as well as how to safely care for and interact with horses.
Fees: $325 for ages seven to 10, $425 for 11 to 15.

For more information and to register, contact the stables at (828) 963-7856 or go online to celticunicornstables.com.


Camp Sky Ranch

When: Camp Sky Ranch offers two-week sessions starting on June 22 and ending Aug. 2.

Where: Blowing Rock

Who: Children of all ages.
Fee: $1,200 for each two-week session

Highlights: Specialized camping experiences for developmentally and mentally disabled individuals. Daily activities include arts and crafts, boating, horseback riding, swimming and a variety of sports and nature activities.

For more information and to register, visit www.campskyranch.com.


Camp Broadstone’s Day Camp

When: Weekly sessions are offered throughout the summer, beginning June 16 and ending Aug. 1.

Where: Valle Crucis
Who: Fourth through sixth graders.

Highlights: A new program offering campers an opportunity to sample the activities resident campers get to experience while returning home each evening. Day campers participate in enrichment classes, adventure activities and field trips.
Fee: $250 per week.

For more information and to register, go to campbroadstone.com.

Cherokee Cove Campground and Retreat Center

Creative Memories Kids Kamp

The annual Creative Memories Kids Kamp will be help July 14-17th from 9am-noon each day at Paula Domermuth’s home. Cost is $30 plus supplies. This year, there are many options that children can particpate in: digital storybooks, digital wall prints, picfolio slide-in albums, everyday display boards, paper albums, and of course, traditional scrapbooking. Once you register, I will help you decide the best option(s) for your child. This camp is limited to 12 participants, so send in your registration fee or call me with your credit card number ASAP to reserve your spot.

Contact Paula Domermuth for more information:



Watauga High School “ONE team” Football Camp

When: June 16-19

Where: Jack Croce Stadium, WHS

Who: rising 1st-6th Graders: 9 AM – noon, rising 7-8th Grade: 1:30-4:30 PM

Highlights: Players will receive instruction on all aspects of football, and receive a t-shirt at the end of camp. The camp is non-contact. Campers should bring tennis shoes in case of bad weather; they can wear cleats, but it is not required. Instructors include new head coach Tim Pruitt and award-winning WHS players Eric Breitenstein and Casey Augustine.


For More Information: Call Tim Pruitt, (336) 262-4708

This is a listing of the local general camps I’ve found so far. A list of more specialized, and more distant camps will be forthcoming.


Studio K Dance Camp

When: June 23-27

Where: Studio K Dance Workshop in Boone

Who: Preschool: 3:30-4:15 PM, Rising K-2nd grade 4:15-5:00 PM, Rising 3rd-5th grade 5:00-5:45 PM

Fee: $44

For More Information: Call Cay Harkins at 265-4111 or 265-6621


If you have any information about summer camps in Watauga, Ashe, Avery, Wikesboro, even Charlotte or Greensboro, please forward it to me!

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  1. I had previously sent you information on the clinics that Buckeye Recreation Center would be having during the summer. This Center is for public use – not just Beech Mountain residents. If you can include their camp programs in your list of summer information it would be appreciated. The list can be found at http://www.townofbeechmountain.com/community/SummerCamp.htm