High Country 2017 Summer Camps

25700_382234879335_2023538_nAre we ready for Summer Camp yet? The High Country has a great variety of camps for all ages. We’ve compiled a great list here. We have listed overnight camps, day camps, Parks and Rec camps, science camps, adventure camps, performing art camps, and lots more for girls and boys!

This page will grow as more information comes in about 2017 Summer Camps. Please contact Jen if you know of a camp, or would like yours listed. Premium Camp listings are available.

Coming in from out of town(or as we say, “Up the Mountain” for Camp? Check out  High Country Host for places to stay and things to do in the High Country!

Day Camps

Overnight Camps

Sports Camps

Educational Camps

Performing Arts Camps



Watauga County NC Cooperative Extension Holds Summer Camps

Does your child like to help you in the kitchen? If so, we have two fantastic summer camps that your child will enjoy!

The camps are hosted by the NC Cooperative Extension. Please reserve your child’s spot ASAP before all spots are filled.

Watauga County NC Cooperative Extension

1. Pizza Adventure Week (Local foods for local kids)
Monday – Thursday, July 6th – July 9th, 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. each day
This day camp is for 6 – 10 year olds. Explore local sources of food as you collect ingredients for pizza. Make pizza from scratch and enjoy other food fun. See a cheese factory, milk a cow, visit other farms, and more! We will start and end each day at the Agricultural Conference Center in Boone. The fee is $60 for the week. Register at NC Cooperative Extension, 971 West King St. 828-264-3061. email: Margie_mansure@ncsu.edu

2. Teen cooking class
Open to 13-18 year olds
Learn practical skills you need to feed yourself and others and enjoy a delicious lunch each day! Recipes ready in 30 minutes or less, fish cookery, patty making, grilling, vegetarian ideas, interesting side dishes, knife skills, napkin folding, and much more. Wow your friends and their palates! Monday thru Friday, July 20th – 24th, 9:30-1:00. Classes held at the Agricultural Conference Center, 252 Poplar Grove Rd.
Class size limited! Register in advance by completing form and paying $90 to Watauga County North Carolina Cooperative Extension (Make check to Watauga NCCES) at 971 West King St. 264-3061, email: Margie_mansure@ncsu.edu


Summer Camp for Kids 2015

summercampsicon-174x165Are we ready for Summer Camp yet? My kids are getting really excited about camps around Boone, NC! We’ve compiled a great list here. We have listed overnight camps, day camps, Parks and Rec camps, science camps, adventure camps, performing art camps, and lots more for girls and boys!

This page will grow as more information comes in about 2015 Summer Camps. Please contact Jen if you know of a camp, or would like yours listed. Premium Camp listings are available.

Coming in from out of town(or as we say, “Down the Mountain” for Camp? Check out  High Country Host for places to stay and things to do in the High Country!

Day Camps

Overnight Camps

Sports Camps

Educational Camps

Performing Arts Camps


Next Generation Kids Performing Arts Camp

When:  July 13, 2015 THROUGH July 17, 2015

Where: Sessions: Studio K Dance Workshop in Boone
Performance: Todays brightest songs combined with the famous songs of broadway and the silver screen!

Who: Kids grades K-12. Grouped in grades K-2, 3-5, Middle/HS

Here is a sample of what a typical day at Next Generation Kids Summer Day Camp looks like:

9:00-9:30 Warm-up (vocal, stretches, ext..)
9:30-10:30 Learn music
10:30-11:30 Learn choreography
11:30-12:00 Stage scene
12:00-12:30 Lunch (please bring your own)
12:30-1:30 Build or paint set
1:30-2:00 Review what was learned today
What do I need to bring to camp?
Lunch, water or “clear drink” (sprite, lemonade), “closed-toe shoes” (no sandals because toes can get stepped on), a smock or something you don’t mind getting paint on.


Fee:  $175

More Information: Visit the camp website for registration and more info!


Cherokee Cove Uphill Youth Camps

When: June to Mid-August
Where: Cherokee Cove Family Camp, Conference Center and Retreat, just over the TN line
Who: Ages 13-18

Are you looking for an alternative to traditional youth camp? Summer is a great time for recreation, healthy delicious food, and rest. How about practical experience mixed with fun and fellowship? Would you like to meet new people while developing meaningful friendships as you work as a team on a common purpose?

Be challenged at Cherokee Cove to grow in your faith as you learn the truths of the Word. Be trained as a reliable and hard worker. Learn and practice purity as we study biblical principles about wholesome living and character. Learn and practice life skills such as culinary arts, construction, hospitality, photography, marketing, entrepreneurship, landscaping, and more. Learn & practice evangelism as we share the Gospel with others through local outreach. Practice being unplugged from the rest of the world while enjoying fresh mountain air and wholesome fellowship.

Fee: Only $200 per week. This fee covers all food, lodging, insurance and a camp T-shirt.
Visit http://www.cherokeecove.org/about/the-people/uphill-youth-program/


Buffalo Cove Outdoor Education Center Earth Camp

When: Earth Camp: July 1 to 14; Explorers Camp: July 28 to August 2

The Buffalo Cove Outdoor Education Center presents Earth Camp and Explorers Camp, programs of traditional mountain skills and woodland adventure. Earth Camp is a two-week program that takes place during the summer months. Participants range in age from 12-17 and come from all over the country. While at camp participants will spend time in camp doing a wide range of activities as well as time out of camp on adventures participating in life-lasting learning experiences. Enrollment limit: 18. Tuition: $1,500.

The camps offer experiential education in the lessons of the Southern Appalachian Mountains, including traditional earth skills, campcraft, woodslore, woodworking, archery, backpacking, low-impact camping and river canoeing.

Explorers Camp is offered for younger campers to start their journey into a lifetime of learning form nature. It is a five-day session for 8-12 year olds. In Explorers, we initiate the foundation in earth skills, woodslore, campcraft and community living. We focus on the basics with an emphasis on self-awareness, personal growth and fun! Enrollment limit: 16.

Fee: Tuition: $550

More information: Contact: 828-964-1473http://www.buffalocove.com/earth-camp.htm – To enroll in 2015 sessions please print the application, fill it out and send it in with a $250 deposit to Buffalo Cove Outdoor Education Center, 664 Buckskin Hollow, Deep Gap, NC 28618.



When: June  – July

Where: ASU Campus

Who: The general day camp is open to rising 2nd- 9th graders. The older campers (7th -9th) are also eligible to participate in the Counselor-In-Training program & Adventure week.

Located on the ASU campus. Camp UREC explores all aspects of recreation through sports, fitness, outdoors and traditional camp activities. Camp is from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Each week has a theme. Call or click to the website for cost information. Discounts are available for multi-week signups.

Fee: TBA


Appalachian State University Sports Camps

Numerous residential and day camps are offered throughout the summer months. Camps this summer include baseball, basketball, soccer, field hockey, football, softball, track and field, volleyball and wrestling.

Click here for the schedule and to register.


Animal Studies Camp

When:  Session I: July 13 – 17th
Where: ASU

Who: Session I is for rising second- through fourth-graders

Highlights: 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. Campers will spend time in lab classrooms and outside.

Fee: $175

More Information: http://conferences-camps.appstate.edu/youth-camps/animal-studies-1, or you may contact For questions about registration contact Meredith Linden by lindenma@appstate.edu or by phone at 828-262-8718

Camp Invention

When: TBD

Who: Rising grades 1-5

Highlights: 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. each day at Hardin Park Elementary and is open to all current kindergarten- through fifth-grade students.

Fee: $240 or $235 if you register online.

More Information: Camp Invention


Forensic Science Camp

When: Session July 8th to 11th, July 15th to 18th

Where: Campus of Appalachian State University.

Who: Grades 9 through 12

Highlights:  ASU’s Forensic Camp is designed for students with an interest in the laboratory analysis of crime scene evidence in grades 9 through 12, recommended by a science teacher or counselor.

Fee:  Early Registration $494 (post-marked by March 31st, 2015)
Regular Registration $519 (post-marked after March 31st, 2015)
The fee includes housing, food, materials and activities. Each session is limited to 24 participants.

More Information: Call 828-262-8718, click for session I or session II


Forensic Anthropology Camp

When: Jun 28th – July 1st, Jul 19th – July 22nd

Where: Campus of Appalachian State University.

Highlights:  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.

Fee:  The registration fee is $700, which includes 5 nights’ lodging in the residence hall, 15 meals total (starting with dinner on Sunday), limited illness/accident insurance, lab manual, lab and supplemental materials, and a camp T-shirt. Space is limited to 25 participants.

More Information: Call 828-262-8718, Session 1 or Session 2


Wildlife Rehabilitation and Field Studies Camp

When: July 11th – 17th

Where: Campus of Lees McRae College

Highlights: The Wildlife Rehabilitation and Field Studies Camp is designed for rising 9th-12th grade students who have an interest in nature, animals and wildlife.  Participants will experience the academic side of wildlife biology and wildlife rehabilitation programs and work with patients at the Blue Ridge Wildlife Institute (BRWI).  The camp is designed for motivated students and will feature lectures, labs, clinical and field experiences.  Each day features hands-on learning at the BRWI.  Participants will work with mammals, songbirds, raptors, and reptiles and will learn about the native habitat of western North Carolina.

Fee: The cost is $750 for residential. Registration forms are available online.

More information: Call 828-898-8772, Click here for registration form.


Advanced Wildlife Studies Camp

When: July 18th – 24th

Highlights: The Advanced Wildlife Camp is designed for rising 9th-12th grade students who desire to pursue a college education in a wildlife field.  Successful participants will have either attended a previous wildlife camp at Lees-McRae College before or have received a strong recommendation from his/her science teacher as being an advanced wildlife or science student with promise for success in the field.  Participants will work in a clinical setting at the Blue Ridge Wildlife Institute, engage in advanced wildlife studies, conduct education programs, and tour parts of western North Carolina to study wildlife.

Fee: The cost is $750 for residential. Registration forms are available online.

More information: Call 828-898-8772, Click here for registration form.

4-H Summer Camp

When: June to August

Where: Betsy-Jeff Penn 4-H Center, above Greensboro in Rockingham County, near Reidsville.

Who: Watauga County 8-14 year-old’s

Highlights: Placed in coed activity groups according to age, campers participate in horseback riding, canoeing, archery, climbing, swimming, arts & crafts, cookouts, campfires, nature exploration, teambuilding, high ropes, and much more. Adventure programs offer older youth opportunities to gain compass, GPS and other outdoor living skills, plus participate in rock climbing, swiftwater canoeing and more. Watauga County 4-H will escort a group of 8-14 year old campers to Betsy-Jeff Penn 4-H Center. The center is located above Greensboro in Rockingham County, near Reidsville.

Fee: TBA

More Information: http://nc4hcamps.org/camp_list.asp, or contact the 4H office at 264-3061.


Holston Camp

When: June 15 – July 31(Day) June 14 – July 17 (Residential)

Where: Holston Camp in Banner Elk

Who: ages 6-13 (Day), 8-17 (Residential)

Are you looking for adventure? Then Holston is the place for you this summer!  Camp runs from the 14th of June until the 31st of July for ages 5-13 from 8:30 to 4:30. Our residential camps are Sunday to Fridayafternoon for ages 8-17.  Make new friends and memories while growing faith with daily Bible studies and worship. You can choose from zip-lines, paintball, rock-climbing, swimming, rafting, archery, arts & crafts, horseback riding, mountain biking, hiking, obstacle courses, sports, Bible study, and more at Holston.

Fee: $99 (Day)  $399 (Residential)

More Information: Register online at http://www.holstoncamp.org/summer-camp , or call 828-898-6611


Camp Lutherock

When: A Variety of Camps Run June through August check the website for a full listing!

Where: Camp Lutherock, Newland, NC

Who: Grades 3-12

Highlights: One-week sessions are offered for youth in grades 3 through 12 at Camp Lutherock in Newland. Outdoor activities, Bible study and worship are a part of each day’s schedule.

Fee: Varies, according to session and age. Click here to see all the information.

More Information: visit  www.llmi.net or email info@llmi.org.


Western Youth Network Summer Day Camps

TBD depending on when school lets out

Highlights: The Western Youth Network will host outdoor day camps for five weeks from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday through Thursday for rising sixth- through ninth-graders in Watauga County. No camp will be held July 4 to 8.

Participants will enjoy adventure-based activities, team building activities and exploring the High Country. Campers can sign up for one week or for all sessions. Transportation will be provided for those who qualify.

Fee: The camp is $125 per week, but WYN also offers payments based on a sliding scale, as well as scholarships. Registration begins April 15.

More Information: Call 828-264-5174 or visit their website.


Watauga Parks and Rec Fun in the Sun Camp

When: June 22nd – July 31st

Where: Hardin Park Elementary School

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.

Fee: The cost is $85 per week, and registration has already started. Registration is $127.50 per week for non-county residents beginning April 1.

More Information: 828-264-9511Click here for the registration form and information


Watauga Parks and Rec Summer Adventure Camp

When: June 15th – July 31st

Where: Watauga High School

Who: rising 1-7 graders, ages 5-13

Highlights: The Watauga County Parks and Recreation Summer Adventure Camp will take place for seven weeks this summer at Watauga High School. Campers can attend one week or as many weeks as they want. Each week has a different theme. The camp includes physical activity, arts and crafts, swimming and a field trip every week.

Fee: The cost is $95 per week, and registration has already started. Registration starts March 4. Registration for non-county residents begins April 1 and is $142.50 per week.

More Information: 828-264-9511Click here for the registration form and information


Blowing Rock Parks and Rec Summer Camp

When: June 15th – August 7th

Where: Blowing Rock

Who: rising 1-7 graders, ages 5-13

Highlights: The Blowing Rock Parks and Recreation Summer Day Camp is open to rising kindergarteners (at least 5 years old with daycare experience) through 6th graders. Camp hours are from 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Children swim, hike, play sports, fish and go on field trips. Registration started March 4 for Blowing Rock taxpayers, and open registration starts on March 18.

Fee: $60 per week for taxpayers and $120 per week for non-taxpayers.

More Information: 828-295-5222, click here to register and more info.


Summer Tennis Camp at Chetola Resort
June 29-July 2
July 6-9
July 13-16
Aug 3-6
Camp will be Monday through Thurs. Activities will be moved inside if weather does not permit.
Daily drop off rate is $30 per child. Weekly rate will be $125.
Camp will run 9am-12:30pm. Tennis will be the primary purpose of the camp with the obvious snack and hydration breaks. Camp drop off and pick up for parents will be at the courts.  Campers will need a racquet, water bottle, and snacks.

Click here to register. If you have any questions, please contact Brian Rosenthal at (919) 395-7329, or email brian@rdutennis.net.

Hospice Camp Sunshine

When: TBA

Where: Ashe Alleghany and Watauga Counties

Who: ages 5-12

Highlights: Camp Sunshine is a day camp for children between the ages of 5-12 who are grieving due to the death of a family member or other loved one. Camp Sunshine is available to children and their family free of charge, however pre-registration is required.


More Information: Camp contacts:

Ashe County
Carol Ann Baker, MSW
Jennifer Richardson

Watauga County
Jennifer Johnson, MA, NCC

Alleghany County
Mary Lee, MSW, LCSW

Camp Rainbow

When: One Week Sessions, June to August

Where: Camp Rainbow, between Boone and Banner Elk

Who: ages 9-17

Highlights: Outings have included Tweetsie Railroad, Grandfather Mountain, Gem Mining, Water Tubing and Horn in the West.  Activities at camp include crafts, field games, swimming, putt-putt, tennis, shuffleboard, basketball and our certified “outward Bound” ropes course.  All of our activities are geared towards building Team Spirit!

Fee: $280 – This includes all activities, meals, lodging, Tweetsie Railroad Amusement Park, and a t-shirt.

More Information: Visit www.camprainbow.biz, call 828-963-4680, or email donnamcgrath@camprainbow.biz

Mountain Pathways Montessori

When: June, July and August

Where: Mountain Pathways Montessori School

Who: Ages 4-10

Highlights: The Mountain Pathways School, located at 453 Howard’s Creek Road, provides children between the ages of 4 and 10 with a wealth of experiences, activities and projects. Three and under programs are also available.

Montessori-trained teachers will help children engage in hands-on learning activities that expose them to science, nature, practical life skills, sensorial explorations, art projects, games and special classes. Special guests present lessons and entertainment. Camp hours are from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. each day; afternoon care is from 2:30 to 5:30 p.m.

Fee: $150/week – $25 for afternoon care

More Information: Visit www.mountainpathways.org,  or call 262-5787

Mountain Pathways Montessori School is pleased to announce the expansion of our summer camp programming to include all interested 9-12 year olds. Our program is called Farm Camp and the mission is to provide an intensive, weeklong sustainable farming and gardening experience that focuses on basic gardening skills as well as harvesting, processing, and marketing farm products. Campers will learn creative problem solving skills, the fundamentals of a sustainable food system, and practical life applications of science, technology, engineering, and math through hands on experience.The goals of our program are simple: to establish a micro-farm on the Norwood House campus. It will serve children ages 9-12 years which fulfills a niche of much needed summer programming for this particular age group. Campers will serve community members by growing surplus food for the local shelter, The Hospitality House, and the Farm C.A.F.E.

$225/per camper (sibling discounts are available)

18 spots available each week

Weeklong Sessions will be held MONDAY – FRIDAY 8:30am-2:30pm:

JUNE 1-5

JUNE 15-19


JULY 6-10

JULY 20-24


Ensemble Stage Performing Arts Camps

Ages 7-11

This is a week long camp where the kids will learn the magic of theatre using fairy tales, improvisational games, and of course, their imaginations! They will create their own play, along with the costumes and set, to be performed at the end of the week. Their experiences will be both memorable and magical!

This camp will be directed by Natasha Braswell. Natasha graduated from Tarleton State University in Stephenville, Texas with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Theatre. She did her senior internship at Seattle Children’s Theatre working with their summer youth programs. After graduating, she worked as a theatre administrator for the Granbury Opera House directing the kids’ theatre school. You may have first seen her here in Blowing Rock high-kicking her way across the stage at Tweetsie where she was a can-can dancer.

Camp dates; June 6th – 10th,  Mon-Fri, 9:00am- 3:30pm.

More Information: Enrollment for both camps is limited to 12 students each for more of a hands-on, one-on-one experience. Visit http://www.ensemblestage.com/Camper-s-Corner.html or call Ensemble Stage at 828-414-1844


Beech Mountain Day Camp

When: TBA

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.

Fee: $125

More Information: Register online at http://beechrecreation.org/family-fun/summer-camp/, or call 828-387-3003

B.E.S.T. Camp for Ages 13 – 16

Fee: $50

More Information: Register online at http://beechrecreation.org/wp-content/uploads/docs/2015-BEST-Program-Registration.pdf

Clay Art Camp

The Art of Living Retreat Center in Heavenly Mountain will be hosting a Clay Art Camp for ages 9-13 in July. More information coming soon. Please e-mail clay@artoflivingretreatcenter.org to reserve your spot.