Summertime is Right Around the Corner! Here’s Our Guide to Camps in the High Country

Published Tuesday, April 19, 2016 at 4:15 pm

Looking for a way to keep your kids happy and active this summer? Sign them up for one of the High Country’s many summer camp programs and keep them moving, learning and making friends this year.

Listed below, our guide to all things summer camps in the area include programs for every interest.

Do you have a camp program you’d like to add to our list? Send the details to [email protected], and we’ll include it.

Summer Camps in the High Country

As summertime approaches and more information is released on upcoming programs, we’ll continue to update this list for you. Stay tuned for more and keep checking back!

Many of these programs fill up fast, so find the one that’s right for your family and register today.


Camp Cogger (KAMPN4Autism)

(Wildcat Ridge Rd, Deep Gap, NC)

Its goal is to provide an overnight camping program, providing fun with hiking, fishing, music, art and other activities in a relaxed setting. Both children with autism and their family members can participate in this nature-based camp.

Age: Open to all ages

Date: July 1-3, 8-10, 15-17, 22-24 and 29-31 – Fri. 12 p.m.-Sun. afternoon

Price: $50 deposit and no fees

Registration: Open

Contact [email protected] or 828-264-0054 or visit for more information.


Holston Camp

(PO Box 428, Banner Elk, NC)

Established in 1955 in the mountains of WNC on 150 acres of forest, lakes and streams, Holston welcomes kids seeking a refuge from the seasonal heat and a sanctuary for spiritual, mental and physical growth. Your kids are welcome to stay in the overnight (for all ages) or day camp (for elementary school children).

Age: 1st-12th grades – go to website for specific groups

Date: June 12-Aug 12

Price: $110-$599 – price goes up as your kids get older and varies depending on need

Registration: Open – must create an account first

 For more information, email [email protected] or visit


Hands on History Camp

(Horn in the West and Hickory Ridge Museum, Boone, NC)

We are proud to announce the Horn in the West and the Hickory Ridge Living History Museum will be hosting a Hands on History Camp. This camp will put students in the shoes of frontiersmen, Native Americans, and early settlers of the region. Campers will participate in period games, create crafts, and learn the importance of keeping history alive for future generations. Contact us at [email protected] or 828-264-2120.

Date: July 12-15, 8:45 a.m. to noon

Ages: Rising 5th and 6th graders

Price: $30

Registration: Open until June 1


Art Camps

LMC Creative and Performing Arts Camp (CAPA)

(Lees-McRae, 191 Main Street, Banner Elk, NC)

Explore drama, dance, music, technical theater and other art forms with CAPA!

CAPA, a model arts program for youths in WNC, discovers creative potential and individual self in a relationship to the world. The creative and preforming arts are essential to the youth’s environment, one that is safe and respectful and is central to building a cohesive and collaborative learning experience.

It strives for five goals:

  1. To deliver a comprehensive curriculum which is supported by the National Standards for Art Education.
  2. To provide opportunities for youth to discover their own creative potential through a wide range of arts disciplines.
  3. To encourage and nurture the development of self-awareness and confidence.
  4. To foster an appreciation and awareness of the impact the arts have in society.
  5. To develop a sense of community through rich arts experiences.

Age: PreK-High School

Date: Mon., June 20-Fri., June 24 (PreK-8th Grade) and Sat., June 18-Fri., June 24 (High School)

Price: $220 (PreK-8th Grade) $300 (High School) – multiple child discount available for $50 with a nonrefundable deposit of $40, subtracted from total due

Registration: Open

Contact Stacey Burgess Trivett, CAPA director, at [email protected] or 828-898-3372 for more information.


Athletic and Recreational Camps

App State’s Camp UREC

(Appalachian State University, Student Rec Center, 150 Bodenheimer Drive)

Explore ASU’s campus through a day camp setting!

Camp UREC strives to have your camper have fun by exploring new things. Their full participation will be required.

Age: Rising 2nd-6th graders (general camp) and rising 7th-9th graders (Campers for Leadership Training (C.I.L.T. and Adventure Week)

Date: June 13-July 29, Mon.-Fri. 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. with drop off at 7:45 a.m. and pick up at 5:30 p.m.

Price: $50 nonrefundable deposit and TBA

Registration: April 1

Call 828-262-2100, email [email protected] or visit its website for more information.


Camp Buckeye

(Buckeye Rec Center, Beech Mountain, NC)

See what the summer has in store for your kids with Camp Buckeye, the action packed adventure camp brought to you by Beech Mountain Parks and Rec.

Age: 5-12

Date: End of June-Beginning of August

Price: TBA

Registration: Open

Schedules are subject to change. Call 828-397-3003 for more information.


Blowing Rock Parks and Rec Summer Day Camp

Age: Rising 1st-7th graders

Date: TBA

Price: TBA

Registration: Open for Blowing Rock taxpayers and open at the end of March for non-taxpayers


 Dirt Camp

(130 Highway 105 Bypass)

Dirt Camp strives to create a space for open-ended free-play outside, exploring art materials and making new friends.

There will be daily speakers who teach the campers about the community. such as gardening, animals, the Watauga County Public Library, the Hospitality House, food, yoga and music.

Age: Ages 3 and up

Date: June 20-Aug. 12, running from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. with after care available as necessary and no camp June 13-17, July 5-9 and Aug 15-19

Price: $78/w for three days or $120/w for five days with a sibling fee of $35/w for second or more children – must have a week’s tuition to hold your spot!

Registration: Open

Email [email protected] or visit


Honey Bear Kids Camp

(229 Honey Bear Campground Rd., Boone 28607)

Honey Bear Kids Camp strives to have kids learn to enjoy and explore their natural surroundings in a fun, positive way, encouraging confidence, teamwork and healthy peer relationships. Its goal is for campus to learn through numerous outlets and enjoy a summer of memory making fun.

Age: Rising 1st-5th graders

Date: July 5-29, running from 9 a.m.-5p.m., Mon.-Fri., excluding July 4. After Care Hours will be available from 7:30 a.m.-6 p.m. for every camper.

Price: $140/w (sibling discount of 10% off total tuition) and $30/w for extra care

Registration: Early Bird (receive a discounted rate of $110/w now through the end of March)

Call 828-963-4586, email [email protected] or visit for more information.


Rock Dimensions Summer Camps

(Climbing tower @ Footsloggers in downtown Boone, Discovery CourseTM in Blowing Rock, Worley’s Cave in Bluff City, TN, Linville Gorge/Wilson Creek in Pisgah Forest, NC and local climbing areas near Boone in the National Park Service)

Read here for more information.

 Age: 8-16

Date: June 20-24, July 11-15, July 18-22 and Aug. 1-5 for the adventure camp and June 27-July 1 for the intermediate camp. The camps will be open Mon. to Fri. from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Price: $475/p for Climbing Adventure Camp and $500 for Intermediate Climbing Camp each with complimentary T-shirt and partial options with inquiry

Registration: Open

Call 828-265-3544 or 888-595-6009 or visit the website for more information.


WYN Summer Day Camps

(Western Youth Network, 155 WYN Way, Boone, NC 28607)

WYN strives to encourage participants from all over the county to strengthen their leadership and social skills and challenge themselves through adventure-based activities in a supportive environment. Here, your kids are provided with healthy food and some that is out of their comfort zone.

Age: Rising 6th-9th graders

Date: Mon.-Thurs., 8 a.m.-5:30 p.m. for 5 weeks

Price: $125/w, $100/with reduced lunch, $75/w with free school lunch and scholarships are available

Registration: Coming Soon

For more information, contact Heather Canipe, MSW, at [email protected] or 828-264-5174.


Caldwell Community College and Technical Institute Camps


Continuing Education Division’s Extreme Super Summer Camp

(2855 Hickory Blvd, Hudson, NC 28638)

The Continuing Education Division at Caldwell Community College and Technical Institute will offer its “Extreme Super Summer Camp” for kids this year. There will be two topics covered in each session, and campers will be separated into different age groups.

The schedule includes the following sessions:

  •  June 20-24 – Art Expo (Pottery and Art)
  • June 27-July 1 – Little Robots (Building Robots and Robots Everywhere!)
  • July 11-15 – Bigger Bots (Same as above) or Destination Science (Mad Science! and Science Adventures)
  • July 18-22 – Steps Ahead Fitness (Basketball Camp and Kickin’ Martial Arts)
  • July 25-29 – Power Cheer (Cheerleading/Dance and Gymnastics/Dance)
  • Aug. 1-5 – You’ve Got Talent (Costumes and Props and Characters and Scripts)
  • Aug. 8-12 – Speed Camp (Aerodynamics and Pinewood Derby)

Date: June 20-Aug. 8 – Mon.-Fri., 8 a.m.-noon

Age: 5 and up (5-8 for Little Robots Camps and 9 and up for Bigger Bots)

Price: $70/session

Registration: Ongoing with limited space – call 828-726-2242 to register your child today!

Call Public Information Officer Edward Terry at 828-726-2202 for more information.


Watauga’s “Kids in the Kitchen” Summer Camp

( 2855 Hickory Blvd, Hudson, NC 28638)

Do you have kids who love to cook? Caldwell Community College and Technical Institute at the Watauga Campus will offer its first summer camp for kids at its new professional culinary arts kitchen.

Your child will learn to prepare cupcakes, puff-pastry desserts, tarts, pizza, and so much more if they attend all or one of the three sessions including “Baking Magic,” “Chocolate and Candies” and “Pizza! Pizza!”

Date: June 20-24 (Baking Magic), July 18-22 (Chocolate and Candies) and Aug. 1-5 (Pizza! Pizza!) – all sessions will be Monday-Friday, 1-4 p.m.

Ages: 9 and up

Price: $75/w

Registration: Ongoing with limited space –  call 828-297-3811 or 828-726-2242 to register your child today!

Call Public Information Officer Edward Terry at 828-726-2202 for more information.



Northwestern Studios Dance Camps

Ballet Intensive

(P.O. Box 1063 Boone, NC)

Northwestern Studios will focus dancers on ballet technique, turns and leaps and teach them repertory and variations.

Age: 10 and up

Date: June 20-24 (12 p.m.-4:30 p.m.)

Price: $175

Registration: Open


(P.O. Box 1063 Boone, NC)

Northwestern Studios will focus dancers on dance techniques and have them explore creative dance, do craft activities, and so much more!

Age: 2.5-9

Date: July 11-15 (10 a.m.-noon for young kids and -2 p.m. for older kids)

Price: $85 for a 2.5-5 and $150 for 5-9

Registration: Open

Contemporary and Hip-Hip Intensives

(P.O. Box 1063 Boone, NC)

Northwestern Studios will focus dancers on techniques, stretching and strengthening and will teach them choreography.

Age: 5-9

Date: July 11-15 (3 -5 p.m.)

Price: $125 for both styles of dance and $75 for one

Registration: Open

For more information about Northwestern Studios and its dance camps, visit online or register at

Isabella Griffith works on a kumihimo loom activity during Caldwell Community College and Technical Institute’s (CCC and TI) Super Summer Destination Science camp.

Ethan Joyner works on a custom paint job for his pinewood derby race car during CCC and TI’s Super Summer Speed Camp.

Keagan Jump adds the finishing touches to her pizza creation during an afternoon session of “Kids in the Kitchen” Super Summer Camp at CCC and TI. CCC and TI is now registering for Super Summer Camp and is offering a wide variety of activities. Sessions will begin the week of June 20.

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