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Open the website of Camp Ruach at the Asheville Jewish Community Center

Find your friends here! Camp Ruach (that means “spirit”) welcomes all rising 1st-8th graders for a traditional day camp experience focused on building lifelong friendships and enjoying a summer full of fun. Each two-week session is built upon teaching important values through exciting activities, including sports, cooking, crafts, archery, nature expeditions, gardening, overnights, dance, music, swimming with WSI certified swim instructors, and much more.

Monday, June 13th through Friday, August 5th, 9:00 am to 5:00 pm

Open the website of Camp Merri-Mac

For more than 60 years Merri-Mac for has offered traditional camping with outstanding Christian staff. Riding, backpacking, tennis, climbing, gymnastics, archery, waterskiing, riflery, swimming, canoeing, kayaking, guitar, soccer, volleyball, ropes course, fencing, rafting, dance, drama, and much more are available. Merri-Mac is the sister camp to Timberlake for Boys.

Open the website of YMCA

YMCA works hard to keep families involved in the community and involved with each other. The YMCA has activities for all ages.

The American Adventure Service Corps

Is a year round, non-profit organization for ages 8-18, using outdoor adventure education, service to others and environmental education.

Open the website of French Broad River Camps

Environmental Education ~ River Recreation ~ Service Learning~ Kids in the Creek ~ River of Words & Art ~River cleanup ~ Tree plantings ~ Canoe, kayak or raft trip ~ Tour of River Parks, stream restorations, and rain gardens ~Rockin? RiverFest ~ And much more!

Open the website of Colburn Museum Summer Camps

Join the Colburn & UNCA for it’s inaugural Summer Science Camp. Hosted on UNCA’s campus, we are offering six one-week sessions that are sure to be a BLAST! Summer Science Camp is a day camp located on the UNCA Campus. Each session will run for 5 days. Drop-off will be at 9 am & pick-up at 5pm, Monday through Friday. Each session will focus around one of our three themes this summer. Ignite interest in science with hands-on exploration, awesome experiments, UNCA science facilities, and outdoor fun!

Open the website of The Academy at Terpsicorps

The Academy at Terpsicorps is Asheville’s newest dance school and ballet conservatory. Providing the world class dance training consistent with the stylistic requirements of Terpsicorps Theatre of Dance, dancers young and old will be provided with a rich knowledge of classical technique and the ability to adapt to all styles and techniques.

Open the website of Asheville Racquet Club Summer Camps

Asheville Racquet Club, on Hendersonville Road, offers one week camp sessions from June through August. They offer summer camps at both locations of the Asheville Racquet Club. Choose from tennis camps, soccer camps, junior varsity sports Camp, varsity sports camp, ARC adventure camp .

Open the website of YWCA of Asheville

Eliminating racism, empowering women — it’s what the YWCA is about and what it intends to do. The YWCA of Asheville offers programs in Aquatics, including swim lessons, lap and open swims, water aerobics, lifeguard training, and more. is proud to be an Advocate of the YWCA of Asheville.

Open the website of Camp Timberlake for Boys

Timberlake offers traditional camping with an outstanding Christian staff. riding, backpacking, tennis, climbing, wrestling, paintball, archery, waterskiing, riflery, mountain biking, swimming, canoeing, kayaking, guitar, soccer, volleyball, ropes course, fencing, rafting, and much more are available. Timberlake is the brother camp to Merri-Mac for Girls.

Early Childhood Programs at the Asheville JCC

The Asheville JCC offers numerous opportunities for families with young children to participate in our community. Our outstanding Early Childhood Education programs, Hilde’s House Infant& Toddler Program, Shalom Children’s Center for Early Childhood and Shalom Children’s Center Pre-K, have received North Carolina’s highest rating of five stars, and include some of the most innovative programming available for young children in Western North Carolina. We also invite families with young children to participate in our weekly musical Shabbat and Havdalah celebrations.

Nature Center of Western North Carolina

“Wild weeks!” A terrific series of week-long programs for children entering grades 1-7. Programs begin at 8:30 a.m. and end at 3:00 p.m., Monday through Friday. Drop-off time for children is between 8:00 a.m. and 8:30 a.m.. $130/week ($115 for members), includes snacks, all materials, and a WILD WEEKS T-shirt.

The Asheville Music School

Now enrolling students to learn to play the instrument of their choice. Although there are no specific summer programs, instructors are available for private and group classes. Beginner to advanced.

Open the website of WNC Nature Center

The Western North Carolina Nature Center is the first place where area children meet the animals they have read about. Deers, bears, cougars, wolf, racoons, birds and even farm animals are there for all to learn about. Exhibits on area poisonous snakes are worth absorbing. An aviary, self-guided nature trail and petting zoo make this a great place for the family. Small admission fee.

Open the website of Fox Mountain Guides and Climbing School

Fox Mountain Guides and Climbing School is the south’s only AMGA Accredited Guide Service. They offer rock climbing, ice climbing guiding and rock climbing courses across North Carolina. A great and exciting way to see the Mountains! FMG also offers a teen adventure summer camps June through August. We only use American Mountain Guides Association (AMGA) trained and certified Instructors and Guides. No other guide service in the Southeastern USA upholds this incredibly high standard. Excellence in Rock Guiding and Instruction since 1994.

– The South’s only AMGA Accredited Guide Service
– AMGA Certified Instructors or Guides on every trip
– No experience necessary
– We cater to all ability levels and ages

Art Club at Black Mountain Center for the Arts

Art Club is an opportunity for children, ages 8-13 to enhance their creative expression through experimentation. With guidance from an experienced artist, members will learn how to develop their ideas, be innovative and practice problem solving skills. Famous Artists, styles and techniques are introduced in a fun informal setting. Children have a great time making art while keeping their brains sharp through the summer months. Art Club meets 2:00 to 5:00 pm, Mon. – Fri. Membership is based on 2 week sessions and cost is only 120.00 per session which includes all supplies.

Open the website of LEAF Summer Camp

LEAF Summer Camp welcomes all rising first through fifth graders for a week full of daytime adventures through creative and performing arts! LEAF Camp will re-create the beloved festival experience for campers. Please visit the website for additional information. Week I is scheduled for July 24-28 and Week II for July 31-August 4.

JC Martial Arts

TaeKwonDo and self-defense for kids. Summer programs meet two days a week for children 4 years and up. Classes take place at the new JC Martial Arts center at 1200 Hendersonville Road, Asheville. Contact Master Y. Jeon

Trail Ridge Mountain Camp

Known to some as the “world’s smallest camp.” Separate boys and girls travel camps offering programs from one to five weeks in length. Enrollment for each session is limited to 16 campers. This summer: Roan Mountain Base Camp; Pisgah Forest Base Camp; French Broad Canoe Adventure; and a four-day Appalachian Trail Backpacking and Rafting expedition. Just a few spots still available for this summer. Call Kim and David Broshar.

Open the website of Summer Learning and Enrichment With Eliada

Eliada’s 21st Century Community Learning Center runs each summer to complement our afterschool program. 21st Century Community Learning Center programs recognize that summer learning loss plagues many students, and Eliada’s year-round learning and enrichment program provides opportunities to practice literacy and STEM skills no matter the time of year!

Open the website of Asheville Creative Arts Theatre Camp

Asheville Creative Arts, known for producing innovative theatre for audiences of all ages, presents a one-week theatre camp to provide students experience in a variety of theatre arts. Students will learn acting, creative drama, writing & puppetry adapting a folktale to present on the final day. With daily master lessons by local artists in music, improvisation or movement. Camp will be held at Hanger Hall and runs from 9am-5pm; early drop-off/late pick-up available. Cost is $275. Scholarship info available by request.

Co-Ed – Ages 8-11 – Daily – Full-Day – June 25 through June 29