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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 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

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 Summer Sizzle at Black Mountain Center for the Arts

Each week offers campers a different theme such as Superheroes for the 3-5 year olds to Broadway Bound for the 6-9 year olds. Campers will work through the week to create an informal performance to be shared with family and friends on Friday. Complimentary camp photos that capture the week of learning and fun will also be provided. All four themed ½ day camps put an emphasis on creative movement and dance and music. 9am to 12pm M-F. $125 per week.

June 25-June 29
July 9-13
July 23-27
July 30- August 3

To register call 828-669-0930 or visit

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 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.

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.

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.

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 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 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 Community Movement’s Movers and Shakers Summer Camp

The Movers and Shakers Summer Camp promotes the same values that are the cornerstone of Asheville Community Movement: teaching kids to be independent and conscientious community members within a fun and safe environment. We try to nurture the individual passions of our campers by devoting each week to themes that foster community spirit and sustainable living.

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

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

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.