Asheville Summer Camps

2022 Registration Now Open

Kids goofing around in group photo for Forest Ninjas camp striking funny poses in natural camouflage

2022 Registration Now Open

Registration is now open for our 2022 Summer Camps Season. We’ve got our biggest lineup ever with 40 camps, including 7 new camp options. This means a lot more choices and also less repeating camps – so grab the spots for the camps you want. They are sure to fill quick.

Remember, payment  plans and waitlists are available for all camps.

Nature Connection Camps

Our weeklong camps run all summer with multiple camps happening each week for various age groups. Crafts, role playing, archery, stealth, blacksmithing, foraging and more.

Camp sizes are capped at 14 or lower, and run by two skilled nature-connection mentors. You won’t find better camper to counselor ratios.

There’s something to get any kid excited about some healthy outdoor time. Your kids are going to LOVE IT.

Enroll by Age

Please choose camps based on the age your child will be this summer.

Use these links to skip to ages 5-7, 6-8, 9-12, or 12-17.

    Why Choose Forest Floor?

    We mentor children  to have fun, be healthy, and achieve their fullest potential by connecting with nature.

     

    • Health benefits of nature connection
    • Learn wilderness skills & traditional crafts
    • Meet new friends and reunite with old ones
    • Unforgettable adventures every day
    • Skilled and caring mentors
    • Exciting wilderness experiences
    • Convenient in-town drop-off & pickup
    • Flexible hours for drop-off & pickup

    Waitlist Available

    Previously full camps often have additional spots open up due to cancellations. So please sign-up for the waitlist by going through the standard registration process. No payment is required.

    2022 Summer Camp Schedule

    Registration is now open.

    Ages 5-7

    Girls at summer camp in forest created a tiny model village for faeries to reside in

    Ages 5-7

    Flight of the Faeries

    June 6-10 (full/waitlist as of 2/19)
    July 4-8 (full/waitlist as of 2/19)
    August 8-12 (full/waitlist as of 2/19)

    Wander the mountainside making whimsical crafts and brewing flower tea.

    Group of children dressed as forest gnomes at day camp hearing story told by actor

    Ages 5-7

    Legend of the Gnomes

    June 20-24 (full/waitlist as of 2/19)
    July 18-22 (full/waitlist as of 2/19)

    Create a gnome village in the woods as a base to learn crafts and go exploring.

    Young summer camper discovering interesting salamander in the forest

    Ages 5-7

    Mysterious Animals of the Forest

    June 13-17 (full/waitlist as of 2/19)
    July 11-15 (full/waitlist as of 2/19)
    August 1-5 (full/waitlist as of 2/19)

    Campers uncover tracks, role play a hunting fox, craft animal personas and learn about their wild neighbors.

    Hand holding a small bird during nature camp experience

    Ages 5-7

    Feathered Friends

    June 27 – July 1 (full/waitlist as of 2/19)
    July 25-29 (full/waitlist as of 2/19)

    Learn to identify birds by sight and sound, with a variety of stories, educational games, observation, and even some craft projects.

    Ages 6-8

    Campers at foraging skill summer camp with baskets full of wild edible plants

    Ages 6-8

    Nature’s Kitchen: Fire Craft & Cooking

    July 11-15 (full/waitlist as of 2/19)

    Hunt down wild edibles and learn which are safe to eat.

    Asheville summer day camp Archery Range with kids learning archery arrows drawn

    Ages 6-8

    Archery Range

    June 6-10 (full/waitlist as of 2/19)
    July 25-29 (full/waitlist as of 2/19)

    Practice a variety of different projectiles and become a more skilled archer.

    Child hiding in the forest learning stealth and natural camouflage at summer camp

    Ages 6-8

    Stealth Rangers

    June 27 – July 1 (full/waitlist as of 2/19)
    July 18-22 (full/waitlist as of 2/19)

    Begin your training and develop the skills needed to become a Forest Ninja.

    Crafty Critters camper weaving a basket in the forest at summer camp in Asheville

    Ages 6-8

    Crafty Critters

    July 4-8 (full/waitlist as of 2/19)
    August 1-5 (full/waitlist as of 2/19)

    Create a variety of fun and useful items using materials found on the land.

    Summer camp role playing at Journey of the Green Man, an Asheville summer camp

    Ages 6-8

    Journey of the Green Man

    June 20-24 (full/waitlist as of 2/19)
    August 8-12 (full/waitlist as of 2/19)

    Join the fabled Green Man on his magical quest to save the realm.

    Campers holding forth a variety of herbs and natural plant remedies at Asheville nature camp

    Ages 6-8

    Herbal Adventures

    June 13-17 (full/waitlist as of 2/19)

    Learn to identify and use wild medicinal plants with stories, crafts and an epic cooperative adventure game.

    Ages 9-12

    Child hiding in camouflage during bushcraft lessons at nature summer day camp

    Ages 9-12

    Archer’s Arena

    June 27 – July 1 (full/waitlist as of 2/19)
    August 1-5 (full/waitlist as of 2/19)

    Become the target and play Capture-the-Flag with safe foam-tipped arrows.

    Group photo at nature camp of camoflauged and face painted kids at summer camp for stealth in forest

    Ages 9-12

    Forest Ninja

    June 13-17 (full/waitlist as of 2/19)
    July 18-22 (full/waitlist as of 2/19)

    Move silently through the landscape as a team and learn the art of camouflage.

    Child climbing a tree at Asheville day camp in the forest

    Ages 9-12

    Bramblehurst School of Bushcraft & Wizardry

    June 20-24 (full/waitlist as of 2/19)
    August 8-12 (full/waitlist as of 2/19)

    Head out into our wooded campus for a MOST interesting week of learning new skills alongside your freshly sorted House-mates.

    Summer camper learns Jedi skills at Asheville area nature camp

    Ages 9-12

    Secrets of the Jedi

    June 6-10 (full/waitlist as of 2/19)
    July 25-29 (full/waitlist as of 2/19)

    Deepen connection to nature and grow attuned to its life force, while honing the physical skills of survival.

    Boy holding pendant and necklace made at nature camp

    Ages 9-12

    Wild Crafters

    July 11-15 (full/waitlist as of 2/19)

    Answer the ancient call to create with a series of nature-based crafts in community with fellow creatives.

    Child learning to make fire at Asheville day camp for learning survival skills

    Ages 9-12

    Survival Skills

    July 4-8 (full/waitlist as of 2/19)

    Learn the Fundamental Four of woodland survival: Shelter, Water, Fire & Food.

    Ages 12-17

    Carved wooden bowl and spoon made by hand with primitive tools

    Ages 12-16

    Woodcarving: Bowls & Spoons

    June 27 – July 1 (full/waitlist of 6/11)
    July 25-29 (full/waitlist as of 7/5)

    Deepen your relationship with the trees as you learn to carve useful objects from wood.

    Blacksmithing project under way with glowing curled metal on anvil

    Ages 12-16

    Blacksmithing

    June 6-10 (full/waitlist as of 2/19)
    July 18-22 (full/waitlist as of 4/2)
    August 1-5 (full/waitlist as of 6/11)

    Create useful tools from red hot metal using a forge, hammer and anvil.

    Instructor pointing out something to group of older nature school students

    Ages 14-17

    Counselor In Training Camp

    June 13-17 (spots open as of 6/11)

    Take the first step in learning to be a nature connection mentor with our Counselor in Training program.

    Instructor showing proper handling of knife made at knife-making camp

    Ages 12-16

    Knife Making

    July 11-15 (full/waitlist as of 2/19)
    August 8-12 (full/waitlist as of 6/11)

    Create a handmade knife from scratch using a variety of blacksmith & shop tools.

    Blacksmithing anvil and D&D dice for fun Asheville day camp

    Ages 12-16

    Blacksmithing: Dungeon Masters

    June 20-24 (full/waitlist as of 2/19)

    Create miniature weapons and tools for your character, and play a custom Dungeons & Dragons game where your growing blacksmithing skills contribute to success.

    Four young women standing arm in arm with blacksmithing tools at blacksmithing day camp

    Ages 12-16

    Girls Blacksmithing

    July 4-8 (full/waitlist as of 6/30)

    A special session of Blacksmithing camp for young ladies led by an all-female team.

    Day Camp Hours

    Our summer camps run daily, Monday through Friday.

    Camp hours:  9:00am – 3:00pm

    Flexible Drop-off:
    8:30 – 9:00am at Haw Creek Commons
    8:45 – 9:15 am at Shope Creek Wilderness

    Flexible Pick-up:
    3:00 – 3:30pm at Haw Creek Commons
    2:45 – 3:15 pm at Shope Creek Wilderness

    Our In-town Drop-Off and Pick-Up Location

    We are no longer at the Asheville School in West Asheville.

    Our new location since spring 2020 is Haw Creek Commons, in East Asheville off Tunnel Road.  This is our main Drop-Off and Pick-up location for summer camps.

    Haw Creek Commons is a community co-working and activity center where Forest Floor has a presence. See the location on Google Maps.

     

    Drop-Off and Pick-Up in the Forest

    Parents may also choose to drop-off and pick-up at Shope Creek Wilderness. The  Address is 472 Shope Creek Road.  The timing of Drop-Off and Pick-Up in the forest is slightly different than at Haw Creek Commons.

    A few crafting programs take place in the woods at Haw Creek Commons, in these cases there is no transportation or forest drop-off/pick-up.

    A Day at Forest Floor

    2022 COVID Safety Policies

    Our COVID-19 safety policy is based primarily on pre-screening and monitoring. It is our current position that the single largest preventative factor at our programs is the fact that we are open-air and outdoors(with the exception of van travel).

    Pre-Screening and Monitoring

    • If any child shows any signs of COVID-19 (cough, shortness of breath, chills, muscle pain, sore throat, new loss of taste or smell) we will not allow them to attend the program that day. If during the program day a child displays signs or symptoms of illness they will be separated from other students and parents contacted to pick them up.
    • All staff will be self-monitoring for symptoms of COVID-19. If they develop symptoms, they will notify their supervisor and stay home. Any staff person who develops symptoms of illness during the work day will be separated from students and other staff and sent home ASAP.

    Masks & Social Distancing:

    • While in vans all students and staff are required to wear masks for the duration of the trip.
    • At our Shope Creek Wilderness location children & staff will not be required to wear masks or social distance, but will be supported to the best of our ability if they choose to do so.

    We will do our best to fully support any child or staff who chooses more restrictive social distancing or mask wearing than the policies outlined above.