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School’s out for summer! While the excitement of summer break is felt by kids and parents alike, some structured activity helps kids stay engaged in learning, exploring, and making new friendships. Plus, many parents work and rely on summer camps for child care throughout the summer. Day camps are offered in full or half days, depending on age and needs of parents. 

These camps aren’t just for little kids. There are a variety of summer camps for teens in the Asheville area that will keep your teenagers from sleeping all day. Many of these camps include app development workshops, programming, wilderness adventures, rock climbing, mountain biking, bouldering, and more. 

Plan ahead! Camps fill up quickly. Many day summer camps begin registration in January. Below, you’ll find our top summer camps for kids in and around Asheville, broken down into types of summer camps. 

  • Outdoor Summer Camps: A perk of sending your child to an outdoor summer camp near Asheville is the accessibility to many forms of outdoor activities for kids. Many outdoor camps are hosted on family-friendly campgrounds with onsite access to hiking, swimming, rafting, climbing and more. It allows kids to be in nature and disconnect from screens.
  • Sports Summer Camps: Many sports camps in Asheville include volleyball, basketball, baseball, soccer, swimming and more. Whether you have a camper looking to learn the basics of a sport or have a camper who wants to develop their skills within a sport, there are options for all skill sets. 
  • STEAM Summer Camps: In case you didn’t know, STEAM is an acronym for Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics. Asheville has a nice variety of STEAM camps in the area for kids and teens to develop their natural interests outside of sports and the outdoors. 

Looking for overnight summer camps? See our 2022 Overnight Summer Camp Guide for big kids and teens. 

Outdoor Summer Camps

Adventure Camp, Adventure Center of Asheville

Campers will experience a variety of outdoor adventures at this camp, including ziplines, rafting, treetop course, tree climbing, bike park, and daily swimming. Campers will participate in daily… read more

Kidventure Camp, Asheville Parks & Recreation

This four-day camp focuses on outdoor activities including hiking, geocaching, shelter and fire building, raft making, fishing, swimming, archery, climbing wall, and an inflatable kayak trip. July… read more

JCC Camp Ruach, Asheville

Open to all, this Jewish community center offers a variety of day camps, including a camp for children with autism called Camp Tikvah. Activities include swimming, sports, arts & crafts,… read more

YMCA Summer Day Camps

Choose from a variety of summer day camps throughout the region with focuses on science, sports, arts, and adventure. Campers will grow in self-confidence and experience activities including… read more

WNC Nature Center, Asheville

This camp creates fun, educational experiences to show campers the wonders of the natural worlds with themes focusing on reptiles, amphibians, birds, bugs, butterflies, and more. All sessions… read more

Adventure Camp, Asheville Parks & Recreation

This five day camp includes activities like hiking, swimming, rafting, tubing, games, environmental education, and camping. Camp sessions will break into two groups for age-based activities. June-… read more

Teen Water Adventure Camp, Asheville Parks & Recreation

This three-day camp is perfect for campers who like to spend their summer splashing around. Activities may include tubing, snorkeling, paddling, hiking to waterfalls, and whitewater rafting on a… read more

Sunny Truth Farm, Mars Hill

This camp allows kids to learn and play in an outdoor setting where they interact with nature through games, art, science, and farm animals. It’s held on 150 acres of land comprised of meadows,… read more

Discovery Camp, NC Arboretum

The North Carolina Arboretum offers a variety of camps for varying ages and interests including outdoor exploration, hiking, arts & crafts, local ecology, geocaching, disc golf, biking, and… read more

Camp Cedar Cliff, Asheville

This Christian day camp includes themed weeks, games, splash days, archery, bb ranges, swimming, and more. 2nd-5th graders will get to experience hour-long trail rides with horses, as well as… read more

Sports Summer Camps

ABYSA Soccer Camps

This summer soccer camp offers three camp options for varying skill sets, from beginner to experienced players. Campers will learn foundational skills like dribbling, passing, receiving, shielding… read more

Osega Gymnastics, Fletcher

This active camp (available in full and half-day options) is fun for kids of all skill levels with a once a week visit to the pool for full-day campers. Activities include daily ninja &… read more

Kolo Bike Camp, Adventure Center of Asheville

Kolo Bike Park at the Adventure Center of Asheville hosts 2 summer bike camps: Kolo Kiddie Camp (ages 5-7)  and Kolo Flow Camp (ages 8-15). Campers will explore bike trails and pump tracks,… read more

STEAM Summer Camps

All About Aerospace, Asheville Parks & Recreation

Campers will learn about the forces of flight, how rockets blast off, and the design of aircrafts through hands-on STEM activities. July. 8:30 AM-5:30 PM, ages 8-12. $50/session

Bricks 4 Kidz, Asheville

These half-day enrichment camps give campers motorized building challenges each day, along with crafts, games and time for creative building. June-Aug,  9 AM-12 PM and 1-4 PM, Ages 5+ 

French Broad RiverCamp

This day camp by RiverLink offers a week of river and watershed exploration for campers through hand-on environmental education, service learning projects, and river recreation like rafting,… read more

Girls Rock Asheville

This rocking camp is for youth who identify as female, trans and/or gender nonconforming. There’s no experience required as campers form bands, write original music, and perform with in a showcase… read more

Asheville Art Museum

Offering to rising K–12th students, all classes are age appropriate. Sessions may include drawing, painting, sculpture, printmaking, and more. Materials included. Half-day (9 AM-12 PM and 1-4 PM)… read more

Eco Explorer Camp, Asheville Parks & Recreation

A three-day camp focused on exploration and fun outdoors! Activities include hiking, stream investigation, animal visits, climbing wall and a mountain field trip. Two sessions in June. 9 AM-5 PM,… read more

Zaniac Summer Camps, Asheville

Kids learn to code, build robots, design & print in 3D, fly drones, compose music, go to space in Minecraft & More! Beginner and Advanced Weekly Camps available. Full and half-day camps… read more

ACT: Tanglewood, Asheville

This program offers two sessions for kids and teens interested in acting, music, movement, film, and design. The camp, held at Asheville Community Theatre, is open to beginners through advanced… read more