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. 

  • Indoor Summer Camps: An indoor camp can include plenty of activity for children and teenagers! From creative arts to martial arts, you'll find a variety of top-notch camps in the Asheville area. 
  • 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 Overnight Summer Camp Guide for big kids and teens. 

Outdoor & Indoor Summer Camps

Appalachian Institute for Creative Learning

Appalachian Institute for Creative Learning (AICL) is dedicated to inspiring a lifelong love of learning. They create a vibrant community for campers that celebrates who they are while introducing… read more

Appalachian Institute for Creative Learning (AICL) is dedicated to inspiring a lifelong love of learning. They create a vibrant community for campers that celebrates who they are while introducing them to new, exciting experiences. AICL is an inclusive, diverse summer enrichment camp.

For campers ages 8-18. Located at Mars Hill University, just north of Asheville, campers can attend …

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. June… read more

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. June. 9 AM-5 PM, ages 9-11. $105/session.

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

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 include animal encounters, outdoor recreation, crafts, and group activities on the Nature Center grounds. Camp runs June-August. 8:30 AM-3 PM (Aftercare available: 3 PM-5 PM), Grades K-4. 

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

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 team-building games, fun activities, creative learning, and age-appropriate outdoor education immersive learning. Weekly sessions run June-August. 8:30 AM-4 PM. Ages 8-15. 

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

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, gardening, dance, music, and off-site field trips for campers to explore Asheville’s surrounding natural landscape. Weekly sessions run June-August. 8:30 AM-5:30 PM, Grades 1-8. 

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

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 river. July. 9 AM-5 PM, ages 11-14. $105/session

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

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 archery, high and low ropes, gardening, wilderness adventure, forestry, field trips, and more. Weekly sessions run June-Aug, 7 AM-6 PM, Ages 4-14. Cost varies with the program.

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

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-July. 9 AM-5 PM. Ages 8-12, $105/week

XP League Asheville

XP League classes promote a healthy approach to gaming, emphasizing teamwork, communication, sportsmanship, and critical thinking skills. Led by knowledgeable coaches, members will play popular… read more

XP League classes promote a healthy approach to gaming, emphasizing teamwork, communication, sportsmanship, and critical thinking skills. Led by knowledgeable coaches, members will play popular games, gain esports experience, and grow through empowering experiences.

Beginner to advanced camps for ages 7-17. XP League Asheville is a STEM.org® accredited educational platform. 

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

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 practice riding skills. Lunch and snacks included. Weekly sessions run from June-August. 8 AM-5 PM. Grades K-5th. 

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

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 more. Weekly sessions run June-Aug, 9 AM-4 PM, Grades K-8. 

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

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, forest, springs, and trails to explore. Themed weekly sessions run June-August. 8:30 AM-3 PM, ages 5-10.

Sports Summer Camps

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

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, learning new skills and jumps. See the website for camp details and skill levels. Weekly sessions run June-Aug, 8:30 AM-4:00.

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

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, and shooting. Full day campers will have afternoon pool time. Weekly sessions run June-Aug with full and half-day options, age 7-14. 

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

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 & gymnastics lessons, games, arts & crafts, and free play in the gym. Weekly sessions run June-Aug, 8:30 AM-5:30 PM, ages 3-14. 

STEAM Summer Camps

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

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, tubing and swimming. 5-Day sessions run June-July, 9 AM-4 PM. Grades 3-8. 

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+ 

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+ 

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

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

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

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, ages 6-8. 

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

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 performing arts campers. Each session ends with a showcase for family and friends! Sessions offered June-July. Ages 7-15.

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

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) and all-day (9 AM-4 PM) sessions. See website for details.

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

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 available. June-Aug, Grades K-8. 

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

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 at the end of the week! Instruments/gear are provided. Weekly sessions June-July, ages 8-16. $150/week (scholarships available)

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