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There are a variety of overnight summer camps for older kids and teens in Western North Carolina. Many of these camps are offered in sessions ranging from three days up to eight weeks, depending on the camper's age. Overnight summer camps (also called residential camps) offer various activities ranging from whitewater rafting and zipline tours to creative writing, painting, or science and technology workshops. (Feature image: Camp Pinnacle)

Overnight Summer Camps Asheville
Water balloon toss at Camp Pinnacle, Flat Rock.

While some parents may hesitate to send their kids to an overnight summer camp, the benefits are great! Experienced camp counselors help your child be responsible, make decisions, and engage in the surroundings. The balance of structured activities, adventure, community, responsibility, and fun work together to enrich your child, creating summer memories that will last a lifetime. 

Benefits of Overnight Summer Camps

  • Independence: Campers manage their own space, chores, and choices
  • Self-Confidence: Campers are encouraged to overcome self-doubts and rise to the challenge
  • Friendships: Campers develop relationships and find common interests with other campers
  • New Skills: Campers develop skills from a variety of activities and experiences
  • Gratitude: Time away from home often leads to an appreciation for parents and siblings
  • Team Player: Campers work together toward a common goal
  • Responsibility: All campers have responsibilities, including leadership roles
  • Tolerance: Campers learn to work through conflict with others and allow 

Also, see Western NC Day & Half-Day Summer Camps.

Top Overnight Summer Camps in Western North Carolina

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 …

Camp Highlander, Mills River

Adventures and activities including canoeing, kayaking, mountain biking, hiking, horseback riding, swimming, water skiing, arts and crafts, pottery, archery, riflery, and more. 1-3 week sessions,… read more

Adventures and activities including canoeing, kayaking, mountain biking, hiking, horseback riding, swimming, water skiing, arts and crafts, pottery, archery, riflery, and more. 1-3 week sessions, June-August. Ages 5-16.

Ridge Haven, Brevard

With access to hundreds of acres of trails, streams, and views, this Christian camp offers wilderness activities, lake activities, rope and obstacle courses, swimming, archery, games, and more. 5-… read more

With access to hundreds of acres of trails, streams, and views, this Christian camp offers wilderness activities, lake activities, rope and obstacle courses, swimming, archery, games, and more. 5-day camp sessions: May-August. Rising 3-12 grades. 

Camp Pinnacle, Flat Rock

This overnight summer camp offers swimming, boating, riflery, archery, tennis, disc golf, game room, crafts, drama, yoga, painting, nature program, field sports, and more. 2 to 5-week sessions,… read more

This overnight summer camp offers swimming, boating, riflery, archery, tennis, disc golf, game room, crafts, drama, yoga, painting, nature program, field sports, and more. 2 to 5-week sessions, June - August. Ages 7-15. 

Gwynn Valley Camp, Brevard

This overnight summer camp for kids located on a working farm offers farm activities, nature lessons, hiking, sports, blacksmithing, climbing, archery, crafts, and more. Programs focus on… read more

This overnight summer camp for kids located on a working farm offers farm activities, nature lessons, hiking, sports, blacksmithing, climbing, archery, crafts, and more. Programs focus on sustainability, community, outdoors, wilderness, and leadership. 7-day to 3-week sessions, June-August. Completed grades: K-10th. 

COMPASS at Montreat College, Black Mountain

Choose among summer immersion programs in Cybersecurity, Exercise Science, Herpetology, Audio Production, Business Entrepreneurship, Creative Writing, Criminal Justice, Theatre, and Outdoor… read more

Choose among summer immersion programs in Cybersecurity, Exercise Science, Herpetology, Audio Production, Business Entrepreneurship, Creative Writing, Criminal Justice, Theatre, and Outdoor Education. Grades 9-12. 

Camp Cedar Cliff, Asheville

This Christian-based camp offers a variety of overnight camps for rising 2nd-10th graders. Depending on age, camps include whitewater rafting, zipline tours, archery, swimming, rope courses, and… read more

This Christian-based camp offers a variety of overnight camps for rising 2nd-10th graders. Depending on age, camps include whitewater rafting, zipline tours, archery, swimming, rope courses, and more. 1-2 week sessions, June - August. Ages 5-16.

Camp Kanuga, Hendersonville

This inclusive Christian camp by Kanuga Lake offers adventure activities, sports, horseback riding, crafts, talent shows, overnight campouts, and more. 4-21 Day sessions, June-August. Ages 7-17.… read more

This inclusive Christian camp by Kanuga Lake offers adventure activities, sports, horseback riding, crafts, talent shows, overnight campouts, and more. 4-21 Day sessions, June-August. Ages 7-17.

PARI Learning Center, Rosman

Kids can explore the universe and beyond at this 200-acre historic campus in Pisgah Forest. Offering campers an out-of-the-world experience, the camp will focus on astronomy and planetary subjects… read more

Kids can explore the universe and beyond at this 200-acre historic campus in Pisgah Forest. Offering campers an out-of-the-world experience, the camp will focus on astronomy and planetary subjects like astrobiology. See a radio telescope and have fun with activities like building and launching model rockets. 6th-12th graders. 2-3 week sessions June-August.

Camp Wayfarer, Flat Rock

Christian-based camp that includes creative arts, horseback riding, swimming, sports, archery, and wilderness adventures. Sessions range from 5-day to 4 weeks with mini sessions for grades 1-6 and… read more

Christian-based camp that includes creative arts, horseback riding, swimming, sports, archery, and wilderness adventures. Sessions range from 5-day to 4 weeks with mini sessions for grades 1-6 and even an expedition out west for 8-11 graders. Ages 6-16. 

Eagle's Nest, Pisgah

Encourages boys and girls to live and grow simply, rooted by intentional experiences and connection to the community. Activities promote self-expression, personal growth, skill-building, and fun.… read more

Encourages boys and girls to live and grow simply, rooted by intentional experiences and connection to the community. Activities promote self-expression, personal growth, skill-building, and fun. With wilderness activities, music and drama, athletics, and more. 1-3 week sessions, June-August. Grades K-9. 

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