Outdoor Camps

Boy Scouts – Old Hickory Council
Day Camp for Cub Scouts (1st-5th grade) which will be held July 11-13 at Appalachian Ski Mountain.
Boy Scout camp (6th-12th grade) the closest being Camp Raven Knob near Mt. Airy.


Outdoor Leadership and Adventure Camp

Dates: June 15-21
Cost: $450(day camp) $750(residential)
Camp Director: TBD

The Outdoor Leadership and Adventure Camp is designed for rising 9th-12th grade students who have an interest in learning and exploring outdoor recreation and related environments.  Participants will have the opportunity to study in the beautiful mountains of western North Carolina, a natural setting for outdoor activities such as hiking, backpacking, camping, white water rafting, rock climbing, kayaking, fishing, swimming and zip-lining.  The curriculum combines classroom instruction with leadership education, skills application and field experiences.

Wildlife Rehabilitation and Field Studies Camp

Dates: June 15-21 or July7-12
Cost: $450(day camp) $750(residential)
Camp Director: TBD

The Wildlife Rehabilitation and Field Studies Camp is designed for rising 9th-12th grade students who have an interest in nature, animals and wildlife.  Participants will experience the academic side of wildlife biology and wildlife rehabilitation programs and work with patients at the Blue Ridge Wildlife Institute (BRWI).  The camp is designed for motivated students and will feature lectures, labs, clinical and field experiences.  Each day features hands-on learning at the BRWI.  Participants will work with mammals, songbirds, raptors, and reptiles and will learn about the native habitat of western North Carolina.

Advanced Wildlife Studies Camp

Dates: June 22-28
Cost: $450(day camp) $750(residential)
Camp Director: TBD

The Advanced Wildlife Camp is designed for rising 9th-12th grade students who desire to pursue a college education in a wildlife field.  Successful participants will have either attended a previous wildlife camp at Lees-McRae College before or have received a strong recommendation from his/her science teacher as being an advanced wildlife or science student with promise for success in the field.  Participants will work in a clinical setting at the Blue Ridge Wildlife Institute, engage in advanced wildlife studies, conduct education programs, and tour parts of western North Carolina to study wildlife.

Contact Information

Ben Austin
Phone: 828-898-8772
Fax: 828-898-8707


Turtle Island

Our unique Boys and Girls Camps offer a totally natural living experience and exceptional education. All campers and instructors live in tipis and rustic shelters. Campers learn to make what they need for wilderness comfort. We are here to provide Basic Living and Environmental Education experiences which help boys and girls become balanced people.

All of our Summer Boys and Girls Camps activities promote positive growth through fun and exciting learning opportunities. We also provide quiet time for reflection where youth can gain a dee per understanding of themselves and their relationships with others. Turtle Island Preserve offers an excellent outdoor classroom where hands on activities breathe life into Native American and Colonial history, as well as the natural sciences. We believe learning should be fun.

Green River Preserve

Mentor hikes

One of the unique aspects of the Green River Preserve, our mentor hikes, allow campers to explore with naturalists the forests, streams and hidden valleys of the Preserve. Campers learn to use all their senses to experience the outdoors as they play under waterfalls, crawl into caves, explore archaeological sites, track wildlife and taste edible plants. Campers learn by doing.


Campers will enjoy the excitement of an overnight camping trip. They are actively involved in both planning the trip as well as selecting activities for the trip. All necessary equipment is provided to ensure their comfort and safety and all campsites have access to covered storm shelters in case of inclement weather.

Afternoon activities

Growing up in an increasingly competitive and stressful world, we think it’s important for our campers to learn healthy and rewarding ways to spend their free time. As a result, campers learn skills that they can use for life. Campers are provided with excellent equipment and quality instruction in an environment that respects and nurtures each child’s abilities. We offer many activities including: archery, bb skeet, fencing, canoeing, fly fishing, swimming, climbing tower, low challenge course, theater, dance, music, yoga, tae kwan do, gardening, creative writing, drawing, painting, pottery, crafts, knitting, outdoor cooking, field games and more. Depending on the session and/or our staff skills, these activities may vary.


Cherokee Cove

June 7-9, 2013 Cherokee Cove Family Campout weekend

June 24-29, 2013 Songwriter’s camp

August 2-4, 2013 Cherokee Cove Family Campout weekend

September 6-8, 2013 Cherokee Cove Marriage Retreat

October 4-6, 2013 Cherokee Cove Family Campout weekend

Dates TBA: “Community Camp” at Bethel Park– a day camp for kids aged 6-12 yrs old

Dates TBA: “Get Fit Camp” at Cherokee Cove-6 day, 7 night fitness crash course

Dates TBA: “Worship Leaders Camp” Learn, share and jam together!



This is the listing for their 2012 Summer Camp. I am sure they will be updating for 2013 soon!

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