Asheville Summer Camps
2021 Season Coming Soon

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

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 Grades

Please choose camps based on the grade your child will be entering in the fall.

Use these links to skip to K-2,  1-3,  3-5,  4-7,  or 6-10.

    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 & After Camp for busy families

    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.

    Past Summer Camps are shown below

    Our 2021 Summer Camp Schedule will be posted and open for registration in mid-December.

    Grades K-2

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

    Grades K-2

    Flight of the Faeries

    2021 Dates TBD.

    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

    Grades K-2

    Legend of the Gnomes

    2021 Dates TBD.

    Build a tiny forest village for Intrepid Gnomes and Meddlesome Trolls.

    Grades 1-3

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

    Grades 1-3

    Forager’s Basket

    2021 Dates TBD.

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

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

    Grades 1-3

    Archery Range

    2021 Dates TBD.

    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

    Grades 1-3

    Stealth Rangers

    2021 Dates TBD.

    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

    Grades 1-3

    Crafty Critters

    2021 Dates TBD.

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

    Grades 3-5

    Camper hiding during during fantasy adventure role playing summer camp session for kids

    Grades 3-5

    Journey of the Green Man

    2021 Dates TBD.

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

    Kids at camp learning archery lined up with arrows drawn at Asheville nature camp setting

    Grades 3-5

    Mammoth Hunters

    2021 Dates TBD.

    A journey through time in the art of projectile weaponry.

    Kids at Archer's arena summery camp with bows drawn

    Grades 3-5

    Archer’s Arena

    2021 Dates TBD.

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

    Grades 4-7

    Boy with bow drawn with foam tipped arrow at summer day camp near Asheville

    Grades 4-7

    Archer’s Arena

    2021 Dates TBD.

    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

    Grades 4-7

    Forest Ninja

    2021 Dates TBD.

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

    Instructor teaching archery technique to kids at Asheville nature camp

    Grades 4-7

    Mammoth Hunters

    2021 Dates TBD.

    A journey through time in the art of projectile weaponry.

    Camper learning to make fire at survival skills summer day camp in forest

    Grades 4-7

    Survival Skills: Fundamental Four

    2021 Dates TBD.

    Learn the fundamentals of survival: Shelter, Water, Fire, and Food.

    Pinch pots and beads made from clay at earthen pottery summer nature camp

    Grades 4-7

    Earthen Pottery

    2021 Dates TBD.

    Craft and fire handmade containers using the techniques of our ancestors.

    Grades 6-10

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

    Grades 6-10

    Knife Making

    2021 Dates TBD.

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

    Blacksmithing project under way with glowing curled metal on anvil

    Grades 6-10

    Blacksmithing

    2021 Dates TBD.

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

    Teenage campers dressed in camouflauge for Shadow Scouts summer camp

    Grades 6-10

    Shadow Scouts: Advanced Forest Ninja

    2021 Dates TBD.

    A next level quest fo the expereinced Forest Ninja.

    Day Camp Hours

    Our summer camps run daily, Monday through Friday.

    Flexible Drop-off:  8:30 – 9:00am
    Camp hours:  9:00am – 3:00pm
    Flexible Pick-up:  3:00 – 3:30pm
    After Camp:  3:30 – 5:30pm

    After Camp Fees

    $15 per afternoon w/pre-registration – full week
    $25 per afternoon w/pre-registration – single days
    $30 per afternoon if unregistered​

    Read more about After Camp.

    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 & Pick-Up in the Forest

    Parents may also choose to drop-off and pick-up at Shope Creek Wilderness (except for Blacksmithing Camps which are based out of Haw Creek Commons).   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 Day at Forest Floor