Crafty Critters

Sewing a felt hat at outdoor crafts summer camp

Crafty Critters

One of the most essential of human capabilities: To form in our mind a vision of something that doesn’t yet exist, and then use our own two hands to bring that vision into reality. This is the heart of crafting… and it’s so much fun.

So come and craft with us! In this camp the focus is on making things with our hands. We’ll create a variety of fun and useful items using natural materials.

A few possible projects include:

  • Baskets – free-form woven honeysuckle makes a strong and beautiful container
  • Wet and needle felting – use wool to make neck pouches
  • Natural Dyes – use plants to dye silk scarves or bandanas
  • Paint rocks – grind up stones found in the creek to make natural paint
  • Gourd Craft – decorative fruit bowls or small eating bowls
  • Bamboo craft – functional chopsticks or cups made from this amazing grass
  • Pottery – beads and pinch pots

Grades: 1-3

Sessions:
2021 Summer dates TBD 

Registration

Registration is not yet open. You may create your account in advance.

Time: 9:00 am - 3:00 pm

For Drop-off & Pick-up and other logistics info, see below.

Price: $295

  • Available discounts are listed on the Summer Camps page
  • $100 non-refundable deposit due at registration
  • Limited Partial Scholarships available (see below)

Why Choose Forest Floor?

We help children have fun, be healthy, and achieve their fullest potential with nature connection mentoring.

 

  • 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
  • Boost long term cognitive & social development
Summer camp student showing rope cordage woven from natural materials

Logistics 

Drop-off/Pick-up Locations

All programs take place at Shope Creek Wilderness, with the exception of Blacksmithing and Knife-making which are based at Haw Creek Commons.

Haw Creek Commons, next to Haw Creek Elementary, is the drop-off and pick-up location for all programs. Campers will be shuttled via passenger van to our forested location at Shope Creek Wilderness.

Haw Creek Commons
315 Old Haw Creek Road, Asheville NC

Times

Flexible drop-off:  8:30 am - 9:00 am
Camp hours:  9:00 am - 3:00 pm
Flexible pick-up:  3:00 pm - 3:30 pm

After Camp:  3:30 pm - 5:30 pm
Pre-registration required for best rates, purchase during checkout. Learn more here.

Clothing and Gear

Our programs are all-outdoors, with rain shelters available as needed. Children must arrive each morning fully prepared with a backpack, packed lunch, snack, full water bottle, and clothes appropriate for being out in the weather.

COVID-19 Cancellation Policy

A family is eligible for either: (1) a full refund if the cancellation occurs before the start of the program; or (2) a pro-rated refund for any unattended program days; under the following conditions:

Forest Floor cancels any programs due to COVID-19 or the Sars-Cov-2(novel coronavirus) pandemic.
A family needs to cancel because they are directly adversely impacted by COVID-19 (job loss, illness, or caring for sick family members).

AND in the event of cancellation (either on our part or yours)if you are in a position to donate your registration as a scholarship it would be a huge help to both Forest Floor and families in need.

Please note: Our standard cancellation & refund policy will apply for all cancellations other than the two conditions listed above. See our FAQ for details on our standard refund policy.

Scholarship Information

Overview

We offer limited partial scholarships to individuals who otherwise could not afford our programs. We prioritize scholarships for people of color and single parents with financial needs. We understand that people of color experience more financial and institutional barriers to participation, and wish to help counteract that by offering scholarships.

Donate

If you are a family with means, please consider donating to our scholarship fund. Donations of a 1/4, 1/2, or FULL scholarship can be made during the standard registration process. For more substantial donations please contact us to discuss details.

Apply

Limited partial scholarships are available. Scholarship funds are generated exclusively from generosity of donations toward the scholarship fund. Scholarships are limited to the sum of these funds and are awarded based on equitable distribution. Full scholarships will be considered for families in great need, but most scholarship applicants should expect to pay at least half of tuition.

To apply for a scholarship please follow the link below to fill out the application.