Legend of the Gnomes

Kids dressed as forest gnomes with felted ice cream cones at Asheville summer camp in the woods

Legend of the Gnomes

Together campers will create a Gnome Village in the forest. Everyone will build their own “gnome home,” debris shelter inspired hut. At the central hearth campers will work on cooking projects, make tea, eat and tell stories.

Intrepid Gnomes will then leave the village on missions to rescue their wild animal neighbors from meddlesome trolls. They’ll learn from their friend Fox how to walk silently and use all their senses to successfully sneak past the troll and rescue their friend.

Gnome crafts will be another important focus of camp. Potential projects may include felted red pointy gnomes hats. These might be tiny hats that campers leave out for the Gnomes, or maybe even human sized! Gnomes are also well known for their free-form honeysuckle baskets & finger-woven straps(to go on their hats).

Grades: K-2

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 day campers in Forest Gnome costumes playing at Asheville nature connection camp

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.