In this hands-on and educational camp, students will work their way through the 2.5 million year natural history of projectile weapons. Beginning with crude and rudimentary tools, to throwing sticks, spears, slings, atl-atl’s, and finally arriving at the bow & arrow, campers will learn about and practice using the variety of tools humans have used throughout our history to hunt animals.
This camp is part natural history, part tool making, and part applied usage. Campers will learn how humans have advanced physically and sociologically in conjunction with our hunting technology. Then we’ll puts our hands to the craft of building these very tools. Along the way we’ll have tons of fun practicing using all these projectiles in a safe and controlled environment.
2021 Summer dates TBD
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.
- 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
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
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.
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.
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.
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.