Boys & Girls Summer Camp

2019 Summer Youth Camp Schedule:

Young Boys Camp:         ages 7-10            June 23-29           

Older Boys Camp:          ages 11-17           June 30 - July 13           

Girls Week 1:                  ages 8-12            July  21 - 27         

Girls Week 2:                  ages 12-17          July 28 - August 3 

(12 year old girls have the option to attend both weeks) 
 

Click HERE for the Camp Application Packet

Click HERE for information on financial assistance

Click HERE for the Scholarship Application

(Scroll down to the bottom for important forms used for all summer camps)

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Campers and Counselors 

For specific details on our camps just for BOYS click HERE

 

Girls Camp Group Week 2

For specific details on our camps just for GIRLS click HERE

 

A general overview that applies to both boys & girls camps:

 

Young Boys Camp 2011 Our unique summer camps offer natural living experiences and exceptional outdoor education. We are here to help boys and girls become balanced people. Our camps are separated by gender with week-long camps for boys age 7-10 and two weeks for boys age 11-17. Our girls enjoy one week for ages 8-12 and one week for girls age 12-17.

 

 We believe learning should be fun. Turtle Island camp activities promote positive growth through fun and exciting learning opportunities. We provide youth with a strong experiential foundation and motivation for skill building alongside cultural and scientific studies. 

 

  

Morning watch Woven into the fabric of each camp session is space for quiet reflection. Time away from digital tech and devices is where youth can gain a deeper understanding of themselves and their relationships with others while in a safe and beautiful pristine mountain forest setting. 

 

 

Preston's Camp - overnight lodge The rustic shelters and tipis shared by campers and instructors put us in close contact with the beautiful surrounding forest. The building pictured here was constructed in part by the campers themselves! 

  

 

Boys Camp - Blacksmithing Our professional educators, not just college students as is standard in summer camps, but a clan of extraordinary, unique individuals are chosen for their excellence in their field. These professionals come together to create a phenomenal community with a staff to student ratio often better than 1:2.

 

Appalachia landscape Turtle Island Preserve lies in the heart of the Appalachian Mountains, only eight miles east of Boone, North Carolina. Majestic forest, clear streams and diverse flora and fauna make the 1,000 acre preserve an ideal site for inspirational learning. This beautiful Preserve, coupled with the camps quality leadership, profoundly enriches each campers life.

 

Camp Staff

Girls Camp Staff We are a diverse group of quality experiential educators, environmental enthusiasts, and ancient skills instructors. Our primary focus as educators is the sharing of hands-on, experiential learning oppportunities.

 

TG, Eustace and Preston Supported by the founding leadership of Eustace Conway and Preston Roberts, our staff includes instructors and counselors that are a clan of extraordinary, unique men and women. Turtle Island staff and counselors will challenge campers to extend their physical, emotional, and intellectual capabilities in a nurturing and natural environment. To see a more comprehensive list and read bios about this years staff please:

Click here to read more about our dynamic team

 

 

 

A Camper's Day 

A day may include a playful hike to a waterfall or beautiful vistas, creating unique crafts of function and beauty, gathering wood for kitchen and campfire programs, playing games of interaction and laughter, and quiet time to take notice of our natural surroundings. Our day may end around a campfire sharing stories, songs and dancing.

 

General Program Activities & Classes

Archery class with Miss DesereOfferings in Earth Skills and Nature Crafts vary from year to year. Class offerings are based on visiting instructors, environmental, weather and climate factors, as well as feedback recieved from past and repeat campers. Below is a general list of some camp favorites.

Bark baskets

 

 

Possible hand-crafts might include:

  • Blacksmithing
  • Traditional woodworking
  • Spoon and spatula carving
  • Burning out a bowl
  • Bark craft
  • Stone working
  • Making musical instruments
  • Fiber Arts: spinning, weaving, felting
  • Natural dying
  • Blowgun, darts, and Bow & arrow craft
  • Basket weaving
  • Tanning skins & Leather work
  • Container construction
  • Gourd crafts
  • Pottery & clay work 
  • Papermaking & Bookbinding  

Waterfall visit

 

Additional skills & activities might include:

  • Hiking
  • Swimming hole dips
  • Knife & Blade Safety
  • Fire Building Skills
  • One match and no match fires
  • Campfire programs
  • Making music & song
  • Night walking
  • Storytelling & performance arts
  • Morning Watch - quiet reflection time
  • Responsibility awareness
  • Communication exercises
  • Heightened consciousness games
  • Group & Team initiatives
  • Solo vigil
  • Journal writing
  • Natural material gathering
  • Building primitive shelters
  • Natural building construction 
  • Basic Horsemanship
  • Animal Care
  • Bird study
  • Reptile study
  • Tracking
  • Edible & Medicinal plant ID
  • Gardening
  • Preserving food
  • Cooking over fire
  • Wilderness/Outdoor safety & 1st aid

  Camp time with Eustace

 

The forms below will help you plan, prepare and pack:

These are your detailed camp instructions:

Click Here for IMPORTANT CAMP INFO

Click Here for WHAT TO BRING TO CAMP

Click Here for DRIVING DIRECTIONS

Click Here for A TYPICAL DAY AT CAMP

Click Here for MAKING FLIGHT ARRANGEMENTS

 

Attention All Camp Visitors - Please Note:

WARNING: Under North Carolina Law, There Is No Liability For An Injury To Or Death Of A Participant In An Agritourism Activity Conducted At This Agritourism Location If Such Injury Or Death Results From The Inherent Risks Of The Agritourism Activity. Inherent Risks Of Agritourism Activities Include, Among Others, Risks Of Injury Inherent To Land, Equipment, And Animals, As Well As The Potential For You To Act In A Negligent Manner That May Contribute To Your Injury Or Death. You Are Assuming The Risk Of Participating In This Agritourism Activity.

 

WARNING: Under North Carolina Law, A Farm Animal Activity Sponsor Or Farm Animal Professional Is Not Liable For An Injury To Or The Death Of A Participant In Farm Animal Activities Resulting Exclusively From The Inherent Risks Of Farm Animal Activities. Chapter 99E Of The North Carolina General Statutes.

 

These forms will help you plan, prepare and pack:

These are your detailed camp instructions:

Click Here for IMPORTANT CAMP INFO

Click Here for WHAT TO BRING TO CAMP

Click Here for DRIVING DIRECTIONS

Click Here for A TYPICAL DAY AT CAMP

Click Here for MAKING FLIGHT ARRANGEMENTS