What a great summer we had! Stay tuned for 2018 Dates!
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Click HERE for the 2018 camp application packet
(Scroll down to the very bottom for important camp forms)
2017 Summer Camp Schedule:
For specific details on our camps just for GIRLS click HERE
For specific details on our camps just for BOYS click HERE
Below is a general overview that applies to both youth camps:
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 8-11 and one week for girls age 12-18.
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.
We also provide space for quiet reflection where youth can gain a deeper understanding of themselves and their relationships with others while in a safe and beautiful pristine mountain forest setting.
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!
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.
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.
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. 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. Turtle Island staff and counselors will challenge campers to extend their physical, emotional, and intellectual capabilities in a nurturing and natural environment. Click here to read more about the staff.
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
- Horse drawn carriage rides
- Morning Watch ceremony
- Traditional woodworking
- Goat milking
- Spinning, weaving, felting
- Bark craft
- Solo vigil
- Cooking over fire
- Edible plants
- Natural dying
- Blowgun making
- Bow and arrow making
- Spoon and spatula carving
- Burning out a bowl
- Stone working
- Tanning skins
- Making containers
- Responsibility awareness
- Tipi pitching
- Journal writing
- One match and no match fires
- Basket weaving
- Communication exercises
- Preserving food
- Campfire programs
- Group initiatives
- Swimming hole dips
- Night walking
- Bird study
- Natural material gathering
- Gourd crafts
- Making music
- Making musical instruments
- Harnessing a horse
- Leather work
- First aid and safety
- Heightened consciousness games
- Building primitive shelters
- Medicinal plants
- Sled rides
- Visiting elders
- Reptile study
- Gathering safe water
- Log house construction
The forms below will help you plan, prepare and pack:
These are your detailed camp instructions:
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