Boys & Girls Summer Camp

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Click HERE for the Scholarship Application

Click HERE for the 2018 camp application packet

(Scroll down to the very bottom for important camp forms)

Campers and Counselors Girls Camp






2018 Summer Camp Schedule:

Young Boys Camp:          ages 7-10              June 24 - 30           

Older Boys Camp:           ages 11-17             July 1 - 14            

Young Girls Camp:           ages 8-11              July 15 - 21         

Older Girls Camp:            ages 12-18            July 22 - 28

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:


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 8-11 and one week for girls age 12-18.


Girls Camp Blacksmithing Class  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 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. 



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

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. 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 

Girls Camp - Making Poplar Bark Baskets 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

  • Hiking
  • Horse drawn carriage rides
  • Morning Watch ceremony
  • Traditional woodworking
  • Goat milking
  • Blacksmithing
  • Spinning, weaving, felting
  • Bark craft
  • Solo vigil
  • Cooking over fire
  • Edible plants
  • Tracking
  • Trapping
  • Fishing
  • Hunting
  • Natural dying
  • Storytelling
  • 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
  • Pottery
  • Gardening
  • 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:






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.



Important Liability Waiver - Read Before Entering Property: Please Be Aware That Turtle Island Preserve Is NOT LIABLE For Your Safety, Health Or Any Impairment Of It. Enter At Your Own Risk. Your Presence Represents Your Acknowledgement That You Accept Full Liability For Any Damage To Your Person Or Property. This Applies To Everyone On The Property Or Associated With Turtle Island Preserve Programs.