Best Sleep Away Camps for Summer ~ a few still with openings!

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Hard to believe that in less than 3 months school will be out and summer will be here. I feel like I just ordered the backpacks and lunchboxes yesterday. If you are considering resident camp for your child or children this summer, you probably should have started the process last fall! Most of the girls’ camps we recommend are fully booked with waitlists. There are some spots still left in a few boys and co-ed camps.

We are lucky in NC as there are so many great options within a reasonable drive from home. Below is our list of girls’ camps, boys’ camps and coed camps with the info we could find on their 2016 availability. Please note, just like our list of Charlotte summer day camps, this is NOT an exhaustive list.  These are camps we’ve sent our own children too, or where our friends kids have gone. Finding the right one for your child is key, so be sure to check out the camp websites linked in our list for more details.

For Boys

High Rocks

Cedar Mountain, NC (about 2 1/2 hours)

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Openings in the August 2 week session

Falling Creek

Ziconia, NC (about 2 hours)

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Openings for June Camp, Main Camp & Junior Camp; Waitlist for 2 week camp

Rockmont

Black Mountain, NC (about 2hr 15min)

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Openings for Starter Camp and Base Camp; Limited availability for Classic Camp & Summit Camp

Seagull

Arapahoe, NC ( about 5 1/2 hours)

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Openings for starter camp, limited space for Mariners IV; all other sessions full or waitlisted

Camp Mondamin

Tuxedo, NC (about 2 hours)

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3 week June Camp has openings; other sessions are full or waitlisted.

For Girls:

Greystone

Ziconia, NC (about 2 hours )

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All sessions waitlisted for 2016

Rockbrook

Brevard, NC (about 2 1/2 hours)

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Seafarer

Arapahoe, NC (about about 5 1/2 hours)

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Starter Camp available for 2016; all other sessions full or waitlisted

Illahee

Brevard, NC (about 2 1/2 hours)

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All sessions waitlisted for 2016

Merrie-Woode

Sapphire, NC (about 3 hours)

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Full with waitlists for 2016

Camp Alleghany 

Lewisburg, WV (about 4 hours)

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Openings in Mini Camp session; others full or with waitlist.

Keystone Camp

Brevard, NC (about 2 1/2 hours)

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For Boys & Girls:

Gwynn Valley

Brevard, NC (about 2 1/2 hours)

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All sessions waitlisted for girls; some availability for boys.

Camp Harrison

Boomer, NC (about 1hr 45min)

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All sessions have openings with the exception of Sessions 6A & 6B

Camp Thunderbird

Lake Wylie, SC (30-45min)

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Camp Tekoa

Hendersonville, NC (about 2 1/2 hours)

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Green River Preserve

Cedar Mountain, NC (about 2 1/2 hours)

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Camp Cheerio

Glade Valley, NC (about 2 hours)

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Traditional camp is waitlisted for girls with the exception of Session 1; Boys’ sessions are all waitlisted. Some openings in their Extreme Camp and Adventure Camp.

Camp Pinnacle

Flat Rock, NC (about 2 1/2 hours)

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Openings in all 2 week sessions.

Lurecrest

Lake Lure, NC (about 2 hours)

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Openings for Bearwallow 1 and Shumont sessions. Girls sessions are waitlisted otherwise; boys’ sessions have openings in Pinnacle & Swannanoa sessions.

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