Overnight Summer Camps In North Carolina

Surfing lessons await campers in Wrightsville Beach, North Carolina.

When the last bell of the school year rings, many kids greet summer with unbridled enthusiasm. Three months of sleeping in and freedom from classes await them, but after a while, parents may hear the phrase “I’m bored!” a little too often. Summer camps offer the chance to make new friends and enjoy outdoor activities, breaking up the monotony of endless days off. Several sites in North Carolina are ready to entertain youngsters and teenagers.

Rockbrook Camp for Girls

Crafts, sports, hiking and horseback riding are among the activities for ages six through 16 at Rockbrook Camp for Girls in the Blue Ridge Mountains. Located in the western North Carolina town of Brevard, Rockbrook hosts 11-day and 26-day camping sessions for girls, ranging in price from $2,300 to $4,300 in the summer of 2010. The fee includes meals, activities and weekly laundry service. Girls share a cabin with about eight other campers who are in the same grade. Campers make pottery and jewelry and enjoy archery, tennis and swimming. Other activities include rock climbing, tent camping and a high ropes course.

Rockbrook Camp for Girls

P.O. Box 792

Brevard, NC 28712

828-884-6151

rockbrookcamp.com

Camp Timberlake for Boys

About 15 miles east of Asheville, North Carolina, you’ll find Camp Timberlake for Boys. Located in the Blue Ridge Mountains, this Christian camp offers on-site and off-site activities for boys ages seven to 16. On-site adventures include canoeing, fencing, mountain biking, paintball, soccer and target shooting. Excursions away from camp include trout fishing, river rafting and water skiing. Camp sessions vary in length from six days to five weeks, with prices ranging from $1,150 to $4,950 for the summer of 2010.

Camp Timberlake for Boys

1123 Montreat Rd.

Black Mountain, NC 28711

828-669-8766

camptimberlake.com

Sea Turtle Camp

Youth with an interest in marine biology can have a hands-on summer experience at Sea Turtle Camp in Wrightsville Beach, North Carolina. The camp is for those ages 13 to 17, and campers spend their overnight hours at the University of North Carolina-Wilmington. They spend five or 10 days at Sea Turtle Camp, where activities include volunteering at a sea turtle hospital and evening and early morning walks to find sea turtle nests. Campers also explore coastal reserves and estuaries, hear from guest speakers and plant sea oats to help preserve area dunes. Costs range from $1,295 to $2,495 for the summer of 2010 and include lodging, meals, activities and airport transportation. The fee covers all aspects of camp life, except for horseback riding, paintball, clothing and special requests.

Sea Turtle Camp

530 Causeway Dr., Suite B-1

Wrightsville Beach, NC 28480

910-686-4611

seaturtlecamp.com

Surf Camp

Young people who love the ocean and adventure may enjoy a visit to Surf Camp in Wrightsville Beach, North Carolina. A six-day camping experience for kids includes surfing at four different islands and overnight stays at the University of North Carolina-Wilmington. The camp boasts a 3-to-1 student/teacher ratio and includes a visit to the state aquarium, a surfboard factory and a sea turtle hospital. The $1,595 fee includes meals, lodging, surfing instruction, activities and airport transportation. The teen surfing camp features the same activities at the same cost.

Surf Camp

530 Causeway Dr., Suite B -1

Wrightsville Beach, NC 28480

866-844-7873

wbsurfcamp.com