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Mountain Explorers summer camp

June 10 - 14, 9:00 am - 3:00 pm

Designed for rising 2nd and 3rd graders


Experience the natural wonder of western North Carolina. Investigate different habitats and discover the creatures that live all around us. Learn how native people and early explorers viewed and appreciated the plants and animals around them. Explorations will culminate in art-based activities and the week will include a field trip to a wild area within Jackson County.

Appalachian Adventures summer camp

July 22 - 26, 9:00 am - 3:00 pm

Designed for rising 4th and 5th graders


Explore the heritage of southern Appalachia beginning with the Native Americans and continuing through to the coming of the railroad. Work on historic crafts, investigate artifacts, listen to a local stories and legends, take field trips to local farms and historic sites of interest, and learn about the people who lived in these mountains 100 to 1000 years ago.

rope making at summer camp

Rope making at summer camp 2023

Games at camp 2023

Games at camp 2023


Summer Camp Packets from June and July 2020

Introduction to the packets

Notes for Week 3

Notes for Week 4, Rag Rug Weaving

Notes for Week 5, Quilt Pillow

2020 summer camp was cancelled but we offered a series of Camp Packets with activities, crafts, instructions, and video links for families with elementary-aged children. Instructions for the packets are available here and include:

  • make a quilt pillow
  • start a camp fire
  • build a shelter
  • weave a mug mat
  • make simple pottery vessels

Notes for Week 6, Candles, Fire Starting

Themes, activities, and instructions are available for download:


Here are some activities you can try at home! Click on the title of the toy or activity to download a pdf of the instructions.


Foxfire 6 has many traditional toys and games. Here's one we've enjoyed making and playing with for many years.

Ball in Cup materials


Ball in Cup


Corn Shuck doll



Credit to the High Point Museum and the late Annie Lee Bryson of Cullowhee, NC for their assistance putting this sheet together.


Thanks to Susan Leveille for her assistance in working on this craft.

mug mat materials


mug mat



Bark baskets were made in the spring from the bark of Poplar trees. They were used by settlers to carry berries, kindling, and other small items. Make a replica bark basket out of cardboard.

bark basket in progress

Cardboard Bark Basket in progress.

finished bark basket

Thanks to Cagney Guest (MA 2015) and Sophie Potts (History, 2019).

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