Now that spring is finally here, Murphy, NC students will soon be counting down the weeks until their summer vacation. Although kids and teens might plan to become experts at their favorite video games, or spend weeks hanging out with their friends, their parents would likely choose more constructive activities. In other words, the parents want their children to get off the couch and exercise their bodies and minds during the summer. So, why not send them to summer camp? If that sounds like a good plan, check out three popular camp choices in and near Cherokee County.
NORTH SUNGATE FARMS (Horse Camp)
Murphy, NC. 828-494-2859.
Kids who enjoy horseback riding (or would love to learn) gravitate to this weeklong summer horse camp adventure. North Sungate Farms is nestled among beautiful woodlands and meadows near Murphy, North Carolina – a perfect setting for a fun-filled midsummer session.
Catering to campers ages 10-18, the facility incorporates good horsemanship and safety while offering exposure to several riding disciplines. Campers can learn English or Western pleasure riding, and get a taste of dressage, jumping, and hunt seat work. Arts, crafts, and lively games also contribute to this memorable weeklong experience.
SNOWBIRD WILDERNESS OUTFITTERS
Nantahala National Forest, 75 May Johnson Way, Andrews, NC. 828-321-2210.
Campers looking for a Christian-centered environment, along with a sumptuous feast of outdoor recreation choices, will enjoy this rustic camp in the beautiful Snowbird Mountains just outside Andrews, North Carolina.
First and foremost, Snowbird maintains a strong focus on the Gospel. Students participate in twice-daily worship services that include song, drama, video, and expositional messages. Campers also share their views in daily breakout sessions focusing on diverse topics. Participants wrap up each day with small group discussions led by Snowbird staff, who help to guide students’ growth through building of personal relationships.
Turning to the recreational side, campers enjoy a host of on-campus and easily accessible activities. On the Snowbird premises, participants enjoy archery, basketball, climbing tower and rappel wall, a gun range, paintball, zipline, and waterslide. Nearby off-campus sports include river and lake tubing, whitewater rafting, wakeboarding, canoeing, hiking the Appalachian Trail, mountain biking, and horseback riding. Taken together, Snowbird campers will have plenty of chances to exercise their bodies while also experiencing spiritual growth.
NANTAHALA OUTDOOR CENTER (Kayaking Camp)
13077 W Highway 19, Bryson City, NC. 828-785-4850.
This nationally renowned kayaking and rafting trip outfitter operates highly popular summer kayaking camps. Scheduled for five-day blocks during June and July, each Youth Week session offers day camp and live-in lodging options. Participants don’t need whitewater paddling skills, as paddlers are grouped according to their experience level. NOC’s Paddling School Instructors provide campers with 24-hour supervision, both on and off the water.
Each kayaking camp session combines paddling skills building with a healthy dose of fun. Participants paddle several of the region’s navigable rivers each week, matching the river’s challenges to the group’s skill level. On Youth Week’s final day, families are invited to join their young paddlers for a “Family Paddle” on the scenic Nantahala River. Discounted kayak and gear rentals are available for parents who don’t have their own equipment.
With three enticing summer camps within easy driving distance, Murphy, NC students have unlimited opportunities for fun this summer. When they return to school next fall, they’ll have plenty of colorful pictures and stories to swap with their friends.
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