Explorer Camp

Explorer Camp

Time to get outside! Explorer Camp is a traditional outdoor adventure day camp in Buncombe County and Henderson County.

At Buncombe County Explorer Camp we aim to give kids the full outdoor summer camp experience and then some. By tapping into the Western North Carolina landscape and embracing the diversity of our campers, we create a safe environment to explore outdoors and discover what campers can achieve.

While developing skills in wilderness, gardening, and adventure recreation, campers grow in self-confidence and strengthen our community. Explorer Campers leave every day with dirt on their hands, a smile on their face, and the spirit of camp in their hearts. Activities include archery, high and low ropes, gardening, forestry, field trips, and more.

Location: YMCA Youth Services at Beaverdam in Asheville (Ages 4-13)

Hendersonville's Summer Day Camp - Explorer Camp is a full day summer camp for rising kindergartners through rising sixth graders. This traditional outdoor camp includes swimming, sports, arts and crafts, team building, and activities to help prevent summer learning loss.

Location: UNC Asheville Kellogg Center in Hendersonville (Ages 4-13)


  • 4-13 (YMCA Youth Services and Hendersonville)

Summer 2020 Themes

Week Beaverdam Kellogg
June 1 Olympic N/A
June 8 The Greatest Camp on Earth Neature Walk
June 15 Trolls, Fairies & Gnomes... Oh My! The Game of CAMP
June 22 That's UnbeLEAFable! Summer Olympics
June 29 Happy Birthday, America! Messy Mayhem
July 6 Two Steps Forward, One Step Back Lights! Camera! Action!
July 13 I Choose You! X Marks the Spot
July 20 Christmas in July Lost City of K
July 27 Alohamora! The Final Frontier
Aug. 3 We Are The World Mischief Managed
Aug. 10 Love With All Of Your Art Let's Dough
Aug. 17 N/A Nature Center
Aug. 24 N/A Water World

Summer 2020 Field Trips (Kellogg Only)

June 8: Pisgah Gem Mine
June 15: Tropical Gardens Mini
June 22: 7th Inning Splash
June 29: Splashville/Urban Trail
July 6: Flat Rock Playhouse
July 13: Greenville Zoo
July 20: Gray Fossil
July 27: 7th Inning Splash
Aug. 3: Blue Ridge
Aug. 10: AVL Pizza
Aug. 17: Nature Center
Aug. 24: Splashville

Summer 2020 Special Events (Kellogg Only)

June 8: Amazing Race
June 15: Board Game Cafe
June 22: Olympic Relay Series
June 29: Messy Olympics
July 6: Cinematic Event
July 13: Ship Showdown
July 20: Artifact Dig
July 27: Alien Invasion
Aug. 3: Potions Class
Aug. 10: Bake Off
Aug. 17: Diamonds and Spies
Aug. 24: Special Water Play

Parent Handbook

Check out the Summer Day Camp Parent Handbook to learn more about the YMCA camp experience. 

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