Adventure Day Camp
Grade 3 to 6 $225
Week 2 9AM – 12PM
Bike rugged trails, paddle whitewater rapids, climb high on ropes courses, and fill up the ten-ring on an archery target. This camp is jam-packed with pure adventure! Campers will spend the week on the bike, in the boat, on the ropes and on the range learning skills and safely pushing limits. Biking and paddling adventures begin on the trails and waterways on Heathwood's campus. As campers become proficient in basic skills, they'll move to local venues on the Congaree and Saluda Rivers and Harbison State Forest. Climbing adventures take place on the Alpine Tower and Odyssey high ropes courses, and archery happens on the Olympic archery range- both housed at Adventure Base Camp at Heathwood. Campers should bring their own mountain bikes and helmets. All other adventure gear is provided, including kayaks, PFDs, paddles, harnesses, climbing helmets, and state-of-the-art archery equipment, as well as transportation to off-campus biking and paddling venues.
Climbing Day Camp
Grades 3 to 6 $225
Week 1 9AM – 12PM
Stan Wood and the PEAK staff will guide campers as they learn climbing skills on Heathwood's 50-foot Alpine Tower and Odyssey ropes courses, and the bouldering wall. Climbing is a great workout, building strength and endurance. Climbing also offers healthy risk-taking, which helps build self-confidence and fosters persistence. All technical climbing gear is provided. Throughout the week, campers are encouraged to climb higher and take on more challenges to take advantage of all the opportunities this camp has to offer!
Kayaking Day Camp
Grades 5 to 8 $275 Week 1 9AM – 12PM
Outdoor adventure at its finest! Campers will join Stan Wood and PEAK staff members for a week of whitewater kayaking! Learn paddle strokes and rescue techniques on the Heathwood pond, then move to the gentle waters of the Congaree for a river expedition. As skills and confidence improve, campers progress to Class I and II whitewater on the Saluda River. All paddle gear and transportation to the riverside classrooms is provided. The river venues in Columbia offer great opportunities for viewing wildlife, such as bald eagles, otters, cormorants, kingfishers, and a variety of aquatic animals. Throughout the week, campers are encouraged to move beyond circles of comfort in order to take advantage of all the opportunities this camp has to offer!
Stand Up Paddleboard (SUP) Camp
Grades 5 to 8 $250 Week 1 1PM – 4PM
Outdoor adventure at its finest! Paddlers join Stan Wood, Kelly Turbeville, and PEAK staff members for a week of stand up paddle boarding (SUP)! Paddlers become comfortable with general paddle strokes and SUP techniques on the Heathwood pond, then move to the gentle river venues in the Columbia area, paddling stretches of the Congaree and Saluda Rivers. All paddle gear and transportation to riverside classrooms is provided. The river venues in Columbia offer great opportunities for viewing wildlife like bald eagles, otters, cormorants, kingfishers, and a variety of aquatic animals. Throughout the week, campers are encouraged to move beyond circles of comfort on the board to take advantage of all the opportunities this camp has to offer!
Tsali Adventure Camp (OVERNIGHT)
Grades 5 to 8 $650 June 22 to 26 OVERNIGHT
Tsali Recreation Area, located in the Smoky Mountains of western North Carolina, near the exciting Nantahala River Gorge and beautiful Lake Fontana, serves as adventure base camp for the week where students may choose to camp in tents or hammocks.
Each day brings new and exciting immersive adventures: rafting the Nantahala River, riding miles of exhilarating, lake hugging mountain bike trails that begin just yards from the campsite, flying through the Gorge canopy on a series of tree-top zip lines, and paddling the smooth, pristine waters of Lake Fontana in kayaks and paddle boards.
Meals are prepared in camp with an occasional trip into Bryson City for pizza or a late night ice cream run. Camp cost covers travel, outfitter expenses and meals in camp. Adventure gear (for rafting, zip lining and paddling) is provided; participants must bring their own mountain bikes and helmets. Tents and group cooking gear is also provided. However, participants must bring their own hammocks (optional), and sleeping bags and pads.
The PEAK program has a limited number of hammocks, sleeping bags and pads available for loan upon request prior to the week of camp. Registration for this experience takes place through Heathwood Summer Programs at https://www.heathwood.org/summer.