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Summer Camps 2024

Join AATA for a camp or two this Summer!

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THEME CAMPS

Of Mice and Gnomes:

How wee grow 

Ages: 6-10

Dates: June 10-14, 9am-3pm

Cost: $350

Embark on an enchanted journey where children delve into the captivating world of forest  adventure. Immersed in the wonders of nature they will explore the mystical realms through engaging activities, forest lore, and thrilling scavenger hunts. It will be a time where myths and legends come to life through foraging and building natural structures, creating an unforgettable and magical experience for every child. An experience filled with discovery, laughter, woodland creatures and lasting memories in the heart of the North Carolina Mountains.

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Midsummer Night’s Dream

Theater Camp 

Ages: 10-16

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

Cost: $400

Embark on an enchanting adventure at the Midsummer Night's Dream Theater Day Camp, specially designed for students ages 10-16 who are stepping into the magical world of theater for the first time! Nestled in the heart of the stunning Blue Ridge Mountains, this week-long immersive camp invites young enthusiasts to discover the joy of acting, prop-making, and costume creation.

Throughout the week, friendly and experienced theater instructors will guide campers through a fun and interactive exploration of a magical snippet of Midsummer Night's Dream. From learning the ropes of acting to crafting their own props and costumes, every day is filled with laughter, creativity, and new friendships.

 

The highlight of the camp is the outdoor performance on the last day, where families and friends are invited to witness the budding actors as they bring Shakespeare's timeless tale to life against the backdrop of nature's beauty. 

No previous theater experience is required—all materials and guidance are provided, making it the perfect opportunity for young minds to unleash their creativity and discover the joy of theater in a supportive and welcoming environment. Join us for a week of theatrical fun, friendship, and unforgettable memories at the Midsummer Night's Dream Theater Day Camp!

Nature Walk and

Nature Poetry

Ages: 11-15

Dates: August 12-15, 9am-3pm

Cost: $350

Start every morning with a peaceful walk in nature. Fully immersed in the beauty of the sights, the familiarity of the smells, and sweet sounds of nature. Each day a different spot to relax, take in our surroundings and become one with nature. Let pen meet paper. Watch as magic flows and your inner poet emerges. Journals and writing materials provided.

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HORSE CAMPS

Natural Horsemanship:

Harmony With Horses Fundamentals Deep Dive

**Three different dates for three different age groups**

 

Ages: 7-11

Dates: August 5-9, 9am-3pm

Cost: $425

Ages: 10-13

Dates: July 29-August 2, 9am-3pm

Cost: $425

Ages: 12-16

Dates: July 15-19, 9am-3pm

Cost: $425

Welcome to our Natural Horsemanship Summer Camp, where the art of communication forms the foundation for a transformative and enriching experience with our equine friends. Rooted in the principles of understanding, trust, and mutual respect, this camp offers a unique opportunity for participants to cultivate deep, connecting bonds and foster close partnerships with horses.

Throughout the week, campers will immerse themselves in the world of natural horsemanship, a technique that prioritizes clear communication over dominance. Guided by skilled instructors, participants will learn the subtle language of horses, gaining insights into their behavior, psychology and unique personalities.

The camp curriculum is designed to instill a holistic understanding of horse care, handling, and riding. Through ground exercises, participants will develop essential communication skills, honing their ability to convey intentions and requests to their equine partners with clarity and empathy. As trust deepens, campers will progress to riding activities, where they'll experience the joy of harmonious partnership with their horses.

Set against the backdrop of  picturesque mountains, the Natural Horsemanship Summer Camp provides a serene and natural environment for both campers and horses. Mornings begin with gentle grooming and bonding sessions, fostering a sense of connection and camaraderie. Days unfold with a blend of hands-on horse care, interactive learning, and guided riding experiences that emphasize the principles of natural horsemanship.

The camp encourages a supportive community atmosphere, where campers share experiences, challenges, and triumphs through group games. In addition to horsemanship skills, participants will develop qualities such as patience, empathy, and effective communication – valuable attributes that extend beyond the equestrian world.

Flight of the Butterfly Weekend Backpacking Adventure

Ages: 8-13 girls Only

Dates: June 20-23 (Thursday morning - Sunday Afternoon)

Cost: $580

Welcome to the Flight of the Butterfly Summer Camp, a thrilling backpacking adventure designed for girls ages 8-13, nestled in the breathtaking wilderness of Western North Carolina. This immersive experience goes beyond survival basics, offering a transformative journey that encompasses teamwork, communication, and self-discovery against the backdrop of nature's wonders.

As participants arrive at our scenic base camp, they will be introduced to the art of backpacking by seasoned guides. The camp focuses on empowering young girls with essential outdoor skills, from setting up a campsite to navigating through the lush, untamed landscapes of the region. Learning survival basics becomes a stepping stone for a weekend filled with adventure, growth, and camaraderie.

The Flight of the Butterfly Camp places a strong emphasis on teamwork and communication. Through a series of exhilarating challenges and team-building activities, girls will forge strong bonds with their fellow campers. Together, they will navigate pristine trails, cross crystal-clear streams, and conquer the peaks that dot the Western North Carolina wilderness.

Amidst the rustling leaves and the calls of native birds, the camp encourages moments of self-discovery. Guided reflection sessions, paired with the awe-inspiring beauty of the natural surroundings, create an environment where girls can explore their strengths, build resilience, and deepen their understanding of themselves.

Each day brings new adventures, from sunrise hikes to evening campfire storytelling. With experienced leaders at their side, campers will gain confidence, independence, and a sense of accomplishment as they overcome challenges and revel in the triumphs of the wilderness.

 

The Flight of the Butterfly Summer Camp is not just about backpacking; it's a holistic experience that blends outdoor education with personal development. As butterflies symbolize transformation and freedom, our camp aims to empower young girls to spread their wings, embrace challenges, and discover the beauty of both nature and themselves.

Join us for a season of exploration, laughter, and self-discovery in the stunning wilderness of Western North Carolina. The Flight of the Butterfly awaits, where every step on the trail leads to a new adventure and the growth of lifelong skills and friendships.

Swords For Hire:

Literature Based Interactive Horse Camp

(In memory of author Will Allen)

Ages: 8-12

Dates: July 8-12, 9am-3pm

Cost: $425

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Welcome, brave young adventurers, to the Swords for Hire Equestrian Adventure Camp – an extraordinary journey inspired by the thrilling adventure book by Will Allen. Get ready for a week of spine-tingling excitement, harrowing challenges, and the thundering hooves of your equine companions.

In this immersive experience, you will step into the shoes of Sam and Rigby Skeet, the courageous duo from "Swords for Hire." Your quest: to rescue King Olive from the clutches of his sinister brother and the keeper of the dreaded dungeon. What makes this adventure truly magical is that your trusty steeds will transform into partners, guiding you through lush forests, over misty mountains, and into the heart of danger.

 

As the story unfolds, Sam and Rigby Skeet set the stage for challenges that will test your mettle. Your horses, once ordinary companions, will become magical creatures ready to assist you on this epic journey. Decode cryptic clues, navigate treacherous terrain, and face cunning obstacles as you inch closer to the heroic rescue of King Olive.

 

But before the grand quest begins, we will engage in a series of group games designed to cultivate the essential skills needed for your adventure. Trust-building activities will deepen the bond between you and your fellow adventurers, ensuring a strong foundation for the challenges ahead. Courage-building exercises will empower you to face obstacles head-on, fostering resilience and self-confidence. Teamwork games will encourage collaboration, as you learn to work together to conquer common goals, just like Sam and Rigby Skeet.

 

Imagine galloping through enchanted meadows, where the wind whispers secrets of the impending quest. Mysterious characters with pieces of the puzzle await, guiding you to the heart of the dungeon. Your equestrian skills will be put to the test as you conquer daring obstacles and forge alliances with fellow adventurers.

 

As the adventure unfolds, you'll find that the group games have laid the groundwork for trust, courage, and teamwork. The Swords for Hire Equestrian Adventure Camp is not just about thrilling challenges; it's an opportunity to discover the true meaning of courage, friendship, and the power that lies within. Saddle up, young heroes! An action-packed week of nonstop challenges awaits, where the pages of a beloved adventure book come to life beneath the hooves of your noble steeds. Are you ready to embark on this unforgettable journey and emerge victorious in the quest for King Olive's freedom? The adventure begins, and only the bravest riders, forged through trust and teamwork, will prevail!

Secrets of the Forest

“A Magical Horse Experience

Ages: 6-12

Dates: June 24-28, 9am-3pm

Cost: $425

Welcome to the enchanting "Secrets of the Forest" Horse Camp, where the wisdom of horses becomes the mirror to your inner self. This unique camp offers students a transformative week of self-discovery, nestled in the heart of a mysterious forest teeming with hidden wonders.

 

Throughout the week, students will engage in a series of interactive activities with their horse partners, fostering communication, trust, and mutual understanding. From grooming sessions under the ancient trees to leisurely rides along meandering forest trails, each interaction with the horses becomes a mirror reflecting the emotions and energy that students bring to the experience. Nestled in the heart of nature, the camp encourages students to embrace the healing power of the forest. Morning mindfulness sessions beneath the towering trees provide moments for introspection and self-discovery. The forest, with its hidden mysteries and ancient wisdom, becomes a metaphor for the untapped potential within each student.

 

Guided by experienced equine facilitators and nature experts, students will delve into the secrets of the forest, exploring its flora, fauna, and the symbiotic relationship between all living beings. Through team-building activities, students will uncover the parallels between the interconnected web of the forest and the intricacies of human relationships. The "Secrets of the Forest" Horse Camp aims to create a holistic experience, nurturing not only equestrian skills but also personal growth, resilience, and a deepened sense of self. Participants will leave with newfound insights, a strengthened connection to nature, and the wisdom gained from the silent yet profound teachings of their equine companions.

 

Embark on this immersive journey of self-discovery, where the secrets of the forest and the reflections of horses guide you towards a deeper understanding of yourself and the world around you. The forest awaits, and within its whispers lies the key to unlocking the secrets within your own heart.

 

In addition to the transformative horse-human interactions, "Secrets of the Forest" Horse Camp offers a variety of enchanting activities designed to deepen participants' connection to nature and foster a sense of wonder.

 

One such activity is the exhilarating scavenger hunt through the mystical woods. Led by experienced guides, campers embark on a journey to uncover hidden treasures scattered throughout the forest. Armed with nothing but their wits and a keen eye, participants navigate winding trails, decipher clues, and solve riddles to reveal the forest's secrets.

 

But this scavenger hunt is no ordinary quest for trinkets; it's a journey of discovery and connection. Campers forage for natural materials along the way, learning to identify plants, trees, and wildlife habitats. These materials serve as building blocks for the next phase of the adventure: constructing miniature structures for woodland creatures.

 

Under the dappled sunlight filtering through the forest canopy, campers work together to fashion cozy shelters, intricate nests, and whimsical hideaways using leaves, twigs, moss, and other organic materials. As they collaborate and create, they gain a deeper appreciation for the interconnectedness of all living beings and the importance of nurturing the natural world.

 

Through the scavenger hunt and building activities with their equine partners, participants not only engage in outdoor exploration but also cultivate empathy, creativity, and stewardship for the environment.

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