Into The Wild 2019 is in the books! Thank you for a successful camp.


Into the Wild Excursion will take place during spring break from Monday, April 15th – Friday, April 19th, 2019 in partnership with Camplify and the Hendersonville Family Y. Into the Wild is a STEM (science, technology, engineering, math) and service learning day camp. Due to the nature of the planned activities, camp is offered to campers from grade 6 to 10. There will be new and challenging opportunities for youth to participate in.


Into the Wild is a STEM and service learning camp for students ages 12 and above. Campers will have growth-minded experiences around Western NC. A sample of our partners include NC Crime Lab, Blue Ridge Assembly, Pisgah Field School, Conserving Carolina, and more.

The week will be busy with new and challenging indoor and outdoor activities including hiking, service learning, and team building activities.

Supplies and Meals

Participants will need close toed shoes and appropriate attire for indoor and outdoor activities including service learning and hiking. Participants must bring their own water bottles and bagged lunch. Snacks will be provided daily. A gym bag to hold additional supplies such as sunglasses and sunblock is recommended. If campers bring phones, they will remain locked up for the majority of each day.

Camper Behavior

Poor conduct will not be tolerated and campers who choose not to follow the camp guidelines will be sent home. Parents or guardians will be responsible to provide transportation in these instances. Campers will hear the expectations at their first day of camp.


Camplify and the Y have limited camper medical coverage.  All activities will be done as safely as possible.  All chaperones are over the age of 21 and have First Aid and CPR certifications. The camp has a safety plan. Although accidents can happen, we keep safety as a top priority. The camp will have a ratio of 1 staff for every 9 campers.


Transportation will be provided daily. Campers must be dropped off at the Kellogg Center from 7:30 AM – 8:30 AM daily. Please do not bring your camper to this location after the designated drop off time.

Campers can be picked up at the Kellogg Center daily from 4:30 PM – 5:30 PM.

Camp Fees & Registration

Into the Wild expects campers to attend every day of the week. Camplify and the Hendersonville Family Y have contracted with partners to secure discounts for each excursion. The programs are provided at competitive prices so that a diverse group can share these experiences.

Camp is responsible for providing snacks, trained staff, insurance, transportation, and admission and program fees for each camper. There are two tiers of pricing for the week:

Camplify Families: contact for Camplify pricing

YMCA Members/Public: $145

All registration must be done through the YMCA of WNC website. Register by searching "Into The Wild" in the searchbar.


Students who are successful at Weekend Camp and Weeklong Camp are invited to participate in our third tier, Pathmakers, throughout 6th, 7th, and 8th grade. This gathering meets once per month for mini-retreats during the school year. At Pathmakers, we focus on four competencies:

  • communicative
  • self-starter
  • culturally-inclusive
  • growth-minded

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Pathmakers activities are designed to be fun with an emphasis on community service, learning, and personal development. Our strong bond with each student increases children’s level of responsibility. At the same time, we encourage a fun learning atmosphere with positive role models for three more years. Pathmakers who excel in this setting are granted further opportunities and an invitation to our final program for high school students, LEAD.


A recent study conducted through the Kenan-Flaglar School of Business at UNC Chapel Hill shows the benefit of Camplify programs for local families. Of parents surveyed, 100% said that their child is more responsible. Over 90% say that their children have learned to be more confident, collaborative, and adaptable.

If you have been to summer camp experience, you probably understand how experiential learning allows kids to explore, communicate, and develop life-skills in a fun, safe, supportive atmosphere.  If you haven't experienced this, allow us to draw some parallels.


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Teamwork and Communication


A child may see the process of learning to paddle a canoe with a partner as fun. Here's what we see:  The child is learning to work with another person on many levels.  They learn to communicate, not only verbally, but also by watching and reacting to what their partner is doing. They learn that both people in the boat are somewhat "in control" and if you want to get where you want to go, you can't do it alone or by overpowering the other person...they are learning teamwork.


Patience, Perseverance and Goal Setting


A child may see shooting a bow and arrow as a great passtime with immediate feedback and gratification.  They may see it as a way to compete with themselves and others in a friendly environment. Here's what we see:  The child learns that there are fundamentals to shooting a bow...technique, safety and patience. They also learn the virtues of goal setting and that it takes work (albeit fun) to become better and accomplish those goals. Hitting the bullseye time after time gives the child immediate feedback that keeps them engaged, while practicing skills over and over that become habits for life.



Camplify Mission


Those parallels may help you better understand our mission: Camplify uses a series of camp-based and experiential learning programs to teach kids-in-need the life skills required to succeed and become the leaders of tomorrow.

Camplify grants students the opportunity to develop skills outside of the classroom -- skills that every 21st century employer looks for, and skills that every person deserves to learn. Through our progressive programs, students from grades 4 - 12 learn about responsibility, respect, ethics, collaboration, goal-setting, and more. Camplify takes a long-term view of children’s futures.



Camplify uses a series of camp-based programs to teach students leadership and life skills.  These are the same skills that North Carolina summer camps have been utilizing for one hundred years.


Weekend Camp

The first Camplify experience is weekend camp at Camp Bob at Kanuga. Our program begin in the spring of students’ 4th grade year when Camp Bob demostrates leadership skills for the youngest Camplify youth. This two-night pilot, just like every following experience, hinges upon our Leadership Competency Model. Up to 74 students in 4th grade, through intentional programming, embark on a journey that expands their knowledge of responsibility, respect, goal setting, and more. These students will graduate after practicing leadership skills at three weekend experiences into the next phase of learning: weeklong camp.


Weeklong Camp

These same students practice leadership skills at two more weekend camps during 5th grade. After three weekends, our young leaders attend a week of summer camp for the following four summers. During weeklong camp, students thrive with positive role models and peer supports. They exhibit leadership skills as well as day-to-day values. In August 2019, Camp Pinnacle will host their fifth weeklong camp for our local young leaders. For more information about Camp Pinnacle, visit

After these successful Base Camp experiences, our middle and high school students are invited to school-year programming. Our middle school Pathmakers meet once per month to learn more about leadership together.


Western North Carolina Camp Community - Our Partners and Heroes

Camplify appreciates how gracious the local camp community is to our children. As an additional perk, residential summer camps sometimes offer individual camp scholarships to Camplify students. This summer, more than 50 students will attend a residential camp during a traditional session, up to five weeks. This acts as an optional fourth tier of our programming.



Thank you for considering volunteering with local youth through Camplify.  Opportunities are available for individuals of every interest and schedule—days, evenings, and weekends.  Contact Camplify today to explore the many ways that you can make a lasting impact.

If interested in volunteering, its as easy as 1, 2, 3!  Please take the following steps:

1) Download and complete a Volunteer Application Form and the required Background Check Release Form.

2) Send completed documents via email toThis email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or mail to P.O. Box 751, Hendersonville, NC 28793.

3) We'll call you to schedule a one-time orientation to learn about current volunteer vacancies, our volunteer philosophy, and get a Volunteer Handbook.