Into The Wild

Into the Wild Excursion will take place during spring break from Monday, April 2nd – Friday, April 6th, 2018 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 ages 12 and above. 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 Pisgah Area Research Institute (PARI), Chimney Rock State Park, WNC Nature Center, Green River Adventures, and Conserving Carolina.

The week will be busy with new and challenging indoor and outdoor activities including exploring a former NASA space center, 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. Meals and snacks will be provided by Into The Wild 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 Hendersonville Family Y 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 Hendersonville Family Y daily from 4:30 – 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 meals, trained staff, insurance, transportation, and admission and program fees for each camper. There are three tiers of pricing for the week:

Camplify Families: contact for Camplify pricing

YMCA Members: $125

Full Rate for Non Members: $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, being communicative, a self-starter, culturally-inclusive, and 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.


If you have been through the summer camp experience, you probably have a great understanding about how experiential learning and team-based learning allow kids to explore, communicate, and develop life-skills in a fun, safe, supportive atmosphere.  If you haven't experienced this type of learning, allow us to draw some parallels.


Teamwork, Communication


A child may see the process of learning to paddle with a partner in a canoe as a fun way to be on the water and get wet.  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, Goal Setting


A child may see shooting a bow and arrow as a great passtime with immediate feedback and gratification of hitting a target.  They may see it as a way to compete with themselves and other campers 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. Watch out world, here they come: the responsible leaders of tomorrow that you've been looking for.



Camplify uses a series of camp-based programs to teach students leadership and life skills.  These are the very same skills and experiential learning strategies that western North Carolina summer camps have been utilizing for many years.

The first Camplify experience is weekend camp at Camp Bob at Kanuga.  Programs begin in the spring of students’ 4th grade year when Camp Bob opens their doors to serve Camplify youth. This two-night pilot, just like every following experience, hinges upon our Leadership Competency Model. Up to 85 students in 4th grade, through intentional programming, embark on a journey that expands their knowledge of responsibility, respect, ethics, collaboration, goal setting, and more.  Most of these students will graduate after three weekend experiences into the next phase of learning, weeklong summer camp.


Weeklong Summer Camp


These same students, based upon excellent participation, continue for two more weekend camps during their 5th grade year. All of this comes together when, at last, they attend a week of summer camp for the following three summers. During weeklong camp, students thrive with positive role models and peer supports. They practice exhibiting lifelong leadership skills as well as day-to-day values. In August 2016, Camp Pinnacle hosted weeklong camp. For more information about Camp Pinnacle, visit

Children who are successful at Weekend Camp and Weeklong Camp are invited to participate in our third tier, Pathmakers, throughout their middle school years.


Western North Carolina Camp Community - Our Partners and Silent 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 40 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.