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I’ve read the handbook, and I have a question about a program or my camper. Who should I contact?
Remind App: Message Camplify through any class you’re enrolled in!
I have a question about fundraising events, donations, or something else not related to a program or my camper. Who should I contact?
I need to send Camplify something in the mail. What’s your mailing address?
P.O. Box 751
Hendersonville, NC 28793
I want to visit you in person. Where is your office?
Our office is located in the Henderson County Chamber of Commerce. Please reach out to Kate or Kristin if you would like to make an appointment to meet with us.
Chamber of Commerce
204 Kanuga Rd.
Hendersonville, NC 28739
Other ways to stay in touch and up to date:
Download the Remind App for quick and easy communication with Camplify! To join a class, use the following codes:
4th Grade: camplify4
5th Grade: camplify5
6-8th Grades: camplifypm
9-12th Grades: camplifyle
Camplify provides a series of camp-based, learning programs to teach WNC youth the life skills required to become incredible young leaders. Students who show strong potential are nominated in the spring of 4th grade to begin their nine year journey. They are invited to participate in residential camps, scholarships at partner WNC summer camps, and our school-year leadership development program. We serve over 150 students each year.
Campers focus on developing five leadership competencies at Camplify camps.
The first three Camplify experiences are our Camplify Weekend Camps, hosted at Camp Bob at Kanuga. These occur in the spring of 4th grade, fall of 5th grade, and the spring of 5th grade. At weekend camps, campers think about who they want to be as a leader and lay the groundwork for their journey. In the 8th grade, campers return for Wilderness Weekend, where they camp, backpack, and orienteer.
Camplify invites rising 6th-9th graders for a five day camp every August, hosted by a rotating partner camp. Campers use this extended time at camp to deepen their community bonds, stretch their skills in activities such as mountain biking, paddling, hiking, and rock climbing, engage in social emotional learning with their peers, and learn from camp role models.
Once campers are in middle school, they are eligible to participate in our monthly school-year program. This is an opportunity for students to build leadership skills, participate in service opportunities, and have fun with fellow participants. We encourage the development of four core competencies: communicative, self-starter, growth-minded, and culturally-inclusive. Pathmakers meet one Saturday each month at a rotating location September through April. Participation is expected in Pathmakers in order to be considered for WNC camp scholarship opportunities and Camplify Weeklong Camp.
As high schoolers, LEAD students are exemplary leaders at Camplify and in the community. In addition to monthly meetings, LEAD students facilitate Pathmakers, volunteer at Camplify fundraisers, and serve as Counselors in Training at our weekend camps. LEAD students are expected to communicate directly with Camplify staff and help guide their own curriculum. The service and skills that they practice are incredible additions to any college or job application, and Camplify staff are always happy to write recommendation letters.
Camplify is fortunate to be located in Western NC, the camping capital of the United States. Due to the generosity of 24 partner camps, Camplify is able to gift camp scholarships to many committed participants. These camps invite Camplify students to attend sessions ranging from 1-5 weeks and valued at up to $8,000. In 2020, over 65 students received camp scholarships. Note: These sessions are at our partner camps, and are NOT run by Camplify.
As of 2020, we have partnerships with:
Falling Creek Camp
Green River Preserve
Camp Green Cove
Appalachian Institute for Creative Learning
Camp Glen Arden
Rotary Youth Leadership Academy
Blue Star Camps
Do you know of a summer camp interested in supporting young leaders in WNC?
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:
3) We'll call you to schedule a one-time orientation to learn about volunteer vacancies, our philosophy, and get a Volunteer Handbook.
A study conducted through the UNC Chapel Hill Kenan-Flaglar School of Business shows the benefit of Camplify. According to our families, 100% of parents reported that, after camp, their child was more responsible. 94% agreed that their camper was more confident, adaptable, and collaborative.
Research suggests that the skills campers learn last far beyond their camp experience, and help them in school, when they attend college, and in their first jobs. Camp experiences are statistically proven to teach social skills, promote staying physically active, encourage respect of nature, and foster self-confidence.
A child may see how learning to paddle a canoe with a partner as fun. Here's what we see: they learn to communicate, not only verbally, but by watching and reacting. They learn that both people in the boat are somewhat "in control". 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.
A child may see shooting a bow and arrow as an activity with immediate 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 learn the virtues of goal setting and that it takes practice to become better. Hitting the bullseye keeps them engaged, while practicing skills that become habits for life.
Camplify offers a camp based youth development journey building leaders within our community
Camplify grants children 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 beginning in grade 4 learn about responsibility, respect, ethics, collaboration, goal-setting, and more.
Camplify seeks 50 monthly donors to sponsor new 4th grade leaders-in-training. For just $30 a month (or $360 a year), you provide the gift of a lifetime - the opportunity to begin Camplify's nine year leadership journey.
Your donation may be online, a planned gift in your will and estate planning, or to honor a loved one. All contributions are tax-deductible. No matter your method, your contribution stays in the community and helps local youth. Our journey starts with a 4th grade child in need of camp. All it takes is $360 to enroll a student in a journey that will last a lifetime. Not sold? Join us at an upcoming event to learn more!
Your online donation is quick, easy and secure. Just click Donate and you’ll be taken to PayPal where you can complete the payment safely and securely.
Donate by mail
P.O. Box 751
Hendersonville, NC 28793
Kristin Dunn, Executive Director