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.


Camplify offers a nine year leadership journey of camp and monthly programs to leaders in training.  These are the same skills that North Carolina summer camps have been utilizing for over a 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 same students practice leadership skills at two more weekend camps during 5th grade. Students will graduate after practicing leadership skills at three weekend experiences into the next phase of learning: weeklong camp.


Weeklong Camp

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 hosted 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 offer individual camp scholarships to Camplify students. This summer, more than 60 Camplify 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.


A 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, you probably understand how the immersive culture 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.


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Camplify is seeking S'more Camplify Champions!

We aim to find 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 to a child - the opportunity to begin Camplify's nine year leadership journey. 


There are many ways to give to Camplify. 

Your donation may be a one-time donation online, planned gift, or to honor a friend or loved one. All contributions are tax-deductible.  No matter your method, we ensure that your contribution stays in the community and helps local youth. Our multi-year experience starts with a 4th grade student in need of the camp experience. 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 even more!

Donate Online 
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Donate by mail
P.O. Box 751
Hendersonville, NC 28793

Kristin Dunn, Executive Director
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