"Students observe leadership skills in their first two years, practice those in middle school, and internalize those skills as high school students."
Camplify provides a series of camp-based, experiential learning programs to teach Western North Carolina youth the life skills required to become incredible young leaders. Students who show strong leadership potential are nominated in the spring of 4th grade to begin their nine year Camplify journey. They will be 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.
At our camps, campers focus on developing five leadership competencies.
Weekend Camp (4th - 5th, 8th)
The first three experiences in the Camplify program 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 our nine year program. In the 8th grade, campers return for Wilderness Weekend, where they will be camping, backpacking, and orienteering.
100% of Camplify parents reported that after camp, their child was more responsible
Weeklong Camp (rising 6th - 9th)
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.
94% of Camplify parents agree that after camp, their child was more confident, adaptable, and collaborative
School-Year Leadership Development
Pathmakers (6th - 8th)
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 Camplify 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 espected in Pathmakers in order to be considered for WNC camp scholarship opportunities and Camplify Weeklong Camp.
LEAD (9th - 12th)
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.
“My children are getting to experience something amazing that we would never be able to afford for them to do. This program is helping form them into well-rounded, responsible young adults.” - Camplify parent
WNC Camp Scholarships
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 are regular camp sessions 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?