Traditional Camp (Grades 2-10)

campers on the field

Summer Camp 2023 Dates & Rates

Summer camp at YMCA Camp Watia is the perfect adventure for kids to build life-long skills and meet kids from all over western North Carolina and beyond!

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Campers Grades 2nd- 10th

  • Session 1: June 11 - June 16

  • Session 2: June 18 - June 23

  • Session 3: June 25 - July 7 * two-week session* (stayover weekend included)

  • Session 5: July 9-July 14

  • Session 6: July 16-July 21

  • Session 7: July 23-July 28

  • Session 8: July 30- August 4

  • Session 9: August 6-August 11

Cost per session

  • Return Camper Rate (6/17/2022-8/31/2022): $785 (Session 3: $1,720)
  • General Public Rate: (9/1/22- Summer 2023): $935 (Session 3: $1,920)

"(There is) no way to express our joy to see both our children so happy to be at Watia every year with these counselors and friends! They have been with them since the inaugural year and are always so ready to get back up the mountain to Watia."

- Camp Parent

Session Add-ons: 

Stay-over Weekends

Are you looking to extend your camper’s Watia experience? Campers staying for consecutive weeks can take advantage of our Super Stay-over Weekends! For just $75, campers can take advantage of all that camp has the offer in a smaller community.

Important Notes:

  • The stay-over weekend is included in Session 3 (two-week session).
  • There is not a stay-over weekend available on 7/7/23 - 7/9/23. 

Horseback Riding

Is your camper interested in the adventure of a trail ride? Our horseback riding program offers the opportunity to explore the Nantahala National Forest under the supervision of our trusty trail guides and camp staff. Campers will participate in two one-hour trail rides and one hour of "barn lessons." We partner with Nantahala Village Riding Stables for our horseback riding trips. All ages.

Cost: $105.

Whitewater Rafting

Campers and staff will experience the rush of Class II and Class III whitewater rapids on two half-day trips down the Nantahala River. On the first trip, your child will be in a guided raft. The next day they have the option of a guided raft or a two-person inflatable kayak.  Grades: 5th grades and up.

Cost: $120


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Have questions about our programs? Drop us an email to learn more and get your questions answered.