Camp Pisgah Summer Resident Camp
Every one of our camps has its own personality and special offerings! At Camp Pisgah, we know that camp can change a girl forever, and we want to make sure that our camp is the best place for you! We are based on a group decision-making model, so girls live, work and play as a group. This means they will learn and practice applying skills like teamwork, cooperation, leadership and compromise.
With us, you can enjoy a newly built rock climbing wall and low-ropes challenge course, a junior Olympic-sized swimming pool, a fresh water lake for boating or fishing, lush fields for sports and games, a petting farm and horse stables. Plus, we have acres and acres of nature therapy perfect for trail rides, hiking and natural art projects! In addition, Camp Pisgah is renowned for its spirited weekly themes and innovative program sessions. Our camp provides a safe space where girls are free to be themselves and meet new friends who share similar interests.
– S.T.E.M. Program
– Day Trip
– Horse Riding
– Overnight Trip
– Swim Lessons
Summer Resident Camp Session Descriptions
Sessions are listed in chronological order by week and then alphabetically.
Please check the tab “Does My Camper Need a Physical?” to determine which camp sessions require campers to receive a physical prior to coming to camp.
Entering Grades 1-3
Just the Two of Us
July 8-11; July 29-August 1
Fee: $200 per person
Get away from it all and spend time together at camp making memories that will last a lifetime. Explore camp, make s’mores and sing around the campfire. This camp session is designed as a “mom” and girl program. Girls may bring any female adult (age 18 or older) who is special to them. The Early Bird discount does not apply to this program.
Ready for an adventure? Come try out this fun half-week program and swim, boat, play group games, make crafts and even sing around the campfire at night. Come explore camp together with your new Amiguitas! The Early Bird discount does not apply to this program.
Love horses? Here is your chance to spend half of your day with them. Riding lessons will focus on basic, safe riding skills. The rest of your time at the barn will be spent meeting the herd and learning more about horses. When you are not at the barn, enjoy the rest of what camp has to offer. This program is perfect for first time or infrequent riders.
Fairytales and Fantasies
July 29-August 1
There is magic in the forest at Camp Pisgah. Search for fairies and enjoy the fireflies while you look for water sprites in the creek. You even get to make a fairy skirt to take home.
Entering Grades 2-3
Mermaids, Fireflies and Fairies – NEW!
June 17-23; July 1-7
If you can’t get enough of all things water, then this is where you want to be! Swim in the pool, play water games, catch firefl ies and make fairy wings. End the week with a fun pool party with your new friends.
Tails and Tiaras – NEW!
Do you have an inner princess waiting to be unleashed? Come to Pisgah and enjoy all things with a tiara! We’ll be making our own tiara, bedazzling our own superhero cape and having a spectacular princess parade. There’ll be enough time for a morning at the barn to ride our favorite ponies, go boating and cook dinner over the campfire.
Animal Antics – NEW!
July 8-14; July 22-28
Do you love animals of all sizes? Then come to Pisgah this week and spend time getting to know all of our favorites at the petting farm. Learn about their care, their likes and dislikes and how they like to be pet best! We’ll be doing animal crafts as well as all the normal camp activities to keep you busy!
Come and join your sister magicians for a week of adventure and mystery at the Camp Pisgah School of Magic. Playing Quidditch, searching for magical creatures and mixing potions are just some of the activities that you will try at this magical camp!
Entering Grades 4-5
Get chopping, mixing, measuring and baking as you create culinary delights this week. Pick ingredients from the garden, bake, decorate and eat several creations and maybe even share some with camp. You will even decorate your own chef’s hat to take home and wear when you recreate the recipes from camp!
June 17-23; July 8-14
Come play pony games, with us this summer! Take riding lessons, focusing on mounted games and spend time creating your own fun horse games. Finish the week with a mounted games competition that puts your new riding skills to the test.
Be ready for a fun week of parties, ponies and paddling. This week, we will have a fun slumber party, take part in the camp-wide ho-down, go riding at the barn one morning and spend time paddling on the lake.
Bits and Pieces – NEW!
This is the camp smorgasboard for the girl who is all about CAMP! Ride, paddle, climb, boat, swim and cook your way through the week. There’ll be a little bit of everything for the ultimate camp girl, including part of a day at the barn!
Horse Tales – NEW!
Do you have a passion for writing? Do you find happiness when surrounded by nature? This program is for you. You will be spending an afternoon at the barn at the beginning of the week and use that as your inspiration for your very own camp story. You’ll have time to write every day, and be doing plenty of activities to use as
inspiration for your tales.
Pisgah Outdoor Edition
This week we’ll be enjoying everything that is outside at Pisgah – which is everything! Sleep under the stars, hike the trails, go boating on the lake, cook international cuisine over a campfire and climb our wall. You’ll also be able to spend time getting ahead on the new Outdoor Journey by completing both the Animal Habitats and Camper badges!
Waterfalls and Wading
Explore the rivers and waterfalls of western North Carolina! You will go boating on our lake, cascade down a natural rock slide, spend the afternoon tubing along a lazy river, hike through DuPont State Park and explore the waterfalls where The Hunger Games movies were filmed. *Must be able to pass the swim test to participate in this program.
This is your chance to spend time at the barn, riding and creating horse-themed DIY projects. There will be riding lessons for all levels of riders, horsemanship lessons and unique, creative DIY horse-themed fun!
Arts, Fairs, and Celebrations – NEW!
Do you enjoy getting to celebrate exciting events? Well, come to camp and spend the week decorating, celebrating and having a great time. Completely immerse yourself in the carnival theme while you take part in all the camp activities – make your own bow and then practice at archery, have a boat party out on the lake and then make your own campfire meals to have a celebratory party in your unit.
Care of Magical Creatures
Everyone knows that creatures need care! Spend time with the Pisgah animals and then learn how to protect the homes of magical creatures in this exciting, hands on camp. We will travel to the Pisgah Center for Wildlife Education to learn about creatures in this area and will even be visited by a surprise guest when back at camp.
Cauldrons and Cakes – NEW!
Butterbeer, pumpkin pasties and chocolate frogs – these are just some of the magically inspired foods that you will make this week at Camp Pisgah! Young wizards will bake, decorate, concoct and sample plenty of delicious culinary creations while also getting to paddle on the lake, try their hand at archery and compete in the Quint Pisgah Tournament!
Eco Chic/Mini-Eco Chic
July 22-28; July 29-August 1
Bring on your inner fashionista with this environmentally chic camp. Make clothing and bags out of T-shirts, natural beauty products and environmentally friendly accessories. Try some yoga and use herbs from nature to create your own calming tea. Come chill out in chic style.
Bits and Bridles
Love horses? Here is your chance to spend half of your day with them. Riding lessons will focus on basic, safe
riding skills. The rest of your time at the barn will be spent learning more about horses and how to take care
of them. When you are not at the barn, enjoy the rest of what camp has to offer. This program is perfect for first
time or infrequent riders.
July 29-August 1
This is an exciting session where you’ll get your science on! Experiment by making your very own sticky, gooey, slime. Launch rockets, shoot off soda geysers and make bouncy balls! Plus you’ll create some tasty science experiments such as making your own ice cream and rock candy!
July 29-August 1
Are you a water baby at heart? Do you enjoy spending your summer time on slip ‘n slides, in the pool and paddling a boat? Then this is the program for you. Keep busy with everything we’ve mentioned as well as have a daily beginners swim lesson. You’ll also get to finish off the week with a fun water Olympics!
Entering Grades 5-7
Paddle Power/Mini- Paddle Power
June 17-23; July 29- August 1
Be ready to spend time on the lovely lake here at Camp Pisgah. Perfect your paddling skills, have fun swamping the canoes and practice basic rescues. You’ll be ready to head out of camp on an adventure to a local river by the end of the week. Just be sure to save enough energy to climb the wall and make the perfect campfire dessert!
Trail Away – NEW!
Do you have an adventurous streak?! Come to camp, spend half a day at the barn, climb the wall, sleep out
under the stars and blaze a trail during a lunch hike.
Hoofbeats and Heartbeats
July 1-7; July 15-22
There is something about the outside of a horse that is good for the inside of a girl. Spend half your day riding and participating in horsemanship lessons. Learn what makes horses special and explore the connection between horses and a girl’s heart.
Wreck this Journal Camp – NEW!
On the first day of camp, you will get your very own “Wreck this Journal” for your time at camp. Every time you
go to an activity area there will be another journal page for you to ‘complete’. As you’re journaling your way around camp, your group will be coming up with a fun take-action project to complete at the end of the week!
If you have a love for magical hijinks, this session is for you. Create mischief, climb under the stars and explore the other fun activities that Camp Pisgah has to offer. Put on your unit colors, grab your magic wand and compete all week in our annual Quint Pisgah Tournament.
It’s a Girl’s Job – NEW!
Be ready to throw traditional stereotypes aside this week as you spend time learning about basic car care, building projects around camp and learning whittling skills. You’ll also be building fires for dinner, sleeping out under the stars and having canoe races!
Entering Grades 6-8
Learn the habit of sketching and observation as you explore a whole new world in the forest. Join us as we
discover and sketch the incredible beauty of Camp Pisgah’s woods. You will also try a variety of messy media,
including paint and 3D sculptures! This camp will finish with an invocation to our artist gallery, which showcases
projects created during our week at camp.
Reins and Ropes
It’s all about the climbing! (And a little about the horses)! We’ll be doing a buddy climb, night climb, sunrise climb
and a blindfold climb too. Be ready to spend plenty of time at the wall. We’ll also find time to spend a morning at the barn, go boating and cook out over the campfire!
Saddle and Splash – NEW
Are you torn between all things water and your love of horses? This will be the program for you. Spend extra
time at the pool to either swim or relax by, go to the barn one afternoon and spend time perfecting your paddle
Caving, Hiking, and More! – NEW!
Do you like adventure? Then this is the week for you! Come to camp and test yourself on the climbing wall and
at the lake. Be ready because then we’ll be leaving camp to go caving and day hiking. We’ll have fun exploring both above ground and underground this week!
July 8-14; July 22-28
Are you up for a challenge? Test your aim on our new field archery course. Climb the wall…blindfolded and learn self defense techniques to elude an attacker. You will also play glow-in-the-dark capture the flag and go on a hair raising zipline ride!
Equine First Responder – NEW!
Do you plan to have your own horse some day or work in veterinary medicine? Spend part of your other time in
the arena developing your riding skills and the barn time learning what to do in an equine first aid emergency. Learn more about equine preventative care and earn the U.S. Pony Club Horse Management Achievement badge for Equine Health Care.
Brave magicians are needed to find and destroy the Horcruxes hidden in the forest of Camp Pisgah! We’ve
found clues to some, but the location of others remains a mystery. Use geocaching, orienteering and puzzle solving skills to hunt down the Horcruxes around camp before it is too late! You will also use your skills to compete in the infamous Quint Pisgah Tournament, and enjoy the rest of the activities that make camp magical.
Are you torn between what camp you want to go to? We have the perfect camp session just for you! You will
spend the 1st week of camp exploring the magical world of Harry Potter at Camp Pisgah! Your 2nd week of camp you will travel to Keyauwee Program Center to climb up the Alpine Tower and go to Camp Ginger Cascades to try out cascading!
The Mane Event
For you, horses are the best part of camp! You will spend half of your day developing your riding, horsemanship and leadership skills, the second half of your day will be spent assisting the riding instructors with horse care and mentoring the younger girls at the barn.
Entering Grades 8-10
Relax and get away from it all. Practice yoga and meditation surrounded by nature. Learn about aromatherapy and reflexology. Make your own bath sand beauty products such as sugar scrubs, cleansing masks and fizzy bath bombs. Take a morning hike around the lake followed by fresh fruit and yogurt smoothies. Spend time journaling, reading and relaxing at this spavelous camp!
In the Studio
Perfect your screen printing skills, mold beautiful ceramic masterpieces, learn the artistry of woodworking and make your own artwork from hot glass! To top off your learning experiences, you and your artistic crew will take on a camp art project, where you leave your legacy for future campers to enjoy!
Entering Grades 9-12
Ready, Set, Show – NEW!
Are you ready to take it to the next level with your riding? Take a riding lesson each day that will focus on the skills you need to ride a successful dressage test and jumper pattern. Invite friends and family to attend your combined test horse show on Saturday. All levels of riders are welcome, as students will be placed in lessons according to their skill level.
Make Time for Horses – NEW!
Be ready to make your own schedule this week. Meet your new friends and come up with what you want your week to look like. Do you want to go boating? Maybe try your hand at stand-up paddle boarding? Should you schedule extra swim time to laze by the pool? The choice is yours! But don’t forget to schedule one morning or afternoon at the barn because the horses would love to see you!!
Biltmore or Bust
This week we’ll head to Asheville to tour the largest privately owned house in the United States, The Biltmore Estate. You and your group will take a Segway tour of the estate, visit the operational farm and go rafting down the French Broad River! You’ll need to try and save some energy for the on-site adventures as well!
For those who hunger for adventure, you will learn and practice survival skills and then enter an epic challenge!
Practice archery, plant identification, camouflage, navigation and more. Then, go offsite for a one night
trip to practice all the skills you’ve been learning at camp this week!
Felix Felicis/Advanced Potions – NEW!
With cauldron and wand in hand, this week you’ll experiment with magical and non-magical ingredients alike. With any luck, slime, goop and fizz are all in your future as you become adept at more than just you skills as a magician. You’ll also venture to our rock wall and lake and cool off in our pool! Don’t forget to bring along your house colors to show your house pride during the Quint Pisgah Tournament!
CIT I (Counselor-in-Training) – Grades 10-12
Thinking about working at camp someday? See camp through the eyes of a camp counselor! CIT I’s learn leadership, teamwork, group dynamics and more as they develop new skills and practice them in groups under the supervision of our trained staff. You will work with younger girls leading games, teaching new songs and sharing your love of camp. With successful completion of this program, CIT’s earn the CIT I pin and an opportunity to apply as a CIT II!.
CIT II (Counselor-in-Training) – Grades 11-12
June 17-July 7
Plus your intern week: July 8-14; July 15-21; July 22-28
After you complete the CIT 1 program you are ready to apply to become a CIT 2. As a CIT 2 you will experience designing and delivering program, you will be certified in either archery or small craft safety, earn your CIT 2 pin, and plan and go on an offsite trip. After you compete your 3 weeks of training you will complete an intern
week working alongside camp staff in a unit.
Does My Camper Need A Physical?
Waterfalls and Wading
Paddle Power/Mini- Paddle Power
Cavin, Hiking, and More!
In the Studio
Biltmore or Bust
*All three GSCP2P camps have units (campsites) unique to their property. Most of them are cabins, while some may include platform tents, tree houses or bunkhouses. Each camp has trained counselors housed in separate quarters within the unit, close enough to supervise campers and their interactions, but sleeping in their own cabin. For some of the younger girl programs, staff actually stay in the larger cabins with their groups. Please be sure to read the camp descriptions, and remember you are welcome to attend an open house at any or all of our camps to see the housing each camp has to offer.