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Cabin Fever

Cabin Fever Five Fun Facts about Brevard’s Summer Camps Each summer, Transylvania County hosts thousands of young people from all over the nation and world at the many summer camps in and around Brevard. Ranging from days with backpacks and bug juice to internationally renowned music programs, Brevard’s summer camps are a treasured part of our history and a large contribution to what has made our community so beloved for generations. As we round out the end of care-package season, here are five things you might not know about Brevard’s summer camps: 1 1 SUMMER CAMPS HAVE A RICH HISTORY. Hundreds of children of all ages come to Brevard every summer. The relationship between summer campers and the larger community can be felt all over town, from the camp-specific flavors of ice cream at Dolly’s near the entrance to Pisgah National Forest to the shops downtown that offer camp care packages. The sounds of happy voices filling the forests and waterways with laughter, joy, and imagination echo the seemingly limitless possibilities of summertime when you’re young at heart. 2 2 Brevard’s first summer camp opened in 1913. Camp French Broad opened its doors in 1913, and Camp Sapphire arrived a year later in 1914. Keystone Camp, the area’s first camp for girls, which is still producing new generations of happy campers, started two years later in 1916. 3 3 The Brevard Music Center was originally called Transylvania Music Camp. James Christian Pfohl moved his summertime Davidson Music School from... Read More
7 Tips For Savvy Camp Counselors

7 Tips For Savvy Camp Counselors

7 Tips For Savvy Camp Counselors Being a summer camp counselor in Transylvania County might just be the best gig around for high school and college students. But even counselors need a break from time to time. Here are tips we’ve gleaned from seasoned counselors on how to take best advantage of time off in the Land of Waterfalls. 7 7 Channel your inner artist. Summer camp is all about the outdoors. But if you need an art fix, proceed directly to the Transylvania Community Arts Council (TCARTS) website. Here you can discover every studio, gallery and crafts workplace in the county. Whether you’re interested in a printmaking lesson at the Printing Press, a pottery lesson from Mud Dabbers or just want to peruse the amazing art collection at Haen Gallery, Red Wolf Gallery or Number 7 Arts, this is a great resource. X 6 6 Get connected (and caffeinated). There are lots of places where you can find a comfortable spot, a reliable internet connection and, in many cases, a good cup of Joe. For starters, consider Quotations Coffee Shop, Appalachian Coffee Company, Brighter Day Coffee, Bracken Mountain Bakery, Blue Ridge Bakery or the Transylvania County Public Library. X 5 5 Cool off. AC is a rare commodity at summer camps. Don’t sweat it. Brevard has a ton of great places where you can beat the heat — while you’re having a good time. Consider the Rockin’ Bowl, where you can channel your inner Big Lebowski on 18... Read More