Ah, summer camp. As kids, trading the confines of our school desk for an education among the great outdoors was sheer bliss, with lessons taught not on geometry and world history, but in fresh air and fun. And while today’s camp curricula are a more modern departure from nostalgic summers gone by, there is still no better way to embrace the season’s doggiest days than with a spirited sense of wonder.
Several of The Cliffs communities host their own week-long versions of the classic summertime tradition each year, inviting members — along with their children, grandchildren, and guests — to experience diverse activities tailored to their surroundings. From mountainsides to lakeshores, these camps prove that the next big adventure is just around the corner.
Choose your own adventure.
GLASSY KIDS CAMP
Held annually in June, this program is organized and operated by the Glassy Mountain HOA Glassy Kids Camp Volunteer group. The Cliffs at Glassy residents and their family members can sign up for one of three age levels: a themed junior camp for kids aged 5-9; an Adventure Circle for ages 10-13; or the Alumni Group for older participants.
Founded in 2011 by member Char Burgner, Kamp Keowee serves The Cliffs at Keowee Falls, The Cliffs at Keowee Springs, and The Cliffs at Keowee Vineyards with two programs. For kids aged 5-10, Kamp Keowee is highlighted by an exciting annual theme (think: “Wild Wild West”). Adventure Kamp is geared toward 10 to 12-year-old children, offering high-octane excursions like ropes courses, zip-lining, and whitewater rafting.
VALLEY KIDS CAMP
The Cliffs Valley children and grandchildren ages 5-10 can spend a week enjoying fun-filled activities that include everything from tennis to zumba, music, and special programs. Parents and grandparents serve as volunteer helpers, but other Valley residents often offer their expertise and enthusiasm in a variety of ways.
WALNUT COVE SUMMER CAMP
The Cliffs at Walnut Cove summer camp offers participants (ages 7 and up) unique access to Pisgah National Forest and the Blue Ridge Parkway. Last July’s schedule of events featured outings to the Nantahala Outdoor Center for whitewater rafting and zipline fun; a splashy day trip to The Cliffs at Keowee Springs Beach Club; a golf program on Walnut Cove’s world-class course; and more.