Summer Camp at Rainbow Community School

Offerings for Summer 2024

 

 

 

Summer Camp

Each summer, Rainbow Community School hosts seven weeks of camp for rising 1st through 8th graders. Summer Camps at Rainbow are an extension of what happens during the school year. Our camps focus on holistic approaches that appeal to all learners. Everything from hands-on nature awareness, cultivating academic skills, learning about new cultures, to art exploration, there’s something for everyone.

In order to support the health and safety of everyone, all applicable public health recommendations are followed during camp, including mask wearing, hand washing, and social distancing as necessary. Programs are subject to change based on public health recommendations. 

We have limited scholarships to help defray the cost of summer camp. Please contact our Summer Camp Director using the form at the bottom of this page to find out more.

summer programming

Summer Camp

Each summer, Rainbow Community School hosts seven weeks of camp for rising 1st through 8th graders. Summer Camps at Rainbow are an extension of what happens during the school year. Our camps focus on holistic approaches that appeal to all learners. Everything from hands-on nature awareness, cultivating academic skills, learning about new cultures, to art exploration, there’s something for everyone.

In order to support the health and safety of everyone, all applicable public health recommendations are followed during camp, including mask wearing, hand washing, and social distancing as necessary. Programs are subject to change based on public health recommendations. 

We have limited scholarships to help defray the cost of summer camp. Please contact our Summer Camp Director using the bottom of this page to find out more.

Camp Descriptions
Summer 2024

S’Campers – Rising 1st – 2nd Grade

S’campers 1-2 programming* will consist of camps for rising 1st & 2nd graders that will run from 9:00 am – 4:00 pm during the week. Students in this camp are ready for a full day of activity with no nap time. They are ready to be on a playground with a multi-aged group of kids, transition easily, are excited to go on an off-campus adventure, and enjoy spending time with older friends.

Our rising 2nd-grade students have a choice of S’campers or our Junior S’Camp Programming. If your 2nd grader is younger, a touch nervous about field trips, and enjoys time with younger kids, then S’campers 1-2 is perfect! If your 2nd grader is older, excited for an adventure, loves to celebrate with an animated film, and enjoys time with older friends, then our Junior S’Camp Programming is for them!

Please note: a camp will not run if we do not reach a minimum enrollment. We will notify you if this occurs.
*For rising K and PreK summer programming, please contact Kate Brantley at kate.brantley@rainbowlearning.org.

s'campers week 1Week 1: June 10 – June 14

Mornings will be filled with time to explore our incredible playground and two specialty sessions that vary weekly (sports, arts, nature adventures, etc.).

All S’campers will spend their afternoons playing field games and in water play. Specific details will be shared the week before the start of camp. S’campers will take a field trip to a local creek on Friday afternoon. ALL campers will celebrate the end of our week with a popsicle party and free play time!

Week 1 Activities:

Hula Hoops with Kyrsten: Our S’campers will be getting their groove on! This hula-hoop enrichment program inspires kids to have a lifelong love of fitness through the power of hula-hooping, from using your hoop as a prop to stretch and feel good, to unlocking your creative self-expression with the hoop and playing games. This class has a little of everything that hoop dance has to offer. Learn to drop down into the intelligence of your own body and master beginner hoop dance tricks to create your own unique dance experience. Kyrsten can adjust programming to meet the varying abilities of all our Hoopers!

Kyrstin Ezzell is a teacher, visual, and performing Artist from Houston, TX. She uses her background in dance, theatre, and costuming to bring characters to life in studios, on stage, and at festivals nationwide. Her approach to teaching takes a holistic and meditative spin on technique and conditioning, focusing on whole-body fitness and authentic care-free movement. 

Creative Yard and Field Games with Rene: Kids will have a chance to play a variety of games from Bocce Ball and Cornhole to Sharks & Minnows and Kickball. Students will learn a variety of games, play them with a twist, and work on cooperation and team skills in the process.

Rene has over 26 years of experience teaching fourth and fifth graders. She is thrilled to be sharing her expertise in a community that engages in the holistic development of young people. Her calm and conscious demeanor supports a strong classroom culture and allows her to build meaningful relationships with students and families. When she is not teaching, she enjoys spending time exploring photography, gardening, cooking, and hiking. She loves learning about different cultures and travels to better understand how we all fit together.

Total cost: $345 (includes materials)

s'campers week 2Week 2: June 17 – June 21

Mornings will be filled with time to explore our incredible playground and two specialty sessions that vary weekly (sports, arts, nature adventures, etc.).

All S’campers will spend their afternoons playing field games and in water play. Specific details will be shared the week before the start of camp. S’campers will take a field trip to a local creek on Friday afternoon. ALL campers will celebrate the end of our week with a popsicle party and free play time!

Week 2 Activities:

Improv / Movement & Games with Layne: Our S’campers will be getting creative with their minds and their hands! In Improv/ Movement, campers will get a chance to play games and tell stories through play. The space will be welcoming and open so that those excited to share and perform may do so, while those who prefer to participate but not be in the spotlight can do that.

Layne’s background in education and literacy helps them bring a joy for writing, creativity, and books to our Kindergarten through 8th-grade classrooms. Their investment in supporting the learning of students is a huge asset to our community experience They have been a part of our Rainbow Staff since 2020.

Fiber Arts with Abbey: Campers will be using fiber and textile media and techniques to create works that focus on the transition between two and three-dimensional artworks. This work may include: weaving, fabric printing, papermaking, basketry, batik, and mixed media.

Originally from Central Pennsylvania, Abbey moved to Asheville with her husband in 2017. Abbey has taught ballet, urban composting workshops, and worked with children of all ages. After a career in arts and entertainment in New York City, the mountains of Western North Carolina were calling her name. Before joining Rainbow in 2023, she was previously a nanny for many families in the Asheville area, including students who are currently part of the Rainbow family.

Total cost: $345 (includes materials)

s'campers week 3Week 3: June 24 – June 28

Mornings will be filled with time to explore our incredible playground and two specialty sessions that vary weekly (sports, arts, nature adventures, etc.).

All S’campers will spend their afternoons playing field games and in water play. Specific details will be shared the week before the start of camp. S’campers will take a field trip to a local creek on Friday afternoon. ALL campers will celebrate the end of our week with a popsicle party and free play time!

Week 3 Activities:

PE & Field Games with Layne: Our S’campers will be moving their bodies and creating with their hands. Campers will play a variety of field games, having fun with bouncy balls and scooters, 4-square, basketball, Perpetual Tag and more. In these activities, campers will get to move while tending to their social domain and communication skills. 

Layne’s background in education and literacy help them bring a joy for writing, creativity, and books to our Kindergarten through 8th grade classrooms. Their investment in supporting the learning of students is a huge asset to our community experience They have been a part of our Rainbow Staff since 2020.

Arts, Crafts and Beyond with Katie: In Arts & Crafts with Katie, campers will dabble in water color, collage, and beyond.

Clubs & Enrichment Program Coordinator for Rainbow’s End, Katie is a long-time educator, deeply interested in languages, cultures, people, world traditions, spiritual paths, our shared histories, mysticism, the land… A lover of magic, stories, and all things whimsical! She loves time spent in nature, time spent with children, a good book, and strong coffee. She is passionate about offering a space for creative, independent, and child-driven learning. She is looking forward to bringing lots of stories & magic to the campers.

Total cost: $345 (includes materials)

s'campers week 4Week 4: July 8 – July 12

Mornings will be filled with time to explore our incredible playground and two specialty sessions that vary weekly (sports, arts, nature adventures, etc.).

All S’campers will spend their afternoons playing field games and in water play. Specific details will be shared the week before the start of camp. S’campers will take a field trip to a local creek on Friday afternoon. ALL campers will celebrate the end of our week with a popsicle party and free play time!

Week 4 Activities:

PE / Field Games with William: Our S’campers will once again be moving their bodies and creating with their hands. If your child is here for multiple weeks, and the camps seem repetitive, don’t fret: our teachers can vary and build upon activities from the prior week and adjust to meet the hopes and dreams of our campers! In PE/Field Games, campers will play a variety of field games, having fun with bouncy balls and scooters, 4-square, basketball, Perpetual Tag, and more. In these activities, campers will get to move while tending to their social domain and communication skills.

William spent three years working as an instructor at a wilderness therapy program in the Blue Ridge Mountains. Shortly after moving to the Portland, Oregon area with his family in 2019, William began working at a Waldorf preschool, followed by a Montessori Forest School. He moved back to Asheville with his family in the summer of 2023. William has a deep love of the outdoors and spends a great deal of time either hiking or going on strolls in local parks with his family.

Arts, Crafts and Beyond with Katie: In Arts & Crafts with Katie, campers will dabble in watercolor, collage, and beyond.

Clubs & Enrichment Program Coordinator for Rainbow’s End, Katie is a long-time educator, deeply interested in languages, cultures, people, world traditions, spiritual paths, our shared histories, mysticism, the land… A lover of magic, stories, and all things whimsical! She loves time spent in nature, time spent with children, a good book, and strong coffee. She is passionate about offering a space for creative, independent, and child-driven learning. She is looking forward to bringing lots of stories & magic to the campers.

Total cost: $345 (includes materials)

s'campers week 5Week 5: July 15 – July 19

Mornings will be filled with time to explore our incredible playground and two specialty sessions that vary weekly (sports, arts, nature adventures, etc.).

All S’campers will spend their afternoons playing field games and in water play. Specific details will be shared the week before the start of camp. S’campers will take a field trip to a local creek on Friday afternoon. ALL campers will celebrate the end of our week with a popsicle party and free play time!

Week 5 Activities:

Art with William: Our S’campers will be immersed in creative mode. In Art with William, students will be creating with many mediums, from painting to crafting, all while tapping into their imagination!

William spent three years working as an instructor at a wilderness therapy program in the Blue Ridge Mountains. Shortly after moving to the Portland, Oregon area with his family in 2019, William began working at a Waldorf preschool, followed by a Montessori Forest School. He moved back to Asheville with his family in the summer of 2023. William has a deep love of the outdoors and spends a great deal of time either hiking or going on strolls in local parks with his family.

Improv / Movement & Games with Lane: In Improv/ Movement, campers will get a chance to play games and tell stories through play. The space will be welcoming and open so that those excited to share and perform may while those who prefer to participate but not be in the spotlight may do so.

Layne’s background in education and literacy helps them bring a joy for writing, creativity, and books to our Kindergarten through 8th grade classrooms. Their investment in supporting the learning of students is a huge asset to our community experience They have been a part of our Rainbow Staff since 2020.

Total cost: $345 (includes materials)

s'campers week 6Week 6: July 22 – July 26

Mornings will be filled with time to explore our incredible playground and two specialty sessions that vary weekly (sports, arts, nature adventures, etc.).

All S’campers will spend their afternoons playing field games and in water play. Specific details will be shared the week before the start of camp. S’campers will take a field trip to a local creek on Friday afternoon. ALL campers will celebrate the end of our week with a popsicle party and free play time!

Week 6 Activities:

Hula Hoops with Kyrsten: Our S’campers will be getting their groove on! In Hoops with Kyrsten Beginner Hula Hoops! This hula-hoop enrichment program inspires kids to have a lifelong love of fitness through the power of hula-hooping, from using your hoop as a prop to stretch and feel good, to unlocking your creative self-expression with the hoop and playing games. This class has a little of everything that hoop dance has to offer. Learn to drop down into the intelligence of your own body and master beginner hoop dance tricks to create your own unique dance experience. Kyrsten can adjust programming to meet the varying abilities of all our Hoopers!

Kyrstin Ezzell is a teacher, visual, and performing Artist from Houston, TX. She uses her background in dance, theatre, and costuming to bring characters to life in studios, on stage, and at festivals nationwide. Her approach to teaching takes a holistic and meditative spin on technique and conditioning, focusing on whole-body fitness and authentic care-free movement. 

Storytime & Writing with Layne: Campers will experience magical read-alouds and write or create stories in age-leveled activities with the hopes of having some stories to tell by the end of the week!

Layne’s background in education and literacy helps them bring a joy for writing, creativity, and books to our Kindergarten through 8th-grade classrooms. Their investment in supporting the learning of students is a huge asset to our community experience They have been a part of our Rainbow Staff since 2020.

Total cost: $345 (includes materials)

s'campers week 7Week 7: July 29 – Aug 2

Mornings will be filled with time to explore our incredible playground and two specialty sessions that vary weekly (sports, arts, nature adventures, etc.).

All S’campers will spend their afternoons playing field games and in water play. Specific details will be shared the week before the start of camp. S’campers will take a field trip to a local creek on Friday afternoon. ALL campers will celebrate the end of our week with a popsicle party and free play time!

Week 7 Activities:

Games & More with Wyatt: Our S’campers and Junior Campers will be delving into the physical and creative domains! From field games and obstacles, there is no telling the fun the campers will have in Games and More with Wyatt. This may include indoor board games and outdoor field games, as the week and the groups will define the daily play design! 

Wyatt started with Rainbow as an afterschool staff member in the fall of 2022, but he was once also a Rainbow student. That’s right, Wyatt is a Rainbow graduate! He recently returned to Asheville from France. He is excited to return and be a part of our summer camp programming. He likes to have fun and stay busy, and he has quickly become a favorite of some of our littlest kiddos! 

Arts & Crafts with Sunshine: In Arts & Crafts, students will create with their hands and imagination, and including some works partially influenced by nature.

Sunshine is an RCS Alumni who has spent many summers helping with our summer programming as an adult. She is passionate about art, nature and humanity and is excited to do arts and crafts with our S’Campers and Junior Campers.

Total cost: $345 (includes materials)

Juniors S’Camp: Rising 2nd – 4th Grade

Junior S’Camp (for rising 2nd-4th graders) is similar to our grades 1-2 programming but adjusted to meet the needs of our older campers. Juniors’ programming will consist of camps for rising 2nd – 4th graders that will run from 9:00 am – 4:00 pm during the week. 

4th Graders are also welcome to join our Speciality Camps for our Rising 4th-7th Graders if they feel that those are more fitting. We want our campers to WANT to be here and do what they are signed up to do.

Please note: a camp will not run if we do not reach a minimum enrollment. We will notify you if this occurs.

junior s'camp week 1

Week 1: June 10 – June 14

Mornings will be filled with time to explore our incredible playground and two specialty sessions that vary weekly (sports, arts, nature adventures, etc.).

Mondays will be a day to re-orient and “break the ice” – we’ll review rules and expectations, and include water play and crafting or baking.

Tuesday, Wednesday & Thursday afternoons will be field trip days for this group, where they head to a local creek and have time to play in the water and explore.

Friday afternoons we will watch a movie (movie selection shared the week prior) with an all-inclusive Ice Pop Party right before pick-up! 

Week 1 Activities:

Hula Hoops with Kyrsten: Our Juniors will be getting their groove on! This hula-hoop enrichment program inspires kids to have a lifelong love of fitness through the power of hula-hooping, from using your hoop as a prop to stretch and feel good, to unlocking your creative self-expression with the hoop and playing games. This class has a little of everything that hoop dance has to offer. Learn to drop down into the intelligence of your own body and master beginner hoop dance tricks to create your own unique dance experience. Kyrsten can adjust programming to meet the varying abilities of all our Hoopers!

Kyrstin Ezzell is a teacher, visual, and performing Artist from Houston, TX. She uses her background in dance, theatre, and costuming to bring characters to life in studios, on stage, and at festivals nationwide. Her approach to teaching takes a holistic and meditative spin on technique and conditioning, focusing on whole-body fitness and authentic care-free movement. 

Creative Yard and Field Games with Rene: Kids will have a chance to play a variety of games from Bocce Ball and Cornhole to Sharks & Minnows and Kickball. Juniors will learn a variety of games, play them with a twist, and work on cooperation and team skills in the process.

Rene has over 26 years of experience teaching fourth and fifth graders. She is thrilled to be sharing her expertise in a community that engages in the holistic development of young people. Her calm and conscious demeanor supports a strong classroom culture and allows her to build meaningful relationships with students and families. When she is not teaching, she enjoys spending time exploring photography, gardening, cooking, and hiking. She loves learning about different cultures and travels to better understand how we all fit together.

Total cost: $345 (includes materials)

junior s'camp week 2

Week 2: June 17 – June 21

Mornings will be filled with time to explore our incredible playground and two specialty sessions that vary weekly (sports, arts, nature adventures, etc.).

Mondays will be a day to re-orient and “break the ice” – we’ll review rules and expectations, and include water play and crafting or baking.

Tuesday, Wednesday & Thursday afternoons will be field trip days for this group, where they head to a local creek and have time to play in the water and explore.

Friday afternoons we will watch a movie (movie selection shared the week prior) with an all-inclusive Ice Pop Party right before pick-up! 

Week 2 Activities:

Improv / Movement & Games with Layne: Our Juniors will be getting creative with their minds and their hands! In Improv/ Movement, campers will get a chance to play games and tell stories through play. The space will be welcoming and open so that those excited to share and perform may do so, while those who prefer to participate but not be in the spotlight can do that.

Layne’s background in education and literacy helps them bring a joy for writing, creativity, and books to our Kindergarten through 8th-grade classrooms. Their investment in supporting the learning of students is a huge asset to our community experience They have been a part of our Rainbow Staff since 2020.

Fiber Arts with Abbey: Juniors will be using fiber and textile media and techniques to create works that focus on the transition between two and three-dimensional artworks. This work may include weaving, fabric printing, papermaking, basketry, batik, and mixed media.

Originally from Central Pennsylvania, Abbey moved to Asheville with her husband in 2017. Abbey has taught ballet, urban composting workshops, and worked with children of all ages. After a career in arts and entertainment in New York City, the mountains of Western North Carolina were calling her name. Before joining Rainbow in 2023, she was previously a nanny for many families in the Asheville area, including students who are currently part of the Rainbow family.

Total cost: $345 (includes materials)

junior s'camp week 3

Week 3: June 24 – June 28

Mornings will be filled with time to explore our incredible playground and two specialty sessions that vary weekly (sports, arts, nature adventures, etc.).

Mondays will be a day to re-orient and “break the ice” – we’ll review rules and expectations, and include water play and crafting or baking.

Tuesday, Wednesday & Thursday afternoons will be field trip days for this group, where they head to a local creek and have time to play in the water and explore.

Friday afternoons we will watch a movie (movie selection shared the week prior) with an all-inclusive Ice Pop Party right before pick-up! 

Week 3 Activities:

PE & Field Games with Layne: Our S’campers will be moving their bodies and creating with their hands. Campers will play a variety of field games, having fun with bouncy balls and scooters, 4-square, basketball, Perpetual Tag, and more. In these activities, campers will get to move while tending to their social domain and communication skills. 

Layne’s background in education and literacy help them bring a joy for writing, creativity, and books to our Kindergarten through 8th grade classrooms. Their investment in supporting the learning of students is a huge asset to our community experience They have been a part of our Rainbow Staff since 2020.

Arts, Crafts and Beyond with Katie: In Arts & Crafts with Katie, campers will dabble in water color, collage, and beyond.

Clubs & Enrichment Program Coordinator for Rainbow’s End, Katie is a long-time educator, deeply interested in languages, cultures, people, world traditions, spiritual paths, our shared histories, mysticism, the land… A lover of magic, stories, and all things whimsical! She loves time spent in nature, time spent with children, a good book, and strong coffee. She is passionate about offering a space for creative, independent, and child-driven learning. She is looking forward to bringing lots of stories & magic to the campers.

Total cost: $345 (includes materials)

junior s'camp week 4

Week 4: July 8 – July 12

Mornings will be filled with time to explore our incredible playground and two specialty sessions that vary weekly (sports, arts, nature adventures, etc.).

Mondays will be a day to re-orient and “break the ice” – we’ll review rules and expectations, and include water play and crafting or baking.

Tuesday, Wednesday & Thursday afternoons will be field trip days for this group, where they head to a local creek and have time to play in the water and explore.

Friday afternoons we will watch a movie (movie selection shared the week prior) with an all-inclusive Ice Pop Party right before pick-up! 

Week 4 Activities:

PE / Field Games with William: Our Juniors will once again be moving their bodies and creating with their hands. If your child is here for multiple weeks, and the camps seem repetitive, don’t fret: our teachers vary and build upon activities from the prior week and adjust to meet the hopes and dreams of our campers! In PE/Field Games, campers will play a variety of field games, having fun with bouncy balls and scooters, 4-square, basketball, Perpetual Tag, and more. In these activities, campers will get to move while tending to their social domain and communication skills.

William spent three years working as an instructor at a wilderness therapy program in the Blue Ridge Mountains. Shortly after moving to the Portland, Oregon area with his family in 2019, William began working at a Waldorf preschool, followed by a Montessori Forest School. He moved back to Asheville with his family in the summer of 2023. William has a deep love of the outdoors and spends a great deal of time either hiking or going on strolls in local parks with his family.

Arts, Crafts, and Beyond with Katie: In Arts & Crafts with Katie, campers will dabble in watercolor, collage, and beyond.

Clubs & Enrichment Program Coordinator for Rainbow’s End, Katie is a long-time educator, deeply interested in languages, cultures, people, world traditions, spiritual paths, our shared histories, mysticism, the land… A lover of magic, stories, and all things whimsical! She loves time spent in nature, time spent with children, a good book, and strong coffee. She is passionate about offering a space for creative, independent, and child-driven learning. She is looking forward to bringing lots of stories & magic to the campers.

Total cost: $345 (includes materials)

junior s'camp week 5

Week 5: July 15 – July 19

Mornings will be filled with time to explore our incredible playground and two specialty sessions that vary weekly (sports, arts, nature adventures, etc.).

Mondays will be a day to re-orient and “break the ice” – we’ll review rules and expectations, and include water play and crafting or baking.

Tuesday, Wednesday & Thursday afternoons will be field trip days for this group, where they head to a local creek and have time to play in the water and explore.

Friday afternoons we will watch a movie (movie selection shared the week prior) with an all-inclusive Ice Pop Party right before pick-up! 

Week 5 Activities:

Art with William: Our Juniors will be immersed in creative mode. In Art with William, students will be creating with many mediums, from painting to crafting, all while tapping into their imagination!

William spent three years working as an instructor at a wilderness therapy program in the Blue Ridge Mountains. Shortly after moving to the Portland, Oregon area with his family in 2019, William began working at a Waldorf preschool, followed by a Montessori Forest School. He moved back to Asheville with his family in the summer of 2023. William has a deep love of the outdoors and spends a great deal of time either hiking or going on strolls in local parks with his family.

Improv / Movement & Games with Lane: In Improv/ Movement, campers will get a chance to play games and tell stories through play. The space will be welcoming and open so that those excited to share and perform may while those who prefer to participate but not be in the spotlight may do so.

Layne’s background in education and literacy helps them bring a joy for writing, creativity, and books to our Kindergarten through 8th-grade classrooms. Their investment in supporting the learning of students is a huge asset to our community experience They have been a part of our Rainbow Staff since 2020.

Total cost: $345 (includes materials)

junior s'camp week 6

Week 6: July 22 – July 26

Mornings will be filled with time to explore our incredible playground and two specialty sessions that vary weekly (sports, arts, nature adventures, etc.).

Mondays will be a day to re-orient and “break the ice” – we’ll review rules and expectations, and include water play and crafting or baking.

Tuesday, Wednesday & Thursday afternoons will be field trip days for this group, where they head to a local creek and have time to play in the water and explore.

Friday afternoons we will watch a movie (movie selection shared the week prior) with an all-inclusive Ice Pop Party right before pick-up! 

Week 6 Activities:

Hula Hoops with Kyrsten: Our Juniors will be getting their groove on! In Hoops with Kyrsten Beginner Hula Hoops! This hula-hoop enrichment program inspires kids to have a lifelong love of fitness through the power of hula-hooping, from using your hoop as a prop to stretch and feel good, to unlocking your creative self-expression with the hoop and playing games. This class has a little of everything that hoop dance has to offer. Learn to drop down into the intelligence of your own body and master beginner hoop dance tricks to create your own unique dance experience. Kyrsten can adjust programming to meet the varying abilities of all our Hoopers!

Kyrstin Ezzell is a teacher, visual, and performing Artist from Houston, TX. She uses her background in dance, theatre, and costuming to bring characters to life in studios, on stage, and at festivals nationwide. Her approach to teaching takes a holistic and meditative spin on technique and conditioning, focusing on whole-body fitness and authentic care-free movement. 

Storytime & Writing with Layne: Campers will experience magical read-alouds and write or create stories in age-leveled activities with the hopes of having some stories to tell by the end of the week!

Layne’s background in education and literacy helps them bring a joy for writing, creativity, and books to our Kindergarten through 8th-grade classrooms. Their investment in supporting the learning of students is a huge asset to our community experience They have been a part of our Rainbow Staff since 2020.

Total cost: $345 (includes materials)

junior s'camp week 7

Week 7: July 29 – Aug 2

Mornings will be filled with time to explore our incredible playground and two specialty sessions that vary weekly (sports, arts, nature adventures, etc.).

Mondays will be a day to re-orient and “break the ice” – we’ll review rules and expectations, and include water play and crafting or baking.

Tuesday, Wednesday & Thursday afternoons will be field trip days for this group, where they head to a local creek and have time to play in the water and explore.

Friday afternoons we will watch a movie (movie selection shared the week prior) with an all-inclusive Ice Pop Party right before pick-up! 

Week 7 Activities:

Games & More with Wyatt: Our S’campers and Junior Campers will be delving into the physical and creative domains! From field games and obstacles, there is no telling the fun the campers will have in Games and More with Wyatt. This may include indoor board games and outdoor field games, as the week and the groups will define the daily play design! 

Wyatt started with Rainbow as an afterschool staff member in the fall of 2022, but he was once also a Rainbow student. That’s right, Wyatt is a Rainbow graduate! He recently returned to Asheville from France. He is excited to return and be a part of our summer camp programming. He likes to have fun and stay busy, and he has quickly become a favorite of some of our littlest kiddos! 

Arts & Crafts with Sunshine: In Arts & Crafts, students will create with their hands and imagination, and including some works partially influenced by nature.

Sunshine is an RCS Alumni who has spent may summers helping with our summer prorgramming as an adult. She is passionate about art, nature and humanity and is excited to do arts and crafts with our S’Campers and Junior Campers.

Total cost: $345 (includes materials)

Specialty Camps, Rising 4th – 8th Grade, Summer 2024

Specialty Camps for rising 4th-8th grade are either HALF DAY (9-12:30) or FULL DAY (9:00-4:00.) These camps may include daily field trips, building and crafting, more advanced sport clinics, etc. This year, we will also offer an option for after-care if you select a half day camp, but need whole-day coverage. 

If your camper selects a half day camp, but you are also in need of all day care, we have you covered. You can add-on full day care. If your camper stays the whole day, they will have the opportunity to play field games, enjoy some water play, and have full access to our playground. We will plan for activities that best fit the group!

For our Rising 4th Graders, they are welcome to join the S’Camper Jr programming or take a leap into our specialty camps which are focused on one theme or concept each week.

Please note: a camp will not run if we do not reach a minimum enrollment. We will nofitify you if this occurs.

surf n turf june 10-14

Week 1: June 10-14

9:00 am – 4:00 pm M-F

This camp is all about exploring the unique water features that attract so many people to the area. Waterfalls, rivers, lakes…This will be an active camp, some hikes will be challenging, some will be long and easy, but every day will most certainly offer fun. One thing to be certain, there will be a lot of time spent swimming and getting wet. This is the perfect camp for those kiddos who like to explore and play in the natural world!

Sandra, our beloved 5th-grade lead teacher, is excited to explore WNC with campers ready for adventure. We may not live beachside, but we do have plenty of water in our beautiful mountain home.

For rising 4th – 8th grade. Total cost: $350 (includes materials)

 

yarn arts june 10-14Week 1: June 10-14

9:00 am – 4:00 pm M-F

In yarn arts, we will learn beginning skills in knitting and crochet. We will practice a variety of stitches, learn the terminology, and learn to create patterns. By the end of the week students will pick and complete their own project! 

Holly, our 6th grade Co-Teacher, is excited to explore yarn arts with her campers! She loves to knit, and crochet and looks forward to sharing her skills.

For rising 4th – 8th grade. Total cost: $350 (includes materials)

 

surf n turf june 17-21Week 2: June 17-21

9:00 am – 4:00 pm M-F

We may not live beachside, but we do have plenty of water in our beautiful mountain home. This camp is all about exploring the unique water features that attract so many people to the area. Waterfalls, rivers, lakes…This will be an active camp, some hikes will be challenging, some will be long and easy, but every day will most certainly offer fun. One thing to be certain, there will be a lot of time spent swimming and getting wet. This is the perfect camp for those kiddos who like to explore and play in the natural world!

Sandra, our beloved 5th-grade lead teacher, is excited to explore WNC with campers ready for adventure.

For rising 4th – 8th Grade. Total cost: $350 (includes materials)

 

theater camp jun 17-28Week 2: Theater Camp (TWO WEEK CAMP) – June 17-28

9:00 am – 4:00 pm M-F

Does your child love to shine in the spotlight? Do they thrive onstage or behind the scenes? Then Theater Kids Club is the place for them! Theater Kid Club’s Summer Camp is back for our 3rd summer. Join us, we will be singing, dancing, learning the fundamentals of performance, and so much more. Spaces are limited and open to the public.

For rising 4th – 8th Grade. Total cost: $700 for the two weeks (includes materials)

surf n turf june 24-28Week 3: June 24-28

9:00 am – 4:00 pm M-F

This camp is all about exploring the unique water features that attract so many people to the area. Waterfalls, rivers, lakes…This will be an active camp, some hikes will be challenging, some will be long and easy, but everyday will most certainly offer fun. One thing to be certain, there will be a lot of time spent swimming and getting wet. This is the perfect camp for those kiddos who like to explore and play in the natural world!

Simitri, one of our incredible Afterschool Staff, is so excited to share the magic of our home with you! We may not live beachside, but we do have plenty of water in our beautiful mountain home.

For rising 4th – 8th Grade. Total cost: $350 (includes materials)

theater camp jun 17-28Week 3: Theater Camp (TWO WEEK CAMP starting June 17-28)

9:00 am – 4:00 pm M-F

Does your child love to shine in the spotlight? Do they thrive onstage or behind the scenes? Then Theater Kids Club is the place for them! Theater Kid Club’s Summer Camp is back for our 3rd summer. Join us, we will be singing, dancing, learning the fundamentals of performance, and so much more. Spaces are limited and open to the public.

For rising 4th – 8th grade. Total cost: $700 (includes materials)

Week 4: July 8-12

9:00 am – 12:30 pm M-F – HALF DAY CAMP

Join us for a week of musical exploration! Campers will learn music principles and performance skills including taking care of instruments, stage setup, playing together as a group, and song selection. Camp will feature a concert for friends and family at the end of the week. After camp each day, an Extended Care option is available. Our older campers who need care for the whole day can stay with us on campus and enjoy water play and more OR join Junior S’Camp on their field trips.

Our beloved music teacher, Laura Blackley, is looking forward to exploring music with her summer campers. 

For rising 4th – 8th grade. Total cost: $200 (includes materials) / With Extended Care Option: $325

 

bots n bytes july 8-12

Week 4: July 8-12

9:00 am – 12:30 pm M-F – HALF DAY CAMP

What is a robot? Find out in this week-long exploration of robotics as we plan, build, and test our robotic creations. Command your robot to make art, tell the future, or share your moods with your family and friends. We will be working with a popular microprocessor called the Micro:bit, motors, and other basic electronics. This is an introductory camp, so no experience with programming, coding or electronics is necessary. After camp each day, an Extended Care option is available. Our older campers who need care for the whole day can stay with us on campus and enjoy water play and more OR join Junior S’Camp on their field trips.

Christa Flores is looking forward to exploring robotics with her campers.

For rising 4th – 8th grade. Total cost: $245 (includes materials) / With Extended Care Option: $370

 

dnd camp july 8-12

Week 4: July 8-12

9:00 am – 12:30 pm M-F – HALF DAY CAMP

Hail and Well Met Adventurers! Get ready for a journey of epic proportions! A fantastical TTRPG (tabletop role-playing game) adventure awaits you when you join Pen and Paper Paladins. All you need is a set of dice, paper, pencil, and your imaginations! Collaborative storytelling, nonstop action, exploration, and mystery awaits you. So grab a D20 and let’s get rolling. After camp each day, an Extended Care option is available. Our older campers who are needing care for the whole day can stay with us on campus and enjoy water-play and more OR join Junior S’Camp on their field trips.

Layne has been hosting all-things-that-probe-the-imagination since they joined Rainbow in 2020.

For rising 4th – 8th grade. Total cost: $175 (includes materials) / With Extended Care Option: $300

nature camp summer camps Week 5: July 15-19

9:00 am – 12:30 pm M-F – HALF DAY CAMP

Spend the mornings exploring the natural world at Rainbow and in Asheville. This camp will include nature games and activities and possible local field trips. After camp each day, an Extended Care option is available. Our older campers who need care for the whole day can stay with us on campus and enjoy water play and more OR join our Junior Campers on their field trips.

Sunshine is an RCS Alumni who has spent many summers helping with our summer programming as an adult. She is passionate about art, nature, and humanity.

For rising 4th – 8th grade. Total cost: $175 (includes materials) / With Extended Care Option: $300

 

upcycled fashion summer campsWeek 5: July 15-19

9:00 am – 12:30 pm HALF DAY CAMP

Love fashion and saving the planet? In this week-long fashion camp we will learn how to use sewing machines to upcycle used jeans, sweatshirts and t-shirts into new and noteworthy products you can wear, give away or share with your pets. No sewing experience necessary. After camp each day, an Extended Care option is available. Our older campers who are needing care for the whole day can stay with us on campus and enjoy water-play and more OR join our Junior Campers on their field trips.

For rising 4th – 8th grade. Total cost: $220 (includes materials) / With Extended Care Option: $345

surf n turf summer campsWeek 6: July 22 – 26

9:00 am – 4:00 pm M-F

We may not live beachside, but we do have plenty of water in our beautiful mountain home. This camp is all about exploring the unique water features that attract so many people to the area. Waterfalls, rivers, lakes…This will be an active camp, some hikes will be challenging, some will be long and easy, but everyday will most certainly offer fun. One thing to be certain, there will be a lot of time spent swimming and getting wet. This is the perfect camp for those kiddos who like to explore and play in the natural world!

Simitri, one of our incredible Afterschool Staff, is so excited to share the magic of our home with you!

For rising 4th – 8th grade. Total cost: $350 (includes materials)

 

wing dings summer campsWeek 6: July 22 – 26

9:00 am – 12:30 pm M-F HALF DAY CAMP

Ever wonder what makes stuff move? In this basic mechanical engineering camp we will build objects to think and play with. We will explore big concepts in science while making real world objects move. Our week will culminate in a complex take home toy you can impress all your friends with. After camp each day, an Extended Care option is available. Our older campers who are needing care for the whole day can stay with us on campus and enjoy water-play and more OR join our Junior Campers on their field trips.

Christa Flores, our camp instructor, looks forward to working and tinkering with our campers!

For rising 4th – 8th grade. Total cost: $225 (includes materials) / With Extended Care Option: $350

dungeons and dragons summer campWeek 6: July 22-26

9:00 am – 12:30 pm M-F – HALF DAY CAMP

Hail and Well Met Adventurers! Get ready for a journey of epic proportions! A fantastical TTRPG (table top role playing game) adventure awaits you when you join Pen and Paper Paladins. All you need is a set of dice, paper, pencil, and your imaginations! Collaborative storytelling, nonstop action, exploration, and mystery awaits you. So grab a D20 and let’s get rolling. After camp each day, an Extended Care option is available. Our older campers who are needing care for the whole day can stay with us on campus and enjoy water-play and more OR join our Junior Campers on their field trips.

Layne has been hosting all-things-that-probe-the-imagination since they joined Rainbow in 2020.

For rising 4th – 8th grade. Total cost: $175 (includes materials) / With Extended Care Option: $300

woodworking summer campsWeek 7: July 29 – Aug 2

9:00 am – 12:30 pm HALF DAY CAMP

Build small and large structures in this week-long introduction to woodworking. You will learn how to design on paper and use digital tools. You will use power tools and basic hand tools. No experience is necessary. After camp each day, an Extended Care option is available. Our older campers who need care for the whole day can stay with us on campus and enjoy water play and more OR join our Junior Campers on their field trips.

For rising 4th – 8th grade. Total cost: $235 (includes materials) / With Extended Care Option $360

surf n turf summer camps

Week 7: July 29 – Aug 2

9:00 am – 4:00 pm M-F

This camp is all about exploring the unique water features that attract so many people to the area. Waterfalls, rivers, lakes…This will be an active camp, some hikes will be challenging, some will be long and easy, but every day will most certainly offer fun. One thing to be certain, there will be a lot of time spent swimming and getting wet. This is the perfect camp for those kiddos who like to explore and play in the natural world!

Sandra, our beloved 5th grade lead teacher, is excited to explore WNC with campers ready for adventure. We may not live beachside, but we do have plenty of water in our beautiful mountain home.

For rising 4th – 8th grade. Total cost: $350 (includes materials)

Book Your Spot for Camp – Instructions

  1. Scholarships are available based on demonstrated financial need. Fill out the form at the bottom of the page and Susan, our Summer Camp Director, will be in touch with you.
  2. Coupons are available for registering for multiple camps! Enter code CAMPER5 for a 5% discount if you register for 2 or more camps (this includes registering 2 siblings for 1 camp or 2 camps for an individual). Enter code CAMPER7.5 for a 7.5% discount on four or more camps, and you’ll get 10% off if you register for all seven weeks with code CAMPER10. Summer programming coupons cannot be used in conjunction with other summer programming coupons.
  3. Find the camps that you want to register for and “add to cart.”
  4. When you have finished registering for camps, click “view cart” and proceed to checkout. You will enter all camper info upon checkout. You may pay by credit card, PayPal, check or cash (though your registration is not complete until the school receives check/cash payments).
  5. If a camp is FULL, you won’t see it available for purchase in the table below. You still have a chance to get in! Please email us at the bottom of this page by filling out the form and let us know you’d like to be in line for a spot. Summer plans change quickly and we often have spots that open up for EVERY camp.
  6. Upon checkout, you will receive an email from Susan Waddell, our Summer Camp Director, within 24-48 hours. If you do not receive this email within 48 hours, please return to this page and scroll to the bottom and fill out the form.

Coupon Codes

CAMPER5 – 5% off two or more camps
CAMPER7.5 – 7.5% off four or more camps
CAMPER10 – 10% off seven or more camps

ImageNameDescriptionPriceBuy
Bots and Bytes Camp Week 4 + Extended Care: July 8-12Bots and Bytes Camp (HALF DAY + EXTENDED CARE) for rising 4th-8th graders. Explore robotics for a week and test your creations!$370.00
Bots and Bytes Camp Week 4: July 8-12Bots and Bytes Camp (HALF DAY) for rising 4th-8th graders. Explore robotics for a week and test your creations!$245.00
Dungeons & Dragons Camp Week 6 + Extended Care: July 22-26Dungeons & Dragons Camp (HALF DAY + EXTENDED CARE) for rising 4th-8th graders. Fantastical TTRPG and adventure await!$300.00
Dungeons & Dragons Camp Week 6: July 22-26Dungeons & Dragons Camp (HALF DAY) for rising 4th-8th graders. Fantastical TTRPG and adventure await!$175.00
Nature Camp Week 5 + Extended Care: July 15-19Nature Camp Camp (HALF DAY + EXTENDED CARE) for rising 4th-8th graders. Explore the nature games and nature-based activities!$300.00
Nature Camp Week 5: July 15-19Nature Camp Camp (HALF DAY) for rising 4th-8th graders. Explore the nature games and nature-based activities!$175.00
Surf & Turf Week 3: June 24-28Surf & Turf for rising 4th-8th graders. Explore the waterfalls, rivers and lakes in our area!$350.00
Surf & Turf Week 6: July 22-26Surf & Turf for rising 4th-8th graders. Explore the waterfalls, rivers and lakes in our area!$350.00
Theater Camp Weeks 2-3: June 17-28Theater Camp (TWO WEEK CAMP) for rising 4th-8th graders. Come and sing, dance, perform and so much more!$700.00
Wing Dings & Whirligigs Camp Week 6 + Extended Care: July 22-26Wing Dings & Whirligigs Camp (HALF DAY + EXTENDED CARE) for rising 4th-8th graders. Build a complex toy that you can impress your friends with!$350.00
Wing Dings & Whirligigs Camp Week 6: July 22-26Wing Dings & Whirligigs Camp (HALF DAY) for rising 4th-8th graders. Build a complex toy that you can impress your friends with!$225.00
Woodworking Camp Week 7 + Extended Care: July 29 - Aug 2Woodworking Camp (HALF DAY + EXTENDED CARE) for rising 4th-8th graders. Build large and small objects in this woodworking camp!$360.00
Woodworking Camp Week 7: July 29 - Aug 2Woodworking Camp (HALF DAY) for rising 4th-8th graders. Build large and small objects in this woodworking camp!$235.00
Yarn Arts Week 1: June 10-14Yarn Arts for rising 4th-8th graders. Learn beginning skills in knitting and crochet!$350.00

If you have questions about summer camps, please fill out the form below.

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