The Movers and Shakers Summer Camp promotes the same values that are the cornerstone of Asheville Community Movement: teaching kids to be independent and conscientious community members within a fun and safe environment. We try to nurture the individual passions of our campers by devoting each week to themes that foster community spirit and sustainable living.
By sustainable living, we mean treating the Earth with respect, as well as yourself, your body and mind, and your fellow community members. Kids may choose from the provided activities based on their individual interests and comfort level, but regardless of theme, campers will participate in activities related to movement, team building, and conflict mediation - skills essential to living within a healthy community.
Movers and Shakers Summer Camp takes place in our 35,000 sq ft facility which sits on over two acres. The majority of the indoor space is a large open space with a full gymnastics facility including spring floors, bars, balance beams and trampolines, basketball area, tennis area, dance floor, and space for scooters, plasma cars, bikes, and roller skates.
This open space has gated bay doors that open in order to provide an outdoor feel with a breeze and natural light. We also have fans through out the space and an evaporation cooler that works with the breeze to keep the area comfortable. In addition, there are indoor classroom areas with air conditioning for our hands-on workshops and downtime.
Our outdoor area has a playground, garden space, archery area, and open space for outdoor sports, games, and water play. There are pop-up tents along with a covered pavilion to provide shade during outdoor play. With this space we are able to provide energetic play both in the sunshine and in the shade. Campers will enjoy plenty of time with natural breeze and light, and respite from the heat when needed.
Our facility is also right along the French Broad River. Our outdoor space is fenced, and we do not spend time in the river due to how high the river tends to stay and due to concerns over cleanliness of the French Broad. However, it provides a beautiful back drop for their play and provides a nice breeze off the water.
Every week regardless of the theme, campers play group games, work through team building activities, learn and practice conflict mediation, have circle time with music, outdoor water play, and a choice of movement opportunities.
Our movement opportunities include:
Scooters and Booster Cars
Week 1 | Wild Week: Children Thou Art Loosed!
June 12th - 16th
School’s out for summer! This is a week to celebrate being out of school, but also to embrace our wild sides. We’ll spend time outdoors learning about survival skills and primitive living. We will be offering workshops in shelter building, fire making, archery, and more. Of course, we will also get our wild energy out through group games, obstacle courses, and playtime in the gym. Come start your summer off with some wild fun!
Week 2 | I Like to Move It, Move It!!
June 19th - 23rd
This week is all about movement! Hey, it’s in our name - Asheville Community MOVEMENT! Let’s learn and practice all of the different ways we can enjoy exercise, whether it be through sports, group games, gymnastics, dance, or something you have never tried before. Campers will learn why it’s so important to make movement a habit.
Week 3 | Art in Nature
June 26th - 30th
You’d be surprised by how many art materials we can find just by walking outside! This week we will use tools provided by Mother Nature, as well as our own imaginative minds, to create a multitude of masterpieces. Activities include but are not limited to, sun dyes, natural paints, clay faces, stone stacking, plant printing and more!
Week 4 | Revolution: Start a Movement
July 3rd - 7th
Calling all revolutionary kids! You are the future. We will remember the passion for change that founded our country, and practice being the change we wish to see. Using a village model role play, kids will explore ways to work as a group and promote justice for all!
Week 5 | World of Hogwarts
July 10th - 14th
Join us for a week of magical fun. You’ll be sorted into one of our ACM Wizardry Houses! Come ready to make potions, learn magical herbology, hear the secrets of fortune telling, play Quidditch, and celebrate other aspects of the Harry Potter world. This week is sure to be a favorite!
Week 6 | Brilliant Building Adventure
July 17th - 21st
Calling all future architects and engineers! This week is all about getting creative through building structures. Whether crafting small models out of legos and clay, cozy forts inside the gym, or a giant clubhouse outside, make sure to bring some muscle and an eye for design.
Week 7 | Folk Art and Wildcrafting
July 24th - 28th
We cannot forget to appreciate these beautiful mountains! This week we’ll experience what makes Appalachia so unique though traditional arts, crafts, music, and food preparation. Come ready to learn about the furry, flying, and leafy friends with whom we share our home.
Week 8 | Grub Week
July 31st - August 4th
Who loves tasty, healthy snacks? Late summer harvest brings lessons on local foods, cooking, and nutrition. We will make a visit to Hickory Nut Gap farm to pick berries, and try out many delicious recipes. Campers can partake in designing, planning and planting the ACM fall garden along with starting a seed to take home to their own gardens.
Week 9 | Desert Island Survival
August 7th - 11th
Do you have what it takes to survive on a deserted island? You will after spending a week with ACM in our Desert Island Survival camp. We'll be castaways on our imaginary island where we will learn how to use our resources wisely, work together as a group to solve problems, and live with the bare necessities. But don't worry - our bare necessities still include water slides, bounce houses, play grounds, and gymnastics equipment!
Week 10 | Make Some Noise!
August 14th - 18th
Let’s get loud! This week will focus on the many ways we can make noise and have fun while doing so. Whether partaking in song, music, instrument making, storytelling, theatre, or practicing another language, come ready to find your voice and raise it!
Week 11 | Olympic Games
August 21st - 25th
Come dive into Asheville Community Movement’s take on the Summer Olympics! We will have a unique set of games including, but not limited to: Plasma Car Racing, Archery, Pogo Sticking, Noodle Field Hockey, Team Obstacle Courses, and Water Play Challenges! Campers will also have the opportunity to create new, never-before-seen Olympic events. By focusing on teamwork and being a great sport, everyone is sure to leave camp as a winner.
Registration Open March 1st through our Online Parent Portal:
You will receive an email confirmation once your registration is complete. If you do not receive an email, your registration is NOT complete. Please call the Ashevile Community Movement office at (828) 254-6060 to complete your registration.