Odyssey Summer Camp
  • Holistic School Students Swimming

Black Bears Day Camp!

Kindergarten – 1st Grade

Camp is a great way to spend the summer!  Our youngest campers have plenty of time for free, creative play in our beautiful classroom centers. Every morning, children have the choice to play with small group games, building blocks, math manipulatives, pencil and paper, or an art project. Campers gather together in a daily circle to share stories, practice quiet time, and play together.  In addition, we offer swim time and outdoor play amongst the trees every day!  For those little campers who want to learn a new skill, we offer the chance to sign up for an additional special class including strings, keyboard, art, dance, and outdoor skills. In a typical summer, we offer specials classes every session. In 2021, our special class offerings are available most, but not all sessions. We also offer beginner swim lessons during camp! For more information, please call our office.

Camp hours are 9:00 am – 4:00 pm. Before and Aftercare available. 2021 groups will have a limited number of campers. Details to be announced beginning of March.


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Red Wolves Day Camp!

2nd-4th Grades

Camp is a great way to spend the summer!  With enough time for free, creative, unbound play among our hundreds of trees and in our swimming pool, campers have energetic early morning dance parties in the gym, get active with our basketball hoops and tennis courts, play together in group games, and still find the time for a little quiet relaxation. Families can also sign campers up for an additional special class including strings, keyboard, art, dance, and outdoor skills! In a typical summer, we offer specials classes every session. In 2021, our special class offerings are available most, but not all sessions. We also offer swim lessons during camp! For more information, please call our office.

Camp hours are 9:00 am – 4:00 pm. 2021 groups will have a limited number of campers. Details to be announced beginning of March.


MOUNTAIN LIONS DAY CAMP!

5th – 6th Grade

Camp is a great way to spend the summer!  With enough time for free, creative, unbound play among our hundreds of trees and in our swimming pool, campers can be seen throwing energetic early morning dance parties in the gym, getting active with our basketball hoops and tennis courts, playing together in group games, creating together in design challenges, and still finding the time for a little quiet relaxation.  We offer swim time every day and families can also sign campers up for an additional special class including strings, keyboard, art, dance, and outdoor skills! In a typical summer, we offer specials classes every session. In 2021, our special class offerings are available most, but not all sessions. We also offer swim lessons during camp! For more information, please call our office.

Mountain Lions especially will enjoy more independent time, have a greater voice in choosing their own games and activities. The older group will also take more walking trips from camp, heading toward the Botanical Gardens to enjoy the wildlife or toward Montford park to play soccer in the grass.

Camp hours are 9:00 am Р4:000 pm. Before and aftercare available. 2021 groups will have a limited number of campers. Details to be announced beginning of March.


Magic: The Gathering Camp is Back!

Magic: The Campening is returning, back by popular demand! Odyssey is teaming up with local game store, The Gamer’s Haunt, for a second year to provide a safe place for kids to build and test their skills, make new friends, and have fun. Magic: The Campening is a camp designed for campers interested in the strategic trading card game Magic: The Gathering. Whether you are new to Magic: The Gathering, or a long-time player, Magic Camp has something for everyone. As a game, Magic helps players develop close reading skills, logical thinking, social skills, and creativity. Campers will spend each morning at Gamer’s Haunt, then return to Odyssey in the afternoon for swimming and active play.
 
 
This year we are offering two different Magic Camp experiences. Week 1 (July 19 ‚Äď 23) will be focused on Standard and Pioneer formats, and will be geared towards newer players. Campers will learn how to build a deck, draft, sideboard, and play strategically. The week will culminate in a Standard tournament in which players will compete for Magic The Gathering prizes such as a playmat, deck boxes, and sealed packs.
 
 
Week 2 (July 26 ‚Äď 30) is designed for more advanced players (though beginners are still welcome!). Campers will learn about Commander and Pauper formats, learn how to build a 100 card commander deck, and have the chance to try out older formats. In this week, every camper will get to build a new Commander deck as well as draft the Commander Legends set to help build their collection.
 
 
Week 1: July 19th ‚Äď 23rd: Standard and Pioneer Formats (best for beginners)
Week 2: July 26th ‚Äď 30th: Commander and Pauper Formats (best for intermediate players)
 
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In July and August, every week Odyssey Campers can choose a special camp class in the afternoons!

       
       

ART

Art Supplies in a Holistic School

Student artists will discover their creative and artistic uniqueness exploring watercolor, pastel, acrylics and charcoal techniques in this class taught by seasoned artist, Teri Adams. Sessions will include learning how to draw and paint animals, landscapes, and portraits in the Chinese brush style, French Impressionism technique, and much more! Visit www.teriadams.com to see more.

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Chess

Chess After School Club in Asheville

National Master chess player Neal Harris is returning to Odyssey to teach chess at camp! Campers will learn the basics of chess like how each piece moves, as well as more advanced ideas like openings and strategy. Campers will also play chess variants like Bughouse as a fun way to learn! 

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CERAMICS

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Taught by Lydia Hearne, summer ceramics is all about creative whimsy! Students work with texture, handbuilding, and underglazes to create up to four projects to bring home. 

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Music

High School Students Singing in a Holistic School

Odyssey graduate, Lexi McGraw (pictured center) is offering another new music special class this summer! Lexi plays and teaches a variety of instruments, and in this special class campers will have the opportunity to explore a variety of instruments, including guitars, ukuleles, keyboards, and drums!

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WILDERNESS SKILLS & NATURE CRAFTS

Large homemade leaning shelter of sticks outdoor education

Bella Wells-Fried, an Odyssey High School graduate, is leading this special class in which students get to have fun exploring wilderness survival skills like building and tending a campfire, making a lean-to shelter, making a blow-dart gun from bamboo, and moving stealthily through the forest! Younger campers will expand their creativity by making crafts with natural found objects like sticks, leaves, rocks, and flowers!

For a schedule of which classes are offered when, please view our camp registration forms.

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SWIM LESSONS

We also offer swim lessons during camp! For more information, please give us a call.


High Ropes Course

Introducing Odyssey Teen Adventure Camp!

Odyssey Teen Adventure Camp is a summer day camp experience designed specifically for rising 9th – 12th grade students who are seeking outdoor adventure, team building, and leadership opportunities. OTAC seeks to nurture a love of the outdoors in high school age campers, as well as help build confidence, strength, skills, and social intelligence. Everyday of OTAC, campers will experience the world through action, activity, and reflection. Along with their campmates, campers will push themselves physically through activities like rock climbing, kayaking and paddleboarding, mountain biking, white water rafting, and hiking. Campers will also spend time helping their community through service partnerships with organizations like Asheville Greenworks, Brother Wolf, or Manna Food Bank. Our goal is to help campers build confidence in themselves and discover new passions in the great outdoors!

This camp will be offered two weeks this summer:

Week 1: June 21st – 25th

Week 2: June 28th – July 2nd

Sign up At CampDocs.com

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Magic: The Gathering Summer Camp

Magic: The Gathering Camp is Back!

Magic: The Campening is returning, back by popular demand! Odyssey is teaming up with local game store, The Gamer’s Haunt, for a second year to provide a safe place for kids to build and test their skills, make new friends, and have fun. Magic: The Campening is a¬†camp¬†designed for campers interested in the strategic trading card game¬†Magic: The Gathering. Whether you are new to¬†Magic: The Gathering, or a long-time player,¬†Magic¬†Camp¬†has something for everyone. As a game,¬†Magic¬†helps players develop close reading skills, logical thinking, social skills, and creativity. Campers will spend each morning at Gamer’s Haunt, then return to Odyssey in the afternoon for swimming and active play.
This year we are offering two different Magic Camp experiences. Week 1 (July 19 – 23) will be focused on Standard and Pioneer formats, and will be geared towards newer players. Campers will learn how to build a deck, draft, sideboard, and play strategically. The week will culminate in a Standard tournament in which players will compete for Magic The Gathering prizes such as a playmat, deck boxes, and sealed packs.
Week 2 (July 26 – 30) is designed for more advanced players (though beginners are still welcome!). Campers will learn about Commander and Pauper formats, learn how to build a 100 card commander deck, and have the chance to try out older formats. In this week, every camper will get to build a new Commander deck as well as draft the Commander Legends set to help build their collection.
Week 1: July 19th – 23rd: Standard and Pioneer Formats (best for beginners)
Week 2: July 26th – 30th: Commander and Pauper Formats (best for intermediate players)
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Junior Counselors at Odyssey School Summer Camp

This program has been suspended for the 2021 Summer Camp season as we are keeping camp groups very small to stay safe! We hope to resume in 2022! Campers who have aged out of regular camp are encouraged to consider enrolling in the brand new Odyssey Teen Adventure Camp!

Each summer, we invite a small group of dedicated teenagers to join our camp as Junior Counselors. JCs spend the summer modeling safe and inclusive play, learning to design and execute group games, conflict resolution, and learning the ropes of camp counseling! Our lead counselors support their learning by allowing them to lead a group activity for an hour each day.

The responsibilities of Junior Counseling include:

  1. Be a role model! Younger campers will look up to you and mimic your style: make it awesome. Show them what it means to be a good friend, to share, to play nicely, and to be truly, hilariously, you.
  2. Abide by your lead counselors. Part of that role modeling requires attentiveness to the lead counselors. If they need help, please jump in (certainly when they ask, if not before!). They may ask you to help with set up, clean up, or errand-running: you are their support!
  3. Get messy! There is more information below about play partnering and facilitating, but please know that we want you to have fun! That’s part of the joy of being a junior counselor, so don’t hesitate to jump in the mix and be a kid!
  4. But not too messy… Balance is a beautiful thing. Please recall #1 in your play and model good self-organization skills. The senior counselors will be very busy watching over campers, so please be sure to take responsibility for your things and contribute to a clean and organized play space.
    Keep your eyes peeled. Be sure to keep a close eye on the campers around you. If you see anything worrisome, potentially unsafe or harmful, let your senior counselors know.
  5. Relax. There’s that need for balance again! Try not to get too worried about managing the kids and conflict: you have senior counselors around to help you. When in doubt, always ask for help.
  6. Learn to be a leader. You’ll get a chance to run an activity each day you’re at camp. Practice positive leadership skills by observing senior counselors. You’ll have a chance to learn new games, share games you know and love, and learn how to manage a group. Remember that this can be tricky and learning the tricks of the trade will make camp (and life!) more fun!

Junior Counselors are 13-18 years old, and preferably they once attended Odyssey School Summer Camp or Odyssey School themselves!

 


Odyssey School has a junior Olympic-sized pool, and memberships are open to all families in the Asheville area!

  • Dates of Operation: Memorial Day Weekend May 29-31, Daily June 5-August 15, Weekends August 21-22, August 28-29 and Labor Day Weekend September 4-6

    Closed August 13th for a Private Event
  • Hours of Operation:

    Sunday: 12:30-7pm; Monday through Thursday: 1:30-7pm; Friday 1:30-8pm; Saturday 11am-8pm
Bringing a friend? Members can click here to pay our visitor’s fee.

Summer 2021: COVID-19 Policies

(These policies may be adjusted somewhat depending on NC Governor & CDC guidelines as the pool opens up late May) We are delighted to provide our community an option for swimming this summer. Our Governor‚Äôs office has provided interim guidance for re-opening swimming pools, which we are following to create the safest possible experience for our members. These guidelines are subject to change and we are committed to staying current with best practices to keep our staff and members safe. Upon joining, new members will receive the most updated list of policies and the link to register for daily swim slots. There is of course inherent risk with any shared space, and we will follow and enforce these guidelines to the best of our ability to minimize that risk. There is great value in cultivating joyous and peaceful outdoor experiences together! ¬∑ You will see the reduced ‚ÄúEmergency Maximum Capacity‚ÄĚ of both the pool enclosure and the water. We will allow up to 45 members on our pool deck and up to 26 members in the water at any given time. These maximums are calculated based on square footage. ¬∑ You will see signage reminding members to maintain physical distancing (staying at least 6 feet away from others). ¬∑ Our lifeguards will perform ongoing and routine environmental cleaning and disinfection of high-touch areas (e.g., doors, rails) with an EPA approved disinfectant for SARS-CoV-2 (the virus that causes COVID-19), and increase disinfection during peak times. ¬∑ We will conduct daily symptom screening of employees at entrance to workplace with immediately sending symptomatic workers home to isolate. Employees who have symptoms when they arrive at work or become sick during the day will immediately be separated from other employees, members, and guests and sent home. ¬∑ All chairs and lounges designated for use will be spaced at least 6 feet apart; unless the patrons are a family unit from the same household. Our pool deck will be marked so chairs and lounges can be maintained at proper distances. ¬∑ You will see marks on the floors of restrooms and locker rooms to indicate proper social distancing. Because not all our sinks are 6 feet apart, we will limit use to every other sink. ¬∑ We will provide marks on the ground outside of the check in area to promote social distancing if a line develops. ¬∑ We will mark off a six-foot perimeter around lifeguard chairs when deck space allows. ¬∑ We will provide cleaning supplies for members to disinfect tables, chairs and lounges between use. ¬∑ We offer a contact-less entry options, using phone app technology to allow members to pay guest fees. Guards will check members in verbally. ¬∑ Lifeguards will wear pocket masks to eliminate mouth to mouth contact in case resuscitation is needed. ¬∑ Our lifeguards and maintenance staff will stay 6 feet away from members and each other to the extent possible. ¬∑ We kindly ask that members limit the use to one swimmer at a time in our lap lane. When a swim coach is present and provides lessons, coaching, or overseeing a swim practice, swimmers per lane may be increased from one per lane to two. Social distancing must still be practiced to the extent possible within the swim lane. ¬∑ We will systematically and frequently check and refill hand sanitizers (at least 60% alcohol) present at entrance and assure soap and hand drying materials are at sinks. If you have any questions about these protocols, our swim slot system, or anything pool related, please contact us!