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Gwynn Valley

A Children’s Summer Camp for Boys and Girls

Gwynn Valley nurtures each child by building character and relationships in a community that fosters personal challenge, a connection to nature, and the simple joys of childhood.

Situated on 400 acres in the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains in Brevard, NC, Gwynn Valley has been a summer camp for boys and girls since 1935.  We offer a farm, wilderness, and traditional program where we foster community building, lifelong friendships, and a connection with the land. Our founder, Mary Gwynn created a camp based on the values of simplicity, acceptance, a non-competitive program, and an appreciation of the natural world. These core values continue to be embraced at Gwynn Valley today. Through community, new adventures, and fun and engaging program participation, we strive to help our campers develop resilience, responsibility, cooperative skills, confidence, and personal independence. Throughout camp’s history, the philosophy, values, and traditions have remained constant. The strength of Gwynn Valley is its nurturing environment in a child centered world where each camper will learn and grow under the guidance of a mature and caring staff. Gwynn Valley is proud to be accredited by the American Camp Association. It tells you, the caring and careful parent, that we have taken the time to ensure that our camp program undergoes a thorough review of our operations and meets the strict standards required for accreditation. Learn More about our Values

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Enjoy our "Favorite Things" video!

“Gwynn Valley stories creep into conversation when we least expect it. Our daughter was so connected to the group and I know this was accomplished by a caring and committed staff!”


Another Beautiful Day in the Valley


The weather has been beautiful this week with crisp, cool mornings, warm afternoons, and lots of blue sky. They are calling for rain this evening and tomorrow but hopefully it will decrease as it moves over the mountains.  We finished our day a little while ago with a peaceful time in the dining room where […]

Twilight Play Makes the Day - By Emma Thames

Today was another chilly morning at Gwynn Valley as the sun crested over the mountains. Breakfast was a huge…

A Beautiful "B Day" by Emma Thames

Tuesday, June 15th dawned bright and with a refreshing mountain-crisp edge. Breakfast was burritos with egg, fresh…
B Session Opening Day! With one session of Main Camp under our belts we had a great opening day for B Session. …

The Week Has Flown By!

It’s been a full day at camp and unfortunately the last full day of Session A.  We just finished our evening…

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