Simple joys of childhood

a program for every age

playing outside, growing inside

Do something difficult everyday

Gwynn Valley

A Co-ed Children’s Summer Camp

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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“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!”


So, How Far Do we Push?

Dear Friends,  I read an article this spring through Apple News entitled “How Far Should We Push Our Kids In the Outdoors?” This thought comes to my mind daily during our summer when I’m working with various ages in our outdoor activities. Most of the time as I size up a group, I’m thinking about […]

Welcoming New Directors

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Greetings from Gwynn Valley! We’re excited to announce two new faces joining our Director Team for this summer,…

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Returning Staff - Connecting Camp and Careers

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Check out the 2022 Video Highlights and start the Countdown!

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