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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!”


Growing Food and Leaders at Camp!

When is the last time you put your hands in the dirt to dig a potato, held a baby piglet, or maybe had a baby goat (kid) walk on your back? At camp, these are some of the activities and learning opportunities our campers are able to experience. Our Farm program was started in 1982 […]

Communication - Partnering with Families

Dear Gwynn Valley friends and families, As we near the summer, we are getting very excited to welcome our campers…

Evening Programs - Old and New

A day at camp is packed. Packed with activities, with friends, and with memories in the making. I love walking…
Staff playing a game on the green

Returning Staff Highlight 2022

As we approach the summer of 2022, we are really excited about the staff who will be joining us!   Working at…

Help your child get ready for overnight camp

Congratulations! We are so excited you have chosen to send your child to Gwynn Valley and recognize the significance…

Latest Videos

A Day in the Life of a Camper

C Session Rewind 2021