Camp FAQ

When, why and where was Camp Muddy Sneakers started?

Camp Muddy Sneakers was a natural outgrowth of the Brevard, NC-based, non-profit Muddy Sneakers and its highly successful and rapidly growing school year science education program. With an ever-growing list of partnering elementary schools across western NC, a tremendous amount of interest for expanded programming led the organization to offer its first summer day camp in 2013 in hopes of reaching even more youth. The idea behind Camp Muddy Sneakers, much like the organization’s school year program, is to take campers to different protected lands that surround their community in an effort to introduce them to the ‘living classroom’ that is their nearby natural world. The first camp sessions were offered in Pisgah National Forest and DuPont State Recreational Forest, both of which continue to be utilized today for their rich biodiversity and incredible natural beauty.

Does Camp Muddy Sneakers have a campus?

Beginning summer 2015, Camp Muddy Sneakers will have campus locations incorporated into its summer programming, primarily for the use of the Nature Explorers Camp (1st-3rd graders) with limited use by the Trail Blazers Camp (4th-7th graders) except in the event of inclement weather. Camp Muddy Sneakers has always embraced the idea that the best classroom is simply the outdoors. This summer, we are excited to be partnering with two educational campuses to serve as our Base Camps, each with excellent indoor space as well as wonderful nearby/on-site natural amenities. That said, this being western NC, each day instructors have detailed plans should there be inclement weather, including alternative shelter locations that provide alternative learning opportunities.

How do you guarantee a safe learning experience?

All Camp Muddy Sneakers instructors also serve as expedition leaders during Muddy Sneakers’ school year programming and are professionals in the field of environmental/wilderness education. With an eye towards creating a more intimate learning experience as well as the safest possible environment for field exploration, each group is kept small and will always have a minimum of two (2) instructors present. All instructors are certified in Wilderness First Aid (WFA) and CPR and are expected to follow detailed safety protocols in the event of an emergency.

Who are the camp instructors and what are their qualifications?

We recommend you review the Staff page on the website for detailed information about each instructor.  We are proud to have an extraordinary staff of highly qualified, professional educators, who have spent many years in both traditional and wilderness education environments. They bring a passion for sharing the outdoors with the children they teach. All Camp Muddy Sneakers instructors are either certified or working towards their certification as NC Environmental Educators Certification. Currently, Muddy Sneakers is the only organization not affiliated with state government that requires 100% certification of its environmental educators.

What is a “rising” grade?

A rising grade is the grade a child will enter into during the upcoming school year.

What time does camp begin and end?

Nature Explorers (1st-3rd graders): Drop off from 8:30-8:45am/ Pick up from 12:15-12:30pm

Trail Blazers (4th-7th graders): Drop off from 8:45-9:00am/ Pick up from 4:00-4:15pm

Please note that our staff arrive 30 minutes before the start of drop off time so they may prepare for the campers. Please arrive between the pick up and drop off times and not before, so our staff may have time to get ready for campers to arrive.

If my camper wants to do more than one week of camp, will the experience be the same or different?

In order to accommodate both Nature Explorer and Trail Blazer campers interested in participating in more than one week of camp, Camp Muddy Sneakers offers an extensive set of topics that instructors rotate from week to week.  Additionally, given the small size of our camp sessions, repeat campers are noted and instructors will actively strive to provide a unique camp experience both in regards to topics covered and locations visited. To learn more, please visit the Camp Programs page for more information.

Where should I drop off and pick up my child?

Unless other arrangements are made with Camp Muddy Sneakers’ administrative staff, campers are expected to be dropped off and picked up at the following locations (also listed on the Registration page):

Brevard (Transylvania County)

  • Brevard College, 1 Brevard College Dr, Brevard, NC 28712.

Click here for a location map.

Hendersonville (Henderson County)

  • The Park at Flat Rock, 55 Highland Golf Dr, Flat Rock, NC 28731.

Click here for a location map.

What should my child bring?

Trail Blazers: Rising 4th-7th graders

  • Backpack
  • 2 bottles of water
  • Healthy Lunch
  • Snacks
  • Comfortable hiking shoes
  • Extra change of clothes
  • Rain jacket (we will have some emergency ponchos available if necessary)
  • A positive attitude!
  • Sunscreen
  • Optional: Bug spray

*Please note that it will be your child’s responsibility to carry his or her backpack each day while hiking. Make sure to pack the necessary items for the day (‘What to Bring’) but please be mindful not to overpack to ensure that your child has a successful and comfortable day!

Nature Explorers: Rising 1st-3rd graders

  • 2 bottles of water (we will have the opportunity to refill at base-camp)
  • Healthy Snack
  • Comfortable hiking/playing/running shoes
  • Rain jacket or poncho
  • Extra change of clothes
  • Sunscreen
  • Optional: Bug spray

What should my child not bring?

  • Electronics
  • Knives
  • Anything that might be a distraction from enjoying time outdoors

Will my camper receive a Camp Muddy Sneakers t-shirt?

Yes, all campers receive a Camp Muddy Sneakers t-shirt. Campers will also have the opportunity to purchase other Muddy Sneakers t-shirts and hats at a discounted rate.

Is financial aid available?

Camp Muddy Sneakers offers partial scholarships for families in need on a first come/first serve basis.  If you’re interested in learning more and/or to receive an application, please contact our Camp Director Carlisle Rankin at carlisle@muddysneakers.org.

Couldn’t find the answer to your question?

Please direct any other questions to Camp Director Carlisle Rankin at carlisle@muddysneakers.org or by phone at (859) 583-3841.

Cancellation Policy

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