Kayak & Canoe School and Classes
Camp Mondamin for Boys/Camp Green Cove for Girls
Camps Mondamin and Green Cove are traditional, but unique summer programs for boys and girls age 6 to 17. Located in the Mountains of Western North Carolina, we teach whitewater paddling, but also give kids the chance to do other activities, such as hiking, sailing, mountain biking, rock climbing, and horseback riding. We believe in fun, adventure, safety, and great instruction.
Our program is non-competitive, which encourages experimentation, and non-regimented, which fosters self-direction. Our strengths lie in the quality of our staff and the depth of our program. We value diversity, attracting campers from all 50 states and even a few foreign countries.
Paddler Magazine Paddling Schools for Kids, (April 1995)
"Any paddling program that has produced such legends and top-notch paddlers has to be doing something right. Then again, (the camp) has had a lot of time to perfect its programs. Founded in 1922 by Frank Bell, Sr., the camp has been offering everything from mountaineering and sailing to paddling, riding and mountain biking."
Canoeing and Kayaking begin on our lake, where we work on safety and basic strokes. We teach tandem and solo canoeing skills, utilizing a flat-water gates course right at camp. In kayaking (and decked canoeing), we begin with teaching safety, basic strokes, rolling, and beginning freestyle / rodeo skills.
We're fortunate to be located near many excellent whitewater rivers and wilderness lakes, with levels of difficulty suitable for beginner through advanced. We take many trips. Sometimes we're gone just a day… but often we're gone four of five, whether its canoe camping on the wild and scenic Chattooga River, base camping at the Ocoee, or moving to a different river every day. When we're out on the river, we develop a wide variety of skills, including technical river running, play boating, self and assisted rescue techniques, minimum impact camping skills, and of course, leadership and judgement. There is adventure for every age group.
It takes time to develop the skill and judgment to be a good whitewater paddler; for this reason our sessions are a bit longer than most, three or five weeks. Of course, we think the reward is well worth this investment in time. Our staff is top notch, most of them having been campers themselves. Many of them are year round paddlers and a few are members of the US Freestyle team, competing at the top levels of the sport around the world.
Other major programs include sailing, rock-climbing, hiking, mountain biking, horseback riding, nature, swimming, tennis, and arts and crafts. Age is not a requirement for any activity or trip. Each camper progresses at his own rate, participating in the activities that he finds most stimulating, and is not tied to a cabin or age group.
Our goals are fun, adventure, and personal growth.
Our goal is to build self-esteem while teaching community living skills, respect for the environment, and a love for the outdoors. We work hard on cooperation, and don't spend much time on competition, so there aren't any cups or ribbons or medals. We believe effort and reward are related, and the reward is sweeter when it's earned...
Experienced staff lead and teach a variety of activities that emphasize outdoor adventure.
There are always activities for both the beginner and the advanced camper, so everyone progresses at their own pace. Some activities are scheduled a week in advance, some on the spur of the moment, but each camper has a lot of choice in what he does... Our program is structured, but not regimented.
Campers spend part of their session here at camp and part of their session out in the wilderness on trips.
Just like in-camp activities, there are beginner trips and there are advanced trips, so everyone gets to experience overnight camping. Each camper's personal interests will influence just how much of his session is spent out on trips.
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