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Summer Camps | Avery

Youth Entrepreneur Camp (12 Hours) Ages 9–14

Calling all future entrepreneurs! Take advantage of this opportunity to see if you’re ready to start a small business. Join us for Youth Entrepreneur Camp! We are focused on helping kids become the entrepreneurs of the next generation. Students will be challenged to grow their entrepreneurial mindset and given the confidence to gain real traction with their small business startup ideas. We will work to provide structure, steps, and a supportive environment for young entrepreneurs. Youth will learn lifelong skills of creativity, problem-solving, and growth mindset thinking which can help them in any career path they choose. Some topics to be discussed are: What is an Entrepreneur, How to Choose Your Business Idea, Developing Your Business Idea, Marketing, Branding, and much more. Don’t wait and register today! Space will be limited.

7/15–7/18, MTWTh, 9:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m.
$45
Instructor: Wood
Avery 828.733.5883

FF General and Communication (24 Hours) Ages 15+

If you are a young person interested in joining the fire service, this class is a great starting point for you.Jjoin us at the Banner Elk Fire Department. Individuals who are members of area fire departments qualify for a waiver on this class's cost.

6/10–6/14, MTWThF, 9:00 a.m.–3:30 p.m.
$70
Instructor: Powell
Avery 828.733.5883

Cybersecurity (12 Hours)

Cybersecurity affects everyone: businesses, individuals, governments, etc. It’s now a necessity to protect oneself. Cybersecurity has now ranked among the highest growing careers. If you think you might want to pursue this path, join us to learn what a career in Cybersecurity means. This course is geared towards high school students, but adults looking for a change of pace my attend too!

$70
Instructor: McGraw
Avery 828.733.5883

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Summer Camps | Yancey & Mitchell

Be a Hero: Become a Paramedic (2 Hours) Ages 6–10

Join Mr. Tony Cook as he introduces students to the world of EMS. Students will get a close-up look at the day-to-day operations of an EMT/Paramedic Professional. Students spend time looking at an ambulance and getting in the back of our brand-new ambulance classroom simulator. Students will work their way through a simulated EMS call and do actual skills on the High-Fidelity Mannequin. If your dream is to be a Paramedic, then you don’t want to miss this! (Register early space is limited to 10 students).

6/12, W, 1:00–3:00 p.m.
$20
Instructor: J. Cook
Mitchell 828.766.1291

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6/20, Th, 12:00–2:00 p.m.
$20
Instructor: Cook
Yancey 828.682.7315

Be a Hero, Become a Firefighter for a Day (4 Hours) Ages 6–11

Learn what it takes to be a firefighter. Students will learn about protective fire gear, safety tips, and get to check out a fire truck.

6/18, T, 1:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.
$30
Instructors: Powell
Yancey 828.682.7315

Beginner Hip Hop (2 Hours) Ages 7-11

Join our dynamic youth beginner hip hop class!  We'll learn funky moves and grooves while building confidence. Each week, we'll master exciting choreography.  Limited to 15 kids per class.  Get ready to dance your heart out!

6/18 & 6/20, TTh, 9:00a.m.-10:00 a.m.

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7/9 & 7/11, TTh, 9:00a.m.-10:00 a.m.
$35
Instructor:  Cami
Yancey  828.682.7315

Beginner Hip Hop (3 Hours) Ages 12-17

Join our dynamic youth beginner hip hop class!  We'll learn funky moves and grooves while building confidence. Each week, we'll master exciting choreography.  Limited to 15 kids per class.  Get ready to dance your heart out!

6/18, 6/19, 6/20, TWTh, 10:30-11:30 a.m.
$50
Instructor:  Cami
Yancey  828.682.7315

Beginner Jazz Funk (2 Hours) Ages 10-16

This dynamic fusion of hip-hop and jazz, also known as Street Jazz, will groove your socks off.  Get ready to learn a new choreography every week in a fun-filled environment.  Limited to 15 kids per class. Get ready to dance your heart out!

7/9 & 7/11, TTh, 10:30-11:30 a.m.
$35
Instructor:  Cami
Yancey  828.682.7315

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Summer Camps | Earth to Sky Park

Telescope and Astronomy 101 Camp (9 hours) Ages 13+ years

Explore Space Exploration at Mayland Earth to Sky Park with our astronomers! Campers will dive into the world of telescopes, learning their types and uses, tour the Bare Dark Sky Observatory, and enjoy a NASA film on telescope missions and current universe-exploring technologies. Highlights include a night sky tour in the Arthur Planetarium and an interactive program on the James Webb Space Telescope, the most powerful space telescope, straight from the U.S. Space and Rocket Center. A mid-morning snack is included.

6/12–6/14, WThF, 9:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m.
$90
Instructor: Pastore/McDonald
Yancey/ESP 828.682.7315

Earth to Sky Park Junior Explorers (9 Hours) Ages 10–13

Explore nature and the universe at our Earth to Sky junior explorer camp! Kids will dive into outdoor learning, science, and the arts, covering topics from ecology to astronomy. They'll experience hands-on activities like scavenger hunts, animal tracking, and navigational challenges, all while discovering the beauty of the park. Instructors will guide campers through ecological and geological explorations, ensuring a mix of fun and education to combat summer brain drain. Remember to dress for outdoor adventure, wear closed-toe shoes, and bring sunscreen and a water bottle. A snack is provided.

7/9–7/11, TWTh, 9:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m.
$90
Instructor: Lanning/McDonald
Yancey/ESP 828.682.7315

Junior Space Ranger Camp (12 Hours) Ages 6–11

Junior Space Rangers will craft upcycled rocket filled jet packs, cardboard space shuttles and space helmets to explore the solar system in the Arthur Planetarium and Earth to Sky Park classroom. Jr. Space Rangers will watch kid friendly STEAM programming in the Planetarium and learn about space travel, the moon, planets, and the cosmos. Campers need to wear closed toe shoes and bring a water bottle. A mid-morning snack will be provided.

7/16–7/19, TWThF, 9:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m.
$175
Instructors: Pastore/Hardy/McDonald/Lanning
Yancey/ESP 828.682.7315

Telescope and Astronomy 101 (6 Hours) Ages 18+

Join Mayland Community College’s Space Rangers for a three-night “grown-up Space Camp” experience! We will be looking at the different types of telescopes, learning how they work, comparing earth-bound versus space telescopes, seeing how weather and space work, discovering North Carolina’s surprising astronomy history, learning how to recognize constellations, and much more! Who says the kids get to have all the space fun?

8/13–8/15, TWTh, 6:00–8:00 p.m.
$90
Instructors: Hardy/McDonald/Lanning
Yancey/ESP 828.682.7315

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