Archaeology Summer Camps
We are now accepting applications
for our 2018 camp season!
Ready to get your hands dirty?
Try our Archaeology Adventurers summer camps!
“It’s been really exciting because you’re finding things that no one has ever seen before… it’s like a little piece of the past.” Samantha Baker, 9th grade
“We experienced hands-on activities and worked as though we were actual archaeologists. I just loved getting my hands dirty and working with others discovering historical treasures. It was an opportunity that I will always remember.” Katherine Matthews, 12th grade
Elementary and Middle-School Camps
Elementary and middle-school campers work with professional archaeologists to uncover the buried remains of a 16th-century Spanish colony that mysteriously disappeared more than 400 years ago. They also explore the ancient history of North Carolina’s native cultures through hands-on activities, excavation, artifact analysis, ancient technology demonstrations, experiments, and more.
Overnight campers stay in our air-conditioned field house with bunk beds and bathrooms. Most meals are prepared on the premises; dietary restrictions can typically be accommodated.
2-day Camp (rising 3rd-5th graders)
Dates: July 12-13, 2018 (overnight campers check in between 8:30 and 9:00 am on July 12 and check out at 5:00 pm on July 13)
Camp Fees: $170 for overnight campers; $140 for day campers
3-Day Camp (rising 4th-6th graders)
Dates: July 8-11, 2018 (overnight campers check in between 4:30 and 5:30 pm on July 8 and check out at 5:00 pm on July 11)
Camp Fees: $370 for overnight campers; $285 for day campers
5-Day Camp (rising 4th-6th graders)
Dates: July 8-13, 2018 (overnight campers check in between 4:30 and 5:30 pm on July 8 and check out at 5:00 pm on July 13)
Camp Fees: $580 for overnight campers; $425 for day campers
5-Day Camp (rising 6th-9th graders)
Dates: July 15-20, 2018 (overnight campers check in between 4:30 and 5:30 pm on July 15 and check out at 5:00 pm on July 20)
Camp Fees: $600 for overnight campers; $455 for day campers
6-day High School Camp (rising 9th-12th graders)
High-school campers spend the first part of the week working alongside professional archaeologists to explore the mysteries of the Berry site near Morganton, NC and the ill-fated Spanish colony that persisted there for 18 months. On Thursday and Friday, guest experts will join the campers for a 2-day, 2-night excursion to Cherokee, NC and other nearby archaeological attractions. (Note: final camp itinerary subject to change. Check back regularly for updates!)
With the exception of the two nights spent in Cherokee, campers stay in the Exploring Joara Foundation’s air-conditioned field house with bunk beds and bathrooms. Most meals are prepared on the premises; dietary restrictions can typically be accommodated. During the Cherokee trip, campers stay in a hotel and eat at restaurants (all costs of the trip are included in the camp fee).
Dates: July 29-August 4, 2018 (overnight campers check in between 4:30 and 5:30 pm on July 29 and check out at 3:00 pm on August 4)
Camp Fees: $835 for overnight campers; $685 for day campers
For an additional fee, we can provide transportation to/from Charlotte Douglas International Airport for campers traveling from out of state. Before booking flights, parents should contact the Camp Director to ensure that our staff can accommodate the proposed itinerary.
The minimum fee for airport transportation service is $85 each way, although the fee may increase if the camper is officially traveling as an “unaccompanied minor” or if additional overnight stays are involved. Campers are also responsible for any baggage fees imposed by the airline. For additional information, please contact Theresa Shebalin (919-749-5212).
We offer a 15% discount for campers attending multiple camps. We also offer a 10% discount for siblings, regardless of whether they choose the same session or not.
Enrollment Information and Forms
To enroll in one of our camps, download the appropriate forms below. We recommend that you return your application quickly to secure your enrollment. Please email email@example.com or call 919-749-5212 if you have any questions. We hope to see you this summer!
Mail Applications and Emergency Contact and Medical Forms to:
The Exploring Joara Foundation
PO Box 296
Morganton, NC 28680
Questions? Contact firstname.lastname@example.org or 919-749-5212
Dr. Theresa McReynolds Shebalin directs the Archaeology Adventurers camps. She is a middle school science teacher in Durham, North Carolina. Dr. Shebalin has a Ph.D. in Anthropology from the University of North Carolina.
Melissa Timo is the Staff Archaeologist for the Exploring Joara Foundation. She has an M.A. in Historical and Public Archaeology from the University of West Florida.
Additional camp staff includes archaeologists affiliated with the Exploring Joara Foundation. The camper to staff ratio is approximately 5:1.
The Berry Site
To learn more about the significance of the Berry site and the archaeological work being done, check out the following recent articles: