We are now accepting applications for our 2016 camp season!
Ready to get your hands dirty?
Participate in one of our Archaeology Adventurers summer camps in NC!
“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. I am looking forward to attending the camp every summer throughout high school!” 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 21-22, 2016
Camp Fees: $140 for overnight campers; $100 for day campers
3-Day Camp (rising 5th-7th graders)
Dates: July 18-20, 2016 (overnight campers check in the evening of July 17)
Camp Fees: $350 for overnight campers; $255 for day campers
Five-Day Camps (rising 6th-9th graders)
Session 1 Dates: July 4-8, 2016 (overnight campers check in the evening of July 3)
Session 2 Dates: July 25-29, 2016 (overnight campers check in the evening of July 24)
Camp Fees: $560 for overnight campers; $410 for day campers
High School Camps
High-school campers work alongside professional archaeologists in the field and lab to unlock the mysteries of archaeological sites around North Carolina. Guest lectures expose campers to some of the specialized subdisciplines within archaeology.
Five-Day Camp (rising 8th-12th graders)
Campers in this session explore the mysteries of the Berry site near Morganton, NC and the ill-fated Spanish colony that persisted there for 18 months. Dr. David Moore, professor at Warren Wilson College and foremost expert on the Berry site, will lead the excavations.
Campers and camp staff stay in air-conditioned cabins at Steele Creek Campground. Most meals are prepared by camp staff, and dietary restrictions can typically be accommodated.
Dates: June 27-July 1, 2016 (overnight campers check in the evening of June 26)
Camp Fees: $650 for overnight campers; $425 for day campers
Six-Day Camp (rising 8th-12th graders)
Campers in this session explore the mysteries of the Berry site near Morganton, NC and the ill-fated Spanish colony that persisted there for 18 months. On Wednesday and Thursday, guest experts will join us for an overnight excursion to Cherokee, NC and other nearby archaeological attractions.
With the exception of the overnight trip to 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.
Dates: August 1-6, 2016 (overnight campers check in the evening of July 31)
Camp Fees: $735 for overnight campers; $580 for day campers
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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:
Dr. Theresa Shebalin
3611 University Dr., Apt. 16G
Durham, NC 27707
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.
Elizabeth Wheet prepares meals and handles logistical details. She is a middle school teacher in Durham, North Carolina.
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: