Camp Ton-A-Wandah is a traditional residential summer camp for girls located in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Western North Carolina. Ton-A-Wandah which mean “by the fall of water” was established in 1933 with the intent to provide an unspoiled summer retreat for girls ages 5-16. That mission lives on today and our goal is to provide a safe, fun, and meaningful camp experiences where girls learn to become independent and self-reliant in a safe and supportive environment.
The program provides campers over forty activities in areas such as horseback riding, fine arts, preforming arts, dance, volleyball, basketball, softball, lacrosse, soccer, tennis, games, archery, riflery, rock climbing, high ropes, swimming, kayaking, canoeing, paddle boarding, hiking, backpacking, and many more. The program is staffed by well-trained dynamic and inspiring young women who act as positive motivating role models for our campers. The high level of knowledge and skill our staff possess allow them to excel in their roles as cabin counselors, activity instructors, and role models and creates an atmosphere that fosters an increase self-confidence and resilience in our campers.
The camp is proudly accredited by the American Camp Association and is an active member of the North Carolina Youth Camp Association. We have received The Safety First designation presented by the Markel Group every year since 2007 for leading the industry in risk management assessment and training for our staff while providing a safe and incident free experience for our campers.
Camp Ton-A-Wandah is not just a place but a place in your heart. We hope to have the opportunity to speak with you and welcome your family into ours. For further information or to schedule a tour of our facility please contact our office at 828-692-4251 or Email Camp Ton-A-Wandah.
Horse Related Activities
Traditional hunt seat riding program which focuses on teaching fundamentals, confidence and advancing skill levels. Ton-A-Wandah's riding program is second to none, built upon a tradition of equestrian excellence. Our stables are a place where beginners can learn the basics and experienced riders can seek out new challenges. The camp's solid reputation in this field has been earned through three quarters-century's commitment to hiring gifted instructors and maintaining an exceptional group of horses, none other than the University of South Carolina Equestrian Team's horses.
The program is based on the principles of Hunt Seat Equitation with constant emphasis on safety and respect for the animal. Campers are instructed in the care and handling of horses, how to mount and hold the reins, and how to achieve a good seat and sure hands. Once the rider has control of herself and her mount, she learns to post a trot and canter on the right lead. Campers have the opportunity to demonstrate what they have learned at the exciting Horse Show at the end of each session. Experienced judges award ribbons and prizes for achievement at every level.
Instruction in jumping is available to qualified riders who have written parental consent. Our graceful jumpers love to clear the rails, and no rider ever forgets the thrill of sharing those leaps.
Riding for Juniors is structured with their special needs in mind. Their classes are scheduled in harmony with the more advanced groups, and their horses are the most docile in the stable. This separate attention allows the younger girls to gain confidence and control without distraction.
Each girl progresses at her own pace, and there is no pressure to advance beyond basic equestrian skills.
Other Camp Activities
Campers live in cabins with 8-12 girls that are their same grade-age with 2-3 counselors. Cabins are equipped with toilets and sinks. Shower facilities are located in close proximity to cabins. Healthy and well balanced meals are served family style three times daily. Canteen is available each morning and afternoon and is included in the camp tuition.
Activity schedules are set up much like a college schedule with a slate of six activities on Monday, Wednesday, Friday and six activities on Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday giving the campers a total of twelve activities. Activities are selected by the camper on the first day of camp and skill progression is measured in a “rank book” which allows the campers to excel in their chosen activities.