A 100-year-old story written one camper at a time

Blue skies. Green forests. Smiling campers. Not much has changed since Skyland Camp For Girls was first started in the early 1900s, and we love it that way. When Susan Courtney Harris purchased the property in 1916, she wanted to create a girls camp in North Carolina where campers could escape from the hustle and bustle of everyday life, and build new friendships and a stronger connection to the world around them. Today, Susan Courtney Harris’ legacy lives on, as her own great-grandchildren are now Skyland’s directors.

Located near Asheville, North Carolina, our girls camp is immersed in a natural setting on Skyland Hill in the Great Smoky Mountains, with plenty of on-site activities and adventures. As a traditional summer camp with upscale amenities but a healthy low-to-no tech policy, we focus on promoting girls to discover who they want to be instead of who society expects them to be.

Our Mission

Through traditional camp programs, Skyland Camp for Girls inspires girls to be curious, creative, confident and connected to each other, and to the world.

Skyland’s mission is at the core of everything we do, from an exciting new off-campus adventure to conversations during the daily rest hour. So what does this mean for your camper? Expect that she will learn new skills and develop new hobbies. She will work as part of a team and help to set goals and plan activities with others. She will make new friends, learn about their lives, and celebrate their similarities and their differences. She will grow her imagination through story telling, skits, dance, or dressing up. She will try new things, and try again if she’s not successful the first time.

This sleepaway camp for girls is more than just a summer extracurricular activity…it becomes a core experience that will help her discover her best self.

The personal growth that a camper experiences during her time at camp depends on her individual starting point. What is monumental for her in her first year may become a daily occurrence in her second year. When she returns home from her overnight camp session, the excitement, commitment, and growth she has experienced will arrive home with her, too.