Camp Ton-A-Wandah

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Welcome to Camp Ton-A-Wandah

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Overview

Nestled on the shores of its very own ten-acre lake in the pristine Blue Ridge Mountains of Western North Carolina, Camp Ton-A-Wandah is a residential summer camp for girls. In historic Flat Rock, a few miles from Hendersonville, Ton-A-Wandah boasts 365 acres of mountainous terrain including streams, trails, and a cascading waterfall, where campers return to enjoy the refreshing summer climate year after year.

Camp Ton-A-Wandah has become a place of childhood memories for young girls everywhere since 1933. Over the past 87 years, TAW has been a summer tradition for girls from five to 16 years old, a place friendships are forged, new skills are learned and character is shaped. It is a place of discovery and challenge in the natural world; a place where girls learn who they are—and who they can be. Ton-A-Wandah, that magic place where the water falls, is the place of summer and growing up and memories that last a lifetime.

Most importantly, TAW creates a community that fosters mentorship, friendship, and sisterhood that encourages our campers to be women of substance and leaders throughout the world.

Accommodation

We have traditional wooden cabins here at Camp Ton-A-Wandah that are fully screened in. Living along the lake provides a nice cool that flows through camp and the cabins. Each cabin houses around seven sets of bunk beds with two to three singular beds for the counselors. There are two toilets and sinks in each cabin. There are two shower houses for our campers with a separate shower house for our counselors. In each we have personal cabins for our Head Staff who oversees a specific age group.

Shared Bedrooms

Max 12 campers per room

Ensuite Bathrooms

Room with ensuite bathroom

Facilities

Dining Room
Laundry
Fireplace
Arts room
Library
Lake
Gym
Tennis Court
Soccer Court
Basketball Court
Volleyball Court
Horseriding Arena
Archery
Dance studio

Activities

Archery, Riflery, Basketball, Volleyball, Swim Cheerleading, Canoeing, Paddle boarding, Zumba, Music, Arts & Crafts, Ceramics / Pottery, Beadweaving Crazy Cardio, Drama, Dance, Cardio, Soccer, Group Games, Glass Fusion, Tennis, Rock Climbing, Ropes Course, Cooking, Photo / Newsletter, Woodburning, Nature, Backpacking, Bookclub, Gymnastics, Knitting, Horsemanship, Horseback Riding, Kayaking, Running, Secret Agent, Yoga

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  1. Bea’s Artifact Essay
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    Bea’s back in school and her first assignment for English class was to select an artifact of significance to her and write a paragraph about it. She wanted to share her essay with her Camp Ton-A-Wandah family and we thank her for doing so.

    An artifact that best describes who I am today is my silver dogwood ring from the summer camp I attend, Ton-A-Wandah (TAW). TAW is a small girl’s camp hidden in the mountains near Hendersonville, North Carolina. The ring has a simple band, but supports a beautiful dogwood flower. It’s significant to me for two reasons: it reminds me of how fortunate I am, and of how much I’ve grown and developed as a person in the summers spent at TAW. I was nine years old the first time I went to this camp. I loved it so much, and had such fun, that the only summer I missed was 2020 due to COVID. My five summers at TAW are full of treasured memories with some of my very best friends. At the end of each session, campers attend an Honor Assembly during which the camp directors bestow gifts to longtime campers. In 2022, which was my last year as a camper, I received this dogwood ring for attending camp for five summers. Throughout this time, I matured and changed for the better. I am fortunate to have been a TAW camper for five years. This symbolic piece of jewelry reminds me to not take things for granted, to live in the moment, and to enjoy the little things.

  2. Madeleine Maury (Camper '03-'15, Counselor '16-'18)
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    As a long time camper and counselor, I can safely say that Ton-A-Wandah is my home. It has given me confidence, a safe place, and my closest friends. I am so blessed and thankful to have these experiences and this beautiful place in my life!

  3. Elisa (Camper '02-'05)
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    15 years ago, I drove up to Camp Ton-A-Wandah a shy little girl in the backseat of my mom’s van and cried many “momma’s girl” tears as she hugged me good-bye. Two weeks later, when she showed up to pick me up, I cried even more “I don’t want to leave!” tears and begged her to leave me at Camp for the third week! Every year after that one, I spent all year looking forward to my three weeks at Camp Ton-A-Wandah. Now, years later, I’m a school teacher and several of my students spend their summers at Ton-A-Wandah. They love running back to my classroom on the first day of school and telling me all about their summer away at Camp! I can’t wait until I have daughters of my own so they can experience the same incredible summers as their mommy did at Camp Ton-A-Wandah!

  4. Ann Frances (Camper '15 - '20)
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    Camp Ton-A-Wandah has always been like a home away from home to me. It’s just that feeling you get when the gates open up and you see the rays of sunlight glistening on the lake. Behind all of its beauty, there is a very strong sense of

    comfort that fills your heart when you look at it. Camp Tonawandah has provided me with so many opportunities, smiles, memories, and so many amazing people. I can’t even begin to describe how thankful I am for all of the bonds that TAW has created, and how many life lessons it has taught me. Tonawandah was so special this summer because it was my place of escape. It gave me a breath of fresh air and a way out of reality. I was able to reunite with such special people and return to the best place on earth. All of these things are more than I could ever ask for, and it is such a blessing that I am able to be writing this. I can’t thank the TAW staff enough for providing me such a special place that will be a part of me forever.

  5. Missy (Parent '15-'18)
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    It’s hard to put onto words what TAW means to my daughter . It is the highlight of her year . We call it Bella time . It’s three weeks that she gets to get away and try things new and make life long friendships. She talks daily about camp . As she gets older she gets more emotionally invested in the people and the traditions . She is a true Cherokee girl and would wear her colors daily . I’ve had people question sending someone so “young “ “away” for three weeks. I just show them the pictures of how happy and confident she looks .

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How to get to there

Address: 300 W Ton A Wandah Rd, Hendersonville, NC 28739, USA
Closest Airport: Asheville Regional Airport

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Non-Refundable Deposit

Health & Safety

Staff & Student Ratio

1 : 3

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