Summer Camps at Umstead Whispering Pines (Reedy Creek entrance)

April 20, 2020

Nothing is more important to us than the health and safety of our camp family and community. Due to uncertainty surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic we have made the very difficult decision to cancel summer camp through August 21, 2020. We will be in touch with families regarding next steps.

March 24, 2020: Registration for summer camps has been temporarily closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Please stay tuned and we will update you as more information becomes available. 


Welcome to our new Wake location!

Whispering Pines is located in Umstead State Park (Reedy Creek entrance) but in a different part of the park than our previous camps.

Is the camp you’re interested in sold out? Looking for other Wake camps? Check out our Umstead Amphitheater location!


In our Wake Summer Camps we know that some kids play easily with others, some walk intrepidly into adventure, while others may fear the unfamiliar. At Schoolhouse of Wonder, every kid matters. Each person, young or old, is different. We love that.

Our award-winning, nature-based outdoor camps have different themes each season, but they are all inspired by our core values. Low camper-to-staff ratios allow campers a sense of freedom while providing a safe and nurturing environment. Campers (8-12 years old), Counselors in Training, and staff can also challenge themselves to grow and learn by earning “Growth Rings” in areas like fire making, whittling, plant lore, and snake identification and handling. 

Oh, and by day’s end, we’ll return your kids dirty, tired, and happy. Guaranteed.

Questions? Check out our Wake Camp FAQs.

Summer Camps in Umstead Whispering Pines At-a-Glance

Schoolhouse offers award-winning summer day camps at two locations within Umstead State Park (Reedy Creek Entrance, 2100 N. Harrison Ave, Cary, NC). Whispering Pines camps are located in a new area of the park – directions to Whispering Pines can be found here! Nature-based themes change each week so a new adventure is always on the horizon.

5-7 years olds 

  • $284 per week with optional Aftercare at $60 per week (for 5-day camp)
  • Camp Week: Monday through Friday 9:00a to 3:00p.
  • Check In: 8:15a to 9:00a.
  • Pick Up: 3:00p to 3:30p.
  • Aftercare Pick Up: 5:00 to 5:30p
  • Family Circle: Last day of camp at 2:45p. You’re invited to bring a snack to share, meet staff, and peruse the Camp Store (Schoolhouse t-shirts, steel striker kits, water bottles, buttons, necklaces and more.)

8-12 year olds 

  • $324 per week for classic Schoolhouse camps
  • $349 per week for specialty Schoolhouse camps
  • $399 per week that includes an overnight
  • Camp Week: Monday through Friday 9:00a to 5:00p.
  • Check In: 8:15a to 9:00a.
  • Pick Up: 5:00p to 5:30p.
  • Alternative Early Pick Up: 3:00 to 3:30p (advance notice required)
  • Family Circle: Last day of camp at 4:45p. You’re invited to bring a snack to share, meet staff, and peruse the Camp Store (Schoolhouse t-shirts, steel striker kits, water bottles, buttons, necklaces and more.)

Types of Camps

Classic
These are the award-winning Schoolhouse of Wonder camps you know and love — a unique environment of kindness, respect, learning, and nature-based outdoor adventures where your child can make new friends and learn new skills.
 
Specialty
As many of you know, our team of instructors make Schoolhouse special. Many organizations only hire instructors for summer which limits who can work with them. Yet, along with our wonderful seasonal staff, we have worked to hire, train, and support a year-round staff of professional mentors and educators. As a result, we are excited to take a few of our classic camps to a heightened level of fun and adventure this summer!
 
Overnight
Extending our outdoor adventures to sunset and beyond is a favorite of our campers and staff alike! Overnight camps offer a unique one-night opportunity to grow in a fun, safe, and nurturing environment. Our overnight camps are held rain or shine and offer an array of extraordinary experiences that can range from cooking over a campfire, a twilight dip in the river or creek, and a chance to sleep under the stars. 

Discounts

Most programs are eligible for a discount when you register for two or more programs for the same child or siblings in the same household in the same order.

Multi-camp

You will automatically receive a $15 discount off the cost of a second and any additional camp seat purchased in the same order. This discount applies to Discovery Days and partial-week camps.

Sibling

You will automatically receive a $25 discount off the cost of second and subsequent camp seats for siblings from the same household purchased in the same order.  This discount only applies to full-week camps.

Please note that it is possible to receive both of these discounts on the same order, though it is not possible to receive both of these discounts on the same camp.  Here are some examples of how this works.

Leadership Training for Teenagers

Want to nurture your 13-15 year old’s leadership skills?  Learn more about our Counselor in Training program.

Have More Questions?

Check out some of our Wake Camp FAQs and Parent Handbook to see answers to our most common questions. If you still have any questions we’re always happy to talk with you. Call 919-477-2116 or email schoolhouse@schoolhouseofwonder.org.

For our program policies, click here.


Wake summer camps are located at Umstead State Park and are made possible through our partnership with North Carolina State Parks.