Camp Information

Talisman Programs

  • Program Address:

    64 Gap Creek Rd
    Zirconia, NC 28790, U.S.A.

    Tel:
    Phone: 828-697-6313
    Fax:
    Fax: 828-697-6249
  • Winter Address:

    64 Gap Creek Rd.
    Zirconia, NC 28790, U.S.A.

    Toll Free:
    Secondary Toll Free: 855-588-8254

Directors: Doug Smathers

Our specialized camp program helps children with ADHD, Aspergers Syndrome or high-functioning autism to develop physical and social competence in an atmosphere that encourages and supports self-regulation and self-direction. We believe that every child wants to do well, and that every child has unique strengths, struggles, and outlooks on life. In order to help all of our campers reach their potential, we must meet them as individuals, and not attempt to fit them into one mold. Therefore, we use a variety of tools to guide our students as strive to meet their objectives in socially appropriate and fulfilling ways. We believe that structure and accountability are critical in this process as are positive relationships and the recognition of accomplishments and that as a child's self-concept improves, he or she will make better decisions, relate better to others, and experience a more satisfying life.

We offer a number of programs, based on age and interest. All campers participate in both adventure and traditional camp activities, ranging from hiking, camping and ziplining to arts and crafts, archery, and wild science experiments. Campers are encouraged to try new activities, to stretch themselves, and to practice making friends in this supportive and fun camp environment.

  • Accreditation:
    ACA
  • Camp size:
    85
  • Directors:
    Doug Smathers
  • Founded:
    1980
  • Gender:
    Co-Educational
  • Maximum age:
    22
  • Minimum age:
    6
  • Nearest city:
    Hendersonville, NC
  • Season opens:
    June 12, 2020
  • Season closes:
    August 13, 2020

Activities

  • Swimming
  • Fishing
  • Rock Climbing
  • Technical Tree Climbing
  • Arts & Crafts
  • Science
  • Nature Studies
  • Hiking
  • Games
  • Archery
  • Slingshots
  • Zip Lining
  • Horses
  • High Ropes Course
  • Waterfalls
  • Canoeing
  • Geocache
  • Gem Mining
  • Carnival
  • Talent Shows


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