Skip to main content

Welcome to six days of summer that you’ll never forget! Because after all, hanging out around the local pool can’t compete with top mountain hike views or careening down a churning whitewater river.
For starters, you’ll live in a tent the entire time. Part of your week will be spent participating in exciting adventures at YMCA Camp Hanes. The other part will take place offsite, where new challenges await!
And, of course, all activities will be supervised by our trained and certified staff.
So check out each adventure, make your choice, and then look forward to sharing your amazing story once you’re back home by the pool.

Questions? Contact Amelia Johnson at

Backpacking Adventure (ages 13-15) $1,200 per session 

The Backpacking Adventure will be a 10 mile hike, over a two and a half day period, near Ashville on Sam’s Knob Loop. Sleeping under the stars out in the mountains after carrying your life on your back for the day is an awesome challenge! Campers will experience backpacking with their peers under the guidance of our staff and get to take in the true beauty of nature. Afterwards getting to come back to camp and join in on some traditional activities with their peers among traditional camp.

Backpacking 1: June 25-30 (lines up with traditional overnight session 2)

Backpacking 2:- July 9-14 (lines up with traditional overnight session 4)

Rafting/Caving Adventure (ages 13-15) $1,400 per session

Pack it up, everybody! From Monday through Wednesday evening, you’ll be offsite in Tennessee to raft down the Nolichucky River and explore Worley's Cave before returning to camp for the week to join in on some traditional activities. And once you’re back at YMCA Camp Hanes, you’ll get a kick out of more fun and challenging activities such as our Treetop Village, our Shotgun Range and our paintball course. No prior experience or equipment is necessary.

Rafting/Caving 1: July 23-28 (lines up with traditional overnight session 6)

Rafting Caving 2: July 30- August 4 (lines up with traditional overnight session 7)


Are you ready to try something new that’s both mentally and physically demanding? Are you comfortable with the outdoors? Okay, then! No prior experience or equipment is necessary.

Our Mission: "Helping all people reach their God-given potential in spirit, mind and body."