Roots in Education enriches long-time Lake Junaluska Day Camp

By Lake Junaluska Center | Jun 15, 2014

By Melanie Threlkeld McConnell

Lake Junaluska Day Camp just got a whole lot more fun.

Roots in Education has joined with Lake Junaluska to offer educational enrichment-based programming for the Lake’s long-running summer day camp. Roots, which provides year-round educational after-school care and tutoring, is housed at Lake Junaluska throughout the school year.

The partnership is a perfect fit, said Angel Benson, director of Roots. “We are so excited to have this opportunity to introduce our educational enrichment program into the Lake Junaluska Day Camp,” Benson said. “It’s such a natural way to help children continue their education when school ends, without sacrificing their summer fun.”

The day camp accepts children from sixth months of age to those who are rising sixth graders. The day camp is open from 7:45 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Friday and will run June 16 through Aug. 15 at the Wilson Children’s Complex, 21 Shackford Hall Road, Lake Junaluska. Children can attend full-day ($40 per child) or half-day ($20 per child) sessions. A ten percent discount is offered for families with two or more children registering.

Weekly rates are $150 for five days; $590 per month, or $1,100 for the entire summer session. There also is a $50 registration fee.

“Our tutoring services through Roots are still going on throughout the summer for all students up to high school age,” Benson said.

For day camp participants, each school-age child will have an individual educational enrichment plan to help prepare them for the next school year, Benson said. Mornings will be spent engaged in educational opportunities, while afternoons will be filled with swimming, music, art, field trips and other enrichment offerings.

Each of the nine week sessions will have a different theme, Benson said, with coordinated field trips and activities. Field trips include a visit to the Nature Center in Asheville, July 8 ($5); Oconaluftee Visitors Center and Grist Mill near Cherokee, July 10 ($7); Biltmore House and Antler Village, Asheville, July 15 ($25); Folkmoot Parade, July 18 ($5); Cowee Mountain Ruby Mine, July 22 ($5) and Cataloochee Valley, July 29 ($5).

Money for any of the field trips is due June 27, Benson said.

To register, call Benson at 400.4841, email her at or stop by the office at the Wilson’s Children’s Complex, 21 Shackford Hall Road (near the pool) at Lake Junaluska.


* Melanie Threlkeld McConnell is a freelance writer, former AP newswoman, editor and media consultant based in Waynesville, NC.