CAMPS AND RECREATION
The Bald Head Island Conservancy conducts a wide range of outstanding children’s camps throughout the summer. Budding Naturalists, a camp for children age 4-6, gives kids a chance to catch bugs and critters, hold snakes and make island-oriented arts and crafts. For rising 2nd-6th graders who want to get out and experience nature on Bald Head Island, Junior Scientists is perfect. Kayaking, nature hikes, crabbing and shell collecting are only a few of the activities available. Kids will learn about sea turtles, plant and animal identification and Bald Head Island’s unique ecosystem.
Conservancy Corps gives tweens and teens age 11-14 a great way to get involved with the Conservancy’s efforts to protect Bald Head Island. Campers split their time between the field and lab, collecting data and analyzing it to help further the Consevancy's research.
The Shoals Club’s Recreation Department offers a variety of family friendly activities throughout the season including family movies, volleyball and bocce tournaments, games around the pool and tie-dying t-shirts.
The Bald Head Island Club offers a fun, safe and individualized summer camp program for children 5-12 years old. Camps include weekly golf and tennis instruction, daily swimming, arts and crafts, indoor and outdoor games, team activities, movies and field trips. The Club also offers Junior Golf Camps and Junior Tennis Programs throughout the summer.
All About Art offers a variety of art programs for kids of all ages, including a half-day art camp and drawing, photography and basked weaving classes. Mermaid and dragon painting classes are ideal for older children, while "precious impressionists" is geared toward younger kids. Private classes are also available. All About Art offers adult classes throughout the year as well.
In addition to hikes, kayaking trips and birding adventures, the Bald Head Island Conservancy offers a wide range of kid and family-friendly programs. Sea Turtle Patrol lets you ride along with Conservancy staff or interns as they patrol the beach for nesting sea turtles.
You can join Conservancy staff at the Village Creek Access on North Bald Head Wynd to learn about crabbing and cast netting. Crab lines, bait, cast nets, tips and tricks, and a lesson in the importance of marsh ecology are included. Explore the darker side of Bald Head Island with the Bald Head After Dark program and learn about active nightlife on the island – bats, frogs, toads, alligators, fireflies and more. Other programs offered by the Conservancy include birding, island nature tours, touch tank time, sea turtle movie screenings and more. Hours, prices and availability vary.