June 12- July 23

ASCENDERs get a unique experience while at MountainCamp. As this is a Leadership Experience, applications are required. Campers should be 16 - 17 years old (rising 10th - 12th graders).


Starting in 1981, the ASCENDERs (All Summer Campers Exploring Nature's Delights and Experiencing Recreation) program allows for older youth to give back to our camp and conference center through work study in each Mountain department, gaining experience in our larger community through volunteer work and enjoying nature's splendor on the beautiful Highlands Plateau. The ASCENDER campers will begin their all-summer experience working with the ASCENDER mentor to learn about each department of The Mountain, discovering their passion and potential along the way. For the last week of their summer, ASCENDERS will join campers from the CIT program for an OSA-style out-trip to celebrate their work and to debrief their experience. By the end of 6 weeks each camper will have earned over 100 hours of work service while also enjoying time for relaxing by rivers, hiking to record peaks, and rafting the thrilling Nantahala river.


Space is limited for ASCENDERS. Applications and references should be completed no later than March 15th to be considered. Applicants may be contacted for a phone interview. Program participants will be chosen no later than March 31st. We are holding spaces in the Senior High Camp for anyone who does not get accepted into the ASCENDER or CIT program.


  • Program runs: June 12 – July 23, 2022

  • Application opens: January, 2022

  • Application deadline: March 15, 2022

  • Programs start on Sunday and ends on Saturday

  • Camper check-in is 1:00 – 3:00 PM on first day of the program

  • Pick up campers at the end of program at 10:00 AM – 12:00 noon


  • $1540 per camper

  • Standard Deposit (non-refundable): $300 per camper registration

  • Full payment of all registration fees due: June 1, 2021

Savings & Discounts

  •  5% family discount for second sibling registered

  •  10% family discount for third sibling registered

  • $50 referral credit for New Campers. Both campers will receive $50 credit when all registration is complete. (Must fill out referral form and complete registration before April 30th)

  • In our application system, choose the ASCENDER application period.

  • All fields must be filled out to submit the application. Campers who are accepted into the program will be registered by The Mountain to set up payment and fill out required forms for attendance.