Camp Crinkleroot

Camp Crinkleroot is a free day camp for children on the Autism Spectrum or with a similar disorder, sponsored by Appalachian State University's Appalachian Institute for Health and Wellness.

Camp Crinkleroot is offered twice a year – once in the fall and once in the spring.

Camp Information

Camp Crinkleroot Spring 2024 is now full. If you would like your child added to the waitlist, please proceed with completing the registration form. If anyone drops out, we will get back in touch with you ASAP!

Register here

Fall Camp

Ages: 8-18

Date: TBD 2024

Camp Crinkleroot's fall camp is a one-day activity-based camp for ages 8-18 held on the campus of Appalachian State University and the Beaver College of Health Sciences. Fall Camp Crinkleroot is focused on developing communication and social skills-- activities are tailored to priority needs for each camper. The themed  activities throughout the day are interactive, creative and highly fun. 

Spring Camp

Ages: 8-14

Dates: April 12 -14, 2024

Camp Crinkleroot's spring camp is a weekend day camp during the month of March or April for ages 8-14. Spring Camp Crinkleroot is about building friendships through recreational and creative activities. Spring camp offers a typical camp experience for children in the community and includes activities such as camp songs and skits, group interactive games, treasure hunts and lots of free play. Siblings are invited to attend spring camp to give parents time off while their kids enjoy supervised and engaging activities!

Download the Spring 2024 Camp Crinkleroot flyer (PNG) 

Register for Camp Crinkleroot

Ready to sign up for Crinkleroot? Please complete a Camp Crinkleroot Application 

There are no fees to participate in the Camp Crinkleroot, however, pre-registration is required and space is limited.

We look forward to meeting you!

Location and Contact Information

Fall Camp Crinkleroot Location

Leon Levine Hall
Appalachian State University
1179 State Farm Road
Boone, NC 28607

Spring Camp Crinkleroot Location

Boone Optimist Club House
1012 State Farm Road
Boone, NC 28607


For questions or more information about Camp Crinkleroot, please reach out to Mary Sheryl Horine at 828-262-7557 or

Camp Staff

Both Fall and Spring Camp Crinkleroot are staffed by trained App State student volunteers and faculty members.

Each camper will be paired one-to-one with a counselor throughout the camp day.

Camp groups will participate in a variety of activities including indoor and outdoor recreational activities, expressive arts activities, group interaction games, a campfire (spring), riding the AppalCart (fall) and other fun camp activities.

All activities at Crinkleroot will be modified to provide a fun and enriching weekend for each individual camper.

We are looking for current App State students to help staff Camp Crinkleroot!

Individual students can serve as one-to-one buddies for campers or choose to be assigned to plan and lead activites.

Is your Group interested in volunteering? We welcome you to contact Heidi Tait at taithr@appstate .edu to learn more about how your group can plan and implement an awesome and meaningful camp activity.

Spring 2024 Camp Schedule

Friday April 12: 5:30-7:00pm Family Potluck
Saturday April 13: Camper Drop off: 10:00am / Camper Pick up: 2:30pm
Sunday April 14: Camper Drop off: 1:30pm / Camper Pick up: 4:30pm
(parents are invited to the Camp Crinkleroot Show at 3:45pm)