Aspenfire Division

Aspenfire is our rising 7th and 8th-grade division at NCDC. Campers entering 7th & 8th grade get the best of what camp has to offer while also working together to learn social-emotional and community-building skills, create and lead some special activities for their fellow campers and TumbleRoot (our youngest campers), and prepare themselves for the opportunity to work as counselors at NCDC in future summers. They’ll also swim daily and participate in our many unit activities.

Questions? Email our Program Director, Justin Perkins, at

Social + Emotional
In 2021, Aspenfire will depart from the ‘leadership’ focus of previous years, and instead engage in a reflection-based development of individual identity, interpersonal relationship skills and community-building. Each Monday and Friday morning, Aspenfire campers will participate in a conversation/activity session dedicated to Social/Emotional Learning.
TumbleRoot Field Day
Each week, Aspenfire campers will conceive and organize a field-day activity for NCDC’s youngest campers. They will work closely with Aspenfire leaders, the Tumbleroot division staff, and our Program Specialists to create fun, age-appropriate experiences and develop the skills for communication, empathy, flexibility, and other-centeredness required for creating programming and working with young campers.

A Typical Aspenfire Schedule

  • Morning Community-Building
  • Leadership activity
  • Instructional Swim
  • Unit Activity
  • Lunch
  • Free Swim
  • Unit Activity
  • Bus Lines and Dismissal