Spotlight: Camp Glen Arden

Camp Glen Arden is a girls camp located in the Blue Ridge Mountains in Zirconia, NC. I spoke with camp director Erin Graham, who provided insights on what makes the program tick, and counselor Rachel Stukenborg, who explained what makes summer camp so impactful.

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Spotlight: Camp Rockmont

Rockmont is very intentional about designing programs that address each stage of a boy’s development. Activities and lessons are specifically geared to enhance emotional, spiritual, and physical growth. The goal is to help create “whole people.”

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Spotlight: Camp Ton-A-Wandah

This camp is nestled along one side of the lake, with a mountain rising on the other. You immediately feel cozy and protected. Girls are encouraged to have fun and focus on becoming who they want to be.

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Spotlight: Falling Creek Camp

My first thought upon arriving was, “Now this is camp.” To get to Falling Creek you meander up a long gravel road, which makes you feel like you’re heading into the backcountry. After passing a few outbuildings the road opens up to a parking area with an expansive view of the lake. The main building is reminiscent of a national park lodge, complete with round wood post railings. The setting implies “rustic yet grand."

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Spotlight: Merri-Mac & Timberlake

Director Adam Boyd believes there is a lot of value in single gender camps. Boys and girls approach new experiences differently. Girls tend to make friends first and then become more adventurous when they feel like they belong. Boys are more likely to dive right in and try everything regardless, and ultimately make connections through the activities.

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The Best Age to Start Overnight Camp: Younger is Better

If you google “best age for overnight camp” or “is my child ready for sleepaway camp,” you’ll find a slew of blog posts from various parenting websites.  Most of them include the caveat that every child is different. Meaning there is no perfect age to send your child off to a cabin in the woods to be cared for by a teenager. For some it’s Six, for others it’s Never. I have one of each in my family.

However, experts say that younger kids do better. Find out why.

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When Should I Register for Overnight Camp?

The answer is Now. Run, do not walk, to that online application.

Registration for overnight camps is a little crazy. Some camps ask you to sign up for next year when you pick your kids up. Many popular camps in North Carolina are already running a waitlist in September.

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