Happy New Year – Camp Style

Two campers reunite on opening day

It’s the beginning of a new season at Illahee- summer #97# BESTSUMMEREVER. A few years ago, we defined this time of year as the Busy Buzz of May! Our riding director, Sellers, arrives next Wednesday to wrangle the horses; Lifeguards take their first slide down the Streak on Thursday. Van drivers and trips’ staff will … Continued

Leading Lady

One of my favorite things about being Illahee’s newest guest blogger is I get to write about certain people who are not always mentioned in the updates, mostly because they are writing them. So April’s blog features camp director, Laurie Strayhorn- affectionately known as “mom”. If you know our family well, you also know our running … Continued

Roots That Grow

Campers enjoy campfire

It’s about time to dust off those trunks! Camp has been a bustle of activity in the last few weeks. I am not sure if it’s the sprouting of the daffodils and spring’s premature arrival, or just the anticipation of the best summer ever, but the team is full speed ahead. From bunk- bed making … Continued

Introducing…

Illahee's newest pup

It has taken us a week to choose a name for our newest camp “pup.” Ideas ranged from Fig, Sir Isaac, Squirrel, Scout, Buddy, Rufus, to Ranger, Pooh, Sunny, Oliver. So many Camp Illahee options! Gardner picked him up in Kentucky last Friday, and until yesterday, he has been “pup.” While updating the Illahee History, … Continued

Cold Feet Leads to Growth

Campers in tree at Hannah Ford Farm

Yesterday in our weekly directors’ meeting we shared recent conversations that we have been having with camp parents. We love the process of connecting with them and hearing about their girls.  Many of them need the reassurance that camp offers a wonderful opportunity for their daughter to build her confidence and resilience.  Pre-camp jitters (for … Continued

Take time to…PLAY!

Illahee Campers On the Verge of a Water Fight

Since our last post, a new year has come and is quickly moving along. Apart from camp prep, this month has me deep in the throes of “toddler-dom”. Brook s, my spirited offspring, turned three on Christmas day. It was quite a day- also celebrating my mom, Laurie’s birthday, and most importantly our Risen King. … Continued

Merry and Bright!

Brooks helps decorate!

I woke up at 5 this morning to drop Gardner off at the Asheville airport for an early flight to NYC. She is spending the day with a group of young camp directors and Bob Ditter. The group meets monthly to develop leadership strategies and to discuss themes from books like Give and Take and … Continued