Final Night Brings Tears, Laughter, Reminiscing…

A Camper Holds a Wish Boat candle on the last night of camp.

Adolescence for girls is a roller coaster…and camp is an anchor. It’s not the only anchor, but it’s a powerful one in the tempest of teen years. It struck me on Father’s Day how important it is for dads to keep their head in the game when raising daughters…dads are key. You should be that … Continued

Be A GREAT Girl!

Two campers make homemade ice cream with their counselor.

If we were selling a product, Be a Great Girl would be our tagline. We have it incorporated into signs on every hill, in the architecture (bottom of the dining hall doors), and even in a hashtag #bagg that is used as a reminder like I used to say every time Gardner or Turner left … Continued

Dreaming of Camp!

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I woke up this morning still in disbelief that we had already begun the Four- Week and Mini One sessions. June flew by, and it doesn’t seem possible that we welcomed 280 new campers through the gates yesterday! I wasn’t the only one with these feelings; yesterday during lunch I ran into a long time … Continued

Ready for Campers!

The 2018 season opened last weekend with lifeguard training, van driving and the arrival of all the staff on Monday.  We are well into the week and the counselors are enjoying ice cream and crafting door dec’s in the dining hall.  I just said good night to the camp moms who came to be on … Continued

April Showers Bring…EXCITEMENT!

This month’s mantra, “April showers…” has been broken and we have now had 72 hours of sunshine! Despite waking up to freezing temps, we are singing praises. The Heavenly World is a-bloom and looks beautiful. After a month of grey mist, the trees and grass have reaped the benefits and are greener than ever. The … Continued

Illahee Magic!

We are March-ing towards camp at a rapid speed and can hardly believe we are a short three months away! Temperatures have not quite warmed up and Brooks, my four-year-old, took an accidental dip into the canoe lake last weekend, and emphatically stated, “feels good!” I don’t think it’s quite Splash ready… The office has … Continued

For the love of…COOKIES!!!

We all love the delicious chocolate chip cookies served at Sunday evening cookouts, on opening days, and at camp picnics in between.  The CIT’s and JC’s are lucky enough to grab them out of the oven before serving them.  A definite comfort food, cookies are part of the Illahee tradition that links us summer after … Continued

Let The Countdown Begin!

Like the many of you, we at Camp Illahee are starting the new year with freezing temperatures. Camp is beautiful now with the frozen swim lake – ice skating might be our new camp activity. After nearly two weeks of holiday schedules, I woke up to a surprisingly loud alarm clock this morning and rolled … Continued