Challenge Faced. Confidence Built.

staff and camper on a sunny day at riding

As a counselor, there is nothing more exciting to me than helping a camper overcome a challenge. Camp is such an incredible place to push our physical boundaries. We want to carefully and thoughtfully encourage our campers to stretch their comfort zones. By doing this, campers start to recognize their potential for growth. As they … Continued

Our Woodland Chapel

rainbow clad campers pose before competing in the Illahee Olympics

Our Woodland Chapel is one of my favorite places on camp. It’s neck and neck with our campfire ring…and we gather in both as a full camp each Sunday…the Woodland Chapel for worship, and the campfire ring to bring each week to a close as a community. I like campfire because it’s nestled in a natural bowl a … Continued

The Biggest Benefit of All?

camper in pink holding tortiose

There have been plenty of predictions over the years of the demise of summer camp. It is a uniquely American tradition after all, and lots of things have come up over those same years to compete for a child’s time. I remember attending a conference in the late eighties where some of my peers actually felt threatened by the … Continued

A Counselor’s Excitement for the BEST Summer Ever!

sparks finally all together again!

Long time camper and counselor, Ann, shares her feelings about camp opening for the summer Each year we kick off staff orientation by watching the previous summer’s highlight video. The video shows campers dancing at County Fair, swinging from the Tarzan rope into the lake, smashing volleys on the tennis courts and hugging their counselors, … Continued

Opening Day- Orientation Has Begun!

Illahee activity leaders

Happy Memorial Day! Illahee’s season has begun!  It’s “opening day” -the start of staff orientation.  There is a buzz of energy and a few butterflies as new and returning counselors drive into camp.  Our week will be spent with team building, moving into cabins, activity training and even evening programs. (Yes, we will go to … Continued

New Resource for Travelling to Camp!

Illahee families have a helpful new resource for planning their trip to camp.  Laurie Strayhorn met recently with local Brevard Chamber representatives and a few area camp directors to give input for a new section to the  Visit Waterfalls  website.  The result is the Camp Family page designed especially for campers and parents.  It is … Continued

Illahee Girls Become Activity Leaders

Camp is fresh and green with the azalea and dogwood in full bloom.  Newton has begun his summer rounds and is now wet most of the day. Sensing camp around the corner, he has a spring in his 12-year-old step!  I love this time of year and seeing our counselor team come together.  We have … Continued

A Tradition of New Activities

Girl giving thumbs up on rockclimbing course

It is a TRADITION at Camp Illahee to offer something NEW.  Each year we evaluate the needs and interests of campers.  Recent seasons have seen the addition of a Trips Hiking program along with Faith and Fellowship for 8th graders and up.  The Hannah Ford Farm activity at Illahee’s nearby 65 acre outpost on the … Continued

Thunderstorms and Excitement for the Summer!

An unexpected thunderstorm yesterday reminded me of our summer rest hour showers.   It’s unusual to have a “frog strangler” in February.  Only now, the rain keeps us inside in the office huddled around our space heaters, instead of outside splashing through the puddles with the campers. Earlier this month Gretchen, Dave, and Lindsey loaded up … Continued

The Results Are In!

Camp is really good for kids!

Camp Illahee families participated in a Youth Outcomes Study conducted by Clemson University and sponsored by the NCYCA.  Illahee was one of nineteen private independent camps included and had the highest participation rate!  55% of our camp families took part in last summer’s survey. (The overall parent response was 24%). Thank you Illahee parents!  Your … Continued