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

Why Do We Have To Wait So Long ?

Lindsey and I traveled to our two largest camp towns, Atlanta and Charlotte, a few weeks ago.  We decided that early January is a great time for camp movies as we had 75 energetic camp girls at each show.  It’s fun to see junior counselors and older campers gather on the floor in a living … Continued

What a Way to Start 2016!

Our family’s New Year’s trip to the Grand Canyon jump started my goals for the new year as I had more revelations than resolutions! We joined siblings and cousins to hike into the base of the Grand Canyon and spend two nights at Phantom Ranch . Our group of 11 included 4 fit college students, … Continued

Oh, Give Thanks!

Camp show

As we enter this week of Thanksgiving, families and friends are pausing to be grateful. My uncle shared a New York Times editorial from last Sunday’s that starts, “Choose to be Grateful. It will Make You Happier.” In 26 years of camp directing, I’ve known many college students who spend their summers encouraging and loving … Continued

Can’t Wait To Be On The Road Again!

McLeod Lodge in the fall

We love this time of year. The leaves are turning at camp and the fall colors are beautiful! We’ve been watching Mary Lou’s transformation of the 2015 camp highlights video and are excited to take it on the road. Gretchen is heading to Nashville and Birmingham for our first camp shows of the season. Over … Continued