Food, Glorious Food!

“Manners make a person nice to know.”  Or rather I should clarify that good manners make a person nice to know!  And at Illahee, one area that we practice kindness and putting others first -is in Tilley Lodge, our dining hall.  I figure that the community spends about three hours a day gathered in the … Continued

The Cabin is a Family

opening day cabin picture

Cabin life is a big part of the Camp Illahee experience.  We like to think of the cabin group as a “family at camp.”  When a camper arrives on opening day, Kris greets her at the gate with her cabin assignment. Girls are often full of emotion as they hop out of their car to … Continued

Homesick and Happy

letters rock!

Had someone told me that I would be a camp director, I never would have believed it.  I would have had difficulty imagining such an incredible job with its Peter Pan like existence. The counselors aren’t exactly the “lost boys,” but living for 25 years among college students and campers does lead to a prolonged … Continued

An Attitude of Gratitude

Camper thank you note

Yesterday I was opening the mail that had piled up last week while we were all away at the American Camp Association Conference in New Orleans.   I opened a hand drawn Illahee pine branch with Thank You on the front.  The letter from our 5th grade camper began,  Dear Camp Illahee Staff…..Thank you…. Every day at … Continued

Alumnae Reunion Registration Opens March 2nd!

90th Alumnae reunion

Camp Illahee alumnae (who are over 21) are invited to return to the heavenly world for the weekend of May 29th!  Plan to arrive between three and five on Friday to begin a festive weekend!   Delicious meals will be served in Tilley Lodge. Evening programs include skits, camp movies, songs around the campfire and time … Continued

Crowds of Happy Campers!

Raleigh camper show

Laurie and Gretchen visited campers, counselors and even a few alumnae in 6 cities in the last  week!  Laurie enjoyed five flights on her tour (and four airlines) starting in Dallas on Sunday and then travelling to Houston, Tampa, and Mobile returning to camp on Saturday.  Gretchen elected to drive the “bus-burban” across state making stops … Continued

The Hunger Games and Our own “Sundae Games”

Camp Illahee is set in the quiet town of Brevard, NC and those of you who have been to camp here know how fun it is to walk down Main Street and visit our shops and enjoy grilled cheese sandwiches and ice cream sundaes at Rocky’s old fashioned soda counter.  There is a definite buzz … Continued

Leadership Summit in the Heavenly!

  Several Illahee counselors travelled to camp for a “Heavenly World” planning and training session.  Heads of Hill and CIT mom,  along with other camp leaders and counselors extraordinaire  spent a recent weekend “brainstorming” for the upcoming summer. New plans for choice period and cabin adventure were discussed as well as fun twists to evening … Continued

Welcome, Dave!

The New Year has brought Dave Hartsock to our year round team.  Illahee campers have known Dave for the past seven summers as Illahee’s fantastic tennis director. After Christmas, Dave moved to Brevard from Dayton Ohio where he had been teaching and coaching high school boys and girls tennis.  Dave is thrilled to be working … Continued