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

A New Pulpit for The Woodland Chapel!

New Pulpit for Woodland Chapel

Illahee is celebrating its 95th summer during the 2015 season and we are gearing up for BIG Fun! Plans are underway for an alumnae reunion weekend the last weekend of May and there will undoubtedly be plenty of “birthday” fun throughout the summer. Whether planning a reunion or planning to attend a reunion, the word … Continued

Junior Camp Celebrates 10th Season!

Junior campers gear up for the zipline

This season we’ll be celebrating Illahee’s 95th anniversary and the 10th year of the Junior Session!  Since 2005, the last week of the camp season has brought some of the most excited campers to Illahee!  These campers have been counting down the days to the session and for many, it is their first week away … Continued

Illahee Family Dresses Up

Campers dress up everyday at camp

What is it about the magic of Halloween?  I’ve never been much for ghosts and goblins, but I loved waiting in line to vote today next to a five year old fireman.  Gretchen’s son, Ezra has been wearing his Star Wars ARFtrooper costume since his birthday earlier this month, and last Sunday we hiked up … Continued

Waking Up to Snow!

What a surprise! We knew there was some wet stuff in the forecast, but with a high of 52 expected today, we certainly did not think it would be snow! As you cuddle up with your books, or trudge off to class, take a minute and enjoy some of your favorite camp spots all covered … Continued