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

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

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

Home for the Holidays!

Camp Counselros

Laurie and Gretchen wrapped up some pre-holiday travel last week in Columbia, SC, Richmond and Alexandria, VA.  There seemed to be added energy around the holiday festivities.  Laurie enjoyed a multi-generational camp gathering in Richmond and visited with recent staff members who work in the city as well as current University of Richmond counselors taking … 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

First Day of Activities Ends at the County Fair!

It was a blue ribbon day in the “heavenly”…one that the Chamber of Commerce would be proud to hang their hat on for all to see. It started off a little foggy again, but the riding staff who were feeding the horses, a few early morning staff joggers, and I may have been the only … Continued

The Summer 2012 has begun!

Yesterday we celebrated  Memorial Day with the arrival of  the 2012 camp staff !  After nine months of planning, the start of orientation is a welcome beginning to summer.  I have to admit, that I always get butterflies with camp’s opening and the flurry of last minute preparations and projects,  but after our first evening … Continued