let the countdown begin!
To help you and your daughter prepare for camp, we’ve created this page with much of the information you’ll need. Click through the sections below and if you don’t find what you’re looking for, please contact our office at (828) 883-2181 or send us an email. We look forward to hearing from you!
The first step toward having a fun, stress-free summer at Illahee is sitting down with your daughter and helping to put her in an enthusiastic frame of mind as she sets out to spend a summer at camp. (It’s usually not hard!)
- Heighten your daughter’s interest by pointing out some of the exciting things about a summer at Illahee. These may include activities, special events and new friends.
- Introduce your daughter to other children in your community who will be attending camp. The camp representative in your hometown can help facilitate this.
- Familiarize yourself and your daughter with the camp environment and daily routine.
- Though we’re apt to paint a bright, promising picture of an ideal camp experience, it’s important not to gloss over the not-so glamorous realities of rustic living. There will be bugs in the shower house, frogs making noise at night, cool nights, rainy days and the occasional splinter or bug bite. These incidents should not surprise a first-time camper.
- Prepare your child to take care of herself. Have her spend a weekend with a friend or a relative. Encourage her to make her bed and set the table.
- Speak openly about homesickness before camp. Once your daughter understands that homesickness is normal and natural, she may accept it with less anxiety. Let her know that if she does experience homesickness, she won’t be alone. In fact, she’ll soon discover that camp is filled with experts on the subject! Occasionally, in an effort to ease pre-camp “butterflies,” a family member will suggest that if a child is not happy at camp, a call home or early pick-up will be arranged. Please do not make this mistake! Although expressed with the best intentions, it is not helpful to the camper, and makes adjusting to camp more difficult. Positive family support gives your daughter the tools she needs to make the camp transition a successful and valuable growth experience. In the end, you can assure her that she will make a speedy and complete recovery from the homesick blues and have a great experience.
WHAT TO BRING
All medications are required to arrive at camp in blister packaging. Blister Packs are a specific type of unit-dose containers based on the time of administration. We use weekly packs with four different times (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, and Bedtime) for medication administration. Please note that we prefer to administer any medication after Breakfast when possible. ALL medication, prescription or over-the counter, vitamins and supplements, taken by the camper on a daily basis, and not in a liquid, cream, or inhaled form needs to be brought to camp in blister packaging. Any medication taken on an as-needed (PRN) basis does not need to arrive in blister packaging. Blister packs must be filled by a pharmacy and have a prescription label. All medications, whether prescription or over-the-counter, must have a prescription (prescription label) or a note from a licensed provider with the name, dose, and dosing instructions. There is a space to do this on the Physician Exam form for your convenience. Blister packaging can be done through our local Brevard pharmacy, Gordon’s Family Pharmacy, or at home through your local pharmacy (It has been our experience that large chains such as CVS or Walgreens do not offer this service, so please plan accordingly). Please allow time before camp to plan and prepare your daughter’s medications so she has what she needs on opening day. If you choose to use Gordon’s Family Pharmacy, please submit the required paper work 3-weeks before your session.
Electronic items are not welcome at camp. The rustic setting is specifically designed to allow campers to come into close contact with nature. Activities, evening programs, and socializing with friends provide ample entertainment. Laptops, iPod, go pros and other electronic toys should be left at home. All wireless devices, including cell phones, apple watches, fitbits and wireless-capable cameras, are prohibited.
FIREARMS AND FLAMMABLES
In keeping with the standards set by the American Camping Association and following commonsense practices for the safety of the community, campers, counselors and parents may not have private firearms, knives or other flammables on camp property or stored in vehicles on the property. Likewise please do not bring flammable items such as fireworks, sparklers, incense or candles to camp.
The “Ship’s Store” is a camp store where campers may purchase necessary items such as soap, flashlights, and stationery. Campers may also purchase Camp Illahee items such as pens, clothing, and water bottles or snacks (granola bars or crackers). We recommend that each camper have the $100.00 deposited into her “Ship’s Store” account before camp starts. For the Junior session there is no deposit needed since the store is only open during the opening and closing days of the session. The week after closing day, you will receive either a refund or notice of the amount due for any amount over the sum of $5.00. Campers do not need to bring cash to camp; anything needed or purchased will be charged to their Ship’s Store account. Valuable jewelry, CD collections and electronic toys should be left at home. Camp Illahee cannot be held responsible for lost items.
Please limit your daughter’s baggage to one standard size trunk (approximately 32″ wide and 15″ high). Trunks this size fit under our bunks, allowing more space in the cabin. Trunks may be brought to camp in your car or shipped via your preferred courier service to:
500 Illahee Road
Brevard, NC 28712
Place a vintage Camp Illahee trunk sticker, which can be downloaded and printed here, on your child’s trunk to help us identify it.
Please Note: Though representative of the classic summer camp experience, a heavy footlocker is not always the best option for summer camp. Illahee girls are provided plenty of storage space for their things. As such, we encourage parents to consider packing lighter, more manageable plastic containers and soft-sided trunks. This is a good one.
Required forms for each camper
Health Information Form – To complete this form, please use the personalized link which will be sent to you in a mid March email.
Physician’s Form 2021 – This form is for you to print, have your daughter’s physician sign and then send to camp!
Gordon’s Pharmacy Medication Form– *NEW FOR 2021 – Blister Packs Required!* If your daughter will be taking medications at camp and you choose to use our local pharmacy, print, complete and fax this form directly to Gordon’s Family Pharmacy!
2021 Health Monitor Form – This form is for you to print and complete during the 8 days prior to your daughters arrival to camp. Please have it in the car, along with a negative PCR test, to give to the directors at drop off.
Illahee Swim Levels – *Note* – ALL campers take swimming until they pass level six. On opening day we will determine which level is correct for your daughter. If your daughter is a proficient swimmer and would like to test out of swimming, have a certified instructor test her and then complete this form before coming to camp!
Head Lice Prevention (you know about this from school, but here’s some good information about looking for these rascals) Please note that we engage professional nit-pickers (really) to check every camper’s head upon arrival. If a case is found, these good folks will charge you directly for removal. PLEASE check your camper before camp!
Health Center Information – Helpful especially to those bringing medication to camp.
Camp Illahee Songbook Practice those camp songs before you get to camp!
Opening Day at camp is an exciting time as campers meet their counselors and cabinmates. Campers will be assigned arrival times between 9 and 11:45. Please plan for your daughter to arrive at her designated time on Sunday.
- Check the handbook for last minute packing ideas (stamps and pre-addressed envelopes, etc.).
- Inform family and friends of the no package policy.
- Please email or call directors prior to camp with any issues or concerns. Any recent developments or special instructions for the cabin counselor can also be emailed to a director to be shared with the cabin counselor or camp nurse as needed.
- Bring prescription medication in the prefilled blister packs to be turned in at the medication station; PRN medication should be in a Ziplock bag and clearly labeled with the camper’s name.
- Please review head lice information. Please note that we engage a professional service to screen campers for lice upon arrival.
- If flying, please be sure unaccompanied minor forms have been filled out and prepaid and that the flight information has been communicated to Lindsey.
- Please leave your daughter’s cell phone and any valuables at home. We prefer not to store a camper’s phone at camp unless she needs it to fly home..
- Thanks for your help. This is going to be the “best summer ever”!
2021 Opening Day Process
Please arrive in your daughter’s assigned “window” to allow her to join her cabin group and counselor and head up to the cabin all together. If you need to arrive at a time other than this, please email Lindsey.
Only campers and well-organized luggage will exit the car this summer! Please leave siblings, pets, and extra passengers at home if possible…or drop them off to check out awesome downtown Brevard while one parent makes the drop off. This is crucial to allow us to establish our “bubble”!
All cars will be directed to the second gate (exit) at camp where campers and any other occupants will be temperature screened while in the car. Please have the completed 8-day Health Monitor Form and proof of a negative PCR test (taken within 5 days of camp) in the front seat to give to the screeners. These are your tickets for entry into camp. Any campers without these 2 items will be directed to our local urgent care center for a PCR COVID test.
After screening, you will receive the cabin assignment and two luggage labels. There will be a drive by station for dropping off medications. Please have those in the front seat ready as well.
You’ll be directed to your camper’s unloading area so that she can hop out of the car to meet her counselor and start her amazing summer at Illahee! We ask that parents remain in the car to expedite the process.
Please keep in mind the follow to help with a smooth transition:
- Parents please stay in the car. Please limit any additional passengers.
- Please be organized. Pack for camp in two duffel bags or a trunk and duffel. Have all items easily accessible in the trunk of your car. Campers will carry their pillow and a day pack up to the cabin.
- Thank you for having all prescription medications pre-filled by a pharmacist in blister packs. Any PRN medication should be in a zip lock bag and clearly labeled with your camper’s name and dispensing instructions and ready to turn in at the nurse’s station.
- Families with siblings should plan to arrive during the younger sibling’s assigned time. Email Lindsey if this is not possible.
- The 8-day health monitor form and negative PCR proof must be turned in prior to entry into camp.
- Please leave camper cell phones and valuables at home.
furry FAMILY MEMBERS
If pets are brought with families on opening day, they must be kept on a leash at all times. If you have an aggressive pet, please keep them in the car (with windows cracked) on opening day. Staff members may not bring personal pets to camp.
The Illahee program provides an extraordinary opportunity for campers to gain the self-reliance, self-confidence, and independence important to a young girl’s development. Visits from parents and relatives can interrupt the camp program and interfere with the camper’s progress. We highly recommend that parents visit camp on opening and closing days of the camp session only. At this time, parents are encouraged to meet the staff and view the camp facility. The week before camp and the day between sessions are busy planning days and are not convenient times for visits.
Closing day might look different for 2021, stay tuned!
During the last week at Illahee, campers and staff finish up activities and participate in various closing events, culminating in our Final Night Banquet and Campfire. These ceremonies are designed to help each camper evaluate and appreciate all that she has accomplished at camp. They bring closure to the entire camp experience. We strongly discourage campers from departing before closing day.
Please make arrangements to pick your daughter up between 9:00 a.m. and 11:00 a.m. on the closing Friday. When you arrive at camp, we will give you specific checkout procedures. Your most important tasks are seeing your daughter, meeting all her new friends, and helping her make it into the car with all of her belongings. Please keep ALL pets on a leash at ALL times.
Be prepared for a variety of emotions. Most likely, your child will be overjoyed to see you, yet sad about leaving her friends. For a first-time camper, these conflicting feelings can be especially confusing. It might help to remind your daughter that she can stay in touch with her friends and will see them next summer.
Camp Illahee is located just a few miles outside of downtown Brevard in the heart of Transylvania County, North Carolina. Long celebrated for its magnificent waterfalls, lush forests, and stunning mountain vistas, Transylvania County is a place of rare natural beauty with a rich musical heritage and a burgeoning arts and crafts community.
From the Atlanta area: Take I-85 North to SC state line. Take exit 1 (SC Visitor’s Center) and turn left onto Hwy 11. Follow Hwy 11 (about 32 miles) to a Marathon Station on the left. Turn left beside Marathon station onto N. Little River Road. Follow N. Little River Road until it dead-ends at Hwy 130 (Whitewater Falls Road). Turn left onto Hwy 130, which becomes Hwy 281 at the NC state line. Follow Hwy 281 to Hwy 64E and turn right. Follow Hwy 64E (about 15-18 miles) to Illahee Road (approximately 2 miles after Hwy 64 widens to four lanes). Turn right onto Illahee Road. Travel 1/2 mile to the camp entrance on the right.
From Asheville: From I-40, take I-26 S/E (Hendersonville/ Spartanburg exit). Take Exit 40 (Brevard/Asheville Regional Airport/Arden) and turn right from the I-26 Exit ramp onto Hwy 280W. Follow Hwy 280W past the airport to Brevard
(approximately 15 miles). Hwy 280 becomes Hwy 64W. Continue straight through Brevard on Hwy 64W. After you pass SavMor grocery store, turn left at the top of the hill onto Illahee Road. Travel 1/2 mile to the camp entrance on the right.
From Spartanburg: Take I-26 West to Hendersonville, NC. Exit 49B/Hwy 64W through Hendersonville. Follow Hwy 64W for about 18 miles; at the stoplight before the entrance to Pisgah Forest, follow Hwy 64W and turn left. Continue straight through Brevard on Hwy 64W. After you pass SavMore grocery store, turn left at the top of the hill onto Illahee Road. Travel 1/2 mile to the camp entrance on the right.
Camp Illahee provides free transport to and from the Asheville Regional Airport (AVL) for campers on opening day. Transportation to and from the Greenville-Spartanburg Airport (GSP) can also be provided with prior notice.
PLACES TO stay
As an increasingly popular destination for travelers, tourists, and outdoors enthusiasts, the Greater Illahee area offers a wide array of accommodations, ranging from rustic campsites to plush resort hotels.
For a complete list of places to stay around Illahee, browse through the Chamber’s brand-new, Illahee specific, Camper Parent Guide, call the Brevard Chamber of Commerce at 800-648-4523 or visit their website at visitwaterfalls.com.
things TO DO
Brevard and Transylvania County offer Illahee families far more than just a pretty address to send letters and drop off their daughters. Boasting 250 waterfalls and over 50% of its land protected as state and national forests, there is no lack of activity for explorers and nature-lovers of all skill levels. For more information, including interactive maps and details regarding activities ranging from competitive mountain biking to picnicking at a swimming hole, explore the Camper Parent Guide or go to visitwaterfalls.com.
For those whose idea of adventure sounds a little more like Rachmaninoff and a little less like whitewater rapids, the Brevard Music Festival hosts seven weeks of exceptional performances by the best and brightest in classical music and jazz. The complete schedule of performances, as well as ticketing information can be found at brevardmusic.org.
Historic downtown Brevard features one-of-a-kind shops, exceptional galleries and a host of excellent places to eat, drink, and be merry.
For more information about all the myriad things to discover in Transylvania County, go to visitwaterfalls.com.