Happy Fourth of July!

One of the best days of the summer- the fourth of July! It’s nearly 11 pm and I just got back from the farm and camp is quiet after a great day! It started early this morning with Rollins leading her staff on a horseback parade through camp singing songs and surprising girls before the … Continued

Resiliency is Key!

I’m listening to two of my favorite camp sounds as I sit down at the end of a great camp day…the pitter patter of the tail end of a much-needed rain passing through, and the sound of screen doors slamming with the happy sounds of Pineview girls getting ready for bed. There is laughter, banter … Continued

Sparks Version for Final Night!

Who isn’t a Taylor Swift fan? She’s been part of the fabric of Illahee since she came on the scene with her hit Tim McGraw around age fifteen. That was seventeen years ago. I think Taylor embodies a strong woman. She is smart, savvy, and not without struggles. She has been able to grow with … Continued

Country Club Saturday!

I am typing to the distant sound of the Macarena. DJ Dogg is here tonight and we are having the much-anticipated Illahee Prom, held in the best venue around- the Rec Lodge! Marcus, aka DJ Dogg, is a Brevard local and all around awesome guy who has been our beloved camp DJ for the past … Continued

The Campers are Coming!

I can pretty much count on waking up a minute or two either side of 6:00 am. It doesn’t matter whether I’m early to bed or stay up howling at the moon. Sometimes Laurie tries to game my internal clock by asking me what time I’m getting up, and then saying, “I’m setting an alarm … Continued

Marie Runs the Art Loeb Trail in a Day!

They’ve got grit! Last Saturday, Marie and three girl friends (including Janna Barton Carlson, Illahee trip leader and activity instructor since 2011) headed to Camp Daniel Boone at 5:30 a.m. to start their 30 mile through run on the Art Loeb Trail. They finished 10 1/2 hours later having covered 8000′ feet of elevation- an … Continued

Illahee Activities New and Old!

An Illahee girl in the 1940s might’ve spent her morning loading up golf clubs, bags, balls and tees to hit the links. She may have paddled in canoe formation but I’m doubtful she would’ve roped up to climb Looking Glass Rock or rolled a kayak in the lake. She may have hit tennis balls with … Continued

Winter Wonderland

With over 10″ of snow falling in Brevard on Sunday, we are enjoying a winter wonderland at camp. Besides plowing the driveways and shoveling the doorsteps, we’ve been bundled up and taking time to play on this sunny 20 degree day. Marie and Turner got their skis out to explore the farm. Laurie discovered that … Continued

A New Year Brings New Changes

We hope your family enjoyed the holidays and that you are welcoming 2022! January brings new energy at camp as we begin the countdown to summer. This week, we are saying good-bye to Lindsey Guye, who has been operations director and a year-round associate director since February 2014. Lindsey is moving to Nashville for a … Continued

Attitude of Gratitude

If you’re like me, the post-Thanksgiving let-down may be mixed with a few sighs of relief. I enjoy a routine, and am reminded of that after a full week of late nights catching up with family and endless feasting. I do love this holiday- there’s less pressure than Christmas and we’ve nailed down our family … Continued