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Start Meeting our 2017 Staff

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We are excited to announce that many of our counselors from past summers will be returning again for our upcoming summer at Camp Merri-Mac! Our high number of returners  provide us with a strong foundation and uniquely dynamic, professional and knowledgeable staff each year.  While many other exceptional staff will also be joining our team, as of now here are some of the wonderful and talented women who will be around next summer to love and serve your daughters!

Andie Krispin

Anna Moon

Amy Jameson

Ari Jain

Aubrey Ann Grissom

Bailey Allen

Becca Morris

Catherine Hancock

Catherine McCoy

Elizabeth Chandler

Hunter willis

Kristie Garren

Lainey Goodwill

Laura McCoy

Libby Robinson

Maddy Mallory

Molly Callaway

Molly Kathryn Cornelius

Olivia Wiggins

Regan Wilson

Sarah Luecke

Sarah Kate Powell

Taylor Tamaccio

 

New Years Resolution for a Merri-Mac Girl

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We hope you all enjoyed the holiday season and that it was filled with great food, smiles, and those new amazing Merri-Mac Christmas shirts.  Our CITs are returning from the Costa Rica training program and the year round staff are cozying up to the heaters in the office- so I guess you could say all is well.  As we are graced with the fresh life of the new year we compiled a short but sweet New Year’s resolution list for any girl at camp. We hope you are inspired and maybe even make your own list for the summer! We cannot wait to have you.

A New Year’s Resolution List for every Merri-Mac girl in 2017

  1. Earn a bar or elective in an activity
  2. Hug Patti-O more
  3. Pet the Camp Puppies more
  4. Actually enjoy eating my s’more pocket instead of eating it in one bite
  5. Write encouraging notes to all the girls in my cabin
  6. Share my Tray-Po with a counselor
  7. Sing louder and stomp harder on my bench in Tucker Inn
  8. Make up a new tribe song
  9. Play with Tweedles during free time
  10. Win a cabin cake

Changing Seasons

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It is spectacular the way that camp transforms with the season of fall.  Leaves change seemingly overnight and  the lake is continually covered with ripples as the wind rushes across it.  Deer begin to graze on the quite grasses and acorns fall with a thud onto any surface that will boast their arrival.  The air conditioner is replaced with the heater and sweaters show their cozy faces on the office coat rack.  The changing season transform camp into a cozy wonderland of yellows and reds, crunching leaves and brisk breezes.  We celebrate the beauty that comes with the changing seasons and are given a momentary reminder to slow down and enjoy the day before us.  Fall at camp is a time to pause, and sing quietly to oneself a refrain from a favorite camp song

…Come and sit by my side if you love me

Do not hasten to bid me adieu

Just remember this place we call Merri-Mac

and the friends who have loved you so true…

We send all our love from camp to you on this lovely fall day at Merri-Mac. We cannot wait to have you back here!

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Lets get you Up to date on our Updates!

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I am sure you have all wondered at one point or another about what exactly goes on at Camp in these cold months of January.  With warm cups of coffee in hand, we are always moving forward on new projects around camp to help make your summer here the best few weeks of your life.   This week we laid new floors for a an update in Moonmist, Blue Heaven, and Little Dipper cabins!  We recently completed a new covered Pavillion on Mackys green and are in the works of giving a face lift to our pottery studio and DIY craft room.  Along side all these thing and many more, we spend our time counting down the days until you all arrive here at camp!  139, can’t wait.

Welcome to our Home

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There is a moment that I am sure you all know very well.  You have driven off of Merri-Mac’s property, your daughter has commenced her camp adventure, and the car is suddenly quiet. You drive straight onto the highway to head back to wherever home may be. But, what if, next time, instead of hitting the road and joining the melancholy hum of cars buzzing away, you stuck around for a while?

As we share our Merri-Mac home with your daughter, we also want to share our Black Mountain home with you!  In Black Mountain one is offered so many great local experiences that you can only find here in our lovely little town. So here it is, your 101 guide to our beautiful little town of Black Mountain.   So next summer, drop your daughter off, then stay awhile.

Dripolator Coffeehouse or Dynamite Roasting Company: These are two of our favorite local places to go and grab a quick warm cup of joe.  Delightful pastries and of course locally roasted coffee beans fill the air in these two cozy shops.  On any given day, you are likely to see some of our staff resting while on their day off.  

Montreat Trails: Just up the road from camp you can find the historic Montreat Gate.  Park here and enjoy the simple walking trail up through Montreat to the lake and back. It is  about a 3 mile walk filled with beautiful trees and sunshine.  You can also continue up to the nature center and get a map of their many other trails heading high up into the mountains. ( http://www.montreat.org/play/activities/hiking/ )

Lake Tomahawk: Head to the lake located just four minutes away from Merri-Mac.  Pull out a fishing pole or take a stroll around the water.  Picnics are highly encouraged and made easy when you grab a gourmet to-go dinner from Red Radish. (www.redradish.com)

Our favorite breakfast/brunch places include Louise’s or Blue Ridge Biscuit Company because of their exceptional locally bought and made food.  The homey atmosphere makes anyone feel welcomed here.  They are both another favorite of our staff on their days off.  ( http://www.louisesblackmtn.com/ )

For dinner head over to either Mill Pizzeria or Trailhead restaurant.  Both local, both great.

End your day at the Red Rocker Inn, a cozy bed and breakfast guaranteed to make your stay in Black Mountain a good one. ( http://www.redrockerinn.com/ )

I hope that next summer you will get a chance to enjoy our home while feeling like a local.  We cherish the opportunity to share the places we love with the families we love most.
Merri-mac, first, last, and always.

2016 CIT’s head to Costa Rica

 

Screenshot_2015-12-26-10-59-41-1Today many of our CIT’s for summer 2016 head down to Costa Rica with our CIT director Davie Boone and Assistant Director Dave Johnson to learn about leadership, team work, and the love of the Lord.  Join us in covering them with love and prayers this week as they grow through friends and adventure and help us make camp next summer the best one yet!

The Best Gift Under the Tree

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This Christmas give the gift of Merri-Mac!  Tribe Charms as well as shirts, sweatshirts, crazy creeks, water bottles, and pillow pets are all available for order this holiday season.   Please call the camp office at 828.669.8766 to place an order.  Supplies are limited and orders will be filled on a first come first serve basis.  See Camp Merri-Mac’s Facebook page for photos of available gifts.

With all the joy and love we can offer, we wish you a wonderful Christmas season!

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First Camper for Summer 2022 Enrolled

 

image000000We celebrate with the beloved Anne (Archer) Yetsko and her husband Daniel as they welcomed their beautiful baby girl, Mary Archer into the world earlier this month.  Mary Archer already can’t wait for her time in Tweedledee cabin come summer 2022.

The Secret Staff

 

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|Available positions for Summer 2016|

When you think of summer camp staff, it is easy to let your thoughts go immediately to the camp counselors.  While these positions make up the vast majority of our staff, it is important to remember that there are always many other positions to fill.  The Water Skiing Instructor, Videographer, Cooking instructor,  Riding staff and Maintenance team all play unbelievably important roles at Merri-Mac on a daily basis.  These positions, along side the cabin counselor, allow us to give your daughter the best possible experience at camp each summer.   So next time someone asks you about what they should do as a summer job, suggest Camp Merri-Mac for Girls, because there are always more jobs available than what meets the eye!

Staff Returns for the Best Summer of Their Life

 

Rainbow Counselor & Tennis Instructor: Molly Calloway

Rainbow Counselor & Tennis Instructor Molly Calloway

We are very happy to announce that many of our counselors from Summer 2015 will be returning again for our upcoming summer at Camp Merri-Mac!  While many others will also be joining our staff, as of now these are some of the wonderful, talented and passionate women who will be around next summer to love and serve your daughters!

Anna Moon

Robyn Newcomb

Amy Jameson

Elizabeth Olvey

Anna Laura Cranford

Hannah Christanbury

Lainey Goodwill

Lauren Barbay

Becca Morris

Libby Robinson

Anna Potts

Audrey Ellis

Molly Calloway

Morgan McGowan

Davie Boone

We are thankful for this great foundation of a staff for next summer!