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Retirement party for Donna!








This week marks the end of an era for us here at Camp Merri-Mac!  Our beloved Donna White is retiring.  We threw a party for her at Red Radish in Black Mountain last Thursday (and got her some new chairs for her next adventure!)








Donna has been the office manager for 20 years.  She literally took us from doing business pre-internet (doing all work on a typewriter and in shorthand) to the place that we are today.  You would be hard-pressed to find a more intelligent, organized, friendly, and stout-hearted lady anywhere in the world.  We are honored that we got to work with her for so many years!  We think she is pretty amazing.










This morning, the girls woke up to a great surprise. They had been allowed to sleep in for an extra hour, and woke up only when staff members came around with donuts and glad tidings for “Random Donut Day”. After supposedly being cancelled, we learned that the long awaited Tribefest would be held today. After eating as many donuts as our stomachs could handle, we headed off to Sunnyside chapel down by the lake. Each girl read a Bible verse or favorite quote they felt would inspire the younger campers. Afterwards, they all jumped in the lake, fully clothed, and sang their cabin song for one of the last times.

A camp favorite, we played tribal trash pickup to initiate what was sure to be a great day. After making camp a cleaner place, we headed to tribal trivia in the Tucker Inn, which consisted of stretching our minds and dance parties. Next on the list of perpetual fun was battle ball for older campers, and sock war for the younger ones. Both were full of spirit and a blast simply to be around.

After lunch and trading post, we played a new game to camp; pirate ball. Have your girls explain it when they get home tomorrow; it’s sure to be a new favorite! After dinner, we honored campers through our White Feather Ceremony. The awards were:

Camper Commendations: Mia S, Olivia R, Bryce P, Ava W, Esmeralda S, Molly R, Eliza Dunn T, Abby S, Blake D, Maggie S, Caroline D, Everly H, Elizabeth W, Margaret H, Kate S, Kate W, Molly M, Bryce M, Lizzie H, Emma S, Ansley B, Matilde V, Evan P, Katie B, Patterson G, Carolyn C, Mae H, Lucy B, Bailie S, Eleanor P, Corrina G, Marianna S, Georgia S, Caroline W, Holland T, Lindsey H, Nora Q, Mary Emma W, Morgan G, Kate T, Vannessa D, Juliette A, and Julia B.

Counselor Commendations: Grace M, Loy H, Turner C, Katherine E, Callie S, Bennett P, Cate L, Jayne Beth M, Amy W, Addison K, Sarah P, Annabel R, Katherine M, Lydia W, Marin G, Morgan S, Ava W, Gretchen N, Savannah L, Olivia W, Ella Lee C, Molly F, Maddy P, Emma C, Vivian R, Tallulah B, Iasbela F, Ella T, Drake M, Kate B, Caroline H, Brooke R, Savanna S, Joelle S, Holland T, Abby B, Nora Q, Julia S, Mary Laci M, Caroline C, Zena D, and Alex K.

White Feather:

Ground Hog: Esmeralda S, Katherine Grace M, Olivia R, Ava W, Turner C, Loy H, Bennett P, and Mia S.

Arrow: Amanda J, Sarah P, Blake D, Mary Emma W, Caroline D, Lindsay J, Molly M, Kate S, Nora Q, Vivian R, Amy W, Maggie S, Emma D, Marin G, Cate L, Jayne Beth M, and Eliza Dunn T.

Crazy Creek: Kate H, Alexa L, Nora Q, Morgan S, and Katherine M.

Long Bow: Claire H, Lizzie H, and Savannah L.

Running Deer: Caroline H, Grace A, Isabela F, Amelia L, Mary P, Alexandra W, Drake M, Carolyn C, Mae H, Sabrina O, and Sarah R.

Red Tail: Julia B, Caroline H, Patterson G, Holland T, Vanessa D, Shay A, Joelle S, and Margaret Anne W.

Junior Feather: Juliette A, Kate T, and Lindsey H.

White Feather: Morgan G and Mary Laci M.


It’s hard to say goodbye to camp and the friends we have made here, and as we head to final campfire, we begin to daydream about next summer.

Counselor Taryn

The Joy of Tribefest









It’s 5:15 pm and I’m in my office catching up on email to parents.  But I’m not getting much done because I keep stopping to listen.  Right now the mountain is vibrating with tribe cheers.  It’s Tribe Fest and we are finishing it off with an enthusiastic game of Pirate Ball at the lake.  Any game with pirate music and Krakens, campers and rafts, and balls and kayaks elicits a lot of cheering.   I have been to a lot of Tribe Fests at camp, and I have been to a lot of field days schools, and there’s a big difference.  Schools just do not make this much noise.   I think there are three reasons.

First, girls are different when there are no boys in the room.  They get very loud, they laugh more, they are not afraid to look silly, and they are not afraid to be athletic, or leaders, or teachers.  Our girls are made to engage the world around them and when it is just girls they have the freedom to do this without any concern what a boy might think about it.  An all-girl’s camp is a safe place for our campers to figure out who God has made them to be.

Second, living together is completely different than being dropped off at 8:00 and picked up at 3:00.   When children live together they develop a sense of empathy that is difficult to find in other places.  The result is they find themselves cheering for friends and family, not just randomly selected teams.  Even when they do not win, they are proud of each other.

Finally, we are made to be challenged, grow and succeed.  When a girl has the freedom to fail without anyone laughing about it, she has the freedom to try new things, and when she does this she is not afraid of challenges.  Of course at that point growth and success are then just right around the corner.  That is why when they see their friends succeed they begin cheering…very loudly.  It’s very loud here.

Adam (is now further behind with his email)



Laughing Endlessly









Every day at Camp Merri-Mac is a wonderful day, but some days are just special. Today was one of those days, filled with moments of laughter, singing , and true friendships. After an amazing night walking the red carpet at the Merri-MACademy Awards where we celebrated some of our extremely talented campers, we began another day at Merri-Mac.

We awoke to the familiar sound of the bugle, signally us to begin our day and get an early start on cabin clean up. In the next few days, the girls will find out which cabin has the highest overall cabin clean up score, who will be rewarded with the highly coveted cabin cake. After blasting Taylor Swift music to make chores more fun, we headed down to enjoy a delicious meal of breakfast pizza, blueberry orange coffee cake, cereal, Fruit, and Yogurt. We continued our meal with some beloved morning songs to help begin our day with a smile, before heading to chapel.

For many, chapel is a favorite time of day because it gives both campers and staff the opportunity to sing chapel songs and reflect on what is truly important in our lives. This morning, we sang “Every Move I Make”, “As the Deer”, and “10,000 Reasons” in chapel, before ending with the beloved Camp Psalm. Rainbow counselor Elizabeth O. spoke on what God requires of us by talking about how we can trust God and his plan for our lives and future.

After chapel, girls enjoyed free time before the beginning of their activities. Tetherball games were held by the junior and intermediate campers as a number of different ages worked to practice their skills in this camp favorite. Gracie Rae H. and other Dreams Begin and Dreams End girls helped the Tweedle campers to paint their nails to reflect their tribal spirit.

While most girls were in activities, a small group of girls had the opportunity to venture on trips in both kayaking and waterskiing. This morning, Caroline C. Joelle S, Amelia L, Isabel R., Olivia W, Katherine H, and Maria B. went to Lake James to experience the excitement of waterskiing. In addition, Elizabeth W, Margaret P, and Alexandra W. spent the day kayaking the Pigeon River.

In Tennis, girls worked on practicing their forehand and backhand and played a game of worm, to improve their shuffling on the court. In Camp Craft, it was an exciting day for the girls: the opportunity to go on the high ropes course. In DIY Crafts, it was a free day, where campers were allowed to finish up any remaining projects or crafts they had been working on. Holland T. spent time working on decorating her book, while other campers worked on cross-stitching, handmade friendship bracelets, and other projects.

Lots of fun was to be had over at the waterfront of our beloved Lake Doris. Kayaking played a game of Kayak Water Polo, where girls were working to score goals through hitting a ball with their kayak paddles. Drake M. practiced her newly perfected roll, while diving and swimming played fun water games to improve their skills.

At the end of second activity, there was an excitement in the air and shouts of joy occurred as we realized that lunch was Taco in a Bag, a camp favorite. After this delicious lunch, the Sunnyside and Cloud 9 tribal leaders announced that it was Tribal Switch Day! The Iroquois tribe sang Seminole songs, the Choctaw Tribe sang Iroquois songs, while the Seminole Tribe sang Choctaw songs.

At the end of lunch, we made our way up to the hill with full stomachs and ready for another great part of the day: rest hour. The girls enjoyed getting to take a little bit of time to write home, read, or even take a nap, in order to recharge for the rest of the day. At exactly 2:30 PM, the bugle rang once more, signally that it was time for the daily stampede to Trading Post. The girls enjoyed getting to eat their snacks near the volleyball court or by the lake and make memories with their cabin mates who will become lifelong friends.

In PAWS, the Merri-Mac puppies were precious and ready to learn. The campers were instructed to practice the commands of “sit”, “shake”, and “down” with the eager to learn puppies. The girls also enjoyed getting to work on pages for the puppy scrapbook, which will be given to the puppies’ new owners. Our Merri-Mac girls have played a key role in helping train these puppies over the summer for their new homes and it’s amazing to see the progress that they have made over the past few weeks. In Riflery, Bailey S. chose to name her rifle “Hey Bails”, as a reward for getting her Gold bar recently in the activity.

In cooking, the girls learned how to make scones and learned about the history of this favorite baked good. The girls made three different batches of scones: chocolate chip walnut, pretzel chocolate chip, and cranberry white chocolate. Nearby in knitting, girls finished up knitting their headbands and practicing their knitting and pearling skills.

After the end of 4th period, we all changed into our tribal jerseys and tribe colors in preparation for the night’s evening activity: GOLD RUSH! Gold Rush is a classic evening activity, where gold is hidden all throughout camp and found by campers. If the campers are caught, they have to tell a story to the judge of why the gold is theirs and why it should go to their tribe.  

Tonight’s dinner was a delicious meal of tortellini, garlic bread, and vegetables, with cake with rainbow sprinkles for dessert. The girls all went to Gold Rush happy and ready to win points for their tribes.

Thank you for sharing your daughters with us and for giving us as counselors the incredible privilege of getting to know them and make camp memories together.


Lucy Dabney

Cloud 9 Counselor


The Show Must Go On…









It seemed to be just another Merri-Mac Monday, but when reveille went off at 7 AM this morning, the girls were awoken with a surprise: their counselors for the day were the lovely ladies of Dreams and Sunnyside. Staff Appreciation Day was in full swing, and our oldest campers were ready to take on the day as staff members.

After filling up on French toast and bacon, and celebrating a beautiful day with songs and worship in chapel (Olivia C. leading on her guitar), everyone headed off to their 1st period class. In pottery, the girls began glazing their hand-made masterpieces to be fired in the kiln, with Caroline M. and Katherine H. as teachers for the day. In DIY Crafts, campers worked on their cross-stitching and friendship bracelets with the help of Ellie P., Abby K., and Alex K. Across the road, sweet aromas were coming from the cooking kitchen where Elizabeth W. and Caroline C. were helping the girls bake homemade scones.

In backpacking, Gracie Rae H., Abby B., and Zena D., led the class in building a fire and making s’mores. The lacrosse girls worked on their bars today with the help of Vivian G., Olivia Faith D., and Caroline W. In gymnastics, Joelle S. watched over a class of tumbling, bouncing, and flipping campers who were also perfecting their skills for their next bar. In the chapel, the chorus girls were practicing for their performances tonight at the MerriMacademy Awards with the help of Alli T. and Holland T. Up the hill at Puppy Camp, Mary Laci M. and Mary P. chased our puppies around and held them down while campers helped with bath time.

In riflery, Kate T. and Lindsay H. helped the girls with shooting, and Georgia S. and Vanessa D. did the same in Archery. Climbing was at the Upper Tower today with Grace B., Emily K., and Caitlin M., on belay. Basketball was full of fun and games today, thanks to Savy S. and Shay A. who led a very intense game of Basketball Red Light Green Light.

After lunch, we had quite a rainy afternoon here at camp, but the fun in activities did not cease! In knitting, the girls rocked in rocking chairs on the patio while finishing their various scarves and headbands with Allie Y. nearby to help. Lake Doris was lonely this afternoon due to the stormy weather, but across the water sheltered under the chapel, music and singing echoed through camp while the girls of kayaking, swimming, and canoeing, held a wild dance party.

As the rain finally subsided, the girls headed down the hill to dinner and preparations began for the long anticipated MerriMacademy Awards. The girls floated up the path to the Mike in their best attire ready to meet the paparazzi and spend the evening enjoying a talent show complete with a variety of acts put on by our very own campers. It’s safe to say that Staff Appreciation Day was a success, and that it was a very merri day here at Merri-Mac.

Peace out girl scouts,

Ashlynn Tierney


Seminole Pride


Sunday in the Sunshine









Today was another wonderful Sunday here at Merri-Mac. After sleeping in an extra hour the girls put on their Sunday whites and hurried now for a breakfast of Cinnamon Rolls. Chapel today was given by the entire cabin of Big Dipper. They spoke about the time Jesus blessed all the children at the gathering. the key verse was Matthew 19:14 “Jesus said”Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these.””

A water-skiing trip went out this morning to Lake James. The girls on this trip were able to practice water-skiing, wake-boarding, and knee-boarding. Mary Emma W. had a fantastic time and was able to stay up on the skis the entire time. Half way through the morning the sun came out causing each wave and ripple to sparkle.

Lunch today had the entire camp very happy. Fried chicken, green beans and dinner rolls were what was on the menu.  Once lunch was over the camp picture was taken. With all the staff in blue polos and all the campers in white ,the picture looked incredible. After a hour of rest time all the young ladies bolted down to Trading Post to procure their favorite snacks. Soon after the girls ran off to get their swim suits and headed to Lake Doris. All of camp especially enjoys free swim. The girls were able to use the “Blob”, diving boards, and the water-slide. Some of the younger girls went critter-catching on the banks with the direction of the older girls. Many activities were opened today so the young ladies could work on bars. One of which was archery. Olivia Faith D. was able to complete her bronze in this activity.

For dinner tonight all of Merri-Mac enjoyed a cook-out, complete with hot-dogs, hamburger, watermelon, and potato salad. Tonight for evening activity the girls will be Vespers, which is a long standing camp tradition. It includes funny skits, music and a message from the Bible. Later on in the evening our oldest cabin, Dreams Begin/End and SunnySide, will be having their annual Sunny/Dreams prom. All the girls in these cabins are dressed up from different decades including the 1960’s, 1970’s, 1980’s and 1690’s. It will be quite the evening.


Caroline D.

Deep Breaths













“1, 2, 3!” The kayaking class rolled entirely upside down until they were fully submerged in the water. CIT Biscuit and lifeguard/lake director Lee B stood by to facilitate the game. The kayakers were competing to see who could hold their breath the longest while upside down in the lake. 15 seconds passed by and the first campers pulled their skirts for a wet exit. By the 30-second mark all campers had pulled their skirts for a breath of fresh air. One kayak remained. Mary Grace B, the kayaking teacher, had remained under not only to push herself but also to inspire her students. The lone kayak began to attract attention. All that could be seen was the bottom of her kayak and two hands calmly holding the side. Finally at the 55-second mark MGB whipped up in a roll and took her first breath. Stories like this are not uncommon. Merri-Mac strives to push the girls past their limits. We do this by not only encouragement, but by inspiration.
The day started with the delicious biscuits with eggs and hash browns breakfast, but following that Emily K. led a canoeing trip that was her last requirement for receiving a gold bar. As the day proceeded, Gracie Rae H. worked hard to not only receive a gold in dance, but also to receive a gold in Emergency Water Safety (EWS). Golds are not easy bars to accomplish. These are only earned by deep commitment to the activity at hand and we wish to honor these girls for their love and passion.
The rest of the day was filled with fun laughing and smiles. The knitting class took an excursion to the shelter by Trading Post and had class there. And the backpacking class switched up their environment by spending the day on the high rope swings. The cooking class also surprised staff with homemade key lime pies. If that wasn’t good enough many girls went ecstatic when they learned that mini corndogs and mac & cheese was for lunch. By the time activities were in full swing, the setter’s bell for dinner rung. The girls had jambalaya with corn bread and baked beans. The rest of the day was rapped up in an intense tribal game of Inferno. This challenging game rewards campers with water or logs for completing an activity. The girls can use the water to either put out another tribe’s fire or a log to kindle their fire. Whichever tribe maintains their fire the longest wins the game. When or lose, though we all wrapped up the day as sisters. Some of us took deep breaths as we pushed our selves in our activities or some of us just took deep breaths from putting ourselves out there in social situations. Win or lose, we had each other.
Sincerest love,


What is White Feather?










What is White Feather?

Each week Merri-Mac gathers by divisions: legends are read, awards are given and handprints are left on standards. We do this because we think it is important to recognize growth in our campers, and equally important that they recognize it in themselves. It is important because we are made to live life together, to be challenged, grow and succeed, and to engage our world. These things are always best learned in families, but we believe they are next best learned at camp. We also believe that the things that happen at camp help girls grow and so we have designed our White Feather program to lay breadcrumbs on the trail for growth at camp.

As part of White Feather girls accumulate “marks” based on activity achievements, elective challenges (solo backpacking trips, running Tomahawk Trail, building a three match fire, etc.) and cabin leadership. Each mark takes them a step closer to their next “promotion” toward the highest rank of White Feather. With each mark and each promotion girls receive pins and necklaces, which we encourage them to keep on their camp pennant. The result is that through their years girls will build a record of their camp accomplishments.

White Feather Awards:

Tumbleweed: Jolie F, Owen M, Savannah S, Julia C, Loy H, Olivia R, Eleanor T, Esmerelda S, Vivian F, Zoe K, Mia S, Turner C, Merrit G, Bryce P, Kate S, Callie S, Ava W

Ground hog: Lindsey B, Caroline M, Molly T, Vivian F

Badger: Nataleigh P, Addie F

Arrow: Margaret H, Taylor M, Riley P, Ashley W, Kate W, Riley M, Gabrielle A, Ella H, Evan P, Lydia W, Elizabeth W, Katherine M, Addison K, Matilde V

Crazy Creek: Bryce M

Running Deer: Holland T, Hailey F, Patterson G

Red Tail: Julia B, Kate B, Lillian H, Allie W

Junior Feather: Emily K, Bailey S

Camper Commendations: Mia S, Olivia R, Turner C, Vivian F, Addie F, Ava W, Molly T, EJ S, Clarissa S, Ashley P, Blake D, Addison K, Riley M, Lydia W, Janie H, Aubrey W, Mary Elizabeth G, Claire H, Caroline K, Ansley B, Matilde V, Hannah F, Erin W, Patterson G, Anna Y, Mae H, Amelia L, Marianna S, Eleanor P, Kate B, Caroline H, Caroline W, Geaorgia S, Olivia Faith D, Abby B, Nora Q, Mary Emma W, Morgan G, Allie W, Juliette A, Vanessa D, Bailey S

Counselor Commendations: Zoe K, Vivian F, Julia C, Loy H, Esmerelda S, Nataleigh P, Lindsey B, Gabrielle A, Sara Byrd S, Eliza Dunn T, Maggie S, Caroline D, Amanda J, Everly H, Katherine M, Mira S, Norah M, Bryce M, Kate W, Molly M, Grace A, Emma S, Matilde V, Hannah F, Lauren D, Patterson G, Heather C, Isabela F, Ashley Lauren J, Julia B, Isabella D, Margaret Anne W, Drake D, Lillian H, Ali T, Lindsey H, Abby K, Maeve H, Dargan M, Allie W, Margaret P, Vivian G, Caroline C, Alex K, Emily K

Electives: Eleanor P, Gracie Rae H, Savannah S, Julia C, Lillian H, Margaret P, Bailey S, Caroline M, Morgan G, Emily K, Lindsey S, Taylor U, Kate T, Vanessa D

In the end the most important part of Merri-Mac Council comes after the ceremony is over. During cabin time during those evenings the counselors will go to each camper to describe the gifts and abilities that they have noticed in her. They also take a few minutes to pray for her. This is where a girl who may never earn a White Feather Promotion, or a Gold Bar, or be elected to a tribal office, can be told about her own unique gifts and contribution to her camp family.

– Adam

What does our web site have to do with our philosophy of camping?






Each fall we begin our search for three staff members with a social media and image background and a love for camp.  We also hire an extra counselor so that we can pull a different girl out of her activities and cabin each day.  Her job is then to become our camp photographer and journalist.  She begins after our morning staff meeting taking pictures and notes of the day’s events and usually ends her day sometime after taps writing an article to be posted later that night.  Amazingly, all of this does nothing to change your daughter’s camp experience, in fact that is the point!

Instead we want to give our parents a one-way window into their daughters’ summer.  As parents Ann and I want to know everything that happens with our own camper, but as camp directors we also know how important it is for them to develop a healthy sense of independence.  With this in mind we have developed Merri-Mac’s web site as a way to sneak a glimpse of her camp experience without changing that experience at all.

Chances are that you will find your camper in the photos, but the purpose of the site is not to show individuals, it is to tell the story of camp.  We want our parents to see everything that happens at camp.  We want you to know what the Field Day’s tribal cheers sound like.  We want you to become caught up in the plot of Stardust raiding Milky Way.  We want you to know share the adventure of Tweedle Dum raiding the kitchen.  We want this because these are the things that are making your campers smile and sing and lose their voices laughing and cheering!

Each morning before breakfast I sneak into my office to flip through the most current pictures.  My camper’s picture is not always there, but each morning I learn something about camp that I never knew- yes, I still do.   The reason we have a website is because we want our parents to fall in love with camp the same way our girls do, so let us know how we’re doing.  Let us know what parts of camp you would like to see and we’ll make every effort to show it.


Great Camping!


Cheers to Joy









Joyful. I am joyful to spend these warm weeks amongst the mountains, strumming guitars, yelling for my tribe, holding hands and skipping with your sweet daughters, granddaughters, nieces, and friends. They are joyful in all that they do, and this was especially apparent as I trekked around camp today in moments of cloud, moments of rain, and moments of sunshine. Laughter echoed and bounced off of the mountain peaks, and sweet voices of encouragement and friendship rolled off of the hills.

After a filling breakfast of biscuits, scrambled eggs, bacon, and hashbrowns, everyone headed to chapel, where Cloud Nine counselor Hannah W. compared humankind to her plate of brownies that fell on the floor. She described how the Lord has brought a new box of brownie mix and has made in us a new creation, referencing 2 Corinthians 5:17. Cloud Nine camper Margaret P. helped me lead chapel music this morning, playing the guitar.

Activities began with a smattering of rain, but the rain couldn’t keep us down! Climbing met in our gym, the Mike, and climbed the overhang wall in there. Gymnastics perfected their swivel hips and progressed in their floor and trampoline skills. Lake Doris was a bustle of activity all day, with canoe-ers working on their white-water skills and kayakers practicing their various T-rescues and rolls. Heather C. learned her roll in Kayaking today, which is a huge accomplishment! Over in Camp Craft, backpackers learned how to tie tarps, which will certainly come in handy if they decide to embark on one of the many trips we take out here at Merri-Mac. Nestled in some of the most beautiful mountains, among incredible white water and rocks, we take out dozens of trips per week to go backpacking, climbing, water-skiing, white water rafting, mountain biking, canoeing, or kayaking! We had quite a few of these trips out today; I can’t wait for them to return and tell stories about the beautiful sites they saw and the incredible adventures they had! Lucy B., Madison C., Zena D., Lauren D., Kate H., Allie J., Lillian Jane L., Sarah R., Caroline K., Alyssa S., Matilde V., Mary Emma W., Olivia W., Caroline W., Bailey Z., Marin G., Addison K., Margaret H., and Ellie K. went white-water rafting on the Pigeon today! Alexa L., Shea S., Everly H., and Taylor M. climbed the Grandmother Boulders. This morning, Maeve h., Nora Q., Tallulah B., Molly M., Mira S. and Emma D. went water-skiing on Lake James. What an awesome day for out-of-camp trips to experience the great outdoors!

A lunch of Greek pitas and homemade potato chips was a welcome event to rumbling tummies, and a quick half-hour of rest and quiet refreshed everyone for the rest of a busy day. During free time, Vanessa D. and Eleanor P. lit fires with three matches and kept it going for an hour in order to earn a mark towards White Feather, a system at Merri-Mac that celebrates growth and investment in camp. They will be recognized at the White Feather ceremony tomorrow evening.

In Pottery today, the girls had the opportunity to mold mugs and cups out of clay. Some got more creative and made coasters, pendants, or a bridge, like Kate W. did! Cooking and PAWS joined together today; chefs made dog biscuits, and dog lovers walked the puppies over to the Back Green to enjoy those biscuits! It was so fun to see the girls and dogs playing together on the grass. Soccer today worked on bronze, silver, and gold bars, which honor accomplishment in activities. Isa F. and Claire H. earned their bronzes in Soccer today! In DIY Crafts, crafters began to cross-stitch different patterns and quotes. Some Riding classes went on a trail ride around camp today!

Tonight’s evening activity is Cabin Night, so each cabin will have something special planned for bonding! Sunnyside and Cloud Nine will do a short sunset hike up to Craggy Pinnacle, Little Dipper and Moonmist will splash the night away at the Boyds’ pool, and Tweedle Dee will do glitter crafts. Blue Heaven and Big Dipper will have free swim in the lake, surely using the blob and water slide. Stardust will do a short hike up to the Shelter, a camping site on camp property, where they will roast marshmallows. It’s sure to be a fun night for all!

After eleven summers at 1123 Montreat Road, I am still blown away by the kindness and gentleness these campers teach me each day. Thank you for your tremendous trust and sacrifice in entrusting them to us for a few weeks this summer. Camp is unlike any other place, a safe haven for new skills, new adventures, and new adventures. I can’t wait for you to hear all of their stories!


From this haven,

Maddy Mallory

Moonmist Counselor

Guitar Teacher

Spirited Seminole

University of Virginia, ‘17