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Get Ready for Summer Camp near Virginia

Drop off day at Camp Merri-Mac is getting closer and closer! With just a few weeks standing between today and the first day of summer camp, we hope you’re prepared. In order to get ready for summer camp near Virginia, we have come up with a few tips to make it less stressful!

  • Probably the easiest way to get prepared for summer camp is to tour the campgrounds. If possible, schedule a visit and go look at all of the summer camp facilities. This will hopefully disregard your daughter’s fears of getting lost or not knowing where to go once she’s at summer camp.
  • Decision-making should be shared with the campers. Involve your son or daughter in any decisions possible. At Camp Merri-Mac, there is a variety of summer camp activities for girls to pick. From arts and crafts to kayaking, let your daughter to make the decision regarding what she would like to do at a typical day at summer camp.
  • Speaking of involvement, have your daughter help you with packing! Take a look at the summer camp packing list to see what the camp suggests packing. Then pack the trunk or bag together so your daughter knows what is and isn’t going to summer camp with her. Many kids love to pack for summer camp but if your daughter isn’t interested, don’t force it.
  • Parents, did you go to summer camp? If yes, discuss all of the memories and fun times you had. This will make your daughter more excited about all the opportunities waiting for her.
  • Practice staying away from home. If possible, schedule a sleepover at a friend’s house so your daughter can experience a night or weekend away from home and what she is used to. This will prepare her to sleep somewhere other than her bed as well as a night or two without her parents.

We hope that these tips ease the stress and anxiety! If you’re looking for the best summer camp near Virginia for your daughter, contact Camp Merri-Mac today at (828)-669-8766 for more information or to schedule a tour today!


Choosing the Best Summer Camp for Families in Florida

Picking out a summer camp can be an exhausting task. But we are here to make it easier for you. We are Camp Merri-Mac, a Christian girls summer camp for Florida families. Located in North Carolina, we are the perfect choice for families all over. After many years of experience, we have come up with a few tips to help choose the best summer camp for your family in Florida!

  1. What activities are offered?- Are there any specific summer camp activities that your daughter is interested in? Maybe she plays a sport at home and would like to continue practicing at camp. Or maybe she would like to try acting in an upcoming drama production. Our camp offers a variety of summer camp activities for both the experienced and inexperienced campers.
  2. Sleepaway or no?- This question often depends on age and maturity. Do you believe that your daughter is ready to spend the summer away from home? Sleepaway summer camp is a great experience for children and offers many benefits for children.
  3. Who is the staff?- Ask how the summer camp staff is hired and who they are. What certifications are required? Is the staff experienced? Our summer camp staff is one of the best. Our staff members are always smiling, laughing, and giving our campers a reason to do the same.
  4. What kind of facilities are there?- What does a typical day at summer camp look like? Where will your daughter be and what will she be doing there? Where are the bunks and other summer camp facilities? If you can, take a tour of the summer camp to see if everything is up to date and if your daughter is comfortable spending her summer there.
  5. Other- What are the summer camp dates & rates? Is there a doctor or nurse on the campgrounds? How does the summer camp deal with homesickness? Can you visit or call your daughter? What food is offered? What special trips or events are there? Make sure to contact the summer camp director with any other questions and concerns you can think of.

Now, its time to sign up! Contact us at Camp Merri-Mac, the perfect summer camp for families in Florida. Call us at (866)-404-2020 for more information today!

Picking a Residential Camp for Families in Florida

Did you know that over 11 million children and adults attend summer camp each year? But how do they know what camp to choose? Parents all over spend months researching and looking for the perfect residential camp for families in Florida. But no need to worry, here at Camp Merri-Mac, we have come up with a few tips to help with this process:


Residential or Day Camp?

The first question to ask is do you want a residential camp or day camp? Get your daughter in on the research and ask what they want to do. Our residential camp in North Carolina is perfect for families in Florida. Being farther away from home builds confidence and independence. It also allows girls to grow up in a safe and comfortable environment where they are still supervised by our fantastic residential camp staff.


What is offered?

Does your daughter have any specific interests that she would like to participate in at camp? Our residential camp activities have something for everyone. Art & crafts, team sports, swimming, kayaking, riding, outdoor adventures, and more! A day at residential camp is never boring and filled with new skills and memories.


How much does it cost?

Yes, residential camp is expensive. However, the benefits of residential camp are worth it. Besides all of the amazing memories and friends your daughter will make, she will come home at the end of the summer more independent and confident in herself. She will have spent the summer surrounded by people who are accepting and want to help her be the best she can be, and that is worth every single penny. Ask the camp if they offer any financial aid or scholarships. Don’t invest in a camp you aren’t completely in love with. Call the residential camp director and ask any questions you may have.


Camp Merri-Mac is the perfect residential camp for Florida families in North Carolina. To learn more or to schedule a tour, contact us at (828)-669-8766!

Father Daughter Trips


20150504_140114-640x360-478x269We’re ready for the upcoming Father/Daughter weekend! I Dan got out yesterday for some “scouting” for the fishing portion of the trip and so we know what they are biting on. Next weekend is bound to be awesome because we have great water for both kayaking and fly-fishing. We are so blessed to live here in western North Carolina and even more blessed that you get to come visit us in the summers!

Packing For Overnight Camp Near South Carolina

There is just a little over a month left until our first session at Merri-Mac! Camp is the highlight of the summer for kids everywhere but also often a stressful time for parents when it comes to packing. Our overnight camp near South Carolina knows this and is here to help! Here are some tips to hopefully reduce the stress that comes along with packing for overnight camp this summer!


LISTS: First, look for a list. While there are generic overnight camp packing lists online, ask the camp if they have their own list. This is often given to parents once you’re signed up for camp. Make sure to follow this list because everything on it is on it for a reason. Also, while you’re packing write a list of everything and where it is. Send this list with your daughter so she knows where to look for specific items.

LABELS: Buy some waterproof labels and a laundry marker and go label crazy! Everything that goes with your daughter to overnight camp should have her name on it. This reduces the chance of something getting lost or mixed up. (It also helps you avoid a trip to the lost and found on pick up day, added bonus!)

MEDICATION: Next, does your daughter need any medications while at camp? Campers usually aren’t allowed to have medication in the overnight camp bunks. Check with the on site nurse or staff to see if there is a system in place. At Merri-Mac, our camp infirmary staff uses Walgreens MEDS4Camp.

TRUNKS: Trunks are extremely useful when it comes to packing for overnight camp. Trunks are built to handle and hold a ton of stuff and are easy for campers to live out of. Look at different reviews when picking one and invest in a trusted trunk because it can be used for the summers to come.

HOME: Include items from home like pictures, stuffed animals, blankets, etc. to ease the feelings of homesickness at overnight camp.

TOILETRIES: Some camps may require this but a shower caddy is a great idea for toiletries. Also, when packing any liquid toiletries, place them in a plastic bag to avoid them leaking.

EQUIPMENT: If your daughter will be participating in overnight camp activities that requires equipment, ask if the camp supplies it or if the camper needs to bring it herself.


Hopefully these tips helped ease your stress a little bit. If you’re still looking for an overnight camp near South Carolina for your daughter, contact Camp Merri-Mac at (828)-669-8766 today to schedule a tour or get more information!

Selecting A Summer Camp in North Carolina

Summer camp in North Carolina gives kids a chance to have the best time of their lives. Every year, over 11 million kids in the United States attend summer camp where they gain confidence and skills that will stay with them for the rest of their lives. But how do you know if you chose the right summer camp for your daughter? Consider these questions.


Day camp or sleepaway?

The first thing to ask yourself when selecting a camp is do you want to send your daughter to a sleepaway camp or a day camp? Many factors including price of sleepaway camp, the camp’s distance from home, programs offered, and flexibility of your schedule should go in to consideration. Does your family go on vacation every summer? Then maybe sleepaway camp isn’t practical. What does your daughter want to do? Not all children like the idea of going away from home for the entire summer and your child’s opinion should definitely be taken into consideration when selecting a camp.


Is the camp recommended?

Check out reviews on different websites like Facebook. Also call the camps and ask if they can give you references to parents that have children currently attending the sleepaway camp or have attended it in the past. While the camp will often only give you parents that will talk good about the camp, you still will get an outside opinion.


What programs are available?

Is your daughter interested in a specific sport? What about drama, arts, music, or outdoor adventures? See what your daughter wants to participate in. They will be the ones attending that summer camp activity every day for the length of the camp so make sure it is something they will enjoy and be actively engaged in.


It costs how much?

Summer camp is just as much a business as everything else is. They have fees, facilities, and staff that all need to get paid for and they way that they do that is by charging tuition. Smaller camps may be more expensive because they have fewer campers. But don’t let the price scare you away from a camp. Remember that summer camp is an investment in your child’s future and if you and your daughter falls in love with a camp, seriously consider spending the extra money to give them the best summer of their lives.


Camp Merri-Mac is a Christian girls camp located in North Carolina, for more information or to schedule a visit, contact us at (828)-669-8766.

Reasons Why Summer Camp is Important for Your Daughter in North Carolina

What do most kids look forward to during the end of the school year? Well, besides being done with school for a few months, the true answer is leaving home and going to summer camp in North Carolina! Camp allows kids from all over to spend a couple of weeks growing up and making new friends all while taking part in a ton of activities. If that doesn’t sell summer camp for you, here are a few reasons to prove that summer camp at Camp Merri-Mac is one of the best decisions you can make for your daughter.


Allows the child to grow up and “change” for the better

Research proves that children that go to camp will have experiences at camp that will help them in adulthood. According to the American Camp Association, 96% of campers said that attending summer camp allowed them to make new friends, 92% of campers said their self-esteem increased by attending camp, and 74% gained confidence to try out new things at summer camp.


Keeps children moving

Girls summer camps in North Carolina allow children to try out new activities that they normally wouldn’t have done at home. Summer camp also allows children to learn new skills that can be used both in camp and in life. The American Camp Association states that 63% of campers continue to participate in summer camp activities once they return home.


Disconnect from the cell phone & connect to the world around them

Cell phones promote solitude and lets face it, can become addicting. These days, children constantly have their phone glued to them. At summer camp, there is no time for Facebook and Twitter and the latest school gossip. Your daughter will be having the time of her life trying new activities and meeting new friends. She won’t have the time to check social media and likely, won’t feel the need to do it. Camp Merri-Mac promotes your daughter making new friends and creating a relationship with the outdoors thus, lacking the need for her cell phone at summer camp.


If you’re interested in a summer camp in North Carolina for your daughter, contact Camp Merri-Mac of North Carolina at (828) 669-8766 for more information or to schedule a tour!

Meet this Summer’s Puppies!

We are so excited to introduce you to our puppies for this summer! They are sure to make anyone’s Monday a little brighter. Continuing the trend, we named them after our very own Merri-Mac legends! Say hi to…

Robb (male)


Motley (female)

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Dillon (male) 


Page (female) 


and Gibbs (female) 


These puppies can’t wait for a summer with our campers! Our puppy camp activity will spend time giving each puppy the love and training it needs before heading home to his or her new families. Make sure you stop by puppy ranch on opening day to introduce yourselves!


written by intern: Sadie Roebuck 

Perfect Christian Summer Camp Experience for Families in Florida

North Carolina is an exceptional state. It is also home to a wide variety of cities, culture, art, outdoor activities and more. This statewide diversity makes summer camp opportunities in North Carolina for kids endless. Whether your child is interested in music, art, sports, outdoor adventures, or other exciting programs, Camp Merri-Mac in North Carolina is a great option for families in Florida.


Why Choose a Summer Camp in North Carolina?

Many parents choose a camp in relatively close proximity to their homes in Florida, which makes sense, but giving your child the chance to explore other parts of the country is an important and exciting decision. North Carolina is a great state that isn’t too far from Florida but offers tons of new opportunities.


Adventure Camp in North Carolina

Adventure camps are popular in many states, but North Carolina offers a diverse range of nature and outdoor oriented activities. Backpacking, canoeing, climbing, kayaking, riding, ropes courses, & waterskiing are all offered at Camp Merri-Mac in North Carolina.


Music, Dance, Arts and Drama Camp in Georgia

Camp Merri-Mac is a melting pot of creativity and inspiration. Girls interested in a creative challenge achieve artistic growth in our programs that focus on performance, inspiration, practice, commitment, originality and much more. We offer dance, arts and crafts, cheerleading, chorus, drama, guitar, & gymnastics.


Sports Camp in Georgia

Sports like archery, diving, fencing, fitness, lacrosse, riflery, soccer, swimming, tennis and volleyball are all offered at Camp Merri-Mac in North Carolina.


North Carolina is a great place for summer camp regardless of where you live. We offer tons of different activities and options for your child to take part in. While Florida is great, give your child the chance to travel and enjoy North Carolina, while learning, growing and discovering the world at Camp Merri-Mac.


If you’re interested in a Christian sleep away camp in North Carolina, contact Merri-Mac at (828) 669-8766 for more information or to schedule a tour!


The Beauty in Routine








Yesterday, I went for a walk on the Tomahawk Trail at camp. Our campers know this trail very well—they go on runs, hike out of camp on backpacking adventures, and the brave few take their first solo campout on this trail. I’ve walked it many times after work. It’s my time to be in the woods for some reflection. I try to do it every day.

But sometimes I don’t feel much like “reflecting” and honestly, I feel I’m being silly to even call it that. Besides, it was chilly, gloomy, and foggy yesterday. I didn’t want to get caught in the rain or get lost in the woods in the dark. (Of course, I’ve never gotten lost on this trail, but any excuse was better than having to be wet and cold!) So it wasn’t until around 6:30 last night that I dragged myself off my comfy chair in my reading corner and told myself, You always enjoy your walks. Just go.

And I did. And it hit me. Rarely do I go on these walks unless it’s really beautiful outside. More often than not I give the excuse that it’s too cold, too dreary, too snowy…and soon it’ll probably be too hot, too buggy, too whatever-I-decide is the reason for not getting my blood pumping and spending time in the spectacular woods at camp.

As I walked last night, I realized what I might’ve missed had I opted for my comfy chair. Dusk rolling in was beautiful on the trail, the fog and misty rain made what usually felt familiar about it feel brand new. It felt like an adventure, and I anticipated what was ahead, as I waited till the last minute to head home before darkness engulfed me. I stood and watched light, drizzly rain dance on Lake Doris on my way back.


This is what we do well at Camp Merri-Mac and Timberlake. We teach campers the beauty in routine. Not always an easy routine, but a routine full of learning and growing with others. It’s really a wonderful model for how we should live throughout the year.

During the summer, it’s easy to fall into this routine and experience the joy that follows. But as summer ends and I’m still at camp, still getting to see Lake Doris and the Enchanted Barn everyday, I sometimes forget why daily routines are important. I tell myself it’s more important to go-with-the-flow, be spontaneous! Routines are restricting and habitual acts are boring!

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But the reality is that with no routine, I choose to sit in my little reading chair, missing the changing seasons and beauty of nature happening right outside my door. And I find it hard to hold onto what camp teaches me, that in a daily routine, I am set free to learn and grow and learn and grow. Embracing the rhythm of times set aside for living actually allows me to live more fully.

What fun and adventure is experienced in a life lived this way! Life will always be full of spontaneous moments, and I’m going to miss them if I don’t set a routine to watch them and make a point to experience them.

Maybe our first day at camp feels unfamiliar, but soon daily life in camp strengthens those routine muscles, if you will, that we naturally possess. Soon it’s natural to wake up to a bugle early, to clean and organize your area, to sit and listen to a chapel, to learn a skill set during the day, to sing songs at every meal, to scream and shout for our friends in competition, to spend time together playing and winding down after a long day, to listen to our friends and respect their ideas and feelings, to fall asleep to cicadas and wind in the trees.

And along the way new lessons are learned, new discoveries are taking place, all with our friends and counselors experiencing life with each other.


Camp offers so much to those who work and play here. It’s easy to see new skills and new relationships being built, but camp also builds a foundation for living for those who enter it. This foundation isn’t limiting and stifling. It is a foundation to jump off of, to build upon, to come back to and to rest on.

Written by: Sadie Roebuck – Intern 

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