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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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Anticipating Summer Camp For Girls

The excitement is in the air as warmer weather approaches and Camp Merri-Mac in the picturesque mountains of North Carolina gets ready to welcome the best part of the year. We hope your plans are finalized or are soon to be, so your daughter is guaranteed her best summer ever!

Summer may sneak up on you before you realize. If you haven’t registered your daughter for this year’s summer camp for girls, it’s still not too late. However, at this time, some bunks are now completely full. We want to avoid the ordeal of having to turn away any campers. Use the registration form on our website. It only takes a few minutes to fill out.

We look forward to a super fun summer! To all prospective families, please contact us with any questions you may have, and make sure to visit the Camp Merri-Mac website.

Here at Camp Merri-Mac, we believe that we were given a
wonderful world and we have a lot of fun living in it.  Camp Merri-Mac in North Carolina is a safe and comfortable sleep away summer camp for girls, that is encouraging, challenging and rewarding.  Contact us at 828-669-8766.

We would be happy to have you visit for a tour!

It’s official…Camp dads can fish!













Merri-Mac dad, Jamey Burrow, (father of Betsy) helped me do some “scouting” for our Merri-Mac Father/Daughter retreat last Friday.  We fished Curtis Creek in McDowell County and had good luck on a size 18 parachute adams and streamers.  We were really surprised that fish were active on the surface this early in spring but it was fun to catch fish with dry flies!

We are really excited about our May 15-17 Father/Daughter excursions this year.  Though both our kayaking and fishing trips are completely booked for the daughters, our Father/Son adventures Fly-fishing, Kayaking, and Mountain biking  May 8-10 still have a few spaces.  Also make note that dads will be initiated into their daughter’s tribe in a very relaxed evening ceremony with s’mores to follow!


Why Girls Need Summer Camp

If your daughter doesn’t spend much time outside, here are some very good reasons you should encourage her to, and even more reasons why girls need summer camp.

Kids Are Happier if they spend time outdoors. Studies have found that kids who play and explore outside are less stressed. Being outside helps a child to slow down to a natural pace. A child isn’t necessarily waiting for anything to happen outside. They’re able to notice other things besides the next text message, or to see if anyone responded to a post. They can
take a break from the glowing screen. And when they do, there is a huge world out there. Outside, your daughter can discover herself as she decides what to do, what to pursue
and what to look at. Outdoor experiences will provide her with new options and challenges.

Kids Are Healthier when they spend time outside where they have no choice but to be active whether it’s just walking around or doing something fun like hiking or playing. 30 minutes a day of activity can make a huge difference
to your daughter’s health and help her to build a strong immune system. Time outside can help to relieve pent up anxieties. Introducing your daughter to fun outdoor activities is a positive thing that can become a good habit with your help and influence. At Camp Merri-Mac summer camp in North Carolina, our counselors are trained to encourage girls to enjoy the outdoors, and it’s the perfect opportunity for your daughter to enjoy being outside with new friends.

Sharing time outdoors with friends and family can help to strengthen your daughter’s self esteem and give her a chance to comfortably interact with a group of people to build her social skills. Practicing outdoor activities can help her gain a sense of accomplishment while she learns or enhances her outdoor skills.

Kids Learn to Focus. Since nature is pretty amazing in all it’s intricicies, patterns and interwoven parts, being outside is where your daughter’s sense of wonder can expand as she takes the time to notice her surroundings. There is
no substitute for what nature can contribute to a child’s development and learning.

It’s Fun and Easy. Just step outside, and over time, being outdoors can develop into more interesting choices like field trips, sports training or other possibilities. Being outside can help build bonds with family and friends. There’s really nothing else quite like it.

Here at Camp Merri-Mac, we believe that we were given a
wonderful world and we have a lot of fun living in it.  Camp Merri-Mac in North Carolina is a safe and comfortable sleep away summer camp for girls, that is encouraging, challenging and rewarding.  Contact us at 828-669-8766.

How To Get Ready For Camp


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It’s March, you’re signed up for camp, you’ve completed your camper packet and now you are waiting for the big trip to the mountains. But there may be something else that has happened, you’ve started to have doubts. Fret not – you’re in great company – this happens to almost everyone! So here are five things you can do to help everyone be more comfortable.

  1. Take a vacation. Camps are in beautiful places, so take a family trip to visit your camp. You meet a camp director and you think he’s great (because we all are!). But then you go home and start to doubt your first impressions. So come back and meet him again. It will also give your camper a sneak peak at their cabin
  2. Demythologize homesickness. We’re all homesick sometimes; haven’t you ever missed home while you were on vacation? One of the best parts of growing up is loving a group so much that you are willing to miss home a little to enjoy  being with them. That’s what happened when you went to college, that’s what happened when you got married, and that’s what happens at a great camp. One of the hardest parts of homesickness is being afraid you will be homesick. Go ahead and remove that by telling your camper that it’s okay to miss home.
  3. Make a friend. Call the director and ask if you can connect with a few campers in your child’s cabin. We also like to have our counselors contact first year campers so campers will have someone to look out for when they arrive.
  4. Remember the big secret. Parents are every bit as nervous as their campers. Don’t let your camper know this, but do let the Camp Director know because we’re parents too. We get it, and we can tell you what worked when we sent our children to camp.
  5. And remember the other secret. Returning campers get nervous too. They start to worry that camp will not be as magical this year, or that their friends won’t be as welcoming as they remember. I think it is because they have been in school all year. But camp never changes – it’s always magical.

Here’s the best news of the day: the more nervous a camper is the more they will grow at camp. The more you invest the larger the reward, and the more nervous you are the more proud you will be when camp ends up being the best decision you ever made. That’s the way kids become curious; that’s they way they develop a sense of adventure.

Great Camping!

Iroquois soul from Clark Beckham on American Idol

As you can see, we got another great dose of soul last night from Clark Beckham on American Idol!  In my humble opinion, it was his best performance yet and it really does seem like he is getting better and better every time he gets up there.  Frankly, I am not used to seeing people that I am friends with succeed like this on such a large stage (literally).  It is a bit shocking and so wonderful to get to participate in from afar.  We here at camp feel privileged to get to watch our boy do so well and have other people appreciate him the way that we have (for other reasons) for the past three years.  Go Iroquois!  Go Clark!