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The Best Gift Under the Tree


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!



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


|Available positions for Summer 2016|

|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!

Director Travels

Loved seeing Ella Grace at our most recent Charlotte meeting. Charlotte, NC is one of our favorite Merri-Mac towns. With great schools like Providence Day School and Charlotte Latin it’s a great place for a Merri-Mac reunion!


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!

a recipe for success

Merri-Mac's cooking class |Summer 2015 |

Merri-Mac’s cooking class |Summer 2015 |

There are few moments that bring on a louder cheer in the Merri-Mac Dining hall than when the trays of S’more pockets are brought to each table.  When the menu board reads Baked oatmeal, Taco in a bag, or S’more pockets, a giddy excitement rushes through all the campers, as someone inevitably proclaims, “this is my favorite!”

With that in mind we thought it would be fun to share some of our favorite camp recipes with you so that the next time your daughter is really missing camp, (which, let’s be honest, is always) together you can make something to remember the good ol’ days of summer time at Merri-Mac.  Enjoy!  

Baked Oatmeal: Ingredients

3 Cups quick cooking oats

1 Cup Brown Sugar

2 teaspoons Baking Powder

1 teaspoon Salt

1 teaspoon Ground Cinnamon

2 Eggs

1 Cup Milk

½ Cup Butter, Melted


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  In a large bowl, combine oats, brown sugar, baking powder, salt and cinnamon.  
  2. In another bowl, whisk eggs, milk and butter.  Stir into oat mixture until incorporated.  
  3. Spoon mixture into a greased 9×9 baking pan.  Bake for 40-45 minutes or until set.  Serve warm with milk (optional)

Taco in a Bag: Ingredients

Browned Seasoned Taco meat

Snack size bags of Fritos

Shredded Lettuce

Shredded Cheese

Sour Cream

Diced Tomatoes

Diced Onions


  1. While bag is still closed, crunch the Fritos into small pieces
  2. Open Frito Bag and scoop desired amount of Taco meat into bag.  Top with desired Taco toppings.
  3. Insert fork into Frito Bag to mix, enjoy.

S’More Pockets: Ingridients

1 Premade Pie Crust (homemade optional)

3 Milk Chocolate Hershey bars

2 Cups Mini Marshmallows

1 Egg white (beaten)


  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees
  2. Unroll pie crust onto a lightly floured surface
  3. Break Chocolate into segments of three
  4. Cut pie crust into rectangles the are slightly larger than the segment of chocolate; a pizza cutter works great for this. (Kneed the extra cut off dough together to make more rectangles.)
  5. Put a chocolate segments and about 10 mini marshmallows on a rectangle. Top with another rectangle of dough.  
  6. Pinch the edges together and press with a fork.
  7. Place the S’more pocket on a baking sheet and brush top with egg white ( beaten)
  8. Bake for 14-17 minutes.


| By: Ally Gudeman, Assistant Director |


Cultivating a Community










All around camp our passionate landscaping team has cultivated and developed the many trees, bushes, flowers, and fields on our property.  The intentional care of our property serves as a beautiful metaphor of our ministry model here at camp.

This property has taken years and years of cultivation and devoted attention.  Our grounds keepers have intentionally dedicated time and love to working with the land day after day.  We recognize that each part of the land holds a unique and special beauty that contributes to the community of our property, thus making it a better place.  Each piece of land is personally cared for based on its needs and developed with loving and gentle intentions.

Much like the way our landscaping team cares for our unique and beautiful land, so do we care for our campers.  We believe that each camper is perfectly unique, beautiful, and worthy to be cared for.  There is a desire to care for and love our campers so well that they feel empowered to become the best, strongest and most confident versions of themselves.  We spend intentional time, year after year, loving these young women and getting to know them each personally.  We attempt to cater specifically to their needs and hopes each day.  As a forest cannot grow over night, so it is with the campers of Merri-Mac. With each passing year Merri-Mac will be here, helping grow, cultivate, and develop our campers into the strong, beautiful, and mystifying pieces of God’s creation that we truly believe they are.

By: Ally Gudeman |assistant director|


Bobby Boyd |making camp the beautiful place we all love|

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)