news from merri-mac

RSS main news search

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!

IMG_0029 3






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 

Camp Merri-Mac 2014_Sunday Grant Photography (15 of 97)

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


Camp Merri-Mac 2014_Sunday Grant Photography (12 of 74)








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!


Another round of Voting tonight!










Former Timberlake counselor, Clark Beckham is literally rocking and rolling on American idol!  Tonight is another round of voting for the contestants.  Here is a link to the American Idol webpage on voting.  There are numerous ways to do it and you can vote multiple times.  Don’t forget to tune in on Fox at 8/7 central.  Let’s get our camp community together in support of Clark!

Why Summer Camp is Great for Your Daughter

Not sure why summer camp is a great idea for your daughter? Would I be right if I guessed that you never went to summer camp yourself as a child, or if you did, that it wasn’t a very good summer camp? Because if you did, you would know that camp is where you have the best time of your life. (And I’m truly sorry if you missed that.)

Camp memories never go away. Aside from all the fun from playing and participating in exciting activities, camp is unique in that it’s one of the few times to experience being with lots of other kids every day and every night. All that time being together at a summer camp creates bonds that come about by learning and doing things together, and really there is no other experience like it. There is often no other time in a person’s life to be with friends for an extended amount of time like camp. At summer camp there is no pressure to perform, be liked, or act a certain way. A single-gender camp is one of the only places that a child has the freedom to try things that they do not expect to be successful in and the result is that they often discover sports they love and wonderful talents. The freedom to fail is one of the most important parts of our best successes.

Summer camp also fosters independence because your daughter will get to think for herself and make a lot of her own decisions. Camp offers an opportunity to refresh and recharge for life when summer is done and freedom is more limited.

There are so many things that are great about summer camp. Probably the most valuable thing about summer camp is the special attention and support that’s available to kids that go there. It’s one of the few places your daughter can get encouragement, not only from counselors but from peers. A summer spent being around stress free challenges with cheers from peers can do so much to help a kid feel successful and confident. For a kid to feel proud of what they’ve accomplished and achieved at camp while being acknowledged and respected by their friends makes for a happier more confident kid that’s coming home to you.

Camp Merri-Mac in North Carolina is a safe and comfortable sleep away summer camp, that is encouraging, challenging and rewarding as it will help to teach your daughter independence and build her self confidence over the summer.

Children come to Camp Merri-Mac Christian Summer Camp for Girls in North Carolina to have fun. If you believe the happiest environment is one in which the love of Jesus Christ is displayed by the staff and experienced by everyone then you might decide a Christian Summer Camp is the way to go. We offer exciting activities, camp traditions, opportunities to meet new friends, and time to enjoy the great outdoors, so your daughter can learn about herself and grow in her walk with God.

To make the decision that’s right for you, get more information or schedule a tour of Camp Merri-Mac‘s Girls Christian Camp. Contact us at 828-669-8766.

What is a traditional camp?

Another Day At Camp

Another Day At Camp

It may be easiest to answer by contrast. A soccer camp specializes in teaching soccer through skilled instructors. They are great at that, and soccer players should go. A traditional camp specializes in growth through friends and adventure.

When campers live together week after week, summer after summer, they form a special type of friendship – they create a sisterhood, and that type of friendship builds an easy confidence. Think of the smile on your face the last time you discovered an unexpected friendship.

Second, girls need confidence, and they get that through a sense of adventure and the courage to explore things that are new and exciting. Think of the smile on your face the last time you succeeded at something you were not sure you could do. When girls do that, and when they get good at it, they develop resilience. That is what make s a girl go for a long hike in the snow, or play outside rather than a trip to the mall. It is also what makes them start a business, or work hard to get in a better school.

Growth through friends and adventure.

Great Camping!