*****THIS GIVEAWAY HAS ENDED – OUR WINNER IS ALANNA JONES*****
Smarties, our Camp Season continues with an A-M-A-Z-I-N-G giveaway as a part of our 2015 Smarty Camp Corner! Our Smarty friends at Camp Highlander are giving away a three-week session at Camp Highlander – Session B, June 28-July 17 for campers ages 6-12. This is a value of $4,300 – pick me, pick me!
For those of you not familiar with Camp Highlander, we bring you a CH alum and lover of all things on that beautiful mountain! Meet Julia Ade, Creative Manager at Camp Highlander and former Ballantyne resident, so she has the QC in her roots! Julia went to CH as a child and now her children are campers.
Camp Highlander: A Place Like No Other Right Here in North Carolina
Summer camp. For certain people, those two little words have the power to evoke some of the most heartfelt memories of childhood. I’m one of those people. In the mid-1980s, I was a middle school student living in south Florida. I had spent many of my summers going to day camp or the local pool, however, I was now at the prime age when kids to go to “sleep away” camp, and I was totally intrigued with the idea of leaving my parents and hanging out with friends for a few weeks. I had heard from classmates that there was a really amazing summer camp in western North Carolina called Camp Highlander. Rumor had it that it was the most magical place on Earth (and we only lived a mere four hours from Disney World). So, of course, I just had to see for myself if the rumors were true.
They most certainly were.
Camp Highlander (otherwise known as CH) is in Mills River, North Carolina, located about 20 minutes outside of Asheville. I had the pleasure of attending CH from 1984–1987, and again in 1989 (my parents made me take the summer of 1988 off from camp to attend driver’s ed class. A discount on insurance trumped my summer fun, which makes total sense to me as an adult). One thing is for sure: There is no feeling like the one you get in the pit of your stomach as you turn down Dalton Road toward camp. The campers and staff at CH become a second family. I spent four years as a camper and one as a C.I.T. (Counselor in Training). Then, like so many kids, I transitioned into college life and no longer attended camp. I closed that wonderful chapter of my life, or so I thought.
Fast-forward 22 years later. In 2011, I attended a Camp Highlander alumni reunion at CH. I had not seen camp since I was a senior in high school, and, needless to say, it was absolutely surreal. From the moment that I stepped foot on camp again, all those fond memories instantly flooded back. What also struck me was the feeling that I could completely be myself again. As adults, we wear so many different hats – from mommy to nurse to corporate team member – that we often lose ourselves in the chaos of life. Just as it had done for me as a child, Camp Highlander gave me permission to just be me. It was truly liberating. As a child, CH was a home away from home; it provided a safe place to try new things and gave me life skills that I still use to this day. Now, I am a writer, and I most certainly gained the self-confidence and resilience needed in a creative field through the challenges and adventure that Camp Highlander offered.
These days, I am very blessed to be part of the Camp Highlander staff. Additionally, both my children are campers at Highlander and we attend Family Camp together every year. Camp Highlander embraces all children so openly and offers dozens of exciting activities and opportunities for kids to build self-esteem, confidence and character. Camp Highlander truly is A Place Like No Other.
One lucky Smarty will win a Three-Week Session at Camp Highlander!
In only a few visits, my elementary-age children have already gained so much from Camp Highlander. From learning how to share and cooperate with cabin mates to gaining courage, strength and confidence through new challenges and experiences, I can’t imagine there being a better, more fun way for my kids to obtain these invaluable life lessons.
Give your child the gift of the most memorable summer ever in the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains of western North Carolina! For the first time ever, Camp Highlander is giving away one three-week session for campers ages 6-12 from June 28-July 17! One love from your friends at Camp Highlander!
The Smarty Camp Highlander Giveaway!
One lucky Smarty will win a three-week session at Camp Highlander – Session B, June 28-July 17 for campers ages 6-12. You must do the following to enter:
1) Click here to take the official survey to register to win.
3) You MUST be a CSP e-newsletter subscriber.
4) Leave a comment below with what your child’s favorite activity would be at Camp Highlander!
We’ll pick our winner on Tuesday, April 21st.
About Session B:
Session B is Camp Highlander’s premier session for “camp life.” This three- week action-packed session is dedicated entirely to programming and activities for our campers, with the emphasis on progressive skill-building with Highlander’s signature P5 program. During Session B campers, along with their cabin, will have the opportunity to participate in all on-camp activities, all off-camp trips, cabin overnights and outrageous evening programs such as our Monte Carlo Carnival and the infamous Mr. Highlander Pageant.
Session B’s Fourth of July, Stars and Stripes celebration is a highlight of this 20-day program. This two-day event is filled with intense competition, an optional 5K run, our Peanut Drop tradition and a spectacular fireworks display. Campers love Session B because it is the perfect combination of competition, cabin unit bonding and personal challenge and growth. We call session B, the ultimate camp experience!
You can find Camp Highlander at:
Karl and Shelley Alexander invite you to discover why Camp Highlander is A Place Like No Other! To check for openings at their 1-week, 2-week or 3-week sessions, or for more information, visit www.camphighlander.com , contact 828-891-7721 or firstname.lastname@example.org.