Frequently Asked Questions

For decades, campers, and their families have been coming to Camp Henry for an experience that is difficult to put into words. To spend a week at Camp Henry is to feel unconditionally included and valued. It is a place to learn, grow, relax, and play. Many of the people who have left Camp Henry have done so for ordained ministry, lay ministry, and with changed views of life and God. Many people have met their future spouse and made lifelong friendships here. Why does this happen? I believe that it is because people are known authentically here. People can be themselves, experience love, learn about responsibility in a community, learn acceptance of themselves and others, and experience the love of God. This is powerful stuff.

Camp Henry takes conscious steps to rapidly and deeply develop community each week. The permanent staff, summer staff, Chaplains, and nurse all strive to help the young people here learn to love themselves and each other more deeply.

Registration for Summer 2023 will open October 15, 2022 at noon. If you attended camp in 2022, please review and update ALL forms to ensure that it is up to date with information from over the year. This is especially important for the Medical Forms. We are using a new registration software, so if you did not attend camp in 2022 please plan to re-enter information that you have previously entered in years past. You will not have to create a new account in the future when registering for camp, diocesan youth and young adult programs, or to stay at Lake Logan. 

A coupon code allows you to take advantage of one of our 2 discounted camp fee options. Please review our financial aid options for more information on coupon code eligibility.

Transfer codes are given out by churches or other sponsoring organizations and allow families to transfer a portion of their camp fees to the sponsoring organization.

At Camp Henry, we take your child’s safety very seriously. We believe that safety not only encompasses your child’s physical safety but also their emotional and spiritual safety as well. We can’t promise that your child will not get hurt or sick, but we take great caution in protecting your child. The summer staff are all trained in Red Cross First Aid, Safe Church practices, and CPR, or Basic Cardio-Pulmonary Resuscitation. This training includes advanced airway maintenance training as well as training on an Automated External Defibrillator, or AED. Camp Henry has three regularly maintained AED’s located around the property. Additionally, the summer staff are trained for possible disaster scenarios, such as a fire or tornado. All staff have also been trained to be open and affirming to campers and we care deeply about our campers emotional safety.

We will have either an RN or Nurse Practitioner on site while your child is here. Our CHOS Program Coordinator is certified in Wilderness First Aid.

Camp Henry requires hand washing by all staff and campers and provides hand sanitizing stations throughout camp. In addition, your child is encouraged to maintain personal hygiene during the week.

Your child will be supervised 24/7 while at Camp Henry. Most of the time, there will be a college-age staff person with your camper, although younger camps may have highschool-aged LAMPers assigned to cabin groups. LAMP, or our Leadership Adventure Mission Program, is a selective program for rising 11-12th graders who at times will act as counselors in training. At times, such as during night games, campers will be with a LAMPer. 

During the normal business week (Monday-Friday, 9 AM-5 PM), someone will typically be in the office. The voice mail will be checked periodically in the evenings during camp sessions. Our office number is 828-646-0095 ext. 2 and is also forwarded to the director’s cell during evenings and weekends. If he does not answer please leave a detailed message and he or an assistant director will return your call ASAP.

The mail runs daily during the week to Camp Henry. Please send any mail to: 

Camper’s Name, 

Camp Henry 

25 Wormy Chestnut Ln 

Canton, NC 28716

This next bit of information can save you on postage. Put a care package together before bringing your camper to camp, bring it with you, and then give it to our “Post Office” during registration. Write on the package who it is for and what day you would like to have it delivered to your camper. We will take care of the rest. Please limit care packages to one per session and do not include food of any kind. We intend to create a safe space for all campers, which includes accommodating for various allergies.

Parents may also send one-way emails that can be activated through their Campwise account with a $5 charge per session. These are printed out and delivered to campers with mail each day. One-way emails sent after Thursday night will not be delivered.

We do not allow parents to phone their children during camp unless there is an emergency. Cell phones are not allowed during the camp week. Cell phones will be taken up during registration, along with car keys if the camper is old enough to drive, and they will be returned during check out. This rule is to protect your camper from misuse of camera phones and to allow your camper an experience of independence, which is an essential developmental skill.

Let’s review a typical (if there is such a thing) day at Camp:

It’s important to know that the days at Camp are flexible. If we anticipate storms in the afternoon, we may move swim time to the morning. All activities are weather dependent for safety and subject to change. Times and activities may be adjusted based on the age of the campers.

  • 7:45 AM Wake Up
  • 8:15 AM Breakfast
  • 9 AM Camp Clean Up
  • 9:45 AM Singing, dancing, morning program
  • 11:30 AM Games
  • 12:15 PM Lunch
  • 1 PM Rest Time- may be taken in cabins or in nature, depending on weather
  • 2:15 PM Skills time
  • 3:30 PM Canteen
  • 4:30 PM Lake/Swim Time
  • 6:15 PM Dinner
  • 7 PM Evening Activities / Night Game
  • 8:30 PM Compline
  • 9:30 PM Cabin Time
  • 10 PM Lights Out

Morning Program: After breakfast and Camp Clean-up, all campers will come together, often in Celebration Hall, to wake up with some singing and dancing, before participating in our morning program, led by the Chaplain and staff. 

Skills: Our afternoon activities vary depending on the age of the camp. Standard activities include nature hikes, playing in the river, recreation periods (spikeball, gaga ball, frisbee, field games, and others), arts and crafts, sailing or kayaking on the lake, and sometimes camp wide activities like Field Day. For our older campers, we offer the Alpine Tower.

Canteen: During Canteen, campers take a break, build community, and have options for a drink and snack. Chips, crackers, various fruits, jerky, and trail mix are options on a rotating basis.

Evening Activities: Evening activities vary depending on the age group. Each week we will have a bonfire with smores and stories, and a “Night Game” most evenings. Other evening activities may include themed dances, Zombies, capture the flag, CLUE, dodgeball, and movie night! The campers are often given input in the nightly plans. Each night will conclude with Compline and cabin time for campers to wind down from their exciting day.

Cabin Time: Cabin Time is something special we like to do here at Camp Henry. Each evening the cabin counselors are allotted time to spend with just their cabin (and sometimes with their co-cabin) to debrief the day and provide a space for campers to wind down and/or bond with each other. Counselors are given independence and an opportunity to be creative in this activity so it often varies a good bit from cabin to cabin. Also, the duration and structure of this time varies from one age group to the next. 

Eucharist: Each week, typically on Fridays before check-out, campers participate in a Eucharist Service lead by the weekly Chaplain, who is often a priest in the Diocese. Each cabin is given the opportunity to offer something to the service in the form of skits, songs, readings, artwork or another creation that they come up with. The service is a special way to wrap up each week, even for those who do not come from a religious background.

CHOS stands for Camp Henry Outdoor School. The CHOS camps are an immersive experience for young people to camp, build community, learn more about nature, hike, and experience the great outdoors. The CHOS camps spend 2 days and 1 night backpacking through Pisghah National Forest and the public lands adjoining the Lake Logan property. CHOS Amplified is offered to campers who have participated in a CHOS session previously, they will spend 3 1/2 days and 3 nights backpacking. During their excursion they will learn firebuilding, campsite set up, land navigation skills, and wilderness safety- not to mention get to take in some breathtaking views!

While in camp, campers will learn new camping skills, swim in the lake, hike nearby, gain insight into environmental education, have their own Eucharist, hear stories, and much more. Wonderful community is built each week during this camp.

Service Camp is a session for high school aged campers that is modeled after a traditional camp session, with a program that focuses on service and a slightly altered schedule. On the first night of camp, campers will meet the chaplain and team leaders and choose from an array of service projects that they will work on each morning. Instead of typical morning programming, campers will work with their small group and team leader to complete their service project and build community. After lunch, activities will follow our traditional camp schedule. At the end of the week there will be a “tour of projects”, where campers can showcase their hard work with their group.

Traditional Camp Packing List:

  • Backpack 
  • Twin bed linens, a blanket or sleeping bag, and a pillow 
  • Towels (2, one for bathing, one for water activities)
  • Toiletries (soap, shampoo, comb/brush, toothbrush, toothpaste, deodorant, etc.)
  • Shoes (closed-toed tennis shoes for running around camp and water shoes) 
  • Any medications that your child may take (these will be turned in to the medical personnel at registration) 
  • Enough clothes for the week (7 tops and 7 bottoms. It is a good idea to pack their “going home clothes in a labeled ziplock bag to ensure they are clean for the ride home!)
  • Long sleeve shirt or jacket 
  • 1-2 Pair of pants 
  • Bathing suit 
  • Rain jacket or poncho 
  • Flashlight 
  • Bug spray 
  • Sun protection lotion/spray 
  • Water bottle 
  • A hat is a good idea 
  • It is also a good idea to label everything with the camper’s name in permanent ink 
  • Item(s) to tie dye (suggested items: pillowcases, socks & tee shirts)

 

More detail is provided with this list in the Family Handbook.

Trail Items

  • 2 pairs of synthetic (non-cotton) hiking shorts
  • 2 synthetic (non-cotton) t-shirts
  • At least 3 pairs of synthetic (non-cotton) underwear
  • 2 sports-bras, if applicable (non-cotton)
  • 1 long underwear top and bottom (non-cotton)
  • At least 2-3 pair of light hiking socks (yep, you guessed it, non-cotton)
  • 1 pair of hiking boots/shoes (if you are purchasing a new pair of boots for your summer trip it is, STRONGLY ADVISED, that they are broken in too help prevent your chance of foot injuries, such as blisters)
  • 1 pair of shoes or sandals (with ankle strap) that you don’t mind getting wet and dirty during our rafting trip. (Crocs and similar sandals are a great base camp shoe, however the chances of them staying on your feet during our whitewater rafting trip are slim!)
  • L.E.D. Headlamp w/ extra batteries
  • 2 durable water bottles, At least 1 liter in size
  • A few gallon and quart sized Ziploc bags
  • Feminine hygiene products, if applicable
  • 1 travel sized toothbrush/toothpaste
  • 1 small bottle of insect repellent
  • 1 small bottle of sunscreen
  • 1 bandana

Base Camp Items (not necessary to take on trail)

  • At least 2 sets of comfortable base camp clothes (cotton is acceptable)
  • 1 deodorant
  • Shampoo and soap
  • 1 towel
  • 1 duffle bag or suitcase to store your belongings while we’re on trail

Optional Items

  • Hat/Sunglasses (do NOT bring anything that shouldn’t get dirty or can’t handle wilderness travel)
  • A book (remember that this is a lightweight program, and you will be carrying this, so maybe don’t bring your hardback copy of War & Peace)
  • 1 small pocket knife (please let CHOS staff know at check-in if you choose to bring one, we will hold it for you and administer them at a time when their use is appropriate.)
  • A small camera (disposables may be a thing of the past, but they’re mighty convenient on trail if/when they are lost or damaged, leave your DSLR’s at home)

 

More detail is provided with this list in the Family Handbook.

A Camp Henry summer T-shirt, water bottle, and snack at canteen each day are included in the price for camp. Your camper will not need any money unless he/she would like to buy something in the Store, which is only open the day of registration and the last evening of camp.

If you are dropping off your camper or picking them up at camp, you might not want to have the camper bring money. If there are purchases in the Store, you can shop with your camper during registration or when you check your camper out. Purchases from the store can also be made on our online store, so that your camper can receive them while at camp.

Camp Henry will not be responsible for any money lost by a camper.

The Chaplains are typically priests from within the Episcopal faith who volunteer their time and talents for a week at Camp Henry. They plan a program that is age-appropriate ahead of time that ties into the summers overall theme. This program sets the tone for the week and campers address issues at an age-appropriate level. Each spring, the Camp Henry Director meets with the Chaplains and we come up with a theme for the summer. Art activities, skits, small group discussions, videos, talks, etc. are all ways that the Chaplains engage campers.

It is important to note that while our faith formation follows Episcopal tradition, all are welcome at Camp Henry!

If your child becomes sick at camp, they will be taken to the camp nurse. There will be opportunities to see the nurse at each meal and at bedtime, and the nurse is typically present at the lakefront and large group games. If a child becomes sick any other time, the nurse is on site 24/7 and is available to take care of sick campers. We have a well-stocked infirmary with bed space and have an on-call MD as well. If the nurse believes a child needs to see a doctor, we will notify the parents, advise you of the situation, and get your input on the treatment for your child. Also, if your child is sick for more than 24 hours we will contact you. Haywood County has a local hospital and several clinics that are within 20 minutes of camp. 

Children do sometimes become homesick, and it happens at all ages. As a matter of fact, a recent study suggests that up to 90% of all children experience homesickness. About 20% of children experience homesickness to the point that it can affect their camp experience. The team of the nurse, counselors, staff and directors will do all that we can to help with the homesickness, including encouraging them to write letters, read, engage with others, and journal. Often, after a child is here for awhile and gets involved, the homesickness subsides. Sometimes it does not. If a child reaches the point where we feel that we are not effective in calming a child’s homesickness, we will consult with you and plan a course of action for your child.

Camp Henry has excellent food service! For breakfast, we have a hot meal that includes such items as eggs, bacon or sausage, pancakes, hot cereal, an assortment of juices, milk, yogurt, bagels, and water. For lunch, we have such items as hotdogs, hamburgers, sandwiches, chicken sandwiches, and a salad bar to choose from.

For dinner, we have such items as spaghetti, pizza, chicken tenders, assorted vegetables, and that wonderful salad bar. We source our ingredients locally whenever possible and pride ourselves on ensuring meals are well balanced. 

In addition to typical meals, we offer canteen in the afternoon with an assortment of snacks, including chips, popcorn, trail mix, popsicles, crackers, and sometimes watermelon.

The campers are encouraged to drink at least two glasses of water at each meal and water breaks are built in during the day. For camp wide events in the afternoon and evening, water coolers are available. We strive to keep the campers well hydrated.

On the first day of camp (typically a Sunday), registration will begin at 3:00 pm at the Main Lodge. There will be signs to direct you to the correct building. Please line up on the path between the shrubbery and on the porch and we will begin promptly at 3:00pm. There will be signs to direct LAMP and CHOS Check-in through one door and Traditional Camp Check-in through another. After signing in your camper and receiving their cabin assignment you will receive a T-shirt for your camper, have an opportunity to purchase Camp Henry Merchandise, and check in with the nurse. If your child has medications please bring them to check-in. From there, you will be directed to meet your camper’s counselor who will accompany you to the appropriate cabins. Parents are welcome to go up to the cabins to help set-up their bed or you may say good-bye at the office. Please be thoughtful of what would be best for your camper.

Please be advised that registration starts at 3:00pm. We will not be able to supervise your child before this time or check your child into camp before this time.

Camp check-out begins at 5pm on the last day of camp (typically a Friday). There will be a table set up at the Dining Hall entrance and your campers belongings will be stored under the Arts and Crafts pavilion. We require a signature from you in order for us to release your camper. After you sign your camper out, they will be called out to come and see you, and you can gather their belongings on the way out. Please do not pick up your camper’s belongings until after you have signed them out so that they may help ensure that everything is collected. If you wish to see a camper that is not your own, you must wait until their guardian arrives to sign them out.

Please be prompt in picking your child up on the last day of camp. When the session is over, the staff continues to work throughout the evening reviewing the week, meeting with the Chaplain, planning the next camp session, and cleaning the camp before we leave. If you have extenuating circumstances that warrant a late pick up please contact the camp as soon as possible to discuss the proper course of action.

Camp Henry kids jumping in water
kayaks