Camp Henry Information

Why should I send my child to Camp Henry?

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, an 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 and nurse all strive to help the young people here learn to love themselves and each other more deeply.

How do I receive the subsidized rate for camp?

To receive our subsidized rate, all you have to do is enter the coupon code “subsidy” at registration. This discount is offered on the honor system for families that are unable to afford the full cost of camp. 

Will my child be safe at Camp Henry?

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 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 a regularly maintained AED centrally located in our dining hall. In addition, the summer staff are trained in Red Cross First Aid. Additionally, the summer staff are trained for possible disaster scenarios, such as a fire or tornado. 

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, and our Director is a Wilderness First Responder.

Camp Henry requires hand washing by all staff and campers before meals 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 10-12th graders who at times will act as counselors in training. At times, such as during our morning staff meetings, campers will be with a LAMPer. 

How should I contact Camp Henry if there is an emergency?

During the normal business week (Monday-Friday, 8:30 am-5:00 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. 105 and is also forwarded to the director, Jessi LeFiles, cell during evenings and weekends. If she does not answer please leave a detailed message and she or an assistant director will return your call ASAP.

How can I contact my camper while he/she is at Camp Henry?

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.

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.

What will my child do on a typical day at Camp Henry?

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.

  • 7:30 AM Wake Up
  • 8 AM Breakfast
  • 9 AM Camp Clean Up
  • 9:45 AM Stretching, singing, morning program
  • 11:15 AM Games
  • 12:15 PM Lunch
  • 1 PM Rest Time- may be taken in cabins or in nature, depending on weather
  • 2:15 PM Lake/River Time
  • 3:30 PM Canteen
  • 4:30 PM Skills time
  • 6 PM Dinner
  • 7 PM Evening Activities
  • 8:30 PM Campfire and 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 receive their mail, take a break and build community, and have options for a drink and snack. Homemade snacks from our kitchen, 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 Skit/Talent Night. Other evening activities may include themed dances, Zombies, capture the flag, CLUE, 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.

What is “CHOS”?

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 3 days and 2 nights backpacking through Pisgha National Forest and the public lands adjoining the Lake Logan property. 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!

During this session, campers will camp, help prepare their own meals, and take a three day/two night trip somewhere in the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains.

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

What is “Work Camp”?

Work 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.

What is “Performing Arts Camp”?

Performing Arts Camp is a session for campers in grades 5-12 that is modeled after a traditional camp session, with a program that focuses on living into each camper’s talents and passions for the performing arts and culminating in a group performance at the end of the week. During the first night of camp, campers will divide into groups that include singing, dancing, acting, instrumental music, set design, etc. and will meet with their team leaders to discuss the week’s goals. Over the following days the groups will spend their mornings and some evenings and skill times developing and practicing their portions of the performance. On the last day of camp campers will perform their production for their families!

What does my child need to bring to Camp Henry?

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-toe 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)

CHOS Camp Packing List:

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)

Does my camper need to bring money to camp?

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 morning of camp.

If you are dropping off your camper or picking him/her 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.

Who are the Chaplains and what do they do?

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!

What happens if my child becomes sick, is hurt, or homesick?

If your child becomes sick at camp, she/he 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 director 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 dealing with the situation, we will call a parent and get feedback from you. We will consult with you and plan a course of action for your child.

What will my child eat while at Camp?

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.

When does camp begin and end?

On the beginning of each start of camp, registration begins at 3:00 pm in the Main Lodge. There will be signs, counselors, and various other staff to direct you to the correct building. Please line up on the walkway leading to the front porch of the Main Lodge and when we are ready to begin, promptly at 3:00, we will invite you in. First you will check in with the nurse. There will be two lines to see the nurse. One line will be for those who have medications or need to talk to the nurse and a line for those who don’t. From there you will be directed through the rest of the registration process, which will include checking that all paperwork has been completed and handing out camp swag. After registration, you can take your child up to his/her cabin and unpack them- a counselor will accompany you.

Camp check-out begins at 4pm on the last day of camp. There will be a table set up at the Arts and Crafts pavilion and your campers belongings will be stored under the pavilion. Your camper will be in Celebration Hall, and after you sign them out, they will be called out to come and see you. Please do not go into the Celebration Hall to get them. We require a signature from you in order for us to release your camper.

Exceptions to the 4pm check out are the Performing Arts Camp. At Performing Arts Camp, your camper will be released to you after the performance. Please go through our check-out system before the performance. A table will be located in the lobby. If you do not make the performance, your camper will be transported back to camp and your camper will be checked out there.

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.

Also, 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 Dean, planning the next camp session, and cleaning the camp before we leave.

Camp Henry kids jumping in water