Camp Henry offers every participant an experience of the Living God in an environment of unconditional love, imagination, and engagement.
Camp Henry is a ministry of the Episcopal Diocese of Western North Carolina and located in Haywood County at Lake Logan, just 40 minutes west of Asheville. While we are rooted in the Episcopal faith, ALL are welcome! Our 300-acre property includes a stunning, mile-long lake surrounded by the Shining Rock Wilderness Area of Pisgah National Forest. The beautiful lake, playing fields, and forests offer incredible opportunities for swimming, boating, fishing, playing games, hiking, exploring, and much more.
The Following are precautions that are put in place for our Summer 2021 sessions. These precautions were derived from guidance from the CDC, NC Department of Health and Human Services, and the American Camp Association.
- Staff in all departments are fully vaccinated. We are tracking camper vaccinations and hopeful that all eligible campers will be vaccinated before coming to camp.
- Total camper capacity has been limited to 75% or lower for each camp session.
- All parents and campers should come prepared with masks and be prepared to wear them when asked. This will include when they are indoors, specifically in the dining hall, and when 6 feet of distance can not be maintained. This is subject to change throughout the summer but will be at the discretion of the Camp Henry leadership team.
- Camp staff will have masks available to meet these standards.
- Families should symptom screen their campers for a minimum of 5 days leading up to their arrival to camp. Interstate travel is discouraged.
- Campers will be symptom screened at drop off and each morning prior to leaving their cabins.
- Parent drop off at registration is limited to the outdoor area between the Dining Hall and Celebration Hall. Families will be spaced out between registration stations. Parents are not permitted in the cabins.
- Dining hall tables will be spread out with fewer chairs per table. All Dining hall windows will be open to allow increased airflow.
- Face coverings will be worn when in line for food, in vehicles, and indoors when distancing and open airflow is impossible.
- All areas used for programming, sleeping, and food service are to be cleaned with a CDC approved disinfectant each day.
- Campers will be kept in cohorts of cabin groups when required. There will be times that cohorts will interact.
- Campers and staff are required to wash hands frequently during the day.
NC DHHS Overnight Camp Guidance can be reviewed HERE. Please contact Jessi LeFiles, Camp Henry director, with any questions regarding Camp Henry’s implementation of this guidance.
If new guidelines or recommendations are issued we will adjust our practices to best care for our staff and campers.
Campers 2nd grade through high school participate in creative, engaging, and diverse programs based on scripture, liturgy, environmental education, and conservation designed by clergy and staff. Counselors provide opportunities for the campers to have fun and learn through traditional and nontraditional sports and games, boating, fishing, sailing, hiking, arts & crafts, singing, storytelling, worship, and much more.
Most sessions run from Sunday to Friday afternoon, with a half-week session offered for our youngest campers. Campers may choose to “bridge” from one session to another for a longer camp experience. This experience can be added during registration.
Families enjoy a half-week of relaxation and fun, while our staff takes care of the rest. Like a family vacation, but you don’t have do any of the work! Two sessions are available to accommodate work schedules.
CHOS focuses on learning, living, traveling, and experiencing God’s majesty in a backcountry setting. Participants will learn through hands-on experience planning routes, food rationing, map reading, Leave-No-Trace ethics, and expedition management. Using lightweight equipment and backpacking skills, you will experience the incredible Smoky Mountains that create the scenic backdrop for Camp Henry.
Sessions are available for middle and high schoolers and are usually one week, with an extended “CHOS Amplified” version available even more adventure.
LAMP is a two-week session for 10th-12th graders, LAMPers develop leadership skills, engage with the community through service, and go on exciting adventures, like whitewater rafting.
Wilderness Wanderings is designed for adults who are hungry for the spiritual healing that can come when we wander into the wilderness in intentional ways with spiritual guides and a community of fellow seekers.
Camp Henry is accredited by the American Camp Association, which means that we voluntarily undergo a thorough review of our operation — from staff qualifications and training to emergency management. ACA collaborates with experts from the American Academy of Pediatrics, the American Red Cross, and other youth-serving agencies to assure that accredited camps reflect the most up-to-date, research-based standards in camp operation.