Camp High Rocks Blog

Which Session Is Right For Your? Finding The Right Fit Each of our summer camp sessions has unique attributes and advantages.  Sessions range from one to four weeks to fit your family’s summer calendar and goals for camp. Wondering which session is right for you? Keep reading! This is perhaps the most common questions parents have about summer camp. WeRead More »
High Rocks Alum Spotlight: Liz Walker Welcome back to our Alumni Spotlight Series! This series highlights alumni throughout our years and what they are up to now. Interested in being spotlighted or want to nominate someone doing good work? Email Darby at office@highrocks.com. Today we are featuring Liz Walker. Read our other alumni spotlights on Barret Normann here and DaltonRead More »
Join us as we revisit the cherished memories, camp adventures, and camaraderie that made this summer unforgettable. Get ready to relive the magic. Our 2023 Slideshows are now LIVE! Watch your session below. (Click on the expander on the far right of the YouTube tool bar to watch in full screen.) Three Week & June Mini Slideshow https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HzhHGo_H1ec Four Week,Read More »
Hello, camp family! As the summer days gradually give way to the cozy embrace of autumn, we find ourselves immersed in the off-season. While the campfire may be temporarily extinguished, our spirits remain high as we engage in a range of tasks that set the stage for another fantastic summer ahead. In this blog, we'll take you through what weRead More »
HeadingThe Best of Times Time sure flies in just one week.  I know you are excited to see your boys, but it seems like they only arrived yesterday.  The boys wandered in this morning with a wonderful greasy, ashen, marshmallow look about them. I think I even saw a few specks of tomato sauce in the corners of their mouths.Read More »
Cabin Overnights It was another fantastic day at High Rocks! The boys are still working hard to make it to breakfast on time, but that means they are working hard with their cabin clean-up. There are two of us that do the cabin inspections for this session. Today's inspections were a very tight race. Bay Bennet and I had toRead More »
It is a true adventure here every day.  Some of the time just getting ready for the day is an adventure.  I enjoyed cruising through the cabins during clean-up time this morning. Many of the young guys are doing their best to just get their clothes on straight, let alone get the bed made and help out with group chores.  WhatRead More »
It sure was fun waking up to a whole new group of excited boys! I love the mornings up here on the mountain.  The nice cool air, and the calm.  Once that bell rings, it is off and running.  I queried some boys today.  They were up pretty early, some mentioned 6:30 am!  I am not surprised.  The excitement forRead More »
It sure was an incredible opening day! The perfect weather was delightful! I get so excited to meet new families. It was so great to see how excited the boys were to be here this morning. They have been waiting all summer for this week. It sure was a great way to kick it off. I sure hope you enjoyedRead More »
Time sure flies in just two weeks.  I know you are excited to see your boys, but it seems like they only arrived yesterday.  After a fun morning of some activity wrap-up, pony painting, and general excitement, we took a brief break to get packed before the big event of the day.  END GAME! It is amazing how excited the boysRead More »
Today was our last full day of activities.  We still had several trips out today. There were a couple of river canoe trips on the French Broad. The Hillside guys hit the high ropes course. And while it was a little rainy, it was really the first rainy day of the session. We still had a blast and a lotRead More »
It sure was another great morning here at High Rocks! The cool 64 degrees this morning was a delight! I made it up to our morning meeting only to find scratch-made biscuits being made! A little biscuit, a little jam, add some coffee. Suddenly a 7:30 am meeting doesn't seem too bad. I got a couple of biscuits fresh outRead More »
Boys Camp Tie Dye
This morning was quite the mountain treat as the sun dawned in clear skies. It was cool! The lows last night dipped into the 50's, making that extra blanket feel so cozy in a bunk bed. You could tell camp was enjoying it because the place was dead quiet before the bell, even in the youngest cabins. Cozy or not,Read More »
It sure was a wonderful morning here at The Rocks. I enjoyed a little coffee on the deck early and enjoyed the change of weather. It was cool and dry this morning. A welcomed change from the last few days. Mondays get busy fast but I sure enjoyed just a few minutes to myself before my puppy decided that peaceRead More »
So, Sundays at camp are always a little different.  We like to slow down a bit, think about the week we just completed, and ponder on the week ahead.  This morning was that kind of morning. The sun was coming up and there was a nice cool feel to the mountain air.  Just about perfect!  Although I still woke upRead More »
For as long as I have been here, we have had pancakes on Saturday.  Throughout High Rocks' history, there was a time that the director himself would cook pancakes on Saturday since our head cook was off that morning.  I tried that for a while, but the program has become much larger and more complex than in those days.  Nonetheless,Read More »
Our "work week" closed out today with a morning that was clear and already promising of some summer heat to come. Now, heat for us here on the mountain top may top out in the mid-80's, but the morning was noticeable nonetheless.  Yet the bell rang and the bustle began, with cabins getting cleaned and eager young folks showing upRead More »
This morning I enjoyed watching the guys roll in from the woods after their overnights.  The stories of the “grit” these overnights teach us are always enjoyable.  They even create the best memories.  I enjoy hearing about how late they stayed up, who ate the most pita pizzas, or even how bad the sleeping conditions were last night.  While youRead More »
It was a delightful morning here on the mountain.  Life at 3000 feet has its advantages. The blue sky stayed with us all day.  The morning breeze picked up as the temperature began to change. It made for a welcoming morning. While it was warm today, we still save a few degrees from Brevard which is another 1000 feet downRead More »
I think the first full day of camp is one of my favorites.  The boys have had a little time to be comfortable, but there is still a lot of excitement in the air.  They typically wake up early. As in WAY before the wake-up bell.  The first cabin clean-up takes a little longer as they try to work throughRead More »
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