FAQs

Frequently Asked Questions

We hope to use this opportunity to alleviate some of the anxieties that may exist as you prepare to send your son to overnight camp for the first time. This can be an exciting but also somewhat stressful time for parents and campers. The decision to place your son in someone else’s care is for many parents one of the most difficult choices you can make in their young age. Below are some Frequently Asked Questions. If you have more, please don’t hesitate to contact us.

How can I check on how my son is doing while he is at camp?

Parents are welcome to call the camp office and speak with the Directors or head counselors about their son. We also have daily updates on the website with pictures and a brief synopsis of what is happening at camp that day. You will also receive a letter from the director in the first few days of camp and a summary letter from the counselor of your son’s experience at the end of the session. Again we welcome phone calls to check on your son but campers are not allowed to make or receive phone calls themselves except for extenuating circumstances.

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What is your camper to staff ratio?

3 campers to 1 staff member.

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Do you have a camp nurse?

High standards of health and safety are set and maintained. A resident Registered Nurse is on duty at the camp infirmary. Our doctors are in nearby Brevard (eight miles), with a well-equipped clinic and hospital. Dental and medical specialists are also available to us in nearby Asheville, North Carolina.

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Will my son get to do the activities he wants?

The simple answer is yes, he will not get “closed” out of an activity he wishes to sign up to do. As part of our program, we do ask campers to sign up for five different activities. The first day of camp, campers spend the afternoon going over the rules, opportunities, and general program outline of each activity offererd for instruction.  Later that evening, campers select their activities of instruction and set their schedules for the rest of the session.  While campers may switch activities if they find one of their choices to be not what they expected or not to their liking, we generally try to avoid this by providing the boys with as much information as possible as well as ample opportunities to ask questions the first day so that they may make a well-educated series of decisions.  Back to Top

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How many campers are in a cabin?

Each cabin has 5 to 7 boys. Most of the cabins have 6 campers.

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Can my son bring electronic games or portable digital music players to camp?

Camp offers an opportunity for campers to experience day to day living   free of electronic stimuli.  Campers should not bring any electronics such as iPods, MP3 players, electronic readers, laptops, electronic games, televisions, video players, video recorders. digital cameras, cell phones, smart phones or any other wireless devices.   Camp will provide opportunities for listening to music during the day at appropriate times with camp equipment.

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Can my son bring his own mountain bike?

Campers are welcome to bring their own mountain bikes and keep them in the biking room, however we encourage them to use the camp bikes as to limit wear and tear on their own. We maintain a high-end fleet of Jamis bikes that are either brand new each year or have only been used for one or two seasons.

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Is there laundry service at camp?

Laundry is sent to a laundry service once a week and delivered back to camp.

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Are there any additional charges beyond the camp tuition?

The camp fee is all-inclusive. There is no additional fee for crafts supplies, riding lessons,  regular transportation (during camp or on opening and closing days), laundry, or special events.

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Is cancellation insurance available?

There are a number of companies that offer “camp insurance” in the event you need to cancel for an unexpected reason. Most of the time this is referred to “trip insurance.” In order to be protected, you typically need to sign up for that 60-90 days before camp begins. You can find a number of different companies online or ask your insurance agent. One the more reasonable companies is called TravMark. They seem to have acceptable terms and decent rates. High Rocks has no affiliation to this company and receives no commision for the sale of this product.

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My son is a Boy Scout – can he work on Merit Badges at High Rocks?

Yes he can. Our Camp Director, Hank Birdsong, has a long history in Scouting and is a registered merit badge counselor. For detailed information regarding merit badges, check our Boy Scout Merit Badges at High Rocks summary (requires Adobe Acrobat reader).

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