Granddaughter Kai just returned from a week in the North Carolina mountains outside Brevard at Camp Illahee. This particular camp was established in 1921 and ownership has changed often over the years. However, one thing has remained – campers have a great experience in this self-contained world and come away with a sense of being valued.

The girls who come from all over the world to Camp Illahee experience a nicely balanced mix of the arts, sports and adventure. Days spent outdoors underscore the importance of the natural world and inspire long-term stewardship of the environment. Nature activities include working with small animals, campcraft focuses on orienteering, emergency first aid, fire-building, outdoor cooking, and the skills needed to explore the wilderness safely. Adventure includes hiking, rock-climbing, kayaking, and canoeing. For parents thinking about sending your girl to this particular camp, tours can be arranged any time of the year. Camp Illahee is a member of the North Carolina Youth Camp Association and is accredited by the American Camp Association. The ACA is an excellent resource for finding the right camp for your child.

Kid campers gain the self-reliance, self-confidence, and independence important to a young person’s development. There are tons of camps for kids that can excite them to the point of ditching their iPods and cell phones, if only temporarily. We’ve provided lots of resources for summer camps and shared some of our favorite sports camps in our Progeny Cool Experiences section. For budding ski, snowboard, and skateboard enthusiasts, check-out Woodward at Copper.  Other choices are instructional camps that make the experience a whole lot more than sleeping bags and s‘mores.