The Highlander Family
Come Home to Highlander
It’s the opening day of camp and you drive up with your camper to the field. Trying to be the strong one, you turn to your nervous child and say, “You are going to have a blast! I’m so excited for you.” You step out of the car and see a group of campers and staff members running down the hill screaming your child’s name. The next thing you know, they are shaking hands, hugging, exchanging names and smiles. The counselor steps forward and says, “Welcome to Camp Highlander. We’re your new family, your cabin… and even better, we’re the best cabin on camp! Are you ready for the greatest summer of your life?” Smiling at your child you realize…we made the right choice! Camp Highlander is not just a camp, it is a family that you will be proud to join and feel a part of the moment you step foot on the mountain.
Since 1957, campers and staff have been coming to Camp Highlander to make new friends, face new challenges and enjoy the fun of their home in the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains. Our campers often say, “Once you are here, you’re family,” and we are so proud to call each camper a member of our Camp Highlander family.
Friendly and Comfortable Environment
The Camp Highlander family provides a friendly, comfortable environment for each camper to feel welcome. Campers and staff are encouraged to treat one another with respect as a brother or sister at Highlander, always following the Highlander Campology. Our Campology reminds our campers that at Camp Highlander we value people more than possessions, service more than selfishness and generosity over greed.
The Family Behind the Camp
Camp Highlander is owned and operated by the Alexander family. Since 2000, Karl and Shelley Alexander have been committed to making Camp Highlander the best boys and girls camp in North Carolina. Having grown up going to summer camp as children and being on staff at camps in western North Carolina, Karl and Shelley dreamed of getting back to the mountains to be in the lives of children. They share their love for camp and the passion for changing kids lives through the camp experience.
Karl and Shelley raised five daughters in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, who were all campers as children, and four of the five were staff members at Camp Highlander. Karl says that the positive role models from their camping experience were integral to the women his girls are today.
Camp Highlander is truly a family, and Karl and Shelley are pleased to be running Camp Highlander with their daughter, Melissa Fitzgerald, the Director of Girls Camp.