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Opening Day

It’s the first day of camp

Your daughter may look at you with a mixture of fear and excitement. What will they think of me? What if they don’t like me? What if no one wants to play with me?

Our world is creating a lot of confusion about who a girl should be in order to find acceptance. At Highlander, we believe in courage over conformity. We encourage girls to be themselves and experience the joy of being loved and accepted the way they are.

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From the moment your daughter arrives at Camp Highlander, she belongs. She has two loving, dedicated counselors to care for her, and a new group of friends to lean on — meet her cabin unit. Ten happy campers from all over the country and two amazing role-model counselors are there to share the joy of her journey at Highlander.

Friendships and meaningful relationships start on the very first day of camp. Returning campers beam with excitement as they share their love of Highlander with new campers, and new campers listen excitedly to the stories and traditions that point to great times ahead. Just like that, a bond is formed.

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With all campers arriving before lunch, our famous grilled cheese and tomato soup tradition serves as the official start of camp. Followed by a not-so-restful rest hour, campers enjoy unpacking together, laughing, dancing and getting to know their new friends.

An afternoon filled with activity provides campers a taste of all the fun that Camp Highlander has to offer during their stay.

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Opening day of each session ends with the Highlander campfire tradition, the official welcome into the loving, supportive community and their home away from home.

The night closes with a cabin talk led by the counselors of each cabin. This is a time of sharing and connection. Each cabin makes a cabin pledge for how they want to live, work and play together. This pledge is each girl’s commitment to courageously be herself and to help make her cabin the best on camp.