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Nuts & Bolts

We know there’s a LOT of information to peruse when considering a summer camp, so we’ve broken down the basics as quickly and simply as we could. Here is everything you need to know about Camp Highlander – by the numbers (and very short sentences)!

When was Camp Highlander established?

Camp Highlander first opened its gates in 1957 and we’ve never looked back. That’s over six decades worth of life-changing summers!

Is Camp Highlander accredited by the American Camping Association (ACA)?

We sure are! And, as such, we adhere to all ACA Standards, guidelines and requirements.

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An illustrated map of the camp property.

How many acres?

Camp Highlander sits on 240 acres of pristine North Carolina wilderness.

How many cabins are on camp?

We have 34 beautiful cabins sprawled out across Old Forge Mountain.

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How many campers per session?

Depending on the session, we’ll have between 200 and 340 campers on camp.

How many counselors?

Including cabin counselors and activity counselors, we hire roughly 150 staff members each summer.

How many campers and staff per cabin?

Our cabin unit structure (in which a cabin moves around to each activity together) includes up to 10 campers and at least two counselors.

How many states are represented?

In recent years we have welcomed campers from 27 different states into the Highlander family!

How many countries?

In addition to those 27 states, we’ve been blessed to make new friends from 19 different countries!

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How many activities?

From pottery and cooking to rock climbing and waterfall rapelling, our campers currently enjoy nearly 40 different activities on Old Forge Mountain.

But that’s just the on camp fun. We take off camp adventures into Pisgah National and Dupont State Forests to hike, climb, paddle, swim, overnight camp and more. Of course, the most popular off-camp trip is to Dolly’s Ice Cream Bar!

What does CHIF mean?

CHIF represents the four core values that we promote and uphold at Camp Highlander: Courage, Honesty, Integrity and Faith. In all we do, we seek to instill these values in every single camper and staff member that comes through our gates.

Why did the chicken cross the road?

To get to Camp Highlander, of course!