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Opening and Closing Days

Instructions For Opening Day

  1. Plan on arriving to camp between 9 a.m. and noon on the Sunday the session begins. PLEASE NOTE: If you arrive AFTER the standard check-in time (9am to noon), you will not be able to visit your child’s cabin, help them unpack, tour camp, or visit the camp store as we will be fully involved in camp activities.
  2. Have all luggage tagged with your camper’s name prior to your arrival.
  3. Please wear comfortable shoes and bring an umbrella in case of rain.
  4. Drive slowly and watch for staff, campers, and families walking about.
  5. When you arrive at camp, you will be greeted at the main gate and directed through camp to the luggage drop-off area.
  6. You will then drive to the Gillespie Gym where you will sign your camper in, meet your camper’s cabin counselors and speak with other Highlander staff members to ask questions concerning forms, off-camp trips, camper accounts, etc.
  7. While in the Gillespie Gym, you will visit the nurse station to verify any medications and doses, and to speak with our nurses about any pertinent information concerning your camper’s health.
  8. While at the nurse’s station, each camper will be checked for lice by staff from the Asheville Lice Treatment Center (ALTC). It is much better to find and treat lice at home! We recommend that you check your child for lice within 3 weeks of coming to camp. If you treat your camper for lice before they arrive to camp, please notify the camp office. If lice is found on your camper on opening day, we will arrange for professional lice treatment with the (ALTC). The professionals at (ALTC) specialize in non-toxic head lice treatment, removal and prevention. Parents will be responsible for the cost of treatment, which is $225.
  9. After your visit in the gym is complete, please feel welcome to take a walking tour of camp, visit your child’s cabin or stop by the camp store.
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Instructions for Closing Day

  1. Plan on arriving to pick-up your camper between 9 a.m and noon on the Friday that the session ends.
  2. You will be directed to park on the land sports field where your camper’s luggage will be waiting. Highlander staff will be there to help load the luggage.
  3. You will be shuttled to the Gillespie Gym where you will be reunited with your camper to sign them out. If someone other than a parent is picking up your camper, advance notice must be received in written form by the office and a photo ID must be presented at the time of pick-up.
  4. You will have an opportunity to speak with your camper’s cabin counselors, the camp directors and camp owners.
  5. You will also be able to register for Summer 2020 on closing day and secure your child’s spot for next summer at a discounted rate!

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