Specialty Camps

Laurel Ridge summer camp provides a life-changing experience that nurtures belonging, exploration and spiritual growth, with an emphasis on fun! Our friendly and compassionate staff and counselors strive to create a safe environment and a community where faith, love, and hope prevail. Our goal is to send campers home as beloved children of God, feeling confident in their own identity and gifts, and with a renewed appreciation and care for God’s amazing creation and the deep friendship of their fellow campers.

We offer several summer camp experiences for kids ages 6-18, as well as a camp for the whole family! Our summer camp experience helps campers grow in their Christian faith while creating lasting friendships amid the beauty of God’s creation. Each week of camp explores a different theme, which campers experience through hands-on activities, group conversations, worship, and song.

Pre-Junior Camp

1st and 2nd graders (or rising 2nd and 3rd graders) are introduced to overnight camp with this two-night, abbreviated experience, which has the added benefit of giving parents an opportunity to adjust to the idea of their camper being away from home! Pre-Junior camp will participate in activities like nature exploration, arts and crafts, group games, and singing. This camp is small in numbers and big in safe, fun activities. We increase the ratio of staff-to-campers for this camp.

Week 1- June 16 – 18, 2023
Week 2- July 28 – 30, 2023

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Junior Camp

For 3rd to 5th graders (or rising 4th-6th graders), our 6-night summer camp offers loads of fun ways to explore the great outdoors, learn how to work with others, master new challenges, and make new friends. Many activities are done in cabin groups, as part of a close-knit, safe community.

Week 1: June 18 – 24, 2023
Week 2: July 30 – August 5, 2023

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Middle High Camp

Middle school is a time of many changes and adjustment, and this camp for 6th-8th graders (or rising 7th to 9th graders) will allow time for campers to grow in innate skills and abilities. It’s a safe space for campers to explore while making friendships that will last a lifetime.

Week 1: June 25 – July 1, 2023

Week 2:  July 9 – 15, 2023

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Senior High Camp

For 9-12th graders, the Laurel Ridge summer camp experience provides an off-the-grid playground to discover both the natural world and their own innate skills and abilities. It’s a safe space for imagination and possibility, a supportive environment for kids to challenge themselves and expand their comfort zones. While making friendships that will last a lifetime.

July 16 – 22, 2023

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Mission Camp

Laurel Ridge Mission Camp coordinates Moravians and others as they engage in service and ministry and raise awareness of the Gospel message. Moravians have always celebrated their faith through service and mission work locally, regionally and globally. Each year, many individuals visit the mountain, stay at Higgins Lodge, and head out into the nearby Blue Ridge Mountains to make life better for their neighbors. There’s no question that our service to others results in a sense of common unity and identity from serving together and with others. Youth groups from a variety of denominations, mission and outreach committees, families, and others come together each summer to serve the larger surrounding community.

Summer Camp

Mission Camp

Mission Camp offers an intensive, one week trip that help people grow in Christian faith through service. Adults and youth will spend their time in the Blue Ridge Mountain community performing hands-on repair for elderly, low income, and disabled families. Since Laurel Ridge began to offer Mission Camp in 2004, projects completed include:

  • Porch Repair or Construction
  • Step Repair
  • Exterior or Interior painting
  • Weatherization
  • Wheel Chair Ramp Construction
  • Roof Repair

Mission Camp 1: June 11 – 17, 2023
Mission Camp 2: June 18 – 24, 2023
Mission Camp 3: July 23 – 29, 2023
Mission Camp 4: July 30 – August 5, 2023


To Register contact Scarlett Dowdy Program Manager

Specialty Camp

There is never a bad time to come to Laurel Ridge! Whether it’s creative arts, fellowship with friends, time with family, or more, check back here frequently to discover more ways to be on the mountain!

Winter Camp

Camp… in the winter? Yes, you read that right! Winter Camp is a great chance for youth to enjoy some outdoor fun and faith development. Campers will spend two nights at Higgins enjoying all their favorite camp activities, plus a few new Wintery ones as well!

January 20 – 22, 2023

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Family Camps

Need a break from the hustle and bustle of busy weekly schedules? Missing the “top of the mountain” feeling? Experience camp your way, with a flexible schedule of activities designed to be exciting for kids and relaxing for adults. This intergenerational camp is perfect for large and small families, alike!


Spring: May 26 – 28, 2023
Fall: September 15 – 17, 2023

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Creative Arts Camp

Engage your creative side as you work on a variety of art projects and camp crafts – together and individually. You’ll also have plenty of time for building community with new friends, growing closer to God, exploring nature, and experiencing lots of camp activities, games, and worship!

June 25 – July 1, 2023

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For questions contact Scarlett Dowdy, Program Manager

Camper Parent Information

How does the cabin mate request policy work?

A camper may request one camper as a cabin mate and that person must request this camper as a cabin mate for the two of them to be together.

We believe that an important part of the camp experience is to make new friends and become fully involved with the whole camp.  We also understand that young people want to be with a friend, especially if they are coming to Laurel Ridge for the first time.

If you have a concern about cabin assignments, call our office or email

Will my camper need money?

  • Canteen snacks are included in the registration fee.
  • If a camper wants to buy merchandise such as clothing, hats, water bottles, etc.  They will need money to do so.

How do I send mail/email to a camper?

Address your letter or card to:

Camper’s name, Camp attending, Laurel Ridge, 124 Pendry Drive, Laurel Springs, NC 28644

Emails may be sent to and should include the campers name and camp attending.

What should you bring to camp?

  • Bible
  • shower shoes
  • bedding (twin sheets or sleeping bag, blanket and pillow) NOTE THAT CAMPS AT HIGGINS LODGE WILL NOT NEED BEDDING.
  • long pants or jeans for trail hiking and cool nights
  • adequate rain gear (coat or poncho and shoes)
  • warm clothing, jacket, hoodie, etc. for cool nights
  • shorts, shirt, socks, underwear for everyday wear (they will most likely get dirty)
  • pajamas
  • swim suits
  • beach towels for swimming
  • toiletries:  soap, shampoo, toothbrush, toothpaste, deodorant
  • dirty clothes bag
  • water bottle

Please label all of your campers belongings with first and last name.

Please instruct your camper to be sure they leave camp with all their belongings.

Laurel ridge cannot be responsible for lost items or anything left at camp.

What things may campers NOT bring to camp?

  • cellphones
  • electronic games
  • iPod
  • mp3 players

We will confiscate these items and return them at the end of the week.  They do not need cellphones for pictures.  We will take an abundance of pictures to be shared with everyone at the end of the week.

Laurel Ridge is a drug, alcohol and smoke free environment.  If campers bring illegal drugs or alcoholic beverages to camp they will be sent home immediately.

Camp Medical staff (Nurse/PA/Doctor)

  • There will always be a medical professional on site at every camp  If a camper takes medications, or has special medical concerns, the details should be reported on the health form in the registration process.  The medical staff will review all health forms and may have questions at registration.
  • Medications will be given to the medical staff for distribution.  Please send medication in a gallon bag with your camper’s name on it.  Please send only the number of does needed while at camp.
  • If your camper carries an epi-pen or inhaler, we will allow older campers to have them with them at all times.  For younger campers we will give them to their counselor to keep up with.
  • Campers are insured by Laurel Ridge for outside medical treatment resulting from accidental injuries up to $3000.  there is additional insurance you can purchase if you need to through our registration software.  Campers are not insured for outside treatment resulting from illness.  If a camper requires such treatment, the fees will be the responsibility of the camper’s personal insurance.  Parents and guardians will be notified immediately in the event of injury of illness.

For the protection of the campers, it is camp policy that campers are not allowed visitors during their camp week.