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Summer Camp

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.

Traditional, Summer Camp at Laurel Ridge Camp, Conference, and Retreat Center

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 24 – 26, 2022

“Let the children GO WITH me”

This weekend will be filled with fun and excitement for all the campers especially if it is their first camp experience!  Let the children go with me is a journey with Jesus as he tells Bible stories.  It is an interactive experience so they can be part of the story.  We begin with the scripture Mark 10:13-16 when Jesus tells the disciples to let the children come to him.  Next the children will experience the story of Zacchaeus, the woman at the well, Bartimaeus and the widow who gives all she has left to the church.  All of these stories will be talked about during family group time and worship.  

Week 2- July 29 – 31, 2022

“The Good Shepherd”

This weekend will be filled with fun and excitement for all the campers especially if it is their first camp experience.  The campers will learn why we call Jesus the good shepherd and we are his sheep.  Using the parable of the lost sheep, the children will learn that Jesus takes care of all his sheep. We will show them with interactive activities and skits.  They will spend time in family groups and worship. 

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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 12 – 18, 2022

“Blessed are the Peacemakers “

CHRISTIAN PEACE – We think of peace between people, especially between people who have been at odds with one another or whose differences have kept them apart.  Peace is more than the absence of conflict; to live in peace is to experience the full life that God intends for all people.

We associate peace with our relationship with God.  This gives us a renewed sense of personal worth and spiritual vitality.

We live in need of peace with ourselves.  This peace is in some ways a result of making peace with God, with others and with the earth. 

Peacemaking can be promoted in all aspects of camp life.  A peaceful community promotes respect and care for others, no matter what the camp activity is.  Peacemaking is discussed and shared in family groups, in worship, and during all camp activities. 

Week 2: July 31 – August 6, 2022

“Junior 2’s Got Talent”

We all have talents.  When we think of talents we tend to think only about famous talented actors, musicians, dancers, and artists.  During our camp week we will figure out our talents and use them in the camp community.  .  We will learn that talent can be many things.  Some are better at cooking and some are better at showing hospitality.  Helping others, cooking and feeding those in need, are just a few of the many talents that God gives people.  Even at a young age children can begin to understand what talents they have to offer the larger community.

We will take time at camp to find out what our gifts are and how to use them in the camp community and when we get home after camp.   We will spend time in our family groups, in worship and all camp activities discovering the many gifts that your camper may have and how to use them for good.

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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 26 – July 2, 2022

“It’s a bird, It’s a Plane….It’s Jesus”

This week  the campers will take a look at the parallel between Superman and Jesus’ story.  This does not reflect the belief that Superman is the messiah.  It simply uses pop culture to teach the story of Jesus’ birth, childhood, His baptism, when He dealt with temptation, found his identity and taught the great commission.  We will take time to discuss all of these topics in small groups and worship.


Week 2: July 17 – 23, 2022

“It’s whatever”

From Ephesians 2:8 “For by grace you have been saved through faith, and this is not your own doing;  it is the gift of God”

Campers will take a deeper look at who Jesus is and what is the grace that he gives us so freely.  They may wonder why they don’t have to earn it.  The campers will be learning how to refocus on God when the world seems so glum.  Ways to show God’s love and use a positive attitude to navigate all the challenges that they may face.  They will learn how to show grace to others just like Jesus does for us.  When the week is over, it is our hope they will be equipped with the tools to continue to follow Jesus and share His love with everyone they meet, even when it is hard to do.  They will spend time in small groups and worship together as they hear God’s word. 

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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 10 – 16, 2022

“Third Day”

Beginning the program on the third day the campers will experience what it means to rest and reflect. They will look at the Great sabbath, jesus’ death and Resurrection.  They will be asked, after resting in death, now what?  They will then dig into the disciples’ execution of the great commandment that Jesus gave them.  The campers will study the fruits of the spirit in an effort to highlight these acts of God and how they work through us.  They will spend time in worship and small groups reflecting and praying for God to lead them in their faith walk.

We want to make a request to all the parents that the campers truly disconnect while at camp.  We ask that they not use cell phones while participating at camp. 

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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.

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 12 18, 2022
Mission Camp 2: July 3 – 9, 2022
Mission Camp 3: July 24 – 30, 2022

“G.R.A.C.E Gifted for God, Created for good”

After a busy day of helping the community, campers will learn from the verse Ephesians 2:8.  What is Grace?  They will spend time about God’s gifts to us, what our response should be, why He is always amazing, creation care and why it is important, and Everybody else and how we share that grace with others. 

 

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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!

Family Camp

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 27 – 29, 2022

Fall: September 2 – 4, 2022

Loving others like God has shown us to love through His love toward us!

Theme: Recipe for Love – 1 John 4:19
Event Details: Arrive Friday afternoon between 4:00- 7:00pm with dinner provided (6:00- 7:00pm). Enjoy time on the mountain to fish, hike, hammock, play basketball, volleyball, or other games. We will gather together for four sessions for the families to reconnect with each other and God so that they can go out to show their love to the world! Campfires will be held every night!
Leaders: Heidi Everhart, Friedberg Moravian Church Director of Children’s Ministries, and Jami Vandock, Raleigh Moravian Director of Christian Education.
Cost: $50.00 per adult | $40.00 for ages 4-12 | free for children under 3
Lodging: Summer Camp Cabins (one per family)

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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 19 – 25, 2022

“A HeART for Serving”

Campers will spend time each day learning Bible stories that include people of action.  They will learn how to live together in community, sharing with others, how the gift of creating things and cooking can help others.  They will learn how a simple act of kindness can make a person feel loved.   

They will learn each day by using drama, creativity and making music in various ways. They will learn  Handbells, singing, storytelling, Story and stretch, and visual arts skills.  

At the end of the week they will put together a gala that you will be able to enjoy anytime you wish.  It will be available with a link to the video. 

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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 during their holiday break from school. Campers will spend four nights at Higgins enjoying all their favorite camp activities, plus a few new Wintery ones as well!

December 28 – 31, 2021 – CANCELLED

December 28- 31, 2022

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Questions?

Have a specific question about one of the many wonderful camps at Laurel Ridge? Please reach out to Scarlett Dowdy!