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.
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
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 9 – August 5, 2023
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
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
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 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
- 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
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!
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
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
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