I’m not Presbyterian. Can I attend Holston Camp? Will I fit in?
ABSOLUTELY! Every year campers of many faiths attend our programs. The love and acceptance demonstrated by Jesus is central to our program. We ask that all campers participate in Bible study and worship activities. Our goal is to help others feel comfortable talking about, exploring and practicing their faith journey. Holston Camp welcomes persons of every race, color, gender, religion, nationality, sexual orientation, and disability.
Are there any new programs this year?
Classic Adventure at Main Camp houses everyone at Main Camp cabins for a week of fun doing all the activities available on campus. (Week 1 offers a Confirmation Class option for sixth graders and up.)
MAD Camp (Music, Art, and Drama) blends your campers love for the arts with outdoor adventures at Main Camp.
Night Owl Camp is all about staying up late and sleeping in. We’ll star gaze, listen for night owls, and tell stories around the campfire. It will be very dark at Rustic Camp so be sure to bring a flashlight.
We are emphasizing small group camping that assembles similar ages to engage in appropriate activities.
When do camp sessions begin / end?
Full week programs begin on Sunday with check-in at 3:00 pm. and end on Friday with a closing program at 3:00.
Can I visit the camp before I enroll?
Yes! Call (844) 465-7866 to arrange a tour.
Can I come for more than one week?
Yes! Just register for another camp. Please note that we cannot accommodate campers through the weekend who choose to enroll in two or more sequential dates.
Who are my staff?
The selection of the counselor staff is the most important choice that we make. No camp, regardless of its facilities and equipment, can be stronger than its staff. Our counselors must have completed at least one year of college. Their most important role is to provide a safe and positive experience for your camper. They are chosen for their Christian faith, maturity, experience, enthusiasm, personal values, and ability to have fun. The staff-camper ratio is approximately one to six. Often, our counselor group includes many former campers. To assure that we grow as leaders, we conduct pre-camp training and continuing education during the sessions. This training makes an effective team, capable of providing guidance to youth. A counselor who listens and responds can build a highly effective relationship with a child, and he/she can have a strong influence on that child. Therefore, we place great emphasis upon the counselor’s personal faith and values.
What kind of food is served?
We have a full time food service staff to provide well-balanced, nutritious meals in the dining hall. Breakfast is at 8:00; lunch is 12:00 and supper is at 5:30. We also provide an afternoon snack and a campfire dessert. If your child has special dietary needs, please let us know. We will do our best to accommodate them.
What is your Summer weather like?
June average high is 74 F, average low is 54 F
July average high is 77 F, average low is 57 F
August average high is 76 F, average low is 56 F
June average precipitation is 4.29 inches
July average precipitation is 5.12 inches
August average precipitation is 4.29 inches
Therefore, it is advisable to bring a change of clothing that will allow campers to be comfortable in various temperatures and weather conditions.
What should I bring to camp?
A complete list of what to bring to camp and what to leave at home is listed in our Parent Handbook.
Can I bring a phone, electronic games or music players to camp?
We encourage campers to “unplug” and do not bring electronic devices to camp. We consider this an opportunity to be awake and receptive to a transformational experience. If the camper cannot refrain from these activities for 5 days of camp, it would be best if that camper’s family sought an alternative camping experience.
We understand that families may need to contact campers under certain circumstances. In the event of an emergency, please call (844) 465-7866. The Office Manager or the Director we will return your call as soon as possible.
Campers are allowed to bring a camera-only device. We provide photos of campers and activities on the Holston Camp photo page for your daily review.
Please understand that we make these requirements for the benefit of all campers in our program. We encourage campers to listen to nature, other campers and counselors, and the Holy Spirit for inspiration.
Can my friend and I be together in the same cabin or group?
To be in the same group as your friend, write his or her name on the registration form in the space provided. Keep in mind that campers will be housed in cabins based on age and gender. While we cannot guarantee that every request will be filled, we will make every effort to do so. You may only request to be placed with one friend, and that friend must also request you on his or her registration form. Both campers must be the same gender, in the same age group and be registered in the same camp.
How many campers are in a cabin?
Main Camp cabins sleep a maximum of 16. 2 counselors stay with the campers.
Rustic Campsites have 2 cabins. Each cabin sleeps 8.
Is financial assistance available?
We would like any child who would like to attend camp to be able to do so. The Holston Presbytery, its churches and benevolent parishioners donate some financial assistance to this camp for the purpose of supplementing camper’s registration fees. If you need financial assistance, please complete the scholarship application by April 30.
We encourage families to work through their church for funding.
Our staff are trained in First Aid and CPR and our camp doctor is only 1 ½ miles away in Banner Elk. The local EMS station is located 1 mile from camp and the hospital is only 8 miles away. If your camper has specific medical needs or medications, please indicate that in the registration process. You are welcome to call our office (844) 465-7866 to provide us with further details.
How can I check on my camper while he/she is at camp?
Parents are welcome to call the camp office (844) 465-7866. We will also post daily updates on our Camp photo page with pictures and brief synopsis of what is happening at camp that day. Again, we welcome phone calls to check on your camper but they are not allowed to make or receive phone calls themselves except for extenuating circumstances.
Main Camp versus Rustic Camp: What’s the difference?
Main Camp is comprised of 5 heated, block cabins each sleeping 16 in bunks. Each cabin has 2 lavatories, 2 private toilets and 2 private tub/showers. Main Camp cabins are located near the Dining Hall, Camp Store, and Worship Point. Campers may be housed in Bell’s Bungalow or Grigsby Dorm. During Classic Adventure at Main Camp, Bob’s Hideaway or Rocky Knob may be used for older campers depending on the enrollment. These are primitive campsites.
Rustic Camp is comprised of 5 primitive campsites. Each campsite has 2 open air, screened in cabins that sleep 8. (Some cabins have bunks while other have Eno hammocks.) Each Rustic campsite has a cook shelter, picnic tables, sink with water, wood fire grill, utensils, campfire circle. Rustic Campers use the Rustic bathhouse. It has private toilet stalls and private shower stalls.