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Camp Blue Heaven

Save the Date: Next year’s Family Camp will take place August 14-16, 2020.

Our popular family camp weekend — Camp Blue Heaven — returns for the 24th consecutive year, Aug. 16 – 18. From canoeing and horseback ring riding to archery and climbing walls, make lasting memories with your family at Camp Cheerio located in the N.C. mountains.

“There are very few opportunities for families to get away together without TVs and other modern-day distractions; and without thinking about meals and preparing food, [to] just spend quality time with each other and [to] meet other members of the Carolina family.”  – Camp Blue Heaven participant

 

Camp Activities

The camping weekend extends from 7 p.m. Friday until 1 p.m. Sunday.

Family members of all ages can participate in all of the great traditional camp activities you’d expect such as arts and crafts, swimming, canoeing, horseback ring riding, archery, riflery and tennis. Camp Cheerio also offers a great climbing wall, skeet shooting and a giant water slide. We’ll also have staff from the Morehead Planetarium and UNC Men’s Lacrosse Coach Breschi ’90 give a clinic Saturday afternoon. Campers have the option of participating in an optional cave exploration excursion.

Lodging Options

 
                   Millis Lodge                                                        Cabin

Cabin Option
Each family has their own cabin with a large sleeping area of twin-size bunk beds and bathroom (configured to accommodate multiple users). Cabins can facilitate families of almost any size. Families must bring their own bedding, pillows and towels.

Millis Lodge Option
Camp Cheerio also offers accommodations in Millis Lodge for families of four or fewer with hotel-style rooms and cabin-size rooms, a private bathroom and towel/linen service.

Off-Camp “Day Camp” Options
Families are welcome to find off-camp accommodations and participate in all meals and activities on camp as “day campers.” Almost every year, some families stay at the nearby High Meadows Inn.

Each year, families have consistently rated the lodging facilities as well as the food service at Camp Cheerio consistently as “excellent!”

Fees & Payment

The camping weekend extends from 7 p.m. Friday until 1 p.m. Sunday and includes five meals, two nights lodging, program supplies and activity instruction and supervision. Camp fees are per person and depend on the lodging type for your family plus any additional cost associated with opting into the excursion.

2019 Camp Fees
Families staying in a cabin:
Participants ages 16 and older: $220
Participants ages 4-15: $170
Participants ages 0-3: $0

Families staying in Millis Lodge (which includes linen/towel service):
Participants ages 16 and older: $250
Participants ages 4-15: $200
Participants ages 0-3: $0

Families staying off camp, “Day Campers”:
Participants ages 16 and older: $150
Participants ages 4-15: $130
Participants ages 0-3: $0

Participants who opt for the “off-site” option are welcome to find off-camp accommodations and participate in all meals and activities as “day campers.” Some families stay at the nearby High Meadows Inn.

2019 Excursion – Canoeing (Optional)
Participation Fee: TBA

Camp Payment Timeline
Time of registration – $75 deposit due (Non-Refundable Deposit applied to balance due)
May 3, 2019 – 25% of total camp balance due
May 24, 2019 – 50% of total camp balance due
June 14, 2019 – 100% of total camp balance due

2019 Registration Dates

Registration will take place in three phases during the following dates:

  • March 27 – April 2, 2019
    • Registration opens to 2018 Camp Families.
  • April 4-10, 2019
    • Registration opens to all families that have participated in Camp Blue Heaven.
  • April 11-17, 2019
    • Registration opens to all families interested in attending family camp.

For more information about the 2019 registration process, click here.

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