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Camp Blue Heaven

Our popular family camp weekend — Camp Blue Heaven — returns for the 23nd consecutive year, Aug. 17 – 19. From canoeing and horseback ring riding to archery and climbing walls, make lasting memories with your family at Camp Cheerio located in the North Carolina mountains.

“There are very few opportunities for families to get away together without TVs, computers 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

 

How to Register

Camp Blue Heaven is a GAA member-exclusive benefit. At least one attending member of each family must be a current GAA member.  GAA membership is open to anyone.  Learn more about GAA membership at alumni.unc.edu/join.

The 2017 Camp Blue Heaven weekend filled to capacity with a waiting list.

Please review the 2018 Registration Procedures for all the details and notification dates.

If you wish to enter the registration process, please complete this 2018 Camp Blue Heaven Interest Form.

Scholarship funds may be available to assist families to attend Camp Blue Heaven.  Inquire with the GAA for more details.

Cost

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.

Costs depend on the lodging type for your family:

2018 costs for families staying in a cabin:
Participants ages 16 and older: $190
Participants ages 4-15: $140
Participants ages 0-3: $0

2018 costs for families staying in Millis Lodge (which includes linen/towel service):
Participants ages 16 and older: $210
Participants ages 4-15: $145
Participants ages 0-3: $0

2018 costs for families staying off camp – “Day-Campers”:
Participants ages 16 and older: $115
Participants ages 4-15: $85
Participants ages 0-3: $0

Families who have at least one child registered as a member of UNC’s Carolina Kids Club receive a $10 discount off the total fees.

Scholarship funds may be available to assist families to attend Camp Blue Heaven. Inquire with the GAA for more details.

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!”

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. Campers have the option of participating in optional canoeing and rock climbing excursions.

To get an idea what the program is like, view the 2017 Camp Blue Heaven Activities Schedule.

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