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Family Camp Is Back

Your UNC General Alumni Association’s popular family camp weekend – Camp Blue Heaven – returns for the 25th year, Aug. 19-21, 2022. Let’s have some fun. From swimming, canoeing and horseback ring riding to archery, arts and crafts, climbing walls and more, make lasting memories with your family at Camp Cheerio located in the N.C. mountains. Plus, a UNC coach will provide a clinic and staff from the UNC Morehead Planetarium and Science Center will provide fun activities. GAA member exclusive (one person in your family must be a GAA member).

Bring your extended family—children, grandchildren, nieces, nephews, cousins — and join other UNC families for the last fling of summer.

Lodging

Enjoy the scenic N.C. mountains at Camp Cheerio, located at the crest of the Blue Ridge near Roaring Gap. Each family will stay in their own private cabin with a large sleeping area of twin-size bunk beds and a private bathroom. Cabins can facilitate families of almost any size. Families must bring their own bedding, pillows and towels. Camp Cheerio also offers accommodations in Millis Lodge with private bathroom and towels/linens provided. An alternative for some families is to stay at the nearby High Meadows Inn (or to find other local accommodations) and drive up to camp for activities and meals.

Activities

Camp Cheerio offers a swimming pool, canoeing, horseback ring riding, fishing, archery, riflery, skeet shooting (age restrictions apply), arts and crafts, tennis, climbing wall and frisbee golf. In addition to all the great traditional camp mainstays, a UNC coach will provide a clinic and staff from the UNC Morehead Planetarium and Science Center will provide fun activities.

Recently Attending Families

April 15, 2022 – Registration opens and registration link emailed to families that attended in 2019.

Please make sure that you mark your calendars to register your family for camp during these dates. Families that miss this registration window will be allowed to register during the registration windows for phase 2 and 3; however, they will have the same priority as other families registering during the same period.

April 22, 2022 – Registration opens and registration link emailed to families that recently attended Family Camp.

To ensure you receive these emails, please review and update your current contact information on file with the GAA. Details on how to do this.

All Other Families

April 27, 2022 – Registration opens to all interested families.

The registration link will be posted at the top of this page once it opens. If demand exceeds space available at camp at this stage, families will be placed on the 2022 waitlist. All families on the waitlist will receive an update before May 15 and be notified if families cancel their attendance with ample time to process new registrations.

All families are encouraged to consider the “non-lodging/day camp” registration option.

Day Camp (Lodging Off Site) Option - Open to Everyone

The opportunity to register for Camp Blue Heaven with the “non-lodging/day camp” option is open to all. “Day campers” participate in all meals and activities just as the on-site campers; the only difference is that “day campers” have made their own sleeping accommodations elsewhere. The closest lodging option is the High Meadows Inn, located just a few miles from Camp Cheerio.

To register using the “day camp” option, please select this option while completing the online registration form.

High Meadows Inn
(800) 585-6309

Camp Fees and Payment

Camp fees are per person and depend on the lodging type for your family plus any additional cost associated with opting into the excursion. Please note: Child prices are for ages 4-15 and adult prices are for ages 16 and older. There is no charge for children 3 and under who attend with their families. GAA member exclusive (one person in your family must be a GAA member).

2022 Camp Fees

Cabin (Adult $230/Child $180)
Each cabin has a large sleeping area of twin-sized bunk beds and a bathroom configured to accommodate multiple people. Families must bring their own bedding, pillows and towels.

Millis Lodge (Adult $260/Child $210)
These accommodations have both hotel-style rooms and cabin-sized rooms. They include a private bathroom and towel/linen service.

Off Site (Adult $160/Child $140)
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.

2022 Excursion – Canoeing (Optional)
Participation Fee: TBA

Camp Payment Timeline

Time of registration – $75 deposit due (non-refundable deposit applied towards balance owed)
May 11, 2022 – 25% of total camp balance due
May 25, 2022 – 50% of total camp balance due
June 15, 2022 – 100% of total camp balance due

Refund Policy

If you need to cancel your registration, please leave a voicemail with this request for the Outreach for Clubs, Alumni and Families team at (919) 962-7054 or email your request to campblueheaven@unc.edu. Refunds will be given in accordance with the details below.

Before June 15, 2022 – Full refund of all money paid, excluding the $75 deposit.
June 16 – 30, 2022 – Full refund of money paid, minus $100.
July 1 – July 15, 2022 – Full refund of money paid, minus $150.
After July 15, 2022 – Full refund of money paid, minus $200.

Points of Contact

Jean Service '85
Coordinator of Alumni Reunions and Special Events
919-962-7054
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Jean joined the staff of the GAA in May 2019. She loves connecting people and planning opportunities for fellow Tar Heels to return to Chapel Hill. Jean enjoys spending time with family and friends at the lake, taking walks with her dogs and gardening.