Camp Illahee, Brevard, NC: A Summer Camp Review

Camp Illahee
500 Illahee Road
Brevard, N.C. 28712
[email protected]

Camp Illahee is just a few minutes from downtown Brevard, N.C., and a short driving distance from Asheville, N.C., and Greenville, S.C. The camp was founded as an all-girls camp in 1921 by Hinton McCloud, a Mississippi educator, and his wife. Their mission was to instill in their campers essential qualities that would serve them well throughout the course of their lives: confidence, conviction, integrity, faith in God and a respect for the natural world and all its wonders.

The camp is set on more than 110 acres of the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains and contains a swim lake, a canoe lake, three outdoor horse riding arenas, one indoor riding arena, an indoor gym and climbing wall, a high ropes course and 33 open-air cabins with bathrooms. Illahee usually boasts more than 250 campers from more than 30 states, but it keeps it’s staff-to-child ratio at 1 to 3, which far exceeds the standards set out by the American Camp Association.

The camp offers six sessions throughout the summer, ranging from five days to four weeks. Camp tours are offered to new parents and campers twice daily at 10:30 a.m. and 4 p.m. For more information or to schedule a tour, call 828-883-2181, or email the office.

The Typical Camp Illahee Daily Schedule
7:45 a.m. – Wake-Up Bell
8:30 a.m. – Breakfast
9:15 a.m. – Rise-n-Shine
9:45 a.m. – Arts & Crafts
10:45 a.m. – Archery
11:45 a.m. – Horseback Riding
1 p.m. – Lunch
2 p.m. – Rest Hour
3 p.m. – Ship’s Store
3:15 p.m. – Choice Period (June/July)
(Campers choose from a daily offering of activities.)
4:10 p.m. – Canoeing
5:05 p.m. – Rock Climbing
6:15 p.m. – Dinner
7:30 p.m. – Evening Program
9:30 p.m. – Taps
10 p.m. – Taps – Pineview (June/July)

Sports activities offered at Illahee include swimming, tennis, horseback riding, marksmanship, field hockey, lacrosse, team sports and gymnastics.

Arts and crafts activities offered include drawing, jewelry making, painting, ceramics, woodworking, basket weaving, paper making and stitchery, needlecraft, watercolor, cooking, drama and dance.

The camp wants parents to feel totally secure sending their girls off for the summer and offers a fairly extensive Q and A on its website.
Parents will find answers to such questions as:

  • What are the cabins like?
  • Can we request for my daughter to be in a cabin with someone? And what if my daughter comes without a buddy?
  • What are the arrangements for medical care?
  • What is the food like?
  • How do I choose my activities?
  • Camp Illahee sessions fill very quickly so they encourage you to send your registration early to guarantee your first choice in sessions.
  • For registration policies and registration, click here.