Camp Kanuga Overnight Camp

Overnight Camp

Three girls hugging
Two campers swimming and giving a thumbs up
Campers performing at a talent show

Overview

Overnight Camp Details

Since 1931, Camp Kanuga campers have been forming lifelong friendships, experiencing new adventures and exploring their faith in our welcoming Christian community. Our Residential Camp experience is for boys and girls rising grades 2-11, who join us in the mountains of Western North Carolina for 5, 6, 7, 9 or 13-day sessions.

Amid mountain vistas, crisp streams and towering pines, campers cultivate teamwork and friendship, determination and goal setting, self-reliance and self-esteem, faith and spirituality, and healthy outdoor living.

Rising Grades
2-11
Duration
5-13 Days
Sessions
Starter Camp: 6-day
13-day camps
9-day camps
7-day camps
5-day camps
Stayover Weekends

Endless Adventures

Camp Activities

Camp staff ensures that all campers can participate in core camp activities with their cabin groups. Campers have the opportunity to choose their own activities either with their cabin mates or with campers in another cabin during two daily activity periods.

Our numerous activities are designed to provide safe, creative outlets for campers:

Camper and staff wearing yellow climbing helmets
Girls dancing and clapping
Boy biking on a trail
Girl throwing a ball for field games

Activities for Days

  • Naturalist hut
  • Mountain biking trails & pump track
  • High & low ropes courses
  • Climbing wall
  • Zip line
  • Swimming
  • Archery
  • Sports
  • Co-op games
  • Canoeing & kayaking
  • Horseback riding
  • Rafting
  • Orienteering
  • Fishing
  • Gem mining
  • Blacksmithing
  • Hiking
  • Water trampoline
  • Ridge runners
  • Overnight campouts
  • Music
  • Performing arts
  • Arts & crafts
  • Opening & closing ceremonies
  • County fairs
  • Talent shows
  • Worship
  • Sunday Shine
  • Eucharist
  • Archery tag
  • Color games for 13-day sessions
Staff and camper jumping off dock
Camper at blacksmithing activity
Female camper about to zip line
Campers in the evening relaxing on a picnic table
Boys playing a game of ga ga at camp

Starter Camp

Reserved for Rising Grades 2-4, this five-night session is designed to expose campers to new activities in a safe and fun way, with minor differences from our traditional camp:

  • 6-day, 5-night session
  • Cabin groups always stay together
  • Planned schedule includes age-appropriate activities with campers their own age
  • Day hikes but no overnight hikes
  • Challenge course and climbing wall are used but not the high elements course
  • Cabins house 12 campers with 2 counselors.

Stayover Camp

Campers can spend the two days between camp sessions taking special excursions, open to Starter campers and Residential campers.

Whether you’ve decided just one camp session isn’t enough, or if you’re a parent that has a conflict with your camper’s pick-up date, Camp Kanuga’s Stayover sessions are the perfect resolution! Now with new programming that offers fun day trips. Even though camp is no longer in session, campers can rest, prepare for what’s next and go on adventures with their counselors and camp friends!

Stayover is not only an awesome experience for campers, but it helps out mom or dad with pickup and Camp Kanuga staff takes care of washing your child’s laundry.

Special Outings Include:

Welcome Home

Cabin Life

Welcome Home! Camper’s cultivate lifelong friendships, connect with encouraging counselors and take part in deep conversations and devotions at the end of the day. The friendships made with fellow cabinmates last a lifetime! Your cabinmates are truly one of the best parts about being at camp.

Boys playing cards in the cabin
From Our Table To Theirs

Camp Dining

Meals at Camp Kanuga give campers and staff the opportunity to dine, share and connect. The act of building relationships and growing together is alive and well around the table at Kanuga. All meals are served family-style from a menu approved by nutrition specialists. We offer a well-balanced diet where fresh fruit is available at all meals and salad and fresh vegetables are available at lunch and dinner. We are a peanut free dining hall and can support many dietary needs for vegetarians, vegans, and other special diets.

Campers eating in dining hall