If you're headed to camp, here are some helpful details you'll need to know!
Camp Lurecrest pre-assigns cabins for all camp sessions. It is our intention to create a family atmosphere in our cabins, and for all campers to feel comfortable and welcome among their bunkmates.
Our policy is to allow bunk requests for groups of up to 4 campers. That means a camper can be paired with 3 buddies, creating the maximum size group of 4. We guarantee that your camper will be with at least one of their requested buddies, and we make every effort to honor all two-sided buddy requests of groups of 4 or less.
Approximately 30% of the kids who come to camp do not come to camp with buddies. We actually believe this can really enhance their camp experience! We do make an effort to place campers without buddies in the same cabin with each other. We do not place a camper without a buddy in a cabin where all other campers have buddies.
CABIN ASSIGNMENT PROCESS
Along with bunkmate requests, we do consider age/grade as we are assigning cabins. Some cabins will have multiple grades while others may only be one grade. However, typically, campers will be with other campers of his/her same grade. Furthermore, your camper will never be the only one from his/her grade in their cabin.
A preliminary cabin list will be sent to parents approximately 10 days before camp begins. Changes may still be made to the list at that time and then a final list & cabin name will be sent a few days prior to departure day. That gives parents a chance to double check our assignments. It is no easy task!
Our registration system also provides a service where you can send emails to your campers for a fee (although your camper will not be able to email back). Each morning the system bundles and sorts the messages by cabin for us to print out and distribute. This system does not bring revenue to Camp Lurecrest, it simply frees us to do what we do best – be with your kids!
If you wish to send mail through the US Post Office, our physical address is listed below. Please note that letters/packages typically take 2-3 days to arrive by standard mail.
c/o Camp Lurecrest
207 Charlotte Drive
Lake Lure, NC 28746
CARE PACKAGES A handful of families like to send care packages to their campers. If you do so, please refrain from sending food, candy, and gum, as these will not be allowed in the cabin in order to control ants and other critters! Also, we often have campers with severe allergies, which is another reason we do not allow food or candy in the cabin. [Most campers do not receive care packages...so no pressure, parents!] Please Note: Care Packages arriving after a camper's week has ended will not be returned due to excessive shipping charges. Please be sure to send these with enough time to arrive during your camper's week. Thank you!
The purpose of our camper sponsorship program is to enable children to come to camp who normally would not be able to because of financial need.
As you determine how much you can contribute, please check with friends, family members, your church, and any other organization you feel may be able to financially help you send your child to camp. Your diligence in this area will help us give the funds we have to as many children as possible.
Camp tuition sponsorships are available for those needing financial assistance and are granted on an “as-need” basis at the discretion of our Executive Director. Each sponsorship request is given consideration in the order it is received.
Family circumstances and the available sponsorship funds will determine the amount of sponsorship granted. If anything less than a full sponsorship is granted, the remaining camper tuition, the camper’s Ranch House spending money, and the bus fare, if applicable, are the responsibility of the registering party. We are aware that some families are facing financial difficulties and it is our desire that no child is prevented from attending camp for financial reasons.
To apply for camper sponsorships, first register your camper, which requires a $75 deposit, so that a bed is held for your camper. Our camps fill up quickly; this will ensure that your camper does not end up on the waitlist during the sponsorship inquiry process.
After your camper is registered, fill out the Camp Lurecrest Sponsorship Request Form. Each sponsorship request is given consideration in the order it is received. All sponsorships will be considered after registration opens in January.
Sibling Discount Pay full price for the oldest child, and receive $50 off registration for all other children in the same household; the discount will be applied upon application submission.
Bring a Friend Discount Invite a friend to come to Camp Lurecrest and receive a $25 Referral Credit to your camper's Ranch House fund to purchase merchandise and snacks. Just have the friend enter your camper's name in the "How did you hear about us?" box when registering. A $25 Referral Credit will be rewarded to your camper's Ranch House account around May 1 for EACH new camper who registers. The referral does not apply to family members, previous camper families, or campers receiving sponsorship assistance. There is no limit on the number of people you can refer!
Our food service staff love to care for campers through delicious food and a delightful dining experience. Each Camp Lurecrest camper is provided with a safe and enjoyable dining experience by accommodating for various dietary needs. Meals are served to our 224 campers and 100 staff three times each day.
Family-style community is a Lurecrest core value that spreads to the Barn. Campers and counselors sit family-style around tables, engaging in conversation and laughter centered around food.
FOOD CHOICES From fruit and veggies at each meal to sunflower butter sandwiches and desserts each night, your campers will be in food heaven! In addition to three hot meals each day, campers can head to our Ranch House for snacks throughout the day.
FOOD ALLERGIES Prior to each camp session, the food service director will review camper allergies. Each week, the kitchen staff take special care to prevent cross-contamination through a special prep area in the kitchen.
SAMPLE MENU Breakfast Bacon, Eggs, Biscuits, and Fruit; What more could you want to start the day? Snack Time! Head to the Ranch House for a healthy morning snack. Lunch Chicken sandwiches to your heart's content! Snack Time! Popsicles to cool off in the afternoon? Yes, please! Dinner Pizza, spaghetti, kid-friendly food galore! Ranch House Snack Grab something sweet or savory before evening chapel begins!
Camper registration happens through a secure online portal. You will create an account that will allow you to register your camper(s), make payments, and update information.
If you have sent a camper to Lurecrest in prior years, please use your existing account, rather than creating a new account.
There will not be a Camper Parent Day for the 2020 Summer Camping Season. However, each year, Camp Lurecrest host an open house called Camper Parent Day when campers and their families can visit camp, meet staff, participate in various activities, and enjoy a free meal! It is especially a helpful and fun time for new campers, or for campers who are considering attending the following year. All are welcome!
Stay tuned for more details for the 2021 Camper Parent Day.
RSVP for this year's Camper Parent Day by clicking here !
We are committed to maintaining a safe camp environment, creating the opportunity to transform lives into the image of Christ.
We search college campuses all over the southeast for capable and qualified summer staff. Upon applying, summer staff are interviewed to see if their character matches the ministry of Camp Lurecrest. In addition, we run background checks, check multiple references, and pray over each candidate we hire. We are thorough in our staff hiring process so that our campers experience the very best of camp.
Two Registered Nurses are on site each week, in addition to the two EMTs we have on full-time staff. All medications are given by an RN. Summer staff are CPR and First Aid Certified. Our camp has an infirmary on site and is in within 30 minutes of a hospital. Your camper's medical safety is of utmost importance to us.
Ministry Safe Abuse Prevention
Every summer staff member, full-time staff member, and volunteer is required to take Ministry Safe, a camp-specific sexual abuse training and pass a skillful screening process, along with a background check prior to stepping foot on campus. In addition, our summer staff are continuously trained throughout the summer to reduce the risk of abuse at camp.
Activity Safety Lifeguards
Certified by the American Red Cross in pool and waterfront training, as well as CPR and First Aid Outdoor Adventure Team: Trained by ACCT-Level 2 Challenge Course Practitioner, as well as CPR and First Aid certified Ministry Safe Accreditation Seal and Paragraph
We train staff to protect campers in all weather. In cases of inclement weather, staff instruct campers to take shelter.
We have partnered with Ivy Oaks Analytics, a public health company that specializes in the control of ticks, mosquitoes, chiggers/ mites and poison ivy at large campgrounds, parks and summer camps. Ivy Oaks works with over 150 top summer camps.
We feel an obligation to our camp community to do everything in our power to reduce the risks associated with ticks, mosquitoes, chiggers/ mites and poison ivy.
Their process includes ongoing tick population measurements, landscape modification, natural control methods and more. Camp Lurecrest is proud to be one of the few camps nationally with an advanced public health standards certification by implementing this program.
Your camper's medical safety is of utmost importance to us. Two Registered Nurses are on site each week, in addition to the two EMTs we have on full-time staff. All medications are distributed by an RN. Summer staff are CPR and First Aid Certified. Our camp has an infirmary on site and is in within 30 minutes of a hospital.
If you have additional questions or concerns about your camper’s medical care, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The most important place to communicate about your camper’s medical needs is the camper’s health form. This form is due March 15th and is available on your Campintouch account.
To protect the safety of all campers from having access to meds, all medications must be kept in the infirmary. This applies not just to campers, but also to our staff, so there’s no possibility of a camper getting into a staffer’s luggage and accessing medication.
Exceptions are made for rescue inhalers, diabetic supplies, and epi-pens. These will be carried with your camper's counselor at all times.
Please leave all non-prescription medications other than allergy medicine at home for the week. We’re well stocked with everything else they might need! See a full list of the medication we keep on hand at the bottom of this guide.
If your camper requires an over-the-counter med on a regular basis (ex. takes claritin every day), we need a letter from the doctor stating how often to give the medication, along with the dosage.
If your child is taking prescription meds, then you'll need to provide our arrival day nurses with a signed and completed Camper Medication Form, indicating all meds and their applicable doses. Make sure you keep all prescription medication in its original container. State regulations require all medication to be in their original containers so we cannot make exceptions.
Speaking of state regulations, we also cannot administer prescription meds that are:
Regulations require us to follow the directions on all medicines unless we have a note from a physician authorizing something different. So if a bottle says it is for adult use only and it is checked in for a ten-year-old, we cannot administer it. This is often a problem for Melatonin. Or if you request a higher dosage than what is listed on the medication directions, you’ll need a doctor’s note for that.
We do not administer essential oils to campers; please do not send them in your camper’s luggage.
We do not administer CBD oil to campers; please do not pack it in your camper’s luggage.
The North Carolina Board of Nursing only allows nurses to administer medications that are prescribed by doctors. Thus, we do not allow multi-vitamins/supplements during a camp week unless prescribed by a doctor. [We are by law able to treat campers with over the counter medication on an as needed basis per our medical director's protocols. (Example: Tylenol, Benadryl & Neosporin, etc.)] If, however, your child is medically required to take vitamins/supplements, then please bring the doctor's prescription, stating the multi-vitamin to be given and the dosage. Please note that this includes melatonin needed for sleep; you'll need to provide a doctor's note and the melatonin in its original bottle.
On your departure day, you can pick up your meds when checking out at camp. Please don’t forget! Bring your photo ID so we can verify we are giving the meds back to the right person.
If you need to fax us your doctor's prescription, send it to 704.841.2016. You can also call in a prescription for pickup at our local pharmacy: Ingles Pharmacy, 276 NC Highway 9, Lake Lure, NC 28746. Phone: 828.625.0748.
Paintball is offered at all sessions except Swannanoa 1, Swannanoa 2, and Pioneer. Paintball is a "Challenge by Choice" activity at Camp Lurecrest, which means your camper will have the choice to play if they desire to. If you do not want your camper to have the choice to play paintball, send an email to email@example.com
$75 deposit per camper is required at registration.
Full tuition is due May 15 through credit card or eCheck.
Before May 15: 100% Tuition, 100% Ranch House, & 100% Bus Fare refunded minus $75 non-refundable deposit
After May 15: 50% Tuition, 100% Ranch House & 100% Bus Fare refunded minus $75 non-refundable deposit
14 days or less before camper dates: None, unless a medical or family emergency cancellation
During camper's session: No refunds
Medical Cancellation: If a doctor’s written verification is provided prior to the start of the camper’s camp session, a full refund will be given, minus the $75 non-refundable deposit. All cancellations must be submitted in writing. Please do so here. All cancellations have to be approved by the Executive Director.
Family Emergency Cancellation: In the event of a family emergency (death or severe sickness), please contact us immediately. All cancellations must be submitted in writing. All cancellations have to be approved by the Executive Director.
My child is registered and paid for camp, but cannot attend. Can I use this payment for the next summer?
Our costs are fixed each year, so campers who do not attend may request a refund, if eligible, but we cannot hold funds for the next year.
If you have questions about monthly payment options or automatic billing, you can always contact us.
In our Ranch House (camp cantina), we offer the following items:
1) Snacks - We offer snacks two times a day, but limit campers as to how much they can purchase each time. (suggested amt: $15-25)
2) Crafts - Our craft shop has many free time options for campers, including paracord bracelet, tie-dye, and pottery. We sell small to large items, many of which can be fired in a kiln and taken back home! (prices range $1-15)
3) Gift Shop - Campers can purchase various items at our Ranch House, such as stickers, drinking bottles, Tshirts, hats, etc. (prices range $1-$27)
4) Paint Ball Supplies - Campers in Bearwallow 1 & 2, The Narrows, & Pinnacle camp sessions can participate in Paint Ball activities with their cabins at no cost; however, they can also purchase Paint Ball supplies in our Ranch House to be used during their optional Free Time activities. (approx $5 per Free Time Session)
(All unused Ranch House funds will be refunded to you following your camper's camp week, unless at the time of registration you choose to donate it to our Sponsorship Fund. Allow 2-3 weeks for us to process any applicable refund.)
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