Swannanoa 2 is our five-night camp for rising 4th-6th graders!
Jul 19, 2020 4:00 PM
Jul 24, 2020 10:00 AM
For Current Grades:
Jan 14, 2020 7:00 PMRETURNING FAMILY REGISTRATION OPEN!
New Family Registration Opens:
Jan 15, 2020 6:00 AMNEW FAMILY REGISTRATION OPEN!
About 15 miles from Camp Lurecrest lies the Swannanoa Gap, which, along with the Hickory Nut Gap, served as the primary passes through which early settlers and Indians traveled to reach the Asheville Plateau – the dividing line between the waters that flow to the Atlantic and those that flow to the Mississippi River and into the Gulf of Mexico. Because of its strategic location and landscape, it played a significant role in both the Revolutionary and Civil wars.
Kris and his wife Carolyn have been married for 26 years, and they have three children: Will, Janie, & Anna.
Kris is the Executive Director for Camp Lurecrest Ministries and he has over 30 years of ministry, camping, and teaching experience. He has invested the last nineteen years in the Charlotte area where he has been involved with students and their families, most recently as Associate Head of Co-Curricular Activities and Discipleship at Carmel Christian School (Matthews, NC) and then fifteen years prior as Pastor of Student Families at Christ Covenant Church (Matthews, NC). He served at two other churches in Brandon, MS (during seminary) and Memphis, TN (where Kris met Carolyn), taught elementary school in Hutchinson, KS, and served four summers at Kanakuk Kamps in Branson, MO.
Kris grew up on a farm in Kansas and is an avid outdoorsman enjoying hunting, fishing and all sports. His undergraduate degree is from Emporia State University (B.S.E. Elementary Education) and he earned a Masters of Divinity degree from Reformed Theological Seminary. He has been an ordained pastor in the Presbyterian Church in America since 2000.
Weekend Camp Theme
Are you ready for the 2020 summer theme?
Charlotte Bus-Riders Drop-off:
July 19, 2020 1:15 PM
Charlotte Bus-Riders Pickup:
July 24, 2020 11:45 AM
10800 Sikes Place, Charlotte, NC, 28277
Lake Lure Car-Riders Drop-off
Jul 19, 2020 3:45 PM
Lake Lure Car-Riders Pickup:
Jul 24, 2020 9:00 AM
207 Charlotte Drive, Lake Lure, NC, 28746
Modest clothing only please. No midriff tops, spaghetti strap tank tops, ultra-low low rise pants, or bikinis. Furthermore, please be mindful of content on t-shirts that might be inappropriate or distasteful. We understand that one-piece bathing suits for girls are not as easy to find as they used to be; therefore, it is also allowable for girls to wear tankinis or swim-shirt bathing suits.
‘Merica Monday: Red, white, and blue all over!
Tropical Tuesday: Hawaiian shirts, leis, grass skirts galore!
Lurecrest Wednesday: Don your favorite Lurecrest gear!
Tacky Thursday: Not a day to match! Crazy socks with mismatched colors and patterns are the goal!
Tie-Dye Fri-dye: It's a Lurecrest staple celebrated at the end of the week!
$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.
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
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. However, if your camper is on an over-the-counter med daily, we need a prescription from the doctor stating how to give the medication, along with the dosage.
Medication is given out in the mornings and evenings before and after mealtimes.
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.
By law we must follow the directions on all medicines. It’s common for melatonin bottles to say they are for adult use only, which means we cannot administer it to a camper. Regulations require us to follow the directions on all medicines unless we have a note from a physician authorizing something different. Or if you request a higher dosage than what is listed on the medication directions, you’ll need a doctor’s note for that.
On your departure day, you can pick up your meds when checking out at camp or at the bus stop. 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.
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.
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!
The 2020 Camper Parent Day will take place on Saturday, June 6th from 10am-3pm.
RSVP for this year's Camper Parent Day by clicking here !
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.
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!
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!
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.