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Chestnut Ridge Camp and Retreat Center
Efland, NC

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(919) 304-2178
4300 Camp Chestnut Ridge Road
Efland, NC 27243

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TYPE OF CAMP: Overnight/Sleepaway. Day Camp.

CAMPER GENDER(S): Coed Campers.

AFFILIATION(S): Christian.

BRIEF CAMP DESCRIPTION: One-week sessions June - August. ACA-accredited, non-profit camp associated with the United Methodist Church. Activities include horseback riding, canoeing, zip-line, farming, high ropes, mountain biking, basketball, cooking, crafts, archery, and more.

Science, Academics, Fine Arts/Crafts, Swimming, Waterfront/Aquatics, Basketball, Football, Soccer, Horses/Equestrian, Team Sports, Adventure, Travel, Wilderness/Nature, and more. Horseback Riding, Target Sports, Art, Sports, Aquatics, Leadership Camps, Off-Site Adventure Camps.

TOP NORTH CAROLINA SCIENCE CAMP: Chestnut Ridge Camp and Retreat Center is a Top Science Summer Camp located in Efland North Carolina offering many fun and enriching Science and other camp programs. Chestnut Ridge Camp and Retreat Center also offers CIT/LIT and/or Teen Leadership Opportunities, too.

CAMP LOCATION: We are located just 15 minutes from Chapel Hill, Durham and 30 minutes from Greensboro.

CAMP FACILITIES: 362 acres of gently rolling, hardwood forest land, Chestnut Ridge is a natural haven. Not only can you visit and enjoy community together, but a short walk will provide the quiet sounds of nature and restful solitude. All of our cabins have bathrooms and air-conditioning, pool, lake, lake toys, horseback riding trails. Year-round lodging facilities accommodate up to 108 overnight and 300 or more day guests. 10 acre lake, 20 acre sustainable farm, 33 acres of horse pasture, Over 4 miles of trails. Checkout our website for more info, at: Our Camp Website Link: Many retreat groups choose to take advantage of the many recreation opportunities available at Chestnut Ridge. Recreation facilities include: 2 Tournament-grade beach volleyball courts, Softball, horseshoes, basketball, and other field game equipment.

CAMP PROGRAM INFO: Each summer, we welcome over a thousand campers who come to share in a warm welcome, good food, friendship, campfires, stories, worship and songs. Each week of camp forms a community that experiences the love of God through a dedicated staff, well planned activities, and a beautiful outdoor setting. Chestnut Ridge is a fun place to grow. It is a place for first-time campers to gain new life experiences and new friendships with campers and staff. It is a place for returning campers who come each year to make new friendships and renew old ones. It is a place where all campers recreate and reconnect with others, with the created world, and with God. Nestled in the Heart of Carolina, Chestnut Ridge offers residential and day camp experiences for campers in grades Pre-K-11. Summer Camp offers the very best residential program we can conceive: a small group with which to live and grow, and a choice of program activities for older elementary and middle school aged campers.

Day camp features an abundance of program selections, and finishes each day with campers returning home before dinner. Evenings offer resident campers the opportunity to enjoy evening meals together, lively fun worship, night swims, camp wide games of capture the flag, the Amazing Race, Home in the Woods, a talent show, pool party, and an end of session celebration full of skits, songs, stories, and praise. It is our prayer that every word and deed at Chestnut Ridge glorifies God. We want to partner with you as parents to develop and preserve practices of faith that strengthen and uplift the campers and in turn, each camper's family, church, school, and community. A summer camp experience built on excellence and quality remains vitally important for children and youth, providing them with space and time apart where they learn about themselves, their peers, and life in the Christian community.

We look forward to sharing the love of Christ with our campers, their families and our team! Checkout our website for more info at: Our Camp Website Link:

CAMP LEADERSHIP CIT/LIT PROGRAMS: Leadership/LIT program. The Leaders in Training (LIT) program is an exciting experience for high school campers. Campers must have completed 10th grade to participate in the LIT program. This 2 week intensive leadership development and training program is for those who wish to grow in their faith, gain new skills, and take on new leadership challenges. As part of the LIT program, campers will have the opportunity to pursue certification in – Red Cross Lifeguarding, First Aid, and CPR. Campers will also delve into study of scripture and their faith. The program takes place primarily onsite, with a short offsite backpacking trip in the middle. Finally, we expect that by the end of the two week camp, LIT campers will be trying on new leadership roles as they plan and implement new programs or activities for the younger campers. The LIT program will mold and shape the leaders of tomorrow, both at camp and beyond.

CAMP SCHOLARSHIPS OR FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE: Camperships are available. Camperships are based on financial need and unusual family hardship and are considered on a case-by-case basis.

YEAR-ROUND PROGRAMS: We offer a year-round after school program, outdoor education field trips, and a retreat center for overnight and day groups.

Weekly Sessions: June 10 to August 24. Day Camp ranges from $305 to $375 depending on major selected. Resident Camp ranges from $610 to $685 per week depending on major. Please visit our website for information about summer camp sessions, dates and fees. Our Camp Website Link:

Seeking fun, energetic, adventurous people to be summer camp counselors in a beautiful outdoor setting. Our staff is committed to environmental stewardship, sharing God's love with youth, having fun, and fostering Christian community while working, living, and growing together.

Come be part of this exciting Christian community and lead campers in traditional camp activities such as horseback riding, rock climbing, rafting, hiking, archery, swimming, canoeing, sports, art, ropes course, zipline, hayrides, pottery, games, sports, and more! We are changing lives by sharing Christ's love. Bring your unique gifts to Chestnut Ridge and make a positive impact on a child’s life this summer.

For more information please visit: Our Camp Website Link:

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