Entries by Shelley Heath


Help your child get ready for overnight camp

Congratulations! We are so excited you have chosen to send your child to Gwynn Valley and recognize the significance of the decision you made to enroll your child in overnight camp. Our hope is that each camper will expand their confidence, curiosity and compassion for others. To prepare for a successful camp experience, here are […]

Wishing You Joy This Holiday Season

Yesterday marked this year’s Winter Solstice.  This longest night and shortest day of the year has traditionally been a time to express gratitude and set intentions for the new year ahead.  While we are officially entering Winter, a time for reflection and rest, we also know that each day brings a little more daylight.  As […]

Giving Tuesday is Tomorrow!

Giving Tuesday is tomorrow!  Please consider a donation to the Gwynn Valley Campership Foundation. “I would like to say thank you for giving me the opportunity to attend Gwynn Valley. Four years at your camp has changed my life, beliefs and personality in more ways than I ever thought it would, all for the better. […]


Dale Robertson Retires

After more than four decades, Dale Robertson has decided to hang up his tool belt and retire.  Dale first worked at Gwynn Valley Camp as summer staff for the previous owners, Howie and Betty Boyd.  They hired him full-time as the Site Director after he finished grad school and enticed him to settle in Brevard […]

Registration for Summer 2022 has begun!

We are excited to gear up for another amazing summer here at Gwynn Valley!  We are so grateful that we were able to run a successful summer program in 2021.  Our campers and staff enjoyed our luscious green valley here in the mountains, made new friends, and had an unplugged respite from their lives back […]


Susie Woodall Celebration by Robin Rose

May the Road Rise to Meet You… On December 20th, Susie Woodall, a friend, confidante and shining light for so many Gwynn Valley campers, parents and staff passed away. For many she was the reassuring voice on the phone, helping parents to feel comfortable sending their children to camp. For international staff she was a […]

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Millwheel News 2019

There are so many exciting things happening at Gwynn Valley these days! In this issue of the Gwynn Valley Newsletter, read about our upcoming 85th reunion, staffing updates, new building updates, scholarship fund news, and more! Here’s a snippet of some of the articles in this latest issue: Gwynn Valley turns 85 – and you’re […]

Former staff, Jordan Siragusa, honored on Ellen

Jordan Siragusa, a former head counselor here at camp, was recently on Ellen!  She’s a huge fan of Ellen Degeneres and was honored for her amazing work as a first grade teacher at a title I school.  Ninety percent of the student population at Montclaire Elementary School, in Charlotte, NC  are high poverty students.  Jordan […]


How to Deal with Pre-Camp Jitters: Anxiety & Excitement as Two Sides of the Same Coin

Feeling anxious?  Instead of trying to calm down, try renaming the feeling as excitement.  These two emotions actually feel the same physiologically, your heart beats fast and cortisol surges.  The difference lies in how we conceptualize that feeling.  Both feelings indicate that uncertainty lies ahead: excitement indicates it’s something to look forward to, while anxiety indicates it’s something to be feared.  When we do anything for […]

Now accepting On-line Payments!

We are so excited to be able to offer the convenience of making payments on-line!  Go to our Applications and Forms page to make a deposit or payment for your camper!  We can accept payment by credit card (Visa, Mastercard, or Discover) or by electronic check.  A fee will be included with your payment.  We […]

Day Camp Applications coming soon!

For those of you who are eager to get your child or grandchild into Day Camp, we have a special surprise this year!  We have been working hard to be able to offer on-line registration for Day Camp.  We will mail out Day Camp applications early this week (because we will still accept hard copies), […]

A home show presentation near you..

Gwynn Valley Camp is on the road!  Our camp shows are hosted by camper families and are for returning campers, alumni, and anyone interested in learning about camp.  These gatherings are a great way to speak to others who have attended camp and an opportunity to meet one of our Directors.  Come find out more […]