Opening & Closing Days

We can’t wait to see you!

Please refer to the Dates & Rates page for the correct Opening and Closing dates for your child’s session.

Opening Day

Opening Day is so exciting at camp! Camper arrival time is between 10:00 am and 1:00 pm. After parking and having your larger, heavier bags taken to the cabin, (you will carry the smaller items) you and your child will check in at the office to learn who your counselors will be and to meet the Head Counselor. Remember to pack any medications separately because you will turn these in at your next stop, the Heath Hut. All campers must check in at the Health Hut, and then it’s off to the cabin. You and your child will meet his or her counselors and s/he will choose a bunk upon arrival. Lunch for campers is served between 12:00 – 1:00 pm. Our experience has shown that a shorter good-bye is easier for you and your child. It is fine to let your camper and counselors unpack and make the bed which provides time for them to get to know each other, plus it helps the camper to find his/her things again once the session is underway!

Closing Day

Please note the exact day your child’s camp session closes. We do not have a visitor’s day during camp but encourage you to join us on Closing Day for a friendship circle in your child’s cabin at 10:30 am and a closing campfire program at 11 am. Plan to arrive around 9:30 am which will give your child time to show you his/her special places around camp. We feel this time together as a family brings a sense of closure for your child, and also gives you a “taste” of his/her experience. The morning closes with a campfire program highlighting the session and an optional buffet lunch at noon. No reservations are necessary (adult $5, children $3, campers free). C1 families should note that during the closing of C1, we do not have a closing campfire, nor offer lunch for our families.

We ask that no gratuities be extended to the counselors or to any staff members.

Visiting Camp Before Attendance

If your child has never been to Gwynn Valley, a visit prior to attendance can be helpful in his/her adjustment to camp. Some apprehensions can be dispelled by seeing first-hand what the cabins, dining room, showers, and bathrooms look like. On Opening Day, your child will be coming back to a more familiar place. You are welcome to visit anytime, just Schedule a Tour.

Open House

On the Saturday of Memorial Day Weekend, we offer an open house for new campers which includes a tour, question/answer time, and games for the campers. Please arrive at 2:00 pm; the visit will last about 2 hours. Please call our office (828-885-2900) or e-mail shelley@gwynnvalley.com to RSVP.

Kate is our great delight and our only, so it is hard for us to see her leave childhood behind. I cannot think of a better place to make the transition than at Gwynn Valley, among trusted friends and staff.