Holston Center Opens Day Camp

Holston Presbytery Camp and Retreat Center will operate a Day Camp program beginning May 25. HPCRC’s Day Camp provides a Christ-centered childcare for our surrounding community. Holston is celebrating its 65th anniversary.

The program operates Monday through Friday from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm. A light breakfast is served from 8:00 until 8:30. Lunch and a mid afternoon snack is also served. Sessions are planned through June, July, and August. Day Camp will not operate the week of July 4. It is open to rising 1st through rising 8th graders in limited numbers.

“We have carefully considered the CDC guidelines in combination with American Camp Association’s recommendations for day camps and have concluded we can conduct a safe and healthy program that meets the needs of the community,” said Jim Austin, Director.

The camp plans to observe the following guidelines to keep the campers safe: social distancing, wearing face masks, being primarily outdoors, practicing sanitation and hygiene, and monitoring groups.

We will continue to require a safe distance of 6’ between campers. This may be easier said than done with children eager to be with their friends, but we recognize the value of this practice. We have designed activities that observe social distancing,” said Austin.

“We ask that each camper bring a clean, washable, cloth mask to camp. Although we feel we can be in open areas without a mask, there will be times we need to apply face protection.”

Research shows that transmission of a virus is less likely in open, outdoor spaces. Holston Camp has 150 acres of beautiful, wooded land for children to explore. The camp has several open air pavilions where children can play on a rainy day.

“We will practice personal hygiene and sanitation every day. We are abiding by CDC standards for cleanliness in our kitchen, bathrooms, and indoor areas. We will sanitize commonly touched surfaces daily,” Austin said.

Enrollment will be limited to smaller groups stationed at different points on campus. Groups will not be allowed to co-mingle. Temperatures will be taken at drop-off, at lunch, and at pick-up. Campers will be closely monitored for any symptoms that indicate a possible infection.

Although Holston Overnight Camp has been canceled for June, it is tentatively scheduled for July with a modified program called ALL IN CAMP. Overnight camps will be held in the “rustic” campsite areas where campers can enjoy screened-in cabins, bathhouse, and open-air, covered picnic areas.

With these key factors in place, Holston provides youth a summer camp experience that unites them with friends, offers stimulating activities and conversations, and identifies God as our creator, sustainer, and redeemer. Register at www.HolstonCenter.org.

Please call Jim Austin, Director with any questions. (844) 465-7866.

New River Gymnastics Summer Camps

We have a fun gymnastics camp to tell you all about!

New River Gymnastics Camp

New River Gymnastics will be hosting two morning camps this summer. Students get to learn skills on vault, bars, beam, and floor as well as learning tumbling basics to match their skill level! The camp is for ages 6-13 and any skill level is welcome.

The first camp is June 26th-29th and the second camp is July 17th-20th, both 8am-12:30pm. Camp registration and more information regarding the camp can be found by clicking the summer tab on the website.

Chetola Resort Hosts Summer Tennis Camps

Summer is a great time in the High Country for many reasons. One of those reasons is all the incredible summer camps.
RDU Tennis
A tennis camp will be held Monday through Thursday at Chetola Resort on the following weeks:
June 29-July 2
July 6-9
July 13-16
Aug 3-6
Activities will be moved inside if weather does not permit. Camp will run 9am-12:30pm. Tennis will be the primary purpose of the camp with the obvious snack and hydration breaks. Camp drop off and pick up for parents will be at the courts.  Campers will need a racquet, water bottle, and snacks.
Daily drop off rate is $30 per child. Weekly rate will be $125.

Click here to register. If you have any questions, please contact Brian Rosenthal at (919) 395-7329, or email brian@rdutennis.net.

Next Generation Kids Performing Arts Camp Has Space Available Next Week!

Orlando’s premier Performing Arts Camp is coming to Boone yet again this year! For the past 14 years thousands of budding performing arts students have flocked to Next Generation Kids to take part in one of their exciting summer camps. Whether it’s your first show or your 50th, Next Generation Kids helps train you to take your performance to the next level with their 1 week performing camps. Singing, dancing, acting and more! At the end of the week, perform your show on Friday night for your family and friends! In Boone, they’ve teamed up with Studio K dance studio to create an all new musical theater experience never before seen in the area.

The Camp will be held July 12-16, 2010, so it’s coming up fast! There are several spaces open for next week’s camp for children in grades 3-12! If you’re child loves singing and performing- or just wants to try it out, this is the camp for you!

My kids went last year, and LOVED it! In fact, my 7 year old has been practicing the solo she sang for the ENTIRE. YEAR. She sang it for the last hour on our road trip home from Greensboro Monday!

K-2: Shows include songs from: Annie, Oliver, Sound of Music and more!
3-5: Shows include songs from: Mary Poppins, Music Man, My Fair Lady and more!
Middle/HS: Shows include songs from: Rent, Little Mermaid, 13 and more

Fee: $165 for the week. Can be paid in three installments.

More Information: www.nextgenkids.com for registration and more info!

Check out this video with some kids who have attended Next Generation Kids camps for 7 years!


RDU Tennis Camp at Chetola Open to All!

Last year, my daughter (8years old at the time) had her first forray into the game of Tennis!  She attended RDU Tennis Camp at Chetola Resort last year, and absolutely loved it!  As soon as it started to get warm this year, she got out her tennis racket and placed it beside her bed, asking if she could play tennis again this summer!RDU Tennis Camp

Well, RDU Tennis Camp at Chetola is back again this summer! This time, they will be running three sessions from Chetola Resort in Blowing Rock, so you can choose a time that’s convenient for you.  RDU Tennis Camp provides Tennis Camps and Instruction for facilities without a resident Tennis Pro throughout North Carolina!

Their philosophy for their week-long tennis camp is to provide an all-around “Summer Camp” experience, with a tennis focus.  So the children will swim, play games, and have fun outdoors, in addition to working their tennis skills.  And lunch is included!! So you don’t have to worry about rushing to pack a lunch on the way out the door in the morning!  That is a BIG deal for me, especially if you know that I usually run late in the mornings… ahem.

I admit, we had not thought of signing up for a camp at Chetola before last year, because we perceived that it was for the guests only.  Of course, they pamper their guests well, but they are here for the entire community as well!  In fact, they recently opened the Spa at Chetola, open to the public, with lots of different treatments!  The Spa at Chetola has offered RDU Tennis Camp parents 10 % off a treatment while your child is at camp!

RDU Tennis Camp 2The dates for the camp are as follows:

  • July 5-9
  • July 12-23
  • August 2-6

The daily schedule is:

  • 10:00-10:15 Checking at Chetola Recreation Center
  • 10:30-12:00 Tennis Instruction: Clininc and Drills
  • 12:00-1:30 Lunch, Swimming, Activities
  • 1:30-3:00 Tennis Matches
  • 3:15 Pick up at Chetola Rec Center

A full week of tennis camp is only $175 per session! CLICK HERE to register for the camp!

Freebie Friday: RDU Tennis and Soccer Camps


The Mom Squad is so excited to be working with Brian Rosenthal and RDU Tennis and Soccer Camps! They are one of our fabulous sponsors on the Mom Squad.  I had a wonderful meeting with Brian and his new fiance, Meghan last month (congrats!), and I am excited about sending my daughter to her first sports camp: Tennis at Chetola!  Of course, she will probably use the tennis racket for a microphone and start singing on the court!

About Brian and RDU Camps:

Through his tenure as the Director of Tennis at Brier Creek Country Club, Brian learned that there is a vital need for tennis programming at various sub-divisions and smaller scale clubs throughout NC. His first programming operation was the Jewish Community Center of Raleigh/Cary in the Spring of 2005. In the Fall of 2005, he offered services at Bedford at Falls River. The combined success of these two ventures inspired what is now RDUTennis, LLC. Today, Brian and his staff oversee roughly 25 facilities. He is always looking for more opportunity to bring tennis programming closer to home for NC residents.

He earned a degree in Business Management-Marketing Concentration from North Carolina State University in 2002. His first job was Assistant Tennis Professional at Southern Village Racquet & Swim Club, located in Chapel Hill from July 2002-August 2003. Brian then received the honor to be the youngest Head Tennis Professional in North Carolina, where he was responsible for the operation of tennis and camps at Brier Creek Country Club from August 2003-May 2007.

RDU also offers the same camp model for soccer, led by student athletes!

RDU Tennis and Soccer Camps are offering a HUGE giveaway for FOUR Mom Squad Readers! We will randomly choose one winner for each of the High Country RDU Sports Camps this summer.

Here is how to enter:

  • Choose one or more locations that you would like to attend. (see below) Please check your calendar before entering to be sure that you will be able to attend. You can enter to win all of the camps, but only actually win one of them.
  • Leave a comment saying which camps you’d like to attend on this post.

Earn an extra entry (leave a separate comment) when you:

  • Are a Mom Squad Subscriber (click here for daily updates, or enter your email address at the top of the page for our weekly newsletter)
  • Share this giveaway on Facebook, or blog.

This contest is open to anyone in the High Country Area or who is willing to travel here for the camps.  Contest will run through Sunday, April 12, and a winner will be announced on our winners page, and by email.  You will have 72 hours to claim your prize before an alternate winner is chosen.


RDU Tennis Camp- 2 Locations


When: 4-day sessions June 29-July 2 and July 6-9 (Rain Make-Up on Fridays)

Where: Chetola Resort in Blowing Rock

Who: Ages 5-14

Highlights:  Instruction will be provided by Lees-McRae College and ASU student-athletes on the Varsity Tennis Team.

Fee: $200 per child with lunch included from the Resort. REGISTER FOR THIS CAMP BEFORE APRIL 15TH AND RECEIVE $20 OFF PER CHILD

More Information: To register, simply visit this direct link.  http://rdutennis.net/?page_id=112


When: 4-day sessions June 22-25 and July 20-23 (Rain Make-Up on Fridays)

Where: Buckeye Lake Recreation Center in Beech Mountain

Who: Ages 5-14

Highlights:  Instruction will be provided by Lees-McRae College and ASU student-athletes on the Varsity Tennis Team.

Fee: $125 per child with lunch included from the Resort. REGISTER FOR THIS CAMP BEFORE APRIL 15TH AND RECEIVE $20 OFF PER CHILD

More Information: To register, simply visit this direct link.  http://rdutennis.net/?page_id=111

RDU Soccer Camp- 2 Locations


When: June 15-18, August 3-6, 9:00 AM-3:00 PM

Where: Buckeye Recreation Center in Beech Mountain

Who: Children ages 5-12


Fee: $125 per child

More information: Click here to register


When: July 6-9, July20-23, 9:00 AM-3:00 PM

Where: Buckeye Recreation Center in Beech Mountain

Who: Children ages 5-12


Fee: $95 Avery Co Students, $105 other

More information: Click here to register.

Goodbye Ski Season…Hello Summer Camps

Well, winter is coming to an end here in the high country … at least, here on Beech Mountain in one respect. Ski Beech had their end of season day yesterday, culminating in a party with BBQ, music and lots of fun.dscf0482

Now, don’t think we are believing for one minute that we will not see snow again before our summer visitors begin arriving.  Hardly! Those coats and thermals are not put away until at least June and some never put them away as our history shows we have had snow in every month except for August on Beech!  It’s all worth it once summer kicks in as we are the coolest place to be east of the Rocky Mountains.

dscf0540Speaking of summer, now that we are heading toward spring and thoughts of summer camps are beginning to creep in our minds, we have some excellent summer camps through the Buckeye Lake Recreation Center. Click here to view and download the flyer for the camps. You might consider calling or coming up to see if one or more of the camps might be just the ticket for the kids this summer.  The staff is super nice and very knowledgeable so give them a call or, better yet, come on up for a tour of the facilities and pick up some information to make the ultimate decision on what to do this summer.  dscf1942

We also have a day camp for Beech Mountain Club members and their guests, so if you own a Club property or know someone who does, you might want to look into the programs and the wonderful pool, tennis facilities, golf and dining options offered by the Club.  For more information on the Club, check out their new website at http://www.beechmtnclub.org/.

Click here to view all current information about 2009 Summer Camps.

Florida’s Premier Performing Arts Summer Camp is Coming to Boone!

For the past 14 years thousands of budding performing arts students have flocked to Next Generation Kids to take part in one of their exciting summer camps. Whether it’s your first show or your 50th, Next Generation Kids helps train you to take your performance to the next level with their 1 week performing camps. Singing, dancing, acting and more! At the end of the week, perform your show on Friday night for your family and friends! In Boone, we’ve teamed up with Studio K dance studio to create an all new musical theater experience never high_school_musical2before seen in the area.

Shows include Princess Power, Annie Review, Grease Review (edited for content), High School Musical 1,2 &3, Wicked Review, Hairspray

These performing arts camps are directed by David and Sheryl Chernault. You can see their website at nextgenkids.com, and read his bio. They are a wonderful couple with tons of experience in theater, recording, musical performances of many kinds as well as running this Performing Arts school grease_summerin Orlando for 13 years.
There will be two camps: July 6th – 10th with a performance by the kids on Friday night the 10th
July 13th – 17th with a performance by the kids on Friday night the 17th.  The camp is run Monday – Friday, 9am – 2pm.

The kids bring a sack lunch and eat there. They work on presenting a quick review of a well known Broadway show, or Disney show, including choreography, group singing, solo singing (by choice, not forced), some acting and often the kids paint a set for the show also.  disney-princesses

There will be three age groups available:
  • 4 yrs – 8 yrs (Annie/Princess Power group)
  • 9 yrs – 12 yrs (Grease/Mary Poppins)
  • 13 yrs and up (Wicked/Hairspray).

It is open to boys and girls. The Grease lyrics are cleaned up so they are appropriate.  All three groups will perform on Friday night.

The cost is $150 per child. It can be made in 3 payments or all at once. The first payment is a deposit and secures your child’s spot in the camp. It can be made by the end of March, to spread out the payments, but you may make the first payment whenever you register.   The second payment by the end of May, and the third payment by the first day of camp. The camps are non-refundable. Once you register and pay a deposit, you are committed.  Registration will be open until the camp is full.

The weekdays of camp will be held at Studio K Dance Workshop in Boone. The performance will be held at Alliance on Friday night. The performance will be free.
Amy Berry is the local mom who is responsible for bringing this camp to Boone.  Here is her story, and the reason she is sponsoring this camp:

When my daughter attended this summer camp, it was the first time I saw her let loose and really perform a character. She had always sung well, but this time it came from her toes!

It was so much fun to choreograph the Grease camp and introduce kids to one of the most popular musicals of my generation!
The NGK camps have been such a highlight of the summer for my kids that I thought we should bring it up here. This is an artistic community and I know there are many kids who would love an experience like this. The atmosphere is fun, clean, and positive and for some is their first experience with Broadway type material. Not only that, the director of the camp, David Chernault, is wonderfully talented and inspiring to young people. He really knows how to pull off a show!
I enjoy watching the performance at the end of the week as much as the participants enjoy performing it. As a parent, it is such a thrill to see what a group of kids can pull off in just one week! It really gives them confidence in their abilities and opens up their minds to what can be accomplished with a little hard work and great leadership.


Sign Up Now for Cherokee Cove events

cherokee-cove-logo-featureCherokee Cove Family Camp Conference Center and Retreat is located within approximately 200 private acres in the mountains of northeast Tennessee, bordering the Cherokee National Forest. It is the home of Uphill Ministries, a non-profit Christian organization.  Visit www.cherokeecove.org for more information and to sign up for these events!

Strong families:

Family Weekends
These fun-filled weekends are packed full of family pleasure! Enjoy campfire singing and s’mores each night, fantastic food, and activities including creation crafts and workshops. Our creative, covered camping platforms make camping easy and fun! Choose from tree-house style or low-profile platforms. We have many hiking trails and quiet spaces perfect for your family get away in the beautiful mountains of Eastern Tennessee. Expect to leave this vacation yearning for more! See below to choose which of the following Family Weekends best suits the needs of your family.

  • Family Campout– First full weekend of June, August, and October

These weekends are focused on family strengthening and “troubleshooting problems.” The program is centered on effective practices that will repair and build your family unit. Included in the program is a group and one-on-one counseling session with our camp counselor, effective tools for building strong family relationships, and practical advice for conflict management. In order to attend this weekend free of cost, families will need to complete a brief application so we can determine their willingness to work on problem areas. This program is based on market research and has guaranteed results when followed completely.

  • Family Enrichment– First full weekend of May, July, and September

This dynamic weekend kicks off with a live worship concert and an engaging workshop* for the whole family. Saturday will consist of a “free-time” for families to relax at Cherokee Cove, attend a workshop, or enjoy one of the many adventurous activities in the Boone and Mountain City area such as biking on the Creeper Trail, white water rafting, and much more. Saturday night commences with a live worship concert followed by another engaging workshop*. These weekends are based upon family building and enhancement through time spent together and skills training. The charge for the weekend is only $250 per couple and $80 per each child over the age of 6 years old. A maximum charge of $490 per family. *Fun, child-appropriate activities included.
Building relationships:

  • Father/Son Camping Retreat – September 11-13

A great bonding opportunity! Spend quality time and create lasting memories with your child while enjoying the beautiful setting in the mountains. Build outdoor skills that are essential to surviving in the wilderness. Enjoy delicious food and fellowship in the great outdoors! Benefit from the experience of camping in the woods. During this weekend you will visit an ancient Indian meat camp, make deer jerky (just like the Indians used too), carve walking sticks, make leather crafts and backpack in the Cherokee National Forest. The price is $150 per father and son team plus an additional $50 per extra son(s).

  • Mother Daughter Retreat – August 2010 (semi-annual)

Every young girl longs for “special time” away with her mother. Make this the weekend that she will not forget! We have a guest speaker, “functional” crafts, spa activities, super food, mother-daughter devotions, fun games, and grand finale tea party. Bring your tea party attire and fancy hat!

Life Skills programs:

  • Uphill Youth Program

Session one: May 18 – June 14
Session two: June 15 – July 12
Session three: July 13 – August 9
A unique opportunity for youths aged 14-19 to experience a summer missions experience while learning valuable skills in areas such as outdoor recreation, hospitality, food service, leadership and construction, just to name a few. These youths will also take part in daily disciplines such as a personal devotion time in the morning, regular “family” meal times, and evening Bible studies. The cost per youth is $150 per week ($600 per session) to cover room, board, and other incremental expenses while they are living at Cherokee Cove. Ministry materials are provided that will be helpful to these youths to raise this financial support. Click HERE to download an application, then fill it out and send it back to us.

Life Skills camps:

  • Proverbs 31 Girls Camp – June 8-12, 2008 (Monday – Friday)

Spend a week at Cherokee Cove and help mold today’s girls into tomorrow’s Godly women. Highlights will include money management, household management, modesty, body stewardship, health and nutrition, and caring for the family. For girls aged 12-18. The cost is $165 pp. Sibling and early registration discounts available.

  • Boys Leadership Camp – May 18-22, 2008 (Mon – Friday)

Leadership camp will help you train your sons to fulfill their leadership roles as men of God. The boys will learn chain of command by working together in teams on camp construction, various building projects, and outdoor survival skills. For boys aged 12-18. The cost is $165 pp. Sibling and early registration discounts available.

  • Song Writers camp- June 22-27, 2008 (Monday morning – Saturday)

Worship will be the main emphasis for this camp. Songwriting Camp will provide a better understanding of the mechanics of songwriting as well as the joys of expressing your heart towards God in song. Led by three different experienced songwriters, each from a unique perspective, Song Writer’s camp will give the budding artist a wide range of experience. Some of the other objectives include learning about the recording studio and stage presence. The week will commence with a live performance at the end of the week. This camp is designed for kids aged 12-18. The cost is $225 pp. Sibling and early registration discounts available.

  • Teen Cooking Camp – Girls: June 15 – 19 (Monday – Friday) Boys: July 13 – 17 (Monday – Friday)

Teens aged 12-18 learn valuable skills in food service, creative cooking, nutrition, etiquette, and safe food handling. Chef Stu Stephens will ignite a love for learning and creativity in these youths. Nutritionist Sam Stephens will share many practical ways to incorporate healthy habits into their lives. Bible studies each evening. The cost is $165 pp. Sibling and early registration discounts available.

Marriage Retreats:

Experience a weekend of romance and marriage-building activities in our newly built Evergreen Village. These quaint log cabins have deluxe bedding and bath linens, custom designs, full baths (with showers for two) and fireplaces.

  • Marriage Enhancement Retreats – June 19-21 and October 9-11

Learn valuable communication skills, practical tips, and ways to deepen your relationship with your spouse. Your weekend includes fantastic meals, lodging, luxury linens, and a welcome basket. Programs vary, and enrollment is limited to 7 couples per retreat. The cost is $300 per couple.

  • Your Church Marriage Retreat –available May-October

Your church, group or organization can book the entire Evergreen Village (for seven couples plus a facilitator) and meeting space for a marriage retreat. We include programming and materials, fantastic meals and snacks, lodging, linens, and a welcome basket. This package deal comes with an extra, completely equipped guest cabin for facilitator couple/ weekend leader. Bring your own program and materials or choose from our in-house DVD curricula. We will also provide promotional material that you may use to advertise your retreat within your church body or group, directions from your location to Cherokee Cove and a list of “Fun Things to Do” nearby if you wish to take Saturday or Sunday afternoon off for recreation. The comprehensive all-inclusive price is $2100 for the whole weekend.


Praise, Graze, and RAISE –May 22 and August 28
Introducing Cherokee Cove’s big fund raising events for the season. It features a wonderful gourmet meal and a concert by one or more local musicians. The purpose is to raise funds for all the events and activities hosted by Cherokee Cove during the 2009 season..