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To contact a staff member by phone, please call 828-692-0077 and then enter the extension number.

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Andrew Schmidt Advancement Analyst andrew.schmidt@kanuga.org 239 
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Anita Whitmire Boan Housekeeping Manager anita.whitmire@kanuga.org 233 
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Barry Phillips Director of Food Service barry.phillips@kanuga.org 235 
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Bethany Frazier Youth Events Program Director bethany.frazier@kanuga.org 276 
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Chris Lynn Adult Conferences Program Director chris.lynn@kanuga.org 267 
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Christine Murawski Mountain Trail Outdoor School Program Director christine.murawski@kanuga.org 281 
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Clint DeWitt Environmental Projects Manager clint.dewitt@kanuga.org 270 
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David Schnitzer Camp Kanuga Director david.schnitzer@kanuga.org 279 
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Eden Lewis Guest Period Program Director eden.lewis@kanuga.org 283 
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Eric George Assistant Director of Guest Services eric.george@kanuga.org 288 
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Gary Giniat Director of Advancement gary.giniat@kanuga.org 240 
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Hunter Soper Expedition Programs Manager hunter.soper@kanuga.org 263 
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Jason Merritt Director of Marketing and Communications jason.merritt@kanuga.org 224 
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Jill Mallin Director of Guest Services jill.mallin@kanuga.org 285 
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Jimmy Haden Vice President of Hospitality and Sales jimmy.haden@kanuga.org 227 
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Jodi Calabrese Retail Operations Manager jodi.calabrese@kanuga.org 241 
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Kate Bakko Reservations Associate kate.bakko@kanuga.org 282 
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Katherine Parnell Camp Bob Program Director katherine.parnell@kanuga.org 264 
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Kim Moree Manager of Board Relations kim.moree@kanuga.org 280 
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LeeAnne Martin Vice President of Youth Programs leeanne.martin@kanuga.org 321 
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Leslie Hartley Communications Writer leslie.hartley@kanuga.org  
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Marcella Thompson Controller marcella.thompson@kanuga.org 217 
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Nicole Bentley Reservations Director nicole.bentley@kanuga.org 284 
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Paul Bockoven Director of Information Technology paul.bockoven@kanuga.org 315 
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Ricky Varnadore Director of Property ricky.varnadore@kanuga.org 221 
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Sandy McKinney Reservations Associate sandy.mckinney@kanuga.org 222 
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Stan Hubbard President stan.hubbard@kanuga.org 212 

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Email on the Trail

Trailblazers only receive email while in camp and once, during resupply mid-session.

Email Your Camper

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Your message Has Been Sent

Camper email is printed every morning and delivered at lunch time.

Please do not hit the back button, if you need to send another messag, please start over and email your camper.

 

Don't forget some snail mail too!

 

Application Process

The Mountain Trail Outdoor School hires seasonal instructors for each fall and spring.

  • We begin accepting applications for the fall season in late March/early April each year.
  • We begin accepting applications for the spring season in November of each year.

Our online application link will be active when we are accepting applications.

You will be asked to provide three references and upload a copy of your current resume. Please note, you cannot save your work on the online application, plan to complete all the information in one sitting. Applicants selected for an interview will be contacted via email or phone.  Not all applicants will be selected for an interview.

Applications for the MTOS spring 2014 season are no longer being accepted. Please check back next year to apply for the fall 2014 season. Thank you for your interest in MTOS!

Contact Us

If at any time you have questions about the Mountain Trail Outdoor School program, please contact us at mtos@kanuga.org or 828-692-9136, ext. 281.

Mailing Address:

Mountain Trail Outdoor School
PO Box 250
Hendersonville, NC 28793

Looking for directions? Click here. (LINK)

Living & Working at MTOS

Room and board is included with salary. Staff housing is on property in cabins of two to four bedrooms each, private or shared bathrooms, and a common porch. The bedrooms contain a single bed, dresser, lamp, table, and chair. Most houses have access to Wi-Fi internet access. There is a shared computer available for staff without their own computer in our resource area. In addition, there is a staff lounge available for personal or group relaxation. Our housing units do not have individual kitchens but the dining hall kitchen is available for staff cooking and food storage. Free laundry facilities are also available.

In addition to room and board, MTOS staff has access to Kanuga’s amenities such as: hiking trails, lake, tennis courts, climbing tower and sports field.

Since our work is seasonal in nature:

  • The fall season typically runs early August through November/early December.
  • The spring season typically runs mid-February through the end of May.

As a part of Kanuga Conferences Inc., there are often opportunities for seasonal staff to extend their work into the summer MTOS off season working for other Kanuga programs. Please check out Kanuga's employment page to learn more about other opportunities.

Who We Hire

Mountain Trail Outdoor School hires seasonal instructors for each fall and spring.  We currently employ four full time staff and fourteen seasonal staff.

Qualified applicants are college graduates with experience working with children in the outdoors, particularly in experiential education. Applicants should feel comfortable teaching natural science topics with hands-on activities and facilitating cooperation and high adventure activities.

All of our instructors must have at minimum current first aid and CPR training. Many are certified in wilderness first aid or as wilderness first responders.

Instructors work Monday-Friday and an average of two or three nights per week. Instructors teach two three-hour classes each day, one in the morning and one in the afternoon. Classes typically have 10-12 students and an adult chaperone. Opportunities are available for additional weekend work with MTOS or other Kanuga programs.

All instructors participate in a paid staff training period before the start of each season. Instructors are responsible for teaching all classes that MTOS offers and for continuing their professional development as well as program development.

Staff

Mountain Trail Outdoor School instructors are highly educated and well-trained individuals with experience working with youth outdoors.

Instructors are college graduates or experienced interns completing their college work. Many have classroom teaching experience. All of our instructors have first aid and CPR training, and many are certified in wilderness first aid or as wilderness first responders. Our staff is committed to professional development, logging more than 150 hours in environmental education workshops, adventure training and wilderness medicine courses over the course of a three-month season.

 

MTOS Promotional Materials

View our brochure online or email us to request a hard copy.

Pre/Post Trip Activities

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How to Get Here

Mountain Trail Outdoor School is located on the Bob Campbell Youth Campus at Kanuga Conferences in Hendersonville, NC. Once on Kanuga’s campus please follow Kanuga Chapel Drive through the conference center for approximately 0.75 miles to the Bob Campbell Youth Campus.

Kanuga's Address:
130 Kanuga Chapel Drive
Hendersonville, NC 28739

Sample Driving Times:

Atlanta, GA – 3.5 hours
Birmingham, AL – 6 hours
Charlotte, NC – 2 hours
Charleston, SC – 4.5 hours
Columbia, SC – 2.5 hours
Jacksonville, FL – 7 hours
Knoxville, TN – 2.5 hours
Louisville, KY – 6 hours
Raleigh, NC – 5 hours
Roanoke, VA – 4.5 hours
Savannah, GA – 5 hours
Wilmington, NC – 6 hours

Driving Directions

FROM I-26 EAST

  1. Take exit 49-B on US 64 West into Hendersonville. Continue for 2.3 miles.
  2. Turn left on South Business 25 (Church Street) and drive nine blocks.
  3. Turn right on Kanuga Street and continue for 3.75 miles.
  4. Turn right on Kanuga Lake Road.
  5. Follow Kanuga Lake Road for approximately 1.25 miles.
  6. Turn right on Kanuga Chapel Drive.
  7. Continue on the main road through the conference center for approximately 3/4 mile
  8. Main road will turn into gravel at the Bob Campbell Youth Campus. Continue on gravel road, to the right of the entrance sign, to parking area near the bell.

FROM I-26 WEST

  1. Take exit 53 (old exit 22) Upward Road.
  2. Turn left on Upward Road.
  3. Turn right on Spartanburg Highway (North Business 25/West 176). A landmark for this intersection is the large Ingles supermarket.
  4. Drive 2.2 miles until the road ends and turn left on NC 225 South (Greenville Highway).
  5. Take an immediate right onto White Street.
  6. Take a left onto Kanuga Street; continue 3.5 miles and watch for brown Kanuga Conferences sign.
  7. Turn right onto Kanuga Lake Road.
  8. Follow Kanuga Lake Road for approximately 1.25 miles.
  9. Turn right on Kanuga Chapel Drive.
  10. Continue on the main road through the conference center for approximately 3/4 mile.
  11. Main road will turn into gravel at the Bob Campbell Youth Campus. Continue on gravel road, to the right of the entrance sign, to parking area near the bell.

For Parents

Dear parents,

Thank you for your interest in Mountain Trail Outdoor School. We hope that the resources on our website and that your child’s teacher has will help you prepare for your child’s educational trip to the mountains.

Mountain Trail Outdoor School (MTOS) is an environmental and adventure education program of Kanuga Conferences Inc. in Hendersonville, NC. MTOS uses an experiential education model to teach environmental awareness and to promote self-confidence in elementary, middle and high school students. Located in the Blue Ridge Mountains, MTOS uses the natural beauty of our area and Kanuga’s 1,400 acres as an outdoor classroom.

The MTOS curriculum combines natural science, team building and adventure activities. Your child’s teachers have customized the curriculum to fit the school’s needs and goals for the trip. A leader in the field, MTOS has been successfully encouraging students to grow and learn in an outdoor environment for 20 years. Staff and teachers witness firsthand the positive impact that our program has on children. Our instructors encourage parent chaperones to participate as well, and often parents have as much fun as their children on the trip. If you are chaperoning your child’s trip, please be sure to look over the Chaperone Guidelines, available either on the website or from your child’s teacher.

Our instructors are outdoor education professionals. Staff members are college graduates with extensive experience in environmental and adventure education and are positive role models who share a sincere commitment to educating youth about the environment. All instructors are at least first aid, CPR and EPI-trained, and most have either Wilderness First Aid or Wilderness First Responder certifications.

I invite you to explore the website and to contact me with questions. I look forward to hearing from you and to welcoming you and your child to Mountain Trail Outdoor School.

All the best,

 

 

Christine Murawski
MTOS Program Director

 

About Christine

Christine Murawski joined Kanuga's Mountain Trail Outdoor School as an instructor in 2008 and was quickly recognized for her skill with rock climbing, teambuilding, high ropes and other high adventure activities. She served as Kanuga’s adventure programs manager and directing Kanuga Trailblazers for three years before stepping into the role of MTOS program director in 2012. Her eye for risk management has afforded Kanuga an impressive safety record as she continues to oversee the care, maintenance, and inspection of our climbing and ropes facilities and the training of the associated staff. She is a graduate of Pennsylvania State University and has an extensive background in outdoor education and adventure activities.

Additional Teacher Resources

In an effort to help your students to fully retain what they’ve learned and preserve the memories of their time at MTOS, we encourage our visiting schools to follow up on materials covered during their trip once they return to the classroom. MTOS seeks to touch on subjects and key terms that will prove to be relevant to your student’s curriculum.

Please feel free to contact us prior to your trip to discuss your group’s goals. Proper planning regarding the lesson data, key terms, and subject levels that are specific to your students will better the transition from a Ponds and Streams study at Kanuga Lake to a science ecology discussion in your classroom.

Medical Care & Information

Mountain Trail Outdoor School Health and Acknowledgement of Risk forms must be completed and signed by each child's parent or legal guardian.  Adult participants are also required to complete both of these forms as well.

The lead teacher should check to make sure all forms are collected, signed and filled out completely before you arrive. Please keep a copy for your own records. These formswill be collected from the lead teacher upon arrival. Please have an extra copy of your participants list categorized by activity groups.

Dietary Restrictions

Please alert us at least two weeks before your arrival of any person with special dietary restrictions.  We may not be able to accommodate special diets if we do not know about them in advance. Please contact us if you have specific concerns.

Participant Medications/Routine Treatment

Due to the variability of medical policies throughout the schools that attend our program  Mountain Trail Outdoor School is prepared to handle first aid during your stay, but a teacher or one of your chaperones,  are expected to handle the administration of all routine medication and medical treatment (we can assist with storage of medication as needed).

Should any student/adult, arrive ill or become ill during his /her stay, Mountain Trail Outdoor School reserves the right to request he/she be sent home to ensure the health/wellness of other participants. 

Emergency Procedures

Mountain Trail Outdoor School staff members have been trained in emergency procedures. All of our instructors have first aid and CPR training, and many are certified in wilderness first aid or as wilderness first responders.

Forms and Packing List

Groups may bring forms with them to the Mountain Trail Outdoor School.

The lead teacher should check to make sure all forms are collected, signed and filled out completely before you arrive. We will collect all originals; please keep a copy for your own records. All forms will be collected from the lead teacher upon arrival.  Please have an extra copy of your participants list categorized by activity groups.

Each participant (including adults) must complete:

Click here to print the suggested Participant Packing List.

Please print out and discuss Chaperone Guidelines with all chaperones.

*Only for participants going whitewater rafting

What to Expect

Mountain Trail Outdoor School is first and foremost a school, but one without the traditional desks and walls.

Our classes take place outdoors in variable weather conditions, so students and chaperones should prepare to spend 3-hour blocks outside. Each class will begin at the Bob Campbell Youth Campus, where groups of 10-12 students and a few chaperones will meet their instructors. From there, we might hike to a peak, delve into a pond or explore a bog somewhere on our 1,400 acres before returning at the end of class.

View our campus map here.

Students and chaperones stay in winterized cabins. Each cabin has two or three student bedrooms with 16 bunked beds in each, two or three chaperone bedrooms with four bunked beds in each, a locker room-style bathroom and chaperone bathrooms.

The bedrooms are joined by a common room with couches and a fireplace. MTOS provides sheets, blankets and pillows. Guests are welcome to bring an extra blanket.

The Mountain Trail Outdoor School serves meals family style in Andrews Dining Hall. All meals include an option for vegetarians and a salad bar.

To get an idea of a typical trip to MTOS, please review our Sample Trip Schedule.

Planning Your Trip

Thank you for your interest in Mountain Trail Outdoor School!

We hope the resources on our website provide all the information you need to plan your school group's educational trip to the mountains. Please visit our Available Dates, Rates and Booking Information section if you have not already requested dates for your visit to MTOS. If you have any questions during the planning process, please do not hesitate to contact us.

Due to the nature of our program, we have created an online handbook to provide the lead teacher/trip coordinator with detailed information about MTOS.

Review and Print our Program and Planning Guide.

Dates, Rates and Booking

Our program operates during the school year from August through May. While most schools visit us during the normal school week Monday-Friday arrangements can be made to visit on weekends.

View available dates for Fall 2014 and Spring 2015 here.

  2014 2015
One night/4 meals/2 day program $107.00 $109.00
Two night/7 meals/3 day program $153.50 $155.00
Three night/10 meals/4 day program $217.00 $222.00
Four night/13 meals/5 day program $274.00 $279.50

ALL rates include lodging, meals and programming* and are per person. Rates are the same for students and adults. Generally one adult is admitted free for every ten paid participants.

*Naturalist and Storytelling evening programs, and some off-site programming, may require additional fees. Please contact us to inquire about pricing for those particular programs.

 

Booking Your Trip

Before contacting MTOS, please follow these steps:

  1. Review our Program and Planning Guide.
  2. Discuss possible dates with your school. View available dates above. Please determine at least three sets of possible dates.
  3. Discuss curriculum and program planning with your school. Determine your group’s goals for the trip and which courses best fit your group’s goals, skills and age.
  4. Contact Mountain Trail Outdoor School at mtos@kanuga.org or 828-692-9136, ext. 281, to make a reservation. Please have three possible dates and the estimated number of students and chaperones.

Curriculum

We use an experiential education model to teach environmental awareness and to promote self-confidence in elementary, middle and high school students. Located in the Blue Ridge Mountains, our school pulls on the natural beauty of Kanuga’s 1,400 acres as an outdoor classroom.

Students participate in two 3-hour classes each day and an evening program after dinner each night.

To get an idea of a typical trip to MTOS, please review our Sample Trip Schedule.

Our courses fall into four categories:

These program areas allow students to learn more about themselves and about their surroundings. By choosing courses from one particular group or by choosing a mixture, with complementary evening programs, schools can customize the MTOS program to fit their unique goals, skills and age groups.

Our Campus and Facilities

Located on the Bob Campbell Youth Campus at Kanuga, Mountain Trail Outdoor School is first and foremost a school, but one without the traditional desks and walls. Utilizing Kanuga's 1,400-acre property, MTOS provides a unique learning experience outside of the traditional classroom setting.

View our campus map here.

 

Lodging

Students and chaperones stay in winterized cabins. Each cabin has two or three student bedrooms with 16 bunked beds in each, two or three chaperone bedrooms with four bunked beds in each, a locker room-style bathroom and chaperone bathrooms. The bedrooms are joined by a common room with couches and a fireplace. MTOS provides sheets, blankets and pillows. Guests are welcome to bring an extra blanket.


Outdoor Classes

Our classes take place outdoors in variable weather conditions, so students and chaperones should prepare to spend 3-hour blocks outside. Each class will begin at the Bob Campbell Youth Campus, where groups of 10-12 students and a few chaperones will meet their instructors. From there, we might hike to a peak, delve into a pond or explore a bog somewhere on our 1,400 acres before returning at the end of class.


Meals

Mountain Trail Outdoor School serves meals family style in Andrews Dining Hall. All meals include an option for vegetarians and a salad bar.

Our Curriculum and Campus

Our curriculum combines natural science, team building and adventure activities that can be customized to create a unique program specific to your school’s needs.

Our science classes meet state standards for many of the surrounding states and our adventure classes provide students the opportunity to challenge themselves and support each other. We will work with you to design a program geared specifically to your goals for your students. 

Mountain Trail Outdoor School offers programs that help youth and adults to:

  • experience positive community
  • grow physically and mentally
  • improve self-confidence
  • increase awareness and stewardship of our natural environment

Mountain Trail Outdoor School

Welcome to Mountain Trail Outdoor School!

Since 1991, Kanuga's Mountain Trail Outdoor School, commonly referred to as MTOS, has been teaching experiential education in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Western North Carolina.

We welcome both public and private schools for residential field trips, typically staying two to five days. We tailor our program to fit the goals of individual groups, ranging from a science curriculum that meets standard course of study requirements to team-building exercises and adventure-based programming.

Mountain Trail Outdoor School is first and foremost a school, but one without the traditional desks and walls. Our professional team of instructors is comprised of highly educated and well-trained individuals with experience working with youth outdoors.

Please take time to explore our website and feel free to contact us with any questions. We would love to work with you to provide an unforgettable outdoor education experience for your students! 

Mountain Trail Outdoor School

Welcome to the Mountain Trail Outdoor School!

Since 1991, Kanuga's Mountain Trail Outdoor School, or MTOS, has been teaching experiential education in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Western North Carolina.

We welcome both public and private schools for residential field trips, typically staying two to five days. Our program is tailored to fit the goals of individual groups, ranging from a science curriculum that meets standard course of study requirements to team-building exercises and adventure-based programming.

MTOS is first and foremost a school, but one without traditional desks and walls. Our professional team of instructors is comprised of highly educated and well-trained individuals with experience working with youth outdoors.

Please take time to explore our web site and contact us with any questions you may have. We would love to work with you to provide an unforgettable outdoor education experience for your students!

Available Positions - 2014

Thank you for your interest in serving on the Camp Kanuga team! The positions listed below are currently available for summer 2014. The applications differ depending on the position so please make sure to click the appropriate link.

After you have completed the online application, you will be contacted to schedule an interview. For questions about the application process, please contact Camp Kanuga Director David Schnitzer.
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SUPPORT STAFF & ALUMNI COUNSELORS  (APPLY NOW!)

Most positions will require the support staff to be at least 21 years of age during the summer of 2014.  Click on the links below to read the job description for each position. 

SUPPORT STAFF DIRECTORS           SUPPORT STAFF MANAGERS
Assistant Director                                Chaplin
Programs Director                                Naturalist
Leadership Director (coming soon)         Social Media Manager
                                                          Office Manager
                                                          Worship Manager (coming soon)           
                                                          Waterfront Manager
                                                          Climbing-Adventure Manager

                                                                                                                 

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FIRST TIME KANUGA COUNSELORS  (APPLY NOW!)

Applicants must be 19 years of age or have finished first year of college by the time summer begins.  There are both full-summer and half-summer position available.


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CREW  (APPLY NOW!)

Formally known as "Junior Counselor", applicants must be 18 years of age or have graduated high school by the time summer begins.

 

 

 

Christmas

25th Annual Christmas at Kanuga - December 20-26

"We had read about how special Christmas at Kanuga was and wanted to share that with our children. It really is a magical place. As soon as we turn down the road to Kanuga, there is an excitement in the air. For us, the week is a break from our busy lives and everything you want a holiday to be."
- SHARON WILTSEY, WAXHAW, N.C.

Simple. Festive. Holy.

During these magical days, Kanuga welcomes couples, singles and extended families from scattered cities and states.

All will find days packed with activities and a chance to renew as we build toward the festive celebration of our Lord’s birth.

A fresh-cut Christmas tree awaits decorating in each cottage and on each floor of the Inn. Sip hot chocolate by the fire as you await Santa’s annual visit, worship, hang freshly cut greens in the Chapel of the Transfiguration or enjoy time with family and friends.

A Kanuga Christmas tradition, guests bring unwrapped clothes, toys and books to give to less fortunate families living nearby. Guests wrap gifts and deliver them Christmas Eve afternoon — an experience of giving in the true Christmas tradition.

Childcare offered two mornings allows parents to complete last-minute wrapping and shopping. The whole family will enjoy craft workshops and a variety of evening entertainment.

Christmas Day is a leisurely day of brunch, Holy Eucharist, afternoon tea and relaxing evening activities.

ARRIVAL AND DEPARTURE

Check in begins at 4 p.m. December 20. Check out after breakfast December 26.

RESERVATIONS

For reservations contact Nicole Bentley:

Download our rate sheet - PDF

 

New to Christmas Guest Period at Kanuga? Please fill out this quick informational form to inquire about availability. You will be contacted by a staff member shortly after this form is completed.

Hiring Papers

Before you can start your awesome summer job...

Here's a list of items that all Kanuga staff members MUST submit by May 1, 2014.  All forms must be submitted together.

  1. Signed Staff Agreement

  2. Direct Deposit Form and Voided Check (must be an actual check stub) — Submit this only if you would like your paycheck deposited directly into your bank account. Optional but highly recommended.

  3. Form W-4

  4. Form NC-4

  5. Health FormPlease complete pages 1, 2 and 4, being certain to fill in the form completely and to include a copy of your health insurance card.

  6. Self Disclosure and Background Check Form  (staff agreements are not finalized until background checks are complete)

  7. Internet and social media use policy  (please sign the bottom even though there isn't a signature line)

  8. Community Covenant

  9. Copy of Certification Cards:  CPR and First Aid (must be current through August 2014)

  10. Completion of online staff tests

  11. "Like" Camp Kanuga on our Facebook page

  12. Form I-9

  13. Helpful packing list

Application & Interview Process

All staff positions with Camp Kanuga require completion of the online application.  The link in STEP 1 below will direct you to our online application where you will create an account and complete your entire application process online, in a safe and secure environment. 

STEP 1:  Complete Online Application

STEP 2:  Interview 

  • Interviews are by invitation only.  Invitations will be emailed on the dates listed below. Not everyone will receive an interview opportunity.
  • Interviews must take place in-person or by video conference.

STEP 3:  Sign and return Staff Agreement employment contract and all Hiring Papers.

 

Important Dates for Camp Kanuga 2014 Staff

 

 

Discounts & Scholarships

Financial Assistance/Scholarships

Kanuga awards more than $30,000 in scholarships each summer! In 2013, nearly 40 campers received financial support through the Camp Kanuga scholarship program. Scholarships are given on a first-come, first-served basis.

To apply for financial assistance, download our financial aid application (LINK BELOW) and return the completed form to Camp Kanuga Director David Schnitzer at david.schnitzer@kanuga.org or PO Box 250, Hendersonville, NC 28793.

Kanuga Scholarship/Financial Assistance Application

 

Camp Kanuga Discounts

  • Sibling Discounts - For each camper registered at the regular rate, siblings will receive a discount based on the length of the program. ($50.00  for a 4 or 9-day session and $75.00 for a 13-day session)
  • Refer-A-Friend - Receive a discount for every first-time registered camper you refer. ($50.00  for a 4 or 9-day session and $75.00 for a 13-day session)
  • Refer 10 'First-time Camper' Friends - Come to camp for FREE!

 

Donate to Kanuga Pathfinders

The tradition of helping others experience the principles of trust, hope and love is what makes Kanuga special, and this tradition is the basis of a new effort called Kanuga Pathfinders. When you become a Kanuga Pathfinder, your tax-deductible support will be designated to help qualifying youth, adults, and school groups attend various programming options at Kanuga. Become a Kanuga Pathfinder today.

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Camp Kanuga is committed to the principles of equal opportunity. Camp registrations, program benefits and services are available without regard to race, religion, color, gender, disability or national origin.

Become a Camp Ambassador

Parents see the transformation in their child’s eyes on closing day. This transformation is easy to recognize as children share stories about making friends and experiencing adventures of a lifetime. Parents quickly realize the uniqueness of the Kanuga experience and the long-term effect it has on the children who experience it.

The Camp Kanuga experience is too valuable to keep quiet so we encourage parents and campers alike to share your stories with others. Below is a list of ways to get the word out about Camp Kanuga:

If you are interested in becoming a Camp Kanuga Ambassador, the following marketing materials are available:

  •     Camp Kanuga postcards
  •     Camp Kanuga brochures
  •     Summer camp DVDs
  •     Camp Kanuga t-shirts
  •     Camp Kanuga stickers
  •     Camp Kanuga talking points

To request a Camp Kanuga Ambassador media kit, please contact Camp Kanuga Director David Schnitzer at 828-692-9136 ext. 279, or david.schnitzer@kanuga.org.

Camp Arrival/Departure

CHECK-IN

Check-In:  from 3-5pm, NOT BEOFRE
 

CAMPER PAPERWORK

Please ensure you have completed all required forms BEFORE arriving to camp. Forms #1-3 below are accessible via your online account. The Check-In Form (#4) will be emailed to you prior to camp. Required paperwork includes:

  1. Health History,
  2. Release of Liability,
  3. Waviers for Rafting and Horseback Riding (12-years and older)
  4. Check-In Form*

*All participants will be emailed a CHECK-IN form before they arrive to camp. This form must be completed by a parent or guardian and submitted on opening day.

ARRIVAL – AFTERNOON OF OPENING DAY

We have streamlined the check-in process to improve efficiency and accuracy.  Please see the improvements below:

  • All campers will receive their health screening at their cabin with their counselor.
  • Campers will sign-in with their counselor at the cabin.
  • Please pack your camper's swim suit and bedding in a seperate bag that is easily accessible upon arrival. Swim tests will be performed in groups, by cabin.

IF YOUR CAMPER IS UNEXPECTEDLY DELAYED:  Please notify the Summer Staff Office immediately at 828-692-0923. A telephone call will be made to any camper who has not arrived or telephoned by 5:00 p.m. on opening day.

CLOSING DAY CEREMONY

Parents, family and friends are invited to participate in a closing celebration on the final day of the session. It's a time to share in your campers experience, see a slideshow of the session, and hear some of the life-changing stories that took place during camp.  

To attend the closing day celebration, please arrive no earlier than 2:30 p.m. Gates will not open until that time.  The celebration begins at 3:00 p.m. All campers will be SIGNED OUT at the conclusion of the closing ceremony at their cabin with their counselors (around 3:30 p.m.).

DEPARTURE

All campers must be signed out by a parent or guardian with the counselor at 3:30 p.m. on closing day.  The sign-out process REQUIRES the parent or guardian to be present with the camper and the counselor at the camper’s cabin. REQUESTS FOR LATE DEPARTURES CANNOT BE ACCOMMODATED. 

First-time Campers

For many new campers, being at camp is their first time away from home. This can be a challenging and emotional experience because the child is away from family, friends and familiar surroundings. A session at Camp Kanuga should be one of the best experiences in your child’s life. By keeping a few things in mind before the summer, you can help assure that your child has an easy transition into camp.

BEFORE CAMP

How you and your child spend time before camp can drastically reduce homesickness as well as ease the adjustment to camp life.  Here are some tips:

  • Many first-time camper parents offer to pick up their child or tell the child that he/she can call home if they do not like camp. DON’T DO IT! A statement like this often prevents a camper from fully engaging in camp life.
  • Talk with your camper honestly about the fun he/she is going to have, as well as the challenges. Camp by its very nature can be unpredictable and campers should be coached so that they are prepared for it.
  • Consider visiting ahead of time for a camp tour.
  • Look over the camp website with your child so he/she can see pictures and become familiar with what camp is going to be like.
  • Let your child help pack for camp. This will help him/her remember where they packed their toothbrush, soap, etc. For young campers, this also will help them think critically about what they will need (i.e. a raincoat is for rainy weather; a sweater is for when it is cold outside).
  • Talk about camp as opening day approaches. Start a calendar countdown. Get excited with your camper about the fun he/she is about to have!

OPENING DAY

Opening day is extremely important. For new campers, this is when that first impression gets formed, so it is critical for camp staff and parents to work together to ease the transition:

  • Plan to stay until your camper gets settled.
  • After Check-in, your camper's luggage will be picked up from the parking lot and delivered to your camper's cabin. This process does take a little bit of time so we suggest that you pack bed sheets and a bathing suit (for the swimming test) in a small, separate bag to carry with you to the cabin. This will avoid any delays with setting up your bed and taking the swim test.
  • Let your child make his or her own bed.
  • After your child is settled, try to avoid long goodbyes. Encourage your camper to get involved immediately so he/she can make new friends.

DURING CAMP

  • Write letters or send emails. Avoid filling in your camper on what he/she missed at home. Your child cannot email back but he/she can send letters via the U.S. mail. Provide stamped, addressed envelopes or postcards. Encourage your child to write about what he/she has been doing at camp.
  • Send a care package (only homemade goodies for your child’s cabin to share, please). Candy or store-bought food items will be confiscated and given back to you on the last day of camp.
  • VERY IMPORTANT! Being away from your child for the first time can be difficult. It is important you find another adult to share these emotions with rather than with your child.

Additional tips for parents can be found in this helpful article published by the American Camp Association.

 

Local Day Camps

Camp Kanuga is now partnering with local churches and communities to offer a unique youth programming option in your area! This new initiative is called Kanuga Day Camps.

Our program offers some of the same educational and growth activities offered at Camp Kanuga’s parent site in Hendersonville, NC. Local Kanuga Day Camps simply bring these programs to you in your community. Our goal is to introduce new campers to Camp Kanuga and to assist local churches in offering fun and safe youth programming options.

Kanuga Day Camp in Greenwood, SC (July 14-18, 2014)

REGISTRATION NOW OPEN!

Details

Our Kanuga Day Camp in Greenwood, SC offers creative and educational activities that allow campers to engage with their community and make new friends. All activities are conducted on-site and are designed specifically for younger-aged campers (5-11 years old). Day camps are a great way to introduce children to the summer camp experience!

Dates: July 14-18, 2014
Time: 9:00am - 4:30pm (subject to change)
Ages: 5-11 year-olds
Fee: $215
Location: The Episcopal Church of the Resurrection in Greenwood, SC

Activities

Kanuga Day Camp activities include: Morning Jam (singing and dancing), archery, naturalist program, scavenger hunts, team sports, low elements, co-op games, belayed tree climbing (when available), arts & crafts, and more. These age-appropriate activities help young people learn new skills, appreciate God's creation and build Christian community.

What to Bring

Campers will need (1) a sack lunch, (2) a water bottle, and (3) close-toed shoes each day. Snacks and cold water will be provided.

Scholarships

Scholarships are available through the host organization, The Episcopal Church of the Resurrection. For more information contact Rev. Nicholas Beasley at 864-223-5426.

Want to host a Local Kanuga Day Camp at your church?

If you are interested in hosting a Camp Kanuga Day Camp at your church or in your community, please contact Camp Kanuga Director David Schnitzer at 828-692-9136, ext. 279 or david.schnitzer@kanuga.org.

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To register for a Kanuga Day Camp session, please begin the process at the Registration and Account Information page.

 

Residential Camp

Our Residential Camp experience is for boys & girls ages 7-15. Located in the mountains of western North Carolina, Camp Kanuga is a place where youth build independence, self-confidence and respect for each other and the world around them. Our campers form lifelong friendships, experience new adventures and explore their faith in a welcoming Christian community.

SESSIONS


CAMP ACTIVITIES

Our campers are involved in numerous daily and special activities.  Examples include:

Camp Kanuga Activities

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Our programs focus on individual and group dynamics, as well as on skill building. All activities are intentionally designed to provide safe, creative outlets where campers learn about:  teamwork and friendship; determination and goal setting; self-expression and self-esteem; faith and spirituality; and healthy outdoor living.

Camp staff schedules activities within cabin groups, but campers also have the opportunity to choose their own activities. Camp staff ensure that all campers are able to participate in core camp activities with their cabins, such as the challenge course, Kanuga community, aquatics, archery, and others. In addition, there are two activity periods/day where campers have the opportunity to choose their own activities either with their cabins mates or with campers in another cabin.


STARTER CAMP

Reserved for 7-9 year olds, this three night experience is a fantastic way to get your feet wet as a camper. Starter Camp is designed to expose campers to new activities in a safe and fun way. It is just like a full session of camp with only a few differences:  

  • Starter Camp is a 4-day session;
  • Starter Campers are always together with their cabin group;  
  • Starter Campers are limited in some activities and their entire schedule is planned;
  • Starter Campers go on day hikes but do not participate in overnight hikes with full backpacks;  
  • Starter Campers use the challenge course and climbing wall but will not use high elements course;
  • Starter Campers participate in age-appropriate activities with other campers their own age;
  • All Starter Camper cabins include 10 campers with 2 counselors. 

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To register for a Residential Camp session, please begin the process at the Registration and Account Information page.

Programs

Camp Kanuga offers three distinctly different youth programs. Each is designed to build independence and self-confidence in young people while teaching the importance of respect towards each other and the world around them. 

Camp Kanuga is one of the nation's longest running accredited American Camp Association programs. In its 83rd year of operation, Camp Kanuga youth programs include the following options (click on each photo for complete details about each):

 

Camp Kanuga Residential Camp

 

Kanuga Leadership Academy    Local Kanuga Day Camps

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Registration and Account Information

Important: Your camper's registration will NOT be saved if you clsoe/stop the registration process before completing it in full.

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 1st TIMERS: Please read this entire page before beginning the registration process. Once you’ve gathered all of the information listed below, click the corresponding REGISTER HERE button at the bottom of this page.

Old Pros OLD PROS:  Your account information is saved from last year! Be sure to update any information that has changed by clicking the corresponding REGISTER HERE button at the bottom of the page. 

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Already Registered for 2014?  Click here. ALREADY REGISTERED FOR 2014? Just click the link (on your left)  then click the blue button called ONLINE ACCOUNT to access your 2014 registration, to make a payment or update information. 

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WHAT YOU NEED TO REGISTER:

1) PROGRAM:  Select which program and session dates you want to attend.  Click this quick link to view the 2014 Dates and Rates.
 
2) PARENT/GUARDIAN:  Contact information including address, email, phone number, etc.
 
3) CAMPER HEALTH HISTORY:  All camper health history information is completed online! NOTE: Camp Kanuga campers are NOT required to have a doctor's signature or physical to complete the health section of the registration process; health history information will be saved within our system for the following years’ use. The following information is required:
  • Health history and medical concerns
  • Immunization/vaccination information - date of your camper’s last tetanus booster
  • The name and phone number of your camper’s doctor and dentist
  • Your camper's health insurance or Medicaid information 
4) ACKNOWLEDGEMENT OF PAYMENT, TRANSFER, AND CANCELLATION POLICIES:
 
Payment Policy - The online payment system accepts checks, Visa, MasterCard and Discover credit cards. Checks are the preferred method of payment. Non-refundable deposit amount for all programs is $200.  All balances are due in full by May 1st.
 
Transfer Policy (based on availability) - After registering, campers may transfer to a different camp session for a $25.00 fee up until 30 days prior to the opening day of their initial camp session.  No transfers may be made within 30 days of the beginning of a session. 
 
Cancellation Policy - The following guidelines apply to refunds:
  • Notice of cancellation must be received by Camp Kanuga in writing (email or postal mail).
  • For cancellation more than 30 days before camp, refund will be the amount paid minus the deposit.
  • There will be no refund for cancellation within 30 days of the camp session.
  • If camp fees are not paid by May 1st, your registration will be cancelled and the next available person on the waitlist will be offered your spot. 
  • All fees paid will be forfeited if camper does not check-in on the opening day of his/her camp session or chooses to leave early.*
  • Full refunds will only be given when we receive a signed doctor’s note within 3 days of the cancellation.
*NOTE:  No refunds will be made for any reason after the start of the camp. 
 
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Leadership Academy

Dates: July 6-18, 2014

New for 2014, the Camp Kanuga Leadership Academy is designed for rising 11th-12th graders who are ready to be self-reflective, accept responsibility for elementary-aged children and make a difference in the lives of others. This program is offered as an alternative to the Kanuga Trailblazers program and enables participants to acquire critical leadership skills before leaving home. After one week of leadership development and training, each group of Counselors-In-Training (CITs) will serve together during the final week as day camp counselors at a Local Kanuga Day Camp in the southeast.

The skills learned and practiced through this program benefit each participant as they enter adulthood, whether that includes college preparation, becoming a Kangua Counselor, or simply developing confidence and leadership skills to be successful in any environment they choose to serve.

Week 1:  Leadership Development

  • Exposure to different types of leadership styles and methods;
  • Discover one's natural leadership strengths and personality traits in a safe environment;
  • Practice and develop leadership skills that are relevant in a variety of contexts.

During WEEK 1, participants experience staff training modules just like Camp Kanuga counselors and support staff . Participants are trained in communication and presentation skills, care of campers, program design and facilitation, as well as risk management. Individuals undergo a strengths analysis and personality profile, learning about themselves and gaining an understanding of others as well. We discover servant leadership principals and how leadership is not only compatible with, but integral to, Christian life.


Adventure Weekend

After a week of training and preparation, participants enjoy an exciting weekend of camping and adventure before facilitating the Day Camp program. During this weekend, participants continue building relationships and having fun while tubing mountain rivers and spending an afternoon on a zipline canopy tour in the Blue Ridge Mountains. We also have a ceremony celebrating their transition from camper to Day Camp counselor.

Week 2:  On-the-Job Training

  • Applying the methods, styles and techniques gained during Week 1 in a real world experience as a Kanuga Day Camp counselor

During WEEK 2, participants transition from camper to Day Camp counselor. Using the skills gained during the training week, they facilitate high quality programming for elementary-aged campers at a local church. The day camps are located in the southeast and participants stay at the host church with the Kanuga Day Camp staff during the evening. Participants cook and sleep at the church while they continue their training. Each night the team debriefs, drawing lessons from the day's experiences. This period of debriefing, along with the daily supervision of experienced Day Camp support staff, helps teens integrate training, practices and leadership skills into their daily lives.

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The Camp Kanuga Leadership Academy program is for anyone who will be a rising junior or senior in high school during summer 2014. All participants MUST apply online and spaces are limited.

To apply for the Kanuga Leadership Academy, please begin the process at the Registration and Account Information page.

 

 

Dates & Rates

2014 Dates and Rates for Camp Kanuga and Trailblazers

Click the GO TO button below to be directed to the main Registration page.

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Camp Kanuga

Camp Kanuga is a traditional summer camp affiliated with The Episcopal Church and located in the Blue Ridge Mountains of western North Carolina.

Established in 1931, Camp Kanuga is accredited by the American Camp Association (ACA), the industry leader in setting standards for camp program quality and youth development education. As one of the nation's longest-running ACA accredited programs, we are committed to promoting growth and fun in a safe, nurturing environment.

Youth Programs for Boys & Girls from 7-15 years old:

All of our programs are designed to build independence and self-confidence while teaching the importance of respect towards each other and the world around them. As a result, campers form lifelong friendships, experience new adventures and explore their faith in a welcoming Christian community. Check out all we have to offer!

Mission Statement

We support Kanuga's Mission Statement: To provide for God's people in this broken world a glimpse of the Kingdom through hearing the Gospel, experiencing Christian Community and being empowered for strength, growth and service, in both our individual communities and in the rest of God’s creation.

Parents: Forms and Resources

Due to the nature of our programs, we have created an online handbook to provide parents with detailed information about the Camp Kanuga experience. Below, you will also find links to printable forms, lists and helpful information to prepare your camper for Kanuga:

Printable Lists & Forms

 

Links to Other Resources

 

Send Your Camper Mail

Letters:
CAMPER NAME
Camp Kanuga
PO Box 250
Hendersonville, NC 28793

Packages:
CAMPER NAME
Camp Kanuga
130 Kanuga Chapel Drive
Hendersonville, NC 28739

Or...email your camper here!

Staff

Hiring Standards

All staff members who join the Camp Kanuga team undergo an extremely thorough interview process and background check. In fact, Kanuga's hiring standards surpass the minimum standards set forth by the American Camp Association. Camp Kanuga applicants must meet all of the following criteria:

  • minimum age requirement (18 years old for Crew members / 19 years old or completion of 1st year of college for Counselors / 21 years old for Support Staff)
  • pass a face-to-face interview
  • pass a National background check
  • pass a social media check
  • sign the Kanuga Community Covenent

 

Camp Kanuga Director David Schnitzer

Camp Kanuga Director David SchnitzerDavid Schnitzer has served in camping for 20 years with an unyielding passion to build Christian community, mentor young leaders and connect with people through God and creation. David holds a B.S. in Environmental Sciences from the University of Georgia. He is also a graduate of the National Outdoors Leadership School (NOLS Alaska) as well as a published author. David and his wife, Colleen, are the proud parents of 3 boys--Wyatt, Adam and Peter. Please email David any questions you have about the Camp Kanuga programs. His email address is david.schnitzer@kanuga.org

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2013 Camp Kanuga Staff

2013 Camp Kanuga Staff

 

Check out our staff on Facebook

Camp Kanuga announces its new staff on Facebook. Make sure to visit the page frequently for all the news, announcements, and a run-down of who's who @ Kanuga in 2014! 

 

Adopt a Counselor

From Director David Schnitzer:

We need your help. We need your support and prayers.

I believe that Camp Kanuga summer staff is the best in the country. They are the best because they love God, are selfless, creative and have the desire to make a difference in the lives of campers.  Still, their job is hard and they need your help. They need your encouragement and prayers.

Click here to find out how you can support our counselors this summer through a few simple actions.

Kanuga Publications

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Kanuga Program Catalog: August-December 2014

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Thank you for your Kanuga story

As you take a moment to reflect on what you've just shared, please consider Giving to Kanuga to make sure that this and future generations do not miss the special moments and experiences that you and your family hold so dear.

Truly, Kanuga would not exist without YOUR and support each year.  Thank you for your continued dedication to this important legacy!

Kanuga Stories

Kanuga invites you to tell us your story.  Please take this opportunity to share with us the reason(s) Kanuga has a special meaning to you and your family.  Space is limited so please consolidate your response to no more than 1000 characters. 

We hope the following questions will assist you in crafting your story:

  • How has Kanuga provided for you and your family like no other place or organization?
  • What does Kanuga do for the Episcopal Church that no other group can?
  • Why do you and your family support Kanuga and its programs?

 

Kanuga Pathfinders

Matthew Easley, former Camp Bob camper and a 2013 Camp Bob counselorThe support I received to attend Camp Bob when I was 10 years old made a huge impact on me and I've never forgotten it. Camp Bob really works. It might be cliché, but the love that kids receive at Kanuga can truly change lives…it changed mine.

Matthew Easley, former Camp Bob camper and 2013 Camp Bob counselor

The tradition of helping others experience the principles of trust, hope and love is what makes Kanuga special, and this tradition is the basis of a new effort called Kanuga Pathfinders.

Kanuga Pathfinders is a unique program designed to address the growing spiritual, personal and educational needs within our collective communities. It is an effort all Kanugans can rally behind because it is about empowering others and removing barriers, allowing individuals to find the path to this extraordinary place.

Through donated support, Kanuga Pathfinders like you--whether you're an individual, business or foundation--provide camp, conference and retreat experiences for youth and adults that otherwise could not afford to participate in such programming. In essence, Kanuga Pathfinders is a general financial assistance fund that allows you to help us create thousands of stories like Matthew Easley’s. Matthew is 19 years old and attended Camp Bob as a camper when he was just 10 years old.  As a Camp Bob counselor this summer, Matthew is devoting his time to making a difference in the lives of other campers--an opportunity he may not have had without the support of others just like you.

When you become a Kanuga Pathfinder, your tax-deductible support will be designated to help qualifying youth, adults, and school groups attend various programming options at Kanuga.  Become a Kanuga Pathfinder today!

For additional information, please contact Director of Advancement Gary Giniat at 828.692.0077 ext. 240 or gary.giniat@kanuga.org.

Brandon and Matthew Easley

 

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Recreation

LOTS To Choose From....

Relaxing in Kanuga LakeWith more than 1,400 acres, Kanuga offers a wide variety of activities. Some of the most popular include trail hiking throughout the property, relaxing in the peaceful, wooded areas around the campus, or simply cooling off in the 30-acre lake. The follwoing recreational activities/facilities are available to Kanuga guests (subject to weather & time of year).  Additional fees may apply for some activities.  Please inquire.

  • Trail hiking on 1,400 acres of wooded property 
  • Swimming
  • Boating
  • Fishing
  • Gym with Indoor Climbing Wall and equipment for Basketball, Volleyball and Ping-Pong
  • 50-foot Climbing Tower with nearby Bouldering Wall
  • High and Low Ropes Courses for personal challenge and team-building
  • Lighted Playing Field perfect for Softball, Soccer, Flag Football, Ultimate Frisbee, Kickball and other large group games
  • Four Tennis Courts (Two Lighted)
  • Two Shuffleboard Courts
  • Children's Building with a Nursery, Kitchenette and Arts & Crafts room
  • Three Playgrounds (Ages 2 and up)

HikingRocking Chair PorchTennisClimbing Wall

Accommodations

Kanuga offers (3) types of accommodations:

1.  Historic Cottages.  Originally built in 1909, Kanuga offers thirty-nine (39) historic cottages, all of which are fully winterized. Our cottages range in size from two (2) to six (6) bedrooms. Many of the bedrooms have private baths. All cottages have a porch, a living room with a fireplace, and two (2) twin beds in each bedroom.

Historic cottage (L-R: outside view, insode bedroom view)

 

2.  Kanuga Lake Inn. The Inn is constructed of mountain fieldstone with sixty-two (62) hotel-type rooms.  Each Inn room has two (2) double beds and one (1) private bathroom. Many of these rooms also have patios or porches. Each floor of the Inn contains a spacious common room with a fireplace.

Kanuga Lake Inn (L-R: outside view and double room interior view)

 

3.  Guest Houses. Constructed from 1979-84, Kanuga offers six (6) guest houses located on the property.  Each contains four (4) bedrooms, four (4) baths, one (1) living room with a fireplace, and one (1) porch. Most of the guest house bedrooms contain one (1) double bed and one (1) twin bed.

Guest House (L-R: ouside view and interior double bedroom view)

All guest rooms and houses are smoke free, along with all meeting and dining rooms. I Pets are not allowed at Kanuga. Service animals only are permitted.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Meeting Spaces

Kanuga offers a variety of meeting facilities, all of which are customizable based on the needs of your particular event.  To view photos of our many spaces, click on the links in the charts below for a pop-up view.  Additional photos can be viewed by clicking the "PHOTOS & VIDEOS" tab located above and searching on "Meeting Spaces".

Name Description Dimensions Capacity
MEETING ROOMS
Balthis-Rodwell Building Plenary Room 59' x 61' 250
Gooch Building: Plenary Room 43' x 65' 150
  Breakout Room A 40' x 40' 50
  Breakout Room B 40' x 20' 35
  Breakout Room C 40' x 20' 35
  Breakout Room D Triangle 20
Minkler Grove Classrooms: Finlay 19' x 29' 40
  Clarke 19' x 29' 40
  Jackson 22' x 37' 60
  Hunter 19' x 29' 40
  Percival 19' x 29' 40
St. Paul's Gymnasium: gym floor used for large group meetings 75' x 100' 400
  Colhoun Room 29' x 42' 80
  Ping Pong Room 38' x 26' 50
Flanagan Center   35' x 23' 50
St. John's located under Dietz dining room 57' x 33' 125
Breezeway Classrooms: A 16' x 15' 15
  B 16' x 15' 15
  C 16' x 15' 15
Inn - 1st Floor Common Room: Lower 38' x 17' 30
  Upper 38' x 19' 15
Inn - 2nd Floor Common Room   38' x 17' 15
Inn - 3rd Floor Common Room   38' x 17' 15
Baker Building primarily used for childcare but can also be used for small, breakout groups

30' x 20'

40
Stephens primarily used as dining room but can also be used as a meeting room   100

 

 

Name Description Capacity
CHAPEL'S
Chapel of the Transfiguration located next to the Kanuga Lodge 250
Lakeside Chapel outdoor facility next to Kanuga Lake 175
St. Francis Chapel outdoor facility located in the woods across the road from the tennis courts 150

 

 

 

 

 

Name Description Capacity
SOCIAL/GATHERING AREAS
Johnson Fireplace Lounge and Rocking Chair Porch located inside of the Kanuga Lodge 200
Cunningham-Nevius Pavilion outdoor pavilion by Kanuga Lake used for picnics, events and other outdoor gatherings 250+

 

Event Packages

Many factors separate Kanuga from other event facilities, especially our professional, year-round staff and our beautiful, wooded campus. Events hosted at Kanuga are all-inclusive to allow guests time to relax and truly enjoy the spectacular setting.  Please see our list of Services & Amenities below.

 

Services & Amenities

  1. Professional staff team assigned to your event including:     
    (a) Guest Services personnel to coordinate meeting rooms, socials, services and additional facility needs;
    (b) Reservations associates to coordinate lodging and participant counts for meal preparation; and  
    (c) Front desk, housekeeping, food service, maintenance and administration professionals to ensure excellent hospitality;
  2. Comfortable accommodations;
  3. Three (3) freshly prepared meals served daily (optional menu upgrades available);
  4. 24-hour coffee and tea service;
  5. Use of meeting rooms set to your specifications including comfortable '6-hour' chairs;
  6. A/V equipment and office support (see listed items below)
  7. Unique team building activities, such as cooperation and ropes courses, rock climbing, canoeing, problem solving challenges (optional, additional fees may apply).
  8. Wireless internet access;
  9. Use of our 1,400 acre facility, including the scenic 30-acre Kanuga Lake;
  10. Use of recreational facilities (hiking/walking trails, fishing, tennis courts);
  11. Dozens of quiet spaces and places to sit/visit scattered around the campus;
  12. No sales tax and no room tax.

Audio/Visual Equipment

The following audio/visual equipment is available in limited quantities at no additional charge. Please request these items in advance to ensure their availability. Other items can be rented locally for an additional fee.

  • Video monitor
  • LCD projector/screen
  • Sound systems
  • Easel with newsprint and markers

Office Support

Kanuga's office capabilities include copying (color and black-and-white), and incoming/outgoing facsimiles. Other services are also available. There is an additional charge for non-listed office services.

Forms and Resources

SESSION INFORMATION

Please read the information in these publications carefully.  There is a lot of content to ensure your camper has a successful experience on the trail.

 

FORMS

 

Giving to Camp Bob

Kanuga is an independent 501 c(3) nonprofit organization.  Your gifts are tax-deductible.

We are dedicated to serving the Episcopal Church, but receive no budgeted funding from the General Convention of the Episcopal Church USA.

Summer Staff

Working at Kanuga in the summer is not just a job. It is an experience, one that I will treasure my entire life. The friends, connections and wonderful memories will stay with me a lifetime."

Kanuga’s summer staff members are leaders of hospitality, leaving an indelible mark on the lives of countless guests for more than 80 years.

As a Christian organization, Kanuga is concerned with the growth and maturity of each staff member through our common experience. We look for staff members who want to be positive role models with an important role in furthering Kanuga’s ministry.

The Summer Staff Experience

Working at Kanuga is more than just a job. In one summer, our staff members:

  • Build real community with each other and with guests, creating a "home away from home" where individuals feel welcome and encouraged
  • Gain practical skills that can help them excel in any field, including problem solving, leadership, working with a team and customer service
  • Make lifelong friendships with people from around the country and sometimes the world
  • Work hard and have fun as part of a dedicated team that shares values and workload
  • Enjoy the beauty of Kanuga's 1,400 mountain acres with lakes, miles of hiking trails and many scenic views

A variety of job opportunities are available, including summer staff coordinators, youth and children’s program directors and counselors, guest services support staff, lifeguards, retail associates and more.

Click here for a complete list of available positions.

Staff work approximately 40 hours per week and live in separate men’s and women’s residence halls

Additional Benefits

  • Salary paid every two weeks
  • Meals and lodging
  • Staff development
  • Average 1-2 days off a week
  • Opportunity to earn lifeguarding, CPR and first aid certification
  • Organized staff activities and outings to explore all Western North Carolina
  • Free laundry facilities

READY TO APPLY? PLEASE FILL OUT OUR ONLINE STAFF APPLICATION.

Remember to have three references complete our Reference Form on your behalf.

Committed to the principles of equal opportunity, Kanuga accepts employment applications without regard to race, color, gender or national origin.

For more information, please contact: Bethany Frazier at bethany.frazier@kanuga.org

Rates

Our rates are all inclusive and per person.

  2013 2014
One night/4 meals/2 day program $104.00 $107.00
Two night/7 meals/3 day program $149.50 $153.50
Three night/10 meals/4 day program $211.50 $217.00
Four night/13 meals/5 day program $267.00 $274.00

ALL rates listed above are per person.  Generally one adult is admitted free for every ten paid participants.

Directions to Kanuga

Kanuga Conferences, Inc.
130 Kanuga Chapel Drive
Hendersonville, NC 28739

 

BY AIR

Asheville Regional Airport, located thirty minutes from Kanuga, offers service on Allegiant, US Airways, Delta, Continental and United, with daily nonstop service to Charlotte, Atlanta, Chicago, Houston, New York, Orlando, Philadelphia and other major hubs. Taxi services and major rental car companies are available at the airport terminal.


Greenville-Spartanburg International Airport, located one hour from Kanuga, offers service on Allegiant, American Eagle, Continental, Delta, Southwest, United and US Airways. Taxi services and major rental car companies are available at the airport terminal.

BY BUS
Greyhound offers service to Asheville, N.C., their closest stop to Hendersonville. The bus station is located at 2 Tunnel Road (about 32 miles from Kanuga) and is open 8 a.m.-9 p.m. seven days a week, except holidays. Taxi services and rental car information is available at the station.
BY TAXI

Several taxi cab services operate at the Asheville Regional Airport and in Hendersonville. View a list of transportation options here.

 

From I-26 East

From I-26 West

  • Take exit 53 (old exit 22) Upward Road.
  • Turn left on Upward Road. Cross over US 176/Spartanburg Highway onto Highland Lake Road and proceed until the road ends.
  • Turn left on NC 225 South (Greenville Highway).
  • At the traffic light, turn right on Little River Road and continue until the road ends. (Driving a bus? Please avoid Little River Road and take this alternate route.)
  • Turn right on Crab Creek Road/Kanuga Road.
  • Watch for the brown road sign and make a left onto Kanuga Lake Road.
  • Proceed to conference centerCamp Kanuga or Camp Bob/Mountain Trail Outdoor School.

From I-85 South

  • Take I-85 South to Highway 74 West (Kings Mountain/Shelby exit).
  • Follow 74 to I-26 West. (Approximately 50 miles).
  • Take exit 53 (old exit 22) (Upward Road).
  • Turn left on Upward Road. Cross over US 176/Spartanburg Highway onto Highland Lake Road and proceed until the road ends.
  • Turn left on NC 225 South (Greenville Highway).
  • At the traffic light, turn right on Little River Road and continue until the road ends. (Driving a bus? Please avoid Little River Road and take this alternate route.)
  • Turn right on Crab Creek Road/Kanuga Road.
  • Watch for the brown road sign and make a left onto Kanuga Lake Road.
  • Proceed to conference centerCamp Kanuga or Camp Bob/Mountain Trail Outdoor School.

From I-85 North

  • In Greenville, S.C., take the US 25 (White Horse Road) exit and turn left.
  • Follow the highway into North Carolina.
  • Take Exit 5 for Flat Rock/NC 225.
  • Turn left on 2-lane NC 225 North and follow to the second traffic light.
  • At the traffic light, turn left on Little River Road and continue until the road ends. (Driving a bus? Please avoid Little River Road and take this alternate route.)
  • Turn right on Crab Creek Road/Kanuga Road.
  • Watch for the brown road sign and make a left onto Kanuga Lake Road.
  • Proceed to conference center, Camp Kanuga or Camp Bob/Mountain Trail Outdoor School.

From I-40

  • Take the I-26 East exit.
  • Take exit 49-B (old exit 18-B) on US 64 West into Hendersonville. Continue for 2.3 miles.
  • Turn left on South Business 25 (Church Street) and drive nine blocks.
  • Turn right on Kanuga Street and continue for 3.75 miles.
  • Watch for the brown Kanuga Conferences sign and turn right on Kanuga Lake Road.
  • Proceed to conference center, Camp Kanuga or Camp Bob/Mountain Trail Outdoor School.

To Conference Center

  • Follow Kanuga Lake Road for approximately 1.25 miles.
  • Turn right on Kanuga Chapel Drive.
  • Continue past the tennis courts to the first paved parking lot on the left (approximately 1/2 mile).
  • The Inn Lobby is to the left of the Bookstore.

To Camp Kanuga

  • From Kanuga Road, follow Kanuga Lake Road for approximately one mile to Camp Kanuga Circle and turn right.
  • Continue to the end of the gravel road and turn left. The office is on the left.

To Camp Bob/Mountain Trail Outdoor School

  • From Kanuga Road, follow Kanuga Lake Road for approximately 1.25 miles.
  • Turn right on Kanuga Chapel Drive.
  • Continue on the main road through the conference center for approximately 3/4 mile
  • Main road will turn into gravel at the Bob Campbell Youth Campus. Continue on gravel road, to the right of the entrance sign, to parking area near the bell.

Alternate Route for Buses from the South or Southwest

  • Buses may want to avoid Little River Rd. To do so, from Upward Road turn right on Spartanburg Highway (North Business 25/West 176). A landmark for this intersection is the large Ingles supermarket. Drive 2.2 miles until the road ends and turn left on NC 225 South (Greenville Highway).
  • Take an immediate right onto White Street.
  • Take a left onto Kanuga Street; continue 3.5 miles and watch for brown Kanuga Conferences sign. Turn right onto Kanuga Lake Road, then continue with directions above for your Kanuga destination: Conference Center Main Lobby, Camp Kanuga or Camp Bob/Mountain Trail Outdoor School.

 

 

Give to Camp Bob

Giving to Camp Bob is a great way to make a real difference.

Many of our campers live in single parent homes, lack positive role models in their life or may not have the opportunity to eat three meals a day. Camp Bob is a place where these children can be safe, have fun and live in a caring community. It is also an inspiration for all who visit.

Ways to Give

Help us keep our camp fees low. Kanuga reduces its camp fees by 20 percent to enable organizations to bring children to Camp Bob at a low price. Donate any amount to provide for the supplies, equipment, maintenance and staff that we need on an ongoing basis.

Donate to our scholarship fund. One week of Camp Bob costs $268 per child. A two-week session of our Teen Development program costs $737 per child.

Donate money toward specific items for camp or contact us and we’ll help you purchase the items yourself:

  • Boys & Girls clothing (swimwear, shoes, underclothes, etc.)
  • Arts & Craft supplies
  • Washer & dryer
  • Camp van or SUV
  • Infirmary supplies
  • Musical instruments (keyboards, drums, etc.)
  • Children's books and games
  • Sports equipment
  • Soap, shampoo, toothpaste and toothbrushes

Give a larger gift to Kanuga’s outreach endowment. This helps us alleviate costs of running the program and provides for the future of Camp Bob. Funds given can be restricted to Camp Bob within the endowment.

Using the form below, please select Other as your gift designation and specify in the Comments section where you'd like to apply your gift to Camp Bob. Thank you for your support!

Frequently Asked Questions

*Volunteer manuals are available and can be received from your group’s coordinator. Please refer to the manual for more specific instructions and information about your session at Camp Bob.   

1. Where do volunteers stay?

Volunteers live in cabins with 8-14 campers and at least one Camp Bob counselor. All cabins have a semi-private living space and a private bathroom for volunteers at one end of the cabin. Our camp operates on a 1:8 counselor to camper ratio depending on the camper’s age.

2. What kinds of activities do volunteers do?

Volunteers participate in all camp activities. (Please see our list of activities for a specific list in your volunteer manual.) Camp Bob counselors lead camp activities, so volunteers will not teach archery or rock climbing. Volunteers should be prepared to supervise and mentor campers and to oversee unstructured time. Most importantly, volunteers should be enthusiastic participants. Campers want to participate when they see volunteers having fun!

3. Do volunteers receive any special training?

Upon arrival, all volunteers have their orientation detailing Camp Bob’s policies and expectations. Specific sponsoring organizations may provide additional pre-camp training for volunteers. Volunteer counselors are highly encouraged to read their volunteer manual prior to arrive to camp.

4. What is expected of volunteers during camp?

Volunteers are expected to remain at camp for the duration of the session and to follow all Camp Bob policies, rules and guidelines (This includes technology use). In addition, volunteers act as support for the Camp Bob counselors and campers and communicate with them. Support might include assisting with group control, providing a physically and emotionally safe environment, communicating specific needs, reinforcing camp rules and being enthusiastic. We rely on volunteers to build a caring community in the cabins and throughout camp. 

5. What will camp be like?

Volunteering at camp is a deeply rewarding experience, but it is hard work and can be tiring. Volunteers should be ready for a full week of leading games in down time, comforting homesick campers, mediating conflict and sharing in the excitement of camp.  

Sponsor Information

Do you wish to truly make a difference in the lives of many children? Sponsor a child or group to attend Camp Bob!

Our sponsors include community foundations, national nonprofits, churches, outreach programs and individuals. We have sponsors that bring as few as five campers and as many as 100+ campers.

In the past, our sponsors have brought children from homeless shelters, transitional housing programs, under-resourced public schools, group homes, church outreach programs, community after-school programs and military family organizations.

As a sponsor, you will be responsible for providing:

  • Local Coordinators: Group sponsors are expected to provide a contact person who will coordinate the group's trip with the Camp Bob administrative team.
  • Financial Support: Group sponsors are expected to pay each camper's fee. The rate for traditional Camp Bob sessions in 2013 is $68 per camper per night. Four night sessions will be $272 per camper. Camp Bob t-shirts will be an additional $11 per shirt, if requested by the sponsor.
  • Transportation: Group sponsors are expected to provide transportation for campers and volunteers to and from camp. A charter bus or rental vans are recommended.
  • Volunteer Counselors: Group sponsors are expected to send volunteers to serve as cabin counselors to assist the Camp Bob counselor team. One responsible, mature adult over the age of 18 should be sent for every six children. For any volunteers over the expected 1:6 ratio, a room and board charge will be applied. All other volunteers will be free of charge unless special accommodations are requested.
  • Motivated Campers: Group sponsors are expected to recruit and carefully select campers that would not otherwise have the opportunity to attend camp. While there are many children with differing needs in our communities, we encourage group sponsors to establish criteria that allows each child to earn a place at camp. Selecting children who have similar values, want to be at camp and will benefit most from a camp community is important. Camp Bob is geared for boys and girls ages 8-13 years. Diversity is encouraged.

More detailed information and forms can be downloaded below:

Volunteer Information

Volunteering is a great way to show support and love for children in your own community!

Each sponsoring organization recruits up to one volunteer for every eight campers they send to camp. The volunteer counselors spend a week at camp, many of them traveling with the campers on the bus, and participate in all of the camp activities.

Volunteer counselors are positive adult role models who are chosen for their desire to mentor children, connection to the campers and involvement in the community. Many return year after year to show their support for the campers and to lead by example.

Requirements for Volunteering

To volunteer, submit a completed Volunteer Counselor Registration/Health Form to the sponsoring organization in your area. This form must be current and complete. A national criminal background check is performed on all volunteers prior to their arrival at camp.

Your sponsoring organization might also require you to fill out an application and provide references. You are also expected to thoroughly read our Volunteer Manual, which gives a detailed description of the program, our expectations, policies and camp guidelines. Please do not hesitate to contact us if you have any questions.

For more information about volunteering, contact a sponsoring organization in your area and/or see our Frequently Asked Questions.

Find a Sponsor in Your Area

 

District of Columbia

Ecumenical Council
Vincent Harris
Saint George's Church
160 U Street NW
Washington, DC 20001
202-387-6421
vharris@stgeorgesdc.org

Florida

St. Mary's Episcopal Church
Karyn Brode
PO Box 3243
Jacksonville, FL 32206
904-354-7502
bchbmmer@aol.com

Georgia

Wilderness Works
Bill Mickler
644 Memorial Drive, SE
Atlanta, GA 30312
404-246-1198
wildwork@bellsouth.net

Linda Tucciarone
Heritage Academy
333 Greene Street
Augusta, GA 30901
706-821-0034

Mississippi

Camp Reach
Chris Cheek
113 North Second St.
Bay Saint Louis, MS 39520
228-466-0843
chris@sentrycare.com

North Carolina

Kids In Camp
Anne Bullard
Communities in Schools of Transylvania County, Inc.
PO Box 669
Brevard, NC 28712
864-883-9326
abullard@ccgsc.org

Blue Ribbon Mentor-Advocate Program
Graig Meyer
Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools
750 S. Merritt Mill Rd.
Chapel Hill, NC 27516
919-918-2170
gmeyer@chccs.k12.nc.us

St. John's Episcopal Church Outreach
John Mattox
1623 Carmel Road
Charlotte, NC 28226
john.mattox@wellsfargo.com

Henderson County Young Leaders Program
Paige Hafner
P.O. Box 749
Hendersonville, NC 28793
828-606-0209
director@hcylp.org

Camp Hope
Terry Brubaker
Christ Episcopal Church
PO Box 1246
New Bern, NC 28563
252-514-9550
terrytb49@gmail.com

St. Paul's Episcopal Church
Mike Bradshaw
520 Summit St.
Winston-Salem, NC 27101
336-408-6868
mbradshaw@stpauls-ws.org

South Carolina

St. Matthew's Lutheran Community Outreach
Hillary Peck
405 King St.
Charleston, SC 29403
843-579-0420
margaretkpeck@aol.com

St. Lawrence Place
Samantha Chandler
2400 Waites Rd.
Columbia, SC 29204
803-256-3999
Samantha2chandler@yahoo.com

Trinity Episcopal Cathedral
Joye Cantrell
1100 Sumter Street
Columbia, SC 29201
803-771-7300
jcantrell@trinitysc.org

Campbell Young Leaders Corp.
William and Karen Brown
104 Broadus Avenue
Greenville, SC 29601
864-233-0808
cyleader@bellsouth.net

Frazee Center
Alise Brown
37 Pinckney Street
Greeenville, SC 29601
864-616-8867
alise@frazeecenter.com

The Sterling Hope Center
Giovanna Burgess
709 Dunbar Street
Greenville, SC 29601
864-349-0127
giovanna410@yahoo.com

Wright Adventure
The Episcopal Church of the Advent
Craig Williams
9105 Greenville Hwy, Suite #6
Spartanburg, SC 29301
1-800-433-8203
billy@bgtrans.com

Tennessee

Church of the Good Shepherd
Elizabeth Farr
1511 Chickamauga Trail
Lookout Mountain, TN 30750
423-825-1675
elizabeth@goodshepherdlookout.com

Tips to Help Prevent Homesickness

Our highly trained counselor team is knowledgeable and experienced in helping children gain confidence about being away from home. But there are some things you can do to help your camper get ready for an awesome time at Camp Bob!

  • Talk to your child about what camp will be like
  • Send a favorite stuffed animal, picture or blanket with them from home
  • Remind your child that you have confidence that they will have fun and make new friends while away from home
  • Ask your child to write you a letter while they are at camp (stick some pre-addressed stamped envelopes in their luggage)
  • Avoid telling your child that you will "rescue" them from camp if they don’t like it
  • Avoid promising your child that they can phone you from camp
  • Arrange for practice time away from home, such as a two- or three-day stay with relatives

For additonal tips, please read this article published by the American Camp Association.

Packing List

This list is for ONE week of camp.

Do Bring

  • Medication/inhalers
  • Shorts and t-shirts (the kind you don't mind getting dirty)
  • Sweatshirt/jacket (for those cooler evenings)
  • Socks and underwear
  • Personal toiletries (toothbrush, soap, etc.)
  • Flashlight
  • Poncho or raincoat
  • Athletic shoes
  • Sunscreen
  • Appropriate swimwear
  • Sleeping bag and backpack (will be provided if you don't have one)

Do Not Bring

  • Sheets or Pillows (We will provide those for you.)
  • Electronic Equipment (laptops, handheld video games, portable music players, cell phones, etc.)
  • Weapons of any kind (knives included)
  • Fireworks
  • Nonprescription drugs
  • Money (unless suggested by the sponsoring organization for meals while traveling)
  • Items of personal value (These items at camp can be easily misplaced or accidentally damaged.) 

Thank You

Thank you for filling out the hosting request form.

Planning Your Trip

Available Dates: Fall 2014 & Spring 2015

To Book a Trip

  • Review our Program and Planning Guide.
  • Discuss possible dates with your school. Please determine at least three sets of possible dates.
  • Discuss curriculum and program planning with your school. Determine your group’s goals for the trip and which courses best fit your group’s goals, skills and age.
  • Contact the Mountain Trail Outdoor School at mtos@kanuga.org or 828-692-0077, ext. 281, to make a reservation. Please have three possible dates and the estimated number of students and chaperones.

After Booking

  • Return the signed contract and deposit.
  • Recruit adult chaperones (parents, teachers or administrators) to supervise the students.
  • You will need at least one adult per 10 students and a balance of male and female chaperones.
  • Arrange transportation to and from our campus.

Before the Trip

  • Print the suggested Participant Packing List.
  • Prepare students and chaperones for the trip. Share information from the MTOS website with students, parents and chaperones.
  • Send home and collect the Health Form and Acknowledgement of Risk Form. You may bring these with you but please let MTOS know in advance of any major allergies or dietary concerns.
  • Discuss the trip with students, highlighting the courses they will take, the group’s goals for the trip and your expectations of them. Generate enthusiasm!
  • Contact us to finalize the group’s schedule and numbers for housing.
  • Assign students to activity groups and housings. Bring an extra copy of those assignments for the MTOS staff.
  • Discuss Chaperone Guidelines with all chaperones.
  • Set up a phone tree for parents to verify that the group has arrived at Kanuga and any other important information.

What to Expect

The Mountain Trail Outdoor School is first and foremost a school, but one without the traditional desks and walls.

Our classes take place outdoors in variable weather conditions, so students and chaperones should prepare to spend 3-hour blocks outside. Each class will begin at the Bob Campbell Youth Campus, where groups of 10-12 students and a few chaperones will meet their instructors. From there, we might hike to a peak, delve into a pond or explore a bog somewhere on our 1,400 acres before returning at the end of class.

To get an idea of a typical trip to MTOS, please review our Sample Trip Schedule.

As your trip approaches, our staff will partner with the lead teacher to determine your school group’s specialized schedule.

ABOUT OUR CAMPUS

Students and chaperones stay in winterized cabins. Each cabin has two or three student bedrooms with 16 bunked beds in each, two or three chaperone bedrooms with four bunked beds in each, a locker room-style bathroom and chaperone bathrooms.

The bedrooms are joined by a common room with couches and a fireplace. MTOS provides sheets, blankets and pillows. Guests are welcome to bring an extra blanket.

The Mountain Trail Outdoor School serves meals family style in Andrews Dining Hall. All meals include an option for vegetarians and a salad bar.

To see our cabins, dining hall and other facilities, click here and select the MTOS map.

Chaperones, please review our Chaperone Guidelines before coming to MTOS.

All participants can look forward to learning, bonding and growing in our encouraging mountain community.

Forms

Each participant should have a completed Health Form. Please be sure to thoroughly complete this form.

Each participant should also have a completed Acknowledgement of Risk Form. Please be sure to fill out the appropriate Child Waiver or Adult Waiver.

Participants from groups going whitewater rafting should have a completed Nantahala Outdoor Center Rafting Waiver.

Groups may bring forms with them to the Mountain Trail Outdoor School.

Click here to print the suggested Participant Packing List.

What to Expect

The Mountain Trail Outdoor School is first and foremost a school, but one without the traditional desks and walls.

Our classes take place outdoors in variable weather conditions, so students and chaperones should prepare to spend 3-hour blocks outside. Each class will begin at the Bob Campbell Youth Campus, where groups of 10-12 students and a few chaperones will meet their instructors. From there, we might hike to a peak, delve into a pond or explore a bog somewhere on our 1,400 acres before returning at the end of class.

To get an idea of a typical trip to MTOS, please review our Sample Trip Schedule.

As your child's trip approaches, our staff will partner with the lead teacher to determine your school group’s specialized schedule.

About our campus

Students and chaperones stay in winterized cabins. Each cabin has two or three student bedrooms with 16 bunked beds in each, two or three chaperone bedrooms with four bunked beds in each, a locker room-style bathroom and chaperone bathrooms.

The bedrooms are joined by a common room with couches and a fireplace. MTOS provides sheets, blankets and pillows. Guests are welcome to bring an extra blanket.

The Mountain Trail Outdoor School serves meals family style in Andrews Dining Hall. All meals include an option for vegetarians and a salad bar.

To see our cabins, dining hall and other facilities, click here and select the MTOS map.

All participants can look forward to learning, bonding and growing in our encouraging mountain community.

What to Pack

Weather at the Mountain Trail Outdoor School can vary, even over the course of a day, so please bring clothes for cold and warm conditions. Bring clothes that can get dirty.

Please limit luggage to what you can carry. You will have to carry it several hundred yards to the cabin. Backpacks are better suited for our paths than rolling suitcases.

MTOS will provide bath towels, washcloths, sheets, pillows, blankets and soap, but guests may wish to bring an extra blanket or particular kind of soap.

Necessary Items

  • a set of clothes for each day, plus a few extra clothes (At least one set of long pants should be included.)
  • socks and underwear
  • pajamas
  • two pairs of closed-toed shoes: one pair that can get wet and one pair of sturdy walking/hiking shoes
  • a sweater or jacket
  • a raincoat or poncho
  • a water bottle
  • toiletries
  • Cold Weather Additions: a heavy jacket, a stocking hat, gloves and long underwear

Optional Items

  • writing or reading materials
  • camera and film
  • a flashlight
  • a hat
  • sunglasses
  • a laundry bag
  • a book bag

Items to Leave at Home

  • cell phones
  • electronic devices
  • knives or weapons of any kind
  • candy, food or gum
  • hair dryers
  • curling irons
  • jewelry

 

CLICK HERE FOR A PRINTABLE PACKING LIST

Standard Course of Study

Our curriculum augments state standard courses of study and complements interdisciplinary goals.

On a Mountain Ecology hike, for example, students experience lessons they’ve learned in science, including the specific adaptations of living things, the interdependence of living and non-living things, the nutrient cycle, the effect of weather and the continuing development of landforms.

Mountain Ecology courses also complement social studies by discussing the history of the Appalachian Mountains and Cherokee Indian use of the land and its resources. In that same course, students will practice language arts skills including processing and expressing ideas and may participate in a creative writing activity.

Our staff focuses on an interdisciplinary approach to learning. Courses may include any number of other subjects including math, art and physics.

Please contact mtos@kanuga.org for more information on how our courses meet specific grade-level goals for North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee and Georgia.

Give stock

The IRS allows donors to deduct the market value of appreciated stock transferred as a gift with no recognition of capital gains.

Imagine that 10 years ago you paid $5,000 for 100 shares of stock that was worth $50 a share. Today those shares are selling for $100. They have doubled in value. If you authorize your broker to make a charitable transfer to Kanuga of those 100 shares, Kanuga will receive a gift of $10,000, you will receive a $10,000 tax deduction and you will avoid liability for any tax on your capital gains. In other words, in return for $5,000 you derive more than $10,000 of value.

If you decide to use appreciated stock to make a gift to Kanuga, be sure to have your broker transfer the stock to Kanuga’s brokerage account at Raymond James. Do not sell an appreciated stock and then give Kanuga the proceeds. If you do that, the IRS will impose capital gains tax on your sale and you will lose the main benefit of transferring appreciated stock.

For the information you and your broker will need to transfer stock to Kanuga, contact our Advancement office at 828-692-9136.

Volunteer at Kanuga

Guests have the opportunity to leave Kanuga a little better than they find it.

Whether you have only a few hours or plan to take part in a volunteer weekend, seasonal service projects are available for all ages, interests and abilities.

Past service projects have included creating decorations for the Chapel of the Transfiguration, building an outdoor amphitheatre at the Bob Campbell Youth Campus, beautifying flower beds and assisting with the daily programming of summer events.

Ongoing Short-Term Service Projects

  • Raking leaves
  • Storm cleanup
  • Gardening and weeding
  • Polishing brass and silver for worship services
  • Concierge assistant at the Kanuga Lake Inn

Volunteer Work Weekends

Kanuga hosts volunteer work weekends throughout the year to accomplish larger cleanup and building projects. Meals and lodging will be provided at no cost to volunteers. The weekend will conclude with an appreciation reception.

It's time for spring cleaning and sewing! Our next volunteer work weekend is scheduled for May 4-6, 2012. Want to help beautify Kanuga? Contact Trish Lewis, volunteer coordinator, at trish.lewis@kanuga.org. Friends and family members are welcome to participate in groups, but limited spaces are available. Reserve your spot today! 

Plan a Service Project for Your Kanuga Visit

To organize a service projects during your visit to Kanuga, contact Trish Lewis, volunteer coordinator, at trish.lewis@kanuga.org.

Make a bequest or other planned gift

Kanuga is thankful to be the beneficiary of bequests from friends who love the people, place, spirit and mission of Kanuga and want to ensure that Kanuga will flourish in the future.

A bequest through a will is one of simplest ways to make a deferred gift to Kanuga. Many additional vehicles exist for making planned, deferred or legacy gifts. Some of them feature significant tax advantages for the donor or the donor’s heirs.

For more information about making a deferred gift to Kanuga through a charitable gift annuity, charitable remainder trust, charitable lead trust or other planned giving vehicle, consult your legal, estate planning or financial advisor. You may also contact our Institutional Advancement office at 828-692-9136.

Writing Your Will

Language matters. Writing a will so it meets the requirements for a valid bequest and accurately reflects your wishes for your legacy may be done in a variety of ways. Most bequests are written as unrestricted, restricted or endowment bequests.

Unrestricted Bequests

An unrestricted bequest helps meet Kanuga’s most pressing needs and allows Kanuga the greatest flexibility. You can make an unrestricted bequest specifying a sum of cash, a percentage of your estate, a percentage of the residue of your estate or an item of real or tangible personal property. Here is an example of language you and your attorney might use to write a will that includes an unrestricted bequest to Kanuga: “This gift may be used to further the mission and activities of Kanuga Conferences Inc. in any manner the Kanuga Board of Directors may direct.”

Restricted Bequests

If you want your bequest to support a particular aspect of Kanuga’s ministries, such as Camp Kanuga, Camp Bob or the annual Winterlight youth conference, you can modify the above language to make a restricted bequest. To allow for future changes in Kanuga’s programming that cannot be anticipated, a restricted bequest should include the following language: “If in the opinion of the Board of Directors of Kanuga Conferences Inc. the need for funds for the purpose described no longer exists, the Board of Directors is authorized to use these funds to further the general mission and activities of Kanuga Conferences Inc.”

Endowment Bequests

Unrestricted or restricted bequests can be used to create permanent endowment funds within the Kanuga Endowment, which will yield annual income for Kanuga in perpetuity. To accomplish this, you would include the following language after a description of the asset you are bequeathing: “The property comprising this gift shall, for investment purposes, be merged with the general funds of the Kanuga Endowment and entered into Kanuga’s records as "The [name] Endowment Fund." The principal of this endowment fund shall be retained and its earnings used for the following purpose: [description of purpose]."

 

Give a gift that pays you back

A charitable gift annuity is a simple vehicle for making a legacy gift to Kanuga while ensuring a steady, fixed income stream for your lifetime.

You may create a one-life or a two-life gift annuity. Gift annuities may be funded with cash or appreciated stock. An assigned fixed lifetime rate of return determines the amount of an annuity, which is paid quarterly. For example, a one-life gift annuity established with $10,000 and assigned a 7 percent fixed rate of return for life would pay you $700 per year or $175 per quarter. The older the donor or donors, the higher will be the fixed lifetime rate of return.

In addition to receiving a tax deduction for a portion of the gift amount in the tax year in which the gift annuity is set up, during the actuarially-determined lifetime(s) of the donor or donors a portion of the annuity payment is tax-free.

Note that in assigning fixed lifetime rates of return, Kanuga is guided by the regularly-updated recommendations of the American Council on Gift Annuities.

The minimum gift for creating a charitable gift annuity with Kanuga is $5,000.

Give life insurance

If you have a paid-up life insurance policy that family obligations no longer require, please consider using this policy to fund a significant gift to Kanuga.

Others, particularly younger individuals or couples, may be interested in maximizing a legacy gift to Kanuga by taking out a new life insurance policy, transferring ownership of the policy to Kanuga and then making yearly tax-deductible gifts to Kanuga to enable us to pay the annual premiums.

Please note that Kanuga may not accept life insurance policies against which donors have borrowed.

Give from a retirement account

Charitable strategies can enable donors to substantially reduce or eliminate taxes at death on retirement accounts such as IRAs, 401(K)s, Keoghs or SEPs.

Two strategies are:

  1. Name Kanuga as a beneficiary of your retirement account. This will produce a charitable deduction for your estate. To accomplish this, simply complete and sign a new beneficiary form.
  2. Take structured withdrawals from your retirement account beginning at age 59.5 or 70.5. Use the money to make either outright gifts or lifetime income-producing gifts (e.g. gift annuities) to Kanuga now.

 

Traditional IRA Charitable Rollovers

If you are 70.5 or older, you can initiate an IRA charitable rollover to Kanuga. Traditional IRA charitable rollovers can be for amounts up to $100,000 per year. The charitable rollover amount is excluded from your gross taxable income and counts toward your required minimum distribution (RMD).

Give tangible personal property

Kanuga is pleased to receive most gifts of tangible personal property.

The director of institutional advancement usually can respond to an offer to donate tangible personal property with a same-day determination regarding whether Kanuga can accept the gift. In rare cases, a meeting of the gifts acceptance committee may be necessary before Kanuga can offer a definitive response. After a gift of tangible personal property has been accepted and the property transferred to Kanuga, Kanuga may choose to keep and use the donated property or it may decide to sell the asset.

We greatly appreciate gifts of serviceable vehicles and sporting craft, including trucks, vans, minibuses, station wagons, tractors, riding lawnmowers, golf carts, cars, canoes, kayaks, rowboats, paddleboats, sleighs and bicycles. Arrangements for the delivery to Kanuga of donated vehicles and sporting craft are made on an ad hoc basis.

Give real estate

Some of Kanuga’s most significant gifts have been gifts of real estate.

Donors of residential or commercial real estate receive a tax deduction for the fair market value of the property. The donor is responsible for securing an appraisal to substantiate such a deduction. Kanuga’s gifts acceptance committee will review proposed gifts of real estate to evaluate the condition and marketability of the property before determining whether Kanuga can accept the gift.

Gifts of real estate may be transferred to Kanuga outright, as a life estate in which the donor retains the right to live on the property for life or through a trust agreement wherein the donor transfers the real estate to Kanuga in return for a lifetime income from Kanuga.

Give cash

Making a contribution of cash using a check or credit card is probably the most convenient way to give to Kanuga.

Checks

Please make payable to Kanuga Conferences Inc. and mail to:

Kanuga Conferences Inc.
P.O. Box 250
Hendersonville, NC 28793

Gifts are regarded as unrestricted unless you  indicate an assignment (for example, the Heavy, Wet and Broken Fund for deferred maintenance). To assign a gift to a specific purpose or to make a tribute gift in honor or in memory, please use the check memo line or attach a note.

Credit Card

Click here to give online. We accept VISA, MasterCard, Discover and American Express. The online form allows for gift assignments and tribute gifts.

Automatic Monthly Giving

Kanuga can set up automatic monthly bank drafts or card charges. Automatic monthly giving is a way to make a substantial annual gift to Kanuga while evenly distributing its impact on a family budget. An annual gift of $300 results from automatic monthly gifts of $25.

Matching Gift Programs

Employer matching gifts can double or triple your gift to Kanuga! More than 1,000 employers now have programs to match employee giving. Many companies will even match gifts by spouses and retirees as well as current employees.

If your employer (or former employer, if retired) uses a matching gift form, please list Kanuga Conferences Inc. as the charitable organization and then mail the form to us. We'll do the rest.

 

Evening Programs

To enhance the selection of day programs, schools can choose from a variety of Mountain Trail Evening Programs or opt to run their own evening activities. Many of offerings provide pure entertainment and relaxation, while others allow students to experience lessons learned in school.

  • On a Night Hike, students in small groups learn the wonders of nightlife in the forest, from the adaptations of nocturnal animals to the workings of the human eye in the absence of light. Exploring the night forest without flashlights, students use their senses to discover another world.
     
  • In a Town Hall, students act as different community interest groups to debate the economic, ecological, and social advantages and disadvantages of allowing theme park development in their town.
     
  • Carlton Burke of Carolina Mountain Naturalists present Naturalist programs. With either “Animals We Love to Hate” or “Appalachian Wild,” students meet and learn about animals through a dynamic presenter.
     
  • Appalachian Culture allows students to experience the rich culture through candle making, biscuit roasting, storytelling, square dancing, and other activities.
     
  • We also offer a full Storytelling program with either Steph Crooks or Michael “Badhair” Williams, each of whom engages various age groups with traditional folk tales from Appalachia and the world.
     
  • Students and chaperones get to do-si-do, swing, and reel at a Square Dance where MTOS staff teach and call traditional steps and dances.
     
  • Student groups can gather together around a Campfire for skits, activities and/or s’mores.
     
  • School groups may also choose to chaperone their own Dance/Social or other evening program. 

Off-Property Trips

The Mountain Trail Outdoor School expands beyond its1,400-acre campus with trips to natural and cultural attractions in the area. Schools can enhance their experience by taking advantage of all that Western North Carolina has to offer.

  • For 8th grade groups or older, MTOS offers Expeditions in Pisgah National Forest. Students hike, climb and camp for one or more nights while they build positive community and learn Leave No Trace principles.
     
  • Younger groups and those who don’t want a multi-day expedition can also enjoy Pisgah National Forest. Day trips include hikes to the stunning overlook at John Rock, feeding fish and visiting the aquarium at the Fish Hatchery and touring the Cradle of Forestry.
     
  • The Nantahala Outdoor Center provides qualified and safe commercial guidance for MTOS groups to enjoy Whitewater Rafting on the French Broad, Nantahala or Nolichucky rivers. Full and half-day trips are available.
     
  • School groups can add trips to the Biltmore Estate for educational tours of America’s largest home and its French-style gardens.
     
  • Down the road from the Mountain Trail Outdoor School is the Carl Sandburg Home, which boasts the Pulitzer Prize-winner’s homeplace, museum and dairy goat herd.
     
  • Groups can also choose to visit Chimney Rock State Park for hiking and a magnificent view of the Blue Ridge Mountains.

Adventure-Based Learning

Adventure-based learning help students change their assumptions about themselves and each other and to expand their comfort circles.

All adventure activities are managed by an American Mountain Guides Association-certified facilitator and boast an impeccable safety record.

  • In our Cooperation Course, students work together to overcome a series of challenges, honing each other's decision-making, communication and cooperation skills and growing together as a group.
     
  • Students learn the terminology and techniques of proper canoeing and explore Kanuga’s lake in our Canoeing half-class.
     
  • Orienteering introduces various methods of navigation, notably compasses and topographic maps and allows students to then use their new skills as they work through our orienteering course.
     
  • Our Outdoor Living Skills class equips students for successful experiences in the outdoors with minimal impact on the environment.
     
  • A session of Rock Climbing shows students that their capabilities far exceed their own expectations. Many groups choose to climb at our 40-foot-high climbing tower, while smaller groups may also choose the natural rock face of our quarry.
     
  • The High Ropes Course also provides an empowering realization of mind of matter, though the challenge here is more emotional that physical. With six elements in two courses, students can choose their own challenges and work with our staff to overcome their fears.

Environmental Education

Our environmental education curriculum adheres to the standard course of study requirements for 4th-7th grades in North Carolina, South Carolina and Tennessee and can easily adapt to fit other grade and state requirements.

Our courses allow students to experience first-hand the interactions of their environment.

  • Web of Life is a general ecology half-class that focuses on the interactions and dependencies between living and non-living elements in our Blue Ridge ecosystem.
     
  • In Forest Ecology, students hike to a viewpoint, seeing the inner workings of trees, the diversity of plants in the southern Appalachian Mountains and the interconnectivity between plants, animals, decomposers and people.
     
  • Mountain Ecology classes enjoy a viewpoint hike and learn about the changes in flora, fauna and topography due to sun exposure, erosion, succession, geological forces and human activity.
     
  • For a greater focus on geological forces, we offer a Geology half-class to discover how the Blue Ridge Mountains formed and continue to change.
     
  • In the Bog Study half-class, students visit Kanuga’s mountain bog and experience the role of wetlands and the unique characteristics of wetland organisms.
     
  • Animal Ecology classes see evidence of wildlife in their habitats as well as native species in our Nature Center to compare and contrast their niches and adaptations.
     
  • In Ponds and Streams Study, students examine macro-invertebrates that they catch as they explore our aquatic bodies to learn about water systems and the organisms that dwell in water.
     
  • Students can get their hands dirty helping in the organic garden and see the route food takes from garden to table in Garden Connections.
     
  • Our Sustainable Future half-class utilizes our solar hot water system, organic garden and ongoing conservation initiatives for students to experience the science of sustainability.
     
  • Cherokee Culture classes explore the history and civilization of the local tribe through games and discussions.

Dates and Rates

 

Registration and Account Information

Important: Your camper's registration will NOT be saved if you clsoe/stop the registration process before completing it in full.

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WHAT YOU NEED TO REGISTER:

1) PROGRAM:  Select which program and session dates you want to attend.  Click this quick link to view the 2014 Dates and Rates.
 
2) PARENT/GUARDIAN:  Contact information including address, email, phone number, etc.
 
3) CAMPER HEALTH HISTORY:  All camper health history information is completed online! NOTE: While health history information is completed online and saved within our system for the following years’ use, all campers are required to have a physical within twelve months preceding the program's start date. The following information is required:
  • Health history and medical concerns
  • Immunization/vaccination information - date of your camper’s last tetanus booster
  • The name and phone number of your camper’s doctor and dentist
  • Your camper's health insurance or Medicaid information
  • Due to the nature of the program, all participants must complete the Kanuga Trailblazer physical by a licensed medical provider. You can find a copy of the form on our Applications and Forms page.
4) ACKNOWLEDGEMENT OF PAYMENT, TRANSFER, AND CANCELLATION POLICIES:
 
Payment Policy - The online payment system accepts checks, Visa, MasterCard and Discover credit cards. Checks are the preferred method of payment. Non-refundable deposit amount for all programs is $200.  All balances are due in full by May 1st.
 
Transfer Policy (based on availability) - After registering, campers may transfer to a different camp session for a $25.00 fee up until 30 days prior to the opening day of their initial camp session.  No transfers may be made within 30 days of the beginning of a session. 
 
Cancellation Policy - The following guidelines apply to refunds:
  • Notice of cancellation must be received by Kanuga Trailblazers in writing (email or postal mail).
  • For cancellation more than 30 days before camp, refund will be the amount paid minus the deposit.
  • There will be no refund for cancellation within 30 days of the camp session.
  • If camp fees are not paid by May 1st, your registration will be cancelled and the next available person on the waitlist will be offered your spot. 
  • All fees paid will be forfeited if camper does not check-in on the opening day of his/her camp session or chooses to leave early.*
  • Full refunds will only be given when we receive a signed doctor’s note within 3 days of the cancellation.

*NOTE:  No refunds will be made for any reason after the start of the camp.

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Registration for 2014 is NOW OPEN and the first 50 campers registered will be entered into a drawing to win their entire session for FREE!

By clicking the REGISTER HERE button below, you are agreeing to the terms of Kanuga's Cancelation, Payment and Transfer policies (listed above).
 

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Competitive Grants Program

A new competitive grants program aims to spread the Kanuga spirit, planting one of Kanuga’s oldest and most important ministries in communities across the United States.

The Patricia Minkler Howell Endowment for Children’s Outreach will assist community-based efforts by parishes, dioceses and nonprofits that focus on children’s ministry and emphasize children serving other children.

The endowment is a subfund of Kanuga Endowment Inc. Grants will be administered by Kanuga annually starting in May 2011.

HOW TO APPLY

Each year between Nov. 1 and April 15, a grants committee will receive and review applications. Recipients will be announced in May.

Kanuga hopes that many program initiatives for Minkler Howell grant funding will emerge from Kanuga-sponsored conferences. Individuals may not apply for a Minkler Howell grant, but partnerships involving two or more congregations, dioceses or nonprofits are encouraged.

All applications require the signed endorsement of a rector, bishop or relevant organizational executive.

GRANT CRITERIA

The grants committee will give special consideration to programs that envision children serving children. Other criteria guiding the grants committee include:

  • The innovative quality and practicability of the program
  • The number of children through age 18 who will be positively impacted by the program
  • The degree to which children through age 18 will be directly engaged in the program
  • The urgency of the need the program addresses
  • The financial capacity of the applying organization or partnership
  • Potential for sustaining and growing the program beyond the specific funding period
  • Measurability of program results

Minkler Howell Grants Application & Brochure

Minkler Howell Grants Program brochure

Staff

Mountain Trail Outdoor School instructors are highly educated and well-trained individuals with experience working with youth outdoors.

Instructors are college graduates or experienced interns completing their college work.  Many have classroom teaching experience.

All of our instructors have first aid and CPR training, and many are certified in wilderness first aid or as wilderness first responders.

Our staff is committed to professional development, logging more than 150 hours in environmental education workshops, adventure training and wilderness medicine courses over the course of a three-month season.

Want to join a professional, dedicated staff for the best seasonal job in Western North Carolina?

The Mountain Trail Outdoor School hires seasonal instructors for each fall and spring.

Qualified applicants are college graduates with experience working with children in the outdoors, particularly in experiential education. Applicants should feel comfortable teaching natural science topics with hands-on activities and facilitating cooperation and high adventure activities.

Instructors work Monday-Friday and an average of two nights per week. Instructors teach two three-hour classes each day, one in the morning and one in the afternoon. Classes typically have 10-12 students and an adult chaperone. All instructors participate in a paid staff training period before the start of each season. Instructors are responsible for teaching all classes that MTOS offers and for continuing their professional development as well as program development.

Room and board is included with salary. Staff housing is on property in cabins of two to four bedrooms each, private or shared bathrooms, and a common porch. The bedrooms contain a single bed, dresser, lamp, table, and chair. The dining hall kitchen is available for staff cooking and food storage. Free laundry facilities are also available.

Click here to view a full instructor position description.

The application process is complete for Fall 2014. Please check back later in the fall to apply for our Spring 2015 season.

Calling Us Forward: Kanuga Looks to 2028

“Kanuga is God’s human relations workshop.”

“Kanuga brings us back to a simpler way of life.”

“For me, Kanuga is all about deep friendships, rich community, wonderful love and sincere prayer.”

“Our children want to always come back to Kanuga, perpetuating this tradition with their families.”

“Kanuga is beauty, serenity, humor…perfect and flawed…all at once.”

From the beginning, the Kanuga community’s input set the direction for our long-range plan.

When the Board of Directors began its three-year planning journey, it organized porch meetings where summer guests, camp parents, conference participants, volunteer program leaders and clergy across Province IV were asked to describe the ways in which Kanuga had touched their lives.

Individually, the many collected comments revealed the remarkably diverse definitions we give to Kanuga. Considered together, the comments captured Kanuga’s essence as a community, identified what must be preserved for future generations and provided the starting point for our planning.

Plans look to 2028 when Kanuga will celebrate its centennial as an Episcopal Center

Three years of intense work culminated in a long-range plan that spans almost 20 years into Kanuga’s future.

Deeply rooted in more than 80 years of serving Christ, Kanuga’s plan has been shaped by the Church’s changing needs. The plan has eight sections, each focused on an essential aspect of Kanuga’s ministries:

  1. Creation - Caring for the mountain valley we call home
  2. Preservation - Protecting and providing for our beautiful and historic campus
  3. Hospitality - Providing a safe, welcoming and fun experience for all who visit
  4. Responsibility - Becoming a model of Christian stewardship
  5. Vocation - Creating an inspiring, empowering staff community where work and ministry grow together
  6. Transformation - Producing compelling programs that complement those of parishes, dioceses and provinces
  7. Relationships - Remaining an enduring Christian community where people remember who they are and whose they are
  8. Service - Reaching beyond our boundaries, sharing our spirit and resources

Staff

Our staff is carefully selected to make sure you have someone you can trust on the trail. Our instructors are professional adult leaders with a proven desire and ability to provide positive leadership, community building opportunities, and safe outdoor adventure. Staff also offers guidance for the participants as they grow individually and as part of a community, learning about themselves and the natural world around them.

We look for instructors who have previous trail experience, knowledge of wilderness medical procedures, good judgment, patience, and strength of character. Instructors also are chosen for the examples of a wholesome lifestyle they can set for the campers and for their commitment to working productively with young people.

Previous staff members have had experience with Outward Bound and the National Outdoor Leadership School, both considered excellent preparation for persons working with young people in outdoor programs. Staff members typically are college graduates or college seniors.

Instructors go through an extensive training program that emphasizes techniques for team building and assisting in personal development and includes several days of backpacking along the trail. Two staff members (typically one male and one female) accompany each group of eight Trailblazers.

Want to join our team of instructors?

Join our team and spend your summer leading backpacking treks in the Appalachian mountains, canoeing, rock climbing and rafting down one of the South's leading whitewater rivers!

Applications will be accepted until all positions are filled, with interviews being scheduled on a rolling basis beginning in January, 2014. If you have any questions please contact our Program Director, Hunter Soper.

Current Positions Available:
 

  • Lead Instructor: As the primary instructor in a trail group in charge of decisions related to risk management, participant health issues, base camp contact, and route alterations, Lead Instructors must display solid judgment and character, backed up by practical, professional backcountry experience. Click here to see a full description of this position.

The Trailblazers staff is a dedicated team that is excited to work with teenagers and has a desire to gain practical experience in the field. We expect our staff to be fun, enthusiastic, compassionate, experienced, and flexible while living in our small community. Trailblazers staff members receive a weekly salary, room and board. 

For Corporations and Foundations

To make a corporate or foundation gift, please contact our Institutional Advancement office at 828-692-9136.

For Individuals

What type of gift would you like to make?

Why Give

"I find it rewarding to nurture Kanuga's ministry as Kanuga has nurtured my love of learning, Christian responsibility and beautiful places." -Pat Michal, Winston-Salem, NC.

Kanuga relies on the tax-deductible support of individuals, private foundations and corporations to reinforce many programs—including children’s camps, adult conferences and camperships for underserved youth.  These gifts represent approximately 15% of Kanuga’s $7.8 million budget.

Here are just a few reasons why your gift matters to everyone that enjoys a respite (and of course, Kanuga toast) here at Kanuga.

  • Mission, Ministry & Maintenance (Kanuga's Annual Fund). An unrestricted gift to Kanuga's Annual Fund impacts each area of Kanuga's mission, ministries and upkeep of natural and man-made spaces.  By focusing on these 3 areas, our donors will enable Kanuga to:
  • build community, allowing Kanuga to share God's creation with all---regardless of religious, ethnic and socioeconomic background--in order for them to develop life-changing relationships;
  • empower people, young and old, to better understand themselves, others and God through meaningful and accessible programs; 
  • maintain Kanuga's campus and facilities, without continual renovation of Kanuga's physical and natural spaces, our ministries and programs could not as effectively transform our visitors.
  • Kanuga Pathfinders. Kanuga grants more than $100,000 in financial aid every year to deserving children and adults. This fund makes it possible for many young people and adults to attend summer camp, Mountain Trail Outdoor School, conferences and other programs without cost being an issue.  In doing so, Kanuga Pathfinders address growing spiritual, personal and educational needs within our collective communities by breaking down financial barriers for others.  This special group of donors truly exemplifies the Kanuga Spirit.
  • Kanuga Endowment. Invested for growth and income, this permanent fund provides a perpetual source of income that to insure Kanuga's viability and sustain its programs.  By supporting Kanuga’s Endowment, you are insuring the financial health of Kanuga for many years, and generations, to come.

 

Students

We’re glad that you’re interested in the Mountain Trail Outdoor School!

Whether you are already planning to visit MTOS with your class or you’re just interested in our program, we hope that you find what you’re looking for on our website.

At the Mountain Trail Outdoor School, we teach by doing. You'll explore our ponds, forests, streams and bog during class. We teach a variety of science classes and adventure-based courses, so a school’s trip might include petting a corn snake, climbing a tower, hiking to a peak or canoeing across a lake.

Whether your school chooses to focus on science or adventure, you’re in for an action-packed experience!

Our staff members are fully-trained outdoor professionals. Many have worked in camps and as classroom teachers, and all love working with students in the outdoors.

We continuously hear from students about their memorable MTOS trips, and we even have staff members whose interest in outdoor education began when they were students on a field trip here. We look forward to providing that same experience for you!

Teachers

Thank you for your interest in the Mountain Trail Outdoor School!

We hope the resources on our website provide all the information you need to plan your school group's educational trip to the mountains.

MTOS is an environmental and adventure education program sponsored by Kanuga Conferences Inc. in Hendersonville, N.C.

We use an experiential education model to teach environmental awareness and to promote self-confidence in elementary, middle and high school students. Located in the Blue Ridge Mountains, our school pulls on the natural beauty of Western North Carolina and uses Kanuga’s 1,400 acres as an outdoor classroom.

Our curriculum combines natural science, team building and adventure activities and can be customized to create a unique program specific to your school’s needs. Our science classes meet state standards for many of the surrounding states and our adventure classes provide students the opportunity to challenge themselves and support each other. We will work with you to design a program geared specifically to your goals for your students.

Our professional team of instructors are college graduates and positive role models who share a sincere commitment to educating youth about the environment. All staff members have extensive experience working with children as classroom teachers or camp counselors in the outdoor education field.

A leader in the field of environmental and adventure education, MTOS has been successfully encouraging students to grow and learn in an outdoor environment for 20 years. Staff and teachers witness first-hand the positive impact that our program has on children.

Please take time to explore our website and feel free to contact us with any questions. We would love to work with you to provide an unforgettable outdoor education experience for your students!

Parents

Thank you for your interest in the Mountain Trail Outdoor School!

We hope the resources on our website provide all the information you need to prepare for your child’s educational trip to the mountains.

MTOS is an environmental and adventure education program sponsored by Kanuga Conferences Inc. in Hendersonville, N.C.

We use an experiential education model to teach environmental awareness and to promote self-confidence in elementary, middle and high school students. Located in the Blue Ridge Mountains, our school pulls on the natural beauty of Western North Carolina and uses Kanuga’s 1,400 acres as an outdoor classroom. We work with your child’s school to design a curriculum geared specifically to their goals for the students.

Our professional team of instructors are college graduates and positive role models who share a sincere commitment to educating youth about the environment. All staff members have extensive experience working with children as classroom teachers or camp counselors in the outdoor education field.

A leader in the field of environmental and adventure education, MTOS has been successfully encouraging students to grow and learn in an outdoor environment for 20 years. Staff and teachers witness first-hand the positive impact that our program has on children.

Please take time to explore our website and feel free to contact us with any questions as you prepare to send your child on a memorable learning experience.

Camp Life

Camp Bob's mission is to develop youth through positive camp experiences. The program is designed to achieve three specific outcomes:
  • Trust – In self and others
  • Hope – For the future
  • Love – For others and the environment

Community

Each morning before activities, the camp assembles for Morning Shine, a time of song, skits and fellowship. Counselors and campers lead this valuable time together as we start each new day on a positive note.

We close each day with small group devotions in the cabins where campers reflect on the day's activities.

A Typical Day at Camp Bob
Time Activity
7:15 am Rise and shine
7:45 am Flag raising
8:00 am Breakfast
8:45 am Morning Shine
9:15 am Cabin cleanup
9:45 am Cabin Activity #1
11:15 am Cabin Activity #2
12:45 pm Lunch
1:30 pm Rest period
2:30 pm Camper's choice activity
4:00 pm Snack
4:30 pm Cabin Activity #3
6:00 pm Flag lowering
6:15 pm Dinner
7:30 pm Evening program
9:15 pm Devotions
10:00 pm Lights out

Camp Activities

Campers will participate in a number of activities with their cabin group but will also be able to individually choose from a variety of activities each morning for Camper Choice time. Activities include:

  • Swimming
  • Canoeing
  • Tie-dye
  • Archery
  • Cooperation Course
  • Adventure Hikes
  • Team Sports
  • Service Projects
  • Arts and Crafts
  • Dance/Step Class
  • Fishing
  • Nature Studies
  • Board Games
  • Story Time
  • Drama and Music
  • Outdoor Living Skills
  • Cooking
  • Climbing

Evening Programs

After dinner each evening, the whole camp gathers together for some fun and excitement. Each night we have a different program that inspires, entertains and involves each and every camper.

Our favorites are campfires, evening performers, cookouts, campouts, talent shows, carnivals, Olympics and the closing ceremony.

Facilities

Camp Bob is held at Kanuga's Bob Campbell Youth Campus, named for the late Robert S. Campbell of Gaffney, SC. The camp has its own lake, archery range, dining hall, chapel and other facilties. A solar thermal heating system provides plenty of hot water in the camper cabins and dining hall.

Boys' and girls' cabins are separated from each other and campers are grouped by age. Because cabin assignments must be made prior to arrival, cabinmate requests upon arrival cannot be fulfilled.

Counselors and volunteers supervise and sleep overnight in the cabins. They are available to address any need a camper might have.

To see our cabins and other facilities, click here and select the Camp Bob map.

Meals

Wholesome all-you-can-eat camp meals are served family style. We make certain that each camper has his or her fill by the end of every meal.

We provide a variety of healthy options at each meal, including vegetarian options. In addition, we provide an afternoon snack. 

Teen Development Programs

We offer two programs that focus on cultivating the leadership potential of our most outstanding older campers. Through hands-on service, outdoor and educational experiences, these campers return home confident and motivated.

Stepping Up

Stepping Up empowers 14- and 15-year-olds to develop and achieve goals for their future. This two-week session combines outdoor and adventure activities with field trips that serve to expand the campers’ perspectives of the world.

In 2011, 25 campers from the Carolinas, Georgia and Mississippi participated in Stepping Up. The highlights of their session included a meeting with Terry Bellamy, the first African American and youngest mayor elected in nearby Asheville, NC, as well as horseback riding, a campout on Kanuga's 1,400 acres, and a tour of nearby Brevard College.

Counselors in Training

Campers ages 16 and 17 build confidence in their leadership abilities as they learn the skills necessary to be a Camp Bob counselor. CITs go through a one-week training session that covers the basics of managing a cabin full of campers and leading camp activities.

The following week, CITs are assigned to a cabin where they can put their training into practice. They receive an evaluation at the end of the session.

Staff

Camp Bob Counselors are highly skilled, positive role models who are at least 18 years old and have a strong desire to work with a diverse population of children in an outdoor setting.

We look for leaders who will:

  • relate to our campers with patience and understanding
  • provide a positive experience for everyone who comes to camp
  • focus on the safety of our campers and will help them to have fun in all aspects of our program.

What do our Camp Bob Counselors do?:

  • Supervise all aspects of the camper’s day
  • Teach, coach, and model personal development and leadership (“Lifelong learn-ables”)
  • Get to know each camper individually
  • Work with a team of other counselors and support staff members
  • Have a lot of fun and get a little messy!

To ensure a quality program, all staff members will:

  • Complete the application and screening process (application, interviews, reference checks, national criminal and sex offender’s background check).
  • Complete a rigorous two week training session that includes child abuse prevention, CPR, First Aid, Safety and Emergency Procedures through a mock camp schedule with a focus on effective camp leadership.

WANT TO JOIN THE CAMP BOB STAFF?

While the children may have challenging backgrounds, in most ways they are just children who, for whatever reason, might not otherwise be able to attend a summer camp. Working at Camp Bob is a rewarding experience because your efforts really do make a difference in the campers' lives. You can be a positive role model and a mentor for children who have a variety of needs including self-esteem, social skills, conflict resolution skills and most importantly, trust, hope and love.

CLICK HERE TO APPLY FOR A CAMP BOB SUMMER STAFF POSITION USING THE ONLINE APPLICATION PROCESS.

  • Support Staff members:  May 12 -  July 27, 2014
  • Returning Staff members:  May 19 - July 27, 2014
  • New Staff members:  May 21 - July 27, 2014

Available SUMMER STAFF POSITIONS.  Remember to have three references complete on our REFERENCE FORM on your behalf.

Committed to the principles of equal opportunity, Kanuga accepts employment applications without regard to race, color, gender or national origin.

For more information, please contact Camp Bob Program Director Katherine “KP” Parnell at 828-692-0077, ext. 264, or katherine.parnell@kanuga.org

Sponsors and Volunteers

Do you want to make a difference in the lives of children in your area?

Camp Bob provides an uplifting summer experience to children who otherwise might not be able to attend camp. Our mission is to develop youth through positive camp experiences. The program is designed to achieve three specific outcomes:

  • Trust – In self and others
  • Hope – For the future
  • Love – For others and the environment

Your support is an invaluable key to our success! Here's how you can help:

Dining

Meals at Kanuga are served in one of three adjacent dining rooms located beside the Inn:

  • Kanuga DIning Rooms (top-bottom): Dietz, West,a dn StephensDietz Dining Room = seats 224
  • West Dining Room = seats 104
  • Stephens Dining Room = seats 96

All of our dining rooms are set up with 8-top tables to allow guests the opportunity to eat with old friends and to make new friends. This set up provides ample opportunity for conversation before, during, and after meals.

Food is served buffet style with a variety of options available. The tables are clothed and set  prior to the beginning of each meal so that guests can easily make their way through the buffet and sit wherever they choose.  Picnics, upgraded buffets and cook-outs are also available, but these dining options must be scheduled in advance.

DIETARY RESTRICTIONS:  Kanuga's dining service can accommodate most dietary preferences. We always have a vegetarian meal option available and we can also prepare low-sodium, gluten-free, and diabetic meal plans upon request.  Please let us know your questions/concerns for meal preperation. We are happy to accommodate your request. 

Sample Buffet Menu

Breakfast (8 a.m.) Lunch (12:00 p.m.) Supper (6 p.m.)
  • Assorted juices
  • Bacon and sausage links
  • Scrambled eggs
  • Buttered grits/oatmeal
  • Pancakes
  • Kanuga toast with jelly
  • Hard-boiled eggs
  • Yogurt and fresh frruit
  • Assorted cereal
  • Coffee, tea, milk, water
  • Six bean soup with cornbread
  • Assorted deli meats
  • Sandwich relish tray
  • Assorted breads
  • Fresh salad bar
  • Potato chips
  • Chocolate chip cookies
  • Whole fruit bowl
  • Coffee, tea, milk, water
  • Vegetarian option: Black bean burrito
  • Roast turkey with gravy
  • Baked potatoes with sour cream
  • Seasoned green beans
  • Mixed green salad
  • Demi loaves
  • Apple crisp
  • Whole fruit bowl
  • Coffee, tea, milk, water
  • Vegetarian option: Stuffed green pepper

 

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Parents and Campers

A fun and exciting week awaits at Camp Bob! We are thrilled to have you join us for days filled with laughter, friendship, song, adventure and so much more!

As you prepare for an incredible week at Camp Bob, here are a few important pieces of information:

  • Registering for camp: Children are selected for camp by sponsoring organizations and attend as a group from their community. To contact a sponsor in your area, please click here.
  • Transportation: Sponsoring organizations arrange the drop off and pick up location and times for campers in their area. In addition, they arrange for vans or charter buses to transport the campers to and from their community.
  • Safety: Safety is our utmost priority at all times. Our counselor team is well trained in all activity areas and in camper health and hygiene. Our counselors are carefully supervised to ensure they are providing adequate care for each camper.
  • Health care: A well-equipped nurse is in residence and available 24 hours a day. On the first day of camp, our nurse completes a general health screening and orientation for all campers. If a camper is uninsured, he or she is covered under Kanuga's insurance policy during their stay.
  • Medical information: All campers are required to have a current and completed Registration/Health Form when they arrive at camp. Medications must be sent in their original container with the child's name and dosage information on it. Please give these to the sponsoring organization before your child leaves for camp.
  • Emergency contact: In case of emergency, parents should call the Kanuga operator at our 24-hour number, 828-692-9136, and tell the receptionist that your child is attending Camp Bob. Leave your name, the camper's name and a phone number where we can reach you. We will return your call as soon as possible.
  • Phone calls: Use of the telephone by campers is discouraged. Please do not tell campers that they will be able to call home from camp. Special arrangements will be made in the case of emergencies.
  • Homesickness: Almost all campers experience some feelings of homesickness away from home. Our counselors work hard at keeping campers busy with fun activities to avoid homesickness. Click here to see ways you can help.
  • Expected camp behavior: Campers are expected to follow camp rules and standards of behavior. Inappropriate behavior, including but not limited to hitting, biting, inappropriate language, bullying or creating an unsafe environment, may result in appropriate discipline or dismissal from camp. All campers as well as staff are expected to be respectful and kind to others.
  • Camp is a community: If you are a returning camper or if you are attending camp with friends from home, it is important to know that you will have lots of time with your friends at campus-wide activities and potentially during Camper Choice activities, but we cannot promise that you will be together in a cabin. Making new friends as well as keeping in touch with old ones is important for the sense of community at camp.
  • Packing list: The essential DOs and DON'Ts for packing can be found here.

Still have questions?

Please feel free to contact Camp Bob or your sponsoring organization at any time. We will do our best to answer any questions you may have.

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