There's a new camp on the block

HCA to host 7-week summer camp
By Rachel Robles, Lifestyles Editor | Apr 10, 2014
Photo by: Donated NEW SUMMER CAMP — HCA will offer a new camp this summer for kids who have just completed kindergarten to kids who have just completed sixth grade. From left are Adam Proben, Melanie Erickson, Patrick Turner, Abby Hoglen, Hayden Stanbery, Gracie Rickman, Chayton Sharpe, Caleb Herbert and Lilee Cornette.

With the closing of Camp New Life, some parents are wondering what to do with their children this summer. Haywood Christian Academy has a solution.

“The process [to create a summer camp] started in January,” said Kelli Herbert, principal of HCA’s elementary campus. “It’s been in the back of the our minds all year, but we decided to pick the summer camp as a bulls-eye initiative because Camp New Life was shutting down and there was going to be a great need.”

In response, HCA will run a seven-week themed summer camp for children who have just completed kindergarten to children who have just completed fifth grade.

“We know there’s a need,” said Herbert. “Kids need a safe and fun place to go for the summer and we’re trying to provide a Christian atmosphere, as well.”

The camp will operate five days a week from 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. beginning June 9 and ending Aug. 1, with a break in the middle, June 30 to July 4. The camp will take place at HCA’s senior campus at 1400 Old Clyde Road, and will be fully staffed by HCA teachers.

The first week’s theme will be “Getting to Know You;” week two is Art Week; week three is Gymnastics/Tumbling Week; week four is Science Week with Project Boom!; week five is Totally Christian Karate Week with instructors from Totally Christian Karate in Asheville; week six is Great Outdoors Week with Project WILD, a wildlife-focused conservation education program; and the last week is Missions Week with the Child Evangelism Fellowship. Each week will include various instructors and professionals related to the theme.

“We’re trying to appeal to a lot of interests out there,” said Herbert. “Our camp is going to offer a lot of intriguing activities. It’ll be safe, and we’re educating them, too. The parents won’t have to worry when they drop their kids off with us.”

She also emphasizes that the camp will be Christian.

“We want to minister to the hearts of the kids while we have them” said Herbert. “We really want to teach children to think about others and not just themselves.”

A typical day at HCA’s summer camp will begin at 7:30 a.m. with drop off and arrival activities. Devotion time will be from 8:30 to 9 a.m., followed by a morning snack. On Tuesdays and Thursdays, the children will go to pool at the Waynesville Recreation Center from 10 a.m. to noon, and on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, that time will be structured outdoor play time with special games and activities. Lunch will be from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m., followed by a three-hour block that will feature each week’s theme. Quiet time will be from 3:30 to 4 p.m., and the last part of the day will be pick-up time and end-of-day structured activities. Math tutoring will be available Monday and Wednesday mornings for an additional fee.

Children will need to bring a morning and afternoon snack and a lunch; sleeping bag or blanket for quiet time; beach towel, bathing suit, water shoes and sunscreen labeled with the child’s name; and a full change of clothes to leave at camp.

The cost is $125 per child per week, plus a registration fee of $25; multiple child discounts are available. Space is limited — the camp is currently capping enrollment at 25 to 30 children.

Applications are currently being accepted. Registration and applications forms are available at or by calling 627-0229.

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