Camp Life


Campers choose their own daily activities from over 30 choices available. Activity groups are kept small so each camper receives personal attention.
Here is just a sample of some activities we offer!

  • BMX (bicycles)

Camper Quote: “I have memories and special experiences here that I would never have anywhere else.”

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291 Camp Chatuga Rd.
Mountain Rest, SC 29664

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Special Events

Each evening at Camp Chatuga includes a fun-filled, entertaining activity for all to enjoy. Some nights might find you hunting aliens during the Alien Invasion or rescuing tagged teammates at Capture the Flag. Other nights you can show off your talent at the Talent Show or have a giant shaving cream fight during Icky Olympics.
There is no end to the variety of fun offered here at Chatuga! Each session enjoys many of these events…

  • Icky Olympics
  • Splash-n-Dash
  • Mardi Gras
  • Creative Counselor Contest
  • Chatugathon
  • Alien Invasion
  • 50’s and 60’s Night
  • Black and White Ball
  • Square Dance
  • Council Ring
  • Water Olympics
  • Movie/Popcorn Night
  • Ticket Carnival
  • Capture the Flag
  • African Safari
  • Talent Night
  • Neon Night
  • And many more!

Parent Quote: “My son’s been to two other camps and said this was the best one! He had a wonderful camp experience and will return.”


Daily Schedule

Typical day in the life of a Camp Chatuga Camper

  • 8:00 Reveille (in other words…wake up!)
  • 8:20 Last Call
  • 8:25 Flag Raising
  • 8:30 Breakfast
  • 9:00 Cabin Clean-up
  • 9:45 1st Activity
  • 10:35 Morning Canteen
  • 10:55 2nd Activity
  • 11:45 3rd Activity
  • 12:35 End morning activities
  • 1:00 Lunch
  • 1:30 Dirtbusters
  • 1:50 Rest Hour
  • 2:50 Canteen
  • 3:10 4th Activity
  • 4:00 5th Activity
  • 4:50 General Swim
  • 5:40 End swim/Prepare for supper
  • 6:00 Supper
  • 6:30 Free Time
  • 7:15 Evening Program
  • 8:30 Call-to-Quarters Greens (1st-6th grade)
  • 9:00 Call-to-Quarters Blues (7th-11th grade)
  • 9:30/10:00 Lights out Greens/Blues

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Our rustic, wood cabins are equipped with bunk beds, screened windows, electrical outlets, and cubbies for each camper’s personal belongings. Some have bathrooms in the cabins and some have bathhouses located beside them. Cabin groups are kept small, especially in the youngest cabins, and go up to a maximum of eight campers in the older cabins so each camper gets the personal attention they need. Assignments are made according to grade and session enrolled. Cabin-mates are able to mold new friendships during special times that are spent only with their cabin such as planning/practicing cabin skits, debriefing at night and cabin afternoons.

We will attempt to honor a cabin-mate preference (maximum of one) if both campers’ applications request each other and campers’ grades are the same.


What to Bring

We have clothing lists available for Mini-Camp, one-weekers and campers staying two or more weeks. The clothing lists will help you pack for your camper’s stay with us. The link below will take you to the list you’ll need. Campers are not allowed to bring electronic devices, cell phones or food items, including gum.


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All campers in Sessions A, B, BC1 and BC¬†get a trip that emphasizes experiences a camper cannot easily find at home. Depending on the camper’s number of years at Chatuga, trips may include visiting Stumphouse Tunnel, inner tubing or swimming on the Chattooga River, viewing Tallulah Gorge, visiting a water park, rafting on the Nantahala River, taking a canopy zip line tour, or rafting Section 3 of the Chattooga River. Trip for Session C¬†campers (and the second trip for Session BC) is an all-camp roller-skating party. No trip in one-week sessions, except for Session C2 which goes roller-skating.

Chatuga’s use of the Chattooga River is operated under special use permit with the Sumter National Forest.



The campers are served wholesome kid-friendly family-style meals. Cereal, milk, fruit and fruit juice are available in addition to the breakfast meal. Peanut butter and jelly and a salad bar with extra veggie options are offered with lunch and supper, and fresh fruit is available all day. Campers can also get two snacks from the canteen per day.

In the Dining Hall, campers and counselors sit in “family” groups (we mix returning and new campers, young and old, girls and boys). We can arrange for your child to sit at a table family with a friend or relative not in his/her cabin.

Health & Safety

Chatuga’s infirmary, with a full-time health supervisor, provides for on-site needs. Health needs that require doctor’s visits, prescriptions, x-rays, or emergency room visits will be billed to parents. A copy of your insurance card must be provided with the health form. Staff members are CPR and First Aid certified.


Watch our photo slide show to see Camp Chatuga in action. You can also watch our video to see more about the special and unique place that is Camp Chatuga!

Camper Quote: “It’s where you find out who you are and I couldn’t have done that anywhere else.”

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Frequently Asked Questions

  1. What kind of religious emphasis does Chatuga have?
    Chatuga places importance on treating people with respect and love no matter what their beliefs. Our values are based on the Ten Commandments and we sing about God in our meal blessings and campfire songs. We offer optional worship services during the two-week sessions for both Christian and Jewish faiths.
  2. Does your staff get background checks and training?
    The success of camp lies in its leadership. Before a staff member is hired, each one undergoes reference, criminal background and national sex offender registry checks. Staff attends an intensive week-long pre-camp training with safety workshops, including American Red Cross First Aid and CPR certification.
  3. How do you handle homesickness?
    Although homesickness does happen on occasion for some children at the beginning of a session, it is generally rare after two or three days of busy and fun camp activities. Our staff is trained to recognize and handle homesickness and campers usually adjust with both counselor and parent support. Telling your campers before they arrive “I know you can do it!” helps tremendously in this area.
  4. Why is Chatuga’s price so reasonable? What about quality?
    Chatuga strives to keep costs down without compromising quality or care because it’s our desire to make camp affordable for your family. We own our property and buildings and have no debt obligations that add to our cost, plus we keep our advertising costs down by relying on our loyal and satisfied customers to spread the word about us. Cost of living in SC is also reasonable and we produce our own brochures and DVDs.
  5. How are campers grouped in cabins?
    Campers are grouped by grade level with some exceptions for cabin mate requests that don’t displace another camper of that age. Our ratio of campers to staff is an outstanding 4 to 1, and we are able to keep our cabin groups small to assure personal attention and a great cabin bonding experience. No more than 6 campers per cabin for “Greens” (younger campers) and no more that 8 per cabin for “Blues” (older campers).
  6. My child is ready for camp but I’m not! What are the benefits of sending him/her?
    There are too many benefits to list! Here is a great article that explains several of them!

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If there are any questions you may still have that were not answered here or elsewhere on our website, please don’t hesitate to give us call. We know choosing a camp can be a daunting task, but we feel your child will have a rewarding and fun experience at Camp Chatuga!