Camp Life

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Activities

Campers choose their own daily activities from over 30 choices available. The list expands every summer depending on the skills and talents of our counselors. Activity groups are kept small so each camper receives personal attention.

Watch this video to find out about some of our most popular activities!

Here is just a sample of some activities we offer!

  • ADVENTURE GAMES *
  • ANIMAL CARE
  • ARCHERY
  • BMX (BIKES) *
  • CAMPFIRE COOKING
  • CANOEING
  • COURT SPORTS
  • CRAFTS
  • DISC GOLF
  • DIVING
  • DRAMA
  • FIELD SPORTS
  • FITNESS *
  • FRIENDSHIP BRACELETS

* Age dependent

  • GARDENING
  • GUITAR
  • HIKING
  • HORSEBACK
  • HORSE CARE
  • NATURE
  • OUTDOOR LIVING SKILLS
  • RIFLERY
  • SURVIVOR *
  • SWIMMING
  • TUBING
  • WATERSKIING / WAKEBOARDING

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

Special Events

Each evening at Camp Chatuga includes a fun-filled, entertaining activity for all to enjoy. Some nights you may be 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 Cha-Lympics.

There is no end to the variety of fun offered here at Chatuga! Each session enjoys many of these events listed below. Click here for the 2024 event calendar.

  • Themed Lunches
  • Great Escape
  • “T” Party
  • Cabin vs Cabin Scavenger Hunt
  • Rockin’ Round Robin
  • Disney Night
  • Somewhere in Time Dance
  • Square Dance
  • Council Ring
  • Cha-lympics
  • Movie/Popcorn Night
  • Water Carnival
  • Capture the Flag
  • Amazing Race
  • Talent Night
  • Special Dinner
  • 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!)
  • 8:25 Flag Raising
  • 8:30 Breakfast
  • 9:00-9:45 Cabin Clean-up
  • 9:50-10:35 1st Activity
  • 10:35-10:55 Morning Canteen
  • 11:00-11:45 2nd Activity
  • 11:50-12:35 3rd Activity
  • 1:00 Lunch
  • 1:30 Dirtbusters
  • 1:50-2:50 Rest Hour
  • 2:50-3:10 Canteen
  • 3:15-4:00 4th Activity
  • 4:05-4:50 5th Activity
  • 5:00-5:40 General Swim
  • 6:00 Supper
  • 6:30 Free Time
  • 7:15-8:30 Evening Program
  • 8:30 Call-to-Quarters Greens (1st-6th grade)
  • 9:00 Call-to-Quarters Blues (7th-11th grade)
  • 9:30 Lights out Greens
  • 10:00 Lights out Blues

Cabins

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 the campers’ grades are the same.

What to Bring

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

You can get really neat labels at Chatuga.LabelDaddy.com

Trips

All THIRD-YEAR and up campers in Sessions A and B (two-week sessions) 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, taking a canopy zip line tour, or rafting Section 3 of the Chattooga River.  The trip for Session C campers (and the second trip for Session BC) is an all-camp roller-skating party.

Operations on National Forest System lands are authorized under special use permit by the Francis Marion & Sumter National Forests.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) prohibits discrimination in its programs on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, religion, age, disability, political beliefs, sexual orientation, or marital or family status. To file a complaint of discrimination, write USDA, Director, Office of Civil Rights, Room 326-W, Whitten Building, 1400 Independence Ave. SW, Washington, DC 20250-9410 or call (202) 720-5964 (voice and TDD). USDA is an equal opportunity provider, employer and lender.

Food

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.

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Frequently Asked Questions

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.

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.