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Thinking about summer at Laurel Ridge

052015laurelridgemountainscalling copyIt’s time to start thinking about Summer! Which camp will you choose? At Laurel Ridge, the camp for Southern Province Moravians, there are so many choices this year!

Pre-Junior: July 31–August 2 (Completed Grades 1 or 2) Deans: Gail Theard and Margaret Norris. Pre-Junior Camp is the perfect introduction to Laurel Ridge for your little camper! Two days fly by so fast that most campers ask “when am I old enough to come for a whole week?” The schedule is packed with songs, games and activities to keep our youngest campers busy and happy for their stay away home.

Junior 1: July 5–11/Junior 2: August 9–15 (Completed Grades 3, 4 or 5) Junior 1 Deans: Rev. John D. and Mary Rights—Junior 2 Deans: Rev. Scott and Liz Venable. Themed “Blessed are the Peacemakers,” Junior Campers get to know the different ways that we, as Christians, can be peacemakers, along with traditional elements like crafts, sports, lake activities and campfires.

Eco Camp: June 21–27 (Completed Grades 3 through 5) Deans: Rev. Rick Sides and Rev. Christy Clore. At Eco Camp we believe that “if there is a creek you should be in it, and if there is dirt it should be on you!” This camp takes hands-on learning to the next level, immersing campers in God’s creation to learn about the bugs, fish, animals and plants that are indigenous to the 700 acres that Laurel Ridge is situated on. If your camper is ready for an adventure, then this is the place to be!

Middle High: August 2–8 (Completed Grades 6, 7 or 8) “It’s a Bird, It’s a Plane, Nope it’s Jesus!” The Deans Bob Dowdy, Meredith Dowdy and the Rev. Jeff Jones are putting together a program using super hero Clark Kent’s story to highlight Jesus’ story from birth to death. We start on Sunday with his long-awaited birth, then take a look at his childhood, coming of age, his temptations and finally the Great Commission that he leaves us with throughout the week. How can we as Christians mirror his example? Also enjoy summer camp activities such as swimming, canoeing, sports, Group Interaction Course (low ropes), archery, crafts, music and campfires every evening.

052105laurelridge2Senior High: July 12–18 (Completed Grades 9, 10, 11 or 12) Deans: Rev. Joe Moore and Rev. Ginny Tobiassen—AP Confirmation, a refreshing new look to what it means to be confirmed with a program by Moravian Bishop, Hopeton Clennon. Renew your faith journey as you spend time taking a closer look at how you are doing and for those who have not been confirmed yet, a deep look at what to expect. Also enjoy summer camp activities like swimming, canoeing, sports, Group Interaction Course (low ropes), archery, crafts, music and campfires every evening.

Mission Camps:

  • Mission Camp 1: June 21–27 – Dean—Justin Rabbach
  • Mission Camp 2: July 5–11 – Dean—Donna Hurt
  • Mission Camp 3: July 19–25 – Dean—Jennifer Boles
  • Mission Camp 4: July 26–August 1 – Dean—Sam Gray

Mission Camp at Laurel Ridge provides youth groups with the opportunity to serve the less fortunate in the High Country. We receive referrals from local agencies and match youth groups and their adult leaders with work sites based on their skill level and project needs. The Program this year is based on John 15:5 and Acts 1:8. Groups need to provide capable adult leaders (1 per every 5 youth) and transportation to work sites (note: these camps are housed in Higgins Lodge).


New camp options

Junior And Middle High Arts Camp: 
June 28–July 3 (Completed Grades 3, 4, 5, 6, 7 or 8) Come and Join Deans Betsy Messick and Rev David Merritt for those of you who truly love the arts and want to explore them in a mountain setting, this is the place for you. ARTS= A – Almighty; R – Redeemer; T – Teacher; S – Savior. You will be able to explore many of the activities that will be offered including painting, drawing/sketching, dance, singing, instrumental music, photography, etc. This new and intuitive camp will be enhanced by looking at the gifts God has given us (note: this camp is housed in Higgins Lodge).

052015laurelridge3Middle High Eco Mission: July 12–18 (Completed Grades 6, 7 or 8) Deans: Rev. John Rainey and Donna Rainey. Inspired by the lessons taught at Eco Camp, Eco Mission takes older campers out into the surrounding areas to serve as stewards of God’s earth. Past work sites have included Mount Jefferson State Park and the Blue Ridge Parkway. Blending elements from our Mission Camps and Summer Camps together, campers will get to travel off-site during the morning and early afternoon to complete work projects and experience traditional camp activities in the late afternoon and evening (note: this camp is housed in Higgins Lodge).

Senior High Adventure Camp: June 21–27 (Completed Grades 9, 10, 11 or 12 and college-age) Housed in Summer Camp and limited to 30 campers. The dean is Wesley Hudson. This camp will include many activities such as repelling, kayaking down the New River, fly fishing, overnight tent camping on the Blue Ridge Parkway, horseback riding, mountain biking, hiking, trail running, etc. There will also be outdoor games with much needed physical/athletic abilities. At the end of the week there will be Big game day, a cross between a triathlon and Scottish games. Because of the nature of this camp the cost is $450.00.

Sign up today:—go to “our programs,” click on summer camps. If your child would like to attend two camps, you will receive $100.00 off the total of both camps. Camp scholarships are available! Apply online!

If you are looking to serve this summer, there are counselor positions that need to be filled. You may also sign up online. Under “our programs” in the drop down box you will see “volunteer counselor.” This will take you to the registration page to be a counselor.

For questions about any of these camps please contact Scarlett Dowdy, Program Manager, 336.359.2951, ext 225. Or send an email to
See you on the mountain! ■

Scarlett Dowdy is program manager at Laurel Ridge. For more information on Laurel Ridge, visit


From the May 2015 Moravian Magazine

Moravian Daily Texts


Monday, August 20 — Psalm 102:1–11
Judges 3; Luke 18:31–43

The Lord had made them joyful. Ezra 6:22

Day by day continuing with one mind in the temple, and breaking bread from house to house, they were taking their meals together with gladness and sincerity of heart. Acts 2:46 (NASB)

In the week ahead, Lord, watch over the people you have put in our path to meet. May we seek opportunities to overlook the diversity among us and focus on our similarities. In your son’s name. Amen.

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