We have proudly and deliberately kept our facilities rustic and simple. We want our campers to enjoy the beauty of nature and the serenity of spending time outside.
Our cabins blend into the natural environment as if they had been there forever. They have electricity and approximately 4 bunk beds in each. Since the 1950’s, it has been tradition for campers to write their names on the inside of cabins so they can come back and find them later. Campers love to try to find the oldest name and the perfect place for their own name.
The Bath House, fondly referred to as the Garden House or G-House, is a dorm style bathroom available to both campers and staff equipped with sinks, restrooms, and showers.
This is where campers and staff dine. We pride ourselves on having nutritious home cooked meals. Our meals are served family style and campers and staff sit at tables chosen at random weekly so they can mix and mingle and meet new friends! At the end of meals, the quiet chatter is replaced by singing which is a camp favorite. We also use the Dining Hall for some activities like dance, tumbling and fencing.
We have a beautiful lake in the heart of camp that houses activities like swim lessons, free swim, synchronized swimming and canoeing.
Hugging camp is the Little River. We use the river for activites like tubing, canoeing, ecology and for swimming with the horses.
Part of our CAP program (Carysbrook Adventure Program) is the climbing wall. Campers learn and practice their skills before heading out to the real rocks!
If creating is your passion, this is the place for you! Campers get to try their hand at lots of different types of art here. From tie dye to jewelry and clay to photography, we have something for everyone!
Drama is a fun place to be! Campers get to learn about improv, set design, costuming and becoming comfortable in front of a crowd. Campers perform short acts as well as showcase a full production at the end of the summer.
This is where we have OLS (Outdoor Living Skills). Campers can learn how to pitch a tent, build a fire, tie knots and just about anything that will get them ready for a fun overnight either on property or on the trail!
The Nature Hut is where campers learn about things like plant and animal identification, astronomy and ecology.
These activity areas are on target! Whether you have been doing either of these activities for years or you have never tried them before… Camp Carysbrook staff are on duty to coach you and manage risk at these exciting target sports!
Our riding program is like no other. Our lessons have 3-5 riders with 2-3 staff, so our instruction is close to one on one. We have beginner riders up to jumpers. We offer overnights with the horses as well as other fun horse-related activities weekly.
Memories and Reflections of Camp Carysbrook
“Our daughter has gone to Carysbrook for 3 summers now and each year my wife and I come away more impressed with all that the camp has to offer. She has built great friendships that persist throughout the year while camp is out.”
“My daughter’s experience at camp the past two summers has been such a source of joy for her. From the moment we dropped her off, we knew it was bound to be a success. The staff were professional and welcoming, her counselors were nurturing and attentive, and her cabin mates were stellar. Every photo we saw of her showed us the girl we know: beaming, confident, and open-hearted. She keeps talking about the fun memories and kind friends she made. Special kudos to the kitchen staff: she loves the food!”
“This past summer I spent at Camp Carysbrook was one of the most rewarding experiences of my life. Deciding to apply for this job was the best decision I have ever made, I had the absolute best summer of my life. I can’t wait until next year.”
“I just spent 8 weeks of my summer in the most magical place in the world. Nights are spent cuddled around a fire with campers and friends alike, and girls are challenged to grow and find themselves, while always being accepted for who they are. Here, life is simpler and makes more sense.”
“I went to Carysbrook over 50 years ago! The Prestons ran the camp then. It was a transformative time for me, and I have loved the mountains ever since…what a magical time it was!”
“Camp Carysbrook is a safe place to try new things without fear of failure. Every summer left me with a fortified sense of confidence.”
“There is a place at Carysbrook for all girls – bold, shy, athletic, musical and those who can’t carry a tune. Camp Carysbrook encourages campers to believe and trust in themselves and discover their unique abilities.”
“Over the years as a parent of campers, it has become increasingly clear how the Carysbrook experience influences the empowerment of girls and the paths they choose.”
“I met my most cherished friends at camp, had experiences that I would have never experienced outside of Carysbrook (riflery, archery, rappelling, caving….) and had an opportunity to be independent in a safe setting.”
“The CIT program gives girls the skills they need to be leaders, organizers, and problem solvers. Taking part in a group setting combines the strengths and weaknesses of all the participants so they help each other to grow and improve. Not only will what they learn help them become better WITs or eventually camp counselors, but those skills transfer over to the world outside of camp. I believe it helped my daughter get her first job, impressing her employers with her maturity and independent nature.”