Day & Resident Camp 2021

FAQ - What will Camp look like in 2021?
(Subject to changed based on changing guidelines from NCDHHS and Orange County Health Dept) 

What is small group camping?

Campers will be placed in small groups. They will stay with the same counselors and group of campers for all of their activities throughout the week. 

What about majors? Can I still do Horseback Riding or Rock and Raft?

The only choices this summer for resident campers will be to register for Best of Camp, Rock and Raft, Horseback Riding Camp or High School Camps.  Day campers will be able to register for Best of Camp, Farm, and Herpetology weeks when they are offered. All other majors have been eliminated due to the transition to the small group camping model. We will still be able to do most of the favorite camp activities here at Chestnut Ridge.

What activities will we do?

Each small group will participate in a variety of age-appropriate camp favorites which may include things like swimming in the pool, inflatable lake toys, archery, hayride to farm, zipline, high challenge course, slingshots, campfires, worship, games, tree climbing, canoeing, kayaking, big swing, hike to big rock, arts & crafts, disc golf, and more! 

Campers will only participate in horseback riding if they specifically sign up for Horseback Riding Camp.

What about food service?

Each day camper needs to bring their own lunch. Camp will provide snacks. Please bring a lunch that does not need to be refrigerated or reheated. Meals will be provided for overnight campers at the dining hall.

Will you still offer the daily bus transportation from Chapel Hill?

Yes, this bus service will still be offered with some modifications. You can read more here.

Will campers have to remain 6ft apart for social distancing?

It is not realistic to expect campers to remain 6ft apart at all times. We will encourage campers to give one another space this summer. However, the nature of camp activities is that campers will be closer than 6ft apart at times as they move around and interact with one another. Activities will take place outdoors except during inclement weather.

Will we wear masks?

We are asking all campers to bring masks with them to camp. We will wear masks in accordance with state mask-wearing mandates at the time of camp. Currently, campers will be required to wear masks indoors (except when eating or sleeping). Campers will not be required to wear masks outdoors.

Will my camper need to be tested for COVID-19?

At Check-In, Resident Campers will be required to show 1 of the following 3 things:

1. Proof that your camper has completed a COVID-19 vaccine series.

2. Proof of a negative COVID-19 test in the 5 days prior to the start of the camp week. Free testing sites can be found here

3. Proof of a positive COVID-19 diagnosis in the 3 months prior to camp, but not in the 14 days immediately before the start of the camp week.

What other safety protocols are in place?

Click here to read detailed protocols we have developed in conjunction with Orange County Health Dept which include pre-screening, frequent hand washing and enhanced cleaning.

Can I request my camper to be placed in a small group with a friend?

Yes! You can make a buddy request during the registration process. Buddy requests must be registered for the same camp in the same age group to be placed together.

Any other forms to fill out?

Yes. As usual, camper families need to complete the Health Form and waivers in the online registration. Additionally, there is a release form related to coronavirus that you will need to sign electronically in your account.

Have additional questions?

You can reach us at 919-304-2178 or