Here is some information to help you to complete your plans. Higher Ground Adventures is held at Black Mountain West Campus (former Swannanoa 4H Camp).

The address is:
170 Woodland Drive, Swannanoa NC

You will turn onto Camp Road (look for the Higher Ground Adventures sign)

Drop Off & Pick Up Dates & Times

Camper Drop-Off  ——  Sunday, July 9, 2023 —–  4:00 -5:00 pm  PLEASE DO NOT ARRIVE EARLY UNLESS CLEARED

Camper Pick-Up ——  Saturday, July 15, 2023 —–  10:00-11:00 am


PACKING LIST and Other Reminders

(please label everything in case it gets lost which happens a LOT)


__ 3 camp T-shirts will be provided and will be worn at all camp activities. They are washed halfway through the week.
__ Campers are allowed to wear a SPF swim shirt for our offsite water activities
__ Please bring pillow, sheets and blanket for a twin bed. Sleeping bags are acceptable.
__ Towels (don’t forget towels for water activities as well)
__ Two pairs of walking shoes in case one gets wet. Thong-type/flip-flop sandals ARE NOT ALLOWED as activity shoes as the trails can be very uneven and every year campers sprain their ankle from wearing them. 90% of our injuries in years past have been due to campers not wearing proper footwear. Shoes will get worn and dirty!
__ Flip flops (or croc type shoes) are fine for the taking showers.
__ Water shoes, strapped sandals or laced shoes that can get soaked (for water activities such as tubing/kayaking)
__ Jeans or pants for night-time activities as it can get cool at night
__ Sweatshirt to wear at night for outdoor activities (it can be cool in the evening)
__ Long pants and long sleeve shirt for paintball activity and our “camo night” event. Camo, black, brown, green colors are great. You can often find these items at thrift stores. Some campers like to wear a compression shirt under their paintball shirt which minimizes pain when getting hit.
__ Enough shorts, underwear and socks for the week. Need
__ Long shorts or long pants when you are doing high ropes and strapped in a harness. (not doing in 2022)
__ A small day pack to carry their items (not required but suggested)
__ Girls can bring a tank-top or sports bra they can wear under a camp t-shirt when we are doing events where shirts will get wet.
__ Bathing suit(s) that are suitable for active water activities like tubing, kayaking or white water rafting.
__ Laundry bag for dirty clothes. Don’t put in (non-clear) trash bag as it might be mistaken for trash.
__ Zinc oxide cream (Desitin or A&D ointment) to help with chafing. If your son/daughter has a known problem with this, compression shorts help as an undergarment to prevent the legs from rubbing against each other.
__ If you pack any snacks NO ENERGY DRINKS. Please limit SUGARY snacks. If packing drinks Gatorade, Propel, or some sort of hydrating drinks are best. The counselors greatly appreciate them not having caffeine late at night. 
__ Camera (put your name on it) – you may NOT use a cell phone as your camera as no cell phones are allowed in the dorms
__ Bible (put your name in it)
__ Toiletries such as toothbrush, deodorant, hairbrush, etc. Please bring a toiletry bag or shower caddy for the toiletries.
__ Any medications you are currently taking (will be dispensed by the health center). Please make sure it is CLEARLY MARKED as to when the medicine is to be taken, how much is the dosage, etc. If it is a prescription the camper’s name must be on the label. It will need to be checked in upon arrival so keep in a separate bag.
__ Flashlight
__ Raincoat or poncho
__ Water bottle
__ Sunscreen and bug/tick spray
  • Please leave all electronics, smart watches, headphones, video games, or other devices at home (or send back with your parents when they drop you off).
  • No bare midriff shirts/low-cut pants or short shorts– we don’t want to see your stomach, underwear or butt! Also, LONG SHORTS required for some activities
  • Cell phones will be checked in with the office if brought to camp (most cell phones do not get reception at camp).
  • No cell phones will be allowed to be used as a camera except on the last day of camp when phones are returned
  • Guns, knives, weapons, matches, lighters, drugs or tobacco products (including vapes) are not allowed on camp.