What age campers attend Camp China?
Camp China programs are designed for student campers who are rising Pre-Kindergarten – 8th grade. 9th graders and up are eligible to apply to become counselors. Our programs are designed to include ALL family members, such as preschool level programs for siblings of older campers attending Camp China. Currently, we do not have programs for teenage siblings, but can suggest opportunities for all family members. Parent Campers are not forgotten. While the kids are with their counselors enjoying their classes, Camp China provides adult programs. These sessions range from Art & Games to presentations from known adoption experts such as Jaclyn Skalnik.
What do registration fees include?
Registration fees include all camp programs, supplies, meals, and t-shirts. Optional afternoon programs (e.g. Archery, Climbing Wall) have a separate fee.
When should we arrive?
Camp China officially opens registration on Friday afternoon around 3:00. Activities start at 4:45.
Should I stay Sunday night?
Yes! Sunday night after dinner is our talent show and closing ceremony. Dance and Martial Arts Class performances as well as our Basket Raffle fundraiser winners are announced. 3-night Lodging fees include breakfast on Monday.
What is counselor / student ratio?
The ratio varies each year. Our goal is to keep the groups small so that we keep a 6:1 student/counselor ratio.
What should I wear?
Black Mountain, NC is in the mountains and has varied weather patterns. Days are temperate and comfortable. Evenings may experience cool weather. A light jacket and insect repellent may be needed for evening outdoor activities. Rain may also be expected in the afternoons. Check weather apps before you leave home to make sure you are prepared.
What other clothes should I bring?
Depending on your activity preference, you may need a swimsuit or athletic clothes for tennis, basketball, or volleyball. The Blue Ridge Assembly also has many hiking paths than range from intermediate to advanced level.
What are the bedrooms like?
The lodging facilities range from motel-like rooms, to dorm rooms with Bunk beds and private baths, to family-style lodges with shared baths. We are also limited by the room block that we are given by the facility. Often, we do not know which rooms we have until 30 days before the start of camp. Requests for particular buildings are accepted, but not guaranteed. Our camper families all have different preferences. Many returning families prefer the family-style lodging that allows them to congregate in a home-style environment. Remember, this is a summer camp and not a resort!
Is there something for non-Asian siblings?
Siblings are encouraged to attend. Camp China is a family-oriented camp that includes activities and programs for all campers within the age range. Siblings in grades Pre-K through 8 are assigned to groups based on the grade that they are entering the following fall. Older siblings can participate in most parent sessions (except for Parent Only) and can participate in all family sessions. Some older siblings have helped our counselors.
What do parents do during the day?
There are parent-only programs and multiple opportunities to help with camper classes and activities. Camp China is a volunteer-run event. We ask parents to sign up to volunteer for jobs such as delivering snacks, clean up, and cooking prep.
Do the rooms have television?
Do the rooms have telephones?
Some rooms in BRC have phones for internal use.
What is the Talent Show?
The Camp China Talent show is a showcase for all types of our children’s talents. We have seen piano recitals, original poetry, art, dance, songs, martial arts, and just about anything the kids feel is a talent.
Are there elevators in the buildings?
Blue Ridge Center has an elevator in its lodging wing. Our programs building requires 2 flights of stairs to access the activity rooms. One of our lodging options, Asheville Hall, has 3 floors accessible by stairs only. If you cannot climb stairs, Camp China may not be for you.
Is there much walking at Camp China?
Camp China is held at the Blue Ridge Assembly in Black Mountain, NC. The facility is on the side of a mountain and walking is required to reach our programs. Much of the walking is up and down, rather than across the mountain.
What is there to do in the area if we decide to come early or stay late?
There are many activities available. From outdoor fun to art galleries. One of the biggest attractions is the Biltmore House. It is the largest privately owned mansion in the U.S. and is open to the public.