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Camp Albemarle Summer Camps

Dear Parents,

As you may have heard, the Governor has moved the state to Phase Two of reopening the state, as of this Friday at 5:00pm.  In his address, he specifically mentioned day and residential summer camps as being open with restrictions.

We continue to prayerfully prepare for summer and are excited about the possibility of serving your children.  As I have mentioned in previous updates, there will be changes to make sure that we are doing our best to keep children safe, We believe that campers will still be well served and have great opportunities to learn and grow through their camp experience.

When you arrive at camp, we will greet you at your car and do a quick health screening.  For the rest of the check in process we will be outdoors, and will practice good social distancing and hygiene.  Unfortunately, to limit exposure, parents will not be allowed in the cabins.  This is disappointing because we know that helping your child settle in is good for the soul – both parent and child.  To limit your time and exposure during check in, you may put money on your child’s camp store account prior to the start of camp.  Please email Mary Joe at and she will help you do this

Each day, we will be doing a temperature check and ask some questions about general health to all – both campers and staff.   We will be limiting access by visitors, and others.  We will also be limiting staff trips outside of camp.  Some of the camps that have outings will be limited to outings with limited public contact.  We will still be doing an off-site camp-out with our Adventure camps, and we are working with the Heart’s Desire Equestrian program to limit contact with the public and to insure that equipment  is being sanitized adequately for our equestrian camps.  We are contacting our partners for our service camps and projects, to see if there are still opportunities to serve, either with minimal/no public contact, or even remotely. (maybe build a cage for the Wildlife Shelter, but do it at camp?)

We are beefing up our cleaning routines and will be training staff to make certain that the bathhouse and other public areas are treated after each contact.  We will be eating cafeteria style and using disposable products to limit contact.  We will be staggering our meal service and eating outside when the weather permits.  Camper beds will be rearranged to make sure that we are maintaining 6′ between heads and we will be minimizing the time in the cabins overall.  All of our challenge and other program activity equipment will be cleaned between uses.  We have been given the ok to open the pool, and we are still working on procedures to best keep folks safe there.

We promise to keep your child’s safety at the forefront of every decision we make during this time.  We understand that you have a difficult decision to make regarding your child coming to camp, and we will respect that decision.  As I said in my last email, These are children and this is camp.  To be honest, we aren’t going to get it right every single time.  We can only guarantee that we will do our best.  We believe that with the precautions we are taking, the benefits of a camp experience outweigh the risks, especially  as we are talking to so many parents who are seeing their children struggle through the separation and isolation that this pandemic has caused.

Should you chose to not send your child this year, we understand and respect that decision.  We would ask that you consider moving your deposit to the summer of 2021, or if you are able, donate all or a portion of your deposit to camp.  Even with us anticipating running a full summer of sessions, the loss of revenue from our Nature School, Guest Groups and special events, will make this a very challenging year financially.  But we do also understand that this may be a financially challenging year for you as well, so we will gladly refund your deposit if you request it.

If you know that you will not be sending your child, we would be grateful to know as soon as possible so that we can order proper quantities of food and supplies.  In some cases, we have waiting lists for sessions, so it would give us an opportunity to fill a spot.  We do understand that this may be a last minute decision, and there will be no penalty of fee this year for last minute cancellations.

We will continue to send out additional information as we get closer to your child’s session.  We are excited to see how God uses this summer to help children grow closer to Him!


Please pray for us as we are praying for you, and please contact me with any questions!







2020 Sessions

Rising 9th – 12th Graders

Summer 2020 registration is now open!

Overnight Camps

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2 Week Camp

10 Day CampsRising 7th- 12th Grades

  • Dates: June 7-19
  • Tuition: $1400.00
  • Wish camp ran longer than a week? Well this is the camp for you!
  • Stay in our cabins, make loads of new friends, and participate in the activities you have come to know and love at Camp Albemarle with some new surprises and adventures along the way.


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Night Owl

Middle School Summer CampRising 7th- 12th Grades

  • Dates: July 26-31
  • Tuition: $685.00
  • Enjoy God’s creation in the dark with stargazing, worshiping around a campfire, night swims, glow in the dark night games, and much much more.
  • Stay up later and sleep in. Have breakfast at lunch, lunch at dinner, and dinner at bedtime.
  • Experience your favorite activities and a few new surprises during the day and by the light of the moon.
  • All while participating in the traditional Camp Albemarle activities.


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Adventure Trek

Adventure TrekRising 7th- 12th Grades

  • Dates: June 21-July 1 (10 days)
  • Tuition: $1400.00
  • Most gear will be provided- we will send out a packing list specific to this camp closer to the date of camp
  • Come experience the beauty of God’s creation across North Carolina while sleeping under the stars.
  • Hear the crackling of the campfire as you learn to plan and prepare your own meals over the fire.
  • Splash in the water with new friends as you float down rivers or sail across the Sound.
  • Challenge yourself and your group while backpacking through the vast mountains or climbing up rock faces.
  • All of this while still getting to do your favorite things at Camp Albemarle.


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Service Camp

Rising 7th- 12th Grades
Service Camps

  • Dates: July 26-31
  • Tuition: $685.00
  • Need service hours for High School or just love to volunteer? Then come out and spend a week with us having fun and serving our community.
  • Spend each day of camp working with different organizations in the local community such as OWLS Wildlife Shelter, The Boys and Girls Club, and the North Carolina Coastal Federation.
  • Get the opportunity to participate in all the traditional camp activities and spend time each day talking about what it’s like to serve and how God calls each of us to help others.
  • This camp will roughly follow the Night Owl schedule.


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Magical Mystery Tour (MMT)

Rising 7th- 12th Grades
Magic Mystery Tour

  • Dates: July 26-31
  • Tuition: $900.00
  • Campers never know what is coming next… every moment is a mystery!
  • Live in the moment as we explore, serve, and experience what the Crystal Coast has to offer.
  • During the week we will caravan along the coast and engage in a magical assortment of memorable, meaningful, fun and unpredictable activities!
  • Will follow the Night Owl schedule, for awesome nighttime adventures as well!


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Leadership Program

Leaders In Training (LIT)

Rising 10th- 11th Grades

The purpose of our leadership program is to cultivate young men and women with a desire to follow Christ at camp and in their everyday lives. Our LITs will learn what it means to be a Christian leader in and out of camp. They will also learn many of the necessary skills to work at Camp Albemarle such as sailing, belaying, setting up our programs, and camper care.

Please contact Christine Markham at with any questions about this program.

  • Session 1: June 7-26
  • Session 2: July 5-24
  • Tuition: $950.00
  • All participants are required to fill out the LIT form
  • LIT 2020 Form
  • Please send your filled out form to
    • Attn: Christine Markham
      156 Albemarle Drive
      Newport NC 28570
    • or email it to

Additional Information

Download the Packing List here

Camp Options

For over 65 years Camp Albemarle has provided quality summer programs with the goal of providing safe and fun experiences that allow children to try new activities, make new friends and grow in their Christian faith. Camp Albemarle now offers overnight, traditional and adventure camp options, as well as a full schedule of day camps, so you can find the best fit for your child.


The gate at camp will not be open until 2:00pm. Staff will greet you at the gate and begin letting families in at that time. You will be given a number and information about the check in process. The number will hold your place for registration so you don’t have to stand in line. Families can then proceed to the Pavilion where campers can make a name tag and everyone can enjoy refreshments and activities. The camp store will be open at this time so you can put money in their camp store account (cash, check, or credit card).

At 3:00pm staff will begin calling families to the registration area based on the number you received at the gate. Once your number has been called, you can proceed to registration where you will meet with the registrar to make sure payment and paperwork have been completed. Then you will either check in with the nurse if your camper has medications (please bring the completed MAR form) or go straight to get a health check for temperature, and a lice check. There will be another opportunity to put money in your child’s camp store account if you have not already done so. At the last station you will receive your cabin assignment and your camper t-shirt. From there you can retrieve your campers luggage from your vehicle, help them move into the cabin and meet their counselors. Registration will end around 4:00pm, please call the office and leave a message if you will be late.

  • Day Camp registration can be found on the Day Camp Page

Check Out

This year we will be holding a closing program at the Vesper Dell! We invite all friends and families to join us for songs, dancing, high points of the week, and closing worship for what will have been a spectacular week. This program will begin at 2pm, please do not arrive before 1:30pm and go straight to the Vesper Dell or Camp Store as campers will be finishing cleaning their cabins and playing games. After the program is finished you can head to your campers cabin and sign them out with their counselor and pick up your luggage (please do not try to do this before the program as it creates problems for the counselor’s supervision of the campers and we would like to minimize traffic). After the program the Camp Store will remain open.

Cabin Mate

Part of the fun of coming to camp is meeting new people, but recognizing that sometimes a familiar face can make adventures easier to face, Camp Albemarle makes every attempt to honor one cabin mate request. To make a cabin mate request, please go to ‘Room Request’ found on the Camper Information page when completing your registration form online. Enter the friend’s name there. Please do not list more than one name or write any other additional words. In order for us to honor the request it must be reciprocated by the other child (the friend must also request only your child on his/her registration). It is a good idea to have spoken with the requested friend’s parent before registering in order to confirm that they will request your child on their registration form. Please do not list more than one friend as these requests cannot be honored. Additionally, camps are filled on a first come, first serve basis, and we cannot hold bunks for friends or for late registrations. There are multiple large group activities at camp, so even friends who are not in the same cabin will see each other throughout the day and evening.

Camp Store

Throughout the week campers will be given the opportunity to go to the camp store during their free time. You may leave money on account for your camper during registration or online so they can purchase souvenirs – all snacks are included in your registration fee and do not require additional payment. A record of camper accounts is kept at the Camp Store, but a cash box is not, so it is not recommended that you send cash with your camper. The Camp Store will also be open during checkout. If money remains on your camper’s account, you have the options to pick it up then or donate the money to our Campership Fund to provide financial support for some of our campers.

Cancellation Policy

In the event of a cancellation, a refund will be given minus a $50 processing fee if it is more than three weeks away from the start of the session. If the cancellation is less than three weeks from the beginning of the session, a refund will not be issued unless the cancellation is due to a medical or family emergency. Please call the office with any questions.

Drop off and Pick up

Registration is on Sunday from 3:00 – 4:00 pm. We are not able to take any check-ins before 3:00, so please plan your schedule accordingly. Pick up is at 2:00 pm on Friday. Our weekly slideshow will be playing and the Camp Store will be open. We ask that you do not arrive at camp prior to 1:30 pm as campers will be playing and we would like to minimize the vehicle traffic at camp. Please be sure to check in with your child’s counselor before moving your camper out of the cabin.


The Email and Photo Service comes with registration. This service provides the ability to send one way e-mail to your camper while they are at camp, and also provides access to see pictures we take during the week. The one-way e-mail is printed and distributed with the regular mail once a day.

Medical Information

The Health Form can be filled out online on the same account where you register your camper. Please complete the Camper MAR Form if your camper is bringing medications to camp.

The Medication Administration Record form must be completed and signed by both the parent and the authorized Prescriber (Physician, Dentist, Physician Assistant, Advanced Practice Registered Nurse) for EVERY medication the camper will bring to camp.

These forms must be completed every year, but if your child is attending more than one session during a summer, need be submitted only once. Please fill out this form online no later than June 1, 2019.

Bring a copy of your health insurance card and your campers MAR form (if applicable) with you to give to the nurse and/ or health officer during registration.

Lost and Found

Please do not send anything to camp that is not replaceable and please put your child’s name on everything! Our counselors do a very good job at trying to make sure nothing is left behind, but things do sometimes get left. When you pick up your child, they should have their bags packed and ready to go, however please be sure to look through the unclaimed items on the porch or clothesline. If you return home and realize you forgot something, please contact us as soon as possible so we can arrange to get it to you. Items will be kept for one week in the Lost & Found then donated to a local charity.


Send your letters and postcards to:

Camper’s name and cabin number
Camp Albemarle
156 Albemarle Drive
Newport, NC 28570

Because packages can cause many problems (limited space to store them, some campers feeling left out, food/candy attracting critters or triggering allergies), we will only accept packages that are no larger than 12”x15”x3/4”. Packages larger than this will be returned to the sender at their expense, so please be sure to inform other family members of this policy to avoid the disappointment of a care package being returned. Any letters received after your child leaves will not be forwarded, so make sure to mail them early.

Payment Information

Invoices will be sent out monthly via email. Payments can be made by logging into your online account, sending a check to the camp office or calling into the camp office. The registration needs to be paid for in full no later than June 1st.

Phones and Electronics

Cell phones and electronics (including game players, iPods and e-readers) are not allowed at camp. At Camp Albemarle, we strive to create an opportunity for your child to unplug and take a break from the electronics they are bombarded with daily, to live within a community and bond with their counselor and fellow campers in a natural setting. If your child is found with any of these items, they will be taken away from them and returned to you on check out day. Please do not confuse your camper by encouraging them to break this rule, but abide by the others!

We want to work with you to make this experience a great one for your camper – we will call you if any of the following occur: Your child is very upset or homesick (so we can discuss options with you), your child is ill or injured and requires anything more than a Band-aid or a Tylenol, there is anything we would like to discuss with you (behavior issues, medication doses, etc.). In case of an emergency at home (when you have to talk to your child), please call the camp office and we can have them call you back, however this requires us to pull them out of an activity, and bring them to the office for the phone call. Please use this option only in the case of emergencies.


Each summer, we hire a photographer to take pictures of the campers throughout the day at their daily activities. These pictures will be posted each night. The Email & Photo Service is a part of your registration. This service provides the ability to send one way e-mail to your camper while they are at camp, and also provides access to these pictures.

Any other questions?

Please feel free to call the camp office at 252-726-4848. We are looking forward to seeing your camper this summer – please do not hesitate to contact us if we can help you in any way.


One of the best ways to deal with homesickness is to help make it manageable before your child comes to camp. You may reassure your child that it is perfectly normal to feel a little bit homesick when staying the night at a new place. But to help prepare them for a fun and successful camp experience, try the following:

  • Before leaving for camp share some of the goals you have for your camper or set some together. These may include new skills they will learn at the fun activities they get to try, a great opportunity to learn to succeed on their own for a few days (or to trust God to help!) or the new friends they will make.
  • Also before leaving for camp or when settling in, ensure that your child knows how to get to certain places they will need (where is the bathroom, where will they eat dinner, etc.) and who to go to if they have problems or need something (their counselor, the Spiritual Director, and Health Officer). Reassure them that even though you won’t be there, there are lots of people to help them and who also care about them very much!
  • Set up realistic expectations. If you want your child to stay for their entire session, do not offer to come pick them up if they aren’t enjoying themselves – generally, they won’t enjoy themselves. Additionally, campers, except in unusual circumstances, are not allowed to use the phone during the week, so don’t promise phone calls. If your child is really struggling with homesickness, the camp administration will call you before allowing your child to call so that we can come up with a game plan together.
  • If you do receive a letter from an upset camper or a teary phone call – trust us! We want to work with you to make this a positive experience and will not force your child to do things they do not want to do, or that you do not want them to do. We will, however, encourage campers to stick it out! Overcoming homesickness can be a major triumph and a great confidence builder. It is also amazing to know what a difference a day can make – whether because of a good meal, a fun activity or a great conversation, by the time a letter reaches you, your camper has usually settled in. Remember, if you are unsure about “letting go” of your camper and are struggling with “childsickness”, they will know. Young campers unsure of what to make of a new experience will often mimic your emotions and can feed off of either your excitement or anxiety. By being enthusiastic during registration and check in, you can help set them up with a positive outlook.

If you have specific concerns, please do not hesitate to contact Camp Albemarle – we are partners with you in this process and strive to minister to families, not just campers. If we can help you, let us know!

Financial Aid

Camp Albemarle has a limited amount of campership money available each year. In all but extreme cases we are not able to award full camperships, but are very willing to work with families on the cost of camp including partial camperships and payment plans. In considering how much your family may be able to contribute, please consider all sources you may have available including church or community groups, or extended family members, such as grandparents, who may consider a payment towards camp as a holiday or birthday gift.

We are committed to giving all children the opportunity to have a great camp experience, please contact Camp Albemarle for a campership application if you are concerned about your family’s ability to pay.

156 Albemarle Dr
Newport, NC 28570