The only award a boy can receive at Camp Carolina is for being a positive member of the community. The Old Man of the Mountain Award is based on citizenship. Boys do not receive awards of any significant merit for athletic prowess or excellence in any activity.
— Staff Maturity and Hiring Procedures, Safety and Professionalism
We hold the Backcountry Institute at Camp Carolina each spring. We offer courses by American Canoe Association, American Red Cross, National Archery Association, National Rifle Association, United States Youth Soccer Association and Wilderness Medical Association, to name a few! We offer these courses to the general public, other camps and provide these courses for our staff, allowing us to have the most medically and professionally trained, certified camp counselors in the country! The average age of our staff is 23 years old. 98% of our Program staff takes advantage of Backcountry Institute courses. Our average staff population is 23% American, 30% Australian, 18% European, 13% South African and 12% New Zealanders. Our overall ratio: camper/staff is 2.5/1.
We travel the planet in search of the finest role models, the most skilled instructors, and staff with the highest degree of moral character and maturity. Our staff application is six pages and has 16 essay questions. Applicants must go through our interview process by our administration, have a clean criminal background check, provide a minimum of three character or work references, provide us with work history, and pass a drug test.
— Activity Diversity and Opportunity
Every activity at Camp Carolina is available to all age campers on a level specifically designed for their age group with the exception of wakeboarding, surfing and paintball which are offered to the two oldest age groups and Counselor Assistants.
We have a lesson plan for every activity for each age group so that all boys can be safe and successful. We do all the team sports that boys do at home but put camaraderie and sportsmanship first over competition. Boys are seldom on the same team more than once. We have a strong focus on individual sports that are designed to build confidence and self-esteem.
Our cost is all inclusive, except for incidentals, prize trips, camp store charges and pizza parties. We run all our own programs. We do not contract out any of our activities. For instance, the Raft Guides & Climbing Instructors are part of our community. They arrive at camp with specific skills and are trained at Backcountry Institute. All our staff go through the same rigorous hiring procedures.
Carolina is a camp which boys learn to feel with their hearts, do with their hands and live together in the spirit of brotherhood. Our boys are taught to appreciate the simplicity of life, values of human relations, wonders of nature, importance of self reliance, respect for each other and our natural environment and the thrill of high adventure. A special effort is made to send every boy back home stronger in body, keener in mind, more appreciative of nature, nobler in character and more confident in themselves.
Our program is a balanced mixture of individual and team sports, nature, music, arts and crafts, high adventure and extreme sports. We value safety, respect and selflessness toward others. We work hard to maintain a well- rounded experience of health, fun and growth. Our camp leaders are guided to focus on the “teachable moment” – that time when a boy is enthusiastic, interested, searching for answers and having fun. We believe, and many educators agree, that more teachable moments arise during the long- term camping experience than during comparable stays at other types of educational institutions.
Camp Carolina is about adventure and meeting challenges head- on. It’s about the simple faith that anything can be accomplished through determination and enthusiasm. It’s about living fully, setting personal goals, making friends and enjoying accomplishments. Its mostly about fun – on the rivers, lakes, rocks, trails, courts, parks and fields, Our program is so diverse that boys can be successful here as long as they are willing to try.
The Old Man of the Mountain award
There are many things you can do at Camp Carolina, but the only award you can receive here is The Old Man of The Mountain Award which is given out for good citizenship.
There are ten steps in the award, the first is the paddle. After that there are nine different brands that follow each other. The award is given out every Friday night during campfire where the whole camp sings songs and there is a story told and trip reports are given.
Good citizenship means that you treat all campers and counselors respectfully and considerately, helping others, voluntary work, and other things that you could do for the benefit of others.
You won’t get your paddle if you don’t listen to your counselors, or you are mean to other campers.
“The award is always an honor to get,
and an even greater honor to finish all ten steps.”
- Harry Lenahan, Camper, St. Thomas, USVI
Friday Night Campfire
At Camp fire we sing rousing songs, we’re entertained by our story teller, give trip reports, and present the Old Man of the Mountain Award. This is not an award for excellence, athletic prowess, or for personal achievement.
It is an award to recognize good citizenship.
All boys are eligible for the Old Man of the Mountain Award each week, but like all awards that mean something it must be earned.
“A canoe paddle, a useful instrument in a boy’s hand”.
When we call your name, Come down, Give Alfred a firm handshake, Look him in the eye, and we’ll present you with your Award.
Our commitment to the younger boys, as well as the older ones, transcends throughout our camp program. If you shop camps, you will find that there are few camps, if any, that allow boys under 12 to climb, bike, raft or kayak out of camp. The diversity of our in-camp program combined with our extensive tripping program gives boys an experience they can only get at Camp Carolina!