Private Group Summer Camp
July 4 - Aug 28
If you are looking for a week of summer camp for a youth group, a week with extended family in a place where everyone can enjoy themselves in nature, or a location for daycamp for your organization, we can make it happen.
Camp Ara is holding 8 weeks from July 4 to Aug 28 for any group who would like to get away to the mountains. Whether you're looking for an adventure filled week for kids, teens, or adults, or a relaxing getaway, a team building experience for your employees, or just to rent the property and not have to worry about cooking, you came to the right place.
We can tailor any rental package for your group. From full hands on running your own show and cooking your own food, to us running the programs and planning and taking care of all of your meals, to anything in between. There is no one way to do a summer camp or vacation. We understand that with COVID, you may just want a place for your family reunion where everyone can spread out and stay safe. We have the perfect place with 113 acres of pristine land, woods, water, wildlife, trails, obstacle courses, game rooms, and more, we promise you and your group will not be disappointed.
Email or call to discuss your groups needs, or what you think might be a crazy idea for a summer vacation for your family from all over. We will work with you to customize your week for an affordable price.
Some of The Things Available To You
Camp Ara maintains 2 private cabins on the property that each sleep 10 people. They both have a kitchenette stocked with a large mini fridge and all the basics you need to cook, private bathrooms with their own showers.
On the property is our main rental lodge, the Joe Perry, named after the founder of the original camp on the property in the 50's. It houses a large main common room with comfy couches and kitchen table, as well as vintage arcade games, and a loft gameroom with ping pong, foosball, air hockey, and board games. Sleeping arrangements are made up of 3 large bunk rooms that sleep 12, 12, and 14 comfortably. You will have a full kitchen, and 2 large bathrooms with multiple showers and stalls.
Our stone dining hall will seat 75 people comfortably. It is perfect for meals, gatherings, an indoor game space, movie night, and so much more. While you will have full access to the public portion of the dining hall, due to insurance, we are not able to allow anyone who is not Camp Ara staff in the kitchen. Camp Ara is happy to cater all of your meals, or you are welcome to do all of your own cooking in the Joe Perry lodge kitchen.
Our beautiful open-air chapel built in the 1950s is one of the highlights of the camp.
Our outdoor pavilion has picnic tables and is perfect for outdoor meals, games, activities, outdoor movie nights, and is home to our Geedunk, or camp store where you can purchase gourmet coffees, frosted drinks, popcorn, candy, other snacks and food, as well as an array of Camp Ara merch.
Our 5-acre pond is fully stocked with a variety of fish like trout, perch, blue gill, and small and big mouth bass. You can spend hours on the dock fishing for dinner, or just enjoying the beautiful scenery the pond has to offer. While swimming is currently prohibited, in our boathouse we have several canoes and kayaks available to your group for relaxing days on the pond paddling your cares away.
Camp Ara has over 4 miles of beautiful trails twisting through our 80 acres of nearly untouched land. Enjoy the mountainous terrain as an athlete challenging yourself, or just enjoy more flat trails on a walk watching the birds and catching the occasional deer. If you or your group is looking for something more exciting than just a hike, enjoy trying to beat your own time on our 2 obstacle courses built into our trail systems. Run a short 1, or combine them for a challenging long course, or both!
Tent Camping Sites
Want to rough it and get out of the bunk rooms and cabins? We have many primitive campsites built into our woods. No electricity or water, just your, your tent or hammock, and a fire circle. Truly enjoy God's canvas in the serene and quiet.
Homesteading and Animals
At Camp Ara we are all about introducing the basics of gardening, farming, livestock, and animal care with our homesteading programs. You will have access to introduce your guests to chickens, ducks, rabbits, bees, horses, and goats. Learn all about them and their care, love on them, or just enjoy the cute and cuddly from a distance.
Experienced Program Designers
Take advantage of the years of experience of Camp Ara's staff. Let us design a weeklong program for whatever your needs are. Relaxing fun to help your family bond, team building or leadership training, athletic challenges, or even survival and bushcraft, we can design them all and more.
Main Campus Firepit
Located conveniently just a 2 minute walk from all of our cabins or lodges, we have a large fire pit surrounded by ample built in seating. Build and maintain your own fire, or we can handle it for you! Traditional s'mores or a gourmet s'mores bar, we do it all.
Camp Ara offers full Christian Ministry services. We can provide a message for one of the nights that you're here, or all of them. You choose, the theme or verses or we can build it from start to finish. We offer experienced worship leaders to provide fireside worship, or a beautiful worship set in the open-air chapel. We can even create seperate devotionals alongside our messages for devotional time the next day.
Camp Ara's culinary program is one of the finest in the area! With the ability to cater to nearly any allergy or food sensitivity, we can create a custom menu for anyone. We can do some of your meals, or all of them. There is no requirement that we cater all of none of your meals. Want picnics by the pond, packed lunches for hikes, buffet style, or family style, you got it!
Camp Photography and Videography
Our staff includes a veteran photographer with published work and high profile clients like the U.S Air Force Academy, The Dept. of The Pentagon, and more. We can document your week here at Camp Ara with both photos and videos. You can get a recap video or highlight video of your stay to share on social media or with your group, coworders, family, or friends. Utilize our Waldo Photo service for a small fee and allow all of your guests both on property and off to be notified daily of all of the photos of them specifically that have been uploaded, allowing everyone to share in the fun everyday!
Custom Shirts or Merchandise
Would you like everyone to have a shirt to celebrate your family reunion, or youth retreat? Our staff can design a custom shirt for your event from start to finish. With silk screen printing or Vinyl Heat Press Transfer you are are guaranteed to have shirts to commemorate your experience here for years to come! We can even make you other merch like water bottles, tote bags, mugs, and more!
Along with the vast array of services and accommodation options offered by Camp Ara, we also have a number of activities and resources available to your group. As mentioned above, our trails contain 2 seperate short obstacle courses or 1 combined long course that can coordinate an amazing event for anyone looking for some competitive athletics, and our pond houses both canoes and kayaks available for your use. In addition, try your hand at archery, slingshots, and axe throwing at our old western themed range- fun for all ages, massive downhill slip-n-slides, field sports like football and soccer, volleyball, basketball, indoor arcade and gameroom, beginner horseback for kids, and more!
No matter how you want to run your program or vacation here at Camp Ara, we also have staff available to you. Whether it's kitchen staff to help with serving and cleaning up, waterfront staff to help with canoes and kayaking for the kids, worship, staff to help run games and field sports, or a fully run Camp Ara program, we can accommodate it.
We don't want anyone to miss out on all the fun their loved ones are having. We take a ton, and I mean a ton of photos of our campers. We use an amazing service called Waldo Photos to help get them to you. for $10.00 you will have access to a system that using facial recognition, sends you notification's all week as photos of your camper are uploaded. There, you can download them and share them to your heart's galore! You will have this option at registration.