Travel To Camp
As soon as your child is enrolled in camp, we encourage you to begin planning transportation to and from camp.
Camp Pinnacle’s address is 1 Wolfe Lake Drive, Hendersonville, NC 28739.
Driving to camp
On Opening Day, please plan to arrive at camp between 9 a.m. and 11 a.m. On Closing Day, camp will open at 9 a.m., and our closing ceremony will begin at 10 a.m. The closing ceremony lasts approximately 25 minutes. On the Travel Form in your CampInTouch account, please mark “Arrival by Car.”
Approximate drive times:
- Charlotte, NC: 2 hours
- Atlanta, GA: 3 hours
- Charleston, SC: 4 hours
- Raleigh, NC: 4 hours
- Nashville, TN: 5 hours
- Cincinnati, OH: 6 hours
- Richmond, VA: 7 hours
- Jacksonville, FL: 8 hours
- Memphis, TN: 8 hours
- Baltimore, MD: 9 hours
Flying to camp
Please make your airline reservation early to ensure a flight that allows your camper to arrive and depart on time. Please contact our office immediately if you have a special circumstance.
Please arrange for travel to one of three airports:
- Charlotte, NC (CLT)
- Greenville, SC (GSP)
- Asheville, NC (AVL)
Please schedule your child’s flight to arrive at the airport by noon on Opening Day. We highly recommend choosing the first flight of the day; in the event of a delay, your camper can still stay on schedule. If your camper does experience a delay or missed connection, don’t worry—we’ll be there no matter what time the new arrival is!
Please schedule your child’s flight to depart from the airport between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. on Closing Day. (Charlotte is a two-hour drive, so a departure time before 10 a.m. creates a very early morning for our flyers.)
If you have difficulty finding flights that arrive and depart in these windows, please call us at 855-378-1928, and we will be happy to help.
Unaccompanied minors and baggage fees
Campers under the age of 15 who fly without their parents will most likely fly as an Unaccompanied Minor (UM). This means you will pay an extra fee (varies by airline) for your child to have an airline escort for the entire length of his or her travel. Once at the airport, you’ll receive a gate pass to accompany your child behind security to the gate, where an airline official will walk your child to his or her seat on the plane. Once the plane lands at the destination airport, a flight attendant will escort your child off the plane and wait with him or her until a designated Camp Pinnacle staff member arrives at the gate to sign the appropriate paperwork for the airline to release your child to us.
If your camper is flying as a UM, we will email you the name and contact information of the staff member who will be greeting your child two days before arrival. Please understand that we are unable to provide this information earlier.
If your camper is flying home as a UM, please do not pay the UM fee for the return flight ahead of time—we have found that airlines misplace receipts, and families often have to pay twice. To help ease the logistics for you, Camp Pinnacle will pay the UM and any baggage fees upon checking your child in at the airport. We will then charge your credit card or e-check for the reimbursement. Before checking your child in for his or her return flight, we will also need the name of the person who will be greeting your child at his or her final destination. Please call us at 855-378-1928 with any questions.
Once you’ve booked your camper’s flights, please complete the Travel Form in your CampInTouch account, including the flight number, arrival and departure times, and confirmation code.
If your camper is flying to camp, it may be in your best interest to ship his or her trunk to camp separately; it will then be placed in your camper’s cabin prior to Opening Day. We recommend using UPS or FedEx to ensure it arrives on time. We are happy to ship your camper’s trunk back to you at the end of the session; please contact us if so.
Please ship trunks to:
[Camper name and session]
1 Wolfe Lake Drive
Hendersonville, NC 28739
If this is your camper’s first time away from home, it’s possible that he or she might get homesick. (This is actually a necessary component of youth development!) At Camp Pinnacle, we are prepared and trained for this. Your child will always be surrounded by caring counselors, supportive directors, and new friends to help get him/her through any challenges that arise. Camp is a wonderful opportunity to help children build independence and confidence through their first extended forays away from home.
If your child does become significantly homesick, we will contact you and together discuss strategies to overcome it. In our experience, it is not helpful to tell nervous campers that they can come home if they are not having fun. Instead, talk about how brave your child is, and how proud you are that he/she is independent enough to have this experience. If you are concerned about potential homesickness, do not hesitate to call us at 855-378-1928.