Travel To Camp
Due to current guidance from North Carolina, we can not allow families to fly to camp this summer. We currently have to require families to drive to camp to drop-off and pick-up their child. In addition, we ask that families have the ability to pick up their child with 24-hours notice and drive them home. We ask parents to observe social distancing in their travel to camp.
As soon as your child is enrolled in camp, we encourage you to begin planning transportation to and from camp. Please see below for more information on traveling to camp.
Camp Pinnacle’s address is 1 Wolfe Lake Drive, Hendersonville, NC 28739.
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 45 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
We ask that you follow our guidelines when booking your child’s flight to ensure a convenient and timely arrival to and departure from camp.
Please arrange for travel to one of two airports:
- Asheville, NC (AVL; 30 minutes from camp)
- Greenville, SC (GSP; 60 minutes from camp)
(Please make sure you book airfare to Greenville, SC—not Greenville, NC.)
Asheville, NC, and Greenville, SC, arrivals
On Opening Day, please book your child’s flight to arrive between 8 a.m. and 1 p.m. We recommend booking flights as early as possible within the specified window so that if there are any delays or cancellations, your camper can stay on schedule and not miss lunch* or the start of Opening Day activities. For children who experience a missed connection or delayed or cancelled flight, don’t worry—we will be there to pick them up, regardless of the time. Once children arrive at the airport, they will call you to let you know. Upon arrival to camp, our office will call you to confirm their arrival.
*Lunch begins at 12 p.m. on Opening Day; if your child arrives after 1 p.m., we will make sure to save a meal for him/her.
Asheville and Greenville departures
On Closing Day, please book flights to depart between 8 a.m. and 2 p.m. Earlier departures create an extremely early wake-up time for campers, as we make sure kids arrive to the airport at least two hours before their scheduled departure. Those who are flying home will likely miss our Closing Ceremony, so please do not worry about planning flights around the ceremony.
Campers traveling from other countries
For all international families whose children will be flying by themselves to North Carolina for camp, please contact us before booking flights so that we may help you find the best airfare to and from Asheville (AVL) or Greenville (GSP).
Unaccompanied minors and baggage fees
Campers under the age of 15 who fly without their parents will most likely travel as an Unaccompanied Minor (UM). This means parents pay an extra fee (which varies by airline) for their child to have an airline escort for the entire length of travel. Once at the airport, parents receive a gate pass to accompany their child behind security to the gate, where an airline official will walk the children to their seat on the plane. Once the plane lands at the destination airport, a flight attendant will escort UMs off the plane and wait with them until a designated Camp Pinnacle staff member arrives at the gate to sign the appropriate paperwork for the airline to release the 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.
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.
Important things to note:
- If you choose to use UPS, here is an easy-to-use form.
- Please have your camper’s trunk arrive the Friday before camp starts. We will let you know when the trunk arrives.
- Please pack your camper’s carry-on with a bathing suit, change of clothes, and basic toiletries like a toothbrush in case the trunk arrives late.
Please ship trunks to:
[Camper name and session]
1 Wolfe Lake Drive
Hendersonville, NC 28739