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Camp Hanes

Camp HanesCamp Hanes, located only 30 minutes from Winston-Salem, has been a destination for making outdoor memories for all ages since it opened in 1927. It is North Carolina’s longest-running recreational camp. We were fortunate to recently tour Camp to learn more about it and have some fun.

Not only does it offer the traditional summer resident camp experience, but is also has day-camp programs, outdoor educational programs, weekend winter camps, and welcomes conferences and group retreat events.



On its 400 acres nestled on the side of Sauratown Mountain, campers can enjoy a wide array of activities. We tried our hand at archery and did our best Katniss impressions. Some of the activities include:

  • canoeArchery at Camp Hanes
  • hike
  • pool & lake swimming
  • water slides
  • zip-line & water zip-line
  • horseback riding
  • alpine tower
  • V-swing
  • archery
  • rock climbing wall
  • rifle safety
  • outdoor educational programs such as a creek study
  • more!

Canoes at Camp Hanes

We heard testimony from parents whose kids were so thrilled with their camp experience they now come every year for two weeks. During our visit, a church youth group was holding a weekend retreat.

The programing is faith-based, designed around the ABC’s of Camp Hanes: Accomplishment, Belonging, and the Character traits of Faith, Honesty, respect responsibility and caring using Jesus Christ as a role model.

DiscountsHanging Rock

  • Early Bird Discounts: Sign up for summer camp before December 31, 2015 to receive a discount of $100! The weeks fill up fast.
  • PROMO CODE: MyWinston-Salem.com readers can receive $50 off when they mention “SUMMERCAMPBLOG” in the “How Did You Hear About Us” section of the registration form
  • Sibling campers receive a $50 discount
  • Current, active members of the YMCA of North West North Carolina receive a $50 discount.
  • Host a home show and receive a $100 discount.

For more information visit www.camphanes.org.

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Kristi was born and raised just up the road in Mount Airy (a.k.a. Mayberry) and frequented Winston-Salem often growing up for school field trips, shopping, and dining. After attending Appalachian State University, and a brief stint living in Southern Virginia, Kristi returned to Winston-Salem, NC in 1999 and began her work in non-profit, public relations and writing. She and her family enjoy the convenience of living near downtown Winston-Salem. She enjoys the arts, photography and cooking. "I'm a small town girl at heart, but Winston-Salem isn't an overwhelming city. It is rich with friendly people, history, culture and has a vibrant art community and that is why I am proud to call this "My Winston-Salem!"

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