When: May 19 – 21, 2023
The Family Camp Lottery has ended. Thank you to everyone who entered!
Please contact us if you are interested in being placed on the waitlist.
Family Camp Info
Family Camp provides a weekend experience for heart families to leave their worries behind and have the time of their lives! Families participate for 2 nights in a resident camp atmosphere jam-packed with awesome activities, fun programming, and that Camp magic! Each family stays in a cabin or tent and will be rejuvenated and refreshed with the Camp spirit that rolls over into everyday quality life with your family. Come join in on the adventure!
Please review the FAQs before applying.
How do I know if my family is eligible for Family Camp?
Your heart kid must live in the Charlotte area and be a current patient at Sanger Heart and Vascular Institute, Novant Health Heart & Vascular Institute, or Asheville Cardiology Associates.
What does Family Camp cost?
Participation in Family Camp is free to all, but we do require a refundable $100 deposit to secure your reservation. Families with more than four members will be charged $25 per additional person to cover the cost of food for the weekend.
If you would like your deposit refunded after Family Camp, please let Kim Jackson know as you leave camp. If you choose to consider your deposit as a donation to Camp LUCK, a 501(c)(3) organization, a tax receipt will be emailed to you.
* $100 deposit is non-refundable if you cancel
** $25 fee for family members beyond four is non-refundable
Where is Family Camp held?
It is located at YMCA Camp Cherokee, which is nestled in 7,000 beautiful acres at Kings Mountain State Park. Address: 1299 Camp Cherokee Road, Kings Mountain State Park, Blacksburg SC 29702
When is Family Camp?
Family Camp runs from 5pm on Friday, May 19, 2023 until 1pm Sunday, May 21, 2023. Due to the large number of families wanting to attend Family Camp, we ask that your family commit to the entire weekend. If your family has sporting events that interfere with the weekend, please choose to attend one or the other.
How does the lottery registration system work?
Cabin and tent reservations will be assigned through a lottery system this year.
All lottery registrations will be entered into our computer system, and the computer will run a random lottery to determine camp reservations and waitlist spots.
When can I register for the lottery?
Registration opens on February 7th for tent camping and February 8th for cabin.
When will the lottery be run?
How will I know if I received a spot in camp?
Parents will be emailed after the lottery run to notify them if they received a tent/cabin spot or are waitlisted. If you receive a spot, a follow-up email with a link to complete registration and pay the commitment fee. The commitment fee must be received within 24 hours to confirm registration; otherwise, your spot will be forfeited and offered to the next family on the waitlist.
SAW (Stay-All-Weekend) Policy
To maximize the Family Camp experience for all, Family Camp has a Stay-All-Weekend (SAW) policy. This policy requires that your family attends the entire weekend…i.e., Friday afternoon until Sunday lunch. Full attendance is important for everyone involved because bonds build over our time together. These include bonds within your family, between your family and others, and between your family and our staff. When people leave early (for sports, recitals, meetings, or any other reason), or if they leave and return, this is disruptive to the overall camp experience.