The original Camp Flintlock program, our Residential Summer Camps teach children ages 9-15 about life in the American Colonies.
At Camp Flintlock residential camps, campers learn about our nation’s history, as well as outdoor skills like cooking over a fire! Campers gain a “better grasp of American History and a lot more respect for their hardworking ancestors.”
And our campers have a lot of fun, too! Popular activities include Colonial Games, Tomahawk Throw, and Capture the Flag. Campers also make crafts and perform in a talent show.
With no access to the internet and social media, campers even learn to enjoy the timeless art of letter-writing. Mail call is a favorite part of every day!
Our residential camps are divided into two weeks: one for boys and one for girls. Both sessions take place at Camp Flintlock's primitive campground in Four Oaks, North Carolina.
It costs $465 to register for one week of residential camp, $50 of which is a refundable security deposit. If there is more damage than the usual wear and tear to your camper's equipment by the end of camp session, you will receive the deposit back minus the cost of any repairs.
Half the total fee ($230) is required as a deposit to secure your camper's slot, with the total amount being due by Tuesday, May 31st.
Click the button to register and see below for more details on what to pack, check-in procedures, etc.
There are a number of things you, the parent will want to do to prepare for your camper's session:
- Submit registration, fees, a recent photo of your camper, and a copy of the front and back of your camper's insurance card.
- Write some letters to your camper (optional, but highly recommended). You can mail these in over the course of the week, or save on postage by dropping them off with our staff at check-in. (In your letters, please do not tell your camper that you miss them, but rather, emphasize how proud you are of them.)
- Pack for camp using the packing lists below. We do not require campers to bring anything beyond common household items, but please review the list well in advance to make sure you have everything needed.
- Review our check-in/check-out procedures, below.
- With your camper, review our behavioral guidelines and discipline policy, below.
Campers are not permitted, under any circumstances, to bring:
- Pants, sweaters, or socks made primarily of synthetic materials (due to working around fires)
- Firearms or fireworks
- Food, candy, drinks, or alcohol
- Prescription drugs that are not in the original packaging with the camper's name on the label or over the counter medications that have not been approved by a legal guardian (all medications must be handed over to Camp Flintlock staff at check-in)
- Tobacco products of any kind
- Any and all electronic items (i.e. electronic games, radios, iPods, cell phones, etc.) with the exception of cameras
- Aerosols of any kind (if someone brings aerosol bug/body/hair spray, there will be an attempt to build a flamethrower)
Campers are permitted to bring the following items:
- Period-appropriate bladed tools such as knives or tomahawks (with a parent's permission)
- Their own colonial-style clothing
- Any period-appropriate instruments such as the fife, drum, violin, viola, tin whistle, jaw harp, dulcimer, or bagpipes (Camp Flintlock can ensure a safe place for these instruments)
Certain items will be collected and held by Camp Flintlock staff at check-in:
- Medications: Camp Flintlock will hold all medications and dispense them at the designated times. Please ensure that any prescription medications are packaged in their original container with the prescription label attached.
- Camper Money: Campers are encouraged to bring $30-$100 to spend in the Camp Flintlock Store. Staff will hold this money and keep track of how much your camper spends. Any money remaining in their account by the end of camp session will be returned to the camper's guardian.
- Musical Instruments: Campers are encouraged to bring any period-appropriate instruments such as the fife, drum, violin, viola, tin whistle, jaw harp, dulcimer, or bagpipes. However, to ensure the safety of these items, staff will collect them at check-in and store them in a safe, dry place until the appropriate time(s) for playing music.
It isn’t necessary to buy lots of new items for Camp Flintlock. Old sheets, towels, and well-fitting old leather boots or shoes (from Good Will, etc.) work great! We encourage you to save yourself the expense.
As colonial-style luggage is a rare thing, our campers simply use pillowcases to pack their belongings. Each camper will need three pillowcases: one for personal items, one to stuff with straw for a pillow, and one for dirty clothes. Please bear in mind that, barring all but a few bulky items such as tomahawks or musical instruments, all items brought must fit into a single pillowcase.
Please note that, while we do not specify exact colors, in order to maintain the colonial atmosphere, we do request that cloth items such as towels, sheets, and clothing be kept to muted tones and in solid colors or stripes, if at all possible. Some items may also need to be of a certain material for reasons of comfort and/or safety.
Camp Flintlock requests that you label all personal items to avoid confusion. Camp Flintlock is not responsible for lost or damaged items.
|1||Cotton Flat Sheet (solid/striped, any size)|
|1||Bath Towel (solid/striped)|
|2||Wash Cloths (solid/striped)|
|1||Bar of Soap (in a Ziploc bag)|
|1||Shampoo & Conditioner (in small containers)|
|1||Hairbrush/Comb (if desired)|
|1||Hairbands, Barrettes, Etc. (if desired)|
|If needed||Feminine Hygiene Products|
|1||Toothbrush & Toothpaste|
|1||Small Flashlight (with new batteries)|
|1||Extra Set of New Batteries|
|1||Non-aerosol Bug Repellant|
|1||Sunscreen Lotion (if desired)|
|1||Pocket-Sized Rain Poncho|
|1||Small Stuffed Animal (if desired)|
|1||Bible (King James version)|
|$30-$100 recommended||Spending Money (staff will hold money for campers)|
|As much as desired||Stamps, Stationary, & Pencil (in a Ziploc bag)|
|8-day supply||Any Medications (prescriptions must be in original packaging; staff will hold all medications for campers)|
|Clothing (see below)|
Camp Flintlock provides colonial shirts for the boys and colonial shifts, petticoats, bodices, and pinafores for the girls. Camp Flintlock also provides colored kerchiefs corresponding to the campers' team colors.
Please note that what is required varies by gender, though everyone must bring their own shoes, undergarments, and cloth face covering (which only needs to be worn under certain circumstances and when doing so poses no other health risk--eg heat exhaustion). Campers may opt to wear their team kerchiefs as face coverings.
Many outerwear items must be at least 50% cotton, as synthetics are easily damaged by sparks from campfires and cookfires.
Campers are encouraged to bring any colonial style clothing they may own (again, synthetics may be easily damaged when working around a fire).
|3-5 pairs||Plain Socks (at least 50% cotton; we ask that girls bring knee-highs)|
|1-2 pairs||Wool Socks (optional, but recommended)|
|1 pair||Plain, Well-Fitting, Close-Toed Shoes (solid, muted color; leather, if possible)|
|Long Pants (at least 50% cotton, solid, muted color; preferably not jeans)|
|Old, Plain White T-Shirts (for capture the flag)|
|Belt (solid, muted color)|
|Undershirts (if desired)|
|Plain, Front-Opening Sweater (at least 50% cotton)|
|Plain, Light-Weight Bathrobe (knee-length)|
|Plain Bras (if needed)|
Our day camp, like our residential camps, focuses on day-to-day life in colonial times as experienced by a child. Campers do period and age-appropriate crafts and chores, as well as play games, sing songs, and act out children's stories.
One of the highlights of day camp is the parade to Nash Square, where campers play more active games such as kick the can.
The Camp Flintlock day camp is done in partnership with the Joel Lane Museum House, the residence of Raleigh's founder. The Museum House staff teach campers about the history of our capitol city and give them a private guided tour of the Joel Lane residence.
It costs $265 to register for one week of residential camp, $25 of which is a refundable security deposit. If there is more damage than the usual wear and tear to your camper's equipment by the end of camp session, you will receive the deposit back minus the cost of any repairs.
Half the total fee ($130) is required as a deposit to secure your camper's slot, with the total amount being due by Tuesday, May 31st.
Click the button to register and see below for more details on check-in procedures, etc.