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FEB
05
2020

Merrie-Woode Welcomes Local Groups to Camp

You may not know that after the campers go home for the summer, Merrie-Woode stays quite active through the off-season! This past fall, before the Tajar settled down for his long winter nap, we had the privilege of welcoming a number of local groups for outdoor adventure
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JAN
16
2020

Doug Recalls Hugh’s Contributions to Whitewater Paddling

In the story of Western North Carolina river running, former Merrie-Woode Director Hugh Caldwell is a legendary figure. He made the first descent of Sections 2 and 3 of the Chattooga River and was an active member of the whitewater racing community for many years. No one is
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DEC
10
2019

Send a Merrie-Woode Note and Give Back to Camp!

What does every Merrie-Woode girl hope to find in her stocking? Merrie-Woode Inspired Greeting Cards, of course! This set of 12 note cards includes four scenes of Camp based on the masterful original oil paintings of CMW alumna Ainsley Hines Santa Barbara.  You’ll feel nostalgic
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NOV
19
2019

Whitewater Adventures, Merrie-Woode Style

As we floated in our kayaks in the center of Lake Fairfield on a warm September afternoon, we heard Kelli Talley, Merrie-Woode’s Outdoor Adventure Coordinator and our lead instructor for the weekend, call us to bring our kayaks together to form a circle. “This is the flower of
NOV
08
2019

The Gift of Art, The Gift of Conservation

Are you looking for ways to bring some whimsical fun to your loved ones this holiday season? Whether on the tree or under the tree, alumna Deane Valentine Bowers has the perfect customizable gift for your Merrie-Woode girl, family, or friends this year. Deane is an environmental
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OCT
31
2019

In the Spirit of Sacrifice

Now in its sixth year, the Young Alumnae Challenge was once again a huge success – raising $18,375 for Camperships.  The goal was to raise 3 camp tuitions in 3 days for a total of $14,550 – one campership for each session of Camp.  This year the young alumnae raised enough to
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MAR
02
2017

Generosity Amplified

Nigel: Well, it’s one louder, isn’t it? It’s not ten. You see, most, most blokes, you know, will be playing at ten – you’re on ten here, all the way up, all the way up, all the way up – you’re on ten on your guitar, where can you go from there? Where? Marty: I don’t know. Nigel:
APR
06
2016

Tripcraft Then & Now: Outdoor Wear for Women

Before Patagonia, Columbia, Bean Boots, and Chacos, the girls of Merrie-Woode had Duxbaks. That’s right – Duxbaks were the latest thing in outdoor wear in the 1920s. Prior to 1904, outdoor wear did not really exist. Men wore wool clothes for sports such as hunting and fishing,
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MAR
02
2016

Tripcraft Then & Now: Panthertown

Many generations of Merrie-Woode girls carry with them stories of overnight trips to Panthertown. In the early days of Camp, Panthertown Valley was a fairly inaccessible wilderness, located generally North of the Camp property between Laurel Knob and Lake Toxaway. Locals called
FEB
04
2016

Tripcraft Then & Now

Do you remember when you fell in love with the mountains? My first summer at Merrie-Woode, as I stared up at Old Bald, I was hooked. I had to climb that mountain. I had to explore those woods and discover all the secret places hidden over the hill: ice-cold streams tumbling over
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