I couldn’t believe my luck when we found out that my entire family was going to be able to attend a family camp session at Indian Creek Camp. Besides visiting my parents every Christmas and summer in West Virginia, my family has never been on a vacation together. In the end, unfortunately, my husband was not able to get off work, so my mother came to camp in his stead. We had an amazing time together!
Indian Creek Camp is a Seventh Day Adventist camp in Liberty, TN. During Family Camp, there are two (optional) worship sessions a day which include a lot of songs and skits. We attended some, and my kids loved them. Also, since Seventh Day Adventists celebrate the Sabbath on Saturday, the schedule looks a bit different from the week you might expect. In addition to the summer program, the facility functions as a retreat and conference center the rest of the year. The camp offers two sessions of family camp each summer, camps for teens and kids, a blind camp, and a lifeguard camp, among other programs.
Upon your arrival for Family Camp at ICC, a pack of counselors surround your car and helps unload everything, taking it to your cabin. Each family is assigned their own air conditioned room with private bathroom. Best of all, families are assigned their own guide. One (or two) of the camp counselors are assigned to each family for the entire stay at ICC. They check in throughout the day, answers all of your questions, make helpful suggestions, carry things for you, and in my case, loan you their extra rain coat and bring you (ahem) feminine hygiene products. Our guides were Lauren and Brian, and they were amazing! They were kind, extremely helpful, and quite patient. My kids fell completely in love with them!
There are six activity sessions a day, and two of those sessions include a babysitting option (for children who are potty trained). There was also babysitting available for some of the special evening activities (like a Moms’ Night Out with crafts, a moon light boat ride, etc.). You could hire a babysitter for $10 per hour.
During the six activity sessions, there were a variety of activities offered—including archery, time in the pool, crafts, ceramics, visiting the Nature Center, horseback riding, and Super Science. (I’m sure I’m forgetting something!)
It rained A LOT while we were at camp, so we weren’t able to do everything, but that didn’t keep us from having fun!
Some activities had minimum ages and/or required adult supervision. I took my son (and sometimes my oldest daughter) to most activities while my youngest stayed in the cabin with my mom.
It worked out well, because my mother has Rheumatoid Arthritis and uses a cane, and a ton of walking around the campgrounds might have been a little much for her. As it was, we were all exhausted (in the best way)!
Because ICC is a Seventh Day Adventist camp, the meals are vegetarian. It wasn’t exactly my mother’s cup of tea, but my son and I loved it. My daughters ate like they normally do (one hardly eats, one eats all of the time), so I considered the vegetarian menu a hit for 4 out of 5 of our family members.
Would we go back again? In a heart beat! For my personal vacation style, we might want to wait until the kids are a little older, so they can all experience everything ICC has to offer. There were plenty of other families there though with children as young as mine (or younger), so don’t let that deter you! The ICC staff went out of their way to be accommodating and to ensure that we had the best time possible together as a family. If you are looking for a wholesome, safe, affordable, and FUN family vacation, we highly encourage you to out Indian Creek Camp!