2023 Clubs & Childcare

June 5–August 4, 2023SummerYouth

Welcome to registration information for Montreat’s Summer 2023 Clubs & Childcare program. Much of the information you need is in the registration form.

Registration is not yet open. Updates will be made when an opening date has been confirmed.

There are 9 weeks of Clubs & Childcare this summer. Sessions begin on Monday June 6 and continue until the last day of Clubs & Childcare on August 4, 2023. Pre-registration for ANY one of these weeks is STRONGLY encouraged.

Clubs Program

The Clubs program is a recreation and fellowship experience for the children of conferees, local residents, vacationers, and visitors. It groups children and youth according to age and school level. College-age counselors supervise each group. They are trained to help young people feel comfortable as they create new interpersonal relationships and develop social and outdoor living skills. The program also makes effective use of Montreat’s recreational facilities set in beautiful outdoor surroundings. Events are planned with each group’s age and interests in mind.


A typical week in Clubs (4 year olds to senior highs) consists of swimming, paddle-boating, music, water games, devotions, arts and crafts, and wilderness education. Preschool-aged groups (“PreClubs”) will additionally have playground time, snack time, dress up games, as well as a designated nap/rest time. School-aged groups will play lots of active outdoor games (such as scavenger hunts, tag, and other high-energy creative games) and indoor games (such as pool and table tennis), as well as participate in music, dancing, tennis (bring non-marking tennis shoes), hikes, and rock-hopping (bring old closed-toe shoes). YOUR CHILD WILL GET MESSY! Please make sure they dress appropriately!

Daytime Child Care

Daytime child care for younger children is also available (ages six months through three years). The service is primarily for children of registered conferees and operates on the same schedule as the Clubs program. A typical day consists of centers, group time, devotions, snack, and outside play in the morning, plus nap time, snack, and outside play in the afternoon.

Evening Child Care

Evening child care is available to children of conferees who are six months old through completed second grade. Registration for daytime child care does NOT automatically enroll you in evening care. There is an additional cost for this program. Conferees must register their children for the entire conference week. Please make sure to select “evening care” when you pre-register your child for daytime Clubs or child care. You may also register for evening care at on-site registration when you arrive in Montreat (see the schedule block for on-site registration hours and locations).

Age Groups

Limits listed may be different according to local regulations.

Group Age Requirements Participant Maximum
Child Care Born after Aug. 31, 2019 & at least 6 months old (Limit 40)
PreClubs Red Born between Sept. 1, 2018 & Aug. 31, 2019 (Limit 26)
PreClubs Blue Born between Sept. 1, 2017 & Aug. 31, 2018 (Limit 30)
Kindies Completed kindergarten & entering 1st grade (Limit 40)
Peanut Butters Completed 1st grade (Limit 30)
Jellies Completed 2nd grade (Limit 30)
Primary Juniors Completed 3rd or 4th grade (Limit 50)
Juniors 5th Completed 5th grade (Limit 30)
Juniors 6th Completed 6th grade (Limit 30)
Junior Highs Completed 7th or 8th grade (Limit 45)
Senior Highs Completed 9th–12th grade (Limit 45)

WE WILL NOT MOVE A CHILD INTO AN OLDER GROUP. However, a child may be moved into the next younger grade at the parent’s request to accommodate special needs or to be with a relative or friend.

Session Dates

Session #1 June 5–9
Session #2 June 12–16
Session #3 June 19–23
Session #4 June 26–30
Session #5 July 3–7
Session #6 July 10–14
Session #7 July 17–21
Session #8 July 24–28
Session #9 July 31–Aug. 4

Campout Dates for 2023

Check back later for the campout dates.

To attend a 3-day campout, your child should be registered for the entire week of Clubs in advance. We reserve the right to limit the number of participants if safety requires it. Download a Sample 3-Day Personal Gear List. More detailed information will be provided at the MANDATORY Parent Meeting on the Monday prior to the campout.

When a club group is scheduled for one of these trips, the next youngest Clubs groups is always ready to accept those who cannot or do not wish to participate for any reason.

Fourth of July Parade

We will celebrate the Fourth of July on Tuesday, July 4. In order to be a part of the parade with a Clubs group, children must be registered for the full week of Pre-Clubs or Clubs' Session #5 (July 3–7). There is no Childcare on July 4.

Rates & Registration

Dates have not been finalized and are subject to change.
On or Before May 1 After May 1
Childcare — PreClubs Blue $205/week $215/week
Kindies — Senior Highs $190/week $200/week

If you have not used our online system before, you will need to create an account using your email address. If you have registered online in the past, please use the same email address and password. You must have a valid credit card to complete your registration.

For all ages, we will be asking about medical information and immunizations. There is no separate form, but you will need to input the information before you can register. If you entered information in the past 2 summers, most will pre-fill for you. Please double check and change information as needed.

Early pre-registration is strongly advised and affords your best chance for admission to our program. All groups have limited capacities and fill up quickly. You may pre-register for full sessions only. If you wish to register on a daily basis, you must register on-site.

Pre-registration is required for all conferees. SPACE IS LIMITED. You must register at least 30 days in advance to guarantee enrollment in the program. Enrollment is not guaranteed for walk-in registrations.

Online registration is not available after 12:00 noon on Thursdays for the upcoming Clubs session. You must wait and register on-site either Sunday afternoon from 3:00-5:30 pm or Monday morning from 8:15-9:15 am in the lobby of Anderson Auditorium. There will be no Clubs registration the morning of July 4th.

Cancellation Policy: If you need to cancel a registration please let us know as soon as possible. If you cancel on or after May 1, we will refund your charges minus a $35 per week administration fee. If you cancel less than 10 days prior to your session, no refund will be given. Please be aware that failing to cancel a session of Child Care, Pre-Clubs or Kindies may prevent another child from being able to register. No refunds will be given for days your child was absent, and we cannot allow children to make up days not used by attending during times when he/she is not registered.

Contact the Registrar

Questions about our program? Please contact the Clubs Registrar at clubsreg@montreat.org or call 828.419.9837.


Morning Session: 8:30 AM – 12:00 Noon
Afternoon Session: 2:00 PM – 4:30 PM

Monday–Friday Sessions
Morning Session 8:30 am–12:00 noon
Afternoon Session 2:00 pm–4:30 pm

Montreat Conference Center does not provide any Clubs/Child Care between noon and 2:00 PM. However, extended hours may be provided to conference participants (see conference schedule for details).

Clubs schedules are also available each week online on this webpage or at Anderson Auditorium's front desk, Assembly Inn's front desk, the Barn, and the Bill Wilde Youth Center.

On-Site Registration Hours

Anderson Auditorium 3:00 pm–5:30 pm
Anderson Auditorium 8:15–9:15 am
Program Office, Freeland Hall 3rd Floor 9:30 am–4:30 pm


I’ve never registered online. How do I create an account?

Click the “Create a New Account” button on the online login page. You will need to choose a username (we recommend using your email address), a password, and a security question. Make the security question something simple that you will remember easily.

If I registered online last year, will my information still be in the system?

Most of it, yes. Use your username (probably your email address) and your password to login to the system. Some things like medical information and signatures will need to be updated but most things should appear automatically.

What if I’ve forgotten my username or password?

On the online login page, click the “Forgot your username or password” link and you should be able to obtain a temporary password and your username using your email address. When you login with the temporary password, you will answer your security question and choose a new password.

Can Montreat just tell me my password or the answer to my security question?

For security reasons, no, that information is not available to us. We can only reset your account.

What information do I need to register a child?
  • Child’s Information: name, date of birth, gender, grade completed in June 2022, allergies and medical & vaccine information.
  • Parent Information: name, address, phones, emails
  • Other: Emergency contacts and authorized pick-up names.
  • You will also need a credit card to complete the reservation.
  • We require one week’s payment per child as a deposit.
Why is it important that I register early?

Space is at a premium, especially during the weeks before and after July 4th. If you know your child or grandchild will want to walk in the July 4th parade, it is important to reserve a spot now for the July 3–7 week.

Can I register for one week now and add more later?

It’s most important to register for the busiest weeks now. Later, when your plans are more concrete, you should be able to add spots in the less busy times. The safest policy is to register soon for all weeks in which you want a space.

Annually I treat my grands to Clubs. Can I forward this link to my adult children to register them?

Yes, please send this link to the parents of the children/youth attending. The family can decide who pays for Clubs. Please note: registration is not complete without payment! Whoever registers a child will need to have all of the information about that child (including medical and vaccine info) to complete the registration.

With the 4th Of July on a Monday, what do I need to know about Clubs/CC that is “different”?

The Montreat community will celebrate Independence Day on Tuesday, July 4. Only children registered for the July 4–8 session will participate in the parade. To ensure safety, Pre-Clubs children may participate in the parade only when accompanied by a parent or guardian.

Please note: there is no Childcare on the 4th of July. Please register your children early to ensure they have a space. We will not offer on-site registration on July 4. Yes, this means the 4th of July celebrations are on the first day of the Clubs/CC week. Space, staff, and potential Covid-19 issues, may give us some limitations we do not normally have, so please register for this week asap.

If my children/youth are registered for July 4-8, do they HAVE to be in the parade?

No! You know your children. You may register your child/youth for the week of the 4th, but skip Monday the 4th. We know from personal experience that not all children want to do the parade. It is fine for them to skip that day and attend the rest of the week.

I filled out the medical information and vaccine dates, etc. Do I need it to do it again?

For all ages, we ask that medical information and vaccinations are updated every year. If you entered this information last year, please give us your updates and new vaccination information.

We are planning to come for 2 weeks, but what if we only come for one?...do we get our money back?

Cancellation Policy: If you need to cancel a registration, please let us know as soon as possible. Beginning May 1, if you cancel, we will refund your charges minus $35 per week - administration fee. If you cancel less than 10 calendar days prior to the start of your session, no refund will be given. Please be aware that failing to cancel a session may prevent another child from being able to register. No refunds will be given for days your child is absent, and we cannot allow children to make up days not used by attending during times when he/she is not registered.

If I have more questions, who do I contact?

If you have any trouble registering, please contact us at clubsreg@montreat.org and please remember this email is not staffed except Monday-Fridays, 9am-4pm.

We look forward to seeing your children and grandchildren, and all others this summer!

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