Meet the Dean
Susan Smithson is one of our long-time Discovery Camp deans. She always makes sure all her campers are taken care of, whether they forgot a pillow, need some encouragement for their swim test, or have a question about Jesus. She's well known for her kindness, and staff and campers alike love her use of stories to draw connections between Jesus' sacrifice and God's love for us.
Activities Available To This Camp
- Team-building Games
Similar to Low Elements, Team-building games are designed and facilitated to bring groups together as a team as well as grow spiritually. Staff utilize equipment and innovative games to teach and bond.
For Retreat Guests: Typically a 1-2 hour activity for fifth graders and up.
- Swimming Pool
On a hot day, nothing sounds better than cooling off in the pool! Loucon operates the two pools at the onsite Shaver Aquatic Center. A Loucon lifeguard is required for this activity.
For Retreat Guests: Swimming sessions can vary in time by group needs and availability. Pools are open seasonally and are typically closed after the first weekend in August.
- Mega Slide
Loucon's mega slide is an awesome activity for campers of all ages! Bring your swim suit and take a ride down this 200 foot water slide.
For Retreat Guests: The mega slide is a 1 hour activity without number restrictions. It can be scheduled for longer amounts of time if desired and is subject to weather cancellations.
Hayrides at camp? What could be better? Enjoy this wonderful tradition together under the beautiful Loucon sky. Bring along a blanket and go star-gazing after!
For Retreat Guests: Available to all ages, maximum of 40 allowed on per ride. May last from 10 - 45 minutes depending on availability and group needs.
Loucon Folkdancing is a tradition among both summer campers and many of our retreat guests. A Loucon staff member teaches each dance before starting the song; no dancing experience required! This is a great activity to loosen up the group and leave them begging for more.
For Retreat Guests: A folkdance session lasts about an hour and can be for any size group (the more, the merrier!) Ability to facilitiate this activity is dependent on size of group and space available.
- Canoes & Paddleboats
Participants of all ages may use canoes, paddle boats, or both in this traditional activity held on Loucon Lake.
For Retreat Guests: Activity time can be 1-4 hours, depending on availability and group preference. A Loucon lifeguard must be present to facilitate this activity.
There's nothing quite like a campfire at camp! Keep warm, play music, and have some s'mores. Loucon has several fire circles for groups of different sizes.
For Retreat Guests: All fires must be built and started by our Loucon staff and attended by at least one guest at all times. Loucon can provide s'more supplies at $1 person, or groups may choose to bring their own supplies.
About this Camp
2nd-4th graders discover what it means to be a Christ-follower through fun and learning over this four day, three night camp. Campers experience God’s creation through a varietyof activities including hiking, crafts, games,canoeing, and fishing. And of course, campers can beat the heat at the pool, enjoying one of our three waterslides and giant mushroom. Bible study and nightly worship teach campers about God’s love and sacrifice for them. Discovery camp gives children a taste of Loucon’s traditions and provides memories that they’ll hold on to for years to come.