Here's how we got from then to now
Camp Henry has maintained a legacy of excellence, community, friendship, and spiritual growth since the 1950s. Mrs. Lillian Boscovitch, daughter of industrialist Franklin Terry and his wife Lillian Estelle Slocomb Emerson, dontated the Terry family property known as "In-the-Oaks" to the Episcopal Diocese of Western North Carolina in 1957. The Third Bishop of Western North Carolina, Rt. Rev. Matthew George Henry wished to provide an affordable and meaningful summer camp experience for youth, and Camp Henry was born. Located in Black Mountain, North Carolina, In-the-Oaks served as the home of Camp Henry from 1958 until 2000 (the first summer of Camp Henry took place in 1957 at the Patterson School in Happy Valley NC, while cabins were being built).
Four decades of children and youth attended Camp Henry at In-the-Oaks enjoying the sprawling fields, English-ivy covered woods, indoor swimming pool, bowling alley, basketball court, outdoor chapel, hidden passageways and exciting stories. In the late 1990s the Episcopal Diocese of Western North Carolina decided to sell In-the-Oaks and seek a new property to be the home for Camp Henry. It was at this time that a portion of a massive piece of property surrounding Lake Logan in Haywood County, once owned by Champion Paper, was purchased and refurbished to be a new home for camp and a conference center/retreat for church groups, educational programs, and other not-for-profit organizations.
Camp Henry would spend a transition year at Camp Mishemokwa in Bat Cave, NC while the newly named Lake Logan Episcopal Center was being prepared as the new home of Camp Henry. Since the summer of 2002, Camp Henry has taken place at the Lake Logan Episcopal Center and has carried on the legacy of faith, frendship, community, and environmental stewardship established almost 60 years ago. Grandparents and parents who attended Camp Henry are now seeing the same joy, transformation, and growth that they experienced as children and youth on the faces of today's campers. Come continue the tradition of awesomeness at Camp Henry this summer!