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General Policies

Do I have to be a member of the YMCA to Stay at YMCA Blue Ridge Assembly?

You do not have to be a member of a YMCA to stay at YMCA Blue Ridge Assembly

What is your smoking policy?

Tobacco use is not permitted on Assembly property

Do you allow pets?

Pets are not permitted on grounds.

What is prohibited?

We ask that you do not bring bikes, inline skates, and/or skateboards. Candles, decorative lighting, helium balloons, glitter, and/or confetti are not permitted in any of our buildings.

How can I make a reservation?

To make a reservation please fill out our online availability form or contact Danielle Tocaben, Group Sales & Engagement Director at 828/210-8457 to check availability and receive a price quote.

Can I register online?

YMCA Blue Ridge Assembly does run registration for some of our groups. Click Here to see if your conference registration is handled by the Assembly. If you do not find your conference listed, please contact your group leader or sponsoring organization.


What are the meal times?

Breakfast: 8-8:45am
Lunch: 12:30-1:15pm
Dinner: 6-6:45pm

What does the buffet include?

All meals are buffet and include: Two main entrées, two sides, bread, deluxe salad bar (lunch and supper) and dessert. Wristbands or colored dots for name badges will be distributed to leadership upon arrival and are required to enter dining room.

Can you accommodate dietary restrictions?

Vegetarian entrée options are available. All other food restrictions must be requested by leadership in advance.

Where do I sit?

Due to shared dining rooms, groups will have the same reserved seating at every scheduled meal.

Can we make announcements in the dining room?

Due to shared dining rooms, all announcements and prayers should be done in your assigned meeting space.

Can I request outside catering?

No. YMCA Blue Ridge Assembly does not allow catering from outside vendors. However, the Assembly can provide catering to many locations upon request. We also offer a variety of snack options for an additional fee.


When are check-in/check- out times?

Check-in occurs at the Guest Services Desk of Blue Ridge Center. Guests may check-in after 3:00 PM on the arrival date. Check out time is 10:00 AM on the day of departure.

Can I arrive early or check out late?

Early arrivals or late departures must be approved by your Event Coordinator prior to your arrival. There will be an addition fee for groups checking in before noon or checking out after noon.

What amenities are included?

All rooms, cabins and lodges are equipped with soap, towels, sheets, blankets and pillows unless otherwise arranged by your group leader.

Are there telephones in the rooms?

All buildings have house phones. Blue Ridge Center has a phone in each room.

Will I have wireless internet and cell phone reception?

Wireless internet access is available throughout the majority of the main campus. Depending on your cell phone carrier, reception is generally good throughout the property.

Do you have cribs or cots?

Cribs, kiddie cots, and/or rollaway beds are available at a $10 flat rate rental fee and can be accommodated in most rooms.

Meeting Space

Is meeting space included in my reservation?

Your group will be allotted one general meeting space. Three weeks prior to group’s arrival you will be notified of assigned room. Breakout spaces will be assigned according to availability.

What is included with meeting space?

Your meeting planner will need to request all audio-visual, table and chair needs for your meeting space three weeks prior to your arrival. For no additional charge we will provide you with: Registration tables, chairs and tables in meeting space, podium and microphone(s). Easels, flipcharts and music stands are also available at no additional cost. Portable Sound Systems and LCD projectors are available for an additional fee. Please only use painters tape in buildings and meeting spaces.


What recreational opportunities are available for my conference?

The following activities are available on our grounds at no cost:

  • Swimming Pool (summer only)
  • Athletic Fields
  • Gymnasiums
  • Hiking Trails
  • Disc Golf
  • Basketball
  • Volleyball
  • Tennis Courts
  • Playground
  • Horseshoe Pits
  • Exercise Room
  • Geocaching
  • Cornhole

What guided program activities do you offer?

We can provide the following guided program activities for an additional fee. Please note these must be scheduled a minimum of 3 weeks in advance.

  • Campfires ($50 flat fee)
  • Heritage Arts Studio
  • Children’s Programs
  • Environmental Education
  • Adventure Programs
    • Ropes Courses
    • Teambuilding
    • Archery
    • Low Elements
    • And More (Please see the Play and Grow sections for details)

Giving FAQs

Who can give?

Each year individuals like you, YMCAs, and corporations open their hearts and wallets to the needs of those in their community. The gifts of hundreds of Blue Ridge friends quickly adds up and the lasting impact of your generous contributions has helped make YMCA Blue Ridge Assembly what it is today.

What will my gift do?

Your generosity helps support our programs that allow others to grow in spirit, mind, and body. A gift can build long-term financial stability for the Assembly and can affect countless lives in the years to come. Gifts to the Assembly are used to scholarship conference participants, support our operational budget, provide financial support for collegiate staff, or many other options. Your gift may be given in honor or memory of someone or you may designate a particular need you would like your gift to meet.

Why should I give?

Our past, present, and future depends upon YOU. We rely on the generosity of many to help people of all ages and walks of life to be more healthy, confident, connected and secure. Our goal is to serve as many people as possible that can benefit from our life-changing work. With your help, YMCA Blue Ridge Assembly can continue to impact youth and turn no one away due to an inability to pay.

How can I give?

There are many ways you can contribute and every gift, large or small, is appreciated. Gifts can be planned or outright. We have several on-going capital development campaigns that need your help!

Is my gift tax deductible?

Yes. YMCA Blue Ridge Assembly is a tax-exempt 501 © 3 organization, so your gift is fully tax deductible as a charitable contribution. All donations receive an IRS compliant thank you note for tax reporting purposes.

Can I designate my funds?

Yes, you may designate your funds to a specific program or cause within YMCA Blue Ridge Assembly. If funds are not designated to a specific location or program they will be utilized in the areas identified with the greatest need. Examples of typical endowments include, but are not limited to:

  • Youth Development
  • Christian Service
  • Blue Ridge Facilities
  • Staff and Alumni


Is a deposit required to make a reservation?

For lodge or cabin bookings the deposit is equal to one night’s stay. For room bookings the deposit will be $50 per reserved room.

What is your payment policy?

All new groups may apply to be direct billed for the balance after the event by filling out a credit application/reference form. If a group has no credit or references, full payment will be due upon arrival.

All groups are invoiced within 5 business days of their departure. Payment should be sent within 2 weeks of receiving the final invoice.

What is your cancellation policy?

Deposits are fully refundable when notice of cancellation is given more than 90 days prior to arrival. When cancellations are made between 60 and 90 days prior to the arrival date, the entire deposit may be applied to another reservation scheduled within twelve months of the cancelled date OR one-half of the deposit may be refunded. When cancellations are made less than 60 days prior to the arrival date, no credits or refunds will be made.


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