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Benefits of Summer Camp near Georgia

Every year, over 11 million people attend summer camp in the United States. For hundreds of years, summer camp has been the highlight of every kid’s summer. From running around outside all day, to hanging out and making new friends, many of our campers say that they look forward to going to summer camp near Georgia all year long. At Camp Timberlake, we strive to give campers the best summer camp experience possible while helping them learn and grow. Summer camp offers many benefits and we decided to share just a few of them with you!

  • Surroundings- At summer camp, your son will be in a safe and comfortable environment where he can feel free to be himself. Our summer camp staff strives to create an atmosphere where campers can have fun and try new things without the fear of failure or judgment.
  • Memories & Friends- Parents, did you attend summer camp? If so, do you remember all of the fun times that you had and all of the new friends you made? Children will participate in a variety of summer camp activities with children who have similar interests and goals, often resulting in new friendships. Many of our campers say that they met their best friends at summer camp and remain in contact throughout the rest of the year!
  • Grow Up- The summer camp experience gives campers a chance to learn more about themselves and become more confident and independent. A typical day at summer camp is filled with fun and learning. Campers will learn both cooperation and healthy competition with the freedom to fail without being judged.
  • Outdoors- Located in the mountains of western North Carolina, Camp Timberlake gives boys the perfect opportunity to disconnect from technology and reconnect with the beautiful outdoors. Our summer camp facilities allow campers to hike, explore, and relax outside.
  • Activities- At summer camp, it is guaranteed that children will be constantly active and learning new skills. Our summer camp activities range from mountain biking to learning the guitar and everything else in between. Campers will learn new skills that they can take home with them once they leave at the end of the summer.

Ready to send your son to the best summer camp near Georgia?! Contact Camp Timberlake at 828-669-8766 for more information or to schedule a tour today!


Packing for Summer Camp near Virginia

We are just three short weeks away from the first day of summer camp! Here at Camp Timberlake, we hope you are just as excited for this summer as we are! Now, to help you get ready, we have come up with a few short tips to assist in packing for summer camp near Virginia. Follow these tips to make packing a less stressful process this year!


Start off with a summer camp packing list. Camp Timberlake has made a list for you that should be in your camper packet. This list has every item that our summer camp staff thinks is necessary for the summer at Camp Timberlake. We list any items that would be needed for a typical day at summer camp as well as summer camp trips. Then LABEL! Labeling is very important because it reduces confusion on laundry day as well as a trip to the lost and found. Many of our camper’s parents use iron on labels and permanent laundry markers and they definitely get the job done. Involve your son. Include him in the packing so he knows what exactly he will have at summer camp. Next, find out what summer camp activities your son will be taking part in. Will he need equipment? Camps will often supply campers with equipment but if your son would like to bring his own, find out if it’s allowed and label it. Don’t pack any cell phones because they are not allowed! Lastly, consider investing in a trunk. This is an easy and portable way to bring everything to camp. Look around and find one that is trusted because your son will live out of it and use it for summers to come!


Now get packing! If you’re looking for the best summer camp near Virginia, call Camp Timberlake today at (828)-669-8766 for more information or to schedule a tour.




Why to Choose a Traditional Camp near Virginia

Summer is almost here, which means that the first day of camp is getting closer! Hopefully you’ve found the perfect camp for your son by now, but if not, don’t worry! Camp Timberlake is here to help. We have come up with a few reasons why you should choose our traditional camp near Virginia for your son this summer!
1. Safe & Supportive Environment- At our traditional camp, boys are free to be themselves everyday. They will be in a safe and supportive community at camp where they will become more confident in themselves as well as independent. Boys will be given the opportunity to try new things without the fear of being judged by their fellow campers. We strive to create an environment where every camper feels completely comfortable.
2. Learn Something New- Fencing, canoeing, fly-fishing, paintball, rocketry, adventures, sports, and more! Our traditional camp activities have something for everyone. Boys will learn new skills on a daily basis that will stay with them even after they leave for the summer.
3. Vacation- Our traditional camp is like a vacation. No homework, less chores, and fun every single day. Every day at traditional camp is a new opportunity to have fun. We like to say it’s a vacation for the parents as well. You don’t have to worry about your son because our amazing traditional camp staff will be watching over him 24/7. Plus, think of all the things you can do with your free time now! Our traditional camp is sure to please both kids and parents alike.

If you’re interested in sending your son a traditional camp near Virgina, contact Camp Timberlake at (828)-669-8766 for more information or to schedule a tour today!

Clark is now in the top three!

So I haven’t posted in awhile about this so those of you who don’t regularly follow American Idol might have thought our former Timberlake counselor, Clark Beckham, had fallen out of the race. The truth is that I’ve been holding my breath sort of just trying not to jinx it. He made the top three last night and we’re all freaking out. We’ve actually been freaking out the whole time but at this point it is just silly. Personally, to me it is fun when a friend (or just someone that I know of) is on TV in any fashion but this….this is ridiculous. Clark Beckham is going to win American Idol and I really don’t have a category to put it in.

As amazed as we are, he still needs our votes so download the Fox Now app and let your voice be heard about how talented Clark is! Let’s give him some camp support.


Scouting the rivers for our Father/Son

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Well guys, we’re ready for the upcoming Father/Son weekend!  I got out yesterday for some “scouting” for the fishing portion of the trip and I know what they are biting on.  This weekend is bound to be awesome because we have great water for both kayaking and fly-fishing.  We are so blessed to live here in western North Carolina and even more blessed that you get to come visit us in the summers!

Fish on!


Get Ready For Sleepover Camp Near South Carolina

Drop off day for our first session at Camp Timberlake is just a little over a month away! We are so excited and can’t wait to see all of our campers. Parents, we know this can be a super stressful time so we put together a few tips to help you get ready for our sleepover camp near South Carolina! Keep these tips in mind during these upcoming weeks & remember that your son is going to have the time of his life this summer!


  1. A weekend away

Do you think your son might need a little practice being away from home before he goes to sleepover camp? Ask a family member or close friend if they would be willing to host a “sleepover camp” weekend at their house. Pack a bag together, remind him that you’re a phone call away, and drop him off for a practice weekend away from home. After the weekend, ask how your son behaved and see if there is anything you need to work on before sleepover camp starts.


  1. Packing

See if there is sleepover camp packing list for the camp available. Pack all of the essentials and avoid packing anything with significant value. Sleepover camp requires your son to live without a lot of space. There are plenty of opportunities for items to get lost so leave the cell phone and tablet at home, they probably aren’t allowed at sleepover camp anyway!


  1. Dealing with homesickness

Homesickness at sleepover camp is inevitable. At some point during the summer, it is likely that your son will want to go home or will miss home. To lessen these feelings, pack items that will remind them of home, like photos or a stuffed animal. Also create a schedule of when they will receive letters at sleepover camp or if the camp allows it, care packages. If they’re anticipating something from home, it may take their mind off being upset.


  1. Labels

Please, label EVERY SINGLE THING that you send your son to sleepover camp with. This will avoid mix-ups as well as trips to the lost and found. Label everything from socks and shirts to toothbrushes and shampoo bottles. We recommend laundry markers for clothes and waterproof labels for everything else!


If you’re still looking for the perfect sleepover camp for your son near South Carolina, call Camp Timberlake at (828)-669-8766 for more information or to schedule a tour today!

Reasons to Choose A Summer Camp near Virginia

As the school year begins to wind down and kids are getting ready to start their summer, what will your child be doing this summer? Summer camp offers benefits that will last a lifetime. Not to mention all of the amazing memories that your son will make at Camp Timberlake. Here are some reasons why to choose summer camp near Virginia for your son this summer:

• Safe & Supportive Community

Summer camp allows your son to be himself and participate in the activities that he is comfortable doing. He will be surrounded by people that have similar goals and interests thus creating a supportive and safe community for him to grow and learn.

• Builds Confidence & Independence

By attending summer camp, your son will gain confidence. Summer camp offers various activities and programs for your son to participate in and to become better at. Not to mention he will be spending his summer without his parents and life at home, allowing him to become more independent than he would spending his summer at home.

• Learn New Skills & Lessons Every Day

Explore the programs offered at summer camp and see all of the choices you and your son have. Nothing is better than the skills he will learn and hopefully use when he leaves camp. Every day is a new lesson that will stay with him for the rest of his life.

• Make New Friends

The number one reason kids look forward to summer camp is to see old friends and make new ones. It’s almost impossible to not make lifelong friends at summer camp. In fact, most campers meet some of their best friends during the first week of summer camp and continue to remain best friends for the summers to follow. They will make memories together and explore everything summer camp has to offer.

• Explore The Outdoors

Very often, kids will sit at home all summer playing video games and sitting on their computer rather than connecting with nature. At summer camp, we disconnect kids from electronics and reconnect them with the great outdoors.

To find out more about Camp Timberlake for boys in North Carolina, please contact us at (828) 669-8766.

Tips to Help Kids Who Are Anxious About Sleepaway Camp

As the school year comes to an end and the drop off date for sleepaway camp in North Carolina gets closer, many kids begin to feel anxious about leaving home. Whether its their first summer at camp or fifth, here are a few tips to ease the anxiety that may come along with sleepaway camp.

1) Make sure to involve your son in the process of selecting a summer camp in North Carolina. When they get to choose the camp, they know what to expect and will likely feel more positive and excited about going away.

2) Don’t ask questions that may make your son feel anxious or scared about camp. Instead of asking “Are you afraid to go canoeing?” ask, “So how do you feel about going canoeing at sleepaway camp?” These questions will still allow him to express how he feels without giving him the impression that he should be afraid of something.

3) Reassurance won’t help your child feel better. “You’re going to have a great time, don’t worry about it!” Phrases like this aren’t the right path, instead listen to your son’s feelings and concerns and try to give him positive tips to deal with them.

4) Practice being away from home before your child actually goes away to camp. Schedule a weekend sleepover at a family member or friend’s house so your son  is able to experience what its like to spend a couple of nights away from home.

5) Don’t linger around on drop off day at our boys summer camp in North Carolina, try to make your goodbyes as short as possible. The longer you stay, the harder it will be for your son to accept that you are leaving.

6) Remind your son that if necessary he can get in contact with you as soon as possible. Most camps allow campers to make phone calls home when necessary especially if you explain the situation to the camp’s director or staff.

7) Create a schedule for when your son or daughter will receive letters or emails at christian sleepaway camp from home. When your son is expecting something from home, it gives him something to look forward to and to be excited about.

8) Don’t let your child see how anxious or scared you are about them going away. If they sense your negative feelings, they will likely pick up on them.

9) If your child suffers from anxiety or any other conditions, make sure to let the camp staff know. There are likely to be services or support at sleepaway camp to help your son or daughter get through the summer and have an amazing summer at sleepaway camp.

To find out more about Camp Timberlake for boys in North Carolina, please call us at (828) 669-8766.

The Beauty of Routine








Yesterday, I went for a walk on the Tomahawk Trail at camp. Our campers know this trail very well—they go on runs, hike out of camp on backpacking adventures, and the brave few take their first solo campout on this trail. I’ve walked it many times after work. It’s my time to be in the woods for some reflection. I try to do it every day.

But sometimes I don’t feel much like “reflecting” and honestly, I feel I’m being silly to even call it that. Besides, it was chilly, gloomy, and foggy yesterday. I didn’t want to get caught in the rain or get lost in the woods in the dark. (Of course, I’ve never gotten lost on this trail, but any excuse was better than having to be wet and cold!) So it wasn’t until around 6:30 last night that I dragged myself off my comfy chair in my reading corner and told myself, You always enjoy your walks. Just go.

And I did. And it hit me. Rarely do I go on these walks unless it’s really beautiful outside. More often than not I give the excuse that it’s too cold, too dreary, too snowy…and soon it’ll probably be too hot, too buggy, too whatever-I-decide is the reason for not getting my blood pumping and spending time in the spectacular woods at camp.

As I walked last night, I realized what I might’ve missed had I opted for my comfy chair. Dusk rolling in was beautiful on the trail, the fog and misty rain made what usually felt familiar about it feel brand new. It felt like an adventure, and I anticipated what was ahead, as I waited till the last minute to head home before darkness engulfed me. I stood and watched light, drizzly rain dance on Lake Doris on my way back.


This is what we do well at Camp Merri-Mac and Timberlake. We teach campers the beauty in routine. Not always an easy routine, but a routine full of learning and growing with others. It’s really a wonderful model for how we should live throughout the year.

During the summer, it’s easy to fall into this routine and experience the joy that follows. But as summer ends and I’m still at camp, still getting to see Lake Doris and the Enchanted Barn everyday, I sometimes forget why daily routines are important. I tell myself it’s more important to go-with-the-flow, be spontaneous! Routines are restricting and habitual acts are boring!







But the reality is that with no routine, I choose to sit in my little reading chair, missing the changing seasons and beauty of nature happening right outside my door. And I find it hard to hold onto what camp teaches me, that in a daily routine, I am set free to learn and grow and learn and grow. Embracing the rhythm of times set aside for living actually allows me to live more fully.

What fun and adventure is experienced in a life lived this way! Life will always be full of spontaneous moments, and I’m going to miss them if I don’t set a routine to watch them and make a point to experience them.

Maybe our first day at camp feels unfamiliar, but soon daily life in camp strengthens those routine muscles, if you will, that we naturally possess. Soon it’s natural to wake up to a bugle early, to clean and organize your area, to sit and listen to a chapel, to learn a skill set during the day, to sing songs at every meal, to scream and shout for our friends in competition, to spend time together playing and winding down after a long day, to listen to our friends and respect their ideas and feelings, to fall asleep to cicadas and wind in the trees.

And along the way new lessons are learned, new discoveries are taking place, all with our friends and counselors experiencing life with each other.


Camp offers so much to those who work and play here. It’s easy to see new skills and new relationships being built, but camp also builds a foundation for living for those who enter it. This foundation isn’t limiting and stifling. It is a foundation to jump off of, to build upon, to come back to and to rest on.

Written by: Sadie Roebuck – Intern 


Summer Camp Fun for Florida Children

What’s great about going away to summer camp is experiencing something new and unknown. For Florida children who want to enjoy new surroundings, new people and a wide variety of fun activities and learning, Camp Timberlake has so much to offer. Here’s a few examples of summer camp fun for Florida Children offered at Camp Timberlake:

Being in Nature

Nowadays so many children limit their time to explore or enjoy the outdoors. At Camp Timberlake summer camp, boys have a chance to have fun while they become more aware of the world around them. Florida campers can spend the majority of their time outside in nature away from the heat from back home. Camp Timberlake summer camp offers different activities like swimming, archery, campfires, fencing, backpacking, rock climbing, water skiing, paintball, mountain biking, etc. to promote appreciation for the outdoors and nature.

Learning to Make Friends

At summer camp, children can learn to communicate more effectively through shared experiences. Campers participate in group activities, team sports and share bunks. Instead of staying home with the same friends, children who spend the summer at camp have many opportunities to meet new people and build unique bonds. At Camp Timberlake, campers can rediscover who they are and what they like with a fresh outlook, and branch out of their usual social groups.

Trying New Things

With so many activities and opportunities here at Camp Timberlake, campers can try something new that may be completely different than anything they’ve ever tried or thought of trying before.

Diversity and Camp Traditions

Because there are so many children and personality types that attend Camp Timberlake, who all come from far and wide, your Florida son can learn to appreciate diversity and how to be more accepting and supportive of others. We have camp traditions and practices designed to encourage group participation and encourage unity among our campers. Our traditions and practices promote equality, respect, self-confidence, trust, loyalty, responsibility and cooperation and create a sense of pride among campers.

Every summer there are new opportunities to learn and have fun at Camp Timberlake. Your son can enjoy coming to our summer camp to take a break from the Florida heat, and participate in exciting activities, make new friends, and discover more about himself, the world around him, and his Christian faith. Call Camp Timberlake at (828) 669-8766 and schedule a visit or get more information about our summer camp.