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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.

I think Clark Beckham really is gonna win this thing

There, I said it! Clark is gonna win. And don’t hear me saying I ever doubted the man’s abilities. I just worried that he would have nerves one night or something. I mean it’s American Idol for crying out loud! Nobody that you actually know is supposed to get this far let alone win the thing.

And yet…Clark continues to pick up more steam and seems to get more and more comfortable up there each week. I am saying it out loud. Won’t you join me? And while you do that, don’t forget to vote!

Dan

Why Send Your Son to Camp

If you’re contemplating summer camp for your son, here are a few things to consider, and reasons why you should send your son to camp.

- Other than summer camp, what other time in your son’s life would he get to spend a week or more, in natural surroundings with peers, experiencing new adventures?

- At summer camp, the electronics are put aside, friendships are formed and kids amazingly start becoming aware of their surroundings.

- Your son’s sense of responsibility and independence has a chance to grow when he’s away from home.

- Meeting so many new people will set aside his automatic or expected responses.

- Summer Camp will give him the opportunity to see who he is, in a new situation, on his own.

- Unique camp experiences, shared with their peers, can give a kid a sense of accomplishment, building their confidence.

- Sometimes kids will try an activity they would never try otherwise.

- At camp, praise is given for best efforts and true accomplishments, and helps to promote confidence and continued risk-taking. Compliments from coaches and counselors, and the unsolicited positive feedback from camp peers, work together to build self-esteem from independent, unconnected (unrelated) adults and friends. It can have a very powerful, positive impact, and make an impression for life.

Camp Timberlake in North Carolina is a safe and comfortable sleep away summer camp for boys, that is encouraging, challenging and rewarding as it will help to teach your son independence and build his self confidence over the summer.

Camp Timberlake Christian Summer Camp for Boys offers exciting activities, camp traditions, opportunities to meet new friends and time to enjoy the great outdoors.

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

Kids Need Outdoor Fun

It almost seems as if life keeps getting busier and busier. In the winter months, weeks can go by before we realize all our time has been spent indoors. But going outside isn’t just an option to consider if you have children. Here’s why kids need outdoor fun, and why parents should encourage it.

1. Kids Are Happier – Studies have found that kids who play and explore outside are less stressed. Being outside for more than just a few minutes, allows a child to slow down to a natural pace where time seems to disappear. A child isn’t necessarily waiting for anything to happen outside. They are able to notice other things besides the next text message, or to see if anyone responded to a post. They can take a break from the glowing screen. And when they do, there is a huge world out there. Outside, they can discover themselves as they decide what to do, what to pursue and what to look at. Outdoor experiences provide new options and challenges.

2. Kids Are Healthier – Outside, kids have no choice but to be active whether it’s just walking around or doing something fun like hiking or playing. As little as 30 minutes a day of activity can make a huge difference to your child’s health and help them to build a strong immune system and relieve pent up anxieties. Introducing a child to fun outdoor activities is a
positive thing that can become a good habit with the help of a parents influence. At Camp Timberlake summer camp our counselors are trained to help children enjoy the outdoors. Summer camp is the perfect opportunity for your child to enjoy being outside in the fresh air with peers in carefully selected and developed outdoor programs.

Your child can enjoy the benefits of outdoor fun with friends at camp or with the family. Outside activities can help to strengthen self esteem, give kids a chance to interact with others socially and allow them to be part of a team. Children can gain a sense of accomplishment learning or enhancing their outdoor skills.

3. Helps kids to Focus – Nature is pretty amazing in all it’s
intricicies, patterns and interwoven parts. Being outside is unique in that all senses can be stimulated at the same time, and a child’s wonder can expand as they spend more time to notice their surroundings. There is no substitute for what
nature can contribute to a child’s development and learning.

4. It’s Easy and Fun – The benefits of being outdoors can be easily obtained by simply stepping outside, and can develop into more interesting choices that are endless in possibilities. Being outside together can build bonds with family and friends, and the more you make it a regular part of your life, the more you’ll realize there’s really nothing else quite like it.

Camp Timberlake in North Carolina is a safe and comfortable sleep away summer camp, that is encouraging, challenging and rewarding as it will help to teach your son independence and build his self confidence over the summer.

Camp Timberlake Christian Summer Camp for Boys offers exciting activities, camp traditions, opportunities to meet new friends and time to enjoy the great outdoors.

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

How To Get Your Camper Ready For Camp

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It’s March, you’re signed up for camp, you’ve completed your camper packet andnow you are waiting for the big trip to the mountains. But there may be somethingelse that has happened, you’ve started to have doubts. Fret not – you’re in great company. This happens to almost everyone! So here are five things you can do tohelp everyone be more comfortable.

  1. Take a vacation. Camps are in beautiful places, so take a family trip to visit your camp. You meet a camp director and you think he’s great (because we all are!). But then you go home and start to doubt your first impressions. So come back and meet him again. It will also give your camper a sneak peak at their cabin
  2. Demythologize homesickness. We’re all homesick sometimes; haven’t you ever missed home while you were on vacation? One of the best parts of growing up is loving a group so much that you are willing to miss home a little to enjoy them. That’s what happened when you went to college, that’s what happened when you got married, and that’s what happens at a great camp. One of the hardest parts of homesickness is being afraid you will be homesick. Go ahead and remove that by telling your camper that it’s okay to miss home.
  3. Make a friend. Call the director and ask if you can connect with a few campers in your child’s cabin. We also like to have our counselors contact first year campers so they will have someone to look out for when they arrive.
  4. Remember the big secret. Parents are every bit as nervous as their campers. Don’t let your camper know this, but do let the Camp Director know because we’re parents too. We get it, and we can tell you what worked when we sent our children to camp.
  5. And remember the other secret. Returning campers get nervous too. They start to worry that camp will not be as magical this year, or that their friends won’t be as welcoming as they remember. I think it is because they have been in school all year. But camp never changes – it’s always magic.

Here’s the best news of the day: the more nervous a camper is the more they will grow at camp. The more you invest the larger the reward, and the more nervous you are the more proud you will be when camp ends up being the best decision you ever made. That’s the way kids become curious; that’s they way they develop a sense of adventure.

Great Camping!

Adam

Iroquois soul music from Clark Beckham!

As you can see, we got another great dose of soul last night from Clark Beckham on American Idol!  In my humble opinion, it was his best performance yet and it really does seem like he is getting better and better every time he gets up there.  Frankly, I am not used to seeing people that I am friends with succeed like this on such a large stage (literally).  It is a bit shocking and so wonderful to get to participate in from afar.  We here at Camp Timberlake feel privileged to get to watch our boy do so well and have other people appreciate him the way that we have (for other reasons) for the past three years.  Go Iroquois!  Go Clark!

Dan

Another round of voting tonight!

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Former Timberlake counselor, Clark Beckham is literally rocking and rolling on American idol!  Tonight is another round of voting for the contestants.  Here is a link to the American Idol webpage on voting.  There are numerous ways to do it and you can vote multiple times.  Don’t forget to tune in on Fox at 8/7 central.  Let’s get our Camp Timberlake community together in support of Clark!

Dan

 

Why Summer Camp is Great for Your Son

If you’re not sure why summer camp is a great idea for your son, then you should read on. I would probably be right if I guessed you never went to summer camp yourself as a child, or if you did, it wasn’t a very good summer camp. Otherwise, you would know that camp is where you have the best time of your life.

Camp memories never go away. Aside from all the fun from playing and participating in exciting activities, camp is unique in that it’s one of the few times to experience being with lots of other kids every day and every night. All that time being together at a summer camp creates bonds that come about by learning and doing things together, and really there is no other experience like it. There is often no other time in a person’s life to be with friends for an extended amount of time like camp. At summer camp there is no pressure to perform, be liked, or act a certain way.

Summer camp also fosters independence because your son will get to think for himself and make a lot of his own decisions. Camp offers an opportunity to refresh and recharge for life when summer is done and freedom is more limited.

There are so many things that are great about summer camp. Probably the most valuable thing about summer camp is the special attention and support that’s available to kids that go there. It’s one of the few places your son can get encouragement, not only from counselors but from peers. A summer spent being around stress free challenges with cheers from peers can do so much to help a kid feel successful and confident. For a kid to feel proud of what they’ve accomplished and achieved at camp while being acknowledged and respected by their friends makes for a happier more confident kid that’s coming home to you.

Camp Timberlake in North Carolina is a safe and comfortable sleep away summer camp, that is encouraging, challenging and rewarding as it will help to teach your son independence and build his self confidence over the summer.

Children come to Camp Timberlake Christian Summer Camp for Boys to have fun. If you believe the happiest environment is one in which the love of Jesus Christ is displayed by the staff and experienced by everyone then you might decide a Christian Summer Camp is the way to go. We offer exciting activities, camp traditions, opportunities to meet new friends, and time to enjoy the great outdoors, so your son can learn about himself and grow in his walk with God.

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

What is a traditional camp?

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What is a traditional camp? It may be easiest to answer by contrast. A soccer camp specializes in teaching soccer through skilled instructors. They are great at that, and soccer players should go. A traditional camp specializes in growth through friends and adventure.

When campers live together week after week, summer after summer, they form a special type of friendship – they create a brotherhood, and that type of friendship builds an easy confidence. Think of the smile on your face the last time you discovered an unexpected friendship.

Second, boys need confidence, and they get that through a sense of adventure and the courage to explore things that are new and exciting. Think of the smile on your face the last time you succeeded at something you were not sure you could do. When boys do that, and when they get good at it, they develop resilience. That is what make s a boy go for a long hike in the snow, or play outside rather than staying home in front of the computer. It is also what makes them start a business, or work hard to get in a better school.

Growth through friends and adventure.

Great Camping!
Adam