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Attack Adulthood….Become a camp counselor!

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So you are in college and it has recently dawned on you that adulthood is absolutely unavoidable.  You will graduate in a period of 1-3 years (hopefully) and you will inevitably enter the “serious” time of your life when a career, spouse, house, children, 401K, and long term care insurance (just kidding…maybe?) will begin to change you from the free-wheeling good time person you are currently into an early to bed, gotta get up in the middle of the night to pee type of person with a mortgage.

This is beginning to weigh on you, right?  You don’t feel ready to become an adult and you aren’t sure what could possibly give you the tools necessary to become one.  Well then I have the perfect solution!  You need to become a summer camp counselor.

Why in the world is this the perfect solution for me you might be asking?  I am trying to be more responsible and become an adult.  How would spending the summer with a bunch of children help me in this?

Glad you asked!  Here are a few different reasons:

  1. Being a camp counselor means you get to act like a kid for the summer.  Do you like throwing water balloons?  Do you enjoy being outdoors and getting paid for it?  You need to be a counselor.
  2. Watching kids grow and learn is powerful and you see yourself better because of it.  After reason number one you might have thought this job was a cake walk, right?  Yeah, sorry about that.  It’s really hard.  And you will have to learn how to put yourself second (or last) a whole lot.  Kids make mistakes and helping them navigate that is not easy, but it is such great work.
  3. More and more employers are recognizing that summer camp counselors are better problem solvers and team members than the average candidate for employment.  Try navigating a homesick camper situation on their first night away from mom and dad (ever?) and tell me you haven’t learned a skill!  Check out this blog by one of our former directors on what employers can expect when they hire a person who has been a summer camp counselor.
  4. You will make the best friends ever.  Kids are hilarious in general so there is the relationships are usually built upon humor, living in close quarters breaks down barriers so you feel genuine with these folks, being in the woods makes you feel alive anyway, nights off from camp are super special because you finally have less responsibilities.  Relationships at camp are set up for success.

Are you still wondering if you have what it takes?  Check out this article on more benefits of being at a camp.

CIT Costa Rica Trip

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A team of Camp Merri-Mac and Camp Timberlake CIT’s recently experienced the trip of a lifetime. Together, they backpacked miles of rugged, mountainous jungles and rafted crystal clear whitewater. They explored caves, climbed giant trees and surfed the big waves of the Costa Rican Pacific Coast. During the trip, they enjoyed eating a variety of fruit from the jungle trees, fish from the rivers and beans grown on the mountain slopes. There’s nothing like sipping coffee that was grown right in the same mountains through which we trekked! Our team made sugar from cane, chocolate from cacao beans and learned what it is like for families to live “off the grid,” days from civilization, raising their own food, relying upon wood fire for cooking and rivers for water needs.
This training trip provided so many valuable opportunities to learn and reflect upon important aspects of leadership; aspects that are critical to being a successful counselor at camp. It was refreshing to “disconnect” from smartphones, devices and all of the busyness of our lives back home. Trekking through the beautiful remote Costa Rican nature restored our minds and bodies, allowing us to really dig into what it means to be a “servant leader” at camp.
What an amazing and memorable trip it was!

Why to Choose a Traditional Camp near Florida

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 Florida 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 Florida, contact Camp Timberlake at (828)-669-8766 for more information or to schedule a tour today!

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Residential Camp near Virginia

When you start to think of summer camps for your son, why not choose the best residential camp near Virginia? Well, to help you make your decision easier, we’ve compiled a list of 5 great reasons to send your son to a residential camp, like Camp Timberlake! And while it may seem too early to begin thinking about next summer, the earlier that you’ve made a decision, the less stressed you will be and the more your son has to look forward to!

We would hate for your son to miss out on what could be one of the best experiences of their childhood! Although the best way to see all that Camp Timberlake has to offer is by visiting us and seeing our campgrounds and residential camp facilities, you can keep on reading to learn a few of the many benefits that come along with going to Camp Timber Lake!

Here is a quick rundown of 5 reasons to send your son to our sleep-away camp!

1  WE Build Self-Confidence: Camp can seem overwhelming, especially to first time, young, shy campers. But, summer camp is actually the best place for your son to come out of their shell and develop a new self-confidence. We create an encouraging and supportive environment in which your child will feel comfortable trying new residential camp activities!

2   WE Teach Responsibility: At residential camp, children must learn to make decisions for themselves, such as what activities to participate in. Children also must learn to be responsible for keeping their cabin clean, and following a schedule of a typical day at residential camp. This learned responsibility carries over into their daily lives at home and in school as well.

3   WE Encourage Social Interactions: In today’s digital world, children are learning to communicate through a box…text messages, email, chat, etc. At summer camp, technology is removed, and children are able to gain the social skills needed to succeed later in life.

4   WE Promote Lifelong Friendships: There are no other friends like summer camp friends. Residential camp allows your children to form bonds with children they may have never had a chance to meet. Through shared experiences and adventures, your camp friends become your extended family!

5   WE Help Make Unforgettable Memories: Every summer at Camp Timberlake we strive to create the most amazing camp experience for our campers. Camp is a place for growing, memories, friendships, experiences, and most importantly FUN!

If you have any questions about Camp Timberlake, the best residential camp in North Carolina, or you would like to sign up for tour, or are ready to register feel free to give us a call! Contact us at (828) 669- 8766

1123 Montreat Road, Suite B
Black Mountain, NC 28711

What has been going on at camp?

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Great question!  A lot actually.  We have been on the road a bunch for both camper and staff recruitment.  So far for staff we have visited Vanderbilt (twice), Washington and Lee (twice), UVA, Ole Miss, Clemson, App State, UNC-Chapel Hill, Grandview University, Morningside College, Dort College, Northwestern College (the last four are in Iowa if you are curious), University of Florida, Goeorgia College, UGA, Virginia Tech, Montreat College, Bethel University, Northwestern University, and Western North Carolina.

For campers we have been in around 60 homes so far with more to come in January.

So lots of travel, but we also are in construction mode for the summer.  There are various maintenance upgrades like new concrete steps below the Mark, but our newest addition is an outdoor cooking class out behind the Wishing Well.  Boys have asked for a cooking course for the last four years and we are so happy to finally be able to offer it!

We built a pavilion out on Macky’s green that will be used for check in/out as well as camp activities.

Oh, and we also made tribal shirts for Christmas that you should order!  See the above photo.  Go Iroquois!

Three Timberlaker’s in World Renown Kayak Race!

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The 20th annual Green Race was held on Saturday, November 7th, 2015, and Camp Timberlake was represented well with former staff, Dakota Rogers and  camper, Jackson Singleton, participating in the race.  This renowned annual event is one of the most legendary, challenging, and well-respected creek races on the planet.  It draws professionals and serious boaters from around the country.  This race happens on the steepest section of The Green River Narrows and draws hundreds of spectators that crowd around the giant and intimidating looking signature rapid called, “Gorilla.”  Racers are competing compete against the clock and in sections depending upon the type of boat they are paddling.

We talked to Dakota Rogers about his experience racing this year.

How did you feel going into the race?  Nervous, but also super excited.  The Green Race is such an awesome experience.  It is definitely a “rite of passage” as kayaker.  The adrenaline was pumping knowing that so many people were watching. 

How did you train for this race specifically?  I paddled this section of the Green Narrows many times over the last year and half; perhaps 60 times or more.  I wasn’t ready for the race last year, but this was my year.  I have become very familiar with this section of river.

Was it scary?  The most frightening part was when a professional from the long boat kayak category tried to pass me right in Gorilla rapid, an extremely dangerous move that could’ve had disastrous consequences.  It turned out okay, but was very nerve wracking.  Race officials later reprimanded him for the move.

Are you happy with your finishing time?  I finished under 6 minutes in my short boat. My friend, Joey, and I had a friendly bet going about who could finish with the best time.  He won and now he gets to wear a tee shirt that says, “I beat Dakota!”  I have to wear one that says, “I got beat by Joey!”

So, you are going to race next year?

Definitely! Next year I want to finish the race under 5 minutes in the long boat category.  

Fishing with the Snively’s

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Austin and Tyler Snively are two of our counselors/fishing guides over the summer here at Camp Timberlake.  They began learning to fish as young boys in Winterhaven, Florida (primarily bass) and picked up fly-fishing for trout in the mountains very quickly as campers.

We do most of our trout fishing on the Davidson river, which is one of the only mandatory catch and release rivers in western NC.  It is because of this, that the fish there have the opportunity to get very big.  It also means that they have the opportunity to get very smart because the older fish get wiser as the flies float past them!  This means a well-trained guide is necessary.  Fortunately, the Snively brothers are Timberlake’s keys to success!

If you are interested in your son attending a fly-fishing trip this summer, make sure to either check the appropriate box on the online activity selection page or just give us a call.

 

Overnight Camp near South Carolina

Camp Timberlake is a Christian Overnight Camp near South Carolina for boys ages 6-16. At Camp Timberlake overnight summer camp, located in the picturesque mountains of North Carolina, we begin our day with breakfast and happy songs, followed by cabin clean-up and a meaningful chapel service. Here, boys are given the opportunity to partake in a variety of activities throughout the day and can even participate in out of camp excursions like backpacking, canoeing, kayaking, water skiing, rafting, and climbing trips. Year after year boys come back to our camp for more fun, and to enjoy a Christ centered environment. Camp Timberlake’s team of Christian leaders will keep your son busy and growing in self-esteem, confidence and leadership skills in a secure, community environment with friends that he will never forget.

To schedule a tour with Camp Timberlake in South Carolina, please contact us at (828) 669 8766.

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Residential Camp near Georgia

When it comes to sending your child to a residential camp near Georgia, are you still unsure about it? Well, we’ve compiled a list of 5 great reasons to send your son or daughter to a residential camp in North Carolina, like Camp Timberlake! And while it may seem too early to begin thinking about next summer, the earlier that you’ve made a decision, the less stressed you will be!

We would hate for your children to miss out on what could be one of the best experiences of their childhood! Although the best way to see all that Camp Timberlake has to offer is by visiting us and seeing our campgrounds and residential camp facilities, you can keep on reading to learn a few of the many benefits that come along with going to Camp Timber Lake!

Here is a quick rundown of 5 reasons to send your child to sleep-away camp!

1   Build Self-Confidence: Camp can seem overwhelming, especially to first time, young, shy campers. But, summer camp is actually the best place for your child to come out of their shell and develop a new self-confidence. We create an encouraging and supportive environment in which your child will feel comfortable trying new residential camp activities!

2   To Learn Responsibility: At residential camp, children must learn to make decisions for themselves, such as what activities to participate in. Children also must learn to be responsible for keeping their cabin clean, and following a schedule of a typical day at residential camp. This learned responsibility carries over into their daily lives at home and in school as well.

3   Social Interactions: In today’s digital world, children are learning to communicate through a box…text messages, email, chat, etc. At summer camp, technology is removed, and children are able to gain the social skills needed to succeed later in life.

4   Lifelong Friendships: There are no other friends like summer camp friends. Residential camp allows your children to form bonds with children they may have never had a chance to meet. Through shared experiences and adventures, your camp friends become your extended family!

5   Unforgettable Memories: Every summer at Camp Timberlake we strive to create the most amazing camp experience for our campers. Camp is a place for growing, memories, friendships, experiences, and most importantly FUN!

If you have any questions about Camp Timberlake, the best residential camp in North Carolina, or you would like to sign up for tour, or are ready to register feel free to give us a call! Contact us at (828) 669- 8766

1123 Montreat Road, Suite B
Black Mountain, NC 28711

Available Now! Christmas T-shirt

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Well, it might not even be Thanksgiving yet here in North Carolina but here before your very eyes is the new, Timberlake, Tribal, Christmas T-shirt!  This was created by our Cabin Area Director, Will Hixson, who runs his own business called Bluegrass Lore!  We are taking orders daily by phone.  Give us a call at 828-669-8766.

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