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Available Now! Christmas T-shirt






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.


Why Residential Camp is The Right Choice for Your Son

IMG_4952If you’re not sure why residential camp is so great for your son, then this is the blog for you. If you didn’t have the opportunity to attend residential camp as a child, you are probably weary about making the decision to send your son there next summer. And in all honesty, one of the best things you can do for your son is to send them to a residential camp in North Carolina, like Camp Timberlake!

The amazing memories that children make at Camp Timberlake will stay with them for the rest of their life. Aside from all the fun from playing and participating in exciting residential camp activities, our camp is unique in that it’s often a child’s first time being away from home for a long period of time. On top of that, it’s a chance to meet a bunch of other campers from all over the world, and live with them for a couple of weeks! All that time together while at a residential camp creates bonds that are impossible to come by anywhere else. Just imagine all of the opportunities to make new friends at residential camp! At residential camp there is no pressure to perform, be liked, or act a certain way, so you know that your friends like you for who you truly are.

Residential camp also fosters independence. It allows your son to get a chance to think for himself and make a lot of his own decisions. Campers are constantly learning life skills at residential camp. Whether it be gaining independence, becoming more confident, learning to communicate effectively, or anything else, residential camp is the perfect place to learn.

There are so many things that are great about residential camp. Probably the most valuable thing that children get out of going to residential camp is the special attention and support that’s available there. It’s one of the few places your son can get encouragement, not only from the residential camp counselors but also from his peers. A summer spent being around stress free challenges with cheers from your fellow campers 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 is a safe and reliable residential camp in North Carolina that is encourages, challenges and rewards as we help teach your son independence and build his self confidence over the summer.

Boy’s come to Camp Timberlake residential camp to have fun and the greatest summer of their life. If you’re interested in the best residential camp in North Carolina for your son next summer, please call Camp Timberlake at (828) 669-8766.

(Originally posted February 24, 2015. Updated November 3, 2015.)

Experiencing The New and Unknown at a Boys Summer Camp near Florida

DSCN3501By the time our boys summer camp near Florida rolls around, many kids are in need of a change in scenery. One of the great things about going away for the summer is experiencing the new and unknown. Camp Timberlake, located in Black Mountain, North Carolina, has so much to offer your son that he simply just can’t get at home. With a new environment and a variety of activities, we lead in providing fun and summer adventure to boys from all over the world. Here are some things your child can enjoy here at Camp Timberlake.

  • New friends: Staying home in the same old environment can be very limiting and your son would probably stick with the same few school friends with little opportunity to meet new people and experience fresh friendships. At Camp Timberlake, campers can branch out of their usual social groups and boys make friends for life at summer camp.
  • Trying New Things: With so many programs here at Camp Timberlake, campers have the opportunity to try something completely new for them. From sports to trips, Camp Timberlake can help your child to foster new interests and pick up new hobbies by participating in a bunch of our boys summer camp activities.
  • A Break from Technology: In our modern world, technology is a part of everything we do. While away at Camp Timberlake, children can work on communication skills by using letter writing and face-to-face conversation. By taking the high tech and digital out of everyday life, campers will learn to appreciate all that mother nature has to offer. And with the help of our boys summer camp staff, campers will learn how amazing the outdoors really is.
  • Diversity: We are a boy’s Christian camp, with many personalities that attend Camp Timberlake. From the shy and quiet ones, to the loud and outgoing, the athletic, and the artistic, your camper can get to know all different kinds of people. Regardless of your child’s personality type, they will fit in at Camp Timberlake.
  • Discovering Traditions: Camp Timberlake has been around since the 1945, making it a very long run program. Because of this, we are home to many traditions that have been part of the Camp Timberlake camping experience. New campers can come join in our traditions and discover practices that they have not before seen at other camps. We are unique in how we run and what we offer, all thanks to our long running traditions.

Whatever you’re child is looking for this summer, there is always something to be discovered at Camp Timberlake. We offer many new ways to break from the plain routine that many kids go through consistently over the year. With sports, new friends, and the great outdoors, your child can learn so much about himself this summer.

If you’re looking for the best boys summer camp near Florida for your son next summer, look no further than Camp Timberlake! To find out more about our summer camp or to schedule a tour, please call us at (828) 669-8766.

(Originally published June 2, 2014. Updated October 27, 2015.)

How Do I Know if My Son is Ready for Camp?

DSCN0301When you found this article, you were probably looking for a yes or no answer, right? However, it’s impossible for anyone besides yourself and your child to make this hard decision. Here at Camp Timberlake, we start accepting campers once they turn seven. For some people, sending your son to a Christian camp in North Carolina at age seven is a scary thought. And for others, they might be completely ready for this opportunity. But how exactly do you know if your son is ready to start spending their summers away at camp? Here are a few ways for you and your child to decide whether or not he is ready to spend a summer at camp!

  • Has your child ever spent a few nights away from their house or away from you? How did they respond to this change? If your son has attended a couple of sleepovers or spent some nights away from home and felt comfortable rather than homesick or upset, that is a good sign your son is probably ready for a summer at Camp Timberlake. Leaving home and spending a summer away from family and home can be a scary experience, so make sure to talk about how they might feel and that it is their choice.
  • Is your son prone to feeling homesick? We’re not talking about the normal homesickness that everyone feels when he may feel when he’s been away from home for a couple of days. We’re talking about feeling homesick when they get dropped off at school for a couple of hours, or if they have trouble leaving your (the parent’s) side. This might be a sign that your child is not independent enough to go away to Christian camp this summer. But remember, feeling homesick at Christian camp is completely normal and happens to most of our campers, so don’t be alarmed if you get a phone call or letter home where your son misses home. It happens to everyone!
  • The best source to go to when it comes to this decision is the Christian camp staff. Find out if you can speak with one of the counselors or the camp director. It’s likely that they have had a ton of experience with this topic and will hopefully have some advice.

If you are interested in the best Christian camp in North Carolina for your son next summer, then call Camp Timberlake at (828)-669-8766 for more information or to schedule a tour of our campgrounds today!




Why a Christian Camp is the Right Choice

DSCN0613Here at Camp Timberlake, we are already counting down the days until our campers come back next June. We can honestly say that this was the best and most exciting summer yet, filled with endless fun and a ton of new friends! And parents, making the decision to send your son to Camp Timberlake is the best choice you could make for their summer break plans. Besides always being surrounded by their friends and participating a bunch of fun activities, boys also learn every single day. Keep on reading to find out why our Christian camp near South Carolina is the right choice for your son’s summer plans next year!

Here at Camp Timberlake, from the moment that you drop your son off at our campgrounds; he will gain life skills that are impossible to get anywhere else. Some of the life skills gained at Christian camp include independence, confidence in both themselves and their abilities, and much more. One of the best parts about Camp Timberlake is all of the Christian camp activities that we have to offer! What are some of the things that your son loves to do in his spare time? Is there a specific sport that he likes? What about going on some outdoor adventures? There are a ton of different activities for your son to choose from during his summer at Camp Timberlake. And like we mentioned before, Camp Timberlake is a traditional Christian camp. With that being said, we believe that we are called to do all things to the glory of God. In order to do that, we teach our activities, plan our summer camp program, foster friendships, serve our meals, build our cabins, and train our horses with excellence as the standard! All of our amazing Christian camp staff has a high view of scripture and a strong understanding of grace and the gospel. By sending your son to Camp Timberlake, it is a guarantee that they will spend their summer in the happiest environment in which the love of Jesus Christ is displayed by the staff and experienced by everyone.

If you’re interested in sending your son to the best Christian camp near South Carolina, than contact Camp Timberlake! Call us at (828)-669-8766 for more information or to schedule a tour today!

Life Lessons at Camp

IMG_3589smSince camp ended last month at Camp Timberlake, we have been working hard to ensure that next summer is even better than this one (if that’s even possible)! But besides having a ton of fun at our Christian overnight camp near Georgia, boys will also learn a lot about the world and about themselves. Overnight camp teaches boys lessons that will remain with them for the rest of their life. Keep on reading to find out what your son will learn when he attends Camp Timberlake.

  1. Independence: For many children, attending overnight camp is their first experience away from their family and home for an extended period of time. Over the course of the summer, boys will learn to be independent and how to live on their own. Rather than depending on their parents, boys will instead have our amazing Christian overnight camp staff guiding and helping them with any problems that they may have.
  2. Social Skills: Because of the popularity of social media and cell phones, children aren’t developing social skills that are needed. Since Camp Timberlake is a cellphone free zone, it is the opportunity for campers to learn and improve their social skills. Whether it is working as a team or communicating with a fellow camper, there are plenty of opportunities to practice socialization, and make tons of friends, at Christian overnight camp.
  3. No Judgment: Many children are afraid to try new things out of fear of judgment or failing in front of their peers. But when children participate in our Christian overnight camp activities, they can try new things without the fear of being judged or made fun of. At Camp Timberlake, everyone is free to try new things and be themselves in a safe and supportive community.

If you’re looking for the best Christian overnight camp near Georgia for your son next summer, then call Camp Timberlake at (828)-669-8766 for more information or to schedule a tour of our campgrounds today!

A Few Quick Tips for Getting the Best Camper Photos of the Summer










1) Pay attention to the light

Diffused, soft light is a key to beautiful images.  Although this light happens early and late in the day, there are tricks to finding it at other times throughout the day.  I like to look for campers in the shade which trees or buildings have created.  Use Clouds to your advantage; they are wonderful diffusers of light!  I often wait for campers to move out of the harsh, direct sun until I start shooting.  Communicate well with your subjects.  Sometimes having them take a couple of steps to the side or rotate direction will make all of the difference in the world!

Always be aware of the sun’s location in the sky.  I frequently shoot in the direction of the sun, letting its light give the subject some pleasant back lighting on their hair.  This also eliminates the shadows on a person’s face.










2) Go for great composition

Considering just a few things when you’re framing your subject can turn a snapshot into a piece of art!

Fill your frame.  Cutting down on background clutter by zooming in on your subject or stepping in closer will consistently improve your results.  This simplifies the scene and avoids distracting background features. I’m constantly looking to avoid those distractions like trees or branches coming from behind heads!

Avoid the middle of the frame with your subject.  This can turn a “blah” picture into a real “keeper” that is interesting and dynamic.  I seek to do this while creating a nice balance with everything else in the scene.  Photography nerds call this the “rule of thirds.”

Lines can draw viewers into an image and give some nice depth to the composition. I am always looking to use paths, roads, streams, fences, buildings, alleys and bridges to make a more interesting composition.   These “leading lines” can add some serious magic to your images!










3) Candid shots are the best

Use the element of surprise to your advantage. You will end up getting more special shots with people looking natural and relaxed. Standing on the edge of the action rather than front and center can be a great place to start. A longer zoom lens is a real advantage for this;  I LOVE my 70-200mm lens.

Distract your subject. Getting people to think and talk about something else will bring out their comfortable and relaxed side.  A great place to start is asking questions about their family, pets or favorite people, places and things.  Start snapping away while they are talking and unaware!


About the author:

Dave Johnson is an assistant director for Camp Merri-Mac for Girls and Camp Timberlake for Boys and a portrait photographer who loves taking pictures at camp!


The Importance of Spending Time Outside

11713679_10152987583038779_572046403946307181_oThe summer might be coming to an end, but that doesn’t mean that spending time outside has to as well! Here at Camp Timberlake, we encourage our campers to spend as much time as possible outside while they are here for the summer. But we hope this doesn’t end as soon as they leave our boys overnight camp near Florida! Instead, encourage your children to spend time with nature, and keep on reading to learn more about the importance of spending time outside!

  • Research shows that children are spending about half as much time outdoors as they did 20 years ago. Parent, remember all of the memories you have playing games in the backyard and riding bikes through your neighborhood? It is highly likely that your children won’t have these memories, as they get older. Instead, they’ll remember all of the different video games and TV shows that they binge watched. To change this, have them practice some of the boys overnight camp activities that they would normally participate in during the summer! It’s great practice for next summer as well.
  • Spending sixty minutes of unstructured free play every day is essential to a child’s mental and physical health. School has become an extremely stressful and anxiety inducing place for children. By making them spend just sixty minutes of time outside playing, they are given a much-needed break and an opportunity to relax and move around.
  • Hey parents, spending time outside isn’t only important for children. Spe­­nding just a few minutes outside acts as a natural stress reliever. It reduces blood pressure, heart rate, and muscle tension. It can also relieve depression, improve memory, increase attention span, and make you overall a happier person. And who wouldn’t want any of that?
  • Lastly, children who spend time outside are overall healthier. They are less likely to become obese, become better students, and become more creative in their day-to-day life. We encourage our campers to explore our boys overnight campgrounds while they’re here for the summer. And once they get home, go and explore your own neighborhood with them. Go for a hike, go for a swim, anything to keep you all moving and spending some time in the great outdoors.

To guarantee a summer filled with spending some much needed time outside, there’s nothing better than sending your son to Camp Timberlake! Call the best boys overnight camp near Florida at (828)-669-8766 for more information or to schedule a tour today.

Myths: Choosing a Summer Camp

DSCN1231When it comes to finding the perfect summer camp for your son or daughter, you may hear a lot of “tips” that aren’t always that accurate. Here at Camp Timberlake, we have had campers happily return year after year and are here to help you! We know how difficult it can be to find the perfect summer camp near Virginia, and to help, we are going to shed some light on the so called tips you may have heard during your search! Keep on reading to see some of the top myths that we have come across and the truth behind them.

  • “Send your child to summer camp with one of their friends”
    • This myth is a little complicated. While you don’t necessarily have to send your son or daughter to a summer camp with a friend, some parents may feel more comfortable doing so. A lot of parents have this fear that their son or daughter will not make any friends at summer camp, and to disregard that fear, they send their child to a camp in which their friend is attending. However, it is basically impossible for your son or daughter to not make any friends at summer camp. Within the first day, children meet a ton of their new fellow campers, and more often then not find a new friend! Plus, don’t just decide to send your child to a camp because their friend loves it. Every camp is different, just like every child is different. Just because your child’s best friend loves a camp doesn’t mean that your child will as well!
  • “Online tours are the best way to see the camp”
    • Whoever said this is completely false! Would you ever decide on a college based on an online tour? Probably not, so think about summer camp the same way. The best way to see if a summer camp is “right” for your child is by visiting it. This gives you and your children an opportunity to explore the summer camp facilities and to check out the surroundings. This is also the perfect opportunity to ask any questions you might have!
  • “The perfect age to begin sending your child to summer camp is…”
    • There really isn’t a “perfect age” to start summer camp. Every child and parent is different and only they can decide if they are really ready. With that being said, summer camps often create schedules based on a child’s age. By doing this, children are given the opportunity to participate in summer camp activities that are age appropriate. Therefore, the perfect age to send your child to summer camp is when both you and your son or daughter feel comfortable with the idea and ready to go!

We hope that this helped to clear up any misconceptions regarding choosing a summer camp! If you’re ready to send your son to the best summer camp near Virginia, then call Camp Timberlake now! Call us at (828)-669-8766 for more information or to schedule a tour of our campgrounds today!

Make Friends for Life at Summer Camp

11802773_10153042796313779_1311719003614536556_oMany people think that school is the best place for children to make new friends, but what about summer camp?! Summer camp provides children with the perfect opportunity to make lifelong friends in a relaxed and fun environment. At summer camp, your son or daughter will work together with fellow campers to achieve a similar goal. Children will also get to experience some friendly competition against each other. This gives children a chance to experience teamwork, to learn good sportsmanship, but most importantly to have fun and make new friends! At Camp Timberlake, campers have the entire summer to bond with each other and leave having made new friends of all ages, backgrounds, and from all over the world. By sending your child to our summer camp near Georgia, you are giving them the opportunity of a lifetime to meet new people and try out new experiences that they couldn’t get anywhere other than camp.

Many of our campers say that they have met their best friends at summer camp. During the school year, it can be extremely difficult for children to make new friends that they truly connect with. With all of the stress from class, after school activities, and constantly being busy, children may not have a chance to interact with one another. So instead, summer camp provides children will a relaxed and comfortable environment where they are free to meet new people and be themselves without feeling judged. By participating in different summer camp activities, your child will get to meet fellow campers who have similar interests. Who knows, maybe they will meet their new best friend on the soccer field or sitting next to them at dinner! Camp Timberlake is equipped with passionate, skilled summer camp counselors who care about every single camper and giving them the best summer ever. Our program is designed to encourage participation, teach new skills and lessons, and inspire campers so they can succeed individually and together as a group or team. We have campers returning year after year, looking forward to another great summer of friends and fun!

If you’re interested in sending your child to the best summer camp near Georgia, then look no further than Camp Timberlake! Call us at (828)-669-8766 for more information or to schedule a tour of our campgrounds today!