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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!

Timberlake’s newest Seminole








A lot of our Timberlake family will remember the great “Sultan of Fun”, Stephen Owens, from a few years back.  He was our Program director, Intern, Assistant Director, and general expert in all things fun.  He and his wife, Brie, (also a bit of a camp legend at Merri-Mac) went through quite a long and emotional adoption process.  We have been praying for them now for about four years that doors would open for them to have a child of their own.  Well the doors opened wide for them with young Stephen Joseph Owens II.  (and they would need to swing wide because this baby is a bruiser!)  The Seminoles just got a real boost with some future talent for Sock war.  So happy for these folks and so proud to call them a camp family!

Tips for Choosing the Best Summer Camp

DSCN0301Summer provides children with a perfect opportunity to learn new things and try out new activities. One of the best ways of to do this without spending summer at home, is by going to a summer camp! At a summer camp near South Carolina, like Camp Timberlake, boys are given an opportunity to spend some time away from home with new friends and have endless hours of fun every single day.

However, there are a ton of different summer camps near South Carolina, making it extremely difficult to find the “perfect” one for your son. So Camp Timberlake has come up with a few tips to make this process a little less stressful for you!


One way to cancel out some of the summer camps is by crossing out the ones that you know your family won’t be able to afford. The price of summer camp ranges from one camp to another, so make sure to check out the rates & dates page to ensure whether or not a specific camp is in your price range. Also, before signing up for a camp find out if there are any discounts that your family may be able to qualify for.


How far away the summer camp is may influence your decision. With summer camps that are sleepaway, the distance may not play as big a role in your decision. But always make sure that you and your child are comfortable with how far away from home the summer camp is.


The easiest way to ensure that your son has a good time at summer camp, is by sending them to one that offers activities that he is interested in. Make sure the summer camp activities that he is interested in are offered at each specific camp. Also, find out how many times a week and how long he will actually be able to participate in these activities.


The summer camp staff are the people who will be supervising and spending the summer with your son. Make sure that you trust these people and know they are trained for any situation that may arise. If possible, have you and your son meet with a counselor and ask questions. If you have any concerns or questions regarding the camp, the summer camp staff is the number one source to go to.

Your Child

Since your son is the one who will be attending the summer camp, allow him to make the final decision. Narrow down your list to the summer camps that you are comfortable with, and have him choose one. Your list should include summer camps that meet all of your standards and will give your son the best summer camp experience possible.

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

Finding the Perfect Summer Camp

IMG_7707Even though the summer may have just ended here at Camp Timberlake, have you started thinking about what your son will be doing next year? The earlier that you find a summer camp for your child, the less stress you will endure and the more money you’re likely to save! And who doesn’t want that? To make the process easier, our summer camp near Virginia has a few tips to help you find the perfect camp for your son or daughter next summer!

Like we said before, the earlier that you decide on a summer camp, the more likely you are to qualify for discounts. The price of summer camp may seem out of reach, but with referral, sibling, and early bird discounts summer camp can be affordable. If you’re worried that your son or daughter won’t enjoy the camp, make sure to do your research! The easiest way to guarantee that your child loves their experience is by choosing a camp that offers activities that they enjoy. Look through the summer camp activities and explore all of the options. See what your son or daughter is interested in doing at camp and make sure the camp specifically offers that. Don’t worry about how far the summer camp is from your home. While the distance may seem like a huge deal, it really isn’t. If you and your child are interested in a summer camp, don’t cross it off the list because you feel as though it is “too far from home”. Instead, go and visit the camp. See what the trip there is like, look at the campgrounds, explore the summer camp facilities, and see if you and your child are comfortable there. If you feel like it is the perfect fit, then it probably is. Finding a summer camp for your son or daughter may seem difficult, but once you finally find the perfect one all of the stress is gone and your child will have the best summer of their life!

If you’re interested in sending your child to the best summer camp near Virginia, then contact Camp Timberlake! Call us today at (828)-669-8766 for more information or to schedule a tour of our campgrounds.

Why Summer Camp is Great for Boys


We can’t believe that another summer has come and gone here at Camp Timberlake! This summer was definitely one of the best here at our summer camp near South Carolina and we are already counting down until drop off day next year. And for those who weren’t already aware, sending your son to Camp Timberlake is one of the best decisions you could make.

  • Children Gain Independence

From the moment that you drop your son off at Camp Timberlake, he learns to be independent and how to take care of himself. For many children, going to summer camp is one of the first times away from home and their family for an extended period of time. With the help of our amazing summer camp staff, children will quickly adjust and gain independence that is very beneficial to their future.

  • Come Home with New Friends

By the end of the summer, your son will have tons of new friends that he made at summer camp. A lot of our campers say that they have met their best friends at Camp Timberlake and count down until they are reunited the next summer!

  • Participate in New Activities

Camp Timberlake offers a variety of summer camp activities that many children won’t have the opportunity to try out anywhere else. There are a bunch of options for boys to choose to participate in. We offer everything from fencing and rocketry, to soccer and kayaking. We are positive that your son will find something that he loves to do at Camp Timberlake.

  • Disconnect From Technology

We believe that all children need a chance to disconnect from technology and reconnect with the world around them. Instead of being connected to a cord or cell phone, children will have opportunities to explore our extensive campgrounds and summer camp facilities, probably even go on an adventure to see the great outdoors! Summer camp is a great place to get away from the stress that comes along with school, and instead have a chance to relax and reconnect with nature.

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