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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

Clark Beckham continues!

Well, he made it through! It was so cool to see Clark give his best performance thus far and then interact with the musical celebrities. I personally loved that he asked Harry Connick Jr. if he was close to his standard for musical success. Clark is amazing for a lot of reasons but the most striking to me lately is that he is not defined by his performance (however wonderful). This gives him the ability to be transparent and vulnerable because his worth comes from above. So proud of this man of God and thankful that Camp Timberlake got to benefit from his gifts as a counselor while here. He continues to be a wonderful role model for our boys and we are cheering for him over here in Black Mountain!

Dan

Our camp Chapel

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Every morning for 70 years we’ve gathered in our chapel by the lake to sing loud songs and hear a quiet message.  It’s my favorite place, which is good since I figure that I’ve spent about 2,500 hours leading programs there.  I especially like that it is open-air.  I think that says something about the way we live at camp, our faith not being separated from the rest of what we do.  I also like that it overlooks Lake Doris.  It is impossible to sit in the chapel without daydreaming about the things that are about to happen on that lake.  I think what we do in chapel should always be in reference to our whole lives.  We should always daydream a little.

All of that will stay exactly the same, but there is something that is going to change.  After 70 years the chapel foundation has given way, and it’s time to rebuild.  Of course the new chapel will be beautiful, and in many ways it will be a big improvement over the old one, but I promise that in the most important ways it will be exactly the same.  Each morning we will sit next to our best friends and sing.  Each morning the boys will hear a little bit more about the faith that makes their counselors so exceptional.  And each morning the counselors will stay behind to pray for their boys.  So I am looking forward to another 2,500 hours in our chapel.

Designing the new chapel has made us think through a lot of things we don’t normally think about.  For example, there has been a lot of talk about whether we should give the new chapel a name.  We decided that we like it the way it is.  It is one of the only buildings at camp that has never had a name, so we’re going to keep it that way.  Sometimes the role something plays, in this case its being a chapel, says more about its character than any other name can.  Of course that is different in other places.  Greybeard is much more than just a cabin!

So in the end I don’t think we are going to have a new chapel at all.  We’re just going to have the chapel.  It will be the same chapel that Macky led, the same chapel that Spencer led, the same Chapel that Dan and Buzz and Denoia led, and the same chapel that our boys have always loved.

 

Great Camping!

Adam and Ann Boyd

Get ready to watch Clark Beckham tonight on American Idol!

Our camp family needs to get ready to unite for our former Timberlake counselor, Clark Beckham, on American Idol’s Hollywood week.  We can watch him tonight 8/7 central on Fox.  So proud of this guy.  Here is a preview of one of his group performances.  He sounds awesome!  There is no way he doesn’t get through.

 

Skilled Staff? a closer look at how skilled.

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The activities we offer at Merri-Mac and Timberlake are exceptional. Therefore, when we begin to hire for the summer we look for exceptionally skilled individuals. We know finding the best staff is important so that our campers have the quality experience they need to succeed in personal growth and adventure.

We want athletes, who play at the college level; gymnasts, who compete for their school’s club or team; backpackers, who are certified and go out into the wilderness every weekend; potters, who are studying the art of pottery; horseback riders, who show and jump on their college team. You get the picture! So, let’s look at some of our staff that are making their activity at camp a lifestyle during the year.

Timberlake and Merri-Mac climbing instructors Petey G., Sydney B., and Maddy M. are going out almost every weekend, really any chance they can, to climb. Not only are they climbing in their area, the mountains of Western North Carolina, these skilled climbers are also taking trips to places like Red River Gorge in Kentucky and T-Wall (the Tennessee Wall) in Chattanooga, TN. They’re also hoping to head to Indian Creek in Moab, Utah in the spring.

Maddy M.

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Petey G. 
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Sydney B. and Maddy M. at Red River Gorge

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Sydney B. at Ship Rock

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Merri-Mac staff bouldering 

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Sydney B. and Maddy M.

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Maddy M. loves to climb! 

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Petey G. crack climbing at Red River Gorge. 

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Summer staff are not the only one’s taking climbing trips, our year round staff Adam, Ryan and Noah recently went ice climbing at Sam’s Knob. Needless to say, the Merri-Mac and Timberlake climbing program is trained and taught by professionals.

Black Mountain Expeditions’ Director Ryan ice climbing.

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ryan, brock, adam ice climbingRyan (BME Director), Adam (Merri-Mac and Timberlake Director) and Brock taking a quick break from their ice climb.

The Merri-Mac and Timberlake paddling program is phenomenal, and our paddling staff is no exception. During the staff reunion over Christmas, five of our kayakers paddled section 9 on the French Broad River, despite the cold winter morning and even colder river rapids they were to face.

Elizabeth P., cabin area director and head of Kayaking for the summer, first learned to kayak at camp on Lake Doris. Now, Elizabeth is the Kayaking Key Staff for the Outing Club at W&L, and she teaches their Kayaking Roll class. She hopes to eventually take her class out on the James and Maury rivers.

Dakota R. will be joining our Trip Staff team for his first summer at camp, but this is by no means his first experience paddling. He grew up in the area around camp, and currently spends his time going down Class 5 rivers. Dakota will be teaching our campers the techniques to maneuver down the very Class 3 rivers he knows so well.

Dakota R.

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Elizabeth P. teaching W&L students how to roll.

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Mary Grace B. invested in a new kayak. She named her kayak Elsa and is excited for Lake Doris to meet her!

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Mary Page B., Dakota R., Hank B., Kelli Ann T., Ethan T. (not pictured), and Mary Grace B. brave the icy weather to paddle section 9, during staff reunion.

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The Mountain Bike program at camp is fairly new for Timberlake and this summer will be Merri-Mac’s 1st summer. We recently hired two cyclists, who compete on the Milligan Cycling team Andrew and Hannah. These two are constantly racing and, it seems, always standing on podiums qualifying in their major races.

Joe B. attends Covenant College and is our veteran Mountain Biker for Timberlake. Joe continues to impress us by using any free time he can to hit the trails on Lookout Mountain.

Andrew S., Head of Mountain Biking (Andrew will join the Milligan Cycling coaching staff in Fall 2015) 

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In hopes to work her way towards professional cycling, Hannah S. will participate in at least 6 races across the southeast and in California this June. 2nd Session she will join Andrew and Joe teaching Mountain Biking to our Merri-Mac and Timberlake campers.

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One of the many mountain bike routes on Lookout Mountain, where Joe B. spends his time. 
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What a great picture to end on! We’re confident that Andrew S. has a lot to teach our campers about the epic sport of Mountain Biking.

We can only imagine what this summer will teach our campers and staff. But, we can guarantee it will be an adventurous summer guided by quality camp staff.

If you’d like your son and his father to experience some adventure, during the year, check out what we’re offering in May! – http://www.camptimberlake.com/father-son-adventure-weekend/

 

written by Intern: Sadie Roebuck

*first picture on post: Andrew S. during a night climb 

Why Send Your Son To Christian Camp

In your search for the perfect summer camp you might wonder why you would send your son to a Christian camp. If you’re a Christian parent who believes that we are called to do all things to the glory of God, then sending your son to a summer camp that emphasizes and supports your beliefs might be the best choice. Kids today are bombarded with alternative thinking, and the summer is a great time to rebuild and strengthen Christian values and ideas. You can wonder why you would send your child to Christian camp until you realize by visiting one, and talking to the counselors and directors, how different an experience it is. 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. It’s so important for boys to have the opportunity to foster Christian friendships with kids their age who share the same faith.

All of our camp counselors are chosen to serve in Christian leadership. They must have a high view of Scripture and a strong understanding of grace and the gospel. Our chapel and devotion times are very important, but much more important is the Christian leadership demonstrated by our counselors. 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.

Clark Beckham’s Audition with American Idol

So he made it, people! Harry Connick Jr. came down hard on him at one point but he got the ticket to the next round. Let’s keep giving Clark our Camp Timberlake support! Proud of our guy. Don’t forget to tune into Fox and vote as the next round gets closer.

Camp Timberlake Counselor Clark Beckham makes American Idol

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These are exciting times for our Camp Timberlake family!  We have a budding rock legend in our midst with one of our counselors (and proud Iroquois), Clark Beckham.  He is competing to advance in American Idol’s top 24, in Nashville.  We are so proud of him and are thrilled that he is finally in the spotlight.  Clark is a fantastic person with amazing talent!
Make sure to tune into Fox Wednesdays and Thursdays at 8/7 central.   We are hearing early reports that Clark’s segment before the judges will be on tonight’s episode!  Tune in with us this evening to watch American Idol and don’t forget to vote for him when that time comes.  Let’s show Clark Beckham our camp support!