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A Swell Saturday

Today was a gorgeous day at Camp Timberlake. We started our day off strong with a breakfast of cheese omelets, blueberry muffins, and sausage links, and then headed off to the “morning yell” and chapel.

Lunch was mac ‘n’ cheese and mini corn dogs, which is always a big hit. Then it was off for another exciting day of activities. Michael S. and Alex E. both earned their bronze marks in Canoeing. Fox S. won World Cup in his soccer class, and Warren D. won his class’s match up.

Carlton W. taught wrestling class to his peers, and Jake W., Sam S., Ben L., and William B. all earned their bronze marks in Wrestling.

James B., Jack B., and Henry B. all went on a kayaking trip to the Pigeon River. The water levels were high, and they totally crushed it! They all also got their combat rolls. Meanwhile in Airsoft, Thompson B. completed his 2 vs 3 (against counselors) match, and James K. showed great skill on the field.

Mitchell G. completed his first roll today in kayaking class, and Garrison B. led the backpacking class in fire building and s’more making.

Dinner was cheese ravioli, break sticks, steamed veggies, and chocolate chip cookies for dessert. Our evening activity tonight is “Cabin Night,” where each cabin does an activity together such as laser tag, free swim, or make a bonfire. It’s a lot of fun, a great time for bonding, and a memory that campers take with them for years.

Signing off,
Jameson E.
Canoeing instructor, Big Piney counselor, proud Iroquois

TGIF!

The morning came quick today, and I was surprised to be awoken to something other than a friendly trumpet.  SUN!!! It pierced through the cabin screens reaching campers before their counselors could get to them with the anticipated cowbell.  A proven tool that has a 100% success rate for getting those extra groggy campers down to Tucker Inn.
On the porch of Graybeard cabin, I watched as the young men of Stompers Knob walked past on their way back from sleeping at the Mark.  They had this new authority in their steps and posture, I can only imagine last nights initiation to the upper cabins was something quite special.  The walk down to breakfast I find, is one of the most beautiful times at camp.  The sun shines its rays through scattered openings in the trees, creating an almost spotlit path to the bottom of the hill.  As campers flow down the hill and build up on the back porch, the smells of something good sneak through the doors and draw campers in the dining hall to, “Stand around those tables”.  We’re having pancakes! Not just ordinary pancakes but blueberry pancakes.  What an occasion it was, setting the mood for the rest of a lovely camp day.
At Chapel Dakota M. taught us what is looks like to lean into God when we sometimes feel like the walls above us are just too high.  Very relevent for my cabin, the men of Grey beard as we headed to cabin clean up, where we suffered a catastrophic loss the other day and needed something pretty close to perfect in order to make it back.  We pulled out our heavy duty artillery… the swiffer, thanks to Miles and Garrison B.  After quarters were bounced on beds and white gloves were swiped across cubbies it was off to activities.
It was an active morning on the lake as campers learned how to be hip by using their hips.  Harris taught hip snaps and to some more advanced “yak-ers” the T rescue.  Lucas O. even earned his silver, and Khari D. got his bronze bars.  Down below in the Enchanted Barn some magicians worked await their crafts.  Gabe V. and Reed turned balls of clay into beautiful pieces of art and are looking forward to glazing them in the next few days. A couple doors down the mad scientists in rocketry worked hard to finished up their flying machines.  Tommy B. really help out to get everyone ready for launch.  Hey, it’s only rocket science.
Speaking of launch, it was just about that time as tummies, mistaken for rockets rumbled away.  I don’t think I’m the only one that gets extremely excited for the lunches at Camp.  They are phenomenal to the point where I’ve heard others say they would eat a Timberlake lunch for every meal of the day! Today was nothing different, Philly cheesesteak and curly fries.  They did their job and put everyone in a food coma, so rest time fit perfectly inline for our schedule.
After a much needed nap the excitement wash all over my body again, it was free time and on this very particular hot, sunny day we had a free swim.  there was blobbing and kayaking, kids were jumping off the diving boards, it was a perfect way to cool down and enjoy the sun we had.
From there we jumped back into activities,  In paintball the campers ducked into the trees and behind barriers, Cameron S. took step to get closer to his silver bar.  At fencing there was a dueling match that took its way up from the mark all the way down the spencer’s green when it ended in a Coupe of the leader of soccer Nick L.  Over in archery stakes were high as campers worked for their bars.  It ended in Owen S. receiving his silver bar and John Menendez having to do 88 push ups.
It felt like a Friday night when we had amazing barbecue chicken for dinner and ice cream sandwiches for dessert.  And because It’s Friday, that means Little Chief.  A night and event to recognized all the amazing things these kids do at this camp.  From leading in their cabins, to showing their skills in daily activities.  After the ceremony one of the most wonderful comes is played.  Counselor hunt.  It’s a massive game of hide and seek between campers and counselors.
In all it was one of those days that really felt like camp.  The sun was out and there was laughter throughout the grounds. Another wonderful day at Camp Timberlake.
Now I need to go find a good place to hide.
Peace,
Street Croci

Trivia Tuesday

As the day began, the sun was late to show. The dreary daze, however, couldn’t keep the campers from having yet another amazing day at camp. Oh no, not even the melancholy weather could affect the joy that coincides with camps favorite meal, GEOMETRY BREAKFAST! Who knew math could be so tasty? After the unique math lesson ended, it was outside for the morning, silence? A bit of a switch up from the usual morning yell, but on the brightside, our voices were given a chance to rest.

At chapel, Tyler S. recalled a humorous tale of pranks and tomfoolery that occurred on a hunting trip he attended as a child…the only catch was that he was the one who was pranked. But alas he was saved by his father! Tyler’s true story was nicely paired with the 1 st verse from Ephesians chapter 2. The story set quite the example of how we have all been saved by God’s grace. After the closing prayer it was straight to one of the most competitive contests camp has to offer. Cabin Cleanup!

After an hour of ferocious cleaning it was time for the daily activities to begin! Though the weather was subpar, everyone seemed determined to make the most of the day! The guys in pottery stared adding their finishing touches on all the pieces they have made! In swimming, Tyler S. took the next step to getting his silver by treading water for twenty minutes! Up the mountain at the Mark, William B. demonstrated to the rest of the class how to perform a double leg take down! Olympics bound? Maybe!

Soon enough it was time again for yet another camp favorite, PIZZA DAY! Trust me, there is nothing better than pizza for lunch. It is the meal that everyone longs for whilst at camp. The meal was interrupted, however, when the classic “Come on Eileen” began to play through the speaker system. The whole entire dining hall erupted in the singing of the songs chorus. It was quite the spectacle! After lunch came the announcements everyone was waiting for: Cabin Cleanup scores, and the results of Battle ball. In a shocking turn of events, Greybeard was dethroned as the youngest cabin, Tomahawk, won cleanliest cabin! Then came the results of battle ball…Iroquois wins! As a proud Seminole I must confess that this news did not bring a smile to my face, but it happens. It’s fine, I’m fine…

After such an eventful morning, rest time came at the perfect time! During free time, the boys put this renewed energy to good use by various tetherball and thunder ball games! Soon enough the daily activities resumed the boys went back to work, learning the various and exciting skills Timberlake has to offer. Over in backpacking, Garrison B. was a big help in teaching the younger campers how to tie different knots! In climbing, both Jack and James B. completed the infamous Overhang! Up at the archery range, Jay W. Mitchell G. and Jake W. all shot target requirements that will help them earn bars! Watch out Katniss Everdeen!

As the dinner bells chimed, yet another fantastic meal of burrito casserole was served! I believe it’s safe to say that there were no leftovers. After the meal concluded, the highly anticipated evening activity was announced. TRIBAL TRIVIA!! I have hope that my beloved Seminoles will reign victorious tonight! Only time will tell. After evening activity, the cabin of Stompers Knob will have a surprise waiting for them. For tonight, the great men of Stompers Knob will be officially initiated by the men of Greybeard into the upper cabins! So to the men of Stompers Knob, we say welcome! I must now join my cabin in this, their special time. I cannot wait to see what other glorious adventures tomorrow will hold!

Until next time,

Nick L.

Proud Seminole

Stompers Knob Counselor

A Wednesday of Waffles & Wonder

Amongst the craziness of life back home, a session at camp creates a constant atmosphere of excitement and adventure that slowly but surely transforms into an unforgettable experience. By now, the session has truly evolved into full swing and this fact only amplifies the excitement of day to day events even more. As reveille sounded off this Wednesday morning, the consistency of camp only served to provide more and more fun. Campers were welcomed with a fanfare of waffles upon waffles upon entering the Tucker Inn. With hands still sticky from the abundance of syrups, we scurried outside to raise those hands in the air and proceed with the morning yell.

This morning at chapel, Winston H. told an amusing account of his shortcomings during his time as a young unkempt adolescent. He drew a major parallel from this experience to describe Who Man Is and how we will often fail all on our own. As everyone knows, the conclusion of chapel might as well be the firing of a starting pistol to an extremely competitive race, Cabin Cleanup. Campers rushed to their cabins to try and impress the cabin cleanup judges by heartily sweeping and scrubbing until they could hardly bear it for any longer.

Once we all felt satisfied with our cabins, it was off to the morning’s activities. By this time in the week, everyone is a seasoned veteran, and activities have just become a part of life here at camp. The morning’s mountain bike class took to the trails around camp, while also turning and burning on the gravel. Garrison B. managed to make a cross camp trek, all the way from Spencer’s Green to the Totem Pole! On the other end of the thrill spectrum, rocketry is now beginning to put necessary touches on their rockets. Khari D. was even helping Charlie M. with his rocket.

One of the beautiful things about camp is just the sheer quantity of activities that is available. It’s so hard to choose which is each camper’s favorite because each activity draws you in from across camp. For instance, you could smell the pizza Aidan K. made in cooking on the new outdoor grills a mile away. Yum! At the same time, you have the sweet melodious tones of Jacob P. shredding the guitar drawing you in all the way from the guitar hut.

Before we even knew it, the bell for lunch had rung and we had found ourselves filing in to the Tucker Inn like clockwork, ready to chow down. Trays of food came funneling to the tables of ravenous boys and everyone enjoyed the delectable flavoring of Greece, relishing in the taste of the pita pockets and chicken. Now that the plates were licked clean, everyone expectantly awaited the results of the cabin cleanup scores. Much to the dismay of most of the cabins except for one of course, the eldest cabin of Greybeard once again swept the competition away with their cleaning aptitude. The second place cabin, Big Slaty, was closely following though, losing by only .1 of a point. It is only a matter of time before we will see Big Slaty come out on top. We also heard the results of the winner of last night’s evening activity, “Stealing Skins.” In typical fashion, the roaring drumroll eagerly brought in the result that the Iroquois came out on top. As a Seminole myself, this was not ideal, but you win some and you lose some, it seems.

After lunch comes the necessary period of rest time, which seems to end much too quickly. The eagerness picks up promptly nonetheless, with trading post and free time giving a much deserved break from the programming of camp. Campers lined up to play Thunderball and tetherball or simply lounge on the benches around the trading post. From there it was on to the afternoon activities. This afternoon was a time of honing each camper’s individual craft. In tennis, campers sought to practice new skills and perfect already learned ones. Michael W. demonstrated his budding proficiency and was awarded his bronze bar on the courts. Across property on Spencer’s Green, Team Sports had started up a enlightening lesson on the basics of Ultimate Frisbee. Fox S. learned the very important skill of “flicking” the Frisbee as a way to throw it. Afternoon activities came to a close, leaving campers wanting just a little bit more. Good news for them: camp is far from over! As we filed down to dinner, the vans of campers that had gone on waterskiing and fly fishing trips pulled in, the campers ready to eat a hearty dinner and tell the stories of the experiences they had had that day. You could hear how Max C. crushed it while fly fishing and had a great roll cast or how much fun Harry D., Jake S., Grayson L., Will B., Adam N., and Andrew D. had waterskiing! Campers enjoyed a home cooked meal pot roast, mashed potatoes and corn (off the cob) , offering much needed nutrients to replenish so many tired bodies. The dining hall then was overjoyed to abruptly learn that they would be closing out their day playing one of the most ultimately beloved games here at camp, BATTLEBALL. My ears are still ringing from the outcry of delight upon hearing the news.

Campers stormed out of the dining hall more than ready to move forward in tribal activity. Tomorrow we’ll find out the outcome of one of the most popular evening activities camp has to offer. I predict a Seminoles Win. But I’m a little biased. As today comes to a close let it be known that another wonderful day on the marvelous grounds of Camp Timberlake has come to successful conclusion at last.

 

Signing off,

 

Amongst the craziness of life back home, a session at camp creates a constant atmosphere of excitement and adventure that slowly but surely transforms into an unforgettable experience. By now, the session has truly evolved into full swing and this fact only amplifies the excitement of day to day events even more. As reveille sounded off this Wednesday morning, the consistency of camp only served to provide more and more fun. Campers were welcomed with a fanfare of waffles upon waffles upon entering the Tucker Inn. With hands still sticky from the abundance of syrups, we scurried outside to raise those hands in the air and proceed with the morning yell.

This morning at chapel, Winston H. told an amusing account of his shortcomings during his time a young unkempt adolescent. He drew a major parallel from this experience to describe Who Man Is and how we will often fail all on our own. As everyone knows, the conclusion of chapel might as well be the firing of a starting pistol to an extremely competitive race, Cabin Cleanup. Campers rushed to their cabins to try and impress the cabin cleanup judges by heartily sweeping and scrubbing until they could hardly bear it for any longer.

Once we all felt satisfied with our cabins, it was off to the morning’s activities. By this time in the week, everyone is a seasoned veteran and activities have just become a part of life here at camp. The morning’s mountain bike class took to the trails around camp, while also turning and burning on the gravel. Garrison B. managed to make a cross camp trek, all the way from Spencer’s Green to the Totem Pole! On the other end of the thrill spectrum, rocketry is now beginning to put necessary touches on their rockets. Khari D. was even helping Charlie M. with his rocket.

One of the beautiful things about camp is just the sheer quantity of activities that is available. It’s so hard to choose which is each camper’s favorite because each activity draws you in from across camp. For instance, you could smell Aidan K.’s pizza he made in cooking on the new outdoor grills a mile away. Yum! At the same time though, you have the sweet melodious tones of Jacob P. shredding the guitar drawing you in all the way from the guitar hut.

Before we even knew it, the bell for lunch had rung and we had found ourselves filing in to the Tucker Inn like clockwork, ready to chow down. Trays of food came funneling to the tables of ravenous boys and everyone enjoyed the delectable flavoring of Greece, relishing in the taste of the pita pockets and chicken. Now that the plates were licked clean, everyone expectantly awaited the results of the cabin cleanup scores. Much to the dismay of most of the cabins except for one of course, the eldest cabin of Greybeard once again swept the competition away with their cleaning aptitude. The second place cabin, Big Slaty, was closely following though, losing by only .1 of a point. It is only a matter of time before we will see Big Slaty come out on top. We also heard the results of the winner of last night’s evening activity, stealing skins. In typical fashion, the roaring drumroll eagerly brought in the result that the Iroquois came out on top. As a Seminole myself, this was not ideal, but you win some and you lose some it seems.

After lunch comes the necessary period of rest time, which seems to end much too quickly. The eagerness picks up promptly nonetheless, with trading post and free time giving a much deserved break from the programming of camp. Campers lined up to play Thunderball and tetherball or simply just lounge on the benches around the trading post. From there it was on to the afternoon activities. This afternoon was a time of honing each camper’s individual craft. In tennis, campers sought to practice new skills and perfect already learned ones. Michael W. demonstrated his budding proficiency and was awarded his bronze bar on the courts. Across property on Spencer’s Green, Team Sports had started up a enlightening lesson on the basics of Ultimate Frisbee. Fox S. learned the very important skill of “flicking” the Frisbee as a way to throw it. Afternoon activities came to a close, leaving campers wanting just a little bit more. Good news for them, camp is far from over! As we filed down to dinner, The vans with campers that had gone on waterskiing and fly fishing trips pulled in, with excited campers, ready to eat a hearty dinner and tell the stories of the experiences they had had that day. You could hear how Max C. crushed it while fly fishing and had a great roll cast or how much fun Harry D., Jake S., Grayson L., Will B., Adam N., and Andrew D. had waterskiing! Campers enjoyed a home cooked meal pot roast, mashed potatoes and corn (off the cob) , offering much needed nutrients to replenish so many tired bodies. The dining hall then was overjoyed to abruptly learn that they would be closing out their day playing one of the most ultimately beloved games here at camp, BATTLEBALL. My ears are still ringing from the outcry of delight upon hearing the news.

Campers stormed out of the dining hall more than ready to move forward in tribal activity. Tomorrow we’ll find out the outcome of one of the most popular evening activities camp has to offer. I predict a Seminoles win. But I’m a little biased. As today comes to a close, let it be known that another wonderful day on the marvelous grounds of Camp Timberlake has come to successful conclusion at last.

 

Signing off,

James C.

Proud Seminole

Big Piney Counselor

University of Tennessee, Class of 2019

 

Seminoles Vs. Iroquois Vs. Counselors

June 20th

Today was another fantastic day at camp. The cabin of Big Piney slept outside at the Mark (the upper edge of camp overlooking the mountains) last night, and the cabin of Greybeard slept upat the shelter which is located near the summit and high above camp. All of Timberlake then started off the morning with a hearty breakfast of coffee cake, baked oatmeal, and peaches.

There were lots of highlights from activities today. Davis O. mastered his stern draws and prys in canoeing. Thomas I. helped his classmates build their rockets in rocketry. Mitchell G. was on fire in Archery and had several close groupings which earned him his bronze bar. Alberto C. had a great guitar class and learned a lot in his first day ever of guitar! Gus R. had a great mountain biking class and rode all over camp with his instructors. Coburn B. had a blast playing airsoft with his friends. Jason H. learned to wet exit in a kayak and loved every second of it. Warren D. and James K. baked snickerdoodles in their cooking class, and they turned out perfectly! Joseph A. had a blast in soccer where he played the game ‘World Cup’, and Grayson L. swam a 200m freestyle in his swimming class, which he was quite proud of.

All those activities were broken up by lunch of tacos in a bag, which is a camp favorite. Dinner this evening was Poppyseed chicken, a creamy chicken dish, with broccoli, bread, and chocolate cake for dessert. And now, all of camp is in our evening activity ‘Stealing Skins’, which resembles Capture the Flag, with a little bit of flag football thrown and is Seminoles vs. Iroquois vs. counselors.

Signing off,

Jameson E.

Canoeing instructor, Big Piney counselor, proud Iroquois

Another Day Up in the Mountains

A Great Start to 1B

As the sun broke over the North Carolina mountains that we’re fortunate enough to call home, all of Timberlake knew one thing, that it was going to be a great first full day of 1B. Campers and staff awoke to the sound of Reveille at seven and made their way down to the Tucker Inn, where they were greeted by a delicious breakfast of biscuits, scrambled eggs, bacon, and home fries.

Once everyone had chowed down, Timberlake went to the morning yell, and then to Chapel, where today, Timberlake director John M. spoke about who God is. After John had finished, the moment everyone had been waiting before – The Ugliest Camper Contest – began.

Now, I know what you’re thinking. Ugliest Camper? Isn’t that kind of cruel? The contest actually awards the title of ‘Ugliest’ to the first year camper with the most paint left on their face from initiation the night before. The contest is just another way we show our tribal pride here at camp, and today, Charles M. was U – G – L – Y (He ain’t got no alibi) as he took home the title for the Iroquois.

After the festivities had ended, Timberlake made their way back to the cabins for cabin cleanup. The competition is fierce between the seven cabins, and this session is anyone’s game.

Soon the cabins were spotless, and campers went their separate ways for the morning’s activities. Up at the Upper Tower, Garrison B. was busy belaying his fellow campers in climbing, while just across Spencer’s Green, Elliott D. and Samuel S. were excelling at sports with teams in Team Sports. Down at Lake Doris, John C. and Hugh S. began learning the basics of freestyle, already looking like the next Michael Phelps, while at Canoeing, Fox S. practiced steering a canoe.

It was soon time for lunch, and Timberlake once again met at the Tucker Inn as a camp. Today, we were treated to meatball subs and fries (My personal favorite meal here at Timberlake). But throughout the whole meal, everyone really wanted to know two things, the winners of Cabin Inspection and Sock War. The cabin inspection announcement came first, and the dining hall was on pins and needles as the oldest and the youngest cabins – Tomahawk and Greybeard – were announced as the two finalists. Today, the men of Tomahawk got the upper hand, earning a perfect 10(!!!!) on the very first day of inspection. Great job guys! For the announcement of evening activity winner, the dining hall was nearly silent. A lot of momentum can hinge on the first night’s activity and when the winner was announced – GO SEMINOLES – the half the dining hall erupted in cheers, while the other half immediately started thinking about their revenge.

Next came rest time and then free time, and once that had ended, it was time for the afternoon’s activities. In Pottery, Adam N. really worked on his technique while making a mug, while over at the Cooking Kitchen, Ryan O., Louis F., and Harry D. made some of the most delicious cookies that I’ve ever had. However, the real action of the day happened up at the Archery Range as Owen S. shot the 30 yard targets he needs for his silver bar, while Ugliest Camper Charles M. began working on his bronze bar, all while looking like a natural Robin Hood.

During this same time, trips started rolling back into camp after a day out in nature.  Carlton W., Jack B., James B., Henry B., Nathan V., Hunter S., and Miles B. got back from their kayaking trip from Section 6 of the French Broad, immediately telling stories from a great day on the river, while Ben C., James K., Mac K., Davis O., and William S., got back from water skiing on Lake James and started talking about all the shredding that they did.

Dinner came next, and Timberlake was once again treated to a great meal of pork, potatoes au gratin and caesar salad. Once the meal had ended, the evening activity was announced, and the dining hall went into a frenzy as the Upper Cabins found out they’d be playing Ultimate Frisbee while the Lower Cabins play Capture the Flag.

As I write this now, the two tribes are locked in combat over the banner, as the Seminoles try to increase their lead while the Iroquois try to get back in the race. Who will win? What will happen? Tune in tomorrow for all that and more from another spectacular day at the greatest place in the world.

Until Next Time,

Charlie Richards

Proud Seminole

Program Director

UGA Class of 2017

W&L Law Class of 2020

2007 1B Ugliest Camper Second Runner Up

Session 1B in Full Swing!

Session 1B has now officially begun! Today was a wonderful day of seeing old and new families fill up camp property and cabins – we have been waiting all year for this!

 

We like to pack our days full of activity at camp, and this afternoon was no exception. After all the campers had settled into their cabins, we headed to Lake Doris for our swim test, followed by tribal initiation. Being a part of a tribe is a foundational element of a camper’s experience (see my previous blog post on the importance of tribes) and today we watched new campers join the brotherhood of the Seminole and Iroquois tribes.

 

Each night, the two tribes compete in an evening activity that counts towards winning the ultimate prize at camp, The Banner. After a delicious dinner of fried chicken, mashed potatoes, green beans, and apple turnovers, the tribes headed out for the first evening activity of the session – sock war. Picture a capture-the-flag-style game involving running around camp, throwing socks, and just a generally large amount of fun.

 

Our new Seminoles are:

Howe A, Jack A, Joseph A, Coburn B, Alberto C, Benjamin C, Christian L, Sean L, Chase M, Wyatt M, Adam N, and Jake W.

 

Our new Iroquois are:

Elliot D, Owen F, Charles M, Collin P, Samuel S, Keaton W, and Julian W.

 

It was incredible in one afternoon to already see new friendships beginning to form through cabins and tribes, and to sense the general excitement building about the adventures that are to come this summer.  We are grateful that you as parents have trusted us with such a fine group of young men, and we look forward to seeing them continue to grow and discover their unique gifts. We have a great session ahead of us! Be sure to check back in for updates on daily activities and news at camp.

 

Happy Camping,

 

John Menendez

Director, Camp Timberlake

 

Session 1A Comes to a Close!

Hello from Camp Timberlake. Today was the last full day of session 1A, and our campers were sure to make the most of it. Despite a forecast of rain, the morning dawned bright and clear and everyone jumped into their activities with gusto, enjoying the lake, paintball course, climbing tower and archery range (among many other great spots at camp).

Lunch was an excited and joyful affair as the guys chowed down on some chicken nuggets, French fries and carrots awaiting two big announcements, the winner of last night’s evening activity and the winner of the Golden Plunger. What’s the Golden Plunger you ask? It’s given every two weeks to the cabin who had the highest total cabin clean up score for the session. And the winner for 1A was…Greybeard! Congrats to the men of Greybeard, who will be celebrating as a cabin tonight with some pizza and cake. As for the winner of last night’s evening activity, El Presidente, it was (drumroll please) … the Seminoles! Things are certainly tight in the race for The Banner this summer.

During free time, many of the guys enjoyed a free swim while emerging rocketeers Wells D., Bodie D, Dawon G, Henry M, Zach P, John and Sean R, Ryker R , Reese S, Oren S, Wyatt S, Brandon T and Max W launched their rockets up on Spencer’s Green. Later this afternoon Avery S earned his gold in Soccer, Colby S earned his gold in climbing and Jesse C and Jacob A earned their golds in riflery. What a day!

A brief rainstorm in the afternoon did nothing to dampen our spirits as raced to the dining hall for a delicious dinner of pulled pork and coleslaw. Tonight featured an incredible 2 for 1 as we held our Little Chief ceremony and also played Commando (the greatest water balloon game ever). At Little Chief, we recognized all the bars our boys earned this week (over 80 total bars!). These will be marked on each boys’ skin, a piece of leather they will take home with them tomorrow that tells the story of their time at camp. Every year our campers bring their skin back to camp and add to it as they grow and accomplish new things at camp. Be sure to ask to see your camper’s skin, and have him explain what each symbol represents. Additionally, we recognized counselor and camper commendations from each cabin, where campers vote amongst themselves for their peers who are doing a good job looking out for others. Tonight’s commendations went to Max W, James S, Leyton H, Daniel H, Luke H, Lucas O, Brent S, Dylan G, John R, Thomas H, Ryan C, Bodie D, Carter S, Pacey S, Ryan B, Owen F, Hunter S, Jack B, Zeke B, Aiden K, Colby S, Spencer G, Owen S, Nathan V, Jonah O, AJ R, and Tommy S.  We also recognized those who had reached the next rank in the Little Chief system (see the promotions below). Tonight was a special night as James B. earned the highest possible achievement at Timberlake, the rank of Little Chief.

As I type this now, the Seminoles and Iroquois are up on Spencer’s Green throwing over a thousand water balloons at targets (and each other) in a fun game of commando. With so many campers leaving tomorrow the refrain is already echoing throughout camp — We can’t wait for next summer. If your son is headed home tomorrow, we as a staff want to say thank you for sharing them with us this session. We have loved having them and they made camp an even better place. We can’t wait for them to be back next summer!

 

Promotions

Scout- Daniel H, Case M, Max W, Connor Y

Guide-Leyton H

Ranger– Richard B, William B, Luke H, Lucas O, Brent S

Tracker- Bodie D, Owen F, Scott K, Jonah O, Pacey S

Hunter- Riley D, Seams G, Thomas W

Warrior- Jake H, Griffin P, Tommy S, Cole H

Pathfinder- Colby S

Little Chief- James B

 

Until next time,

John Menendez

Director, Camp Timberlake

Former Big Piney, Big Slaty, and Greybeard Counselor

Proud Seminole

What’s the Big Deal about Tribes?

Spend much time around camp and you’ll start to hear a lot of talk about tribes. The Iroquois are looking strong this session. The Seminoles are going to win Commando tonight. One day I’ll be the Iroquois Chief. Next year my brother is coming to camp and he’s going to be a Seminole.

Seminole? Iroquois? What are tribes at Timberlake, and more importantly, why are they such a big deal?

To start with the ‘what’, all of Camp Timberlake is divided into 2 tribes. Every camper and staff member is initiated, and once initiated, you are in that tribe for life.  The tribes compete each session to win the banner and etch their names in the history books.

Ok so I know what it is, but why? At Timberlake we believe that tribes are a vital part of our program for a number a reasons. Here are just a few of our favorites.

  1. A place to belong

At camp our job is to make outsiders into insiders. Everybody is part of the group here at Timberlake. We do this in a variety of ways (cabins, activities, special events), but the most immediate and often most effective is our tribes. Within hours of coming to camp, a boy is not just one fish in a big lake, he is a Seminole, or he is an Iroquois. Immediately there is camaraderie with boys that are older than him, younger than him and different from them. He belongs.

2) A connection to the bigger story

Joining a tribe also connects our campers to the history and tradition of camp. The Iroquois and Seminoles have been competing for the banner every summer since 1983. Our boys love to keep track of the all time scores and are proud of their contribution to their tribe’s records. Second generation campers join the same tribe as their father’s and son’s initiate their dads every year at our annual Father Son weekend.

3) Competing well

As young men, competition is something that comes naturally. As we grow up, competition is all around us, but rarely is good, healthy competition modeled for us. Evening activities are just that here at camp. Every night, the best of friends line up across from each other and give everything they have to win, but every night they walk back to the cabins together, still best friends.

We love our tribes here at camp: the way they bring everybody on the inside, connect us to a larger story and forge deep friendships. All of this moves us closer to our mission of growth through friends and adventure. Thank you for sharing your sons with us this summer.

John

Director, Camp Timberlake

Proud Seminole

P.S. Dads, still not sure about this whole tribe thing? Be sure to join us next May for Father Son weekend and check it out for yourself!

Growing in Friends & Adventure: June 15

This “Jersey Thursday” was a great one here at camp. From Kayaking down Nantahala Falls to earning bars in a variety of activities, your sons were met with challenges and took them head on.

To start off William B. and Richard B. both earned their gold bars in Rocketry by building and launch a level III rocket. This is quite a difficult challenge and the fact that they are both in Big Piney is both outstanding and exciting. Jake H, Aiden K, and Nate S all got their bronze bars in Kayaking by learning their rolls and demonstrating an assortment of different maneuvers used to traverse whitewater. Miles B. got one step closer as well by learning his roll and performing it confidently on the lake. Logan B. and Pacey S. both showed their knowledge on the 6 string by achieving bronze in Guitar.

Now on to the trips! Nantahala Falls is one of, if not the hardest, whitewater rapids that campers are taken on, but our campers were very confident and faced it boldly. Hunter S, Jack Belt, James B, Henry B, and Seamus G all crushed it. Seamus in particular got back up after falling a couple times and showed great resolve on finishing a rapid and did so brilliantly. On a separate trip, Colby S. and Jonah O. both completed a very difficult and intensive multi-pitched climb. The cabin Big Slaty also had their own challenge on the table in the form of 28 beautiful steaks. Their counselor Tyler S, already proving to be a wonderful griller with the pig from yesterdays cook out, hit this one out of the park. I could see big smiles appear on every single face as they took their first bite. It was a quiet dinner to say the least. That about wraps it up for today’s article!

Have a great rest of the night!
Cooper D.