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GETTING STARTED

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It seems as if the echos of the last morning yell of the session are still reverberating off the mountains that surround Timberlake, yet we are already hard at work preparing for next summer! Walking around camp this morning, the sound of clanging hammers greeted my ears as construction is already underway in the cabin of Stomper’s Knob.

 

We are putting in a brand new bathroom in Stomper’s Knob and while this may seem like a small detail, it is one that we are really excited about. If you’re wondering “why is John so excited about new toilets and flooring”?, the answer is simple: we want everything about your son’s camp experience to be excellent. We want it to be the best that it can possibly be. From adding a ‘healthy bar’ at meals to give our boys more options for good nutrition, to updating the riflery range this summer, to the thousands of water balloons filled up for each game of Commando, and yes, even down to the bathrooms we use to shower and stay clean.

 

Here at Timberlake, we are constantly talking about growth through friends and adventure. It’s something we love to see and celebrate in our campers. But it’s also something we want to model for our boys as a camp. Sometimes the growth and adventures are obvious, like the advanced kayakers who are preparing to take on some of the most challenging and beautiful whitewater around in Costa Rica this December. Sometimes it’s less obvious, like a boy shooting his first grouping on that new riflery range, or returning to camp to joyfully find that old friendships pick up right where they left off last summer, and that new ones form quickly and seamlessly. Sometimes it’s as simple as a brand new bathroom.

 

Each of these moments is a part of the journey, and they all matter. It’s a journey that we here at Timberlake are honored to make alongside your boys as they grow into young men. So here’s to you Stomper’s Knob, and here’s to the boys that will call you home next summer!

 

283 Days until camp,

John

All Good Things Come To An End

_46A7610smToday at Camp Timberlake, from the moment boys awoke, to dinner time, all things lead to one pinnacle event. The boys worked in their activities and during free time to earn last minute bars in anticipation of the Final Campfire.

Final Campfire is a big deal here at camp. It’s the last opportunity for the young men to be recognized for their achievements in activities, as well as earn commendation in their cabins. The bars in activities and commendations are counted as part of the Little Chief system, and some boys were able to earn promotions in their Little Chief rank through these. There are two types of commendations for the boys to earn; camper and counselor. Camper commendations are voted on by the boys in each cabin, based on a variety of reason such as leadership and overall caring of others in the cabin. Counselor commendations are basically the same, except they are chosen by counselors of each respective cabin. Commendations that were earned tonight are listed as follows.

Tomahawk

Counselor – Gary M., Michael S.

Camper – Benjamin C., Cooper G.

Little Piney

Counselor – Luke F., Connor G., Samuel H.

Camper – William S., Spencer V. G., Blake W.

Big Piney

Counselor – Adam B., Eiji T.

Camper – Connor B., Andres D.

Stomper’s Knob

Counselor – Adam G., Drew J., Clark W.

Camper – Ben A., Adam G., Benjamin L.

Little Slaty

Counselor – Rawson B., Pablo D., Daniel Y.

Camper – Edward C., Enrique D., Geoffrey M., Chase R.

Big Slaty

Counselor – Alex A.

Camper – Chase R.

GreyBeard

Counselor – Joe B., Timothy M., J.

Camper – Joe B., Harper C., Bennett D., Charlie D.

All of these commendations earn the boys “marks” which are entered into the Little Chief rank. There were many significant promotions this evening. Lower cabin promotions were as follows:

Scout

James C., Benjamin C., Cooper G., Gary M., Logan M.,

Michael S., Spencer V., Blake W.

Guide

Brayden C., Luke F., Eiji T., Lucas Z.

Upper cabin promotions are listed below. It is important to know that the rank of Little Chief is the highest rank on the system, and four young men earned that rank this evening. It is a very big deal around Camp Timberlake and these men should be very proud of themselves.

Tracker

Zach C., Gresham C., Adam G., Benjamin L., Jack M.,

Henry S., Chase S., Clark W.

Hunter

Edward C., AJ C.

Pathfinder

Harper C.

Little Chief

Frederik E., Timothy M., Joseph V., Alexander Z.

As the sun set over the great smoky mountains this evening, the boys celebrated their promotions as well as spent some time remembering the great memories made this session at Timberlake. Following this, everyone gathered in a circle to sing the Camp Hymn one more time as brothers of Timberlake. After this, the battle on spencer’s green AKA Commando ensued, and tonight, as the trumpet signals bedtime, every boy here at Timberlake will dream about all the great times they had this session.

Signing off,

Joey Dean

DJ Dean

Proud Iroquois

Timberlake Tuesday

DSCN9395The last Tuesday of camp. A bittersweet thing to wake up to but, just like every day before the guys got out of bed and marched down to what may be the best breakfast, Geometry breakfast! Circle eggs, biscuits, sausage patties and oval hash browns, what a way to start the day! This morning at Chapel, John talked to everyone about the true importance of Jesus’ resurrection and how it truly shapes our Christianity. After Chapel, everyone went back to their cabins to clean and then headed on to first period.

In climbing, Pablo D. and Alex A. got their silver bar by climbing the ascender line in the Mike! In cooking Jack D. made some really good Cheerwine Ice Cream, I’m sad I missed out on that! Finally in Canoeing, Ted Q. and Connor B. earned their bronze bar and shredded the lake! For lunch today, we had tacos…NOT in a bag. A big shock for much of camp. At the end of lunch it was announced that Greybeard had just edged out Big Slaty to win today’s cabin clean-up, but with only 4 campers here I’m still proud of the men of Big Slaty. We also found out today that the SEMINOLES won last night’s game of Search and Destroy. This makes the race for this session’s banner literally as tight as it could possibly be. Lastly at lunch we had one more promo with Rex and Jeff Kwon-Do as the two karate masters split a whole rock in half!!! Then they defeated the Ichabod Illusionists in a broom race to really send those guys packing for the summer.

In the afternoon there were many tournaments that went on including a football tournament held by Gary M., a soccer tournament held by Michael A., and an Air Soft tournament held by Alex A. During this afternoon’s activities, more bars were earned! Keegan K. earned his bar in Mountain Biking! In Swimming, Connor B. and Jackson H. earned their silver bars! In Paintball today, the guys got warped on the course and Charlie O. went, as counselor Winston H. put it “ham”! Finally, William J. and Henry S. crushed it today in tennis! For dinner tonight, we had cheese ravioli and vegetables with cheesy garlic bread. At the end of dinner we learned that tonight’s evening activity was MISSION IMPOSSIBLE!! This will be a huge night for both the Seminoles and the Iroquois, as tonight’s outcome could possibly decide the banner.

Tonight, after evening activity Greybeard will be playing with the puppies, Little Slaty is roasting marshmallows as well as Stomper’s Knob. Little Piney is raiding the trading post and Big Piney and Tomahawk are having a dance party and tether ball tournament! But most importantly, Big Slaty will be continuing their game of Risk from last night. It’s a close and intense battle right now for complete world domination!

As we wind down the days here at camp, I only hope that every boy and staff member cherishes every minute that have here. This is truly a special place that is dear to my heart. If I could save time in a bottle the first thing I would like to do is to save every day until eternity passes and just spend them here at camp.

Sincerely,

Max Hartman

Iroquois

Big Slaty Counselor

Roll Tide

One More Week!

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Were right back at it again! Timberlake enjoyed their day of rest, but the nitrous has kicked back in. Reveille rings bright and early and thunder rumbles as the campers stampede down to breakfast. Pancakes are for breakfast, good and hot! Chapel was led by Big Piney counselor James Cloutier. Then, activities jolt back into full swing.

For Climbing, Michael A. bouldered. In Swimming, Harper C. and Ben L. got their bronze. Also, Henri F-P. got his silver. Keegan K. killed it in Airsoft today where he earned his bronze. Jack G. got his silver and gold, won a 4 v. 1, and hosted a successful tournament. Big Deal! Awesome job Jack G.!  Mountain Biking worked on cornering today. Team sports gave out bars today to those campers brave enough to answer the call. Rocketry Launched today and AJ Clemente and Will Gabrielle both got Gold. In mountaineering, Chase Robinson showed the class how to use the Platypus water filtration system after returning with five other campers from the two night Mt. Mitchell fourteen mile hike. In Pottery, pieces were glazed, and he first set of finished pieces should be done in a day and a half.

Three trips went out today. A Backpacking trip left early before sunrise to have breakfast enjoying the majesty of the surrounding mountains and the beautiful sunrise. The youngsters from the cabin Tomahawk went on a canoeing trip down section 4 of the French Broad River system.  Also, nine campers got to shred the waters of lake James in an exciting water skiing trip with Nick Bean.

The evening activity was… … Search and Destroy! The kids erupted with excitement when they heard it announced. This is only the second time this big game has been played and it is quickly becoming a camp classic. In Search and Destroy campers of all ages take risks planting “bombs” in the opposing tribes side. This games stretches across camp and if planting  “bombs” isn’t exciting enough then the campers can search for an imprisoned counselor from their tribe that is hidden behind enemy lines with the “Big Bomb”. All these objectives are performed with flags on their sides that could be pulled, a la capture the flag style. Right Now the game commences, check in tomorrow to see if your camper’s tribe won. The results of yesterday’s battle of Tribal Soccer is the Seminoles. Congratulations boys. Good luck both tribes in Search and Destroy.

Andrew Daeger

Little Piney Counselor

Actor/Singer/Dancer

Big Chief

I Met Jimmy Fallon Once

Proud Iroquois

Sunday’s are the Best

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Sunday’s are Different and Sunday’s are the Best

            Hello parents! As I am typing this, all our boys are either sleeping or getting ready to go to bed. It’s been an exceptional day here at camp and everyone is already looking forward to what tomorrow has in store.

But, I want to talk about today, and what makes Sunday’s here at camp different and what makes them special. On Sunday’s camp does not look like it normally does throughout the week. We get to wake up an hour late, do not have our usual four daily activities, we sing a couple more songs in chapel, we perform skits at evening “vespers” and best of all (for counselors), we get an extended free time and rest time. We do Sunday’s this way because God commands that the Sabbath day is to be different than any other day of the week. On Sunday’s we rest more, we worship longer, and we enjoy God’s creation at camp in a unique and beautiful way.

            In the mornings, we were treated to a great breakfast of cinnamon rolls, and then headed up to chapel, where we sang more songs than normal, and then instead of having a typical “true story”, the staff prayed for the prayer requests of each of their cabins. Then after cabin cleanup, because cleanliness never takes a vacation, we headed out to some epic tournaments including frog catching, dam building, sandcastle building and, a tradition unlike any other, Sunday at the Masters (Frisbee Golf edition).

            Lucas Z. and Adam G. crushed it on the links at the Masters, Andres D. and Philip S. constructed some awesome castles, Team Piney clogged up the creek in the Dam building contest and everyone over at frog catching searched valiantly for a killer frog. We had a classic Sunday lunch of fried chicken and then it was off to the best hour, rest hour! After rest hour, there was an awesome afternoon consisting of a free swim, basketball tournament, trading post, and great conversations until it was time to head on up to the Mark for the much anticipated Sunday cookout. We grilled up some great burgers and dogs and listened to some great America themed music. Once everyone’s bellies were full, we all headed down to chapel for Sunday Vespers. Vespers is one of my favorite things we do at camp. There are skits; some popular songs and we close with a “true story” about Jesus. The men of GreyBeard stole the Vespers show by performing the first all camper skit Camp Timberlake has ever seen! It was an incredible display of synchronization, technique, humor, and downright ridiculousness. Be sure to ask your son about the epic GreyBeard Vespers skit. Skits also featured another visit from our heroes Rex and Jeff KwonDo and the evil Isaac and Eric Ichabod. Rex and Jeff have been stretching the limits of what I thought was humanely possible this session with their daring feats of Tae Kwon Do and Isaac and Eric have consistently attempted to perform illusions, which have predictably fell flat.

            After Vespers ended with a true story about how Jesus is our ultimate source of joy, it was time for another Sunday tradition: The Tribal Soccer game. The highlight of the game came late in the second half when Seminole striker Pablo Diaz Del Castillo sent an absolute lightning bolt from the quiver of Zeus into the upper corner to win the game 2-1 in favor of the ‘Noles! It was truly unbelievable action up on Spencer’s Green!

            Once the final whistle blew, our younger cabins enjoyed some chill time up on Spencer’s while our older guys took to the lake to end their day with a free swim. It was truly a Sunday to remember here at Camp, and I can’t wait to see what is in store for us tomorrow.

Signing off,

Brandon Chase

Program Director

Former Back2Back Skip Prosser Basketball Camp Free Throw Shooting Champion

5-Time UNC Intramural Champion

Inner-tube water polo enthusiast

#LPFL (Little Piney for Life)

Former Middle School Student Body President

Former coach of the U-9 YMCA girl’s basketball girl’s team: The Rainbow Warriors

Former Chick-Fil-A Employee

Proud Tar Heel

Proud(er) Seminole

Proud(est) American

A SATURDAY OF SUPERSTARS

_46A5226smThe final Saturday of the summer here at Camp Timberlake was filled with superstars in all aspects. Bars, commendations, and promotions were earned camp wide in the evening activity – Little Chief.

Before all of that came the beautiful beginning of the day – mouthwatering French toast and succulent sausage. After that phenomenal meal, campers went to the morning yell lead by camper Gary M. Following that, campers charged up the hill to a beautiful chapel service in which we sang How He Loves and Nothing But The Blood of Jesus. Then campers proceeded to furiously clean their cabins in cabin clean up – Big Piney won the day with a perfect 10! (The first time Big Piney has earned a 10 all summer).

In the first two periods, backpacking class learned how to throw and set up bear bags. Alex S. was successful in lighting a two-match fire! Up by Spencer’s Green, Ben C, Magne E., and Spencer V. earned their bronzes in fencing. Down the hill from them, Charlie J. earned his bronze in airsoft.

Lunch was flavorful meatball subs with the greatest dessert OF ALL TIME: SMORE POCKETS! After lunch, the clothing room was open during free time and many campers took advantage of it to pick up any timber-swag they have been desiring. During free time, Swimming and Kayaking were open for bars, and Luke F. was able to earn his silver in swimming with ease.

In the afternoon periods, Henry S. shot his final grouping for his bronze in archery! Meanwhile, pottery was enjoying some action-packed games of Apples-to-Apples.

Dinner was appetizing BBQ chicken and rice, ended with another camp favorite dessert: ice cream bars. Unfortunately the sticks did not have any jokes, but we managed to live on. Somehow.

At the Little Chief ceremony, the most prestigious award, Little Chief, was given out to two campers: Ben A. and Colby F. This is an incredible achievement and something that all of Timberlake staff is incredibly proud of these young men for. They have worked hard during all their years at camp and have always been stellar models of what young men of God and leaders look like.

Commendations were also handed out at the ceremony. Commendations are granted to approximately 20% of each cabin, and are voted on campers and counselors individually. In Tomahawk, Cooper G. and Michael S. earned a counselor commendation and Gary M. and Michael S. earned camper commendations. In Little Piney, Peter B., Luke F., and Will G. earned counselor commendations and Will G., Will J., and Will S. earned camper commendations. In Big Piney, Andres D. and Thomas S. earned counselor commendations and Connor B. and Jack G. earned camper commendations. In Stomper’s Knob, Gresham C., Houston J., and Charlie O’B. earned counselor commendations and Ben A., Gresham C. and Drew J. earned camper commendations. In Little Slaty, Rawson B., Jack M., and Cole R. earned counselor commendations and Edward C., Geoffrey M., and Phillip S. earned camper commendations. In Big Slaty, Alex A. earned a counselor commendation and Chase R. earned a camper commendation. In GreyBeard, Freddy E. and Tim M. earned a counselor commendation and Harper C. and earned camper commendations.

After that serious and quite emotional ceremony, the evening became rather comical. Lower cabins went to The Mike for GOLD FISH RACES! It was inconceivably intense. You can hear the chants and cheering from here in the Big House, where I am writing the article! While Lower Cabins were having fun with an unprecedented and zealous competition, Upper Cabins were competing in Ultimate Basketball. It is basically two games in one: Ultimate Frisbee and Basketball on the same field within the same boundaries! It gets spirited, as you can imagine.

Today was the perfect final Saturday here at camp. Campers excelled and worked on bars, enjoyed activities, and earned commendations all whilst enjoying the great meals and phenomenal desserts. From start to finish, today was an energetic day with campers pushing themselves to the next level of success through bars, promotions, and similar achievements.

Mike Provosty

Little Piney Counselor

UF Class of 2020

Little Chief and Proud Iroquois

DAY JOE BOY COW HAPPY!

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DAY JOE BOY COW HAPPY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

As the sun broke over the hills that envelop Timberlake in mystic loveliness, everyone at camp knew that today was going to be a special day. Once the normal schedule of Reville did not ring at its normal seven a.m. time, campers and staff knew that this meant only one thing – that Cowboy Joe Day had finally arrived.

For those not versed in Cowboy Joe Day, let me describe to you just how beautiful this day is. Instead of waking up normally, campers and staff are woken up an hour later to nut-do’s (Donuts) and cow juice (Milk) in bed. Then, for the rest of the day, everything is backwards. The GreyBearders teach the classes, rest time comes after free time, and evening activity is in the morning. Each part of the day is just a little different, and camp has so much fun as a result.

Once breakfast in bed had been devoured, Timberlake got up and cleaned the cabins. The competition for the Golden Plunger was heating up and it showed in the rigor while cleaning. After the cabins were adequately cleaned, campers and staff made their way to the lower tennis courts for some tribal battleball.

Soon, battleball ended, and everyone made their way to the morning’s activities. However, the day would be a little different, as in the spirit of Cowboy Joe and his backwardness, the campers in the oldest cabin – GreyBeard – were teaching the activities. At Lake Doris, Joe B. taught kayaking and Eli M. got his roll, Sam C. worked on T-rescues, and Pablo D. and Ben A. got their offside rolls. In cooking, Jack D. instructed the class as they went through the steps of creating pesto and red sauce for pasta. Over at the tennis courts, Gary M. dominated the competition, winning several games over the course of the morning.

After the morning’s activities had ended, Timberlake made their way down to the Tucker Inn for lunch. Today, campers and staff enjoyed turkey, stuffing, and mashed potatoes, with brownies for dessert. The dining hall was nearly silent as everyone chowed down on a delicious meal, but the focus was on the cabin cleanup scores, and once those game everyone was shocked. In a massive upset, Big Piney won their first day of the summer, with a 9.5 to 9.25 victory over Tomahawk. Way to go guys!

Lunch soon drew to a close and Timberlake made their way outside for free time and trading post – Remember, everything is backwards today – and then went on to rest time. Once everyone had taken recharged for the day, campers and staff made their way back out to the afternoon’s activities. Up at the Mark in fencing, Charlie D. taught the class, while Geoffrey M. and Michael F. both fenced him to move one step closer to their gold bars. Down at the lake, Rhett C. learned how to unswamp in canoeing, while over in the swimming area, Michael A. went off the blob for the very first time. At the paintball course, Eli M. earned his bronze bar, and down in Rocketry, Ben C. finished his rocket.

The afternoon activities soon ended, and Timberlake made their way down to the dining hall for a final time. There they were greeted by Tim M., Freddy E., Mange K., Cole R., and , who had just returned from shredding the gnar on a mountain biking trip to Dupont.

Tonight, even dinner was special, as Timberlake enjoyed a cookout of turkey legs, potatoes, and corn on the cob for the final meal of the day. After dinner, everyone went outside for the evening yell, then followed by Chapel, where Program Director Brandon C. told his classic Chick-Fil-A story. Then, campers and staff made their way down to Mackey’s Green for the State Fair Games, a potpourri of the greatest events you could find at a state fair, including Trash Can Tossing, Golf Cart Pulling, and everyone’s favorite, Counselor Skeet Shooting. Once the State Fair Games ended, Mackey’s Green transformed into a 100 foot Slip ‘n’ Slide, something I’ve never seen someone not love.

All in all, today was another incredible day at camp. Days when we can break free from the normal routine and celebrate the extraordinary are always special here at Timberlake, and offer us an incredible opportunity to experience something different.

Until Next Time,

Charlie Richards

Part-Time Archery Instructor

Part-Time Tennis Instructor

Orlando Magic Superfan

Seminole Chief 1F 2011

Spreadsheet Aficionado

SMMCS Class of 2009

WPHS Class of 2013

Cabin Cleanup Lover

Cabin Area Director

UGA Class of 2017

Proud Seminole

Proud American

Mystic Loveliness

_46A3862After a much-needed rain last night, the campers awoke to a morning of “Mystic Loveliness” that veils our mountains here at Camp Timberlake.  The young men of Tomahawk and Little Piney raced down to the dining hall for a chance to ring the bell at the Big House while the rest of camp found their way down to dine upon a filling breakfast of oatmeal, peaches, and sausage. Shortly after, trips of Fly fishing and water skiing gathered on the porch ready to rock and roll.

Next, a thunderous shout erupted as the men of Timberlake declared: “WE ARE HERE!” during the Morning Yell right before they ran up to chapel.  After we made a Joyful noise unto The Lord, counselor Charlie R. shared a chapel message, which revealed our need for God’s grace in our lives, and how He conquered the ultimate obstacle of sin and death for us on the Cross. Following Chapel was our daily pursuit of the Golden Plunger (a.k.a Cabin Clean Up). All of the cabins gave a fierce effort with the top three spots going to:

1) Tomahawk, with a perfect 10

2) Graybeard, with a 9.95

3) Big Piney, with a 9.75 (and the only points off were in the counselor section!)

At 9:30, it’s off to first period activities for working on bars and growth through friends and adventure! Cooking made “delicious” banana and pumpkin bread, while Sam H. and Alex S. opened Creek Water Café by filtering creek water and making hot chocolate with it using camp stoves. Excelling in their activities, Henri F-P. and Alex R. both garnered a bronze bar in Archery. When second period rolled around at 10:30, excitement and achievements continued. A persistent and motivated Joe B. worked on basketball requirements until he earned his Gold in Team Sports. The Fly Fishing trip went very well as the young men caught 16 trout! Alex D., Clark W., and Dash V. all caught great wild trout. And Chase R. even caught one of his  4 fish on a fly he had tied himself.

After the morning activities, a hungry group of young men rushed to the big house where they feasted on a camp delicacy—CHICKEN PATTY SANDWICHES! Sweet potato fries and ice cream bars for dessert accompanied this camp favorite. Announcements began with the always intense cabin clean up contest followed by the announcement of Team Sports, Climbing, and Archery free time openings which were met with shouts of acclimation and applause.  And now for the best time! Rest Time! After their thirty-minute naptime, everyone was eager to get their trading post and it did not take long for a line to amass across the volleyball court. Snackage was consumed and tetherball was played, but both were over shadowed by a plethora of boys working hard on bars in their activities. AJ C. earned a bronze in archery while Jonathan H. and Heri F-P. gained marks for Climbing bars. Michael S. and Gavin had a great tennis match out on the courts as well.

As the bell rings, boys scatter to their third period activities. Swimming had a great class followed by a free swim, while Eli M. got his T-rescue in Kayaking. And in fourth period paintball, Ben A. sniped CIT Seth H. from across the course right as the game started! Sam H. had a great day in mountain biking working hard n technique and “shredding the gnar” as our bikers like to say.

Next came dinner and a show!  The boys dug into a wonderful meal of pork tenderloin and cheesy potatoes with an Oreo pudding dessert—which Fredrick E. really enjoyed! Hilarity ensued as supper was quickly followed by a skit put on by several counselors that included karate and failed magic tricks. And then came the loudest and craziest announcement of the day—the Evening Activity. As the boys shouted, stomped, and cheered, our Sultan of Fun Brandon C. ran around the dining hall in his trusty helmet and eye patch. As the crescendo grew, he jumped off a bench to announce that we would in fact be playing PIRATE BALL!!! Shouts of excitement could be heard all the way to Spencer’s Green. After the hard fought battle that consists of water polo, treasure hunting, and the vicious Krakens, the boys spent quality time with their cabins playing games and raiding the trading post. Eventually the sound of taps echoed across camp while devotionals came to a close in prayer. It was another fantastic day here at Camp Timberlake, in our mountains veiled in Mystic Loveliness.

In Christ,

Austin Snively

Counselor of Greybeard

Jackpot! It’s Cabin Night!

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Greetings from Camp Timberlake!As the sounds of reveille echoed over the hills this morning and campers began emerging from their restful slumbers, it was apparent that today would be another glorious day at Camp Timberlake. Campers hustled down to the Tucker Inn for breakfast and were delighted to see that the morning’s fare consisted of sausage, eggs, biscuits, and breakfast potatoes. The perfect nutritious breakfast for a day full of activities!

After breakfast, the campers raised their voices to the heavens as a part of the cacophonous chorus that we like to call the morning yell. Chapel followed directly thereafter, and worship featured the song “Sing! Hosanna,” a favorite among campers. We then enjoyed hearing a message from counselor Austin S. who related a story of needing his dad’s help to get his truck out of the mud to describe our need for God – our heavenly father who can help us when we are stuck. Greybeard then headed off for their annual cabin trip while the rest of the campers headed off to clean their cabins with the hope of cabin inspection glory.

Morning activities proceeded with excitement as campers begin to work for bars in classes where they have excelled. Jack G. won a 2 vs. 1 in airsoft and is well on his way to achieving silver. CIT Dane T. reports that “backpacking was lit,” and I do think he means that literally since campers were working on starting fires with wilderness materials. Later in backpacking Chase R. and Drew J. learned the taut-line hitch and helped lead 7 others in setting up an 8-person tarp. There was also a water-skiing trip in the morning, and Clark W. was able to get up on skis on his first attempt. Second period came to a close and campers began to congregate on the Back Green in eager anticipation of lunch. While they were waiting, an impromptu game of Jackpot materialized, and Gresham C. emerged victorious, corralling a 200-point toss as the bell sounded to begin lunch.

Opa! It was Greek day for lunch! We enjoyed chicken pitas with olives and other various accoutrements and were thrilled to receive oatmeal raisin cookies for dessert. Counselor Harris C. met with campers who were interested in kayaking the Tuckaseegee River. Afterwards, cabin inspection scores were announced, and Little Slaty was devastated to learn that they had come in second with a perfect 10 because Tomahawk scored a never-before-seen 10.1 on cabin cleanup. The previous night’s result of battle ball was announced, and the Seminoles were exultant as they basked in the glory of a hard-fought win. After the uproar had abated, campers headed up to the cabins for the best time! Rest time!

Campers rushed down to the TrayPo at 1:00pm to recaffeinate and rehydrate for their afternoon activities. Epic games of Thunderball commenced with strong performances coming from Alexander E. and Eiji T. In kayaking class Ben A. stepped up and began teaching his peers how to do hip-snaps and T-rescues. Andres D., Sam H., and Daniel Y. began to throw on the wheel in pottery class, and other campers began to put the finishing touches on their pottery pieces. Chase R. was on fire in archery, and he and others hit so many bullseyes that counselor Will A. had to do 100 pushups. Up on Spencer’s Green,  led his team to victory with the game winning catch in ultimate frisbee.

Dinner consisted of chicken alfredo and cauliflower, and dessert was vanilla ice cream. After dinner, it was announced that tonight is cabin night – everyone’s favorite evening activity. Tomahawk took a trip to see a sunset at Craggy Pinnacle. Little Piney and Big Piney went to a free swim at Lake Doris and opened up the water slide for the first time this session. After that, I heard rumors that they planned to raid the Trading Post (gasp!) and have a sleepover in the Mike. Stomper’s Knob took a trip up to the Mark where they played games and put the puppies to bed. Little Slaty made their way up to the Shelter where they will sleep tonight after roasting marshmallows and making s’mores. Big Slaty made pizza with our very own professional chef Colby and enjoyed a tasty night in the cooking kitchen. Greybeard wrapped up their day of activities with Cici’s Pizza and a trip to Blue Cone for ice cream. As you can tell, today was a busy day here at Camp Timberlake, and we are going to sleep well tonight. We’re looking forward to the last week of fun at camp!

Cheers,

Andrew Renshaw

Steward of the Slums

Proud Seminole

Anchor Down

What does our web site have to do with our philosophy of camping?

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Each fall we begin our search for three staff members with a social media and image background and a love for camp. We also hire an extra counselor so that we can pull one out of his activities and cabin each day.  His job is then to become our camp photographer and journalist.  He begins after our morning staff meeting taking pictures and notes of the day’s events and usually ends his day sometime after taps writing an article to be posted later that night.  Amazingly, all of this does nothing to change your son’s camp experience, in fact that is the point!

Instead we want to give our parents a one-way window into their sons’ summer.  As parents Ann and I want to know everything that happens with our own children (now all on staff!), but as camp directors we also know how important it is for him to develop a healthy sense of independence.  With this in mind we have developed Timberlake’s web site as a way to sneak a glimpse of his camp experience without changing that experience at all. 

Chances are that you will find your camper in the photos, but the purpose of the site is not to show individuals, it is to tell the story of camp.  We want our parents to see everything that happens at camp.  We want you to know what the Morning Yell sounds like.  We want you to become caught up in the plot of Stomper’s Knob raiding Greybeard.  We want you to share the adventure of Little Slaty raiding the Trading Post.  We want this because these are the things that are making your campers smile and sing and lose their voices laughing and cheering!

Each morning before breakfast I sneak into my office to flip through the most current pictures.  My son’s picture isn’t always there, but each morning I learn something about camp that I never knew – yes this still happens.   The reason we have a website is because we want our parents to fall in love with camp the same way our campers do, so let us know how we’re doing.  Let us know what parts of camp you would like to see and we’ll make every effort to show it.

Great Camping!

Adam