Foothills Chapel

Tekoa Foothills is a United Methodist Camp owned and operated by Camp Tekoa, Inc. of the Western North Carolina Conference.  The property has served thousands of people since it’s founding in 1962 as Camp Loy White.


Camp Loy White was named after a teenager who died in June 1961 in an automobile accident. The family of the 16-year-old donated land and money for the camp. The District Conference met in special session on May 6, 1962, voting to authorize the acceptance of the gift. Mr. and Mrs. James W. White donated land and funds in memory of their son, Loy E. White. Other donations of land were made by Mary Beth Brackett Craver, Mrs. R.C. White, Ed White, Selma White, Murriel Murry and Mable Kroll. The camp sits on 117.19 acres with a five-acre lake.


During the years it operated as Camp Loy White, many different programs were offered to serve people in the Cleveland County area and beyond.  These programs included Emmaus retreats, Camp SonShine, Carolina Cross Connection Mission Camps, and summer camp programming.  The legacy of Camp Loy White has profoundly impacted many people over these past 50 plus years. 

Tekoa Foothills continues this mission to impact lives through summer camp programming, hosting mission camps and offering a sanctuary for spiritual retreats.  Join us at Tekoa Foothills and be a part of this next exciting chapter of the camp community!