Wednesday, 31 March 2021 17:05

Loy White Day: An Open Invitation

As a multi-generational operation, Camp Loy White has positively impacted members of the community for almost sixty years. Long-time staff and former campers continue returning to this sacred space bringing along children and grandchildren with whom they hope to create precious memories comparable to their time at Camp Loy White. The mission with which the camp was created still reigns true: reconnecting people with nature through curiosity and adventure, offering a place to find stillness in the midst of a chaotic world, encouraging individuals to explore their faith or spirituality, and supporting any neighbor in need. Though the name has since changed to Tekoa Foothills, the original principles established a vein of truth that flows through the structure of the camp as a core design. 

Members of the White family donated their land to form Camp Loy White in memory of Loy White who tragically died at sixteen years old in June of 1961. Other neighboring farm owners and community members also contributed land towards the development of the extensive 117 acres that are still in use today. It is not only important that we honor the history of the camp, but we must also honor the life of Loy White as an integral part of the evolution of this ministry. The mission of Tekoa Foothills is Touching Hearts, Changing Lives, Sharing the Light of Christ, and it is apparent that Loy portrayed those characteristics during his lifetime. Stories shared from those who knew Loy allude to the fact that he was an All-American type of person who was loved by all. He was hard-working, kind, and showed great promise to impact the world around him. As other memories are shared, we are able to create a more comprehensive image of who Loy was and what he meant to those around him. 

 

In the face of continued change and the passage of years since his death, it is imperative to connect with those who share memories of Loy and transcribe those stories as a fundamental part of the history of this camp. Camp Loy White/Tekoa Foothills continues striving towards fulfilling the dream which inspired the inception of the camp, none of which would be possible without the commitment of Loy White’s family and friends to memorialize a life lost too soon. When looking towards the future, we want to ensure that the memories of Loy and of Camp Loy White are not lost to the past.  Every story deserves to be heard. 

 

Thus, to honor the life of Loy White and celebrate the supporters of Camp Loy White, Loy White Weekend will take place May 14-16, 2021 at Tekoa Foothills. Anyone who knew Loy or had relation to CLW is invited to attend. The main celebration will be on May 15, 2021 from 2:00-6:00pm, but interested individuals may stay overnight for the weekend in one of the lodges on site. There will be a free community dinner, a worship service, time to share stories and photographs, and scheduled adventure programs. 

 

Lakeside Lodge, Loy White Lodge, and newly renovated Asbury Lodge will be open for public touring and viewing. The construction of Lakeside Lodge was completed in 2019 and is a beautiful cabin perfect for rental groups and business meetings. The camp remains open and active as Tekoa Foothills plans to welcome campers for a full summer of camps ranging from Day Camp and Overnight Camp to Missions Camp for service-based youth group trips. If your interest in the camp is long-standing or newfound, you are welcome to visit on May 15, 2021 to see how things have changed or explore the property for the first time!

 

The aim is that future campers who attend Tekoa Foothills will know the story of the creation of the camp and revere the life of Loy. We hope that new supporters of the camp will understand the history of Camp Loy White and honor the shared mission of and transition to Tekoa Foothills. We hope that this event connects and unifies many generations of people who were positively impacted by this ministry. 

 

Please join us in celebrating and remembering the life of Loy White and all those who made Camp Loy White such a special place. Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call the office at (704) 538-3866 for more information or to RSVP. All are welcome.  

 

Tekoa Foothills is located at 258 Hull Road Casar, NC 28020.

 

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Written by: Jordan Mitchell
Graphic designed by: Jordan Mitchell 
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