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Summer Camp FAQ

Summer Camp FAQ

Tuesday, 01 August 2023 07:53

Summer camp is a vibrant tapestry of unforgettable experiences and boundless fun. Nestled in the heart of nature, it's a realm where children and teens embark on exhilarating outdoor adventures. From hiking through lush forests to swimming in sparkling lakes, the thrill of exploration knows no bounds. 

Yet, it's not just the activities that make camp so magical; it's the friendships forged around crackling campfires and under starlit skies. These bonds are woven through shared stories, spirited sing-alongs, and the joy of marshmallow toasting.

Sports and games infuse camp days with spirited camaraderie. The playing fields echo with cheers as campers dive into team sports and creative competitions. Amidst the laughter and friendly rivalries, valuable life skills like teamwork and sportsmanship take root. 

And let's not forget the delightful escapades of themed events and dress-up days, where ordinary camp days transform into magical realms of imagination. Camp traditions, whether it's the iconic talent show or the heartwarming closing ceremony, become etched in the collective memory of campers, creating a sense of continuity and belonging.

In this oasis free from screens and technology, personal growth blossoms. Camp empowers young hearts to make decisions, discover newfound independence, and unearth their unique strengths. Through crafting, outdoor cooking, and learning skills like archery or kayaking, campers uncover passions that ignite their spirits for years to come. 

Each day at summer camp is a brushstroke on the canvas of cherished memories, painting a picture of laughter, learning, and the pure exhilaration of being alive. With all the excitement about summer camp, there may be questions lurking. Let’s answer some of those questions.

Eight FAQs About Tekoa Foothills Summer Camp

1. What Is the Mission of Tekoa Foothills?

Our mission at Tekoa Foothills is Touching Hearts, Changing Lives, and Sharing the Light of Christ.

2. Where Is Tekoa Foothills Located?

Tekoa Foothills is a United Methodist Summer Camp and Retreat Center located in Casar, North Carolina. The property of 117 acres of land is filled with an abundance of beautiful nature, open fields, and hiking trails, along with a swimming pool, multiple natural bodies of water, and a bamboo forest- all for you to enjoy and explore!

3. What Is the Temperature in the Summer in Casar, NC?

Temperatures in Casar, during the summer months, typically stay in the low to mid-80s, with an average temperature ranging between a low of 67°F and a high of 89°F. However, the heat index can get as high as 104°F.

4. What Programs Does Tekoa Foothills Offer in the Summer?

During the summer months, Tekoa Foothills offers day camp and residential camp to children ages 5 to 17. Campers have the opportunity to engage in exciting programs, develop life-long friendships, and learn new skills, all while gaining the tools to grow spiritually in their relationship with God.

  • Day Camp: This program is specifically designed to meet the needs of children in the area surrounding Tekoa Foothills. Campers will experience all of the fun of overnight camp while being able to go home in the evenings.
    • Monday-Thursday
    • For Ages 5-9
  • Resident Camp: This is a progressive overnight camp program that encourages campers to engage in age-appropriate activities, allowing them to be challenged physically, mentally, and spiritually year after year. Overnight campers learn parallel lessons between these activities and their own personal spiritual walk. 
    • Sunday-Friday
    • Early Elementary Resident Camp For Ages 6-7
    • Elementary Resident Camp For Ages 8-11
    • Middle School Resident Camps For Ages 11-14

5. What Should My Camper Pack for a Week at Tekoa Foothills?

Please label your belongings.

  • Bible, notebook, and pen/pencil
  • Flashlight and batteries
  • Water bottle or canteen
  • Shorts 
  • Shirts 
  • Sweatshirt, sweater, or jacket
  • Raincoat with hood or cap
  • Bathing suit (females: one piece)
  • Bath towels and washcloths
  • Swimming towel
  • Personal items (toothbrush/paste, soap, shampoo, deodorant, cup)
  • Pillow and sleeping bag (or twin-size sheets and a blanket)
  • Insect repellent (optional)
  • Sunscreen
  • Good, sturdy, close-toed shoes for hiking & socks
  • Sandals or flip-flops for use at the waterfront
  • Bathing suit or clothing that can get stained

REMINDER: Please remember to keep electronic devices at home (including cell phones!)

6. Who Will Be Staying With My Child?

Tekoa Foothills campers are organized into family groups. Each family group typically consists of 6-9 boys and 6-9 girls with a male and female counselor. This type of structure promotes strong camper-to-camper and camper-to-staff relationships. 

Family groups participate in all activities and meals together and are housed together. Family groups are organized by camper age to differentiate age-appropriate activities and challenges. This ensures that all campers have the best experience possible.

7. What Activities Are Available to Campers at Tekoa Foothills?

Tekoa Foothills offers a variety of unique activity options based on the type of camp and age of your camper. Look at all the amazing activities!

  • Available Activities for All:
    • Basketball
    • Ga-Ga Ball
    • Creek Walks
    • Field Games
    • Hiking Trails
    • Lake Fishing
    • Creek Fishing
    • Star Gazing
  • Available Activities for Day Camp:
    • Zipline,
    • Paddle-boating
    • Hiking
    • Songs and s'mores
    • Fishing
    • Lake swimming
    • Crafting
    • Devotions and Pastor time
    • Pool time
  • Available Activities for Elementary Resident Camp:
    • Pool time
    • Slip n’ slide
    • Lake zipline
    • Ride canoes and paddle boats
    • Plunge into the lake from the giant inflatable slide
    • Explore the magical bamboo forest
    • Horseback riding (additional fee)
    • Paddling (additional fee)
    • Creative arts (additional fee)
    • Archery (additional fee)
  • Available Activities for Middle School Resident Camp:
    • Kayaks
    • Slip n’ slide
    • Ax throwing
    • Archery
    • Zipline
    • Low ropes courses
    • Canoeing
    • Swimming
    • South Mountains State Park visit, hike, and campout
    • Extra optional skills:
      • Survival skills
      • Eco-adventures
      • Horseback riding (additional fee)
      • Pottery
      • Photography
      • Culinary cooking
      • Archery (additional fee)
      • Mixed media
      • Painting

8. Tell Me About Your Spiritual Emphasis at Tekoa Foothills

Faith formation is central to our residential camp programs. Campers are encouraged to participate in morning watch, evening vespers, and weekly worship. 

Campers are nurtured throughout the week with access to a devotional guide that provides age-appropriate engagement with scripture and lessons based on our summer theme. Guided by our highly trained staff, campers will experience an authentic Christian community and transformation.

More Information on Tekoa Foothills

Tekoa Foothills is the perfect place for your child to enjoy summer camp, whether it be day camp or residential camp! For more information about Tekoa Foothills, contact us or visit our website.