By Giselle Snyder, age 12, June 2018
I just want to start off by saying, I LOVED CAMP TEKOA. I was already missing it when we were pulling out of the parking lot. It was so fun and I can’t wait to go back next year.
Before I went, I expected Camp Tekoa to be a big, overwhelming but exciting place with lots of activities to keep you hyped. I was wrong about the big and overwhelming part, though. Camp Tekoa is organized and is on the smaller side.
I also had a few worries before attending camp. I was afraid the counselors were going to be strict and unfair. I was also afraid none of the other kids would like me and I’d have no friends. However, those worries were unfounded. Everybody there was nice, super cool, and engaging. All my fellow campers were fun, giggly, energetic, and kind. Outgoing people would fit right into camp life especially.
Next time, I would choose to go with a friend/cousin. That way I would feel more comfortable and not have to worry about making new friends. I also think the camp should rebuild some of their old cabins. Some cabins are not as nice as others and it’s not fair to the people who have to shower with mushrooms and sleep on a moldy bed. But everything else was AWESOME!
My session was a one-week all-girls adventure camp consisting of 12 girls. Other groups varied from 8 to 16. The camp had 22 groups, so there were about 250 to 300 campers. There were 2 counselors per group and 4 counselors per cabin. Then there was the Kitchen staff, Lifeguards, Housing Assistants, Nurses, and the Adventure Tea who specialized in certain outdoor activities like backpacking or rock climbing.
I did a session called Journey, which is a group that goes off-site a lot to explore new things. We went backpacking, extreme caving, horseback riding, and waterfall hopping. We also did water activities.
In the evening, we did various things like rock climbing, Leap of Faith, arts and crafts, free-time (hanging out of the front porch). We would usually eat dinner, do an activity, then go have chill time in our cabin before lights out.
My favorite thing to do was lake activities. We didn’t we didn’t get to do a lot of lake activities since we were off-site a lot doing other things, but the ones we did do were really fun. Water activities included the Rope Swing, Swamp Canoes (trying to dump other campers’ canoes into the water), Tubing, the High-Dive, the waterslides, and of course regular swimming. Unfortunately, my group was rained out of the Rope Swing, Tubing, and Swamp Canoes. However, we did get to do the waterslides and the high-dive, which was really fun. Although, I wish our period was longer; we only had 25 minutes.
Another great thing about Camp Tekoa was the food. The food there is high quality and delicious. However, if you don’t like what they’re serving, you can get something from the bonus table. You can find bagels and cereal during breakfast at the bonus table, and then salad for lunch and dinner.
Things you can find on the breakfast menu include bacon, eggs, grits, French toast, oatmeal, pancakes, hash-browns, and waffles. Hot chocolate is usually served as a beverage. Lunch usually consists of baked potatoes, green beans, hot dogs, chicken wraps, and PB&J. Things you can find on the dinner menu were pizza, applesauce, mac & Cheese, Jambalaya, corn, peas, fried shrimp, pasta alfredo, breadsticks, rolls, broccoli, and fruit salad. Desserts are served at lunch and dinner, like a piece of cake or a cookie.
Covered in mud after a caving adventure. Photo courtesy of Camp Tekoa
Backpacking to Sam's Knob. Photo courtesy of Camp Tekoa.
The most important thing I learned at Camp Tekoa was that we are all together on a journey. Everyone and everything helps shape our journey by changing hearts and lives.
Camp Tekoa is a coed camp located near Asheville, NC
To learn more and sign up, visit Camp Tekoa's website.