“Opening Day” by Emily Kasper

There are few joys in life like the opening day of a North Carolina sleepaway camp.  Early that morning, the cabins stand quietly ready, creaking beams impatient for the weight of rambunctious campers to fill them once more with trunks of new stationary and old sneakers.  The equipment is readied, the grass mown, the kitchens…

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“Privileged Seats” by Emily Kasper

You have such privileged seats- well earned- where you can watch from the front row these young ones become themselves.  For these fleeing days and weeks, we too join that privilege.  A brief moment earlier this week showed a beautiful example- the lightning flash of becoming.   A counselor listens, ponders- during chapel she yields the…

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“CKC on a Sunday” by Emily Kasper

There is nothing on Earth like a summer camp on a Sunday.  The campers are all present after a busy week of paddling excursions, hikes and overnights, and biking or climbing expeditions.  Everyone is together- and everything has slowed down.  Today we saw counselors pausing to let the youngest campers track a butterfly for longer…

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“The World Is In Good Hands” by Emily Kasper

Hello Camp Families and Friends! Occasionally, we welcome guests to post on our camp blog, and it is a joy to introduce Emily Kasper as a contributor. Emily has been sending her kids to camp for a few years now, and has offered to share some of her unique perspectives on our platform. A hearty…

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Antifragile Children: “YOU CAN DO HARD THINGS!”

One of the many joys of hearing Dr. Jonathan Haidt speak recently was learning more about what makes the human heart so dignified and special. Haidt leads his listeners to this point by grouping various examples into three categories: fragile, resilient, and antifragile. In the fragile category, he includes the example of a wine glass.…

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Be Authentic  

By Janet Howser  January, 2024 1 Corinthians 13:13     And now these three remain: Faith, Hope and Love; But the greatest is Love. What does it mean to choose the hard right?  Every day we’re faced with countless choices, options and opportunities. On a good day, these decisions are easy to make and we often do…

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Simplicity: Following the Lead of the First Believers

“All the believers devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching, and to fellowship, and to sharing in meals (including the Lord’s Supper), and to prayer.” – Acts 2:42 I love the simplicity of this verse. After Jesus rose from the dead and ascended into Heaven, his apostles led the disciples in a simple life, a life…

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A Photo Journey of the CKC Mission to Ecuador

This trip surpassed our expectations in a big way. We wish to give a special shoutout to Ricky Lytle, our fearless leader and an amazing liason to our hosts in Ecuador! Thank you for all you did to make this trip happen, Ricky! We love you! Our trip was broken into two parts: (1) working…

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Which Session is Right for My Camper? by Jeffrey Trufant

Mini Session? Junior Session?? Main Session?!? – Oh My!  Each of our summer sessions is unique and so is each of our campers and families.  Which session is right for you can sometimes seem like a daunting question! With several sessions to choose from, let’s talk for a minute about what each one offers so…

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Merry Christmas from CKC!

This year has been one of profound blessings at Kahdalea and Chosatonga. As Jeffrey, John, and I get more comfortable in our new roles as Directors, we are stretching into new territory and planning for growth in our programs, activities, and facilities. We’ve enjoyed weddings and the births of two new future Kahdaladies among our…

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