Sparks: Sharing the Fire
of Camps Kahdalea & Chosatonga

: “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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: Wilderness First Responders at Your Service!

Two weeks ago, our year round staff at CKC had the opportunity to take a Wilderness First Responder class with Sierra Rescue, a wilderness medical educational institute. One of our friends over at Camp Carolina who is a Wilderness EMT, Wilderness First Responder, and certified by Sierra Rescue spent eight days teaching us how to…

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: My Next Guest Needs No Introduction: Ellen Tee!

Ellen Tee is someone who I’ve known and admired for years now, and I’m happy to pass on all the wisdom that she has shared with me. If you have ever planned a trip, completed a school project, or just tried keep your room or house in decent order then you know how important good…

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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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: CKC Spotify!

Do you ever find yourself wanting to snap your fingers and be back at camp? Well, what if I told you there was something that could bring you back to this place with just the click of a button? Camp has continuously been updating the camp Spotify account to provide all of the songs that…

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: THE Insider’s Packing List

Here it is folks! Coming to camp for the first time can be overwhelming. Having someone who has been going to camp for a long time tell you all of the things to pack that you wouldn’t think to pack is HUGE, and I’m going to tell you everything you need to know. Below is…

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