Sparks: Sharing the Fire
of Camps Kahdalea & Chosatonga

: “Challenges Help You Grow” by Jess Pienta

It’s still surreal for me to think about what the past 4 months have been. Five days after I finished working at Family Camp this past summer, I was in the air flying to Europe. You could say that was a whirlwind for sure.  After I finished working as Head of Wilderness, I shortly began…

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: Choose the Hard Right

“A dead thing can go with the stream, but only a living thing can go against it.” – Gilbert Keith Chesterton  There is plenty of excitement in this off-season at camp! Our year-round staff is working hard to prepare for the best summer ever! New and improved equipment, updated facilities, wonderful new friendships formed in…

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: Cultivate Wonder – Grow Gratitude

To this day, my first time canoeing Frank Bell’s Rapid is vivid in my memory:  My tandem partner and I nervously approached the rapid’s horizon line.  I could hear the crashing of the water and feel my heart beating.  I was obsessed with the river as a camper, and always impatient for my next whitewater adventure;…

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: JC Climbs Everest Equivalent for a Great Cause

Hello, my name is Eddie Perez and I am a Junior Counselor here at Camp Chosatonga from Memphis, Tennessee. For the last seven years, I have been blessed to call this community rooted deep in the Blue Ridge Mountains my home. Throughout these last few months, a majority of my time has been put into…

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: REUNION: The Mountains are Calling

The blessing of camp is that the circle of friendship extends not just through your cabin or tribe, not just through your session, your summer or even your era. Camp friendships cross lines of age, of experience, of location. The counselors I looked up to adoringly are now my peers. Campers whose homesick shoulders I hugged are now in the carpool line with me. The sister (and brother) hood we create in our Green Cathedral continue to weave us together over a lifetime. 

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: The Power of Friendship in the Mission of CKC

A few months ago, I attended the wedding of a former Chosatonga counselor, Mitchell Webb and his beautiful bride, Betsy.  Once arrived at the church, I found myself tightly packed in the midst of 3 or 4 rows of former campers and counselors.  Watching these old friends arrive, one by one, there was the tense…

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: Ukraine and Camp

Ultimately, camp is all about learning how to love.  Because of the mysterious way in which we’re all connected in the Body of Christ, our efforts to do good anywhere effect people everywhere.

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: Offseason Ambiance

Mary Lang has worked in the Kahdalea office since May of 2021, just after graduating Belmont Abbey College. Hiking, writing, jumping off waterfalls, editing, and conversing on philosophical topics make up some of her favorite moments. This summer, she looks forward to being on Wilderness staff. About halfway through September I got to the point…

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: Anne Trufant the Pirate: Musings on Joy

Dear Ones, Don’t you just love being covered with paint?!  Do you just wake up sometimes wondering what kind of wildness you can get into in a day!?  Well you know that as one of the elders of this group, of course I NEVER do that…except sometimes!  I was visiting with one of my daughters…

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: Van Gogh and the WILDEST Gifts in the Cosmos

Dave Trufant gives legendary talks at our Sunday morning Chapel. Chosmen of all generations can attest to this! He relates simple, timeless wisdom with a certain “BOING!” that only “the Dave” can do. His joy is infectious and his talks leave the young men lighthearted, hopeful, and a little bit more comfortable in their own skin, as well as more inclined toward answering the many “knocks” we may receive on the door of our hearts throughout life. One of his more beloved talks revolves around, of all people, Vincent Van Gogh.

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