Sparks: Sharing the Fire
of Camps Kahdalea & Chosatonga

: 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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: Burning Calories and Crushing Miles

By Sean Callahan – Chosatonga Wilderness Staff ’21 It started with a phone call, and ended with 102 miles on the Appalachian Trail.  Back in April, I received a call from a friend encouraging me to pursue a summer backpacking leadership position down in North Carolina. After researching and noticing the outdoor components of the…

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: The “CKC Recipe”: our ingredients for an incredible summer

The CKC Recipe You don’t need to be here long to realize that there is something different about Camp.  Kahdalea and Chosatonga have been around for a long time (60 years! Woohoo!) and the people who come here can vouch that it is life changing.  There is a magic here that helps people to grow…

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: “Give Thanks in All Circumstances”

Dear Camp Family, Happy Thanksgiving!  We’ve been thinking and praying for you all, and as I wrote my own children in a message on Thanksgiving morning, I wanted to write to you as well.  This morning I’ve been reading 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18.  “Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s…

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: Be Authentic

Dear Friends, Do you remember your very first day of camp?  How many of you felt ok at home, but when you came to camp you instantly got nervous and wondered if you would fit in and find friends?  Did you put your best face on and try hard to let everyone think you were…

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: Speak the Truth

The moment the words left his mouth, he felt their impact.  A lie is a heavy thing, a blackhole created by our words that devastates the trust in our relationships with others. This lie came out quickly in a self-defensive way. This facade immediately felt weighty indeed.   As he turned shoulder and walked out of…

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: Love the Wild

I remember most the silence.  Prayer flags and pennants floated from the stone houses around us–houses that seemed to have grown into the landscape itself.  They were less like stones stacked one on another by human hands and more like crags in the cold and barren hillside, weathered and roughened by centuries.  From that hilltop…

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: Laugh Often

Paddlers have an additional gene.  I wasn’t really aware of it growing up.  I paddled at camp, but horses were my passion so I didn’t learn about this amazing phenomena.  In November David and I were invited to join a fantastic group of people on a rafting trip in the Grand Canyon.  A bunch of…

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: An Invitation

“The mountains are fountains of men as well as of rivers, of glaciers, of fertile soil. The great poets, philosophers, prophets, able men whose thoughts and deeds have moved the world, have come down from the mountains — mountain-dwellers who have grown strong there with the forest trees in Nature’s work-shops.” – John Muir My…

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