Staff & Directors

“We consider our staff to be the most important ingredient to creating a safe and wonderful summertime experience for our campers. We select our staff with the utmost care.”

Who do we look for?

Our Counselors set us apart. They are chosen for their character, spirit, and skill. The majority have grown up attending camp and they understand the impact the have on the life of a child. Giving back what so many of them have freely received, out staff takes a strong personal interest in our campers, and often these relationships grow into life-long friendships.

“The Staff’s maturity, insight, and good character is astounding. After every summer I am amazed at them and their entire program.”

AB, a parent from Baton Rouge, LA

Health and safety are of utmost importance to us. Many counselors have been in our skills programs for years and also undergo extensive pre-camp skills training. Furthermore, they certify in Wilderness First-Aid and CPR, and our waterfront directors are Red Cross certified. Our infirmary is staffed by a nurse and our local doctor twice weekly. Safety is foundational to a happy experience for your child!

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Heading our team are the owners and directors, David and Anne Trufant. Bringing many years of experience in youth ministry, outdoor leadership and education, they are devoted to making the Kahdalea and Chosatonga Spirit come to life for each child.

The Trufants have owned and directed Kahdalea and Chosatonga for over 30 years and they have raised their seven children there. From New Orleans, both Anne and David grew up going to North Carolina summer camps which began their passion for working with children and camping in the Blue Ridge Mountains. When they married, David was an accomplished paddler and mountaineer and owned a successful commercial photography business. Anne, a clinical social worker, was active in youth and women’s ministries and helped to open a home for unwed mothers where she was privileged to work with Mother Teresa. With their love for children and the outdoors, Anne and David were thrilled with an amazing opportunity in 1990 to fulfill their dreams of directing summer camps! In the off-season, Anne and David work at camp. Anne is also a renowned retreat leader and musician both in the US and abroad, and David runs retreats and school outdoor programs.

Assisting the family business are three of Anne’s and David’s seven children. Adam, Jeffrey, and John work full time with Kahdalea and Chosatonga directing the day to day operations and managing the facilities.

Anne had the privilege of working alongside Mother Teresa during her work with a home for unwed mothers.
David has long been a lover of the mountains! He’s shared this love as a trip leader for more than 40 years.
David and Anne love sharing their love for the wilderness and the beauty of God’s creation at Camps Kahdalea and Chosatonga

Jeffrey Trufant is the Assistant Director of Camp Chosatonga. Jeff is a seasoned international adventure guide and has worked in Nepal, Ireland, Austria, Hawaii, and Glacier, Zion, and Bryce Canyon National Parks amongst others. Jeff strengths for designing quality adventure programs and challenging our boys out of their comfort zones creates a boys’ camping environment like no other. Feel free to reach out to Jeff here.

Adam Trufant is the Assistant Director of Camp Kahdalea. Adam has worked in the outdoor industry in Thailand, Nepal, New Zealand, and with various camps and adventure programs in the United States. His experiences working with YoungLife and campus ministries has impressed upon him the need for fun, care-free environments for children to grow in. Adam has also led trips with CKC Staff to Europe, India (including several to Calcutta to serve alongside Mother Teresa’s order), Mexico, and Panama. Reach out to Adam here.

John Trufant directs Sites and Facilities at Camps Kahdalea and Chosatonga. John’s knowledge of the National Forest surrounding camp is unrivaled and makes him an invaluable companion on and off the trail. An accomplished outdoorsman, handyman, world traveler, and musician, John’s presence enriches the camp environment on multiple levels! He takes pride in making camp beautiful and building up a place future generations can enjoy.