Following the 7 a.m. reveille, counselors began to ring the ears of their campers by yelling “good morning Timberlake, it’s a new day!” The campers then enjoyed a hearty breakfast of sausage, eggs, biscuits, and potatoes. To awaken the campers, Grant H. led the campers in the
morning yell. During the morning yell, a white-water rafting trip was preparing to depart for Section 9 of the French Broad River. Ashton A., MacRae E., Hudson E., Andrew I., Andrew K., Rhys M., Rylan S., Gus A., Harrison C., T.J. E., David F., and McKean K. made up the lucky bunch making the voyage down the river. While this group was traveling to and down the river, our normal activities at camp were taking place. The campers and counselors heard a true story from John M. at Chapel this morning.
During morning activities, many campers were working towards and completing bars in their respected classes. In basketball, Shephard B., Leyton H., Cole O., and Miles A. achieved their bronze bars. Banks O. earned his bronze in rocketry, and Sam C. completed many groupings in riflery which, count towards his bronze bar in the class. In mountain biking class, Connall S., Hayes M., Reed D., Nate G., Case M., and Chase V. rode the spyglass hill trail on camp property. In PAWS, Henry E. had a lot of fun walking the golden doodle puppies around the camp property. Once morning activities ended, Timberlake ate lunch and learned that the Black Bears won El Presidente the previous night!
During free time, Case M., Trell P., Nate G., Banks O., Neil R., Connall S., and Reed D. worked on silver bar requirements in basketball. At the same time, several campers were competing in a fencing tournament, Connor W. came out of the field of fencers victorious. During afternoon activities, Dumisani M. and Grant C. earned their bronzes in fencing; and James R. and William B. also got their bronzes in kayaking. On the other side of the lake,
Charlie S. and Davis M. completed the requirements for their bronzes in swimming. On the ranges, Lucas O. completed multiple groupings in archery which counted towards his silver in the class. Also, Bryant C. and Grant G. earned their bronzes in tennis. On the climbing tower, Nate S. completed an impressive natural route which was very difficult to accomplish. Back down in the lake, Hunter O. and Cole R. loved sliding down the waterslide. Then, Timberlake was honored to have a camp favorite, Hawaiian meatballs with rice as the main dish for dinner. Following dinner clean-up, John yelled, “AND NOW!” and the dining hall erupted into yells and screams. Then, James B. silenced the crowd and announced that junior camp was playing El Bandido, and the seniors were playing stealing the skins. During each of the games, campers ran, competed, and fought for victory for their tribe. After the evening activities,
the campers returned to their cabins, where they wound down and prepared for a good night’s sleep
to prepare for the next day.

Archie Dees
Stomper’s Knob Counselor
Head of Basketball
Proud Black Bear