As Summer 2016 comes to a close, we want to reflect on what makes Camp Tall Timbers the best place to go each summer and get away from the everyday.
Every season, we have committed to providing a memorable experience for our campers. Our beautiful natural setting in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains is a place where everyone can relax, unplug and make friendships that last a lifetime. Our 120 scenic acres allows our campers to connect with nature. From swimming in our lake to campfires under a blanket of stars, Camp Tall Timbers transports our campers away from the hustle and bustle of their everyday life to a more serene, natural environment so they can experience and enjoy the outdoors. They build personal connections that create a sense of community. We are an extended family where we care about and support each other. Creating a warm, engaging and safe place where campers feel comfortable, they feel confident to take risks and try an activity that is challenging or new, increasing self-confidence while enhancing individual talents.
Camp Tall Timbers fosters independence from our youngest to oldest. There is structure to a typical camp day but, within that structure, there is plenty of opportunity to make decisions. Our campers choose from many different activities and decide how they want to spend their time. Our counselors encourage campers to explore and grow, mastering new skills and improving old ones.
As the owner of the camp, it gives me great pleasure to follow our campers over the years and see the paths they’ve taken: athletes that have had successful professions, shy campers that are now public figures, carefree teens that are now prominent medical experts and couples who met at camp and are now married with families of their own. There is great satisfaction as the next generation of ownership welcomes the next generation of campers.
We have not strayed far from the core values established by my father, Jerry Smith. I share his philosophy for camp to be a place where we work to form a community of people with a like minded goal of having a good time but never at the expense of others. We foster sportsmanship, respect for each other and a community that helps one another. Camp should be structured yet free for campers to self motivate their program selections. Camp Tall Timbers for more than 46 years a kid oasis, away from the everyday has been our mission and still continues.
Summer 2016 season has left its lasting memories but already, we have begun planning for Summer 2017! Enrollment for our 47th season opens soon. We look forward to welcoming you back for what is sure to be the BEST summer ever!
Speaking of Best, the Best of Bethesda Readers’ Poll is open. Please vote Camp Tall Timbers for “Best Summer Camp (Overnight)” here and thank you for your support.