Polar Plunge

Camp Tekoa Polar Plunge - January 5th, 2013. 11:00am-2:00pm.

Polar Plunge Support Form

Laibility Release and Parent/Guardian Release Form

Make a Donation/Support a Polar Plunger

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What Is a Polar Plunge?

A crazy, wacky, exhilarating experience designed to raise funds from your family and friends to support your jump, slow crawl, belly-flop, etc. into Tekoa’s lake in January! Anyone is eligible to participate in the event.

What does the Polar Plunge fund raising support?

The funds you raise from your family and friends will e used to purchase 3 new canoes for our water adventure program, 12 new 2-way radios, and 1 AED (Automated external defibrillator) for emergencies. Our goal is to raise $8000! Thanks to all who participated in the first Polar Plunge, we raised $10,000!

All proceeds raised over the goal amount of $8000 will go toward other program improvements.


What do I do to get started?
First you need to register by clicking on the registration link above. The registration fee is $10. This will help us keep track of the number of polar plungers and allow us to print your size t-shirt.

If you would like to attend simply to watch the crazy people jump in the cold Tekoa Lake, no registration is necessary.

Does it matter how much money I raise?
Basically, the amount of money you raise determines how deep in the water you must go. Here is the breakdown:
If you raise $50 – You commit to going in the lake up to your knees.
If you raise $100 – You commit to going in the lake up to your waist.
If you raise $200 – You commit to going in the lake up to your neck.
If you raise $250 – You commit to fully immersing your body (head and all!) in the Tekoa Lake.
Please don't feel limited to simply raising $250. If you feel you can raise more, GO FOR IT!

How do I raise funds?
Click on this link and print the Support Form . Use this form to keep track of your supporters. Please be sure to collect funds before the Polar Plunge event on January 5th, 2013.

For your protection, it is preferred that participants collect sponsorship money in the form of checks, but we will accept cash too.

Each sponsor should write their own name, sponsorship amount ($), and indicate a mailing address to receive a tax deduction letter on the Support Form.

Online donations/sponsorships are accepted as well. Donations can be made at the Camp Tekoa website: www.camptekoa.org/you-can-help/donate

Registration Deadline
In order for us to have t-shirts ordered for you, the deadline for registration is December 15th, 2012. However, if you register after December 15th, 2012 then you can still participate, but we cannot guarantee that you will receive a t-shirt in your exact size.


Check-in begins at 10:00am. Please have the funds you have raised ready to turn in at this time along with your list of supporters.

Polar Plunge T-Shirt
Each participant will receive a Polar Plunge t-shirt in the size indicated on your registration.

Event Day Registration
Event day registration is $50 (either by sponsorship or by personal payment). Participants under the age of 18 must have a parent/guardian consent form signed.

Other Event Details
1. We will have facilities open for you to change clothes, before and after you take the plunge.
2. We encourage you to bring extra-warm clothing as well as towels and blankets for bundling up after you get out of the water.
3. We also suggest that you bring something to wear on your feet when you take the plunge (preferably a pair of sandals with a heal strap or an old pair of tennis shoes).
4. Hot chocolate and s'mores will be provided for all polar plungers. You are welcome to bring any other lunch food/picnic items you would like during the event.
5. Awards will be given out to participants who excel in various polar plunge activities (for exapmle, biggest splash, craziest outfit, etc...)
6. Feel free to invite family and friends to come and watch the event take place. We plan on having live music and the zipline open too!

Sharing Project

Here is the easiest way to help Camp Tekoa raise money. You can support Camp Tekoa by searching the web and shoping online! Simply click on the GoodSearch link below and designate Camp Tekoa as your beneficiary. Then, every time you search the web or shop online using GoodSearch, Camp Tekoa is supported.

  • Search the web using GoodSearch.com and each time you do a search, GoodSearch will donate about a penny to Camp Tekoa!
  • Shop online at GoodShop.com and a percentage of each purchase will be donated to Camp Tekoa! More than 600 top stores are participating including Amazon, Target, Staples, Best Buy and more!

GoodSearch: You Search...We Give!


Camp Tekoa relies heavily on the support of donors.  With the help of your donation we are able to help campers come to camp who otherwise would not have the opportunity, we are able to make upgrades and repairs to existing buildings and grounds, we are able to purchase program equipment and supplies, and so much more.  This support allows us to fully reach our mission of, “touching hearts, changing lives, and sharing the light of Christ.”

Thanks for helping us meet our current project goals by making an online donation with our secure server.  A receipt will be mailed for tax purposes. 

All undesignated donations will be applied to the Camp Tekoa General Fund.  If you would like for this donation to be applied to a specific project or fund, please complete the donation online (folowing the link below), after you indicate your donation ammount and payment method you can click on the words "Please Indicate Fund Designation."  A text box will apear allowing you to designate a fund.  If you have any questions about the funds or specific instructions please contact Melisa Coates at mcoates@camptekoa.org with your name, donation amount and the fund that you would like for the money to be applied to, and/or your question.  Please consider these funds to designate your donation:

  • Diving Dock Fund (Polar Plunge)
  • Camp Tekoa General Fund
  • Scholarship Fund
  • Building Projects Fund

Thank you again for joining with us in ministry!

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You can make donations with all major credit cards or a PayPal account.


Polar Plunge January 7, 2012

Camp Tekoa's Polar Plunge is a fund raising effort designed to help us raise money for the building of a new diving dock.  Our goal is to raise $8000.  Our hope is to build a new diving dock that can better suit the needs of our campers and retreat groups.  Anyone is eligible to participate in the event taking place January 7, 2012.  Please feel free to designate your donation toward the Diving Dock fund.  You may also use the link above to make a secure donation in sponsorship for a specific participant.  Once you enter a donation amount and payment method, you will be prompted to "indicate the fund designation."  This is where you can state the participant's name.

Adopt a Cabin

Churches or groups are invited to adopt a cabin.  Our six standard cabins (Maple, Rhododendron, Birch, Oak, Sourwood, and Hickory) need a facelift!  Churches or groups can adopt a cabin by making a commitment to donate $1000 a year for 5 years, and volunteer one day out of the year to assist with the work projects on their cabin.  Renovations include: new windows, heating system, screens, ceiling fan, bathroom vanity, lighting, landscaping, and painting.

Special thanks to Myers Park UMC (Providence Sunday School Class), the Michael’s family, and First UMC Hendersonville (The Help Group Sunday School Class) for adopting Hickory, Oak, and Rhododendron cabins.

Other Donation Opportunities

You can also donate goods and services to Camp Tekoa.  If you have a skill or trade you would like to share with us, such as landscaping, plumbing, electrical work, etc., we can use your help.  To find out how we can use your help, please contact James Johnson at 828-692-6516.  Also, consider donations on our current wish list:

  • Vehicles
  • Lawn mower
  • Board games
  • Yarn
  • Balls (basketballs, playground balls, any kind of game ball)
  • Landscaping tools (shovels, rakes, loppers, etc.)
  • Washer and dryer
  • Wood splitter


Camp Tekoa's mission is, "Touching Hearts, Changing Lives, Sharing the Light of Christ." Volunteers help us to share our mission every day. Whether it is by assisting a camper with special needs or by clearing brush from a trail, Camp Tekoa relies on the help of our volunteers to make a difference in the lives of thousands of visitors every year.

You can volunteer individually or as a group. All volunteers who work while campers are attending camp must be at least 18 years old, fill out a Volunteer Application, and complete a criminal background check.

Here are a few areas where we can use your help:

Be a Special Friend
Summer Barnabas Camp -the week of July 4th
Fall Camp Jim - Early September
Special Needs Day Camp - During certain weeks of the summer

This is a great opportunity to provide a helping hand during an awesome week of camp! Volunteers are assigned a camper with developmental disabilities with whom they share in all the activities of camp. Just as their name suggests, Special Friends are week-long companions who provide care and encouragement while expressing Christian love. Campers enjoy activities such as boating, hiking, zipline, arts & crafts, devotions, talent show performances and much more. If you are interested in serving as a special friend at Tekoa please fill out the Volunteer Application . For additional information contact John Isley 828-692-6516.

Volunteer as a Nurse for the week

Each week of the summer, Tekoa relies on a volunteer RN to help care for our campers. This volunteer opportunity is available for one week at a time or multiple weeks. For additional information contact James Johnson 828-692-6516.

Help us with Service Projects

Tekoa relies on volunteer groups and individuals to help with a variety of maintenance, renovations, and grounds upkeep. If you are interested in helping in this area, please contact Camp Tekoa's Maintenance Director, Greg Trollinger at 828-692-6516.

Donate Online

Scholarship Fund

Help send a child to camp by donating to the Scholarship Fund
Give to Scholarship Fund

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General Fund

Donations made to the general fund helps Tekoa with operating expenses, program equipment, mainteaance, landscaping, and
much more!

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Annual Giving

Beginning in May of 2012, Tekoa will be launching it's new Annual Fund! There will be different levels of giving as well as displays
around camp

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In Memory or In Honor Fund

Recognize a loved one in memory or in honor.

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