Summer Staff

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Many parents like to know more information about the summer staff that will be working with their children in the summer. Tekoa has a hiring process that looks at a number of personal qualities that each applicant must possess and requires them to complete an extensive application process.

The application process requires
applicants to:

  • Complete a 6 page application
  • Submit 3 letters of personal reference
  • Complete a personal interview
  • Pass a national history background check

The personal qualities and criteria applicants must possess are:

  • Must be a Christian, college age student excited about Tekoa's mission of "Touching hearts, changing lives, sharing the light of Christ."
  • Must show evidence that they enjoy interacting with children
  • Must show excitement for working in the outdoors
  • Must show signs of being a good listener
  • Must be able to think quickly and react positively to pressure situations
  • Must show evidence of working well with others
  • Must be ready to laugh, cry and smile along side their campers

After an applicant is selected for hire, staff are required to attend a 2 week staff training course prior to the summer camp season. Staff are trained and educated in the skills needed to facilitate camp activities and programs. More specifically, staff receive training in camper interaction, including age and faith development, group games, CPR and First Aid, and much, much more.


Recreational facilities at Camp Tekoa include:

  • Three-acre lake
  • Canoes and paddleboats
  • Fishing, swimming
  • Diving dock, and marked shallow area for non-swimmers
  • Sand beach area
  • High Ropes Course*
  • Ziplines*
  • 40' Climbing tower and mini climbing wall
  • Tree Climb*
  • Rope Swing*
  • Hiking Trails - including Meditation Trail
  • Challenge course*
  • Climbing Tower*
  • Campfire circle (seats 290)
  • Outdoor chapel (seats 100)
  • Activity field with soccer goals
  • Outdoor basketball court
  • Picnic shelter
  • Playground
  • Disc Golf Course

Contact & Find Camp Tekoa

Mailing Address
United Methodist Camp Tekoa
PO Box 1793
Flat Rock, NC 28731-1793

Physical Address
United Methodist Camp Tekoa
211 Thomas Road 
Hendersonville, NC 28739  View Map

(828) 692-6516 / (828) 696-3699

(828) 697-3288

  • James Johnson - Director, ext. 14
  • John Isley - Assistant Director, ext. 15
  • Melisa Coates - Administrative Assistant, ext. 10
  • Karen Rohrer - Business Manager, ext. 12
  • Afterschool (LGO), ext. 11

From the Greensboro/Winston-Salem Area: I-40 West to Asheville, NC. I-26 East to Hendersonville, NC, Exit 49-B. Travel 64 West (Four Seasons Blvd.) to Historic Downtown Hendersonville, turn left on Church Street. (25 South). Travel 8 blocks and turn right on Kanuga Road. Travel 5 miles and turn right on Thomas Road (Camp Tekoa's sign is on the right) Travel .2 miles on Thomas Road and the entrance is on the left.

From the Charlotte Area: Highway 74 West to I-26 West. Travel I-26 to Hendersonville, Exit 53. Turn left at the top of the ramp and continue to travel on Upward Road/Highland Lake Road to Hwy. 225. Turn left on Hwy. 225, travel .8 mile and turn right on Little River Road. Travel Little River Road until it dead ends at the intersection of Crabcreek Road. Turn left on Crabcreek and travel .4 mile. Turn right on Thomas Road. Travel .2 miles on Thomas Road and the entrance is on the left. If you need assistance call 828-692-6516 For more information about Hendersonville, local attractions, and accomodations, please visit the Hendersonville Chamber of Commerce.

General Information

Tekoa little2Tekoa has two separate seasons for use:  the summer camp season and our retreat season. Summer camp primarily runs from the end of May until the middle of August each year. Our Retreat season runs from the middle of August until summer camp begins in May.

Tekoa offers four main programs during the summer camp season. These programs are designed for many different population groups, including age, gender, ability, and
camper interests.

Our four types of summer camp programs are:

  • Day Camps
  • Overnight (TKO) Camps
  • Adventure Camps
  • Special Needs Camps

During the fall, winter, and spring months Tekoa opens its doors to retreat groups. Tekoa is a beautiful place where groups can come for meetings and fellowship. Depending on the season and group size, retreat groups can choose to stay in:

  • Cabins (heated and/or unheated)
  • Lodges (heated)
  • Campsites with covered platforms

Retreat groups also have access to large group facilities including:

  • Dining Hall and porch
  • Sheltered pavilion with fireplace
  • Playing field, playground, basketball court, and rainy day shelter
  • And much more

Recreation activities can also be pre-scheduled for retreat groups, such as:

  • Waterfront (swimming, boating)
  • High ropes elements (high ropes course, ziplines, climbing tower, etc...)
  • And much more