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Hearing from God's Word

For the preaching of the cross is to them that perish foolishness; but unto us which are saved it is the power of God.
— 1 Corinthians 1:18

Each camp includes consistent, purposefully scheduled opportunities for the preaching of the Word. Services usually begin with music, including singing by the campers and special music prepared by The Wilds staff. During the summer, most evening services finish with an invitation for campers to talk to a counselor and receive specific encouragement on how to take their next step.

A sampling of sermons preached at camp is available on our sermons page.

God & I Time

Each day, the camp schedule reserves approximately 30 minutes for Bible study. During this special time, campers have the opportunity to focus on God’s Word in a place that’s free from the noise and distractions of routine life.

For our teen and junior camps, the counselor reviews what was studied to encourage cabin discussion and to help campers apply what they’ve learned.

Counselors

For teen and junior camps, each camper, along with five to eight other campers, will have the opportunity to develop a relationship with a counselor. The small camper-counselor ratio allows counselors to have a focused time of spiritual discussion with each of their campers. During this time, the counselor asks specific questions to help the camper see what areas of their life need to change to be more like Christ.

Throughout the week, the counselor shares nightly devotionals and encourages biblical cabin discussions. After each service, and whenever needed, the camper’s counselor is available to help them take the next step in their walk with God.

Have Fun

Games Archery & Slingshot The Ballfield Basketball The Blob Boating & Canoeing Climbing Wall Courtside Disc Golf Fort Fun Funtime Gameroom GaZEEball The Giant Swing Hiking Human Foosball The Land Trolley Micro Golf Sand Volleyball The Summit Superslide Swimming Tubing Turtle Rock Waterfalls Waterslide Water Trolley Water Wars Zipline

Games

Providing a fun atmosphere helps break down barriers and encourage relationship building that can be used to share Christ’s love. Our games are a big part of that atmosphere. The Wilds is known for our creative games – many are invented right here on the campsite. Whatever game you play, you are sure to enjoy the energy and fun of our unique games

Archery & Slingshot

The Wilds archery and slingshot ranges offer tremendous fun for each camper who chooses to visit them. Two archery ranges are located on the campsite–one exclusively for Junior Boot Camp and the other for teen and adult campers. Both ranges are outfitted with state-of-the art compound bows sized to fit each individual camper. The campsite also has two slingshot ranges, again one exclusively for Junior Boot Camp. The other is located adjacent to the teen archery range, and offers a wide variety of targets and a limitless supply of ammunition (small pebbles) for campers to enjoy.

The Ballfield

From Bigball to Cat in the Hat, to soccer and Disc Golf, everything takes place on The Wilds Ballfield. Make your way down the hill from the Lodge and join the fun!

Basketball

Challenge your friends to a round of H-O-R-S-E or even a full-court game! The Wilds offers two regulation-size basketball courts for you to enjoy, as well as Tall-Man Basketball, which features 6 and 9 foot goals. Now anyone can realize their dream of dunking that basketball!!

The Blob

A huge 30′ inflatable pillow sits in The Wilds Lake waiting for you to launch your friends into the air! After you send your friend splashing into the water, it is your turn for a ride!

Boating & Canoeing

Our seven-acre Lake is a great place to enjoy a relaxing “cruise” out to the island on a canoe or kayak or enjoy an exciting paddleboat race. Fishing is also available on a catch-and-release basis.

Climbing Wall

Situated beside the Giant Swing, the Climbing Wall features four sides of increasing difficulty, from easy to impossible. The 24′ high wall features a buzzer at the top to let everyone know you made it!

Courtside

Grab a drink and relax in the shade while watching your friends ride the Giant Swing or play a round at The Links. Bows and arrows for the Archery Range, putters and balls for The Links, and Disc Golf discs can be obtained at the Courtside checkout counter.

Disc Golf

Disc Golf (or Frisbee® golf) is played much like traditional golf. Instead of a ball and clubs, however, players use a flying disc, or Frisbee. The Wilds features a 9-hole course that winds its way through the lower part of the campsite. From the first hole beside the Dorm to the last hole next to Courtside, The Wilds Disc Golf course is an easy, relaxing adventure for the entire family!

Fort Fun

Built exclusively for Junior Boot Campers, Fort Fun is a one-of-a-kind oversized playground, featuring an obstacle course with ropes, ladders, swings, and a climbing wall. Climb up to the Crow’s Nest 30 feet above Fort Fun for a view like none other! A counselor or other qualified adult supervises all the activities at Fort Fun.

Funtime

We have two main goals for our campers. We want them to grow closer to the Lord, and we want them to have lots of fun! From the youngest to the oldest camper, everyone likes to laugh! Funtime has been a tradition at The Wilds since the camp’s beginning in 1969, regardless of the time of year. So sit back, relax, and enjoy some crazy skits, never-before-seen inventions, and wacky songs!

Gameroom

Challenge your friends to the many games offered in the air-conditioned Gameroom! Air Hockey, Foosball, and the always popular Carpetball provide plenty of fun for everyone. Located underneath the Fireplace Room in the Lodge, the Gameroom is a center of activity.

GaZEEball

Defend your section of the GaZEEball platform while attempting to score against the opposing team. Watch out, the ball might just disappear below the deck! Everybody down! Where did it go?! There it is! Quick, throw it in the goal before the other team comes back up!

The Giant Swing

Get ready for the ride of your life! This 65′ swing will send chills down the heartiest of spines. The crowd counts down as you rise higher and higher…3, 2, 1… Flying through the air above The Wilds Links, the Giant Swing offers a one-of-a-kind view of the Ballfield, Basketball Courts, Courtside, and many other attractions. Be sure to take your youth pastor on a ride while you’re here at camp!

Hiking

With over 1,000 acres, The Wilds features many hiking trails for campers to enjoy. Some of the trails end at our beautiful waterfalls, while others offer spectacular views of nearby Lake Jocassee and the surrounding area. Get outside and enjoy the beauty of God’s creation!

Human Foosball

Any time you would like to get a kick out of life, head to our one-of-a-kind Foosball arena. This activity is lighted so it can be enjoyed during the day or night.

The Land Trolley

Pick up your equipment at the base of the trolley and then head up the hill for your smooth 425′ descent back to the landing pad. Cruise over the basketball courts and enjoy a one-of-a-kind view from the Land Trolley!

The Wilds Links

Added in 2008, The Wilds Links features an 18-hole lighted miniature golf course. It has become the favorite of campers of all ages. The Wilds Links is situated among beautifully landscaped grounds next to the Giant Swing. The course is challenging enough for the experienced golfer, but simple enough for the smallest child to enjoy.

Sand Volleyball

Grab a couple of friends, kick off your shoes, and hit the sand! Our three lighted sand volleyball courts provide a great way to get some exercise while having a blast. Serve it up and hit around just for fun or “Bump-Set-Spike!” in tight competition—the choice is yours.

The Summit

If you enjoy a challenge, you will love our ropes and wire course. Build trust within your group and learn teamwork as you complete the course together. Set a goal and feel the joy of conquering an event!

Superslide

One of the original activities at The Wilds, the Superslide is a favorite of many campers on a hot summer afternoon. Enjoy the thrill, the chill of the hill as you hit speeds close to 30 miles per hour. The Superslide is sure to cool you off after a busy day of taking part in all the other activities!

Swimming

Our swimming area is full of great activities. You may choose to be daring and jump from the 20′ Jump-off Tower or get catapulted from The Blob. Maybe you would prefer to be challenged by the Lake Climbing Wall or to just relax on a tube. All are available with certified lifeguard supervision.

Tubing

Nothing is more enjoyable than the relaxing sound of a rippling mountain creek. So grab your tube and listen to the peaceful sounds of Toxaway Creek as you ride along its path. But once the “Last Chance Landing” sign is seen, tubers must decide to vacate the creek or endure the gauntlet of Water Wars!

Turtle Rock

Trek across the grassy area to the right of the lake to find stairs that lead to a beautiful vista overlooking the Lake. Don’t forget to look to see why we call it Turtle Rock!

Waterfalls

Known as the “Land of Waterfalls,” Transylvania County, North Carolina (home to The Wilds) features more waterfalls than any other locale in the United States. Many people are surprised to learn that The Wilds has many of our own waterfalls. After Toxaway Creek makes its way through the campsite, it continues on over 4 significant drops in elevation, creating our 4 more prominent waterfalls plus our 30′ Shoals. Downstream from the Shoals is the 25′ 1st Falls, followed by the 35′ 2nd Falls. The 45′ 3rd Falls is a short distance further downstream, followed by the crown jewel, the 125′ 4th Falls. Junior Campers have the choice to visit either the Shoals or 1st Falls, while the Teen Campers have the option of visiting either 2nd Falls or 4th Falls during their visit.

*Please note that hiking on The Wilds property is for our paying campers only. Please call our camp office if you have further questions.

Waterslide

A little shorter than its big cousin the Superslide, the Waterslide at the Lake is tons of fun with a slight twist. Grab your inner tube and see just how far across the Lake can you glide without wiping out.

Water Trolley

Enjoy a spectacular view while you fly through the air above The Wilds Lake. Race a friend to the end or see who can go the farthest. The Lake Trolley is great fun for any age!

Water Wars

Located just behind the Climbing Wall and Giant Swing, twelve Water Cannons are positioned on the banks and on the bridge of the creek, and the gunners are blasting one another (and unsuspecting tubers!) with 48 bursts a minute of cool, crisp, mountain water. Anyone willing to blast it out with others is in for a refreshing water fight to the finish!

Zipline

Our zipline has 2 sections with a combined length of 1,400′. The Zip gives the rider an awesome view of 3rd Falls and the Jocassee River Gorge.

If you can’t quite stomach the 250′ height, no worries! We also have a 2-story observation deck overlooking the waterfall and both ziplines so you can participate in the action from a distance and still get a beautiful view of this rarely seen waterfall.

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General Store

The Wilds General Store features the latest music releases from The Wilds, t-shirts, hats, books, as well as things you might have left at home (like toothpaste!) The General Store, located between the Dining Hall and the Lodge, opened for business in May 2010 and is a wonderful tool to help us provide resources to our campers.

If you run out of money at camp, don’t worry. Our Online Store sells many of the same items.

Craft Shop

Our Craft Shop is full of many finished and unfinished creative products for folks of all ages, including leather work, painting, and jewelry-making. Support your team by making red, blue, or green picture frames, light-up wands, and other goodies!

JBC Store

During the summer, Junior campers can purchase shirts, CDs, and Bible studies that are designed for their age. Cheerful cashiers are on hand to help campers with their purchases.

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Dining Hall

We hear all the time that our food is awesome! We promise that you will not go hungry. Our kitchen staff does a wonderful job of serving balanced meals that are sure to fill you up. While some of our meals are served outside, most are served family style in the Dining Hall which means you get to sit down and enjoy the meal while your smiling waitress brings the food to your table (no waiting in line or getting back in line for seconds). You can imagine that a table full of senior high guys can keep a waitress pretty busy bringing back thirds and fourths!

The Snack

What do ice cream, candy bars, and popcorn all have in common? They are available in The Snack. Located below the Fireplace Room in the Lodge, The Snack is ready to serve you! Stop by any afternoon, and we would be more than happy to help!

Cool Beans

Cool Beans Coffee Shoppe is a cozy place to get away and enjoy a great cup of coffee and conversation with friends. Choose from a wide selection of great tasting coffee, tea, Italian creme sodas, freezes, and other treats.

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