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Camp Tahkodah


Travis McNealCamp Tahkodah is about faith, fun and friendship. It is a place to be outdoors and enjoy nature ... a place to learn and grow with people who love the Lord and are living daily for Him ... a place to make new friends and have lots of fun. The 1,350-acre camp is owned and operated by Harding University. Its location in the Ozark Mountains provides beautiful bluffs, quiet valleys, a spring-fed creek and wooded hiking trails. Campers enjoy daily outdoor Bible classes, horseback riding, swimming, softball, basketball, ping pong, tennis, hayrides, archery, volleyball, crafts, canoeing, fishing, picnics, hikes, Bible bees, talent nights, hymn sings and inspirational devotionals under the stars.

Tahkodah is a special place where children and teens find friends, fun, and faith.  I hope you will be a part of it.

Travis McNeal, Director

Registration Information

Click here to register online

Click here to manage your Camp Tahkodah account

Needed to secure a camper’s reservation:

  1. A completed registration form (paper or online)
  2. a signed medical form (paper or online)
  3. a deposit of $100 (cash, check, or online credit card payment)

Note: Reservations and preference of session will be accepted in the order they are received until camp is filled to 179 campers per session. Early bird special: $15 discount if application is completed online or postmarked by Feb. 20.

The camp fee includes all meals, lodging in rustic log cabins, crafts, class materials, T-shirt, canteen and use of all facilities.

Deposit and Confirmation: Deposit nonrefundable after April 15. If confirmation is not received within two weeks, contact tahkodah@harding.edu or 501-279-4CAMP.

Nondiscriminatory Policy: Rules for acceptance and participation in the program are the same for everyone, without regard to race, color, sex,disability, religion, creed or national origin.

Session Begins: Check-in is Sunday 1-4 p.m.  Swim tests: boys at 2 p.m., girls at 3:30 p.m. Changes in cabin assignments will be considered only after all campers are checked in.

Session Ends: All sessions end on Friday morning. Please pick up campers between 9 and 11 a.m. Gates will be locked until 9 a.m.  Early departures disrupt camp activities. Exceptions must be arranged in advance with Director.

Camp Store: Open during check-in and pick-up times and a few times during camp. Credit in the camp store can be purchased on check-in day.

Mail, Visits and Departures

  • Camp will deliver letters to campers and one package per week only, please (mailed or left at registration).
  • Family and friends are invited to visit on Sunday from 1-4 p.m. The normal schedule resumes at 4 p.m. We are not equipped for visitors at other times. Exceptions require approval of the Director prior to arrival.
  • No pets please.
  • Taking campers from camp for sports events is discouraged.
  • Under no circumstances will campers be allowed to leave camp with someone other than a parent without a consent form bearing a parent’s signature (See Forms section below).
  • To leave camp, campers must be signed out/in at the dining hall.

What to Bring: Bible, journal, sports clothing (shorts must be below mid-thigh — no Soffe or spandex — no tank tops or cut-off shirts), swimsuit (one-piece or tankinis only), cover-up and flip flops to wear to the waterfront, toilet articles, towels, twin-size bedding and pillow (nights can be cool), flashlight, water bottle, laundry bag, non-menthol shaving cream (to be used only at shaving cream fight), long pants (to ride horses and cool weather), jacket, insect repellent and electric fan. Tennis shoes are required for sports and hikes. Personal sports gear is optional. Camp provides tennis, softball and fishing equipment. Snacks must be in plastic sealed boxes. No coolers. We are not responsible for lost items.

What Not to Bring: Magazines, knives, fireworks and electronics of any kind — including cell phones and iPods — are not allowed at camp. Digital cameras used for vulgar purposes will be confiscated and not returned. Valuable personal items should be left at home. Campers do not need money during camp. Camp Store will open on Sunday afternoons and during Friday departures from 9-11 a.m. Slideshow DVDs, mugs, sweatshirts, etc., may be purchased then. Money for store purchases may be left at registration if you will not be with your child when the store is open.

Camp Staff: Camp Tahkodah is directed by Travis McNeal. An enthusiastic group of college students serve as counselors, and volunteer adults serve as Bible class teachers.
Our staff always includes a medical professional who serves as the "camp nurse". We are 20 miles from the doctor and hospital in Batesville and 35 miles from Searcy. The camp physician is just a phone call away. Our entire staff works together to make your child’s stay at camp a safe, enjoyable and spiritually profitable experience.

Christian Environment: Alcohol, tobacco, immodest dress, profanity, stealing, lewd behavior of any kind, and disruptive and uncooperative attitudes or behavior are not allowed at camp. Campers not willing to obey rules of conduct will be asked to leave.

Laundry: Laundry service is provided free for campers in the middle of two-week sessions only. All personal belongings should be well-marked, and each camper should have enough clothing to make one laundry visit sufficient. There is no special-care laundry.

Click here to register online

2015 Dates & Fees


June 7-12 (1 week)

$2408-18 yrs


June 14-26 (2 weeks)

$4208-18 yrs


June 28-July 10 (2 weeks)

$4208-18 yrs


July 12-24 (2 weeks)

$4208-18 yrs


July 26-31 (1 week)

$2408-18 yrs

Early bird special: $15 discount if application is completed online or postmarked by Feb. 20.

Daily Schedule
7:20Rise and shine, flag raising, clean cabins
8:00Breakfast, devotional and announcements, med call
8:30Clean up areas; prayer time
8:45Singing at gym
9:15Bible Class
10:15Activity Period # 1 (Nature, Sports, Water, Crafts & Games)
11:15Activity Period # 2
12:15Prepare for lunch; mail call
1:00Quiet Time
2:00Sharing time
2:30Activity Period # 3
4:00Activity Period # 4
5:15Prepare for supper; assemble at logs
6:45Evening activity
8:30canteen & evening devotional
9:15To cabins for showers and cabin prayers; med call
10:00Lights out
Wish List

Camp Tahkodah could benefit from receiving the following items. If you’d like to donate one of these items or help us obtain them, we would appreciate it. Your gift can be tax deductible.

  • Scholarships for campers who need a little help
  • Kawasaki mule or other similar ATV/UTV
  • Wireless microphones
  • .22 Rifles and .22 ammunition
  • Wagons for hay rides
  • Canoes
Cabin Rentals

Steve, Vicky Smith

Steve and Vicky Smith live at Camp Tahkodah. Steve serves as Tahkodah's Caretaker, and Vicky is Tahkodah's Rentals Coordinator. Contact them at 870-251-1289 or at tahkodah@dishmail.net.

Rental agreements may be faxed to 870-251-0012. A rental date is not confirmed, however, until a deposit check has been received and you have received verification from Vicky.

Tahkodah Rental Agreement pdf

Directions to Camp pdf

Tahkodah Rental Fees 

Lambeth Dining Hall $250.00 per day (we offer a $25.00/day discount if Camper Cabins are rented as well)

Nurses Quarters $50.00/day

Bunkhouse (upstairs) $10.00/person (currently Sleeps 22)

The Pines $140.00/day for 9 people
There is an additional 10.00/per person change

The Oaks $45.00/day

The Hickory and Mimosa each rent for $30.00/day

The Bradford Pear $7.00/per person (sleeps 16)

Sweetgum, Spruce AND Evergreen $25.00/day (these cabins are not winterized)

Old Mess Hall $75.00/day

Camper Cabins $6.50/day

Daycamper Fee $5.00

Harding discount is 10% 

Please call Vicki Smith at 870-251-1289 or contact her a tahkodah@dishmail.net for reservations.


Map to Camp

Map to Camp Tahkodah

Get off exit 55 of Highway 67 and head north on 167 to Pleasant Plains. Then take Highway 87 west for six miles. Look for Camp Tahkodah Road. Finally go north for 3 miles.

Contact Us

Camp Director: Travis McNeal
501-279-4226 (Camp Office)
501-279-4319 (fax)
870-251-2304 Personal calls to campers and staff (3-minute limit) during summer camp.
Note: Campers must get permission from the Director to use the phone.

Cabin Rentals: Steve & Vicky Smith

Postal Address


Camp Tahkodah
HU, Box 10844
Searcy, AR 72149


Camp Tahkodah
5095 Camp Tahkodah Road
Floral, AR 72534