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Summer Camp Information

Large group of campersRegistration Information: Two ways to register: (1) online here or (2) by mail using registration form that can be found on the forms page. The camp fee includes all meals, lodging in rustic log cabins, crafts, class materials, T-shirt, canteen and use of all facilities. A completed registration form, a signed medical form, and a deposit of $100 secure a camper’s reservation. 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.

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).
  • 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.

group of kids in bible study

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.

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.

Camp Tahkodah
501-279-4CAMP (4226)

Postal Address
During August-May
Box 10844
Harding University
Searcy, AR 72149

During June-July
5095 Camp Tahkodah Road
Floral, AR 72534