Camp Ton-A-Wandah has been owned and operated by members of the Haynes family for three generations. The second of Donnie Haynes's grandsons to follow in her footsteps, Billy Haynes and his wife Judy Haynes serve as the camp's executive directors. Billy is a graduate of Wofford College with a B.A. in psychology. Judy Haynes is a native of Jacksonville and an alumna of the University of North Florida with graduate studies in sociology as well as elementary and secondary education. Together, they are proud to carry on the tradition of guiding campers through action-packed days that create precious summer memories and lifelong friendships.
Garrett has been involved in camping since childhood and professionally since 1994. He came to Ton-A-Wandah in 2000 after hiking the Appalachian Trail and has served as the Mountaineering Director, Associate Director, and Director of Operation at Camp Ton-A-Wandah. Garrett believes that fun and safe camp experience can provide an integral role in child development. His leadership abilities go beyond the boundaries of camp and spill over into the greater camping community. He has served on the Board of the American Camping Association, Western North Carolina Camp Directors Association, and The Henderson County Young Leaders Program. Garrett is our man.
From Cedar Baby to Counselor, Elizabeth is a true Ton-A-Wandah girl through and through! Elizabeth originally hails from Columbia, South Carolina, but spent the last six years in Montana, where she received her graduate degree in journalism and worked for three years as the Communications Manager at YWCA Missoula. Her love for children and passion for youth empowerment stems from her past work and volunteer experiences at the YWCA, as a child advocate, martial arts instructor and leadership development trainer. Recently, she had the opportunity to travel to Cambodia and Vietnam on a fellowship through the U.S. Department of State where she facilitated workshops for women nonprofit leaders and co-led a leadership development training for 90 Cambodian children between the ages of 9 and 15. Elizabeth is thrilled to be back home at Camp Ton-A-Wandah, where she can share her passion for camp and the TAW traditions she loves.
Elizabeth, better known as "Bizzy" at TAW, has been a summer camp girl her whole life! She is a graduate of the University of Florida with degrees in Music and Political Science. Elizabeth has worked at TAW for several summers as a Counselor and now will be joining the permanent program staff. Elizabeth has long held a passion for working with children and youth and has worked as a choral director for a children's show choir, a director for a high school leadership conference, and has volunteered and taught with local school programs, community theater camps, and church community programs. She is excited to join the team here at TAW and hopes to share her enthusiasm for camping and childhood development with all of the Ton-A-Wandah family!
The camp's founder Grace B. Haynes, affectionately known as "Donnie" by campers and staff alike, greeted 65 campers that first year. Today, Camp Ton-A-Wandah welcomes 600 girls, ages 6-16, over the ten-week camp season. Our 75 staff members, including many Ton-A-Wandah alumnae, hail from across the country and around the world.
Cherokee, Navajo and Mohawk. The Three Tribes are among Ton-A-Wandah's oldest and most revered traditions, handed down from generation to generation.
This cohesive, small group approach melts away the ten-year age difference among campers to create a strong sense of sisterhood and pride. Friendly competition throughout each session seals the common bond among tribe members but never breaks the chain of the Three Tribes.
Around the Council Fire, ceremonies are held several times each session. The campfire blazes, the girls join in song and dance, old mountain legends are shared and the crisp night air stirs new emotions.
The counselors who work and play with Junior campers are selected from applicants whose interests and qualifications are geared to teaching young beginners.
but the Juniors enjoy a space chosen and prepared with them in mind their own sports area, craft shop, theater, outdoor camping area, nature trails and Council Ring. In this protective atmosphere, Juniors are neither held back nor pushed forward, but encouraged to learn and develop at their own pace.
Camp Ton-A-Wandah, private residential summer camp for girls, is set amidst a breathtaking panorama of mountain ranges and emerald green valleys.
trails, campsites and a cascading waterfall. Here in historic Flat Rock, a few miles from Hendersonville, vacationers and campers return to enjoy the refreshing summer climate year after year. Nature's wonderland surrounds the camp, with over a million acres of designated preserves in the Pisgah and Nantahala National Forests in Western North Carolina.
Each cabin houses up to ten campers, two or three counselors and is equipped with two toilets and two sinks. Shower houses are separate.
indoor gym with stage, arts and crafts building, a horse barn with three riding rings, high and low ropes courses, 40-foot rock climbing wall, professional all-weather tennis courts, indoor riflery range, playing fields, little recreation hall, infirmary and lodge.
The lake flows under the dining hall creating a pleasant cooling breeze and the continuous sound of the waterfall below.
Interdenominational services are held each Sunday; these celebrations of thanksgiving and song are planned and conducted by the camp's senior staff members, counselors and campers. As an outward sign of unity, the traditional camp colors of green and white are worn by all on Sunday. Roman Catholics who wish to attend Mass in Hendersonville are accompanied by counselors and head staff members.
enlightening and truly beneficial experience for children. We welcome your inquiry by phone, email or letter. The best way to get to know us, though, is by personal visit. We encourage interested families to tour our facilities firsthand.
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