Camps Kahdalea and Chosatonga

David and Anne Trufant had a dream of running a camp. David had a photography business in their native New Orleans. Anne had a music ministry to the Catholic community. On a trip to North Carolina David heard about two camps that were for sale. They didn’t have the money, but a local banker heard Anne sing, caught the vision and loaned them the money to buy the camps.

Now they run Camp Kahdalea for girls and Chosatonga for boys. On either side of the same mountain the rustic camps near Brevard, North Carolina are the most fantastic place to send your kids or grand kids. The camps aren’t Catholic camps, but camps run by Catholics. In other words, the religion is not ‘inyerface’ but the staff are terrific young people–most of them committed Catholic university students. There is Mass on Sundays and grace before meals. There are times for ‘wisdom and learning’ but most of all the camps are places of great fun, enthusiasm, love and pure joy.
David and Anne and various of their large family help around the camp and maintain a loving, pure and wholesome Catholic atmosphere. They practice true hospitality and generosity with a great sense of humor and joy. Along with that the activities are second to none. The kids are kept busy non stop with hikes, mountain biking, kayaking and canoeing and so many activities and trips and outings that you’d get exhausted just thinking about it.
We take our students from St Joseph’s Catholic School there on their annual retreats, and I got to know the Trufants at that time. They came down to Greenville for my ordination, and it’s my joy to go there each summer for a time of retreat, to say Mass on Sundays and weekdays during my visit and most of all to spend time with the people there–the counselors, the campers and the Trufant family.
If you want to know more, check out the website and pay a visit.

  • shadowlands

    What pleasing work for God!I used to be in a Baptist youth group as a young'un.It was called 'teenscene'. The adults were really kind people,I will never forget them and the camps were good too.We had some memorable speakers and their guitars!I don't remember any Catholic equivalents,their retreats were in convents,and also fine.Well actually,there was this one nun that terrified me,but I am over it now……Talk about having confused theologies,my dad took ecumenism to it's limits.I got back to Rome,eventually,but I do love the Word brother,er sorry,Father!!

  • Remy Rosenhoover

    I watched the camp's video with my oldest daughter Lauren; she gave it a big thumbs up!