Through more than 40 years of history, YOKE Camp is always a highlight for both YOKE Kids and YOKE Folk. Held each year in the spring and fall, camps offer students the opportunity to get out of their normal routine and try new things, the chance to interact with other YOKE Kids from around the Knoxville area, and promote a healthy, adventurous lifestyle.
Camps also provide leaders with a more focused opportunity to invest in the lives of their students. There is a cost associated with YOKE camps, but YOKE offers financial assistance to families in need so that every student can participate.
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YOKE Camps are held at Camp BaYoCa in Wears Valley, less than an hour’s drive from downtown Knoxville. Camp facilities are equipped with heat and air conditioning. Male and female students have separate sleeping and bathing areas.
For more information on the facilities at Camp BaYoCa, check out their website below.
YOKE strives to make camp affordable for every student who wants to participate, but funds are limited. Scholarships are available to families with financial need on a first come, first served basis. If your student would like to attend camp, but needs financial assistance, please contact the YOKE office at (865) 522-6907.
Camps are held each spring (April) and fall (October/November). Camps last from Friday evening until Sunday around lunch.
You can expect the same kind of fun you have at YOKE club – only bigger! More than 250 students and YOKE Folk attend each camp, so the games are bigger, better, and crazier.
Medical staff is always on hand at YOKE camp to help dispense medication. Medications will be collected by the Team Leaders at the buses Friday night and camp nurses will distribute as prescribed throughout the weekend. All medication (over-the-counter and prescriptions) must be in the original bottles, labeled with your student’s name. If your student needs more than six medications, please contact the YOKE office at (865) 522-6907 to discuss.
Your student’s safety is our highest priority. Medical staff is always on hand to provide prompt medical treatment for minor injuries. In the case of an emergency, we utilize the services of Blount Memorial or UT Hospital. Parents or guardians will always be contacted in the event of sickness or injury.
The $80 fee will include all snacks items and activities that your student will participate in during camp. YOKE t-shirts will be available for purchase for $10.
Please make sure to note any allergies on the medical form. If allergies limit your student’s diet (gluten-free, etc.), call YOKE at (865) 522-6907 to discuss your student’s particular need. Please note that not all food needs can be accommodated, and you might need to send food with your child. Notify the YOKE staff if you plan to do this.
In case of emergency, please call Camp BaYoCa at (865) 453-6274.
Not sure what to bring with you or leave behind? Don’t worry, we made a checklist for you!
WHAT TO BRING
Bedding (Pillow, sleeping bag or twin sheets and blanket).
Comfortable clothes for the weekend. (Please comply with school dress code)
2 pairs of shoes.
Jacket (it is cooler in the mountains).
Plastic garbage bag (for wet towel and shoes).
Towel and washcloth.
Toiletries (soap, shampoo, toothbrush, toothpaste, etc.).
Raincoat or poncho.
Prescription medications. (Must be in the original container and placed in a ziploc bag with the student’s name and school name written on the outside.)
Please limit luggage to 1 piece.
WHAT NOT TO BRING
Cell phones are not necessary. (There is no cell coverage at the camp and YOKE will not accept responsibility for lost or damaged phones.)
Any other handheld gaming system.
Alcohol or tobacco products.
Knives or weapons of any kind.
Snacks and candy are not necessary.
“YOKE began as a requirement for school. I approached it more as an assignment, but I very quickly feel in love with the ministry and it has become something that I am very passionate about. YOKE has changed my life!”