Camp Tanako High Ropes Course Made Possible By a Grant from The United Methodist Foundation

LITTLE ROCK, ARK. (Jan 11, 2016) – Camp Tanako in Hot Springs has received a $20,000 grant from The United Methodist Foundation of Arkansas to install a high ropes challenge course. The grant will purchase ropes, harnesses, helmets, other hardware, and Association for Challenge Course Technology facilitator training.  

The Camp Tanako high ropes course will include a climbing tower with a rappelling wall, four individual challenge elements, a team challenge element, and a zip line. It is designed to move participants out of their comfort zones in a way that promotes spiritual growth and self-confidence. It will be completed in time for the first week of camp this summer.  

“This project would not have been possible without the Foundation. It is designed to aid in team building, communication and leadership skills,” said Kim Carter, Executive Director of Camp Tanako, “Both summer camps and guest group retreats will use the new course. My hope is that their adventures high up in the air will be a conduit for the Holy Spirit in helping them feel the voice of God.” 

One of the focuses of the Grants Committee of UMFA is leadership development. “We are proud to make this investment in our Conference’s outdoor ministry,” said Jim Argue, UMFA President and CEO. “The beauty and activities at Camp Tanako make it a wonderful asset for United Methodists from throughout our state.”  

Camp Tanako has been a part of the United Methodist tradition in Arkansas since 1948. Its mission is to welcome children, youth, and adults to a place set apart where they can grow in their faith by experiencing God through nature and time spent in community, and can respond to the call of the Holy Spirit.  

The United Methodist Foundation of Arkansas manages $135 million in endowment funds and other charitable assets that benefit local churches and other United Methodist ministries. UMFA is one of the largest United Methodist Foundations in the country. Founded in 1963, UMFA is responsible for over 750 funds that support United Methodist ministries.