A Summer Camp is Only as Strong as Its Leadership

For over 27 years, Jim Bob and Nancy Wilson have devoted their lives to the growth and continued successes of Camp Wayfarer. As founders, the dream of starting and owning a boys and girls camp actually began in 1977. Understanding that self growth and career experience would help their abilities to own and run a successful Christian summer camp, Jim Bob and Nancy pursued careers that would prove invaluable to camp ownership.

A graduate of the University of Missouri, Jim Bob Wilson has fulfilled a lifelong ambition with the founding of Camp Wayfarer. His involvement with youth encompasses teaching, coaching, Boy Scout Master, Sunday School teacher, as well as camper, counselor, and camp director. As a former Eagle Scout, Jim Bob is acutely aware of the benefit of providing a strong Christian environment for young people. Jim Bob left a successful business career to devote his time, leadership, and talents to full time work with youth.

Nancy Z. Wilson received a B.S. degree from Iowa State University and Masters from the University of South Carolina in Educational Administration. Nancy left 17 years of teaching and administration to work full time with Camp Wayfarer. Besides teaching, Nancy’s involvement with youth includes coaching, training young riders for Pony Club,and 4-H youth projects.

Now as ‘hands on’ owners and directors residing at Camp Wayfarer, the Wilsons are available to campers, parents and prospective families 365 days a year. As you can see, Jim Bob and Nancy’s varied youth oriented careers have allowed Camp Wayfarer to grow into a successful and wonderful overnight camp that will lead to many generations of campers smiling when they hear “Oh, The Places You’ll Go!”…

“Dear Nancy and Jim Bob,
Well, you did it again…you gave me another best summer of my life! I’ve worked harder than I ever have for something that I love more than anything. I truly feel like this place is a sanctuary where my whole life can be put in perspective. Thank you so much for everything this summer. I’m going to try so hard to come back next summer…I can’t stay away!”
Melissa from Burlington, NC (Counselor)


Tory Champion Camp Wayfarer

Tory Champion
Executive Director

Tory has been with us in some capacity since 1994 when her daughter came to camp as a second grader. Her children grew up here at Wayfarer and in 2001 Tory joined us as 'camp mom'. Tory took charge of our camp store the following summer and has been managing design and sales since. In 2010, Tory came on board as our Executive Director and helps with all aspects of your camper's experiences here at Wayfarer.  

You can find her all over the southeast recruiting and visiting families in our off season and pretty much anywhere in camp if it's between June and August! Tory grew up in Charleston, SC and later married and moved to Spartanburg, SC where she lives with her husband, Parker, and their springer spaniel, Jack. 

Mary Kenson Wilson

Mary Kenson Wilson Lewis
Director of Girls & Boys Camps

Wayfarer is a way of life for Mary Kenson, whose parent's founded the camp in 1991. After graduating from Southern Methodist University in 2011 and working for American Ballet Theatre in NYC, Mary Kenson returned to the family business to work full-time as Program Director. Each year has brought new responsibilities and opportunities to learn different aspects of the camp business.

Now taking on the role of Director of Girls' and Boys' Camps, Mary Kenson oversees the well-being of the staff while ensuring each camper has an incredible summer filled with self-growth, fun and adventure. In the off-season she can be found visiting Wayfarer families, finding outstanding counselors, and keeping in touch with camp alumni.

Mary Kenson and her husband, Bennett Lewis (former camper and counselor), spend much of the non-summer months at their home in Saluda, NC and Nashville, TN, where Bennett's music career is based. 

Charlotte Taylor

Charlotte Taylor
Program Director

Charlotte Taylor has been a part of the Wayfarer Family since 2004. A camper for 6 years and an outstanding counselor for 3, this summer will be Charlotte's 7th summer as Wayfarer's Program Director. During camp Charlotte oversees all program scheduling, including coordinating the multiple out-of-camp trips campers and staff go on each day. 

Charlotte continually makes camp a better place each summer with her organization, leadership and devotion to all campers and counselors. Graduating from Clemson University in 2013, Charlotte is a Kindergarten Teacher in Greenville, SC during the camp "off-season".