Arrival and Departure
Camp leaders are asked to arrive 11⁄2 hours before check-in time so they can get
checked-in along with any campers they bring before we start taking campers. If you
are not a cabin leader and arrive early with your child before the check-in time,
please be prepared to wait until leaders and their campers get checked-in before you.
This is important so leaders can be at the cabins when campers arrive.
Arrival during check-in time is encouraged so your child has time to get acquainted
with his cabin leader, cabin mates and other campers. Important information is
shared with all campers prior to their first meal, so anyone not present will miss being
informed of what to expect.
The success of a positive camping experience is dependent upon full-time
participation. We discourage campers leaving for ballgames or other personal
activities and then returning to camp. The departure of a camper affects the camp
leaders and other campers too. By the first day of camp there is a flow of events that
takes place with a structure of groups so that each camper has an important spot –
when that spot is empty it affects many others. Some children can become homesick
when another child leaves.
Our camp leaders stay very busy keeping campers participating and safe in their care.
It is not reasonable to expect a leader to have a child ready in uniform to leave for a
ballgame. Campers are not permitted to go to the cabins without a leader (in groups
of 3) and the schedule limits trips to the cabins.
In the event of an early departure or late arrival no refund of camp fee will be given.
Homesickness can occur at camp, even among experienced campers. We encourage
homesick campers to stay to the end of the session to allow them to truly experience
camp. Campers that have experienced homesickness and hang in there are always
glad they stayed to the end. In the event that a camper becomes severely homesick,
parents will be called by a camp leader so that the best decision can be made
regarding their child.
Things You Can Do to Prepare Your Child for Camp
1. Be sure your child can stay away from home overnight by arranging a sleepover with a
grandparent or friend.
2. Make sure your child can manage basic personal hygiene such as brushing teeth, changing
clothes and showering. Bed wetting should not prevent a child from attending camp;
however, the cabin leader needs to be aware of the issue so that appropriate arrangements
can be made and to ensure the camper’s dignity is protected.
3. Do not schedule a significant family event while your child will be away at camp. No child
wants to miss a family event or special celebration.
4. Be sure you have completed the registration-health form with all the information requested
and get it turned in early so you know the date your child will attend camp.
5. Print off the checklist of “What to Bring to Camp” so your child can begin to pack weeks in
advance. This will allow time to take him to the store for any items you don’t already have.
6. Assure your child that she is going to have a wonderful time at camp and that you will be
praying for her to have a great week. Tell him that you look forward to hearing all about his
time at camp when he gets back home.
7. You might send a little care package in your child’s suitcase that has a small note or a note to
open each day at camp.
8. Pack paper, postcards and stamps so that your child can send mail to you or other family and
friends if he wants.
9. Don’t tell your child over and over that you are going to miss her, because that may make her
feel responsible to be at home with you. You don’t want your child to feel responsible for
10. When you arrive at camp with your child, make a point of meeting and connecting with
camp staff and leaders so your child can see that you are interested and trust the people that
will be caring for them. When it is time to leave your child, say a quick goodbye and be
upbeat. Your child will pick up on your mood and it will get her off to a good start.
Things a Parent can do During and After Camp
1. While your child is at camp pray for her. Pray that your child will learn something new
about the greatness of God and grow in a relationship with Him.
2. You can send letters to your child while he is at camp. You can even mail them a week in
advance to be sure he receives all mail before his camp session is over.
3. Be sure to arrive on time to pick your child up from camp. Children can become very
anxious when they see parents arriving and want to know they have not been forgotten.
4. Your child will probably be tired and may need some sleep before he is ready to talk much
about his time at camp. It is good to help your child process her camp experience by asking
some thought provoking questions. Here are some examples:
What was the best part of your week at camp?
What new songs or Bible verses did you learn?
What was the most exciting thing that happened this week?
Did you learn anything this week that you didn’t know before?
What did you learn about yourself this week?
What did you learn about your relationships with others this week?
Did you make any commitments during our week of camp?
Is there anything you want to do differently after being at camp this week?
5. Help your child maintain any commitments she made at camp with encouragement. Leave
her little notes, give inspiration through scripture and encourage her to find someone to help
keep her accountable for those commitments.