CAMP CONNECT 2023 - DATES ANNOUNCED

FAQs

Before reading the below questions, we ask all parents to carefully read the camp policies.

1. What precautions will be taken this year in response to COVID-19?
Please visit our COVID-19 Protocols page for updated information.

2. When will I know if my camper has successfully enrolled in a camp session? 
You will receive a confirmation email when you register online (check your spam or promotions tab if you do not see it immediately). In the event that the requested week is full, the online registration will show as "Closed" with information about being placed on a waiting list.

3. What are the ages/grades for each camp? 
Elementary camps are for rising 4th-5th grade students. Middle school camps are for rising 6th-8th grade students. High school camp is for rising 9th-12th grade students. 

4. Who should apply for a Conference Scholarship and how? 
Families who are having difficulty paying the camp fee may apply for a conference scholarship. Scholarships will be dependent upon the need, and not to exceed half of the registration fee. Call Suzanne Akins, the Camp Director, for an application at (912) 638-8626. 

5. What will check-in be like on Monday afternoon? 
Check-in begins at 3:00 PM each Monday at Epworth By The Sea. We ask that you do not leave your child to check-in alone as Camp Staff will not be responsible for any children before 3:00 PM on Monday. Leave all luggage and sleeping bags in vehicles during check-in. Each camper must bring 2 forms if they have not been previously emailed (preferred) to suzanne@sgaumc.com:
1. A copy of the front and back of his/her INSURANCE CARD. If there is no insurance, a waiver must be signed by the parent at check-in.
2. A signed Camp Connect Policies & Procedures Form.

Campers will also receive their cabin assignments at this time. Each camper should have any medication they need for the week bagged and inside the original prescription or over-the-counter bottles to turn into our health team. All medication is turned in to the camp staff during check-in. After completion of check-in, campers will be assisted to their assigned cabin to unpack and settle in for the week. The first scheduled activity for all campers is at 4:30 PM. We suggest that all campers try to arrive no later than 3:30 PM.

6. What time do I pick up my camper on Friday?
Pick-up begins at 11:00 AM on Friday morning (no lunch is provided on Friday).  Chaperones who wish to pick up campers earlier than 11:00 AM must check-out directly with the camper’s counselor before departing.

7. What if we want our whole church group or big group of friends to stay together in the cabin?
As new friendships are encouraged, groups of three or more will typically be divided. For groups that want to be together, the best option is to choose 1-2 roommates and contact them to make the same request on their registrations. If "circle requests" are made (Camper A requests Camper B; Camper B requests Camper C; Camper C requests Camper D, etc), there is a chance that none of the requests will be met. Campers may request ONE roommate and that roommate must also request camper to be guaranteed. If more than one name is requested, only the first name will be taken into consideration. Roommate requests must be included with registration.

8. What is the right amount of spending money for my camper? 
There is no set amount needed and much of it depends on the camper.  All campers usually have one opportunity each day to buy a snack and/or drink. In addition, campers have an opportunity to shop at the camp store and Epworth gift shop which stocks t-shirts, jewelry, candy, toys and more. These items range in price from $0.50 to $20.00.

9. Is it a good idea to send my camper mail? 
YES! Campers love to get mail from home. We ask that you do not send food or toys. A nice postcard or letter is GREAT! Remember to account for post office delivery time (3-4 days) so mail letters by Monday of your child's camp week.  All letters should be clearly marked with the child's name AND camp session (i.e. "Middle School Camp 2"). Mail to address: PO Box 20408, St.Simons Island, GA 31522.

10. What happens if my child gets “homesick”? 
After years of experience, the camp staff is trained on how to handle homesickness. In most cases, the feelings are mild and short-lived. The counselors, head counselors, along with the camp director, work to ensure that each camper has a great camp experience. In the rare instance that a phone-call home is necessary, the camp staff will initiate such action.

11. Can I call my camper or can my camper call me? 
Phones are not available for use by campers. Emergency phone calls can be made to (912) 638-8626 (9:00am to 4:00pm - Office of Connectional Ministries) or after hours to Epworth By The Sea at (912) 638-8688.

12. What is Camp Connect's cell phone policy?
We know that in today's culture many of our campers and parents stay in daily communication via cell phones. We also understand the trust that you are placing in us by allowing your camper to come to camp without his/her cell phone, and we want to make sure you understand why we have this policy. We believe that there is a very real value in your camper spending a week unplugged and disconnected from his/her digital life. We believe that taking time off from our phones, computers, social media, video games, etc can open up the space in our minds and hearts to hear and feel God at work. If there are any situations regarding your camper while at camp that you need to be made aware of (medical issues, severe homesickness, etc) we will call you. If you need to reach your child immediately because of a situation at home, please call the camp office at (912) 638-8626. Thank you for trusting us with your camper.

13. Can I send any of the following items to Camp: cell phone, iPad, fan, water gun, pets, food, candy, handheld games, etc? 
No, none of these items are necessary for a fun-filled week at camp. Please be aware that if a camper brings any of the above “extras” to Camp, the items will be removed from the cabins and stored until the end of the week.

14. If the church has agreed to help with the cost of camp for a camper, what are the possible payment options? 
If you have completed an individual application then you must communicate with your local church to receive the payment from them, and then submit it with your part of the payment and completed application.

15. What are my payment options? 
Payment by credit/debit card is available after the online application is submitted. You will be directed to a secure PayPal site for that payment. Please note the registration will not be complete until full payment is received. Individual checks are not accepted; however, if paying by church check, it must be received within 7 days or the registration will be dropped. Checks can be made payable to "South Georgia Conference" and sent to (Name of Camp, ie Elementary Camp 2), PO Box 7227, Macon, Georgia 31209. All balances are due 2 weeks before start date of camp OR SOONER if camp fills up and a waiting list starts. If a camp fills up, an email will be sent to those with outstanding balances to complete payment in order to stay registered.

16. What will my child do at camp?
Each day after breakfast, campers will start off at the Morning Show - a half hour of crazy antics put on by our summer staff. Music, skits, games, jokes, dancing and loud laughter get the day off to a great start! From there, campers go with their "team" (similar age, same gender cabinmates) for their daily activities. These range from beach time, Bible study, boat rides, marsh hikes, indoor/outdoor games and meal times. Every evening all campers and counselors come together for one large camp-wide game followed by our evening worship service.  Ending each night are cabin devotions led by your child's counselor followed by SLEEP! There are so many ways for your child to have an encounter with the living God during their week at Camp Connect, and we are honored to take part!

17. What if my child has a food allergy or requires an alternate diet from what is served at camp?
Meals are wholesome, well balanced, and there are always plenty of options to choose from. Should your child have special dietary needs (that were not listed on the application), please let us know at least 2 weeks prior to camp and we will work with our food staff to accommodate.

18. What is the dress code while at camp?
Please review your child’s packed clothes and make sure that none of their items of clothing make references to cigarettes, alcohol, illegal drugs or are overly tight-fitting, loose, or otherwise inappropriate for a Christian camp setting. If something is “questionable,” please leave it at home. For ladies' bathing suits, one-piece or tankinis that are modest and appropriate. There is a good chance that nice clothes will not make it home in the same way they arrived!

19. What if my question is not in the above list of “Frequently Asked Questions”? 
Call or email the Camping & Retreat Office and we'd be happy to answer any questions you may have! suzanne@sgaumc.com or (912) 638-8626.

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