Before reading the below questions, we ask all parents to carefully read the camp policies.
1 . When will I know if my camper has successfully enrolled in a camp session?
Applications are processed on a first come, first serve basis. You will receive a confirmation email when you register online. In the event that the requested week is full, the online registration will close and you can call the office to be placed on a waiting list.
2. Have the ages/grades changed for middle school camps from years past?
Yes. Grades match up to the name of the 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.
3 . 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. Your pastor must authorize the need for a scholarship.
4 . What will check-in be like on Monday afternoon?
Check-in begins at 3:00 PM each Monday in the Brown Center Auditorium. 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. We suggest that you leave all luggage and sleeping bags in vehicles or outside the Brown Center during check-in. Each camper must bring 2 forms:
1. A copy of the front and back of his/her INSURANCE CARD if it was not emailed. 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. All medication is turned in to the camp staff during check-in. After completion of check-in, parents may assist their child 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.
5 . 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). Each camper’s belongings will be placed on the porch of the cabin that he or she was assigned to. Chaperones who wish to pick up campers earlier than 11:00 AM must check-out directly with the camper’s counselor before departing.
6 . 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.
7. 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 (2-3 days) so mail letters by Tuesday 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: P.O. Box 20408 / St. Simons Island, GA 31522.
8. 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.
9. 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 (912) 638-8688 (4:00pm to 9:00am - Epworth By The Sea).
10. 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. For after hour emergencies, please call (912) 638-8688. Thank you for trusting us with your camper.
11. 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.
12. 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.
13. 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 "Connectional Ministries" and sent to (Name of Camp, ie Elementary Camp 2), PO Box 20408, St. Simons Island, GA 31522.
14. Does my child receive a t-shirt when they come to camp?
Yes! Every camper will receive a t-shirt this summer. Please make sure to mark what size he/she wears on the registration form.
15. What if my question is not in the above list of “Frequently Asked Questions”?
Call the Camping & Retreat Office and we'd be happy to answer any questions you may have!