The more you know.
That's what we believe makes a successful camp experience for each camper - partnering together with staff, camper and parent to understand our campers' needs before they arrive. Our staff prepares for your child before he/she arrives and if there is something you think we need to know, contact us prior to camp starting.
Thank you for trusting your child to us. We know that God will do amazing things in the hearts of our campers when they get away from everyday routines and focus on Him. Our prayer is that your child will find his/her week of camp to be a fun, safe, experience where true life change happens as a result of an encounter with Christ.
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!
Campers will stay in air-conditioned cabins that can sleep up to 22 individuals on twin-sized bunk beds. Restroom facilities, adjacent to the sleeping area, include multiple sinks and toilets, plus individual shower stalls. Campers must bring their own linens, pillows, towels and toiletries. For roommate requests: 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 on their registration. Grouping Requests: 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. Remember, slumber parties among friends can happen all summer, but making NEW camp friends can only happen once!
Arrival & Departure
Camp check-in begins at 3:00 p.m. and ends at 4:15 p.m. on Mondays at Epworth By The Sea. The first camp activity will be at 4:30 p.m. Camp ends on Friday morning at 11:00 a.m. (lunch is not served this day).
Cancellation & Refunds
All changes and cancellations MUST be made in writing and emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org. If a cancellation request is received 2 weeks prior to the start of the camp session the camper is attending, the full amount paid will be refunded LESS a $50.00 cancellation fee. If notice is received less than 1 week prior to the start of the camp session the camper is attending, or no notice is given, no refund will be made. There is no refund or partial refund for campers who must be dismissed early due to illness or homesickness. Note: Refunds will be made after the close of all summer camp sessions.
Safety & Health
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.
If your camper is on any medication for a chronic, non-contagious illness, or is on medication during the school year (such as Adderall), please send this medication to camp with them. Our staff will see that medications are distributed to campers at their scheduled times during the week.
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 and work with the parents, camper and counselor to determine the best way forward.
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.