Weekend Camp Information
The weekend camp schedule is designed entirely around the idea that life-change happens most effectively within the context of relationships. Many camps utilize a “choose your own adventure” approach to activities scheduling for their campers, wherein campers choose activities based on their interests and have a unique schedule from their cabin mates for the week. We’ve taken a very different approach, believing and seeing that an amazing camp experience has very little to do with what you do, and everything to do with who you do it with.
Campers spend the weekend at Camp Highland entirely with their cabin group. All activities are scheduled for them as a group and the campers never know for certain what activity is coming up next. This lets kids be kids and not worry about the details of the weekend, but it also gives our staff an abundance of time with each camper. This is time that allows our staff to truly get to know each camper and be able to disciple them in the most effective and personal way possible.
With that said, we want every camper to leave camp at the end of the weekend telling stories of all the amazing activities they did! Our hope and prayer for all campers is that they leave camp telling stories of all the challenges they tackled and of the fears that they overcame. Most importantly, we want campers telling stories about what they learned about the character of God through their counselors, what they learned about trusting Jesus through the ropes course, and that, sometimes, following the Lord can be challenging and sometimes feels like pulling the rip cord on the Drop Zone.
It is our heart and desire that no child will ever be left out because of an inability to pay the full tuition cost of camp. We are committed to working with you to figure out a way to get your child to Camp Highland, even if you’re in a tight financial position and even if it takes some creativity on both of our parts to make it happen. So, we’ve put together the following as a means to communicate how we think about financial aid and some ideas that you can use to make sure your child joins us at camp this coming summer.
HOW DOES THE FINANCIAL AID PROCESS WORK?
First, you do not necessarily need to apply for financial aid before apply for camp for your child. Deposits/Tuition are charged only upon enrollment (not upon submission of the application), so if you’re applying for financial aid, simply select “financial assistance” as your billing preference on the application.
Full and partial scholarships are awarded on an as-needed basis and determined on a sliding scale. To apply for a scholarship, submit a completed Financial Aid Packet. We’ll contact you with a decision or any further questions once we review the information.
We do ask everybody to make some investment towards the tuition, even if it’s small. Even in the tightest of situations, with a “full scholarship” towards overnight camp, we will generally ask parents to cover the $75 deposit.
Prepare for Camp
If you’ve already registered your child for a weekend camp or just want to dig into the details of how to prepare for your child’s weekend with us? The information below answers the most common questions regarding preparation for the week.
NEW REQUIRED ITEMS TO BRING:
- A mask
- A fitted sheet to go on the mattress (in addition to normal bedding)
- Water bottle (we also have these for sale in our store)
- Hand sanitizer
THINGS TO BRING
- 1 Notebook or journal (we also have some for sale in our store)
- 2-3 T-shirts
- 1 Long sleeved shirt, sweatshirt & jacket
- 3 Pairs of socks
- 3 Pairs of underwear
- 1-2 Pairs of shorts
- 1 Pair of closed-toed (for high rope elements)
- 1 Towel
- Sleeping bag or bed sheets (for a twin size bed)
- Bug spray
- Flashlight or headlamp
- Backpack or fanny pack (for carrying bible, journal, mask, closed toed shoes and water bottle around during the day)
THINGS NOT TO BRING
- Cell phones
- Electronics – iPods, games, hairdryers, etc.
- Books or magazines that are not Christ-centered
- Personal sports equipment, including climbing/safety gear
IF FOUND, THESE ITEMS WILL BE TAKEN AND NOT RETURNED
- E Cigarettes
Possession or use of tobacco, alcohol, or drugs will lead to police notification and immediate dismissal.
(The gate will open at 7PM, should you arrive early you may find yourself in a bit of line waiting for the gate to open).
When you pull through the gate make sure that all campers and driver have on a mask to greet our Registration Team.
- We will take your camper’s temperatures at the car.
- All medicine will need to be handed to our nurses from the car (so please have this separate from your camper’s luggage).
- You will be directed to your camper’s cabin to drop off their luggage and they will stay at their cabin with their 2 counselors.
(The gate will open at 11AM, should you arrive early you may find yourself in a bit of line waiting for the gate to open).
You will be directed to your camper’s cabin again to pick them up with their luggage.
We understand that you’re entrusting to us the most important part of your lives, and we do all we can to ensure the health and safety of your children. We commit to you that we’ll be proactive in pursuing you in the event that something happens to your child to ensure you’re getting the information you need as a parent to make decisions about your child’s health. We do understand that you might not want to know about every bump or bruise, but if our nurse and/or camp director feels that the incident is significant, you will receive a phone call alerting you of the situation. Generally, if your child has to sit out of an activity for even a short period of time, and definitely if the injury/illness requires medical care beyond what our nurse can provide, you will be notified.
At the overnight camp, we have a nurse on our staff on property full-time to handle any medical needs, including disbursement of medication, and injuries. He/She also acts as a consultant to our day camp location in the event of need. In addition, all of our staff at both camp locations, are trained in first aid and CPR before the start of the summer
All campers are required to fill out a comprehensive health history form, located in your CampInTouch account, before arriving at camp. This form ensures that we have all the information we need to provide the best possible care for your child while at camp, as well as any information a doctor might need to assist your child in the event of an emergency. While it may take a few minutes to fill out, it is essential that we have complete record of any medical concerns so we can provide the best possible care!
Please let us know if there are any allergies or intolerances that you would like us to know before your child arrives at camp. If your child has an allergy that is potentially anaphylactic, we do not generally have epinephrine injectors on-hand so we ask that you send one with your camper. All of our staff are trained in the use of epinephrine injectors and we’ll work with you to decide who you’re most comfortable with carrying it.
Our kitchen can handle the most common food allergies (celiacs/gluten-free, dairy, eggs, nuts of all kinds, etc.) without any trouble and can provide in-house options without any planning. However, for more rare allergies, please contact us at least a week ahead of your child’s week at camp and we’ll work with you to figure out a best plan of action to provide the best food options for your campers.
If the cost of sending your child to camp is prohibitive to your child experiencing a week of camp, we have created a scholarship account specifically designed with you in mind. Through our Scholarship Program, parents can still send their children to Camp without breaking their wallets! No child should be turned away from Camp because their family cannot afford it. If you find the need for financial assistance then this scholarship is for you. Instructions to apply for financial assistance are below; please return all forms to email@example.com before registering for camp.
Accessible through the “Parent Login” link above, your CampInTouch account gives you access to your information, your child’s information, secure online applications, as well as summer photos, news, and camp stamps (a way to send messages to your campers while they are with us). This also gives you the ability to update your information: addresses, phone numbers, email addresses, billing info, photos of your child and more. After your application has been processed you will be notified of your enrollment status and you will receive an enrollment confirmation email.
Please note that your tuition is non-refundable within 1 month of your camper’s weekend. If you cancel before this time we will refund all but a $50 non-refundable deposit fee.
For campers with disciplinary problems, we do our best to coordinate with parents to help solve problems as early in the week as possible. We truly want every camper to be able to stay the whole week and will do our best to navigate any underlying circumstances that might be causing the problem. However, in the unlikely event that we’re unable to resolve discipline issues with a camper, sometimes the only option is to ask a parent to come pick up their child early. In this case, no refunds will be offered.