A. – If a category is full, simply fill out an online registration and pay your $50 deposit and that will automatically put you on the waiting list. The deposit is usually non-refundable but in this case it will be refunded if your child does not get in. We usually have a handful of campers who have to cancel throughout the year so we are often able to accept campers on the waiting list.
Q? – WHAT IS YOUR CANCELLATION POLICY?
A. – We will refund your $50 deposit only if you apply and there are no more openings. If you have registered and then cancel, your $50 deposit goes into our scholarship fund to help those with needs to be able to attend.
Any additional payments (above the $50 deposit) will be refunded if the camper cancels before April 15th. If a cancellation occurs after that time, all payments are forfeited and put in our scholarship fund.
Q? – DO YOU OFFER GROUP DISCOUNTS?
A. – Sorry, but our rates are already steeply discounted (about one 1/2 the normal summer camp rate).
Q? – WILL MY 12 YEAR OLD BE IN A DORM WITH 17 YEAR OLDS?
A. – The dorms are separated according to age. In general, we put 8-10 year olds in a dorm, 9-11 year olds together, 12-14 year olds together, 13-15 year olds in another dorm and 15-17 year olds together. We do make exceptions for friend roommate requests if they are of a similar age.
Q? – WHEN WILL I HAVE TO MAKE FINAL PAYMENT?
A. – In addition to your $50 deposit we require a $150 payment by January 15 and final payment is due April 15. Payments are made through the account you set up at www.campdoc.com at registration.
Q? – WHAT IS THE FOOD LIKE?
A. – We spend more on food than any other part of camp. This is an area where we don’t cut corners. We believe that meals can be healthy AND tasty. Yes, we design meals that we know will be appealing to most campers, but do what we can to make things from scratch when we are able to cut out preservatives and excess sugar.
Our meals are served family style and there are many choices at each meal — including a full salad bar at lunch and dinner. We know how important it is for very active campers to stay hydrated so we do NOT serve caffeinated or high sugar drinks in the dining hall.
Q? – WHAT IS THE SCHEDULE LIKE?
A. – On a typical camp day (Monday – Friday) this would be the schedule:
9:00a Praise & Worship / Chapel message
10:00a Dorm Discussion
1:00p Fellowship/ Rest time
7:00p Evening Special Event
9:00p Dorm Time
Q? – DO YOU HAVE A CAMP STORE?
A. – We do not currently have a camp store. If a camper has items that they lost or forgot (toothbrush, water bottle, shampoo, etc) we can run into town and buy it for them.
Q? – DO YOU ACCEPT CREDIT CARDS?
A. – We accept all major credit cards or checks.
Q? – HOW MANY CAMPERS DO YOU ACCEPT?
A. – Only 130. And we fill up FAST. For the past 7 years we have filled up in about a week after we open registration. If you see an opening it is probably because we recently had a cancellation.
Q? – DO YOU POST PHOTOS WHEN KIDS ARE AT CAMP?
A. – We have a private Facebook Group for sharing photos with relatives. We usually post up to 100 photos a day during camp so you can see the great fun everyone is having. PRIVATE FACEBOOK GROUP
Q? – DO YOU HAVE A CHARTER BUS TO TAKE KIDS TO/FROM CAMP?
Q? – CAN I TRY TO ARRANGE A CARPOOL WITH OTHER PARENTS?
A. – We would be happy to put you in touch with other parents who are in your area taking their kids to camp.
Q? – CAN PARENTS OR DRIVERS STAY?
A. – We do not have space for adults who are not on staff. Parents are welcome and encouraged to volunteer for the week (arts and crafts, maintenance, sports, etc) if they would like to stay for the week. Staff application.
There are numerous housing options just minutes from camp in the popular tourist town of Townsend. Townsend Visitors Center
Q? – WHAT IF MY CHILD GETS HOMESICK?
A. – It is natural for children to miss their family and the comforts of home. But in our experience, camp is so much fun and it is jammed pack with so many great activities that the opposite problem usually occurs – children forget to call home and in many cases would like to stay at camp forever. Our counseling staff is trained to deal with the issue of homesickness. In the younger children’s dorms we usually have counselors who are moms and dads and are able to encourage the homesick youth the way a college aged counselor would not. Of course if both the child and parent agree that the child should leave camp early the parents are able to come pick him or her up. However, we usually recommend that the parent encourage the camper to stay for at least half way through the camp before making up their mind.
Q? – WHAT DO YOU DO WHEN A CHILD WETS THE BED?
A. – It is fairly common that youth up to age 9 or 10 will still wet the bed on occasion. And in some cases it occurs with teens. While it is no big deal to the staff, we realize that it can be a very embarrassing occurrence for the youth. We recommend that if your child is an occasional bet-wetter that he or she bring night underwear (pull-ups) in case of an accident. Many of the dorms have private bathrooms so they can change before bedtime privately. Our counselors are instructed that should their bedding get wet, they are to discreetly take care of the problem when all of the campers are out of the dorm. We do not allow under any circumstances youth to make fun of another camper because of this situation, should they find out.
We recommend that you note this situation on the health form so the counselor can be aware of the need for this child to discreetly get ready for bed (and perhaps not fill him or her up with drinks late at night).
Q? – DO YOU OFFER SCHOLARSHIPS FOR YOUTH WITH FINANCIAL NEEDS?
A. – We have LIMITED scholarships you can apply for. If you are in serious financial need for a partial-scholarship please contact us. Additionally, check out our FUNDRAISING IDEAS so you or your child can raise all the camp funds you need.
Q? – WHAT IS THE CAMPER TO STAFF RATIO?
A. – We have 2 counselors with every cabin of 10 campers. The overall camper to staff ratio is about 2:1
Q? – I AM CONCERNED FOR MY CHILD’S SAFETY. WHAT MEASURES DO YOU TAKE?
A. – We have a camp nurse (regularly more than 1) on staff and we have a rule that no staff member is allowed to be alone with any camper at any time. Of course there are other safety and security measures we have in place to provide a loving, yet safe environment for campers.
Our camp facility is accredited by the ACA (American Camping Association) which means it has more than 300 criteria that must be met.
Q? – CAN I REQUEST A CERTAIN ROOMMATE?
A. – If you (or your friend) is coming to camp for the first time, we definitely try to put him or her in a dorm with a friend or someone they know. We do our best to honor all the roommate requests but keep in mind that the campers must be a similar age to be able to do so. For example, a 12 and 13 year old probably would be able to be put in the same dorm if requested, but a 9 and 12 year old would not.
Q? – WHAT CHRISTIAN GROUP RUNS YOUR CAMP?
A. – Higher Ground is organized and supported by Generations Camp Ministries. We have been running camps around the world for over 50 years and we have had over 100,000 campers during that time.
We are a cross-denominational ministry. Our staff come from different Christian churches and at camp we focus on the simple and unifying faith of the grace and love of Jesus Christ.
Q? – CAN MY CHILD BRING A CELL PHONE TO CAMP?
A. – All electronics are checked in with the office upon arrival. Campers are welcome to use the office phone to call home during free time after lunch or dinner. However, most campers end up having such a busy and fun time that they don’t call home. If you need to be in touch with your child, you can call the camp office.
Q? – ARE THERE BATHROOMS IN THE CABINS?
A. – Some of the cabins do have bathrooms inside their cabins. There are several cabins at camp that will utilize a bathhouse that is a very close walk away.
Q? – WHO ATTENDS CAMP?
A. – We are fortunate to have a camp that reflects the beautiful diversity of our country. We have youth of all colors and economic backgrounds. Some kids live in the city while others live on farms. There are Christians and youth of other faiths too. We love them all.