How much does it cost to go to camp?
Camp expenses are paid for by donations. Parents, friends, organizations, church congregations, and anyone wishing to help make our camps successful are encouraged to donate any amount of money to this endeavor. It costs $50 per camper per day to run a camp. That works out to $350 a week for Junior and Senior High Camps and $200 for Junior Camps. Please consider donated what you can to allow us to keep operating our camps in this manner.
Do you have to be a member of Community of Christ to attend a camp?
No, you do not need to be a member of Community of Christ to attend camps.
The Community of Christ Michigan Mission Center is committed to providing youth camps that offer an inclusive and welcoming environment for all campers, staff, and volunteers. To live out Community of Christ enduring principles, which uphold unity in diversity and the worth of all persons, efforts will be made at all youth camps to accommodate all participants regardless of race, color, religion (creed), gender, gender identity, age, national origin (ancestry), ability, or sexual orientation.
Will I hear from the camp director before camp starts?
Each Camp Director will send out a camper letter before camp. You should receive this before June 1st. You might get it in the mail or it might be an email. If you have not received anything by June 1st please feel free to contact the camp director.
Can campers have their cell phones or electronic devices at camp?
Our Electronics Policy is designed to:
Encourage campers to spend more time involved in camp activities Promote socialization between campers Remove the divide between “the haves and the have-nots” at camp. Reduce the stress associated with the damage to and theft of electronics Give the camper a break from the world of technology. Allow the camper to be fully present in the experience without distraction. Ensure that the camper is not exposed to age-inappropriate material. Prevent campers from creating or posting inappropriate material on the internet. Ensure that the camper cannot post their camp photos on the internet while camp is in session. Ensure that the camper is not focusing on situations revolving around their friends at home that would distract from their camp experience. Prevent the camper from hearing about situations and incidents concerning home and family before their parents have a chance to communicate with them.
NO CELL PHONES
Our policy is that campers are NOT PERMITTED to have a cell phone at camp. This allows children to develop autonomy, independence, and a stronger sense of self. It allows them to make new friends, take responsibility for themselves and their fellow campers, problem solve, and mature a bit. If a camper arrives at camp with a cell phone it will be kept in a safe place turned off and locked up until the end of camp. Old or inactive cell phones can still connect to wifi therefore they are also not permitted.
NO LAPTOPS, NETBOOKS, iPADS, eREADERS
None of these, or similar electronic devices, will be allowed in camp. Please send books. Sharing books is a great pastime of camp!
NO GAMEBOYs, PSPs, NINTENDO DSs
No electronic hand-held game devices will be allowed in camp. We have board games and card games available for campers. These games, not hand-held electronic games, allow our campers to socialize, interact with one another, and build community within the camp.
YES, to iPOD/MP3 Players
If the camper must have his/her music at camp, please send an inexpensive mp3 player or an older generation iPod that does not have a touch screen. We will not allow any mp3 players/mobile devices with touch screens. This way we will ensure that our campers cannot watch videos, TV shows, movies or access the internet. As such, we will not allow any Smart Phones, even if the SIM card has been removed. Camp appropriate (i.e. screen-free) iPods can be found on eBay for as little as $10.
YES, to DIGITAL CAMERAS
We encourage you to bring an inexpensive digital camera or disposable cameras with you. Please discuss how pictures should be taken of fellow campers only with their permission.
Where can we get pictures from camp?
Each camp director handles camp pictures differently. Some will have an online account like SmugMug or facebook that campers can access after camp is over. Some may create a flash drive with images for campers. Please feel free to ask the director how they handle this.
should we pack for camp?
- shampoo & conditioner
- bath towel
- beach towel
- hairbrush hair accessories
- flip-flops or shower shoes
- bedding: blanket sheets or sleeping bag pillow
- blanket for campfire
- bug spray
- bag for dirty clothes
- light jacket
- plenty of clean underwear
- T-shirts tank tops
- water shoes
- running shoes