June 06, 2017
The 411 for New Campers

We are so excited to have you join us this summer! We have so many wonderful and exciting things planned and we cannot wait to share those with you. You probably have a ton of questions about Camp so I am going to try my best to answer some of those!

What do we do during the day?

On most days at Camp you will have activities! There are six activity periods in a day during the full-week session and four activity periods during the half-week. We have more than 20 different activities at each Camp site you can pick from. We are very excited about our STEM Exploration class that is new this summer.

What do we do at night?

Each night we have a different activity planned. They will vary from Big Brown Bag to Twisted Tuesday to a Camp Dance on Wednesday night. We love having the opportunity to have more fun with our cabin and the other campers at our session. Get ready for some Superhero themed activities and making memories you won’t forget.

What are the cabins like?

Cabins are the best part of Camp! Have you ever been on a really fun sleepover with one of your best friends? Being in a cabin is basically like that, but with 18-32 of your best friends and for longer!

Each cabin has anywhere from 18-32 campers that are a similar age and four to six counselors. Everybody will have their own bunk (top or bottom) and some space to keep their personal belongings. Each cabin has air conditioning and a bathroom with several showers, toilets and sinks.

Who will my counselors be?

We can’t tell you who your counselors will be before you get to Camp, but we can tell you that we look far and wide to find counselors who want to spend their summer at Camp because they get to hang out with kids like you! They are college-aged individuals who are excited, fun and want to get to know you. It’s like having a cool older brother or sister take care of you! We also have some junior counselors who have been a part of our Counselor-in-Training program.

What are my responsibilities when I am at Camp?

“I have responsibilities at camp?” you may be asking yourself, and the answer is “yes, yes you do!” Here at Camp we ask all of our campers to do certain tasks so that everything can run smoothly. These tasks include picking up after yourself at meal times, cleaning up your stuff in the cabin during Clean for Ice Cream, showing up and participating in all activities and following all the rules we have here at Camp.

What’s the food like?

You’ll love the food at Camp! Is it just like home cooking? Well, maybe not quite like home, but close. From things like waffles, eggs and French toast at breakfast to foods like pizza, chicken fingers, corn dogs and spaghetti at lunch and dinner. We always offer a salad bar at lunch and dinner. And if you don’t like what we’re serving, we always have peanut butter and jelly available at lunch and dinner! And at breakfast we always have cereal. The best part though is that we get dessert with lunch and dinner!

Who should I talk to if I have a problem?

It is really important that when you are Camp that you tell others when you have a problem. It is hard for us to fix problems if we do not know about them or find out about them after you leave Camp. A great person to talk to is your cabin counselor. Other great people you can talk to are the Health Manager, one of the Senior Counselors, the Assistant Directors (Jesus or Holla), the Camp Directors (Papa Bear or Dyno), or myself. We want to make sure you have a great week and will work hard to make sure your problem is solved as quickly as possible.


Do I have to be a certain age to do some activities?

Yes, there are some activities that have an age requirement. Campers must be 11 years old in order to take our Challenge class. Campers at both camps must be at least 12 years old in order to take Outdoor Living Skills (OLS). In addition, Riverside girls who are 12 and 13 years old are eligible to take Canoeing. Don’t worry though because we have lots of great activities you can participate in no matter your age.

If I come to camp with a friend, can we be in the same cabin?

We try our best to honor all cabin mate requests. We never have campers in the same dorm that are more than three years apart in age. For instance, a 9 year old can live with an 11 year old, but there could not be a 12 year old in that dorm. It is also important that you make sure you list the first and last name of your cabin mate request on your application. The more information you can give us on the request, the easier it is to make it happen. If for some reason a cabin mate request that is listed cannot be met we will contact you prior to Camp.

Is it OK if I am nervous about coming to Camp?

Yes, of course! Everybody is a little nervous about coming to Camp, even returners. Once you get to Camp you will realize that everyone wants you to feel comfortable and have a good time and your nervousness will melt away. Your cabin mates, counselors and directors are all on your team and ready to make you feel at home at a moment’s notice.

Also, don’t forget about our Open House that is taking place at both sites on Saturday, June 10, from 9:30 a.m.-2 p.m. Open House is a great time to come and take a tour and participate in some of the activities that we have to offer. You will also get to meet some of our staff for the summer. Make sure you bring a swimsuit if you would like to swim, and sneakers if you want to try our Challenge Course at the barn.


I cannot wait to meet you this summer and share a place with you that I care so much about. You will be so glad that your family decided to allow you the chance to experience Camp this summer! If you have any other questions that I did not answer don’t hesitate to e-mail or call me at Camp so I can answer them!


  1. Porsha Stephens

    June 6, 2017 at 9:51 am

    Thank you for everything that you have planned out this year and I hope the new campers will all feel as welcome as I think I will feel this year.

    • Katie Klohn Miller

      June 16, 2017 at 11:14 am

      Thanks for your kind words! We can’t wait to meet all of our new campers!

  2. Nicole Spivey

    June 6, 2017 at 9:11 pm

    My son turned 9 this past December 2016.  The age frame is a tad confusing to me.  Is he eligible for this summer?

  3. Elaine

    June 7, 2017 at 8:26 am

    Yes your son is old enough to attend camp! If your son is a member, click the link for the application:

    If you are interested in contacting an agent, please call 800-234-4124 or click

  4. Buddy Preuss

    June 16, 2017 at 7:43 am

    Thank you, Katie, for sharing this great information with our campers.
    It brings back so many memories of camp.

  5. Dusty

    June 21, 2017 at 10:54 am

    I was wondering if we can leave mail and small gifts at the office when we drop our kids off that can be delivered to our child on certain days? Also can our child have over the counter mess such as Tylenol with them? Thanks

    • Katie Miller

      June 21, 2017 at 4:50 pm

      You can absolutely leave mail and packages in the office for your camper. Just make sure you don’t leave food or snacks in the packages.

      Our clinics are stocked with over the counter meds so it isn’t necessary to leave those.


  6. Kristina

    June 27, 2017 at 10:48 am

    Can I get some dates and information about the camp. Is 2017 already booked? Our son is 9yo.

  7. Elaine

    June 27, 2017 at 11:24 am

    It is not too late! There are openings in Week 7 (July 23-29) and Week 8 (July 30-Aug. 5). For more information, please call Laura Adams at 800-234-4124, ext. 238. Thank you!

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