How do you handle food allergies or dietary restrictions? Please simply state this on the health form when you fill it out. If the allergies or restrictions are severe, then accommodations will be made when your child is attending camp.
Does my child have to know how to swim? No, they do not. Every child will go through a swim test but they can choose to take it or not. The child can retake the test at any time and camp staff are more than willing to help someone learn how to swim while they are at camp.
What if my child takes medications or has an inhaler? Blue Lake will have an RN on camp at all times to dispense medications as directed and needed. Please bring original pharmacy containers with labels for prescription medications showing the prescribed name and how the medication should be given. All over the counter medication must be labeled with name and instructions as well. Provide ONLY enough medication to last the entire week at camp.
What if my child gets sick while at camp? If your child comes down with a contagious illness (stomach bug, flu, chicken pox, etc) they will be quarantined and parents will be required to come and pick them up. If it is anything other than that, we have over-the-counter medication on hand that (as long as you have advised us that it's ok to dispense) the nurse will administer if deemed necessary.
How do you handle bedwetting? If a child has this experience while at camp, the counselor has been trained on how to handle this discreetly and politely. They will remove the bedding and have it washed and replaced before the other campers have any idea.
What will my child eat at camp?Click here to visit our Food Services page for examples.
What are the cabins like? All cabins are air-conditioned, spacious and comfortable. Pinewood and Dogwood cabins have bathrooms in the cabin. Oakwood Lodge has community bathrooms close to each room. Click here to visit our Facilities page for further details and pictures.
Where do the volunteers/program staff come from? The staff and volunteers come from all over the conference and beyond. The program staff go through an extensive application and interview process, followed by a two week training process. The volunteers (who also go through an application process) come from the church, from within the conference, and many of them have grown up camping at Blue Lake Camp. Every staff person and volunteer goes through a background check every year. Click here to visit our Program Staff page for more information.
Can I send my child with snacks? No, however we do have a camp store that provides daily snacks and drinks to the campers (which is included in their cost of camp).
What is in the camp store and does my child need spending money? Everything that is a necessity is included in the cost of camp like snacks, activities, meals, and even a t-shirt. However, if your child would like, they will have any opportunity to purchase something additional from our camp store - which is stocked with a wide range of items from t-shirts and sweatshirts to stuffed animals, backpacks, water bottles, toys, and other keepsakes.
Can my child carry their cell phone at camp? No, if a camper brings it to camp, it will be kept in the office until the end of camp. If you need to reach your camper in an emergency, please call the office and we will get a message to or locate your camper. We don't want cell phones and other valuables lost at camp, and we want to ensure that every camper is engaging fully in the program.
How do you handle lost and found? If something was left behind please contact the camp office so that we can attempt to locate the item as quickly as possible and arrange the return of the item.
What is your cancellation policy? Cancellations made more than 2 weeks before your camp session begins can result in a refund, less a $50 administrative fee per camper. Cancellations for any reason less than 2 weeks before your camp session is completely non-refundable.
What are the check-in/out procedures? If you are camping at Pinewood, check in and out will happen at Pinewood. If you are camping at Dogwood or Oakwood, check in and out will happen at the Vickers Gym. When you pull into camp you will be greeted by camp staff that will direct you to the proper location.
Do you have a packing list that includes what NOT to bring to camp?Yes, click here.
Can my child be in the same cabin as their friend? Yes, they can. All cabin mate requests must be made on the registration form at the time of registration.
Do you have scholarships available? Yes, we do have scholarships available for those who are in need of financial assistance. You can click here to view more details and information on availability.
What if my child needs to arrive late or leave early? We can certainly make arrangements for this to happen, please just let us know ahead of time. Thanks!