Before reading the below questions, we ask all parents to carefully read the camp policies.
1 . When will I know if my camper has successfully enrolled in a camp session?
Applications are processed on a first come, first serve basis. You will receive a confirmation email if you provide your email address or a confirmation postcard in the mail when the application has been processed. In the event that the requested week is full, you will be notified that the camper has been placed on a waiting list.
2. Why does it list rising 6th graders as being able to attend both elementary and mid-high camps?
Parents can choose whether their 6th grade student attends the Mid-High or Elementary Camps based on where they feel their child would be more comfortable. Some churches have 5th graders attending youth group so they send them to a mid-high camp. Some parents feel like their child would be better off attending elementary camp for another year based on maturity. All that to say it's up to you!
6 . What time do I pick up my camper on Friday?
Pick-up begins at 11:00 AM on Friday morning (no lunch is provided on Friday). Each camper’s belongings will be placed on the porch of the cabin that he or she was assigned to. Chaperones who wish to pick up campers earlier must check with each camper’s counselor before departing.
7 . What is the right amount of spending money for my camper?
There is no set amount needed and much of it depends on the camper. All campers usually have one opportunity each day to buy a snack or drink. In addition, campers have an opportunity to shop at the Epworth gift shop, which stocks t-shirts, jewelry, candy, toys and more. These items range in price from $0.50 to $20.00.
8. Is it a good idea to send my camper mail?
YES. Campers love to get mail from home. We ask that you do not send food or toys. A nice postcard or letter is great. Remember to account for post office delivery time (2-3 days) so mail letters by Tuesday of your child's camp week. All letters should be clearly marked with the child's name AND camp session (i.e. "Mid High Mania 2"). Our address is P.O. Box 20408 / St. Simons Island, GA 31522.
9. What happens if my child gets “homesick”?
After years of experience, the camp staff is trained on how to handle homesickness. In most cases, the feelings are mild and short-lived. The counselors, head counselors, along with the camp director, work to ensure that each camper has a great camp experience. In the rare instance that a phone-call home is necessary, the camp staff will initiate such action.
10. Can I call my camper or can my camper call me?
Phones are not available for use by campers. Emergency phone calls can be made to 888.266.7642 (8:30am to 5pm - Office of Connectional Ministries) or 912.638.8688 (6pm to 8:30am Epworth By The Sea).
11. Can I send any of the following items to Camp to remind my child of home: TV, fan, water gun, pets, food, candy, comic books, video games, etc?
No, none of these items are necessary for a fun-filled week at camp. Please be aware that if a camper brings any of the above “extras” to Camp, the items will be removed from the cabins and stored until the end of the week.
12. If the church has agreed to help with the cost of camp for a camper, what are the possible payment options?
If you have completed an individual application then you must communicate with your local church to receive the payment from them, and then submit it with your part of the payment and completed application.
13. What are my payment options?
If you have completed an individual application, then your camp fee can be made either by check or by credit card (only when online registration becomes available).
14. Does my child receive a free t-shirt when they come to camp?
Yes! Every camper will receive a free t-shirt this summer. On the application there is a place for you to mark what size they wear. Please make sure you don't forget to check the appropriate box.
15. What if my question is not in the above list of “Frequently Asked Questions”?
Call the Office of Connectional Ministries and we'd be happy to answer any questions you may have!