Before Coming to Camp
CABIN BUDDIES. One of our goals is for all campers to make new friends while at camp. For campers who come with friends or have friends from previous summers, they may list one buddy whom he or she would like to share a cabin with. For requests to be considered, both campers must request each other, be close in age, and be independently registered.
DEPOSIT. Your $50 deposit is used to cover the processing, planning, and staffing costs for our summer programs. If you cancel before May 1, your full deposit will be returned to you. The deposit is not transferable.
ARRIVAL. Check-in begins at 4:00pm and ends at 5:15pm on the first day of the camp session. When you arrive, you may park and then proceed to the Chapel to complete registration and to find out your child’s cabin assignment. Make sure to bring your payment and health update form.
HEALTH CARE. As a part of registration, all families will be directed to our health care table to check in with the nurse and turn in a completed health update form (to be filled out by a parent or guardian. Physicals are not required to attend camp, but state law does require a thorough health history) and any medications. Arrowhead is happy to accommodate to most medical and dietary needs. If your child has any medication (including over-the-counter medication), be sure to enclose it in a Ziploc bag with his or her full name written on it. Names and dosages must be clearly marked on all packages and bottles. All medications will be distributed as needed by the camp health supervisor (PA, RN, EMR, or EMT). Note: the parents’ health insurance serves as the primary insurance provider. Arrowhead carries secondary accident insurance coverage.
SETTLING IN. After completing registration, you can move into your cabin and meet your counselor. Swim tests (weather-permitting) will run from 4:00pm until 5:00pm, so make sure to stop by the Waterfront (a swim test may be provided during free time for any campers who were unable to complete it during registration). You can also visit the Canteen, get to know cabin mates, or take some photos.
CAMPER MAIL. Every camper enjoys a letter, postcard, or package from home. You may send mail to Arrowhead Bible Camp (please include your child’s name in the attention field, as well as the name of the camp session), or you may leave mail at the registration table to be given out sometime during the week. Please do not include candy, chips, or gum, as these cannot be kept in cabins and may spoil your child’s appetite. Instead, include clothes, pictures, letters, hats, and other fun items.
DEPARTURE. Parents are welcome to stay up until the first bell rings (at 5:30pm) for kids to gather for our opening session. Your timely exit will help launch your child into a fun experience!
HOMESICKNESS. Parents are key in helping children overcome homesickness, so stay positive! Do not suggest that your child can call home or promise an early pick-up if things get tough. Instead, send along postcards or a journal, accompanied by your firm confidence in your child’s ability to enjoy the whole session.
During the Week
CONTACTING CAMP. Regular office hours are 8:00am-5:00pm, Monday thru Friday and 1:00pm-5:00pm on Sunday. If you receive the answering machine, please leave a message as we closely monitor the camp phone and will return your call. If you need to make an after-hours call, please make sure it is absolutely necessary. We limit distractions because want each camper to have the greatest experience possible while at camp, so please do not plan on speaking with your child during the camp session except in the event of an emergency.
DIFFICULT SITUATIONS. Some campers may have some difficulty adjusting to camp. Our staff works patiently and lovingly with all campers; however, we may contact you if there is no change in disruptive behavior and you may be asked to pick up your child early, at your own expense, as deemed necessary by the Director.
CLOSING RALLY. Our closing rally begins at 10:00am by the flag pole with the pie-ing of staff, then moves to the chapel for one last round of songs, prizes, the speaker’s final charge, offering, and a video of highlights from the week. We encourage all families to attend!
CHECK OUT. After the closing rally, all campers return to their cabins with their counselors to prepare for check-out. An authorized adult is required to sign out each camper to ensure the right kid is going home with the right person. The canteen will be open for snacks and shopping after the closing rally. Campers must be picked up by 11:15am.
What to Bring
Completed health update form
1 red shirt and 1 blue shirt (for team games)
Notebook & pen/pencil
Sleeping bag, pillow
Tennis shoes, sandals/flip-flops
Swimsuit (girls: one-piece; guys: shorts-style)
Sweater, sweatshirt, or jacket
Casual clothing (pants, shorts, shirts, tee shirts)
Underwear & socks
Old clothes that can get dirty/wet
Towels, washcloth, soap
Sunscreen, insect repellent (non-aerosol)
Spending money (for canteen, crafts, offering)
HELPFUL TIP: It is helpful if all clothing is clearly marked with your child’s first and last name. You will be notified of any marked items left at camp, but any non-marked and non-claimed items will be donated to charity within 2 weeks.
THINGS TO LEAVE AT HOME: We recommend that you not bring valuables to camp. Also, Arrowhead strives for a modest standard of dress. Please keep this in mind as you help your child pack. We ask that guys not bring cut tees that expose their sides and that girls not bring strappy tank-tops, short shorts, or tight shirts. Please also leave the following items at home: firearms, knives, cigarettes, gum, magazines, junk food, non-prescription drugs, electronic games, music-listening devices, valuables, laser pointers, tablets, computers, and fireworks.
We understand that many campers have cell phones that double as cameras; however, in order to eliminate distractions, cell phones must be submitted to counselors during registration and will be returned on closing day. We encourage campers to instead use a disposable or digital camera and/or to purchase the DVD slideshow and video of the week.