What Happens At Camp?
7:00 AM - Rise and Shine + Morning Devotion
8:00 AM - Breakfast
8:30 AM - Morning Celebration
9:00 AM - Camper's Choice #1
10:00 AM - Camper's Choice #2
11:00 AM - Camper's Choice #3
12:00 PM - Lunch
1:00 PM - Bible Study/S.O.S
2:30 PM - Rotation #1
3:30 PM - Rotation #2
4:30 PM - Rotation #3
5:30 PM - Free Time
6:00 PM - Dinner
7:00 PM - Vespers
8:00 PM - Feature Night
A Closer Look at Our Activities:
Welcome Party - Welcome Party happens just before dinner on the very first night of camp. The staff performs silly skits to introduce themselves to everyone, and to introduce everyone to the Camper's Choice activities that they'll get to choose from for the week! Campers get to choose which activities they'll do each morning, and this all happens at Welcome Party! Sometimes campers know exactly what they want to do for Camper's Choice before they even get to camp, but if they need a little guidance in the moment, Cabin Leaders are always available to help.
Morning Celebration - Morning Celebration is our silly, upbeat worship time that happens every day after breakfast. We sing and dance, and one of the staffers leads a devotion for everyone to start their day before they head off to Camper's Choice!
Camper's Choice - The Cabin Leaders spend lots of time with the Program Coordinator before camp starts planning the activities they lead. Each activity is designed to show campers how they can use this new skill to create relationships and fulfill the Great Commission! Camper’s Choice activities are designed to encourage campers of all ages to participate together and make new friends! These activities change each summer, so stay tuned to the blog each spring to get a jump start on your decisions!
Rotations - During the afternoon, campers stay together in their units (age divisions) and travel to the three different rotations:
Culture Camp – This is where our missionaries hang out! At Culture Camp, campers hear stories from missionaries, participate in cultural activities, taste foreign foods, and learn how life is different in other countries. Every summer we choose a new focus country, and every year campers discover the uniqueness of that country and how they can pray for its people and missionaries.
Adventure Recreation* – Living out a missional lifestyle definitely requires stepping outside of our comfort zones, and that’s exactly what Adventure Rec is designed to help us do! Our youngest campers get the opportunity to go off the zipline and participate fun field games. As camper’s age up, they have opportunity to participate in Rock Climbing, Rappelling, Low Ropes, Team-Building challenges, V-Swing, and our oldest campers have the opportunity to try the High Ropes course. These activities are designed to instill confidence, teamwork, and problem-solving skills.
*All of these activities are what we like to call “Challenge by Choice” activities, and while a camper may be encouraged to try something new, it is their decision alone to participate in these activities. Our staff goes through intense training, and each staff member specializes in a certain element. This means that our staff are prepared not only take care of a camper’s physical safety, but their emotional safety as well.
Pool – What day at camp is complete without a trip to the pool? The whole unit enjoys some chill hangout time at the pool with water games led by the lifeguards. We have lifeguards on stands and in the pool to keep everyone safe, and to make sure that everyone is having fun! We even have lifeguards available to teach campers how to swim!
SOS - This stands for Sit or Sleep. SOS happens after Bible Study, and it serves as our rest period when we have a chance to get out of the hot summer heat!
Free Time – Before dinner, campers get 30 minutes of free time on Main Campus where they can choose from activities such as 9-Square in the Air, Tetherball, Basketball, Giant Checkers, Ladderball, Spikeball, and more.
This is a time when campers get to spend more unstructured time with their cabin leaders, and they also get to visit the Trading Post!
Vespers – After dinner the whole camp lines up at the chapel and walks quietly to our outdoor worship area. This is our more serious time of worship where campers hear from the Word, led by one of our missionaries, their cabin leaders, or a member of the admin team!
Feature Night – Each night at camp is a little bit different!
On Monday night, we have Cabin Bonding where the entire cabin participates in an activity that their Cabin Leaders have designed exclusively for their cabin. It’s really important to us that campers become friends with their cabinmates and develop relationships with each other. This is why we've designed this night to be fun and interactive. In the past we’ve seen campfire s’mores, tie dying, paper airplane contests, capture the flag, and talent shows just to name a few.
On Tuesday night, we have Color Wars! Each summer the campers are divided into one of three teams: Red, Green, or Blue. Each team has campers from every age level, which encourages everyone to work together toward a common goal. Color Wars is a camp-wide competition game, created by the admin team, that changes every year. Campers can also compete for points for their color team all week long. They can earn points by having the cleanest cabin, earning the Clean Table Award after meals, participating in Archery or Fishing competitions, or demonstrating good character, just to name a few!
The Spirit Stick - The Spirit Stick is the prize for the Color Team who wins the most points throughout the week. It's the most sought-after prize at camp!
On Wednesday night, we have Unit Night! For Units Two and Three (these are our younger campers), their Cabin Heads lead a fun activity specifically designed for each age level. These activities could include a scavanger hunt, a dance party, a talent show, or even a night hike. With everything that WorldSong has to offer, the options are really endless! For Unit One (our oldest campers), they get to go on the Campout! On Campout night, campers canoe across the lake to the campsite, cook their dinner over a fire, learn how to set up a tent, and even have their own Vespers at the campsite!
Thursday night is special, because that night is set aside for Banquet, Candlelight, and Encounter.
On this night, we wrap up our afternoon activities a little early and head back to the cabin, get cleaned up, and head to the Dining Hall. Main campus is covered with campers in dresses and polos posing for cabin photos. We eat dinner family-style, and each camper is served by their Cabin Leader.
After Banquet we head to the chapel for a candlelight service, worship, and a presentation of the Gospel led by the Admin Team.
Each cabin then returns to their unit for Encounter, where they will hear a testimony or devotion from a Cabin Leader or their Cabin Head. Cabin Leaders spend the rest of the night praying over each camper individually. This is a time when campers can continue to ask questions, or pray with their Cabin Leader over specific prayer requests. This night is when we see many of the salvations that happen at camp!