Summer Camp FAQs


1. BEFORE CAMP

The “camp store” on your online account ONLY refers to the Canteen, the place where campers buy snacks throughout the week. Any money deposited into this “camp store” account can ONLY be used for the Canteen.

The Shirt Shack is where camp shirts, sweatshirts, and souvenirs can be bought. Shirt Shack purchases can only be made in person at camp. We have the Shirt Shack open on Sundays as you arrive and Fridays as you depart. It is not open to campers the rest of the week.

If you have accidentally deposited money into the “camp store” section thinking it was for the Shirt Shack, call our office at 812-342-4815 and we can take care of it for you.

Your final payment is due TWO WEEKS before the start of your camp session. You can make payments at any time by logging in to your online account.

If you need to set up a payment plan, please call our office at 812-342-4815 and talk with us. We will work with you to figure something out.

For all of our programs, grade level refers to the grade your child is CURRENTLY in (or the grade they were in BEFORE the summer started).

We strive to provide a positive and memorable experience for all campers. If your child has a special need, please contact our office so that we can get to know a little bit more about your child and provide you with the information you need to decide if Lakeview Ministries is the right camp for you.

During a week at camp, campers have the opportunity to buy snacks and drinks from our canteen twice a day.  Most items are around $1, and they can get a maximum of 3 items each time.  We recommend putting $15-20 in an account for a week-long session and $8019 for a three-day session.  For our Family programs we do not create canteen accounts-you simply pay in cash.

At their final canteen time, campers with remaining money are given the option to donate to our summer mission project or receive the money back.  For our mission project, we support Lutheran World Relief, an organization that provides emergency aid and poverty relief throughout the world.  Donating canteen money is an awesome way for campers to practice living out their faith!

Pro Tip: It can be helpful to tell your camper ahead of time what you would prefer they do with their extra canteen money.

Our Shirt Shack is different than the canteen and has camp shirts, sweatshirts, and souvenirs for sale.  The Shirt Shack is ONLY open during check-in on Sunday and pick-up on Friday.  Please be aware that money deposited into your camper’s canteen account can NOT be transferred to pay for items in the Shirt Shack. 

If your first choice session is full, registering will add you to the wait list for that session. (You will not need to pay a deposit.) When a spot becomes available, we offer it to those on the wait list in order of initial sign up. You will have limited time to respond to our offer before we move on to the next person on the list. Make sure the email and phone number associated with your account are ones you check regularly. NO EXCEPTIONS are made to wait list order.

If you cancel at least 14 days before your scheduled arrival, all but $25 of your deposit will be returned.  Within 14 days of your scheduled arrival no refunds will be granted except in cases of illness or injury and family emergencies.

Yes!  Scholarship are available to help with the cost of camp. We want EVERYONE to be able to come to camp, regardless of financial situation. Click HERE for more information and to download an application.

2. CAMP LIFE

Our housing assignments for all programs are made the week before the program begins.

Only campers of the same gender are housed together. Similar-aged campers are housed together.

You may make Cabin Mate Requests by logging in to your online account, finding the Cabin Mate Request section, and adding the names of your requests. Please minimize requests as much as possible.

While we understand the comfort that can come from having a friend or two in your cabin, we also value giving campers the space to make new friends. We prefer only ONE or TWO cabin mate requests. Cabin mates must mutually choose each other for requests to be honored.

Campers are not allowed to bring cell phones to camp.  At camp we believe strongly in the value of showing campers how to build close relationships and live in community.  Providing an atmosphere free from cell phones helps create this community.  If found, staff will confiscate the cell phone for the remainder of the session.  Please do NOT pack a cell phone for your camper.  If you are concerned about needing to get in touch with your camper during the week, please call our office so that we can make a plan together.

Talking with your child before they leave for camp will help to ease the transition away from cell phones and other electronics. Let your child know that if they are feeling sad, afraid, or lonely, there is always someone they can reach out to at camp, whether it is their counselor, another staff member, the First Aid Coordinator, or even the Camp Director.

We serve 3 excellent, well-balanced meals each and every day. Our menu is designed to be kid-friendly. In addition to what is served at each meal, we always have cereal and bagels available at breakfast and peanut butter and jelly sandwiches available at lunch and dinner. If you have any specific questions regarding allergies or unique dietary requests, please call our office (812-342-4815) at least TWO WEEKS before your camp session.

You can find all this information on the Arrival/Departure page, as well as a description of what you need to know for check-in and information about our closing program at the end of the week.

Packing lists for each camp session can be found by downloading the Camp Information Packet for your camp session, found on the Camp Information Packet page.  This form can also be accessed through your online account once you register.  Temperatures at camp tend to range from the mid 70s to mid 80s during the day, and drop to the 60s at night.  It also tends to rain quite a bit, so packing some extra socks and a rain jacket is a good idea.  In general, don’t bring anything that you mind getting dirty, and make sure to label everything with your camper’s name.

Your camper will sleep in a cabin that has bunk beds and is air conditioned.  All our cabins are separated by gender.  Campers share a common shower/bathroom area that is located by their cabin.  Our summer staff and junior staff stay in the cabins with the campers at night so that they are supervised 24/7.

At Lakeview Villages, campers stay in Village Clusters, made up of 4 cabins.  Each cabin houses either 6 campers and a counselor, or 5 campers and a junior-counselor.  In total, a Village community is made up of 22 campers, 2 counselors, and 2 junior counselors. 

Campers spend their day with their cabin/village group.  Our staff are intentional about creating a strong community in the cabin/village so that everyone makes friends with the rest of their cabin and feels like they belong.

A week of camp includes worship, games, outdoor time, yummy meals, community building, campfires, playing in the lake, and more.  You can view a Camp Lakeview sample schedule HERE and a Lakeview Villages sample schedule HERE.

 

You can email your camper HERE.  Emails will be printed off and delivered to campers once a day at lunchtime.  During check-in time you can drop off letters and packages  at the first check-in table to be delivered during the week.  Regular mail can also be sent to the following addresses:

(Your child’s name)                    (Your child’s name)
c/o Camp Lakeview                    c/o Lakeview Villages
13500 W. Lake Road                  13501 W. Lake Road
Seymour, IN 47274                    Seymour, IN 47274

Every camper is allowed to e-mail messages out during afternoon free time using the camp’s email system.  Campers wishing to do so should bring e-mail addresses with them.  We often receive messages from parents concerned because they have not heard from their camper during the week.  Please know that if you don’t hear from your camper, it’s because they’re too busy having fun at camp!

Campers are not able to call home during the week unless you have arranged something in advance.  If there is ever a significant issue or concern with your camper, we will contact you as soon as possible. You may contact camp by calling the camp office at 812-342-4815.

3. PARENT CONCERNS

If your child has a food allergy, please list those needs on their Medical Form and the Important Info form that you fill out during online registration.  In addition, please call our office at least two weeks before your child’s week of camp to discuss their particular needs with our staff. 

In general, while we are able to provide some assistance in meeting food allergy needs, if your camper has a more extensive food allergy, it is recommended that they bring supplemental food items with them.  Our kitchen staff is more than happy to prepare separate food items for campers at meals.  We can also provide a menu for your week at camp to help you better plan and prepare.    

During check-in you will be able to meet with the kitchen staff to drop food off and talk through specific details of your camper’s food allergy needs.

Homesickness is a very normal and often temporary response to being away from home. With sensitive handling by you and our staff most homesickness can be prevented or overcome, leading your camper to feelings of independence, pride, and self-assurance.

Talk with your child before they leave for camp to help ease the transition. Speak of how exciting camp will be, how much fun you’re sure they will have, and how proud you are of them for trying something new. Further, let your child know that if they are feeling sad, afraid, or lonely, there is always someone they can reach out to, whether it is their counselor, another staff member, the First Aid Coordinator, or even the Camp Director.

Please do not tell your child they can call home or be picked up early, as this often makes homesickness worse, and leads to campers having trouble fully investing in the experience. If your camper is experiencing a more difficult than average adjustment to camp, we will call you to inform you and ask for your input.

Our staff is well-trained in handling these situations. We know that campers are most likely to feel a longing for home during “down” times, such as mealtimes and just before bed. Our staff takes intentional measures to keep campers well occupied during these times. We will work with your child to acknowledge that their feelings are normal and to provide support for them as they participate in our Christian camp community.

Every member of our summer staff is trained to take the utmost care in keeping each camper safe.

Our First Aid Coordinator (certified in First Aid/CPR) is onsite at all times and provides routine first aid care and distributes medication to campers.  The First Aid Coordinator is available during check-in to discuss all health concerns and questions that you may have regarding your camper’s medication and health while in our care.  In addition, we have a full-time staff member with an EMT-certification and an on-call pediatric physician who provides treatment plans for common camp injuries and illnesses.

If your camper ever experiences a serious medical concern, illness, or incident requiring outside treatment, we will immediately contact you.  We will also notify you when a camper is in our First Aid room for a period longer than 4 hours due to illness, or a camper experiences an injury that leaves them unable to continue with normal camp activities.  We will work together with you to determine if a camper should stay at camp or if it would be in their best interest to go home.

While we firmly believe that your camper will get the most out of their camp experience by being there for the whole time, we also recognize that sometimes life gets in the way.  If you need to drop off your camper or pick them up outside of our usual times, please call our office ahead of time to let us know.  We will make sure that someone is waiting to greet you and your camper when you arrive or that your camper is ready to go when you come to pick them up.

Our office number is 812-342-4815.

4. AFTER CAMP

At the start of the camp week each family is given access to an online photo portal where we will be uploading camp pictures each day for you to view, download, and share. You will receive an email at the beginning of the camp week with instructions for accessing this photo portal. This service is provided through a company called “Waldo”. It is completely free, although for an additional fee you are able to use photo recognition to have Waldo find pictures of your camper automatically and send alerts when new pictures of your camper are added. We also post pictures throughout the week on our Facebook page.

After a camp session, we create a Camp Memory Video filled with video clips from the week of camp.  This video is emailed to families the week following your camp session.

All lost items from the summer will be stored at camp until September 1st.  We will make every effort to help you retrieve any lost items.  You can help us by:

  • Labeling all clothing and items brought to camp. A sharpie is your best friend!
  • Encouraging your camper to keep up with their clothing and personal items at camp.
  • Doing a quick check of your camper’s luggage before leaving camp. Make sure everything is there.

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