Welcome to Camp Indianola! We are excited that you will be a part of our community this summer. Get ready for an exciting time of praising God, swimming in the water, playing games, making new friends, and singing great songs. We have been praying for you and can’t wait to welcome you to the best week of your summer.
Our Program Goals Are:
- Provide experiences of community built around Christian values
- Know the love and acceptance of God as revealed in Jesus through the Holy Spirit, the scripture, and the history of God’s people
- Heighten an appreciation of Creation and reinforce a sense of human responsibility as stewards of that Creation
- Know and act upon the meaning of God’s call to discipleship
- Give our campers new life skills to better themselves to who they were created to be
Preparing your Child For Camp
Success at Camp and how to avoid Homesickness:
We want to help you as a parent to set your child up for success at camp. We want to inform you about some tips and techniques to help your child prepare for a week away from their normal routine. Please visit this link for an excellent article published by the American Camp Association.
For additional information on preparing your child for camp, we recommend reading this article published by HuffPost.
Before camp starts, you will receive an email with more extensive information about the camp’s starting time, packing list, and any additional information you need to know. You are always welcome to email or call for more information that you need!
At check-in, our Health Care Volunteer will review your health forms and check in any medications (in original container/packaging please), and we’ll collect your Camp Store money. On the last day of camp, remember to stop by the check-out table to sign out and to collect your remaining Camp Store money. Parents, please bring your photo ID with you for pick-up. Contact us if you are unable to arrive at these times.
If you are a High School camper driving yourself to camp, you will be asked to turn in your car keys at the beginning of camp, and they will be returned to you at the end of camp.
As we have all learned during the last years, our recommendations about how to appropriately navigate COVID shifts as our knowledge of the virus and the social situation change. We have learned that we need to be flexible. Thus, we offer the following general information based on our current plans, aware that public health guidance for overnight camps may shift between now and the camp session, necessitating changes in our plans.
We take COVID seriously. The most important thing that you can do to ensure that your camper has a safe summer is to ensure that they are fully vaccinated and boosted before coming to camp. We are strongly encouraging all campers to be vaccinated before arriving at camp. However, we do know that some children are not able to be vaccinated because of immunocompromised health or other concerns, and thus are not excluding campers if they are not vaccinated.
We will returning to low-density sleeping in our bunk houses this summer, doing our best to increase ventilation and using HEPA filters. We will be training our staff according to the CDC and American Camping Association’s (ACA) guidance for safely sleeping campers, with adequate space between individuals to reduce transmission of aerosolized particles. Most of our activities are outside and thus naturally well ventilated.
Upon arrival at Camp Indianola, all campers will be screened for symptoms of COVID.
Campers will be provided with Camp Indianola masks. Campers are always welcome to put on their mask if they are more comfortable wearing one. We are setting up our camp in such a way that most activities are outdoors or in spaced-out indoor settings, so we are not requiring mask wearing. However, if we do find ourselves in a crowded situation, the cabin leader may ask the campers to put on their masks. We will be asking campers to carry the mask with them in their pocket so that it is easy to put on if the situation demands it. We will be training our staff in accordance with CDC and ACA guidance as when to mask.
If you ever have any question about COVID protocols or the safety of your camper, please do not hesitate to email or call us.
If you have any questions, we would love to help and chat:
Overnight Camp Packing List
- Sleeping bag and pillow
- Long pants and shorts
- Long and short sleeved shirts
- Socks and underwear
- Closed-toed shoes
- Sunscreen & bug spray
- Disposable camera
- Jacket or sweatshirt
- Swimsuit & beach towel
- Towel & washcloth
- Toiletries (toothbrush, toothpaste, etc)
- Money for the Camp Store
- Old shoes or water sandals for the beach (not flip-flops)
- Please remember to mark all personal items with your name!
Please leave all electronics (digital cameras, cell phones, MP3 players, iPods, tablets, etc) at home! Disposable cameras are fine. Photos from the week will be uploaded to our Facebook page for tagging and downloading. Our electronics policy is in place to ensure your safety and privacy, and that of other campers. Personal sports equipment must be approved by the camp staff. NO fireworks, alcohol, tobacco, drugs, knives, weapons, or pets allowed.
How To Contact Overnight Campers
Campers are not allowed to make or receive non-emergency phone calls during the camp session. In case of an emergency, please call our office at (360) 207-1519. You can email your camper at [email protected]; however, our system doesn’t allow for a response from campers. If your camper wants to send a letter home over the week, please send with them an addressed and pre-stamped envelope. Please put the camper name and camp session in the subject line. Emails should be sent no later than the last night of camp, and letters and postcards should be sent no later than Tuesday to ensure delivery.
Send camper mail to:Camper Name
PO Box 1150
Indianola, WA 98342
Payment must be received in full BEFORE your camper may be admitted to camp. If your church or someone else is assisting with payment, please ensure that it is taken care of in advance or be prepared to pay your balance and get reimbursed.
Snacks are limited to one drink and one candy item per day and cost $1 each. A variety of Camp Indianola souvenir items will be available at each camp session as well. We’ll collect your Camp Store money at check-in, so you won’t have to keep track of it. Overnight Campers will receive one camp shirt.
At the conclusion of camp, photos will be uploaded to a camp-specific, private album. Parents will receive a link via email to be able to access this album.