Parents & guardians

Summer 2020!

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. While homesickness is very rare here at Camp Indianola where we play hard all day, we wanted 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.

Overnight Camp

Plan to arrive between 2pm and 3pm on the first day of camp for check-in. 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. Pick-up time is from 10:00am – 10:30am the last day of camp. After the closing time, 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.

Day Camp

Check-in will be every morning from 8:15am – 8:45am at the designated drop-off location marked by signs. During your first Day Camp check-in of the summer, our health care volunteer or designated staff person will review your health form and check in any medications (in original container/packaging please). Also, we will collect all the remaining payments and Camp Store money. For additional weeks, all you have to do is update any information needed, and we will collect remaining payment balances and store money. Pick-up time will be 4:45pm – 5:20pm. Please bring your photo ID to pick-up. On your child’s last day of camp, you will be able to collect all unused store money.

Questions:

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
  • Pajamas
  • Closed-toed shoes
  • Flashlight
  • Sunscreen & bug spray
  • Disposable camera
  • Jacket or sweatshirt
  • Swimsuit & beach towel
  • Towel & washcloth
  • Toiletries (toothbrush, toothpaste, etc)
  • Bible
  • 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.

Day Camp Packing List

  • Please remember to mark all personal items with camper name. Please send campers with a bag or backpack to store all their belongings.
  • Sunscreen and bug spray
  • Swimsuit and beach towel
  • Water shoes/sandals (footwear must be worn at all times on our beach, not flip flops)
  • Bible
  • Reusable water bottle
  • Clothing layers for temperature changes throughout the day
  • Nut-free afternoon snack (if not purchasing candy/pop from the Camp Store)

Please leave all electronics (digital cameras, cell phones, MP3 players, iPods, tablets, etc) at home. Disposable cameras are fine. Our electronics policy is in place to ensure camper safety and privacy. Personal sports equipment must be approved by the camp staff. NO fireworks, alcohol, tobacco, drugs, knives, weapons, or pets allowed.

How To Contact Overnight Camper

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
Camp Session
Camp Indianola
PO Box 1150
Indianola, WA 98342

Payment

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.

Camp Store

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.

Photos

At the conclusion of camp, photos will be uploaded to a camp-specific Google Drive page for the week, and a specific password will be handed out at pick-up. You will able to log into the drive and view the photos from your child’s week at camp.

Camp Indianola closed due to Coronavirus

Summer Camps for 2020 (both overnight and day camps) have been cancelled due to the coronavirus.

Retreat groups will be allowed to return when Washington State gets to Phase 3 of the reopening plan, and the United Methodist Church guidance allows for operation.

We hope to have both retreats for families, and Family Camps during this summer. Please stay tuned for more information on these opportunities.