Frequently Asked Questions
There are actually several reasons why we love the idea of Fall Camp:
- Expenses: Quality summer camp experiences in Arizona are limited, making expensive California camps the best options. A Fall camp opens the door to many available Arizona facilities, lowering the cost significantly.
- Leader Availability: Many of our weekly small group leaders are not available to attend a week-long summer camp, but most of our leaders are available to attend a weekend camp in the fall. We believe having our regular small group leaders at camp improves the camp experience relationally and spiritually.
- Varied Experiences: The opportunity for mission trips for kids and teenagers has been minimal to non-existent. However, we still want hundreds of kids and teenagers to experience missions every year. We need to make room for them to happen. By moving camp to the fall, it allows for far more missions opportunities for the next generation.
We can be honest here, a 5-day summer camp is pretty amazing. However, here are three reasons why we think three days in the fall are actually better. A 3-day fall camp + a summer mission experience trumps a 5-days summer camp. Totally. A 3-day fall camp is significantly cheaper than a 5-day summer camp. Our fall camp is priced nearly $100 cheaper than last summer’s 456 Camp and almost $200 cheaper than last summer’s Junior High Camp. Previous MISSION camps were programmed by outside organizations. We often had to shift and translate content for our kids to have the right impact. MISSION isn’t like most churches and most camps don’t program toward churches like ours. Fall Camp is our camp. We completely own the experience and believe that what we can provide will significantly exceed what kids have experienced in the past
Absolutely not! As much as 4th graders might like that, 8th graders wouldn’t go for those arrangements. Although MISSION is taking over UCYC for the weekend, 456 and Junior High will be in different programs. They’ll likely see each other here and there, but both age groups are scheduled separately.
Yes, there are limited funds available because of generous people who believe in what happens at camp. Stay tuned for more details to come. We typically do not offer scholarships beyond 50% of the price of camp and we do ask that families go ahead and register (paying the deposit) as well as apply for financial assistance. We typically distribute scholarship funds a month before camp begins.
Because it is awesome. Need another reason? Okay. We believe in small groups. We believe that relationships are important. Every week, your child has the opportunity to participate in a small group led by the same small group leader. This consistent relationship with them and their peers can lead to healthy growth relationally and spiritually. Camp is extended time for a small group leader to invest in his/her group. Actually, a small group leader will get an entire year's worth of time with his/her group while at Camp. We see Camp as a very strategic week.
Not unless you want to. When you register, you have the option of paying in full or just paying the non-refundable deposit per child registered. The remainder will be due by May 28th (HS) and August 31st (456 & JH). Your registration confirmation email will provide a link for paying the balance of camp registration.
Yes! We do our best to offer partial scholarships to all students who apply, but funds are limited. Once you register for camp (and pay the deposit), you will get a confirmation email with a link to our scholarship application. All scholarship applications are due by April 30th for High School and August 30th for 456 and Junior High. Please contact us if you have additional questions about scholarships at email@example.com.
Of course you can! We believe this weekend is a huge investment in the next generation. There are many students who experience the amazing environment of Camp every year because of the generosity of people like you. Whether it’s $50 applied to one student’s tuition or $500 applied to several – every bit helps.
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Absolutely! We love it when our students invite their friends – especially if they don’t attend church at all. We do our best to room students by grade and gender, so be sure to have the guest mention that they’d like to be grouped with your student and we’ll do what we can to make that happen.
Transportation will be by chartered bus. Please do not plan to drop off/pick up your student at camp unless there is some special need. We cannot offer discounts if students don’t ride the bus.
Our youth pastors, background-checked interns and volunteers from MISSION, and the camp staff, admins, nurses, and interns.
Drop off and pick up will be at MISSION Community Church. Exact date/times vary on the camp, but this information will be included in the confirmation email when you register.
These camps are designed specifically for our youth. Parents cannot attend apart from serving as counselors. If you are interested in being a camp counselor, please contact us.
Yes, although we cannot guarantee it will arrive before the students leave the camp. Information on sending email can be found in the Parent Info Pack.
Your child will be in a gender-specific cabin with other students in his/her grade, with several leaders per cabin. Your child will need to bring a pillow and sleeping bag.
4th/5th & Jr. High students should bring $25-50 for snacks and meals on the road. We strongly recommend that our younger students bring their money in a Ziploc bag with their name inside (not written on the bag—it can rub off) to be held by their counselor. We have had issues with students losing their money in the past. High School students should bring $50-100 for meals on the road and some incredible (yet optional) camp activities not included in the camp cost.
Students will not be allowed to have electronic devices during camp, with the exception of digital cameras. If a student must call home, leaders will have their phones available. If a student brings their cell phone, we will require for it to remain packed away during the trip. Students may use their phones to contact parents regarding pick up during the drive home.
Please bring all medications in a ziploc bag with the child’s name written on it. We recommend packing just what they will need, not the whole bottle. The camp nurse will dispense the medication. We will provide acetaminophen as needed if parents have given approval.
Yes, especially if your child tends to get hungry at night. Dinners are relatively early. All drinks MUST have a twist top lid (no open cans). Students can also purchase items from the camp snack bar.
Yes, but food is served buffet-style, so to an extent campers must be able to avoid the foods they’re allergic to on their own. If your child requires a restricted diet, please let us and the camp know in advance.
That’s fine. Send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org and we’ll get back to you as soon as we can!