Q: Why should my child attend Bear Creek Camp?
A: Simply put, to explore, celebrate and grow in God’s creation. Everything we do here involves one of those actions. Nothing flashy or high-tech – just Camp. At camp your child will be:
- Having fun
- Sharing faith
- Building character
- Embracing adventure
- Cultivating community
Q: What if we can’t afford it?
A: We work to see that every child who is interested in camp will have a way to get here. Many financial assistance options are available here.
Q: What if we’re not Lutheran?
A: All are welcome here. We are a ministry of the Southeastern and Northeastern PA synods of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, and our programming reflects the messaging of the ELCA.
Q: What will my child do all day?
A: Here’s a sample schedule of a typical day at summer camp – it will vary by age and daily circumstances:
- 8:00- Breakfast
- 8:30- God Time
- 9:00- Chapel
- 9:45- Quest Group Time
- 12:00- Lunch
- 1:00- Free Time
- 3:00- Quest Group Time
- 4:30- Extended Quest Group Time/Big Fun Time
- 5:30- Dinner
- 6:30- All Camp Game
- 8:00- Evening Activity
- 9:30- Devotions
- 10:00- Lights out
Q: What if my child takes regular medication?
A: Camp always has a nurse or other certified medical professional on site to administer and store medications. Please note this on your camper’s health history form and camper information form.
Q: Who are the counselors and staff?
A: Our summer staff consists of both young adults who have completed at least one year of college and Junior Counselors who have just graduated from High School. Both groups go through training which includes skills in working with youth, the program for the summer, first-aid and CPR, responding to emergencies, common issues that arise at camp, and many other areas. All of our counselors are trained to help campers grow through their camp experience and they have the support of other staff to help them if needed. If your camper needs additional support while at camp, the camp staff will contact you to work through the situation. All Junior Counselors are paired with our college-aged counselors and will be assisting them throughout the day. Visiting pastors serve as camp chaplains and we also have a Healthcare Manager on-site who is certified as an EMT or nurse.
Q: What does it mean to be ACA Accredited?
A: ACA (American Camp Association®) accreditation means that Bear Creek Camp has undergone review of its facilities and programs and meets standards and guidelines for these areas: site, transportation, health and wellness, operational management, human resources, and program activities. The bottom line? It’s another reason to trust Bear Creek Camp. The ACA-Accredited Camp sign has 50 years of parent trust behind it. It’s assurance that we comply with up to 300 health, safety, and program quality standards. And it’s evidence that we care and have gone to great lengths to be evaluated, and have passed the test.
Q: How can I communicate with my camper while he or she is at camp?
A: There are several options for greeting your camper during their stay: Bring your letters when you drop off your camper and place them in specially designated mail boxes (the fastest and best option), or use regular old “snail mail” (this is a slow option though, so please send letters early, maybe before camp even starts). Remember to keep your message positive and encouraging, and to decrease homesickness, DO NOT mention what is going on at home!
You can also email campers during the week. Simply:
- Log onto your registration account
- Under the Additional Options Tab select Email a Camper
- Write and submit email, which will then be delivered to your camper(s)
Q: What happens when we pick our child up at camp?
A: You’ll enjoy a special program highlighting your camper’s week. And then you’ll help them gather their things, say goodbye to friends and counselors, and head for home!
Q: My child had a wonderful camp experience. How can we help other children have the same opportunity?
- Talk about Bear Creek Camp with friends, family and your church congregation
- Offer to speak to Sunday School parents or do a Temple Talk (we’ll provide a script!)
- Volunteer for spring work days
- Reserve Bear Creek Camp facilities for your congregation’s events, such as Confirmation Retreats
- Donate to Bear Creek Camp
- Like us on Facebook to keep in touch and share memories.