Ages 8-16 • $395/week
Come and experience camping at its best by choosing a week of Resident Camp for your child. Each week begins on Sunday afternoon and ends Friday evening. Resident Campers will stay in one of eighteen air conditioned modern cabins that house two counselor and twelve campers. Each camper may choose one cabin buddy to be in their cabin (no more than 12 months apart in age). Meals are served in our Dining Hall with a variety of options for even the pickiest of eaters. Campers will be served starting with Sunday supper through Friday supper. Snack Shack tickets may be purchased for $10.00 each on Sunday afternoon during check in.
What to Bring for Resident Camp
MAKE SURE ALL BELONGINGS ARE MARKED WITH CAMPER’S NAME
Send enough clothes for entire week. Campers do not have access to laundry facilities.
- Bible, notebook/paper, pen/pencil
- bedding: twin size sheet set & blanket or sleeping bag
- toiletries: toothbrush/paste, comb, shampoo, deoderant, razor, hair dryer, etc.
- towels: at least two for swimming & shower, washcloth
- nice clothes for Camper Appreciation Dinner
- clothing: undergarmetns, socks, sports clothes (modest shorts & tshirts), jeans, sleepwear, laundry bag
- string bag to carry towel, water bottle, etc. throughout the day
- swimsuit (modest one piece for girls), sunscreen, sunglasses, hat
- water bottle (refill stations located throughout camp)
- camping items: flashlight, insect repellent, rain gear, umbrella
- personal medications
- optional: cell phone/media device to communicate with parents (see parent info for details)
- a good attitude, servant spirit, happy smile, and a desire to grow in Christ
Leave at Home
- no shaving cream, silly string, water balloon, or toothpaste fight allowed
- TV, DVD players, radios, iPods, media devices, DSIs, or electronic equipment
- toys, comic books, collecting cards (example: Pokemon)
- knives, guns, cigarettes, vaporizers, alcohol, or drugs
- skateboards, roller blades, skate shoes, fishing poles, pets
LFYC will not be responsible or liable for any valuables brought to camp.
Resident Camp Dress Code
Dress code will be strictly enforced. Consequences for violating the dress code may include warning, suspension, or the parent bringing a change of clothes to camp. Responsibility for the dress and appearance of the camper rests primarily with the parents/guardians; they are expected to monitor camper dress/packing before coming to camp.
Modesty is expected.
- All shorts must extend beyond finger length or mid-thigh, whichever is longer. No spandex or tight fitting shorts.
- Girls Shirts/Dresses: No mid-drifts, halter, strapless, or spaghetti straps. Straps should be at least one inch wide. Make sure tops are not too low—avoid exposing cleavage. Girls who need them, wear bras. Shirts that expose the mid-drift area while standing, sitting, or reaching are not acceptable.
- Girls Dresses/Skirts must be knee length or longer.
- The size of shirts or pants should be appropriate to the camper’s body size and shall not be unduly oversized or undersized.
- Pants must be worn above the hipbone—no undergarments visible.
- Undergarments will not be visible or seen through clothing including sheer, net, or mesh clothing.
- No clothing with inappropriate sayings, themes, or advertisements will be allowed (alcohol, tobacco, drugs, firearms, sexual innuendos, etc.).
- Modest one piece swimsuits with a full bottom and no cutouts. No two-piece swimsuits, tankinis, etc. No two-piece swimsuits under t-shirts or other clothing.
- Shoes are required at all times, sandals/flip flops are allowed.
- Camp t-shirt day is every Monday.
Special Dietary Needs
If your child has special dietary needs due to a medical condition, LFYC will be happy to work with you to ensure your child has a great camp experience. Please make sure to follow the instructions below and call if you have any questions.
- List any medical dietary needs/allergies on your medical form upon registration
- Call LFYC the week prior to your arrival to discuss with the food service supervisor your child’s special diet
- LFYC will provide Gluten free pasta/chicken nuggets, and peanut free desserts
- Please provide any special milks, pizza, bread, cereals, etc. that your child may require
- Label all special foods with your child’s name.
Upon check in your child will receive a red ticket with a brief description of their dietary needs, they will need to turn this ticket into the Food Service at their 1st meal and introduce themselves to the Food Service staff.
Please note that LFYC is NOT a peanut/soy free facility.
Life For Youth Camp has a “No Nit” policy for head lice. At LFYC we use all means possible to hinder the spreading of lice, including a lice check by our trained staff on every Resident Camper prior to admittance to camp.
Our procedure when finding nits or head lice is as follows:
- We will inform the parent who brought the camper to camp.
- We will allow one chance for the camper to get treated and return to camp. To do this, please follow these instructions:
- The parent must take the camper off LFYC property to a lice treatment center or the parent must purchase a head lice treatment kit and treat the camper with the shampoo as directed, carefully combing the nits out of the hair. It is best to comb through small sections . inch at a time so that you do not miss removing any of the nits. This process will take several hours or more.
- All of the camper bedding and clothing (including clothes worn a the time of check in) must be washed in hot water and dried at high heat at a place other than LFYC (Laundromat or at home). Pillows, stuffed animals or things not able to be washed must be sealed in a plastic bag for a minimum of 48 hours. (These items will not be allowed to be brought back onto camp property until after this allotted time period).
- The camper must be rechecked by one of the first aid staff before being allowed to move into a cabin or participate in camp meetings or activities. The best time for this is after 9:30 am the next day. Please make arrangements for the re-check through our office or First Aid staff.
- If the camper is still found to have nits, the camper will be sent home.
When the camper returns home, the health department recommends:
- Recheck for nits daily for a week.
- Repeat treatment one week after the first treatment
- Vacuum furniture, carpet and mattresses daily for a week. Do not use fumigant sprays; they can be toxic if inhaled. Immediately discard vacuum cleaner bag or waste in trash bag and seal.
- Do not share combs, brushes, hair ties, etc. If your camper has to be sent home, there will be no refund or credit given. We encourage you to check your child’s head for lice/nits prior to check in.
Sunday Check In Procedure
LFYC’s Orientation video will be sent to each family with their confirmation. Each family must watch the orientation video prior to arriving at camp for their session. You may check-in your child anytime between 4:00-5:00pm on Sunday afternoon. If you choose to arrive early and there is inclement weather please wait in your car, doors will not open until 4:00pm. Please see the check in process listed below.
To speed up the check in process please have your Snack Shack Order Form form filled out prior to arrival.
- 4:00pm – Cypress Chapel Doors will open
- Check in – Your Cabin Assignment will be given to you at this time. Please make sure your child keeps their cabin assignment in their hand to complete the check in process.
- Temperature Check – Your child must be fever free for 24 hours to be admitted into camp. If the camper is fever free they will get their Cabin Assignment signed and move on to the next station.
- First-Aid – ALL Campers MUST complete and turn in a Medical Form when you register for camp. All medications, vitamins, and topical creams must be turned in at this time. If there are any changes please fill out a new medical form and turn in to first aid at this time.
- Lice Check – All Campers will get their heads checked for lice, if lice free they will get their Cabin Assignment signed. If evidence of nits or lice is found they will not be admitted to camp until they have successfully completed treatment including the removal of all nits. (see Lice Policy)
- Duck Race – If you would like to adopt a duck or a flock of ducks for our annual fundraiser, this is the place. All proceeds go to the Life For Youth Camp expansion fund. Duck Race Adoption Forms can be turned in to this table or dropped off/mailed to the office any time.
- Snack Shack – All Snack Card, T-shirt, Water Bottle, etc. purchases require a Snack Shack Order Form to be filled out. Please have this form completed prior to reaching the cashier. (snack shack order forms may not be mailed in)
- Greeters – If you are a new camper and need help finding your cabin, a staff member will help you to your cabin. Parents will get to meet their child’s counselor and help them make their bed.
- Parents – Leave your child with their counselor at their cabin and have a safe trip home.
6:00pm Supper for the campers
After Supper Track Sign up begins (sample track from summer 2020) – Available tracks change from week to week. The camper’s cabin counselor will have your session’s tracks available in your cabin.
Each week five, six, and seven year olds are pre-assigned their activities. They will be with the same counselors all day and led to their activities as a group. Campers eight and up will choose an activity track. Activity tracks will include a variety of the activities listed here and the campers will be guided by their Track Leader to all activities. Groups will be as follows: All eight and nine year olds together, all ten and eleven year olds together, all twelve and up together. (Age is as of September 1st). Camper safety is of great importance when planning and implementing all activities.
Arts & Crafts
a fun, creative, colorful break in the day
little singing, little dancing, little bible lesson, & sometimes more
paddle around the lake in a classic canoe & build some teamwork skills while you're at it
gentler version of dodgeball played in an octagonal pit with only one ball
chickens, goats, and emus, oh my! AND MORE!
No rowing necessary for this boat—just use those leg muscles to pedal and propel this boat on the lake
free swim time in the swimming only portion of the lake
the classic waterslide with three "lanes" to choose from
bounce, climb, and slide in our huge inflatable bounce house
multi-level climbing web of fun
kids hop in the passenger seat and go for a ride around our beginner track
Lil' Tike Boats
single person boat powered by your arms
catch and release
skim across the water just like a water bug on these fun, body-motion powered watercraft
ping pong, fooseball, air hockey, pool and more
putt around on our mini golf course
paper target BB Gun range
bicycle around camp
three different climbing sides at varying difficulty
single person kayak perfect for both beginners and advanced paddlers
challenge your brain with fun trivia and games
climb, jump, slide, and swing on the most fun water inflatables you can find
battle it out against other tracks in fun, active games
classic yard games
ages 10 & 11
speed around our intermediate track
learn basic bow and arrow archery
test your balance and give stand up paddle boarding a try
go for a spin
speed around our advanced track
develop strategies or just make a run for it on the paintball field
Frequently Asked Questions
HOW DO I REGISTER FOR CAMP?
You have 4 options (registrations will not be accepted via phone, fax, or e-mail).
- Come to the camp’s front office during office hours and register using cash, check,
money order, or credit card.
- Come to the camp’s front office after hours and put your registration form and deposit (cash, check, or money order) in the locked drop box.
- Print a registration form off our web-site, and mail it in with your deposit (check or money order).
- Register online using the “Register Online” link. If you choose to register online you will need to pay in full with a credit card.
SUMMER CAMP DATES?
Summer dates are listed on the second page of the registration form. The registration form can be found on the web-site under “Register for Camp”
ARE ANY WEEKS FULL?
Full weeks/busses are listed on the web site on the “Register for Camp” page and on the registration form.
HOW DO I KNOW IF MY REGISTRATION WAS RECEIVED?
We process registration forms in the order they are received. If a session you chose is full or if there is a problem with your registration we will call you immediately. After the registration is processed we will mail you a confirmation. Please allow 2 weeks from the date you sent your registration to receive your confirmation.
CABIN BUDDY REQUEST
A cabin buddy request can be made on the registration form. We will guarantee 1 cabin buddy request as long as both kids are no more than 12 months apart in age AND the children have chosen each other. We can honor a 3rd buddy request as long as all 3 are within 12 months apart in age and all 3 have chosen each other. We will not guarantee groups larger than 3. If you have a group larger than 3 please split them into groups of 2 or 3.
HOW MUCH DOES CAMP COST?
View the second page of the registration form or brochure for camp fees. You can find them on the web-site under “Summer Camp”
IS THERE A DISCOUNT FOR SIBLINGS?
The only discount is the registration fee. The $20.00 registration fee is once per summer, per family. Weekly fees are the same for each camper.
IS THERE ANY FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE?
We do have a sponsorship program available. To apply for sponsorship contact the front office (772-567-2446 or firstname.lastname@example.org) in December and give them your e-mail or mailing address. The office will mail out ALL sponsorship applications on the same day in the month of January (usually the beginning of the 3rd week). Sponsorship will be given out according to the order the completed applications are received, each family’s situation, and the amount of funds we have to give out. Usually we can help with 50% of camp fees. After all of our funds are depleted we will keep up to 5 families on our waiting list (in case more funds come in).
DO I NEED TO TIP MY COUNSELOR?
It is not mandatory to tip your counselor, but if you would like to they appreciate it. Some parents choose to do a baked good or a gift card in lieu of cash. If you choose to do a gift card, please remember that many of the counselors are not local and they might not have access to all of the same businesses.
Day Campers are not allowed to bring cell phones to camp. Resident Campers will need to sign their cell phone in when checking into their cabin. Cell phones will be kept in the front office. Resident Campers will have the opportunity to call/text their parent during Resident Camp Recreation (R&R), weather permitting, Mon-Thurs between 4:00-5:00pm. This time will be limited to about 10-15 minutes. Please keep in mind that campers may use this time to check their email, social media, text, call home, etc. Any cell phones not signed in will be confiscated. Resident Campers will not be able to charge their phones throughout the week, make sure they are charged up before coming to camp and powered down every day.
Resident Campers are allowed to receive care packages. Please make sure their first AND last name, along with their cabin name is on the package. If you would like, you can drop off packages to the front office after you check your child in, please note the day you want your package delivered.
WHAT IS THE CAMPER TO COUNSELOR RATIO?
During the day for activities, the ratio is either 10 to 1 OR 12 to 1. If your child is a Resident Camper, the cabin ratio is 12 to 2.