Camp Gilead


Camp Gilead

FAQ

 1- What to bring.
 2- What NOT to bring.
 3- Who will monitor my child throughout the day and night?
 4- What time do I need to arrive and pick up my child at Camp Gilead?
 5- What is the Friday night rally?
 6- How will my child be monitored at the lake?
 7- Are parents/sponsor/chaperones allowed to attend camp with their children?
 8- Does Camp Gilead serve gluten-free, organic, or vegetarian foods?
 9- What if my child gets sick during camp or needs medical attention?
10- My child gets homesick.  Can I visit or call them during the week?
11- How can I reach my child?
12- Can my child stay with the rest of his/her church group?
13- Will my child get money back if he/she doesn’t spend it all in the camp store/canteen?
14- My child is going into first grade.  Can he/she attend primary camp?
15- Can my child attend a week that is lower/higher in grade than his/her actual grade?
16- What discounts are available?


1- What to bring.
Bible and pen, clothing that complies with the dress standard, bedding and pillow, toiletries, towels (at least 1 for the beach and 1 for the shower), sneakers and sandals, 1 dark colored outfit that can get wet or dirty, flashlight, bug spray, raincoat or umbrella (recommended), OASIS and missionary offering money (tank top straps must be 2 inches or greater in width - no spaghetti straps; shorts must be fingertip length; one-piece swimsuits for girls, or tankinis that have a bottom and top that touch; board shorts or swimming trunks for boys.) Return to the top.
   
2- What NOT to bring.
Cell Phones, iPods, personal electronic devices (PSP, Game Boy, MP3 players, CD Players, etc.), firearms, alcohol, tobacco, or illegal drugs. DO NOT bring VALUABLES. Camp Gilead is not responsible for broken or lost items. Return to the top.

3- Who will monitor my child throughout the day and night?
Your child will be assigned to a cabin with one Senior Counselor (who has completed at least one year of college) and a Junior Counselor (a junior or senior in high school).  At least one counselor will be with your child at all times during the day and night. Return to the top.

4- What time do I need to arrive and pickup my child at Camp Gilead? 

High School, Middle School, Creation Critters WEEK 2, and Elementary

  • Registration opens at 3pm on Sundays and closes at 5pm. If you will be arriving later than 5pm, please let us know at least 24 hours in advance.
  • Your child’s camp experience ends at 6:30pm on Friday evening.  We ask that you DO NOT make plans to pick your child up earlier.  Before this designated check-out time, campers are engaged in camp-wide activities, and will not be able to receive the full camp experience if they leave sooner.  If an emergency occurs wherein you must pick your camper up prior to 6:30pm, please call the office at 863-984-1353 or e-mail us AT LEAST 48 HOURS IN ADVANCE so that we can make the proper communications and arrangements with all involved.  Thank you for your cooperation!

Creation Critters WEEK 1

  • Registration opens at 3pm on Tuesday and closes at 5pm. If you will be arriving later than 5pm, please let us know at least 24 hours in advance.
  • Your child’s camp experience ends at 11:00am on Saturday morning.  We ask that you DO NOT make plans to pick your child up earlier.  Before this designated check-out time, campers are engaged in camp-wide activities, and will not be able to receive the full camp experience if they leave sooner.  If an emergency occurs wherein you must pick your camper up prior to 11:00am Saturday morning, please call the office at 863-984-1353 or e-mail us AT LEAST 48 HOURS IN ADVANCE so that we can make the proper communications and arrangements with all involved.  Thank you for your cooperation!

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  • Registration opens at 4pm on Sunday and closes at 5pm. If you will be arriving later than 5pm, please let us know at least 24 hours in advance.
  • Your child’s camp experience ends at 10:00am on Tuesday morning.  We ask that you DO NOT make plans to pick your child up earlier.  Before this designated check-out time, campers are engaged in camp-wide activities, and will not be able to receive the full camp experience if they leave sooner.  If an emergency occurs wherein you must pick your camper up prior to 10:00am on Tuesday, please call the office at 863-984-1353 or e-mail us AT LEAST 48 HOURS IN ADVANCE so that we can make the proper communications and arrangements with all involved.  Thank you for your cooperation!

Primary

  • Registration opens at 3pm on Tuesday and closes at 5pm. If you will be arriving later than 5pm, please let us know at least 24 hours in advance.
  • Your child’s camp experience ends at 6:30pm on Friday evening.  We ask that you DO NOT make plans to pick your child up earlier.  Before this designated check-out time, campers are engaged in camp-wide activities, and will not be able to receive the full camp experience if they leave sooner.  If an emergency occurs wherein you must pick your camper up prior to 6:30pm, please call the office at 863-984-1353 or e-mail us AT LEAST 48 HOURS IN ADVANCE so that we can make the proper communications and arrangements with all involved.  Thank you for your cooperation!

DAY CAMPS (excluding CabinCamps and “Hooked on Fishing” Camps)

Please arrive at 7:30am on Monday to register your child. Registration will take place in the Welcome Center, just inside our main entrance. If you are from Lakeland, you will be able to sign up for the shuttle service at this time, which will provide the following schedule:

  • 7:30am pick-up: Common Ground Park (on Edgewood) in Lakeland
    (This applies to Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays)
  • 5:00pm drop-off: Common Ground Park (on Edgewood) in Lakeland
    (This applies to Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays)

If you will NOT be utilizing our shuttle service, you will need to drop your child off at camp at 8:00am each day and pick your child up from camp at 4:30pm each day.

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5- What is the Friday night rally?
The Friday night rally is one of the most exciting times of the week, and parents/sponsors are invited!  We will be showing a video with photos and footage from the week, as well as presenting awards. This is a great time for you to experience personally what God has done in your child’s life this week. Return to the top.

6- How will my child be monitored at the lake?
Red Cross certified Lifeguards are posted at multiple locations surrounding the lakefront.  On day one, all campers will take a swim test.  Any campers who do not pass will be considered “shallow-end” only swimmers.  We also have an outstanding “swim number” system, in which your child will be assigned a number and will hang this number on a board to signify they are in the water and remove this number from the board when they are no longer in the water.  Return to the top.

7- Are parents/sponsor/chaperones allowed to attend camp with their children??
Limited guest housing is available. Please contact the Camp office for more information. Return to the top.

8- Does Camp Gilead serve gluten-free, organic, or vegetarian foods?
No.  If your child requires special diet, they will be able to bring a cooler with their special diet marked for each day and meal and we can make sure that your child receives it at each meal time. However, certain accommodations can be made. Please contact us for more information.Return to the top.

9- What if my child gets sick during camp or needs medical attention?
Camp Gilead employs a full-time, 24/7 Registered Nurse who lives on-site.  In the event your child is sick, needs medicine, or minor medical attention, she is always available.  All Counselors and Staff are also CPR certified.  In the rare event of an emergency, you would be notified, 911 would be called and/or your child would be driven to the nearest emergency room by two of our staff members. Return to the top.

10- My child gets homesick.  Can I visit or call them during the week?
We find that most children do not experience homesickness. In the event that this happened to occur, we encourage them to stay through the night and see how they feel in the morning, and they are usually fine when they wake up because they are excited about that day’s activities. Our counselors are wonderful at encouraging campers to look forward to “tomorrow’s events” and also to encourage and comfort them! Remember that usually a child’s first time away from home is harder on the parent than it is on the child! Something else that helps is for the camper to write letters home, and for parents to write letters, send e-mails, or send care packages to the camper, since cell phones are not permitted. Parental visits during the week are greatly discouraged; however, exceptions will be made for birthdays!    Return to the top.

11- How can I reach my child?
There are many wonderful ways Camp Gilead offers for you to express your love for your child during his/her week at camp!  Camp Gilead offers “love packages,” which are backpacks filled with items you pick out from the camp store on registration day and we deliver to your child during lunch on Wednesday or Thursday.  You may also write to your child – Counselors deliver mail to campers daily during lunch by calling their names up to the front during “mail call.”  You may also communicate with your child through e-mail with the use of our special system.  Your child will not be able to e-mail you back, but will receive the e-mail in the same manner he/she would receive regular mail (at lunch).  Finally, Staff members deliver special cabin “packages” each night of the week (Monday-Thursday).  One parent from each cabin is able to purchase this package for their child’s cabin during registration.  After Chapel, staff members deliver these cabin treats – for example, milk/cookies, cereal (breakfast in bed), or popcorn, etc.  Campers LOVE these packages! Return to the top.

12- Can my child stay with the rest of his/her church group?
Your child may request two friends to stay with, who must also request him/her.  Groups of no larger than three campers will be placed into the same cabin.  If a group of four campers requests to stay together, two will be placed in one cabin and two will be placed in another, usually nearby.  Camp Gilead’s setup is not able to accommodate large group requests, due to the exclusion it causes to other campers.  Part of the Camp Gilead experience is for campers to make new friends-for-life, which they will be able to do if they do not know everyone in their cabin. Return to the top.

13- Will my child get money back if he/she doesn’t spend it all in the camp store/canteen?
Yes.  Each child will be given a canteen card with a value corresponding to the amount of funds parents have placed into the camp store account before or during registration.  More funds can also be added during the week by calling us at 863-984-1353 (so that we can make these funds available). Return to the top.

14- My child is going into first grade.  Can he/she attend primary camp?
The Camp Gilead Board has made the determination that children entering first grade are not of the age that overnight camp is best-suited for them.  However, Camp Gilead now offers DAY CAMPS! KinderCamp is for campers entering K-1 grade! This Camp will run June 10-14. We also have PrimerCamp for campers entering 2-3 grade, which will run June 17-21 Campers will be able to get the camp experience without having to stay overnight, and will then be prepared for overnight camp the next year or the year after!  Campers whose parents are unable to pick them up from camp at the end of each day will be able to be picked up from a central drop-off location (TBD). Return to the top.

15- Can my child attend a week that is lower/higher in grade than his/her actual grade? For older children, the only exception to this would be a large group that is coming together, where only one of the campers is one grade older, or a sibling pair that is from a long-distance away. There are no exceptions made for younger children – they must attend camp during the week that is designated for their age category. Return to the top.

16 - What discounts are available?

Stay tuned for 2014’s discount information!

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