Please click on one of the links below to view more information.
Elementary Week (Grades 4-7)
WHEN: June 11 – 16 (4-6 grade), July 9 – 14 (4-7 grade)
Campers will be involved in fun group games and challenges to help nurture their teamwork and listening skills. Each day they will enjoy time at the lake, as they will get to swim and go tubing. They will learn what the gospel is, how to pray, and why reading God’s Word is important. Join us this week of camp for an exciting time!!
Middle School Week (Grades 6-8)
WHEN: June 18 – 23 (grades 6-8), June 25 – 30 (grade 6-8) PRICE: $305
Nonstop fun and excitement with awesome group games and mini tournaments that encourage teamwork and sportsmanship with swimming and tubing daily at the waterfront. Learn from God’s Word each day.
Teen Camp (Grades 8-12)
WHEN: July 16 – 21 PRICE: $305
This week of high school camp is designed to give you an unforgettable experience at Camp Gilead. Campers learn from God’s Word a powerful, life-changing truth. Come prepared to be stretched, experience God’s Word and make some unforgettable memories at the same time.
Please click on one of the links below to view more information.
CRITTER CAMP (Grades 3-6)
WHEN: July 5 – 7 PRICE: $175
Got CRITTERS? We do!!! With many types of animals in our nature center, campers get to experience God’s Creation up close and personal. Each day, campers get to explore God’s Creation in the great outdoors and learn amazing truths about our awesome Creator. Join us and the critters this summer!!
Primary Mini Camp (Grades 2-3)
Primary Mini Camp
WHEN: July 2-4 (leaving after lunch on 4th) PRICE: $175
This is designed for young campers to experience overnight camp for the first time. Campers will be involved in fun group games and challenges to help nurture their team work and listening skills, they will enjoy time at the lake swimming and tubing. They will learn what the gospel is, how to pray, and why reading God’s Word is important.
Please click on one of the links below to view more information.
KINDER CAMP (Grades K-3)
WHEN: July 17-21 Monday – Fridays 7:30 A.M to 6:00 P.M.
KINDER CAMP is geared towards the campers and the families that are looking for a Christian environment to send their campers during the summer days with exciting games. Breakfast and Lunch will be provided for the day campers!
COMMUTER CAMPS (Grades 4-8)
ELEMENTARY (grades 4-6) June 12-16
MIDDLE SCHOOL 1 (grades 6-8) June 18-23
MIDDLES SCHOOL 2 (Grades 6-8) June 26-30
MIDDLEMENTARY (Grades 4-7) July 10-14
COMMUTER CAMPS are geared towards those students that want to get a taste of what a week of camp is like, but are not yet ready to stay the night. This allows campers to get an insight into what overnight camp is all about, participate in all the awesome games and activities during the day, and make Godly friendships!
HOOKED ON FISHING (Grades 5-12)
Hooked on Fishing Day Camp: LEVEL 1 WHEN: July 17-25 PRICE: $245
This is the beginning to our three tiered specialty camp in which campers will be dropped off and picked up each day. In this program campers will be taught the basics from equipment to casting. We will also have a spiritual focus to help show the campers that even during the fun of fishing, they can learn valuable lessons in Christ. They will learn what it means to properly become a fisherman or fisherwoman! To celebrate at the end of this week, there will be a fish fry that you will not want to miss!
As you prepare for Camp Gilead’s Summer Camp, we have provided a list of items you will need to pack for your camper. But, before we jump into packing, we wanted to share a few tips:
DON’T buy a lot of new clothing – this is camp, and we will most likely get wet and dirty!
DON’T send anything that you consider irreplaceable.
Clearly and boldly label all of your child’s belongings.
Overnight Camps (Elementary, Middle School, and Teen Camps) coming soon!
Mini Camps (Primary and Critter Camps) coming soon!
Day Camps (Kinder and Hooked on Fishing Camps) coming soon!
Commuter Camps (Elementary and Middle School Camps) coming soon!
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), Money for the OASIS and Camper Experience Fund. To download a packing list please select correct week of camp.
– 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 swimming.
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.
3.) Who will monitor my child throughout the day and night?
Your child will be assigned to a cabin with one Senior Counselor (18 years old +) and a Junior Counselor (16 years old +). At least one counselor will be with your child at all times during the day and night.
4.) What time do I need to Check-In and Check-Out my child at Camp Gilead?
All Camps – except and Day Camps (HOF Day Camp, Cabin Camp, and Kinder Camp)
• Check-In opens at 4pm on Sundays and closes at 6pm. If you will be arriving later than 6pm, please let us know at least 24 hours in advance.
• Check-Out is at 4:00pm 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 4:00pm, 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- July 2-4
• Check-In opens at 4pm on and closes at 5:00pm. If you will be arriving later than 5pm, please let us know at least 24 hours in advance.
• Check-Out is at 7:00pm on Friday evening. A Parent Rally is at 6:30 pm to give the parents a little taste of what has taken place that week at camp for your child. Your child’s camp experience ends till 7:00pm 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 7:00pm, 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 – (HOF Day Camp, Cabin Camp, and Kinder Camp)
• Check-In opens at 7:30am on Monday through Friday and closes at 8:00am.Check-In will take place in the Welcome Center, just inside our main entrance. If you will be arriving later than 8:00am, please let us know at least 24 hours in advance.
• Check- Out is at 6:00pm Monday through Friday. 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 6:00pm, 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!
5.) What is the Parent Rally?
The Parent Rally is a celebration time for all that took place that 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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 Check-In Day and we deliver to your child during lunch on Wednesday or Thursday. You may also write to your child – Mail is delivered 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!
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.
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 Oasis card with a value corresponding to the amount of funds parents have placed into the camp store account before or during check-in. More funds can also be added during the week by calling us at 863-984-1353 (so that we can make these funds available).
14.) My child is going into first grade. Can he/she attend Kickstart 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 KinderCamps! KinderCamp is for campers entering K-3 grade! This day camp runs all summer long for 6 weeks straight. 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: Lakeland – Trinity Presbyterian Church, Winter Haven – Heartland Community Church.
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.
16.) Cancellation and Refund Policy
Most of our staff is hired and supplies are ordered and paid for by May. When a family cancels, it costs the camp. We need to readjust supplies, review our team availability, update master schedule, notify our pre-scheduled staff members. We too have given our commitment to our staff members and want to be able to honor our original promise to them.
With this in mind, we have worked hard to create a balanced refund policy that takes both the needs of our families, and the needs of the camp, into consideration.
$50 deposit per child per session is due at the time of registration in order to secure your camper’s spot in camp. This is a non-refundable deposit barring medical issues (see below).
First, we would like to encourage you to simply move to another session so your child can have the experience of summer camp. However, we understand that things come up and you may need to cancel all together.
To do so, please call or email us with this information:
• $50 Deposit is not refundable or transferable at any time unless it is a medical reason (must have written explanation from Doctor).
• If you cancel with more than 30 days till the session start date, then you will receive all money paid EXCEPT $50 Deposit
• 15-30 days until the session start date, 50% refund of deposited fees.
• 2 weeks prior to start of camp session = NO REFUND
It is camp policy that no tuition refunds will be made in connection with late cancellations, late arrivals, early withdrawals, or camp dismissals due to misconduct. There will be no reduction or refund of fees for the discontinuation of the camp season due to illness, injury, acts of God, natural disasters, acts of war, terrorism, fire, pandemics or epidemics.
MEDICAL REASON FOR CANCELLATION
We understand that medical issues may arise over the summer or just as your child is set to attend camp. Please call us as soon as possible to inform us of your need to cancel. We will ask that you submit a written excuse from your child’s physician. If your child is sick and there is time and room, we will work with you to switch your camper to another session.
Church / Sponsor
Each church’s Group Leader is required to complete the Summer Camp Church Group and Sponsor Questionnaire and Contract. Also ALL SPONSORS must sign a “Participant Release of Liability.” You will find these documents here!
Summer Camp Church Group and Sponsor Questionnaire, Summer Camp Sponsor Contract, Participant Release of Liability DOWNLOAD APPLICATION HERE
2017 YOUTH GROUP DISCOUNT
Churches can send their youth group and get a youth group rate. To register for a youth group discount, you must set up registration through the camp registrar by calling 863-984-1353.
20 or more campers
$20 OFF each camper’s fee
EARLY BIRD DISCOUNT
A $20 discount will be applied after a completed registration and deposit is received by the registrar on or before April 15th, 2017.
Receive $15 off the second sibling
Receive $30 off the third sibling
Receive $45 off the fourth or more
HALF OFF DISCOUNT
Sign up for a second week of camp and receive 50% off that week.
(Only applicable to Middle School and Elementary Camps)
Camo Ammo Adventure
Family Fun Day
We are always here to help answer any questions you may have!