SUMMER CAMP

Dates and Rates

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OVERNIGHT CAMPS

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Elementary Week (Grades 4-7)

WHEN: June 3-8 (4-6 grade), July 8 – 13 (4-7 grade)
PRICE: $305

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!!

Registration will open February 2018

Middle School Week (Grades 6-8)

WHEN: June 10-15 (grades 6-8), June 24-29 (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 15-20

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.

Registration will open February 2018

COMMUTER CAMPS

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KINDER CAMP (Grades K-3)

WHEN: July 15-20
Monday – Fridays 7:30 A.M to 6:00 P.M.

PRICE: $175/wk 

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!

Registration will open February 2018

COMMUTER CAMPS (Grades 4-8)

WHEN:

     ELEMENTARY (grades 4-6) June 3-8

     MIDDLE SCHOOL 1 (grades 6-8) June 10-15

     MIDDLES SCHOOL 2 (Grades 6-8) June 24-29

     MIDDLEMENTARY (Grades 4-7) July 8-13

PRICE: $245

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!

Registration will open February 2018

HOOKED ON FISHING (Grades 5-12)

Hooked on Fishing Day Camp: LEVEL 1 
WHEN: June 17-21
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!

Registration will open February 2018

Packing Information

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.

F.A.Q.

1.) What to bring?

Bible and pen, clothing that complies with the dress standard, bedding for a twin bed, pillow, toiletries, towels (at least 1 for the waterfront 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).

Dress Code:
Girls
– Tank top straps must be 2 inches or greater in width. No halters or spaghetti straps
– Shorts should be loose-fitting and be no shorter than mid-thigh
– Modest, one-piece swimsuits with straps or tankinis (bottom and top must stay together with arms raised)

Boys
– Board shorts or swimming trunks for swimming.

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.

3.) Who will monitor my child throughout the day and night?

Your child will be assigned to a cabin that will be supervised by one Senior Counselor (18 years old +) and a Junior Counselor (16 years old +).

4.) What time do I need to Check-In and Check-Out my child at Camp Gilead?

Regular Overnight Camps

  • Check-In is 4:00-5:30pm on Sundays. If you will be arriving later than 5:30, please let us know as soon as possible.
  • Check-Out is at 4:00pm on Friday afternoon.  (A drivers license is needed to verify permission to pick-up.)
  • Please DO NOT make plans to pick your child up earlier. Campers are engaged in camp-wide activities, and will not be able to receive the full camp experience if they leave early.
  • If an emergency occurs wherein you must pick your camper up prior to 4:00pm, please call the office at 863-984-1353 and give as much notice as possible so we can make the proper arrangements with everyone involved.

Primary Mini Camp- July 2-4

  • Check-In is 4:00-5:00pm on Sunday. If you will be arriving later than 5:00, please let us know as soon as possible.
  • Check-Out is at 4:00pm on Tuesday afternoon.  (A drivers license is needed to verify permission to pick-up.)
  • Please DO NOT make plans to pick your child up earlier. Campers are engaged in camp-wide activities, and will not be able to receive the full camp experience if they leave early.
  • If an emergency occurs wherein you must pick your camper up prior to 4:00pm, please call the office at 863-984-1353 and give as much notice as possible so we can make the proper arrangements with everyone involved.

Critter Mini Camp- July 5-7

  • Check-In is 4:00-5:00pm on Wednesday. If you will be arriving later than 5:00, please let us know as soon as possible.
  • Check-Out is at 4:00pm on Friday afternoon.  (A drivers license is needed to verify permission to pick-up.)
  • Please DO NOT make plans to pick your child up earlier. Campers are engaged in camp-wide activities, and will not be able to receive the full camp experience if they leave early.
  • If an emergency occurs wherein you must pick your camper up prior to 4:00pm, please call the office at 863-984-1353 and give as much notice as possible so we can make the proper arrangements with everyone involved.

Commuter Camps, Hooked on Fishing, Kinder Camp

  • Check-In is 7:30-8:30am on Monday. If you will be arriving later than 8:30, please let us know as soon as possible.
  • Daily drop-off is 7:30am and pick-up is at 6:00pm.  Note: Friday, Check-out is at 4:00pm.  (A drivers license is needed to verify permission to pick-up.)
  • Please DO NOT make plans to pick your child up earlier. Campers are engaged in camp-wide activities, and will not be able to receive the full camp experience if they leave early.
  • If an emergency occurs wherein you must pick up your camper early, please call the office at 863-984-1353 and give as much notice as possible so we can make the proper arrangements with everyone involved.

5.) 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.

6.) Are parents/sponsor/chaperones allowed to attend camp with their children?

Due to limited housing, the size our summer staff, and our child-safety screening processes, guests are rarely scheduled during summer camps.

7.) Does Camp Gilead serve gluten-free, organic, or vegetarian foods?

If your child has medically-necessary dietary needs, please contact us so we can work out the details of your child’s care.

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.

PAYMENT INFORMATION
$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).

REFUND POLICY
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

Discounts

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.

FAMILY DISCOUNT

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)

OUTDOOR EDUCATION

Camp Gilead’s OUTDOOR EDUCATION MINISTRY is here to serve you!

This ministry seeks to give children and young people an appreciation for all areas of nature as based on the Word of God,
and to allow individuals to experience God’s creation close-up.

This ministry and its critters can serve your church, homeschool group, school, and more through:

For more information contact our office at 863-984-1353.

We are always here to help answer any questions you may have!

Please, do not hesitate to give us a call at: (Phone: 863-984-1353) or click here to email us.