FAQ

FAQs

Here is a list of our most frequently asked questions at BLC. If your question is not in this list, please feel contact our offices at 260-799-5988 or info@bearlakecamp.com and we will do our best to provide you with the answer.

How does Bear Lake Camp hire staff?

Bear Lake Camp hires our staff through a very intentional process which includes recruiting, an in depth application, reference checks, a personal interview with Leadership Staff, and a background check. This process is used to find college students who are passionate about Jesus and want to share that passion with your child. Our favorite way to find staff is when our campers grow up and want to come back to be a part of the ministry team. We strive to put together a team of staff members who are mature, actively growing in their own relationships with Jesus, and excited about spending a summer serving our campers and you!

What kind of camps does Bear Lake Camp offer?
Bear Lake Camp offers 8 different residential camps for students entering the 2nd grade through graduating high school seniors. Our camps are are 5 night camp except for our youngest campers. Our Junior 3 week is 4 nights and ends on Friday evening, and our Primary Overnight is a 24hr "taste of camp." Our camps are broken down by grade ranges and can be found on our Summer Program page.
What time do I drop off/pick up my camper?
Check In time for each week is Monday @ 10:00am (except Primary Overnight- 10:00am Friday) and pick up is 10:00am Saturday morning (except Junior 3- 6:00pm Friday evening).
Does BLC offer programs other than summer?

During the other three seasons, BLC offers and programs middle school and high school retreats (reCHARGE and Defrost) as well as a women’s retreat (Breathe). We also have an annual “Sr. Day Away” for friends of the camp who are over 55 or older. Beyond our own programming, we also rent our facilities out to retreat groups from local churches and parachurch ministries. For more info on BLC retreats click HERE. For more info on renting BLC facilities click HERE.

Can I tour the camp?

Tours of camp can be arranged if needed, but we suggest you attend our BLC Open House on April 30th to get a tour of the facility as well as a allow you and your child(ren) to become acquainted with BLC! More info HERE

What should I pack for my child?
  • Please see our “What to Bring” page
What are your payment and cancellation policies?

Each registration must be accompanied with a $25 non-refundable deposit to guarantee a spot for that registrant. Account balances must be paid in full before or during check in on Monday morning. If a registration must be cancelled, all but the $25 deposit is refunded to you.

Are there any camp registration discounts?

BLC Offers one registration discount: the Early Bird Discount. This is a $40 discount applied to each registration received before April 17th, 2017. Due to excessive confusion and limited efficacy, we have discontinued the Sibling Discount and in turn increased the amount of the Early Bird Discount.

What does a typical day look like?

7:00 am                         Polar Bearing

7:30 am                         Wake Up!!

8:05 am                         Flag Pole

8:15 am                         BREAKFAST

9:00 am                         Cabin Clean up

9:25 am                         Personal Devotions

9:50- 10:25 am             Cabin Bible Study

10:30- 11:15 am         Choice Activity #1

11:20- 12:05 pm         Choice Activity #2

12:15 pm                       LUNCH

1:00 pm                         Cabin Time

1:30 pm                         Rotation #1

2:30 pm                         SNACK SHACK

3:00 pm                         Rotation #2

4:00 pm                         Free Time / Tournaments

5:30 pm                         SUPPER

6:30 pm                         Evening Activity

7:30 pm                         SNACK SHACK

8:15 pm                         Worship/Chapel

9:30 pm                         Night Activity / Camp Fire

10:15pm                        Cabin Time

Does BLC offer scholarships?

We do offer a limited number of scholarships, both partial and full. We ask that you first request assistance from your home church so that we can provide scholarships to those who have exhausted all other possibilities and would be unable to attend camp without a BLC scholarship. We don't ever want money to keep a child from experiencing camp and are always seeking more people to sponsor campers who are unable to pay their own way.

Can I transfer registration to a different week or camper?

YES! But this must be done by our Registrar to prevent you from being charged $25 for cancelling a reservation and submitting a new reservation. Please call our offices at 260-799-5988 M-F between 9 and 4 to request a reservation transfer.

How does BLC handle medical care for campers?

Each camper is required to have a health form filled out with their registration (registrations are not accepted without this form). Each week we have a licensed RN or LPN on staff to administer all medications and first aid. In the event your camper were to become sick, we will contact you regarding care and/or need for pick-up.

How does BLC train their staff?

The entire BLC summer staff undergoes a week long training course that includes instruction in caring for our campers physical, social, emotional, and spiritual needs. We spend time turning our staff into a team with one purpose: that our campers might meet Jesus in a setting where they not only feel safe, but are safe and loved. In addition, our staff are all certified in CPR and AED in case of emergencies. In addition, specialized training is provided for our kitchen, waterfront, recreation, and counseling staff so that they are prepared for the specifics responsibilities of each job.

How do I contact camp in case of an emergency?

In case of an emergency, please call our office phone number: 260-799-5988. This number is forwarded to a leadership staff member’s cell phone when no one is in the office. If we are unable to answer your call, please leave a voicemail and we will return it ASAP.

How do I communicate with my camper while they attend camp?

There are two ways to communicate with your camper when they are attending campEmail: send emails to camper@bearlakecamp.com and please put your camper’s name in the subject line. We distribute emails at least once a day.

Letters can be sent to

Camper Name

c/o Bear Lake Camp

1805 S. 16th St

Albion, IN 467001

 

How will my child's roommates be chosen?

As part of the registration process, each camper is allowed to REQUEST up to two “cabin mates.” These cabin mates must be of the same gender as the camper. We do our best to honor at least one of these requests for every camper, but we cannot guarantee this due to cabin-group size, other campers’ requests and putting all the pieces of the puzzle together. If your camper is not placed in a cabin with one or both of his/her requests, this does not mean they will not be together during the week. There are plenty of opportunities to spend time with these friends during non-cabin activities. We also highly encourage campers to develop new friendships at camp. Camp is a great place to come and get a chance to start fresh with new relationships!

Can I request a counselor for my camper?

We do not accept counselor requests due to the fact that we always have multiple new counselors each year and we like to give campers the opportunity to build relationships with multiple staff people over the course of their years camping at BLC.

What do I do in order to pick up my camper early?

Camp sessions are planned in such a way that camp is a journey for each attendee. The spiritual, relational, and even recreational aspects of camp are designed with the entire Mon-Sat time intentionally used for the best experience and outcomes for each child. Picking up your camper early will not only prevent them from participating in the closure of the week, it also is a distraction to other campers and the staff to have a camper leave before the end time. If there is no possible way to avoid an early pick-up, we ask that you 1) notify the staff during check-in on Monday morning and 2) call to confirm the pick-up 24hrs before arriving to pick up your camper.

Will my child need money?

Our Snack Shack operates on a debit system and each camper has an account that can be deposited into with the registration or at check-in on Monday. There is no need for a camper to have any money in their bags or on their person during the week.

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