Frequently Asked Questions

Who’s Going To Watch My Children?

Our events are led by volunteer directors from our local churches. These directors recruit counselors from within their church. All counselors receive a criminal history and sex offender background check and Impact 2818 counselor training Standardized Counselor to Camper Ratios are maintained at all of our camps; Primary through Middle School Campers are under the supervision of at least two counselors/staff at all times of the day, high school campers do have some freedom but are still under adult supervision. Ratios are:

  • Primary (grades K-2) – 2:10 (2 counselors for a group of 10 campers)
  • Elementary (grades 3-5) – 2:14
  • Middle School (grades 6-8) – 2:16
  • High School (grades 9-13) – 2:20

What About Special Dietary/Medical Needs

In an effort to best serve you and your family, please feel free to contact us before signing up if you have concerns about the level of care your camper may need while at camp.

Impact 2818 offers a standard menu. We do not offer celiac or vegetarian menus at this time. If your camper has special doctor-directed dietary meal concerns, please contact the Camp Manager at the site your camper will be attending to make arrangements for sending food to supplement our menu. Any meals sent to the camp to be prepared by our staff for your camper will require a doctor’s note explaining the needs and allergy. We do not prepare raw foods from home; ready to warm meals only. Refer to allergen information online at impact2818.org/camps/faq.

Where Can I Find Scholarship Information

Impact 2818 Scholarship’s has information about applying for and registering with a camp scholarship from Impact 2818.

What Should I Pack?

Sleeping Bag/Bedding, Pillow, Modest & Weather-Appropriate Clothing, Clothes for being outside at night (i.e. jeans and long-sleeve shirt), Rain Gear, Tennis Shoes, Flip Flops for Showers, Toiletries, Towels (shower and beach), one-piece Swimsuit, Sunscreen, Bug Repellant, Flashlight, Bible, Pen & Paper, Money for merchandise, snacks, etc.

What Things Aren’t Allowed At Camp?

Do Not Bring: alcohol, tobacco, drugs, weapons of any kind, fireworks, explosives of any kind, or pets. Please, also refer to your information packet for the camp you’ve chosen for other specific items.

Camp Policy: No cell phones or communication devices are to be with campers or counselors.

In the digital age, we are immersed with constant contact and distractions through electronic devices.

We want campers to experience sanctuary…to be separated from the noise that is crowding our minds and attention, so as to best focus on the transforming message of the gospel. Time away from devices also encourages social conversations and relational engagement. Communication devices with photo & video also add the potential for increased safety risks that are difficult to effectively monitor.

Connect with your camper by sending USPS letters, camper emails, and notes in their luggage. Should any situation arise needing your attention, you will be immediately contacted by the camp staff. If you need us, all contact numbers can be found here and are monitored 24/7.

Cell Phone Policy Details

  • Cell phones and other communication devices are not permitted to be carried by campers, general volunteers or staff. Only Camp Management Staff and Directors are permitted to carry cell phones and communication devices on site to be used at appropriate times for camp business.
  • Camps will provide an alarm clock for each cabin, and a wristwatch per each counselor bag/fanny pack to replace the use of a phone as a time telling device.
  • As a Conference Center, Epworth Forest permits campers and volunteers to carry cell phones at most of their events. Although limited use of cellular devices is encouraged to allow for a true retreat experience, devices are not prohibited unless otherwise noted in event materials.

Can We Check In Late Or Leave Early If It’s Absolutely Necessary?

There are no part-time registrations. The Spiritual Director must approve any instances of late arrival or early departure. We discourage late arrival and early departure for the benefit of the camper. The success of a camping experience is dependent upon full-time participation. In the event of an early departure or late arrival no fee refund/pro-rating will be provided. In the event of any late arrival or early departure, transportation is the financial and physical responsibility of the camper’s family.

Can I Request A Roommate For My Camper?

We try our best to honor all roommate requests; however, we cannot guarantee requests. The volunteer leadership team makes cabin assignments for all Primary, Elementary, and Middle School camps, and High School camps at Camp Indicoso and Camp Rivervale. When a camper wishes to room with another camper(s), all campers must list each other as a roommate request on the registration form. Requests grouping more than 3 campers may not be carried out and a judgment call by the volunteer leader will decide who to pair together.

What If My Kids Have Problems?

The safety and well being of our campers is our highest priority. In the event of any situations necessitating your awareness, parents will be contacted. Please rest assured that your child is in safe hands and we will contact you should there be any problems.

What If They Get Homesick?

Homesickness can occur at camp, even among experienced campers. At Impact 2818 camps, we encourage homesick campers to stay to the end of the event to allow them to truly experience camp. Our staff and volunteers are trained to help children through homesickness so that they have a great and positive camp experience. In the event that a camper becomes severely homesick, parents will be called by either the Spiritual Director or the Camp Manager so that the best decision can be made regarding your child.

Is There Any Way To Stay In Touch?

Photos and video will be taken of your camper while at camp and may be used for publicity purposes by Impact 2818. Additionally, many of those photos and video will be uploaded to our facebook sites. Directors and staff at each event will be posting updates throughout the day along with some photography and comments to help you know what is going on. You do not need to be a facebook user to access these sites. Your campers will not be able to see or respond to anything on these sites either. You can send your children mail and email. Information will be included in your information packet and a flyer is handed out during check-in which also contains more details.

Can My Camper Have Visitors?

To protect your children and to minimize homesickness, we have a very tight policy on visitors. Impact 2818 does not offer parent visitation days. Parents or guardians are discouraged from visiting and phoning a camper during their week of camp. Personal contacts from parents can have negative effects regarding homesickness and community building times. Remember, if there is a problem with your child, we will contact you. Pastors and youth/children workers are encouraged to visit campers during their week of camp. It is required that all visitors call ahead to schedule a visit date and time.  All other visitors are not allowed at camp for any reason.

Who Will Help My Child Take Their Medications?

Our camp staff will assist your child in keeping current on all medications.

  • All medication must be brought in its original labeled container and given to the Camp Medic at Check-In on the first day of camp.
  • All camper medication is stored and administered by the Camp Medic.
  • Inhalers, bee-sting kits and EpiPen’s are exceptions and are carried by the camper’s counselor (by them, if high school) and administered as needed.
  • Camp Adventure, Camp Indicoso, Camp Lakewood, Pine Creek Camp, and Camp Rivervale distribute first aid supply bags to each counselor to keep with him/her at ALL times throughout the week. This bag contains supplies for treating minor injuries.
  • At Epworth Forest, all supplies are stored and administered by the Camp Medic. During That Thing, campers should report to the First Aid Station for cuts, bruises, scrapes, or to receive any medical treatment. Medication is handled by the local church or can be administered by the Camp Medic.

What if My Camper Has a Food Allergy?

Impact 2818 only offers a standard menu. We do not offer celiac friendly or vegetarian menus. If you have special dietary doctor-directed meal concerns, please contact the Camp Manager at the site your camper is attending to make arrangements for sending food to supplement our menu. Menu selection and allergy information is available in the spring. Please be aware that much of what we prepare in the kitchen contains some of the most common top eight allergens: milk (dairy), eggs, fish, shellfish, tree nuts, peanuts, wheat, soy.

What About Head Lice?

Beyond being physically irritating, removing a lice infestation requires a multi-week processes of treatments and cleanings to purge the bugs and their eggs from a home. It is for this reason that we do lice checks at our elementary camps before campers are admitted. Campers with an active lice infestation will be sent home for treatment. They may return to camp 48 hours after beginning treatment, but must pass a lice inspection before being permitted to stay at camp. Campers may also transfer to a different week of camp at no charge. If a head lice infestation is discovered after check in, all campers in the cabin will be rechecked and a notification letter will be sent to all parents of campers at the event that head lice was found and their child may have been exposed.

Should I Be Worried About Weather?

Weather is monitored 24 hours a day. Camp Staff will alert leaders of possible severe weather approaching. All camp leaders are trained on where to take campers in the event of severe storms. During times of high heat, we often expand swim times and provide many additional hydration stops. During rainy days we modify the schedule to keep campers in doors more.

What If Our Child Has Special Care Situations

Our facilities are not yet designed for many with limited mobility and high medical needs campers. However, that should not rule out a camp experience for your child. Call us (888.628.2818) to explain the unique situations surrounding your camper so that we can discuss care situations (that may include caregiver attendance) to determine participation.

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