Summer Camp 2020

Campers & Sponsor Groups

UPDATES IN LIGHT OF COVID-19

Camper & Sponsor Group Updates

Hello y’all! 

As you heard in the video announcement above, camp is not going to be able to host week-long overnight camps this year. After lots of thought and prayer, we feel it would be an irresponsible and unnecessary risk to the health of your communities, ministry teams and youth to operate camp in the more traditional ways.  Please know, we do not make this decision lightly, but our highest priority is to protect the communities and families that we serve.  Even with rigorous screening and our best efforts to sanitize our facilities, the chances of COVID-19 being spread during close-quarters activities, like worship and devotional time, makes it necessary to find new and creative ways to fulfill our mission this summer. We trust that God is good in all times and circumstances, and we refuse to stop pointing to Jesus’ example as the best way to live. That’s why we have modified our summer programming to do the best we can with the opportunities in front of us, and we do have options available to help your kids connect to God, nature, and camp!

First off, we are going to have a few volunteer counselors on property to produce videos that can be shared directly with campers and their families. These will include worship times, skits, devotional talks, Crucifixion/Resurrection reenactments, talent shows, and much more. 

These counselors and our staff will also be making “Camp in a Box” care packages for campers. We are still finalizing details, but they will probably include a hand-written note of encouragement, a campy craft, some nature-y things, and possibly more. We’ll be in touch with y’all as the summer draws nearer to figure out logistics to make sure we cover all our bases.

Depending on CDC/state restrictions, we may be able to bring a bit of Camp of the Hills to you! If larger groups are allowed in July, our plan is to coordinate with our camper groups to bring archery equipment, fishing poles, crafts supplies, and who knows what else to your city. That’s right, your city! We see this as a way to foster more connection with campers and help build your capacity. We figure once restrictions get lifted, y’all will have a million things to do with energetic kids who’ve been cooped up for months, and if we can help y’all do that well, we’re all for it!

Finally, if further restrictions are lifted in July, we are working on plans to make camp available for y’all to have a retreat here on property. While we won’t have a full staff of summer counselors like in normal summers, we hope to have some folks on hand to help run activities. Those plans are tentative and still coming together, but we’d love to hear from you about what that you think would serve you and your campers best.

If there is one thing I know to be true about our God, is that He is faithful and He is in control!  With that I want to leave you with a word of encouragement from Ephesians 3:14-21

“14 For this reason I kneel before the Father, 15 from whom every family in heaven and on earth derives its name. 16 I pray that out of his glorious riches he may strengthen you with power through his Spirit in your inner being, 17 so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith. And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, 18 may have power, together with all the Lord’s holy people, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, 19 and to know this love that surpasses knowledge—that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God. 20 Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, 21 to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen.”

Sincerely,

Drew Bowen & the COTH Camp Family

If you would like more information about our different summer camp options, please contact Kristina at (830) 693-2580 or kristina@campofthehills.org

2020 Session Dates Age Group Session Status (DUE TO COVID-19 PRECAUTIONS)
June 1 – June 6 Elementary (ages 8-12) VIRTUAL CAMP
June 8 – June 13 Junior High (ages 12-15) VIRTUAL CAMP
June 15 – June 20 Elementary (ages 8-12) VIRTUAL CAMP
June 22 – June 27 Junior High (ages 12-15) VIRTUAL CAMP
July 6 – July 11 High School (ages 15-18) VIRTUAL CAMP + POIEMA CAMP
July 13 – July 18 Elementary (ages 8-12) VIRTUAL CAMP + POIEMA CAMP
July 20 – July 25 Junior High (ages 12-15) VIRTUAL CAMP
July 27 – August 1 Elementary (ages 8-12) VIRTUAL CAMP + POIEMA CAMP
August 3 -August 8 Elementary / Junior High (ages 8-15) VIRTUAL CAMP + POIEMA CAMP

Registration opens each year for groups in mid-January and for individuals in mid-February.
Campers may attend only one week of camp per Summer (except for Highschoolers, who can register for both HS Week as well as 1 Poiema Discipleship Session per summer).

What to expect at Camp

Camp of the Hills is a place where all children (ages 8 – 18) from all walks of life can experience the power and unconditional love of Jesus Christ. Camp sessions are organized for specific age groups and have from 75 to 100 campers each session. The counselor staff consists of 40-50 male and female university students. Weekly camp sessions are spent in a mix of outdoor activities, skits, singing, spiritual drama, study of God’s word and intentional mentoring with the counselor staff. Each weekly session is highlighted by a powerful crucifixion and resurrection reenactment by the camp’s counselors.

Arrival Time

Monday between 2 pm and 4 pm all campers check in.

Camp Departure

All campers head home on Saturday at 9AM.

Medication Policy

Please note that all medication must be in original packaging (including inhalers), and all prescription medicines must have the campers name on the original label.

What to bring to camp

Please confirm your camper has all items on this list.

  • Name on all clothing

    Please make sure to have your name marked on all clothing.

  • Play clothes for 6 days

    Shorts, shirts, pajamas, and any other clothes your child may require for 6 days.

  • Sturdy walking Shoes

    Sneakers and sandals are encouraged. Some campers also bring water shoes.

  • Swimsuit and beach towel

    (One piece suits are required, dark colored t-shirt must be worn to cover two piece suits)

  • Bedding

    Twin sheet, blanket/sleeping bag and pillow

  • Toiletries

    (soap, shampoo, toothbrush, toothpaste, etc.)

  • Bath Towel

    Your camper should bring a towel for the beach and a towel for showers.

  • Sunscreen

    We work hard to keep campers free from sunburn.
    Please bring your favorite type of sunscreen.

  • Bible, pen and paper

    Don’t have a bible? Don’t worry. We have lots here at camp. 🙂

*Dress Code: No spaghetti strap shirts are allowed. All shorts must be at least fingertip length.

What NOT to pack for camp

Please do not bring any of the below items

  • Jewelry

     Please leave all jewelry at home.
    *Stud earrings are allowed

  • Electronics

    Phones, iPods, etc.
    Any device will be taken up and given back when camp ends.

  • Money

    We don’t use money at camp. Therefore your camper doesn’t need any. Any money found will be collected and given back to the camper when he or she leaves.

  • Food

    Our kitchen staff has all the food your camper will need.
    Please leave all food and snacks at home.

  • Weapons of any kind

    Weapons of any kind will be confiscated.

  • Alcohol/Drugs/Tobacco

    We will confiscate and dispose of any of the above.

  • Gang Paraphernalia

    Gang Paraphernalia colors or any other gang identifiers will be confiscated.

  • Satanic Emblems

    Any Satanic Emblems or items deemed to be inappropriate will be confiscated.

  • Nothing suggestive or inappropriate

    Any other items that are not appropriate for camp will be confiscated.

*Confiscated items will be given to the Camp Director for return upon departure of camp.