“This is a place where you can be yourself and everybody there will admire it.” ~Tommy, Senior High Camper

As you grow up, camp grows up with you. Senior High is not like the camp you remember from middle school and elementary school. High School students are challenged by relevant speakers, powerful worship, and meaningful discussion with their friends and camp counselors. The extended time away from technology and social media allows campers to form genuine relationships that will last beyond just the week at camp. The games and activities are different and more intense. You’re also given more freedom than the little kids are.

youth camp high school minnesotaThe above quote is from a boy who has been coming to camp since he was a little kid. When he was young he enjoyed the slip ‘n’ slide, swimming at the beach, and the craft hall. While he still enjoys those things now, he has changed, and camp has changed with him. We recognize that what High Schoolers want and need is different from what our young campers want and need. At Senior High you’ll get to enjoy the classic all-camp games, while also experiencing new games, tournaments, and challenges at a higher level of intensity.

Spiritually, high school students want and need to be in a safe place where they can ask tough questions. They also need to be challenged to closely evaluate their relationship with God and their place in His Kingdom. That’s what we do. Our Chapel services will be the most memorable worship experience of your life. The music and the messages will soften your heart and bring you to deeper understanding of God’s love for you. 2013 Best of the Best - 076Then, at the end of every night, you will get to hang out with your whole cabin and talk about God, His plan for your life, and His plan for this whole world. Another High School camper, Abe, when asked what he would say to someone who’s never been to bible camp before, replied,

“Your life will never be the same.”

That’s our hope for you. We hope this bible camp changes you in amazing ways by giving you life-long friendships, amazing memories, and a closer relationship with Jesus Christ.

Dates/Availability

Camp/Date Boys Girls
Senior High 1
Jun 19-24, 2017 Space Available Space Available
Senior High 2
Jul 31-Aug 5, 2017 Space Available Space Available

Pricing

Senior High 1

  • $325 (Pay in full by February 1st)
  • $355 (Pay in full by April 1st)
  • $385 (Full Price)

Senior High 2

  • $365 (Pay in full by February 1st)
  • $395 (Pay in full by April 1st)
  • $425 (Full Price)

FAQs

Is there any way to reduce the cost of Camp?

Yes! Please know that we do everything we can to keep the cost of camp low. But we also have built in a few ways to reduce the cost for you. Please click on the tab to the right called “Scholarships.” There you’ll learn about several ways to cut down on the cost of camp.

Can I stay in the same cabin with 6 of my best friends?

Probably not. We will place you with one of your top two choices listed as cabin pals. If you bring a friend that does not know anyone else in your church, make a note of that and they will be in your cabin. With cabin groups of 8-10, having most of them be friends leaves the rest of the campers out. Hey – you will love to meet some new friends!

Do I need to attend a Covenant Church to attend Covenant Pines Bible Camp?

No. We serve people from many denominations as well as non-churched campers. We are a camp where all are welcome!

I don’t see “Group 1” or “Group 2” information. Do I need to sign up for a specific week of camp?

In the past we had assigned specific churches to specific sessions, calling them “Group 1” and “Group 2.” We no longer use that system. You may sign up your camper for whatever session works best with your family’s summer plans.

Do I mail in my Health History Form/Bus Pass?

No, it is your bus pass. We need the health form to accompany the camper on the bus ride to camp. The form on the web can be printed for your use, but you cannot mail it to camp. Be sure it is signed by YOU AND your DOCTOR or NURSE. If you have concerns, call camp and talk to our nurse.

What’s up with the mosquitoes?

That’s a great question. Some years they are bad and other years they are terrible! We do limited spraying. Campers should bring mosquito spray/lotion and have instruction from you on how to use it. Light weight long sleeve shirts and pants for evening work great.

Do I need to ride the bus to camp?

No. Transportation is provided in the cost of registration. Fees are not reduced if you do not use the bus. Campers may ride the bus one way if desired. Please mark the bus stop locations appropriately.

Can I call my child when they are at camp?

In cases of emergency, yes. Otherwise, we discourage calls. If your child is homesick, a camp staff member will call you if we feel it necessary. 95% of the time, campers are fine after the first day or two. We work with hundreds of homesick campers and are very sensitive to their needs.

Can my child bring a cell phone to camp and call me?

No. We collect cell phones from campers and return them before they go home. Often cell coverage does not work at camp. There is a phone in the office campers can use in cases of emergency.

How old are your counselors and what type of training do they have?

Most of our counselors are in their second year of college. We have a week long training session for our summer staff. All volunteers are required to attend a counselor training session in the Twin Cities area before they come to camp.

Do you check on the background of summer staff before you hire them?

We do a National Criminal Background check on all volunteers and summer staff.

Is your waterfront safe?

We have four lifeguards and a waterfront director. All are certified by American Red Cross as lifeguard trained and the waterfront director has at least one year of experience on a waterfront. All our staff are CPR certified and provided a refresher course during staff training.

If I bring a neighbor or school friend with me, and they only know me, can they be in my cabin?

Yes! Please make a note on the registration card and we will put them together.

Can I attend more than one week of camp each summer?

Yes, if there is space available. You can list your second and third options and we will let you know in June if there is still space available for additional camps. This does not apply to senior high students that may want to attend senior high camp, LIT or SWEAT camps. They may attend multiple times.

Is there more than one adult in the cabin with the campers?

Each cabin has a lead counselor that is either on our summer staff or a volunteer, and then there are either LIT (Leadership in Training) or Junior Counselors with them. Occasionally our other summer staff spend the night in the cabin with the campers as well.

How much money should I bring to camp?

That depends on how much they are allowed to spend in the store and give to missions. A sweatshirt could cost $35. Generally $25 could be adequate, allowing them to buy one smaller item in the store, a treat each day in the canteen (limit 2 items each day), buy craft projects, and go tubing on the waterfront. The mission project has received great support over the years, $11,000 last year, so they can give all they want to missions. Our general comment is if you have money left at the end of the week, give it to missions!

What are sleeping arrangements like?

Campers stay in cabins with their counselor. Bedding is needed for bunk beds. Sleeping bags work fine but be sure they are not meant for winter sleeping. Sleeping bags also are needed if they go to “outcamp” for the night, where they stay in tents. Not every camper gets this opportunity, but sleeping bags are helpful for this activity. Some cabins have bathrooms in the cabin, or in the building. Most cabins use a central bathhouse located nearby. The boys generally are in cabins on Round Lake and the girls are in cabins on Davis Lake and in Bald Eagle Lodge. Each cabin has a lead counselor and then a junior counselor or staff cabin pal that will spend the night in the cabin.

How do we handle medical emergencies?

There is a RN on site each week who works under standing orders provided by our local doctor in McGregor. A clinic in McGregor (7 miles) and a hospital in Aitkin (25 miles) provide medical care. Ambulance service comes from McGregor. All our staff are trained in CPR and have basic first aid and medical emergency training.

What happens with a severe storm?

We have connections to national weather service and internet radar maps. In the case of severe weather, our siren sounds and campers are brought to the gymnasium or Fireside Lodge for protection from storms.

My child is on medications. How do I send them?

Our nurse collects all medications when campers arrive, except for asthma inhalers. A record is made of when medications are distributed to each camper. Medications are handed out at all meal times and before bed at night, as needed. Medications MUST be in there original containers with dosage legible. Our infirmary has basic medical supplies, but campers are encouraged to bring along cough drops, suntan lotion, mosquito lotion and other basic items. Please instruct your child in proper application of lotions. If you have concerns about medical issues, please call camp and we can connect you to a nurse that will assist you.

You didn’t answer my question!!

Send them to matt@covenantpines.org and they will be posted on the web for others to read.

What to Bring

Sleeping Bag or bedding Toothbrush and toothpaste
Pillow and case Soap and shampoo
Beach towel Stationary, stamps, postcards
Bath Towel & washcloth Notepad and Pencil
Beach sandals Sunglasses
Swimsuit – one piece for ladies Bible
Rain gear Camera
Sweatshirt or Fleece jacket Flashlight
Hat Sunscreen
Tennis shoes Insect repellent
T-shirts Fishing equipment (optional)
Socks Dirty clothes bag
Underwear Pajamas
Shorts Jeans or long pants
Money for the following:
Crafts (free – $5.00 items)
Store ($1 – $35 items)
Canteen ($1 – $2 items)
Activities ($1 – $3 per event)

 

Tips: Mark all clothing with camper’s name. Mark sleeping bag with camper name and bus stop pickup. Many people use trash bags to hold sleeping bags.  Clearly mark them for ease of identification.

Medications/supplements must be in original containers with detailed instructions and camper’s name.

Please leave at home:  CELL PHONES, electronic games, expensive jewelry, fireworks, computers, radios, iPod/MP3/CD players, etc. Tobacco, tobacco products, alcohol and illegal drugs are prohibited at Covenant Pines.

Scholarships

WAYS TO REDUCE THE COST OF CAMP

  1. Pay before one of our Early Bird Deadlines
    • Pay in full by February 1st and save $60
    • Pay in full by April 1st and save $30
    • The discounts for Kids Kamp and Pathfinders are different
  2. Sign Up for OUR THE EARLY SESSIONS (TB 1, JH 1, SH 1)
    • We offer these earlier sessions to you at a reduced cost
  3. complete our Financial Aid Application (more information below)
    • We can award you a maximum of $100 for our week-long camps and $50 for our 3-day camps, Kids Kamp & Pathfinders
  4. Take Advantage of our Multiple Child Discount
    • We offer a $50 discount for all children registered after child #2. For example, if you have 5 children in your family, kids #3, 4, and 5 will each receive $50 off the cost of camp.

 

FULL COST OF JUNIOR HIGH 2 (DOING NONE OF THE STEPS ABOVE):

$415

COST OF JUNIOR HIGH 1 ( AND COMPLETING STEPS 1-3):

$225

 

INFORMATION ABOUT FINANCIAL AID APPLICATION

Financial Aid Application

  • There is an online Financial Aid Form that can be filled out during the online registration process
  • May be filled out by Church or individual
  • Scholarships will be awarded on or about May 15.

In order to ensure that as many campers as possible benefit from this program, we request that you cooperate by following a simple application procedure.

1. Consider what portion of camper fee you are able to pay personally and indicate that on the Financial Aid Application. Due to the number of families in need of financial aid, it is not possible for us to provide full camper scholarships. The maximum amount that we can provide for any individual is $100 (or $50 for Kids Kamp or Pathfinders). The parent, your church or other sources, may meet the remaining amount.

2. We will be happy to work out an installment payment plan if that will make payment easier.

3. If you are regular attendees of a church, see if they might be able to contribute a portion of the remaining sum. They should fill in the amount and sign in the space provided. If they are not able to contribute, they should indicate so and sign to confirm this. If you do not attend a church, write “not applicable” in this space.

4. Return the application to Covenant Pines along with registration forms for the campers in need (unless already sent).

We sincerely hope that you will prayerfully complete this process. It is our desire that no child miss out on this opportunity due to financial hardship. If you feel that providing the remaining amount of the camper’s fee would prevent you from sending your child, please let me know and we will explore all options with you.

If you have any questions regarding the application process, please call the camp office at 218-768-2610 during business hours.

Dakota County Scholarships

Dakota County offers scholarships to camps for children receiving social service assistance. Cases are handled individually, not through Covenant Pines. Please contact your social worker to determine if financial assistance is available.

Ramsey County Scholarships

Ramsey County
Human Services
651-266-4444

Process

Families in Ramsey County who get county services can contact their county case manager (social worker) to request a camp scholarship.
Case manager contacts goes through internal channels to relay & get approval for the request.

Determination of level of scholarship

No formal application process, but they will be asked
1) What amount can your family pay?
2) What amount can your church subsidize?
3) County scholarships may pick up balance.

Will be determined on a case-by-case situation.

Anoka County Scholarships

Anoka County
Children & Family Services Department
Sandy Inman
763-422-7125

Limited Camp scholarships for Anoka County residents receiving county services.
Priority goes to foster care families.  Other families receiving services may also apply.

Process

Have family contact their county case manager (social worker) to request camp scholarship.

Case manager contacts Sandy Inman in Anoka Children & Family Services to relay the request.

Determination of level of scholarship

1) What amount can your family pay?
2) What amount can your church subsidize?
3) County scholarships may pick up balance – not to exceed $140.00 per student.

Will be determined on a case-by-case situation by Children & Family Services – until funds are used up.

Bus Info

NOTE: When you arrive at the bus stop, you MUST check in with the bus captain. Please do not leave until you ensure that your child has boarded the bus.

Click on the name of the location for a link to Google Maps. “Drop Off” refers to the time you should arrive at the bus stop and check in with the bus captain on the first day of the session. “Pick Up” refers to the time you should be at the bus stop to pick up your camper on the last day of the session.

Camp Session Bus Stop Drop Off (1st Day of Camp) Pick Up (Last Day of Camp)
Pathfinders Crosstown Covenant Church 8:45 AM 3:45 PM
June 10-12 Blaine Water Tower 9:45 AM 3:00 PM
Trailblazer 1 Crosstown Covenant Church 8:45 AM 3:45 PM
June 12-17 Blaine Water Tower 9:45 AM 3:00 PM
Senior High 1 Crosstown Covenant Church 8:45 AM 3:45 PM
June 19-24 Spring Lake Park High School 9:45 AM 3:00 PM
Junior High 1 Crosstown Covenant Church 8:45 AM 3:45 PM
June 25-30 Salem Covenant Church 9:45 AM 3:00 PM
Kids Kamp Crosstown Covenant Church 8:45 AM 3:45 PM
July 6-8 First Covenant Church, St. Paul 9:30 AM 3:30 PM
Blaine Water Tower 9:45 AM 3:00 PM
Trailblazer 2 Crosstown Covenant Church 8:45 AM 3:45 PM
JH Crossover Blaine Water Tower 9:45 AM 3:00 PM
July 10-15
Junior High 2 Crosstown Covenant Church 8:45 AM 3:45 PM
July 17-22 First Covenant, St. Paul 9:30 AM 3:30 PM
Blaine Water Tower 9:45 AM 3:00 PM
Trailblazer 3 Crosstown Covenant Church 8:45 AM 3:45 PM
July 24-29 First Covenant, St. Paul 9:30 AM 3:30 PM
SH Crossover Blaine Water Tower 9:45 AM 3:00 PM
Senior High 2 Crosstown Covenant Church 8:45 AM 3:45 PM
July 31-August 5 First Covenant, St. Paul 9:30 AM 3:45 PM
Blaine Water Tower 9:45 AM 3:00 PM