FAQ

Commonly asked Questions

 

I don’t go to a Baptist Church (or any church). Can I still come to Baptist Park?

Should I pre-register or just register the day my child’s camp starts?

Are there pre-registration fees?

When are pre-registrations due?

What if the camp I pre-register for is full?

When is check-in?

Money is tight for us right now. Can Baptist Park help us out?

Can I visit or call my child during the week?

Why can’t my child bring a cell phone?

When do I pick up my camper?

I heard parents can come to supper Friday night. Is that true?

Will my child be safe at Baptist Park?

What will my child do at Baptist Park?

My child can’t attend camp the week Baptist Park offers a camp for his age. Can he/she attend another week?

My child just misses the age for a day camp. Can he/she still come?

What is the Buck Stop?

What is the “Bring a Friend” Discount?

Is there a discount if a camper registers for two weeks of camp?

Does Baptist Park provide services for special needs campers?

Why does Baptist Park request a donation on the Registration Form?

What should I bring to camp?

What shouldn’t I bring to camp?

Is my money safe at Baptist Park?

 

I don’t go to a Baptist Church (or any church). Can I still come to Baptist Park?
Absolutely! Though we are owned and operated by Baptist churches, anyone is welcome to be a camper at Baptist Park. Our goal is to provide enjoyable activities and sound, age-appropriate Bible teaching to all campers. We know we can’t make anyone believe what we believe about Jesus, and we don’t force campers to believe what we believe. However, campers will attend Bible sessions as part of their daily activities and are given the opportunity to trust Christ.

Should I pre-register or just register the day my child’s camp starts?
Pre-registration is the only way to guarantee your child’s place at Baptist Park and allows us to be best prepared for campers. Other benefits of pre-registration are: receive cabin assignments before walk ins; speed check in by having health form and other registration documents completed before arriving; speed check in by having Buck Stop account set up.

Are there pre-registration fees?
There is a $50 pre-registration fee for all camps/retreats longer than one day. The pre-registration fee is not refundable or transferable. For the one-day camps, the full amount is due when you register.

When are pre-registrations due?
For you to receive the benefits of pre-registration, your pre-registration must be postmarked by the date listed in each camp’s description.

What if the camp I pre-register for is full?
We’ll put you on our waiting list. If an opening doesn’t occur by the beginning of your chosen camp, we’ll refund your pre-registration fee.

When is check-in?
Check-in is 3:00-4:30 p.m. Sunday (for camps that start on Sunday). For camps that begin on a day other than Sunday, the registration/check in time is listed with the description of that camp.

Money is tight for us right now. Can Baptist Park help us out?
Baptist Park has limited financial assistance available for those with a genuine financial need. Contact Baptist Park for more details. Also, many of the churches that own and operate Baptist Park provide financial assistance for some campers. Contact your local American Baptist Church for details about assistance they may have. Also, government and other child care agencies sometimes have money for their clients to attend camp. The bottom line is: Don’t let money keep your child from Baptist Park. Various sources of assistance are available. If you have a genuine need, give us a call.

Can I visit or call my child during the week?
Phone calls and visits often stir up homesickness in some campers. Therefore, they are discouraged. We do encourage you to email your camper as many times as you want during the week. We’ll print off the email and give it to your child as soon as possible. Send email to: baptistpark@yahoo.com with the camper’s name as the subject line. Also, regular mail (both incoming and outgoing) is delivered on a daily basis.

Why can’t my child bring a cell phone?
First, calling home tends to trigger homesickness. Second, cell phones are a distraction to campers. Most importantly, camera phones have been used to take inappropriate pictures of others (e.g. in various states of undress). Although this hasn’t happened at Baptist Park, we’re working hard to keep it from happening here. Therefore, campers may not have cell phones. If it’s discovered that a camper has a cell phone, the phone will be confiscated and returned at check out. This is true for other items on our “don’t bring” list.

When do I pick up my camper?
Week long camps end following supper on Friday. Checking out with designated Baptist Park staff begins after supper. All campers should be off campus by 6:00 p.m. Pick up time for other camps/retreats is listed in that camp’s description.

I heard parents can come to supper Friday night. Is that true?
Yes. Parents are invited to attend the final worship service at 4:00 p.m. and cook out supper at 5:00 p.m. If you choose to attend supper with your camper, please notify the kitchen staff no later than Thursday how many people will be in your party (not including your camper). A $6 per person donation for the meal is encouraged.

Will my child be safe at Baptist Park?
We take very seriously our responsibility to keep every camper safe. We follow all State guidelines for camps and consistently receive high marks in State inspections. We perform background checks on our staff. We continually perform maintenance on our buildings and grounds in order to keep them both attractive and safe. Our staff receives specialized training in the various activities campers will enjoy. Our staff is expected to show the love of Christ in how they treat campers. We do not tolerate bullying or other abusive behavior. We have a medical supervisor on campus, on call 24 hours a day. We limit guests on campus and monitor their purpose on campus. We require prior identification of the person who will pick up a camper, and we require campers to check out with a designated staff person at the Welcome Center in the Dining Hall. Guests visiting on campus must register in and out at the Welcome Center in the Dining Hall and obtain a badge as they visit the Park. These are some steps we take to ensure every camper’s safety.

What will my child do at Baptist Park?
Campers attend daily worship and Bible times. At other times they participate in a variety of activities we call Awesome Hours. Not all activities are offered at every camp. Activities offered vary by campers’ age and each camp’s focus. The following activities are available at Baptist Park: zip line, Wild Woozy, Mohawk Walk, nitro crossing, challenge wall, bouldering wall, mini golf, archery, canoeing, hiking, basketball, soccer, volley ball, crafts, games, swimming, orienteering, etc.

My child can’t attend camp the week Baptist Park offers a camp for his age. Can he/she attend another week?
Sorry. Part of keeping campers safe is keeping them together with roughly the same age camper. Only campers with a birthday during a week of camp may choose which camp to attend. For example, a 13 year old turns 14 during a week of camp. That camper’s parents may choose whether they want their child to be one of the oldest campers in one week of camp or one of the youngest campers in another week of camp.

My child just misses the age for a day camp. Can he/she still come?
For both Puddle Jumpers camps, if your child turns the minimum age within 30 days following the camp, he/she can attend. This is for day camps only.

What is the Buck Stop?
The Buck Stop is our camp store, where you can buy snacks, drinks and sometimes small souvenirs. It’s open daily at designated times. Camper purchases are on a debit system. Campers deposit a maximum of $15 per week. Each camper’s purchases are debited from his/her account. At the end of the week, any remaining balance can be donated to Baptist Park or refunded.

What is the Bring a Friend Discount?

Campers will receive a 50% discount if they bring three first time campers to Baptist Park. Campers will receive a 75% discount for bringing five first time campers to Baptist Park. Camper friends must attend the same camp week as their referring friend.

Is there a discount for a second week of camp?

Campers registered for a second week long camp receive a $45 discount on the second week of camp. Campers must meet the age requirements for each camp. Flight Camp and day camps are not included.

Does Baptist Park provide services for special needs campers?

Staff members are not trained in handling special needs campers. Our rule of thumb: If the camper has a one-on-one assistant at school, we request that you provide a one-on-one assistant to attend with your child at camp 24-hours a day. Should your camper require an aide, please contact Baptist Park prior to registration to discuss the details of this arrangement. Baptist Park reserves the right to require a one-on-one aide or send a camper home, if we encounter unexpected needs during the course of the camp session.

Why does Baptist Park request a donation on the Registration Form?

The actual cost for a camper to come to camp in 2012 was approximately $684. Our non-profit organization greatly depends on donations by the churches and supporting individuals. Our goal is to keep costs down, so campers and staff can continue to learn more about our amazing Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, and enjoy the fun at Baptist Park.

What should I bring to camp?

Bible (if you have one)

Flashlight

Shampoo and soap

Toothbrush and toothpaste

Modest one piece bathing suit

Towels

Sunscreen & bug repellant

Sleeping bag or bedding (must be sleeping bag if tenting) and pillow

Clothing for hot, cool, rainy, and messy weather

Appropriate footwear (at least 1 pair of sturdy sneakers)

Garbage bag or other container for dirty clothes

Optionally Could Bring:

Camera

Musical instrument

Bike helmet

Costume items related to camp theme

Sports equipment if wanted

Stationary and stamps

Prescribed medications in its original packaging

What shouldn’t I bring to camp?

Matches & lighters

Laser pointer

Markers

Bad attitude

Immodest clothing

Inappropriate reading material

Cigarettes, alcohol & non-prescription drugs

Cell phone; Pager; Electronic games, iPod, MP3,CD/radio/DVD/TV players;

Trading cards (Pokemon, DeGeDar, Magic, etc.)

Knives or weapons of any kind

Snack foods (plenty of snacks in dining hall and Buck Stop)

Clothing with unchristian messages or images

Money or valuables (other than what is on deposit at the store)

Is my money safe at Baptist Park?

Yes. The Buck Stop is our camp store which sells snacks, drinks, clothing, and sometimes small souvenirs. It’s open daily at designated times. Campers must deposit their money with the registration staff at check-in. Campers can deposit a maximum of $15 per week. Each camper’s purchases are debited from his/her account. At the end of the week, any remaining balance can be donated to Baptist Park or refunded to the camper.