In general, campers need to bring their own bedding / sleeping bag for a single bed, pillow, personal hygiene items and towels, Bible, pen/pencil, snack shop money, clothing suitable for camp (including a jacket, modest attire, sneakers, and modest swimsuit), flashlight, sunscreen, and bug spray. A fully detailed packing list is sent to each camper in a confirmation letter 3 weeks prior to the start of their camp.
Campers should refrain from bringing radios/CD players, iPods / MP3s, knives, fireworks, firearms, electronic gamers, laser pointers, cell phones, computers, or tablets to camp.
All camper medications are managed and distributed by our nursing staff. When coming to camp, bring the medication in a labeled Ziploc bag, including camper’s name, medication type, and dosage. Inhalers may be kept by the camper or by his/her counselor, at the parents’ discretion.
All campers are assigned to a counselor group, in which they will be cared for by a senior counselor and sometimes a junior counselor. These counselor groups are based in number upon the age group of the campers, so that an adequate amount of attention is given to campers based on their age. Campers will also be under the care of adult volunteer staff, camp directors, and full-time camp staff. All of our workers are required to submit Volunteer Applications, including Child Abuse and Criminal History Clearances.
On registration day, campers and their parents/guardians arrive at camp and register in the Dining Hall (the big cream building on your right when you first enter the campground). All campers MUST register under the supervision of their parent/guardian. When you enter the Dining Hall, you will check in with staff, where you will pay the remainder of your balance, receive your room assignment, and receive your nametag. From there, you will check in with the camp nurse. Afterward, you may choose to buy a snack shop ticket, purchase a camp photo CD, or sign up for Horse Trail rides (if applicable to your camp).
After checking in at the Dining Hall, you will go to your assigned room in Dorm 5 or the Longhouses, where you can unpack your items and meet your roommates and counselor for the week. From this point, you will say goodbye to your camper for the week, leaving them to have an awesome time at Mahaffey Camp!
Campers are permitted to request up to three roommates. Room assignments are based on mutual requests and timeliness (late sign up requests may not be honored).
Homesickness is something that our counselors are trained to handle. If you believe your camper may become homesick throughout the week, please mention this to his/her counselor at registration as a forewarning. Our counselors are prepared to do everything possible in order to make sure all campers have an enjoyable time at Mahaffey Camp. Because we want each camper to benefit from the positive camping experience, we will try our best to comfort your camper in the case of homesickness. In persistent cases, we will call a parent to request permission for his/her camper to speak with them over the phone. If this does not appease the camper’s homesickness, we will work with the parent to decide the next course of action, which may be taking the camper home (according to the discretion of the parent).
Yes, all of our youth camps have daily service times, which include worship and a speaker message. Additionally, all campers are provided with a camper booklet that includes devotionals, Bible verses, and space for taking notes. Each counselor will hold a daily devotion time with his/her camper group.
In the case that your camper has a food allergy, intolerance, or other dietary need, we would request that you make this need known to the camp staff on his/her registration form. In extreme dietary need situations, please call the camp office to discuss the menu for the week. You will be asked to provide any additional food that your camper needs, which will be stored and prepared by our kitchen staff.
Our meals are geared toward the age groups of the campers. Some of the options we serve include chicken nuggets / tenders and fries, pasta, grilled cheese and soup, sub sandwiches, tacos, hamburgers, and hot dogs. A salad bar is always available at dinnertime, and peanut butter and jelly sandwiches are available at lunch.
Our snack shop includes a variety of snacks, drinks, candy, and ice cream. Drinks include water, juice, gatorade, and soda/carbonated drinks. Snacks include chips / pretzels, candy, jerky, and trail mix. Ice Cream includes sundae cones, popsicles, italian ice, and other specialty items. A wide variety of candy is available as well. Campers can also purchase camp merchandise at the snack shop, such as t-shirts, sweatpants, hoodies, etc.
Yes, there are different options available for camper financial aid. Please call the camp office or visit the Financial Aid section on our website for more information about the camper scholarship fund and available scholarships. Additionally, please check with your church about financial aid options. Many churches are willing to sponsor campers in a variety of ways.
Parents/Guardians may stay in contact with their campers through email and/or regular mail. We use a system called Bunk1 in which you can send your camper an email message for a small fee. Information on this system is included in confirmation letters. Additionally, you may send mail to our mailing address and we will deliver it to your camper.
We ask that parents DO NOT contact their camper via phone throughout the week, as this type of communication can be distracting for the camper and may result in homesickness. Campers are not permitted to bring cell phones.
This is no problem at all; we simply ask that you communicate your camper’s pickup and return time when you bring your child in for registration. You will be asked to fill out a written excuse form designating these times, so that camp directors and counselors can be made aware of the situation. When you pick up your camper, you will stop in the camp office and one of our staff members will direct you to where your camper currently is located.
Be sure to prepare your camper for a variety of weather and temperature situations. Campers should bring a jacket and warm pants in addition to their regular camp clothes. Camp clothing must be modest. Shorts must be fingertip length. Tops must not show any midriff, and tank tops must be at least three finger width. Cut-off shirts are permitted only with a tank top underneath. Swimwear includes a modest one-piece for females and modest trunks for males. Campers should bring sneakers to wear for most activities. Sandals / Flip Flops are only permitted for shower use and to wear to service or meal times. Campers may wish to bring river shoes as well.
Campers stay in camp housing – Dorm 5 or the Longhouses. These rooms are dormitory-style, with bunk beds, tables, and chairs included in each room. Dorm 5 includes restrooms inside the building; the Longhouses are located directly beside a restroom facility. Campers are permitted to stay in cottages or RVs ONLY if accompanied by a parent. We encourage our campers to stay in camp housing in order to receive the best possible camp experience with their fellow group members.
Generally, we recommend $10-$15 for a snack shop ticket for a weeklong camper. You may choose to provide additional money if your child plans on purchasing camp merchandise. Weeklong camp schedules include two visits to the Snack Shop per day. On registration day, you will be able to purchase a snack shop ticket for your child; we recommend that you do not send cash for your child to keep in his/her room. There is an additional fee for Horse Trail Rides, Kayaking, and Photo CDs that will be detailed in your confirmation letter.
Campers are permitted to bring their own snacks to keep in their room. Please be advised that there are no refrigerators permitted in the dorms.
Each of our camps offers different options in activities, based on the specialty and age group of the camp. Generally, campers will take part in daily group devotion time, daily services and worship, recreation time, craft time, special evening activities, and other options.
Our nursing staff is on call 24/7 during camp weeks to assist with any camper medical needs. All illnesses and injuries are always reported to the nurse. Our counselors are well-trained in our emergency procedures and will make sure that injured campers receive immediate care. Several of our full-time staff are also CPR and First Aid certified and can assist in case of an emergency. If necessary, an injured camper will be transported to a hospital for care, but nursing staff will always make their best efforts to notify parents/guardians first (except in cases of extreme emergency). Camper insurance information is included on your registration; Mahaffey Camp provides medical insurance to cover where your insurance cuts off.