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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Please review the following list of frequently asked questions. If you still have questions that are not answered here, or need more information please contact us.
- What is the cost of Camp?
- What methods of payment do you accept?
- Is financial assistance available?
- I am having trouble with the online registration? OR I filled out the Registration form but did not receive confirmation?
- Where can I get the health history form?
- Who can register for the Ropes Course and What does it cost?
- What is this year’s theme?
- Who May Attend Kamp?
- Can I send my 3rd grader for two nights?
- What activities are included?
- Can I pick my cabin?
- What does Kid Kamp and Kat Kamp mean?
- Where is camp located and is transportation provided?
- Does Kamp accommodate children with specific dietary needs or food allergies?
- What about Staff Applications?
- How are the final staff hiring decisions made?
- Do I need references in order to be on Camp Staff?
What is the Cost of Camp?
$475.00 per camper, is due at time of registration. Any request for a refund before Kamp will be evaluated on a case by case basis. Refunds will be pro-rated based on the date of cancellation and the amount of funds are already spent in anticipation of your chid’s participation in Redeemer Summer Kamp. No refunds may be available in the 30 days leading up to Kamp. There is an early bird registration discount – if your registration AND payment are received on or before May 15th the cost is $450.00. If you are registering an explorer (camper in 3rd staying just 2 nights) the cost is $295.00. The fee includes room and board, meals and snacks, a Kamp t-shirt and all activities (other than ropes course*).
*The ropes course is an optional activity for campers entering 6-9th grade only. The ropes course is a $35.00 fee that should be added to your fee at the time you register your camper.
What methods of payment do you accept?
Payment is due in full at the time of registration. When you submit the registration form you will have the option of submitting payment via credit card OR mailing cash/check to Redeemer. You must be paid in full on or before July 1st or your registration is subject to cancellation. (If you need to make other payment arrangements you must talk to the Kamp Director, Tim Springer, BEFORE July 1st).
If you are mailing a check to Redeemer (please remember to put your camper’s first and last name in the memo line of the check) and make checks out to the following:
Lutheran Church of the Redeemer
c/o Redeemer Summer Kamp
1800 W. Maple Rd
Birmingham, MI 48009
If you chose to pay by check or cash directly to Redeemer you may deduct $15.00 off the cost of the camp tuition camp tuition. (This discount does not apply if you pay by Credit Card or ACH). If you mail in payment without applying the discount we will not refund the $15.00
Is financial assistance available?
Financial assistance for Kamp is available,we call them camperships. Applications for camperships should be made by contacting the Director, Tim Springer at 248-930-2215 or by emailing email@example.com. Please contact Tim about financial assistance before you register.
I am having trouble with the online registration? OR I filled out the Registration form but did not receive confirmation?
We are no longer using CampDoc for registration. Please visit our Registration Page for a link to submit an online registration form. Once you submit the registration form you will get a confirmation page. You should also immediately receive an email from Redeemer Summer Kamp <firstname.lastname@example.org>. This email will confirm that your form was received. If you do not receive this email then your registration form was not received! Within in 48 hours of registration, you will receive a follow up email from email@example.com with further information about your child’s registration. Please make sure to sign up with an email address you check regularly. This will be our main method of communication.
If you have any questions about registration or whether or not we received your information, please contact the Kamp Registrar, Erin Springer at 248-770-2999 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Where can I get the health history form?
This year we are not using Campdoc to collect our health forms. Health Forms will not be filled out at the time of registration. Rather in June all registered campers will receive an email with camp policies, packing list, and information on completing the health form. The health history form is to be completed by July 1st. We do not require a physicians signature, school physical form, or immunization records.
Who can register for the Ropes Course and What does it cost?
The ropes course is a high ropes challenge course that is run by the trained Camp Michawana staff. The ropes course is available ONLY for campers entering 6th-9th grade. Please indicate on the online registration form whether your camper would like to do the ropes course. Also make sure the additional $35 ropes course fee is added to your registration fee.
Questions about the Kamp Program
What is this year’s theme?
Who May Attend Kamp?
Campers must be going into the 3rd grade through the 9th grade, as of the first day of camp. 3rd graders (and sometimes 4th graders) may take advantage of our Explorer program (half week) if space permits, however preference goes to campers staying the full week- see below for more information. Non-Redeemer members are always welcome!
Can I send my 3rd grader for two nights?
Our Explorer program allows campers going into 3rd grade (and sometimes 4th graders) to come to Kamp for the first two nights and go home on the third day. This program is based on availability, with priority going to campers staying the whole week. Explorers pay $295.00.
If you wish to register as an explorer go to the registration page and click the “EXPLORER WAITLIST” registration form. DO NOT USE THE REGISTRATION FORM AND DO NOT MAKE ANY PAYMENT. You will be placed on the Explorer’s waitlist. If space becomes available for explorers they will be taken off the waitlist. At that time you will be contacted and invited to register if space permits. Forms and payment are not due until such time as you are removed from the waitlist and officially registered.
What activities are included?
Swimming, crafts, games, campfires, climbing wall, miniature golf, hikes, boating, fishing, archery, hayrides, and more!!! Please make sure that first time campers are aware that this is a bible camp, and we mix fun and games with bible study and worship. Our counselors are really good at making bible study fun and cool! Ropes Course is not included in the standard registration fee. Ropes course is available for campers entering 6-9th grade and requires a $35 ropes course registration fee.
Can I pick my cabin?
When you fill out the registration form you will be able to select one cabin buddy for each camper registered. Please no more than 2 buddies. We make every effort to honor all requests for cabin buddies. We do use almost every available bed in camp to maximize the number of campers we can take. This means that as registration fills up we may not be able to honor every buddy request because we have space constraints in each cabin. If we are unable to honor your buddy request for some reason we will contact you before camp to discuss it with you, so there are no surprises when you arrive at camp. The sooner you complete your registration forms and make payment, the better chance your buddy request will be honored.
What does Kid Kamp and Kat Kamp mean?
We do lots of activities and games together as one big camp, however for a portion of every day Kamp is split up into two groups so that bible studies and activities can be more age appropriate. Our Kid Kamp is all campers entering 3rd-6th grade (including Explorers) and our Kat Kamp is all campers entering 7th-9th grade. In addition the Kat campers get to stay up a bit later and participate in a special night-time activities.
Where is camp located and is transportation provided?
We rent Camp Michawana which is located in Hasting, MI – just south of Grand Rapids. You can find more information about Camp Michawana along with directions here. You must bring your camper to Kamp on the first day for check-in (Saturday July 30, 2022) and pick them up from Kamp on the last day (Friday August 5, 2022) or arrange for a carpool.
Does Kamp accommodate children with specific dietary needs or food allergies?
In most cases, Yes. Please make sure to list all allergies (food, medicine, bee stings, etc. . .) very clearly on your child’s health history form. We report all food allergies to the camp kitchen before camp begins. It may not be possible for the kitchen to cater to every food sensitivity or allergy; depending on the circumstances you may need to provide special food for your camper. Please contact the Kamp Director as early as possible to discuss any special situations.
We are allergy aware. We make all our staff aware of all campers with food allergies. We ask the camp kitchen (which is staffed by Camp Michawana staff members, not by employees of Redeemer Summer Kamp) to make all our meals peanut and tree nut free. We do typically offer peanut butter and jelly sandwiches to campers as alternative option, but also we will also offer a nut free option.
Questions about Staff Applications
What about Staff Applications?
STAFF APPLICATIONS FOR KAMP 2022 WILL AVAILABLE AFTER APRIL BREAK.
We are accepting applications for Counselors In Training ( C.I.T.s) and Counselors. C.I.T. applicants must be entering their junior of high school or above and be under 18 years of age. Counselor applicants must be 18 years of age or older before the first day of camp. Staff applications are typically available after April break. All applications are online. Please fill out the online form and it will be automatically submitted to the Kamp Director. If you have any problems with completing the online forms contact the Kamp Director. All Applications must be received by May 10th. Applications received after this date will be marked as late submissions and will be reported to the Kamp Committee as such when making hiring decisions.
How are the final staff hiring decisions made?
Staff is hired by the Kamp Committee, a board of lay church members with lots of past Kamp experience. The Kamp committee meets in May each year to hire the staff. Letters will be mailed out to all applicants in May regarding the hiring decisions.
Do I need references in order to be on Camp Staff?
If you are applying to be a C.I.T. (even if you have been on staff before) or you are applying to be a counselor for the first time you must have three references who can comment on your work with children. You, the applicant, are responsible for contacting your references and providing them the following link in order for them to fill out an online reference form: STAFF REFERENCE FORM. We will not be contacting your references or providing them the link. This is your responsibility. Failure to have three references in before the application deadline (May 10th) will result in your application been deemed late or incomplete and will affect the committee’s decision to hire you. The entire reference policy is outlined in the online staff application. The Kamp committee recommends that you obtain one reference from a Redeemer staff or member when possible, but it is not required. Keep in mind that even if you reference a Redeemer member or staff, the chosen reference must have observed you work with children.
Still have questions or concerns?
We very much welcome your questions and comments. Feel free to contact us at email@example.com or contact the Kamp Registrar, Erin Springer at 248-770-2999