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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?
$460 per camper, is due at time of registration. The $460 fee is non-refundable. There is an early bird registration discount – if your registration AND payment are received on or before May 15th the cost is $435. If you are registering an explorer (camper in 3rd staying just 2 nights) the cost is $245. 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 $37 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. We will not hold a spot for your child until you have paid in full and completed the health profile, which can be found in CampDoc (our online registration software). 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).
You may pay using a credit card at the time you register. You may also mail a check (please remember to put your camper’s first and last name in the memo line of the check). Please 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 through our online registration software, CampDoc). Please note you will not see this discount applied at the time you register in Campdoc. After your payment is received we will add the $15 discount to your account. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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 use Camp doc for our registration and health forms. You should receive an automated email indicating your child’s registration has been completed. You will also receive emails from the Camp Doc program indicating your balance due, confirming any payments made and periodic emails reminding you to complete any unfinished forms before the deadline. 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 email@example.com
Where can I get the health history form?
The health history forms are now electronic and are completed through the registration portal. The health history form is to be completed by July 1st. If you complete the Health Profile before the July 1st deadline you can always go back into your health profile anytime before the deadline and add in new medications or update health history information. At Midnight on July 1st the forms will be locked so that our health staff can review all the forms prior to camp. 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 $37 ropes course fee is added to your registration fee.
Questions about the Kamp Program
What is this year’s theme?
The Kamp theme is the Summer Olympics. More information will be coming soon!
Who May Attend Kamp?
Campers must be going into the 3rd grade through the 9th grade, and not be older than 14 years of age as of the first day of camp. 3rd 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 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 $245.
If you wish to register as an explorer go to the registration page and click the “register now” button. 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 wailist 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 $37 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 only list one buddy. 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 31, 2021). This year we will not be providing a bus back to Redeemer on the last day of Kamp (Friday August 6, 2021). You will need to pick up your child from Kamp on Friday morning, or arrnage 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 may have peanut butter and jelly sandwiches on site but we will also offer a nut free option.
Questions about Staff Applications
What about Staff Applications?
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: www.narrow.org/kamp/reference/. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org or contact the Kamp Registrar, Erin Springer at 248-770-2999