2021 Summer Camp

We are looking forward to 2021!!!!!

 

2021 Summer Schedule

Day Camp

Family Retreats

Sleep-Away Camp and Teen Adventures

Camp Agape

Covid FAQ

Summer Program Summary

 

2021 Summer Programs

Yes! We are already planning our Summer Camp Ministry for 2021. Please see below for updates on activity options and dates.


Sleep-away Camps

Because of health considerations due the the current pandemic, we plan to run our Sleep-away programs (following all current safety guidlines) unless we are advised to close this option again for the 2021 season.

As a result, we have postponed the need to make a deposit with your registration for a sleep-away program until May. This allows you to claim a spot for your child this summer, and allows us to hire staff based on registrations, without any financial risk to you should a program be canceled for reasons of health and safety.

Sleep-away Camp Summary

  • Our Summer Day Camp runs Sunday through Friday, except as noted
    • Drop-off times are between 5:00 pm to 6:30 pm on the first day listed
    • Pick-up begins at 11:00am on the last day listed with a Closing Ceremony, followed by check-out and an optional lunch if desired.
  • Campers are required to bring a large plastic container, their "Loot Box," to store all of their belongings. They may also bring a day pack to carry on their adventures.

Sleep-away Camp Options

  • Classic Discovery Camp
    • Discover camp at its best! Try some of our all-time favorite camp activities. Canoe, swim, hike, play games, build craft projects, roast s’mores, explore God’s creation and learn about the love of Jesus in fun new ways! Choose between a two-night adventure ideal for first-time campers or a five-night adventure for campers ready to stay the full week.
  • Classic Explorer Camp
    • Experience the best of camp! Join in a week-long adventure that includes our all-time favorite activities. Canoe, swim, hike, play games, build craft projects, shoot archery, roast s’mores, explore God’s creation and learn about the love of Jesus in fun new ways!
  • Owl Night Camp
    • Sleep all day and stay out all night as you experience the life of night-time animals, learn about the stars and God’s creativity, and experience a week of night-time adventures in this fun camp twist!
  • Teen Adventures Camp
    • Adventure is out there! Enjoy the best of our summer camp activities, and work with you group to choose your own adventures! Options may include hammock camping, paintball, a river canoe trip, GIC Challenges and other Jr High level camp fun. Don't miss this chance to create your own camp experience!
  • Teen Canoe Trip
    • Prepare yourself for a Rockin' canoeing adventure! Take a week to explore what faith means to you while floating the Rock River and tent camping with other teens. Get close and personal with the God of creation who wants to rock your world!
  • Teen Leaders
    • Teen Leaders I:
      • Experience hands-on leadership through team challenges and practice skills such as public speaking, building community, and facilitating Bible studies and group activities with other teens.
    • Teen Leaders II (Prereq: Teen Leaders I or former Jr Counselor):
      • Leadership training alongside our summer team members to develop skills for working with youth and leading them in Bible studies and group activities.

Sleep-away Camp Schedule

We reserve the right to alter or cancel any program for the safty of ALL our guests and team members.

  • 2021 Week 2
    • Teen Leaders II (ages 14-17) June 6-11
  • 2021 Week 3
    • Classic Explorer Camp (ages 10-14) June 13-18
    • Teen Leaders I (ages 14-17) June 13-18
  • 2021 Week 5
    • Classic Discovery Camp (ages 6-9) June 27-July 2
    • Teen Canoe Trip (ages 14-17) June 27-July 2
  • 2021 Week 6
    • Owl Night Camp (ages 10-14) (Mon-Fri) July 5-9
  • 2021 Week 7
    • Classic Explorer Camp (ages 10-14) July 11-16
  • 2021 Week 8
    • Classic Explorer Camp (ages 10-14) July 18-23
    • Teen Adventure Camp (ages 12-17) July 18-23
  • 2021 Week 9
    • Classic Discovery Camp (ages 6-9) July 25-30
    • Classic Explorer Camp (ages 10-14) July 25-30
  • 2021 Week 10
    • Classic Explorer Camp (ages 10-14) August 1-6
    • Teen Adventure Camp (ages 12-17) August 1-6

 


Day Camp

The best option for your summer day care needs. Hike in the woods, canoe, wade in a river, play games and still be home by dinner! Try a day or stay the whole summer!

Day Camp Summary

  • Our Summer Day Camp runs Monday through Friday, except as noted
  • Try a day or stay the whole summer!
  • Drop-off times are between 8:00 am and 8:30 am
  • Pick-up times are between 4:30 pm and 5:00 pm
  • Campers are required to bring a large plastic container, their "Loot Box," to store their belongings for the day. They may also bring a day pack to carry on their adventures.
  • Plan for water activites (swimming, canoeing, playing in the mud).
  • Daily STEM enrichment activities.

Day Camp Schedule

We reserve the right to alter or cancel any program for the safty of ALL our guests and team members.

  • 2021 Week 3 Day Camp June 14-18
  • 2021 Week 4 Day Camp (Mon-Thurs) June 21-24
  • 2021 Week 5 Day Camp June 28 - July 2
  • 2021 Week 6 Day Camp (Tues-Fri)    July 6-9
  • 2021 Week 7 Day Camp July 12-16
  • 2021 Week 8 Day Camp July 19-23
  • 2021 Week 9 Day Camp July 26-30
  • 2021 Week 10 Day Camp August 2-6
  • 2021 Week 11 Day Camp August 9-13

Family Retreats
REGISTRATION OPENS February 20, 2021

Do not miss this opportunity to experience camp with your children! Walcamp family retreats are an intergenerational vacation to refresh your family as individuals and as a whole. Grow spiritually through daily faith encounters, and go play, swim, explore, rest and reconnect. We have activities for the entire family, and also provide time for parents to take some personal time.

Family Retreats Summary

  • Both Week-day and Weekend options
  • Guest speaker to lead devotions and provide spiritual leadership
  • Camp activities led by our summer team. (specific options subject to change)
    • Games, crafts and classic camp fun for the whole family!
    • Campfires with S'mores, songs and devotions
    • Waterfront activities - bring your family-appropriate swimming gear
    • Activities for the children so parents can have some personal time too.
  • Week-day Retreats:
    • Arrive Sunday night, stay until Wednesday morning
    • Meals provided: Monday breakfast through Wednesday breakfast. Addition of a Wednesday lunch option available upon request.
    • Can arrive early on Sunday and enjoy camp; check-in and moving into cabins begins around 5:00 pm
    • Can stay late on Wednesday; we just ask that you move out of the cabins by 11:00 am so we can have them clean for the next group.
  • Weekend Retreats:
    • Arrive either Thursdsay night or Friday night; stay until Sunday morning
    • Meals provided: Friday breakfast through Wednesday breakfast
    • Can arrive early on either Thursday or Friday to enjoy camp; check-in and moving into cabins begins around 5:00 pm on Friday.
    • Can stay late on Sunday; we just ask that you move out of the cabins by 11:00 am so we can have them clean for the next group.

Famiily Retreats Schedule

We reserve the right to alter or cancel any program for the safty of ALL our guests and team members.

  • 2021 Week 6 Week-day Family Retreat (Monday-Thursday) July 5-8
  • 2021 Week 6 Weekend Family Retreat (Thursday-Sunday) July 8-11
  • 2021 Week 7 Week-day Family Retreat (Sunday-Wednesday) July 11-14
  • 2021 Week 7 Weekend Family Retreat (Thursday-Sunday) July 15-18
  • 2021 Week 8 Weekend Family Retreat (Thursday-Sunday) July 22-25

Camp Agape: Serving persons with developmental disabilities

Camp Agape serves persons with special needs. Campers hike, canoe, fish, swim, and play games requiring some physical ability alongside their camp “buddies.” Our integrated groups serve about six campers per two team members or volunteers.

Camp Agape Summary

  • Walcamp evaluates the needs of each individual to determine the best program fit for them.
    • Integrated Programs are for independent campers and may include active (running) games with other youth programs. Supervision for integrated programs is typically 6 campers to 2 staff or volunteer.
    • Dedicated Programs are for campers requiring closer personal attention to make camp a success. Supervision for dedicated programs is typically 2 campers to 1 staff or volunteer. Because of additional risk factors related to COVID-19, our dedicated Camp Agape programs are temporarily suspended.

Camp Agape Schedule

We reserve the right to alter or cancel any program for the safty of ALL our guests and team members.

  • 2021 Week 4
    • Camp Agape Integrated (Sunday-Thursday) June 20-24
    • Camp Agape Volunteer (Sunday-Thursday) June 20-24
      • Join us for a week as a "Camp Buddy" and give the camp experience to the individuals who need camp the most during this season of social and physical distancing.


Mystery Island: Walcamp Summer 2021

Join the Fun in the Sun with this unique program adapted from the Answers in Genesis Mystery Island VBS curriculum.

Is there only one God? . . . Who is God? . . . What is God like? . . . Does God love me? . . . Can I know God?

Our kids grapple with questions like these every day. At Mystery Island, prepare to be thrilled from the top of your sun-drenched head to the tip of your sandy toes as we explore an intriguing tropical paradise while tracking down the one true God.

Kids will gain a better understanding of our awe-inspiring Creator God and the salvation he offers through Jesus Christ through our age-appropriate curriculum!

They’ll discover who God is and his attributes as they look to the only source of truth, God’s Word.

Grab your sunscreen and get ready for a taste of paradise as you track down the one true God with Mystery Island!

 

 

 

Summer Program Summary

Walcamp offers a fun, safe environment for youth and persons of all ages to build relationships with God and with others, to experience nature and to grow as an individual and as part of a community.

PLAY!
Experience the best of camp through games, archery, crafts, songs, swimming and more. Activities meet or exceed the safety standards outlined by the American Camping Association (ACA) and are supervised by trained staff members.

GROW!
Make new friends, try new activities and challenge yourself physically, mentally and spiritually. Camp provides a safe place to ask questions and to explore truths seen in Creation and in the Bible.

SERVE!
Live in community with others, demonstrate teamwork and find opportunities to put your faith into action.

 


Covid-19 Concerns

WalCamp Leadership and Staff place a high emphasis on knowing that you TRUST us with your treasures. WalCamp follows the IDPH and CDC protocols for operating in light of the pandemic. We have been safely operating our Day Camp and Remote Learning Assistance Day Camp since June 1st, the first camp of our kind to open in our area under pandemic guidelines.

If you have any questions or concerns that are not answered please feel free to call Bill Indell, Executive Director or Ben Konrad, Program Director at 815-784-5141 and we will gladly share our safety procedures with you.

FAQ

 

Is the 2021 Summer Camp Ministry still happening as planned including overnight camps?

Yes, we are still planning on providing our Summer Camp Ministry 2021, and what a great summer it is going to be! 

Will you be offering overnight (sleepaway) camps in 2021?

Yes, Our current plan includes overnight camps. In the event that they are not permitted a full refund will be issued to you.

Will Overnight Camps look different this year?

Our plan for 2021 Overnight Camps is to focus on small group activities that will build relationships. Our summer camp philosophy is geared toward small groups so this will be a natural transition.  All group activities will be held outdoors weather permitting and will have ample space for social distancing.  We have also purchased large outdoor tents to be used for this purpose in case of inclement weather. (Thank you to Prince of Peace in Palatine and to the Northern Illinois District, for the grants to purchase these tents) Anytime spent in the lodge will most likely require masking unless eating. Many meals will be eaten outside as well.

What if Summer Camp 2021 is canceled and I have already paid, will I get a refund?

Yes, in the event that Walcamp has to cancel our Summer Camp 2021 Ministry a full refund will be offered to all registrations. This refund will include the $75 deposit.  

Due to the COVID-19 Pandemic is Walcamp anticipating changes to the 2021 summer camp?

Yes, The health of our campers and staff is our highest priority. We will be following all CDC and health department recommendations in place at the time of our summer camp. We will be proactive in making these changes. If any organization is able to modify on the fly, summer camps have been doing it forever, it is second nature for us.

Should I wait and see what happens before registering for camp?

No, in light of Covid-19 we are planning a smaller program this year. Our suggestion is to sign up today and pay the $75 deposit to hold your spot. Your deposit will be refunded in the event we have to cancel our Summer Camp 2021 season. Although there are absolutely no guidelines in place today from the CDC or Health Department, we expect that there may be limits on how many campers we may be able to host at a time.  

Does the Insurance through Camp Doc registration cover fees if camp 2021is canceled?

No, if summer camp is canceled by Walcamp the insurance through Camp Doc will not cover the registration fees. Walcamp will refund all fees if the season is canceled. We would suggest not purchasing Insurance through Camp Doc.  

Due to the pandemic, are there any assistance programs to help with camper fees?

Yes, situations may be challenging for some of us and WalCamp does offer payment plans to help space out the payments. Our standard procedure is to span payment plans to be complete by the time your week of camp hits. This year we are willing to span the payments through August 31st of 2021. To do this register online, do not make the deposit payment but call the office at 815-784-5141. We will set up a payment plan that works within your budget.  We do also offer needs-based "Camperships". For additional "campership" details click here.  

If you have any questions please call our office at 815-784-5141 from 9am-2pm M-F



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