Frequently Asked Questions
Most camp sessions will conclude on the last day in the following manner (please check confirmation letter for any exceptions to this schedule).
Check out tables are open from 9:00 am until 10:30 am. For security of the campers being picked up, photo identification is required to match the pick-up informatin that Pine Ridge gathers on registration day. Please bring photo I.D.
At 9:45 am there will be an optional parents meeting. This meeting will cover highlights of the week and information on other Pine Ridge news. Coffee and sweet rolls will be provided for parents attending the meeting.
At 10:00 am the final awards and camp week videos will be shown at chapel. Parents are invited and encouraged to attend this.
Final dismissal of campers is at 10:30 am.
Every staff person is carefully selected based on spiritual maturity, responsibility, and outstanding character qualities. The hiring process includes a detailed application, reference checking, personal interview, and criminal background check. At the beginning of the summer season, Pine Ridge has a mandatory nine day staff training. Training includes camp policy, behavioral management, emergency response and CPR, activity safety procedures, group leadership, and more. In addition, training includes buidling a spiritual foundation centered on Jesus Christ. Daily and weekly staff meetings throughout the summer provide consistent overview of our staff and their performance.
The sibling discounts are:
First Camper:Full Price
Second Camper:$25 Off
Third Camper:$75 Off
Fourth or Higher:$125 Off
The following information was copied and slightly modified from information posted on the American Camp Associatin website,www.acacamps.org.
This summer, millions of children will get their first taste of independence at a summer resident camp like Pine Ridge. For many, it will also be their first experience with homesickness. But parents don't have to feel helpless when homesickness strikes. The prescription for camper homesickness is a simple solution of preparation and patience.
Phillips Exeter Academy psychologist Dr. Christopher Thurber studied homesickness in 329 boys between the ages of 8 and 16 at resident camp. According to his results, homesickness is the norm rather than the exception. A whopping 83 percent of the campers studied reported homesickness on at least one day of camp.
Thurber and the American Camp Association (ACA) suggest the following tips for parents to help their child deal with homesickness at camp:
- Encourage your child's independence throughout the year. Practice separations, such as sleepovers at a friend's house, can simulate the camp environment.
- Involve your child in the process of choosing a camp. The more that the child owns the decision, the more comfortable the child will feel being at camp.
- Discuss what camp will be like before your child leaves. Consider role-playing anticipated situations, such as using a flashlight to find the bathroom.
- In general, Pine Ridge has a no-phone-calls policy. So, don't make promises of phone calls. If Pine Ridge deems a phone call is necessary due to home sickness, the Camp Health Officer or Program Director will promptly call a parent to discuss a strategy. Often, phone calls between a child and parent will make the home sickness worse and not better and the child will be more likely to leave camp. If a phone conversation is deemed as the best strategy, offer calm reassurance and put the time frame into perspective. Avoid the temptation to take the child home early.
- Send a note or care package ahead of time to arrive the first day of camp. Acknowledge, in a positive way, that you will miss your child. For example, you can say "I am going to miss you, but I know that you will have a great time at camp."
- Don't bribe. Linking a successful stay at camp to a material object sends the wrong message. The reward should be your child's new found confidence and independence.
- Pack a personal item from home, such as a stuffed animal.
- Talk candidly with the camp leadership to obtain his/her perspective on your child's adjustment.
- Don't feel guilty about encouraging your child to stay at camp. For many children, camp is a first step toward independence and plays an important role in their growth and development.
- Trust your instincts. While most incidents of homesickness will pass in a day or two, Thurber's research shows that approximately seven percent of the cases are severe. If your child is not eating or sleeping because of anxiety or depression, it is time to go home. However, don't make your child feel like a failure if their stay at camp is cut short. Focus on the positive and encourage your child to try camp again next year.
Pine Ridge has been blessed with generous donors who understand the value of children attending a Christian camp. A limited number of camperships are available each season, and they are awarded based on financial need and available funds. You may apply for finanicial aid here, but we also strongly encourage you to participate in the Sub Sale Fundraiser or the Pizza Sale Fundraiser. These food sales are excellent means for your child to earn his or her way to camp. Also, if your child is involved in a children or youth program at church, many churches offer financial assistance.
Yes, as Pine Ridge has a snack shop, camp store, and craft room. On registration day, Pine Ridge places all spending money into a card system. This system keeps money from being lost or stolen. All excess funds are refunded at check out. Typically, $20-$30 will suffice for the camp session depending on what purchases are made. The Camp has a Snack Shop with healthy snacks as well as pop, ice cream, candy, and chips. We also sell Camp T-shirts, sweat shirts, water bottles, Bibles, and other popular items in our Camp Store. The Camp Craft Room has many low cost options to choose from. Most of these options are less than $5 in cost. There will also be a Missions Offering taken that allows campers an opporunity to give to our selected mission project or missionary.
- Invite a friend whose family has never been to Pine Ridge Bible Camp before.
- Give this “Fetching Friends” Reward Coupon to your friend so he/she can mail it to camp with his/her registration. (Make more copies for multiple friends)
- Receive a free T-shirt and $5 to spend in our camp store for both you & your friend. (Your rewards will be credited to your account and waiting for you to claim when you get to camp on registration day.)
- Clothes for all types of weather (shorts, t-shirts, sweat shirt, jeans, light jacket, rain gear). Modest clothing for females including no short shorts or bare midriffs.
- One set of dress clothes for talent/banquet night
- Warm pajamas
- One modest swimsuit (one-piece or tankini for the girls)
- Toiletries including tooth brush, tooth paste, shampoo, and bar soap
- Two beach towels
- Wash cloth
- Bug spray
- Flash light
- Athletic shoes and a second option if possible (sandals, flip flops, etc.)
- Pen or Pencil
- Swim goggles or ear plugs if needed
- Sleeping bag or sheets & blankets
- Dirty clothes bag (large plastic bag can work fine)
- Snack shop, offering, & crafts spending money (deposited at check-in to a card system with remaining funds returned at check-out)
Clothing items have a tendency to get left at the beach or in the shower areas. With the child's name on the label, we are able to often return the lost items to the rightful owner. However, any lost items left at Pine Ridge and unclaimed by the end of our summer camp sessions will be given to a worthy charity. Pine Ridge is not responsible for lost or stolen articles.
THINGS TO LEAVE AT HOME
Gameboys, i-pods, cell phones, mp3 players, radios, and gum.
In general, campers are not allowed to use the telephone while at Pine Ridge. If any home sickness, illness, or other problems arise, either the Health Officer or Program Director will notify the parent immediately and discuss a strategy for dealing with the situation.
Generally, 9:00 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. on the first day of the camp session.
Exceptions to this inlcude:
*Day Camp Drop-off - 8:30-9:00 a.m.