Camp FAQs at Cedar Lake Ministries

 

General FAQs

  1. What is Cedar Lake Ministries and where is it located?
  2. How do I get to Cedar Lake Ministries?
  3. How can I contact Cedar Lake Ministries? What are the office hours?
  4. How is winter camp different from summer camp?
  5. Can I receive financial assistance or a scholarship?
  6. Are there events for adults or families?
  7. Are there opportunities to volunteer?
  8. Will boys and girls be in the same rooms?
  9. What about my child who has food allergies or other medical conditions?
  10. What if my child gets sick or injured?
 

FAQs for Winter Camps

  1. What is the schedule like for winter camps?
  2. What are the group check-in/check-out times for winter camp?
  3. What activities are offered for winter camps?
  4. What should I pack for winter camp?
  5. How much money should I bring to winter camp?
 

FAQs for Summer Camps

 
  1. What should I pack for summer camp? How much money should I bring to summer camp?
  2. Will my child be able to call home or accept calls?
  3. Will there be a nurse on duty?
  4. What if I need to cancel?
  5. May I send mail, care packages or e-mails to my child/camper?
  6. When do the summer camp weeks start and end?
  7. Can my son/daughter be with his/her friends?
  8. What do campers do at camp?
  9. How does camp handle homesickness?
  10. Can I stop by to see my child/camper?
  11. Do you have a bus that will pick up my child/camper?
 
 

General

1. What is Cedar Lake Ministries and where is it located?
 
Cedar Lake Ministries offers children and youth Christian camps during winter and summer. CLM’s camps provide a safe, caring environment for campers to experience God while building meaningful relationships. Cedar Lake Ministries is located 45 miles south of Chicago, Illinois, in Northwest Indiana, just east of US-41 in Cedar Lake, Indiana.
 
Cedar Lake Ministries is an independent, non-denominational, evangelical, nonprofit corporation which exists as an autonomous conference center and camp; a retreat and conference rental facility for Church-related organizations; and a Christian residential community with both year-round and seasonal occupancy.
 
2. How do I get to Cedar Lake Ministries?
 
Cedar Lake Ministries is located 45 miles south of Chicago, Illinois, in Northwest Indiana, just east of US-41 in Cedar Lake, Indiana.
 
3. How can I contact Cedar Lake Ministries? What are the office hours?
 
We would love to hear from you. Please use the contact information in this section to connect with us today.
 
Office Phone: 219-3745941
Office Fax: 219-374-7830
General E-mail: info@cedarlakeministries.org
Director Email: program@cedarlakeministries.org
 
Office Hours:
Monday-Thursday  9am-4pm
Friday  9am-8pm
Saturday  9am-12pm
 
Office hours subject to change without notice.
 
Mailing Address:
 
Cedar Lake Ministries
PO Box 665
Cedar Lake, IN 46303
 
Physical Address:
 
Cedar Lake Ministries
13701 Lauerman St.
Cedar Lake, IN 46303
 
4. How is winter camp different from summer camp?
 
Winter and summer camps both offer lots of fun activities and focus on developing each camper’s faith in God. For summer camp, Cedar Lake Ministries provides trained, college-age counselors proving intentional care for the needs of camper’s throughout the week. Individual registrations are most common, but we welcome groups as well.
 
For winter camp, we create an atmosphere for church youth groups, under their attending leadership and chaperones, to direct their group within the scheduled programming. The church registers as a block. We do welcome a limited number of individual camper registrations. Contact us at info@cedarlakeministries.org for availability and registration instruction for individuals.
 
5. Can I receive financial assistance or a scholarship?
 
Our desire is that no child misses out on the camp experience because of financial restraints. Through the generosity of thoughtful and caring partners, financial assistance may be available for your child to attend camp. Learn more about scholarships or download a scholarship application.
 
6. Are there events for adults or families?
 
Cedar Lake Ministries offers events for everyone: Ladies’ Retreats, Men’s Retreats, Senior Days, Couples’ Retreats, Concerts and Camps. For information about upcoming events for adults, please visit the Cedar Lake Ministries Events page.
 
7. Are there opportunities to volunteer?
 
Cedar Lake Ministries could not function without the hundreds of volunteer hours that support us yearly. Volunteers serve through maintenance and housekeeping, food service, decorating, mailings, and more. If you are interested in volunteering individually, as a group, or with your family, we would love to meet with you.
 
If you hold a current LPN or RN license and are interested in serving as a volunteer camp nurse, email us at info@cedarlakeministries.org.
 
8. Will boys and girls be in the same rooms?
 
During winter and summer camps, housing is assigned by gender. Furthermore, boys and girls are not allowed to be in each other’s rooms or hallways. Boys and girls are either separated by buildings or wings.
 
9. What about my child who has food allergies or other medical conditions?
 
We are accustomed to working with campers with food allergies or other medical conditions (food intolerance, asthma, behavioral issues, diabetes, etc.). Inform us on the registration form of any allergies or medical conditions so we can prepare effectively. If upon review we have further questions, our Program Director, Food Service Director or Camp Nurse will contact you prior to camp to ensure proper care will be provided.
 
10. What if my child gets sick or injured?
 
While sickness and serious injuries are rare and we do our best to keep camp a safe and pleasant experience for everyone, campers may develop a sickness or incur injury. If a child develops an illness which restricts participation and puts other campers at risk (flu, high fever, etc.), we will contact the parent or guardian to pick up the child and provide care at home.
 
In the case of an incident in which your child needs medical treatment (outside that offered by the Camp Nurse), every effort will be made to contact the parent or guardian, listed on the registration form, prior to treatment at a local hospital.
 

FAQs for Winter Camp

 
1. What is the schedule like for winter camps?
 
Check out a sample schedule for Overnight Camps.
 
2. What are the group check-in/check-out times for winter camp?
 
All information is posted on our Winter Camp page.
 
3. What types of activities are offered for winter camps?
 
Winter Camps’ activities have included tubing, sumo, rocket wars, climbing wall, crafts and Rec. Room, football, broomball, gorilla ball, Black Hole Slide and 9 Square In The Air. You can also check out a sample schedule or visit our social media pages for photos of activities.
 
4. What should I pack for winter camp?
 
See our online packing list on our Winter Camps page.
 
5. How much money should I bring to winter camp?
 
If your camper would like to purchase snacks or a souvenir at the Kandy Kabin, we recommend bringing $10-25 for use at the camp store. If you would like to purchase Kandy Kabin credits, inquire at time of registration. For winter camp, students keep their money in their possession. We encourage students to leave the rest of their valuables at home to avoid misplacing items in the midst of the high-energy activities common at camp.
 

FAQs for Summer Camp

 
1. What should I pack for summer camp?
 
Check out our online Overnight Camp packing list or Day Camp packing list.
 
2. How much money should I bring to summer camp?
 
The Kandy Kabin is open at designated times for campers to purchase candy, pop or a souvenir. For summer camp, campers will turn in their money during registration to be kept in an account. We encourage campers to bring $10-25 for the camp store and to leave other valuables as home since things can get lost in the midst of the high-energy activities common at camp.
 
3. Will my child be able to call home or accept calls?
 
Campers will not have access to phones while they are at camp, unless they request to call home. In order to provide an optimal experience for your camper, parents are asked not to call unless there is an emergency. The main reason for our “no cell phone” policy is to help alleviate homesickness and distractions during the week. We find this strengthens opportunities for campers to bond with each other.
 
4. Will there be a nurse on duty?
 
Yes. Safety is a priority, and we provide 24-hour emergency nursing care by a trained LPN or RN. The Camp Nurse distributes prescription medications as instructed by the parent or guardian as specified at arrival registration. If a child develops a persistent illness or is injured, we will contact the parent or guardian, listed on the registration form, for immediate pick up.
 
5. What if I need to cancel?
 
When notified 14 days or more prior to the start of your child’s session, a refund of camp costs less a $50 handling fee will be offered. Less than 14 days, you may call our office to transfer your registration to another camper or event.
 
6. May I send mail, care packages or e-mails to my child/camper?
 
Yes. We encourage parents to send mail or care packages or drop them off during check-in. Campers love to get mail from loved ones, even simple cards. You may also send them an e-mail using our online form. Campers are not able to reply to your e-mail but will enjoy receiving your message. Mail is distributed daily. If you send food, please pack it in sealable containers to ward off bugs and protect campers with food allergies / sensitivities.
 
7. When do the summer camp weeks start and end?
 
Overnight See page for details relating to specific dates.
 
Day Camp: See page for details relating to specific dates.
 
8. Can my son/daughter be with his/her friends?
 
We love when campers bring their friends. (There’s even a discount for that!) On the registration form, each camper may request to be with two other roommates. We attempt to place friends together upon request, but cannot guarantee that more than two friends will room together. The earlier that registrations are received, the better likelihood of availability to accommodate.
 
9. What do campers do at camp?
 
At Cedar Lake Ministries, we seek to offer activities and experiences where your camper will learn new things, cultivate meaningful relationships and develop a desire to know God.
 
Activities may include archery, tubing, drama, climbing wall, Gorilla Ball, canoeing, crafts, swimming, hiking, team-building, Black Hole slide, sports and kayaking. While we seek to have fun, our primary goal is for your camper to learn more about God and connect with Him in a deeper way. Through group sessions twice a day, your camper will be encouraged to worship God and will learn more about Him through engaging speakers that teach at the camper’s age level.
 
We also provide a daily devotional journal for your camper to use during TAG (Time Alone with God). Campers will pray, memorize and read verses from the Bible and answer reflection questions. (For our younger campers, the counselors help them work through their TAG journals.) Through this time, we pray that your camper will understand the benefit of TAG and develop a desire to meet with God every day.
 
For more about the activities and schedules, check out our Overnight Sample Schedule or Day Camp Sample Schedule. You can also visit our Facebook page for photos of activities.
 
10. How does camp handle homesickness?
 
If a camper is homesick, we believe it is usually in the best interest of the camper to stay at camp. Our trained Team Leaders will assist the camper to participant in camp activities with his or her fellow campers. We encourage the camper to focus on trying “the next thing.” Focusing on upcoming, exciting activities usually alleviates any anxiety the camper may have experienced. By completing the full week, the camper will usually forget about the homesickness and become more confident to attempt new ventures in the future relating to other areas of life; a new school, sport, club, and other social engagements.
 
If the homesickness continues, Program staff and the Camp Nurse may also get involved. Finally, if a camper insists that they call home or if homesickness persists, parents will be contacted.
 
11. Can I stop by to see my child/camper?
 
In order to insure the safety of all campers, Cedar Lake Ministries is a “closed” camp. That means that we ask parents not to visit during the week of camp if at all possible. If you must stop by camp for some reason, please check in at the office first.
 
12. Do you have a bus that will pick up my child/camper?
 
We do not offer transportation to and from camp. If you are part of a group, please contact your group leader to learn more about transportation options.