Catalyst Overnight Camps offers safe, overnight stays for campers 7-17 years old. Your camper will experience camp and build relationships with friends and God during a week that is geared toward his or her age group.
Registration Opening March 1st!
- Session One Ages 7-12 June 16-21, 2019 | Sunday afternoon – Friday morning
- Session Two Ages 12-17 June 23-28, 2019 | Sunday afternoon – Friday morning
Overnight Camp Activities
black hole slide
music and singing
$60 discount if registered by March 1
$40 discount if registered by April 1
$20 discount if registered by May 1
Group Discount – $25 off per camper for groups of 6 or more. Contact us to setup a group code.
Sibling Discount – $10 off per camper for each additional sibling.
New Referral Discount – Bring a friend (non-sibling) who’s never been to Catalyst Camps, and you and your friend both receive a $20 discount! Must be registered by June 1.
8:00 AM Breakfast
8:45 AM Camp Rally
9:00 AM Morning Session (Music, Lesson, Discussion Groups)
10:30 AM Activities
12:00 PM Lunch
1:00 PM Time Alone with God (TAG)
2:00 PM Activities
3:30 PM Kandy Kabin and Rec Room
4:30 PM Clean Up
5:00 PM Dinner
6:00 PM Evening Session (Music, Lesson, Discussion Groups)
7:30 PM Kandy Kabin and Rec Room
8:30 PM Night Game
10:00 PM Devotions
10:30 PM Lights Out (Times will vary based on camper age.)
Camps are designed for each age group. 2nd-6th grade campers will get to experience all that camp has to offer in small group activity blocks that will encourage them to try new things and grow in personal courage and confidence as they develop their unique and individual interests.
As campers develop their interests, 6th-12th grade camp offer “zones.” Whether your camper would like to do crafts and photography, drama, sports, or outdoor zone, it is up to them! During these daily activity blocks, your camper will experience a collision of fun and learning as they grow deeper in knowledge of their interest while participating in the kinds of activities that make them “tick”! It is our goal to not only cater to your campers’ likes, but to also encourage them in the unique passions that God has instilled in them!
While we seek to have fun at camp, 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.
Health and Health Services
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 undergo injury. Therefore, Catalyst Camps recruits a certified physician or nurse who provides 24-hour care during each week of summer camp and each weekend of winter camp. Also, we understand that campers will require medical care for a variety of reasons while at camp. We ask families to provide all pertinent medical and behavioral health information on the camper health forms. All medications and health histories are confidential. All medications brought to camp are required to be checked-in with the medical personnel at registration to ensure proper distribution during camp.
Advanced medical care is provided by Franciscan St. Anthony Health, a full-service medical center located approximately 17 minutes from camp. Emergency EMS transportation is available less than two minutes away, if needed.
The dining hall is managed by a full-time, year round certified Food Service Manager. A professional-grade cooking facility, he dining hall is inspected by county health officials regularly as required by the state of Indiana. All food is purchased by our Food Service Director through reputable, insured vendors. We are used to working with campers who may have dietary restrictions or food allergies. To best care for your child, please inform us on the registration form of any allergies effectively prepare to provide great care for your child. If after reviewing your registration form we have further questions, our Program Director, Food Service Director or Camp Nurse may contact you prior to camp to ensure proper care will be provided.
To keep our camp tuition to a minimum, we have chosen not to provide camper insurance. Therefore, expenses incurred when a camper is treated by an outside medical provider are covered by the parent or guardian and/or their personal insurance, if available. The camp’s policy regarding medical coverage parallels those medical policies set forth by most elementary and secondary schools.
Activity and Environment
Supervision, security and safety procedures are an integral part of our 24-hour daily operation. Activities at camp are scheduled and closely supervised. Rules are communicated and campers receive instruction before engaging in activities. Good supervisory control is stressed and maintained throughout the day. All equipment, activity areas and facilities are well maintained by a full-time maintenance department and checked for potential hazards. Camper interaction is closely monitored to ensure a bully-free environment. At Catalyst Camps, we know that campers’ favorite activities often involve the waterfront, but we also understand that the waterfront is along the most high-risk areas of camp. Therefore, swimming is only allowed in the swimming area during daylight hours when a certificated lifeguard is present. Proper consideration is made regarding lifeguard to camper ratio depending on age and skill of the swimmers. (Please note, due to the shallow nature of Cedar Lake, the swimming area has a maximum depth of four feet in the swimming area, and campers are not allowed on the dock to prevent diving into shallow waters.) Furthermore, properly fitted and secured flotation device must be worn at all times when campers are in boats, canoes or kayaks. Water equipment can only be used in designated area, following state laws and when a lifeguard is present.
Staffing and Training
As a parent, you are concerned with who influences your child and so are we. We believe it is imperative that staff members are properly screened and possess the training, abilities and passion required to mentor and care for your camper.
Summer Staff, including program assistants, counselors and support staff, typically consist of college-age students. Hiring practices include an application process, references, interviews and criminal and sexual offender background checks.
Summer Staff receives 40-80 hours of intensive job specific training including proper use and safety procedures for activities and equipment and emergency action procedures in case of fire, storms, suspicious persons, etc. Also, the summer staff are trained to provide proper care and direction depending on age-group of the campers. Training also includes Child Protection Policies regarding modesty, reporting, appropriate behavior and touch and securing a bully-free environment. Catalyst Camps employs a Program Director and Summer Staff Program Assistants who manage all summer staff.
Check-in time for overnight camp is Sunday from 5:00-6:00 PM.
The camp week ends Friday at 10:30 AM after a 30-minute closing session which begins at 10:00 AM. Parents are encouraged to attend and enjoy the final session with their campers.
- Shoes – tennis shoes, water shoes and/or strap sandals
- Modest Swimsuit (one piece or tankini for girls)
- Modest Pajamas
- Casual, Modest Summer Clothes – campers are encouraged to leave their favorites clothes at home
- Sweatshirt of Jacket for cooler nights
- Bible – we would be happy to give you one if you do not have one
- Towels – bath and beach
- Toiletries, Sunscreen, Bug Repellent
- Laundry Bag
- Sleeping Bag or Bedding for twin bed, Pillow and Pillowcase
- Regular or emergency use prescription medications (e.g. inhalers, EpiPen®, solid or liquid meds)*
*Prescription Medications and aids (such as an inhaler, EpiPen, etc.) should be brought in the original container with current prescription label attached. Medication will be checked in upon arrival and will be dispensed by the Camp Nurse as prescribed. If camper is taking the medication against the methods prescribed on the label, a signed note from the camper’s physician will be required. The Camp Nurse will be available to dispense over-the-counter medications, provided by the camp, as necessary (such as pain medicine, bandages, etc.).
- iPods/iPads, laptops, video games, portable DVD players or similar electronics.
- Valuable items or additional cash should be left at home to avoid loss or damage in the midst of the high-energy activities common at camp.
- Clothing or items with questionable, suggestive or misleading slogans, logos, etc. Clothing must cover midriff and undergarments.
- Non-prescription drugs, alcohol, tobacco, fireworks, weapons (knives, guns, tasers, lighters) or other items that may cause harm.
- Cell Phones – Catalyst Camps holds a “no cell phone” policy for campers to allow them to “unplug” from normal distractions, to safeguard valuable items, and to alleviate homesickness challenges. Furthermore, parents are asked not to call unless there is an emergency.
Please be aware that this is not a comprehensive list of what your camper shouldn’t bring to camp but is a list of some of the obvious things to avoid bringing to camp. Also, Catalyst Camps reserves the right to confiscate any inappropriate items, to be returned to the parent when the child is picked up from camp.
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