Overnight Camp

 
 
 
Cedar Lake Ministries offers three exciting weeks of Overnight Camp for ages 7 through 17!  Experience camp and build relationships with friends while growing in your relationship with God.  See details below and register early for additional savings!
 
Sunday afternoon
through Friday morning
The Complete Camp Experience!
 

Weekly Themes:

 
Fortress
 
 

Elementary • Ages 7-12 • June 28th-July 3rd • $300

This week we will focus on finding refuge in the heat of the battle. Psalm 18:2 tells us that, in the midst of the enemy’s siege, the Lord is our stronghold, our rock and shield. Learn to arm yourself against the enemy’s gauntlet and flaming arrows and find your secure Fortress in the Lord, our God.

*We are now offering an extended day on Friday for parents who would like to pick up their campers later, when Day Camp ends at 5:00 PM (additional $25 per camper)
 
 
Wrecked
 
 

High/Middle School • Ages 12-17 • July 5th-10th • $300

Come explore uncharted waters with us this week as we take a look at Acts 27-28, and do a deep dive into Paul’s shipwreck experience.  God uses the storms and rough seas in our lives to guide our ships to lands we would have never sailed to on our own.

 
 
Water Sports Week
 
 

Water Sports Week • Ages 12-17 • July 5th-10th • $400

An all-new week of camp!  High school and middle school campers will experience a full week of overnight camp with special morning and afternoon activities focusing on the water.  Campers will learn how to ski, wakeboard, kneeboard and more while learning about Jesus. 
 
*This specialty week holds a fifteen camper capacity, so sign up soon before it’s filled!
 
 

Early Bird Discount!

 Register by May 11th to receive $25 off your registration!
 
 

Activities

• Tubing
• Climbing Wall
• Black Hole Slide
• Team Building
• Great Food
• Kandy Kabin
• Laser Combat
• Bible Study
• Kayaking
• Night Games
• Archery
• Crafts
• Carpet Ball
• Tomahawks
• Worship
• 9-Square
• Swimming
• Gorilla Ball
• Human Foosball
• And Much More!
 
 

Financial Assistance

Through the generosity of thoughtful and caring donors, we are thankful to provide the camp experience to those that otherwise would not be able to attend. If you are in need of financial assistance, you may apply for a scholarship.
 
 

Typical Day Schedule

Schedule subject to change. Please note that we cannot guarantee a camper will be able to partake in all activities when enrolled for a partial week of camp.
7:30 AM    – Rise and Shine
8:00 AM    – Breakfast
8:45 AM    – Camp Rally
9:00 AM    – Morning Session
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 & Rec Room
4:30 PM    – Clean Up
5:00 PM    – Dinner
6:00 PM    – Evening Session
7:30 PM    – Kandy Kabin & Rec Room
8:30 PM    – Night Game
10:00 PM  – Devotions
10:30 PM  – Lights Out
 
 
 

Health & Safety

Cedar Lake Ministries is committed to providing a healthy, positive, and Christian environment for campers and our staff. Through education and intentionality, we believe we can create a safe camp experience for everyone. The sections below represent a summary of initiatives Cedar Lake Ministries takes to help protect campers, staff and families.
 
Health Service
 
While sickness and injury are rare, they may occur; therefore, Cedar Lake Ministries recruits a certified physician or nurse to provide 24-hour care during summer and winter camps. We understand that campers may 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 registration form. Medication and health history is kept confidential. Upon arrival, campers with medical requirements must check-in with the medical personnel, as part of our registration process, to ensure proper storage and distribution of medications during their time on the grounds.
 
Advanced medical care is provided by Franciscan St. Anthony Health, a full-service medical center located approximately 17 minutes northeast of Cedar Lake Ministries. Emergency EMS transportation is less than two minutes away, if needed.
 
Food Service
 
The dining hall is managed by a full-time, year round certified Food Service Director. A professional-grade cooking facility, the 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 accommodating to campers with dietary restrictions or food allergies. To prepare and facilitate care for your child, include any allergies and restrictions when completing the registration form. Our Program Director, Food Service Director or Camp Nurse may contact you prior to camp, if necessary, to ensure proper care will be provided.
 
Insurance
 
To keep our camp tuition to a minimum, we do not provide camper insurance. Expenses incurred when a camper is treated by an outside medical provider are the responsibility of the parent or guardian and/or their personal insurance. The camp’s policy regarding medical coverage parallels those medical policies set forth by most elementary and secondary schools. By attending, campers and their guardian’s consent to this policy.
 
Activity and Environment
 
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 regularly for potential hazards. Camper interaction is closely monitored to ensure a bully-free environment.
 
Camp activities involve the waterfront, which is the most high-risk area on the grounds; 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. Due to the shallow nature of Cedar Lake, the swimming area has a maximum depth of four feet and campers are not allowed on the dock to prevent diving into shallow waters. A properly fitted and secured flotation device must be worn at all times when a camper engages in boating, canoeing or kayaking. Water equipment can only be used in designated area, in compliance with state laws, and when a lifeguard is present.
 
Staffing and Training
 
As a parent, you are rightfully concerned about who influences your child. 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. Cedar Lake Ministries employs a Program Director and Summer Staff Program Assistants who manage all summer staff. 
 
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 receive 40-80 hours of intensive job specific training. This includes proper use and safety procedures for activities and equipment as well as emergency action procedures in response to fire, inclement weather, suspicious persons, etc. Additional instruction is provided to adaptation based on the age-group of the present campers. Further training includes Child Protection Policies regarding modesty, reporting, appropriate behavior and touch and securing a bully-free environment.
 
 
 

What to Bring to Overnight Camp

 
Clothing
 
  • 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 or Jacket for cooler nights
 
Other
 
  • Bible – we would be happy to give you one if you do not have one
  • Towels – bath and beach
  • Toiletries, Sunscreen, Bug Repellent
  • Water Bottle
  • Laundry Bag
  • Sleeping Bag or Bedding for twin bed, Pillow and Pillowcase
  • Flashlight
  • 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.).
 

What NOT to Bring

To avoid damage to valuable items and to help limit distractions while focusing on the purpose of your time here, Cedar Lake Ministries asks that campers leave the following items at home.
 
  • 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 – Cedar Lake Ministries 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, Cedar Lake Ministries reserves the right to confiscate any inappropriate items, to be returned to the parent when the child is picked up from camp.
 
 
 

Arrival & Departure

 
Arrival
 
Check-in time for overnight camp is Sunday from 4:00-5:00 PM.
 
Departure
 
The camp week ends Friday at 10:30 AM after a 30-minute closing session that begins at 10:00 AM. Parents are encouraged to attend and enjoy the final session with their campers.
 
 
 

Cancellations

For cancellations 14 days or more prior to the start of your child’s camp start date, a $50 handling fee will be issued. Cancellations made less than 14 days prior to your child’s camp start date are non-refundable; however, you may transfer your registration to another event or guest by calling our office at (219) 374-5941.