Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
Q: What time is drop-off and pick-up each day for Day Camp?
A: Drop-off runs from 7:15-8:15 am; Pick-up runs from 4:30-5:30 pm.
Q: What meals are included for Day Camp?
A: We serve breakfast and lunch each day for Day Campers.
Q: What should I pack each day?
A: A water bottle, good shoes, sunscreen, swimsuit, a change of clothes, and a towel are daily essentials for Day Campers.
Q: What type of activities will my Day Camper do?
A: In addition to daily Bible Study (more info here), Day Campers spend plenty of time in the pool, at Arts & Crafts, slingshots, canoeing, and more! We also have a weekly carnival-style celebration that is centered around the week's theme (find themes here).
Q: What are the behavioral expectations of campers?
A: Campers are part of "family groups" based on their age/camp they registered for. These groups do all activities together, from meals to worship to canoeing. Counselors rely on positive encouragement as a first tool to encourage the camper to join in the group. Examples of further discipline could be some time out from a given activity to cool down or a processing conversation with a member of leadership staff. Repeated behavior will result in calls home and possible dismissal from camp for the remainder of the session. Bullying, in any form, will result in immediate contact to parent or guardian and possible dismissal from the session. Physical violence (throwing, hitting, etc.) will likewise be grounds for immediate parent or guardian contact and dismissal for the remainder of the session.
Q: What training does the summer staff receive?
A: Our counselors undergo two weeks of intensive training. We have a number of experts who cover topics from Child Development to Bible Study (and every camp activity). We stand by our extensive training program, which is among the longest and in-depth you'll find anywhere. All of our staff are American Red Cross First Aid/CPR certified.
Q: What if my camper takes medication?
A: We have a Camp Nurse on staff who is present at Check-In and each day at camp. All medication must be given to the Camp Nurse, who will oversee and ensure its proper administration. In addition, each counselor is First Aid/CPR certified.
Q: What can my camper get from the camp store?
A: Every camper receives a t-shirt with the cost of registration to camp. Campers usually visit the store 2-3 times each week to purchase snacks, water bottles, decals, or apparel. We put a $20 maximum that can be loaded either online or check-in. Our Camp Store does not accept cash from campers.
Q: What size groups will my camper be a part of?
A: Our family groups are in ratio based on the camper age. Younger campers are in ratios of 1:6, and older campers are in ratios of 1:8. Campers spend the majority of their day with their group including activities, Bible Study, and mealtimes.
Q: What time is Check-In and Pick-Up for Overnight Camp?
A: Check-In runs from 3-5 pm on Sundays at Lake Lodge, and Closing Program/Pick-Up is from 5-5:30 pm on Fridays at Horton Lodge. The only exception is for our Explorer Campers (their info is here).
Q: Are cellphones allowed at camp?
A: We don't allow any camper to bring electronics with them. Parents can communicate via snail mail or send an email via email@example.com.
Q: Where do campers stay?
A: Bethelwoods has bunk beds in enclosed, air-conditioned cabins complete with private showers and toilets. (Our Junior Adventure and Riverwalkers campers have opportunities to stay in more rustic accommodations.)
Q: How can I communicate with my camper?
A: Campers can receive snail mail at our address (922 W Mt Gallant Rd, York, SC, 29745) or e-mails at firstname.lastname@example.org. Campers may purchase e-mail sheets in the camp store. Campers are not allowed cell phones at camp. Visitors during camp session are highly discouraged, as this interrupts the development and group formation that are core to the camp experience.
Q: What activities will my Overnight Camper do? In addition to daily Bible Study and Worship (more info here), Overnight Campers will participate in archery, cookouts over the fire, swimming in the pool, a night in the treehouse, and more. Plus, each week has its own themed carnival-style event!
Q: How do I register my child for camp?
A: Click on the Register Now buttons throughout the website. Or, just click here! A $50 non-refundable deposit is required when registering your child for camp. After registering, please download the Camper Handbook to help prepare for the camp experience.
Q: Are scholarships available?
A: Bethelwoods offers a tiered-pricing system (more info here) to help families choose what price best fits their budget. Scholarships are also available on an as-needed basis. Contact as at email@example.com or (803) 366-3722 for more information.