Frequently Asked Questions
How is COVID-19 affecting camp in 2021?
Please note that because of the fluid nature of this situation, some or all of these policies may be changed, removed, or added to as circumstances require. We will be in a state of constant evaluation over all of these policies and adjust them as necessary. Additionally, we reserve the right to reschedule or cancel any sessions that are deemed to be unsafe due to this virus.
NOW/LEADING UP TO CAMP
- Not Allowing Camp Teams to Attend – these teams are from Bible colleges around the US and will have been traveling for the summer. We feel it is best to not have that possible level of exposure to our campers.
- Restricting Out of State Campers – As of right now, we are limiting registrations to Missouri residents only. We will be reevaluating this as we draw closer to camp.
- Obeying Local Governments – If the county the camper resides in has not been deemed safe to “open up,” that camper can’t attend– camp WILL refund these cases.
- Encouraging campers to “shelter in place” the week leading up to their session.
- Full refunds will ONLY be issued if there is a positive Covid case in the camper’s household within 14 days of the camper’s session beginning.
- Signed affidavit that camper has not had a fever or interaction with infected person in the last 7 days – this will be emailed to you ahead of time for you to bring with. There will also be an online link for you to sign digitally. Additionally, this form will be available at check in. Campers who do not complete this affidavit will not be allowed to check in.
- Temperature check – These will be conducted as a camper gets to their dorm or cabin. We reserve the right to do random temperature checks through the camp session.
- At this time, we anticipate allowing ONE parent/adult assist with moving into the dorms/cabins during check-in.
- Once campers are on campus, they will not be permitted to leave and come back.
We will be implementing extra cleaning during sessions/between sessions.
- Food Service will not be self-serve.
- We are being intentional about the games we play to limit the risk of infection.
- Our medical staff will have authority to send campers home who exhibit any signs of illness. In the case of a camper being sent home, a pro-rated refund will be offered.
What should my camper bring/not bring to camp?
• Towels/Washcloths for showers and/or swimming
• Twin sized bedding or sleeping bag and a pillow
• Toiletries (soap, shampoo, toothbrush, etc.)
• Bible, pens, notebook/paper, etc.
• Any medication your child takes regularly (must be in original containers, properly labeled with dosage and intervals)
• Sunscreen and bug spray
• Optional Items: cinch sack/backpack, alarm clock, extension cord/power strip, camera, goggles, fan, dirty clothes bag, stuffed animal
WHAT NOT TO BRING
The first thing we ask that your camper leave at home is their cell phone. We know this isn’t easy, but it will enhance the camp experience for your child. We know all the reasons kids would want or need their cell phones, but we feel that they are a huge distraction while at camp. We cannot possibly police everyone’s usage, so it is simpler to ask that everyone leave them at home. If you need to contact your child while at camp, you may call us, and we will relay the message and, if necessary, have them call you back on the camp phone. Please note that we will not enforce this guideline as a camp, it is a recommendation that we have set forth and leave it to your discretion, but it is STRONGLY encouraged.
Other things to leave at home include electronics of any kind (iPod, iPad, MP3 players, etc.), weapons, any food or drink items, and fireworks. Other things you may want to leave at home are items of value (like expensive clothes or shoes or irreplaceable items). Bringing any drugs, alcohol, or any tobacco product is forbidden and doing so will result in your child being sent home immediately.
Can my camper request a bunkmate?
Absolutely! We love for our campers to come to camp with friends. There is a space on the registration form for you to request two friends for your camper to be housed with.
(Please note: some of our churches assign housing by their established small groups, so you may not see a space for requesting a bunkmate for those churches.)
My camper wants to attend with an older/younger friend - how does that work?
So glad you asked! Our camps are set up for campers to attend the session that corresponds to the grade they will be entering this coming fall. Our camp’s policy is that a camper my move DOWN one grade, but not up. The reason behind this is because the majority of campers can easily grasp concepts that they’ve moved past, but can sometimes find it difficult to understand things that are meant for older campers.
Here are a few examples of how our policy works.
SCENARIO 1: Your camper is going into 6th grade but wants to attend Camp 45 with his friends who are only going into 5th grade. Since our policy is moving down is okay, this fits within our criteria and is acceptable.
SCENARIO 2: Your camper is going into 7th grade, but you want him to attend Camp 45 with his little brother who is going into 5th. Because that would mean moving down TWO grade levels, this is outside of our policy, and would not be acceptable.
SCENARIO 3: Your camper is going into 5th grade, but all his friends are going into 6th grade and are attending Junior High Camp. Your camper’s friends are welcome to move down to Camp 45, but your camper may not move UP to Junior High Camp.
If you still aren’t sure about your situation or you have more questions, please feel free to email us at firstname.lastname@example.org and we would be more than happy to help!
Is it possible to come to camp as a volunteer/sponsor?
First, thank you for considering to help out at camp this summer. Whether you’re a parent, a church volunteer, or a sponsor for your church, you’re needed. Please be aware that you will need to contact the dean of the session before being able to complete an application. Our deans are ultimately in charge of determining the amount of volunteers needed for the session and acceptance will be based on his/her needs.
Please use the following to contact the dean for the session(s) at which you are desiring to serve:
Day Camp || Kellee Gentry || email@example.com
First Chance Camp || Megan Clay || firstname.lastname@example.org
Kick Start Camp || Manda Miller || email@example.com
Camp 23 || Rochelle Gerdts || firstname.lastname@example.org
Camp 45-1 || Rachel Borcherding || email@example.com
Camp 45-2 || Christin Merz || firstname.lastname@example.org
Junior High 1 || Jeremy Keeler || email@example.com
Junior High 2 || Ben Harris || firstname.lastname@example.org
High School Camp || Jeremiah Howze || email@example.com
Wilderness Camps || Lori Hancock || firstname.lastname@example.org
Adults (anyone over 18) who wish to apply to be a volunteer at High Hill this summer must complete a Volunteer Staff Form and consent to a background check in order to be considered for volunteer staff at High Hill. There is a $10 fee for adult volunteers to cover your background check – but you also will receive a free t-shirt! Check with your church before submitting the form – many of our churches have a volunteer code that they use to pay your fee for you.
For student volunteers who are under 18, they must complete a STUDENT Volunteer Staff Form. All students must complete this form in order to be considered for volunteer staff at High Hill. In order to serve in our KS, 23, or 45 camp programs, you must be entering 8th grade or above, To serve at a Junior High session, you must be entering 10th or above. If you are over 18 or will be 18 before June 1st, you will need to fill out an Adult Volunteer Staff form.
Do you have a dress code?
Do you have scholarships available?
On a limited basis, yes. Scholarships will be given as funds are available. Additionally, we will only award scholarships to one camper per family and only once every other year to allow as many families as possible to receive scholarship funds.
CLICK HERE to fill out an application.
My camper has a dietary allergy - how do you handle that?
If you would like to speak with us about any concerns you have, please email us at email@example.com. If you would like to speak with the camp cook directly, he can be reached by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
I have a balance due - how do I make a payment?
How do I contact my camper while they are at High Hill?
1) Bunk1 (www.bunk1.com)
Our camp has a partnership with an online contact company called Bunk1. They are specifically geared toward communication with campers/parents while at camp. You have the option to set up an account, add your campers, and then purchase credits that allow you to send or receive “bunk notes” from your camper. Bunk notes are delivered at every meal and are easy for your camper to immediately respond to. Our campers have come to love bunk mail!
2) Traditional Mail
If you would like to send your camper a letter or a package while they are here, that’s GREAT! Please make sure to allow adequate time for mail to arrive (we suggest sending a week early) as late mail will not be returned. Additionally, Fed-Ex and UPS make deliveries here daily, so many of our parents have begun to take advantage of a trackable Amazon Prime delivery. We think that’s genius.
Here’s where to send mail:
High Hill Christian Camp
Camper’s Name / Week of Camp
20 Camp Lane
High Hill, MO 63350
How does Check-In Work?
Once you’re through our initial screening, you will be directed to a parking place, and then check-in will be similar to last year, but with social distancing. We will be discouraging making tuition, canteen, or other payments on Sunday in order to reduce face-to-face time with our staff. Please make payments at least 48 hours in advance through our camper payment page.
We anticipate being able to allow ONE parent/adult into the cabin or dorm with your camper to help them set up their bed. Once your camper gets settled into their room, we ask that you immediately proceed back to your vehicle. We understand that this is not an ideal situation, and you would love to be able to spend time touring the camp, but the less exposure our facilities have, the better for all of our campers. We appreciate your cooperation in this matter.
Will guests be allowed at camp?
Additionally, if a camper has to leave camp for any reason, they will not be permitted to return to camp for that session.
What are you doing to help keep campers safe?
- At home pre-screening before kids ever get to camp
- Signed affidavits that campers were pre-screened
- Staggered check-in times to limit number of non-campers on campus
- Enhanced screening during check-in (everyone who comes on campus, not just campers)
- Limiting access to cabins and other camp facilities during check-in to non-campers
- No drop off of care packages for campers/discouraged mail
- Utilizing Bunk1 as preferred method of communication
- Enhanced cleaning of cabins and general spaces during a week of camp
- More washing and sanitizing of hands when entering cabins and general spaces around camp
- Campers will mainly interact with the other campers in their cabin and with one additional cabin (“family”) for small group activities
- For larger group activities (such as meals, rec time, swimming, etc.), the camp will be split into “corhorts” which will combine 2-3 family groups (approximately 35-60 campers) based on ACA guidelines. We will have combined cohorts in large spaces like dining hall and worship area; however, each cohort will maintain significant distance (10+ feet) between them.
What will happen if my camper (or someone in their cabin) gets sick?
What about masks?