Whether it is for a few days or a full week, time at camp can be intimidating for both parents and youth and could cause some anxiety. This is normal and can be worked through both prior to a camp experience and while at camp. Here are a few things remember.
Check-in: Campers will be greeted by staff upon arrival and assisted through the check-in process. Please have any necessary forms/paperwork readily available.
Check-out:You will be greeted by camp staff and directed to where you will check-out your camper. Parents and guardians are then encouraged to attend the closing program for where campers will join them.
THE CAMP STORE WILL BE OPEN DURING BOTH CHECK-IN AND CHECK-OUT!
What to Bring:
What Not to Bring:
If you have any questions or concerns, please give us a call. If campers happen to bring any of these items our staff will be happy to hold on to it until the end of the camping event.
Please fill out all forms at least 2 weeks prior to the start of your camper’s event. Remember to check to be sure you’ve signed all forms so your camper will be able to participate in all activities. Having all forms completed prior to the event will speed up your check in process. You may log in to your child’s account at our https://cwngui.campwise.com/Apps/OnlineReg/Pages/Login.html. If you have troubles logging in, please contact our camp registrar.
We take homesickness seriously. We train our staff and plan our program in such a way as to help avoid homesickness. We create the most nurturing, comforting environment possible, and with all our activities, most children are able to overcome their homesickness quickly. However, there are a few children every summer who are unable to shake homesickness. If this happens, one of our leadership staff will contact you.
For tips for preventing homesickness, please visit: https://www.acacamps.org/press-room/how-to-choose-camp/homesickness. Label link: ACA Homesickness
Each Iowa U.M. Camp has a Health Care Manager qualified to handle distribution of medication, health issues, and, if necessary, accidents. On check-in day medications and health forms are looked over by parents and the camp Health Care Manager to ensure all special needs are being properly addressed. For more information, contact the site your camper will be attending directly. A health screening will be done the day of check-in.
Camp staff are trained in safety procedures in the event of severe storms, including flooding and tornadoes. We have below ground storm shelters where campers can gather if there is a tornado warning. Camp also stays closely connected to weather watch and warning sources, including NOAA weather radios, local news stations, and local law enforcement. If there is excessive heat, campers are given regular breaks and encouraged to wear sunscreen and drink water. Most sleeping and dining accommodations are held in air-conditioned spaces.
LOUMC staff are trained to deal with inappropriate behavior in a safe, constructive way that leads to positive outcomes. At Okoboji, campers will be held responsible for their actions in a positive and respectful way. Misbehavior in a camping setting takes many forms. At the Iowa UM Camps, we are want to ensure campers and guest feel safe, secure and loved. As staff we try to stop and redirect behaviors in which are not in alignment with this core value. Each behavioral situation is dealt with on a case by case basis. If staff are unable to correct the misbehaving, parents or guardians may be called.
Okoboji Camp Staff are carefully screened and selected to ensure we provide a safe environment for campers to thrive. Each staff member participates in two-weeks of training. During training, staff learn about safety awareness, camper relations, safely facilitating programming. Along with the training to work with youth, all Okoboji staff are trained in CPR, First Aid and AED. We follow standards set by the American Camp Association to ensure staff are ready to care for your child.
Iowa U.M. Camps are accredited through the American Camp Association. The ACA is a nationally recognized accrediting body for camping programs and a leader in childhood development, education, and welfare. To earn ACA accreditation, our camps must comply with more than 300 health, safety, and program quality standards. Iowa United Methodist Camps are regularly reviewed by ACA professionals to ensure they continue to meet these high standards.