Camp Policies 2020

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Email Communication
Because of registration volume, we use email. Please add summercamp@stchristopher.org and thiers@stchristopher.org to your address book to ensure that our communications do not end up in a  spam or junk mail folder.

Camp Office hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays.

Registration Dates
Early registration (see the next paragraph for qualifications) will be open from 9 a.m. Monday, Jan. 13, 2020, through 5 p.m. Saturday, January 25. Registration will reopen for all applicants at 9 a.m. Friday, January 31. We operate strictly on a first-come, first served policy. Please note that sessions fill quickly, so plan to apply early for the best opportunity of receiving your first choice.

Early Registration
In order to register on the earlier date of January 13, campers, their parents, or grandparents must be members (in regular, weekly attendance) of a parish or school of The Anglican Diocese of South Carolina, the Anglican Church of North America, or The Episcopal Church. Any applications received from non-members before January 31 will be rejected and a $30 administrative fee will apply.

Registration
In order to register, an account must be created at the registration website. If you created an account last season, use the same login credentials. If you are new to camp, create an account. A link will appear here on registration start dates.

Grades
Apply for sessions according to what grade the child is now completing.

Buddy Camp

This program is for younger campers (graduates of kindergarten, first, and second grades only) and a same-sex buddy. Buddy Camp gives children and their buddies an opportunity to see what camp is all about by participating in an overnight session. Campers may bring a same-sex parent, grandparent, sibling (18 or older), or a family friend. Each camper (even if from the same family) must bring a buddy. Adults may not serve as buddy to more than one camper at a session. Session fees for Buddy Camp include the camper and the buddy.

Outdoor Adventure Camp Sessions
During these sessions, campers will spend their week kayaking, sleeping in tents, cooking over fires, and participating in activities at St. Christopher. The Session 2OAC (grades 8-12) will leave St. Christopher property to explore the creeks and rivers of the Lowcountry. Campers will spend three days camping and kayaking on the Stono River.

Sessions 3OAC & 5OAC (grades 6-8) will spend the majority of their week using St. Christopher as base camp and will participate in various activities in or around campus. These campers will also kayak and camp on Botany Island (an undeveloped island directly across the estuary from St. Christopher) one night during the session.

While these may be more rugged sessions than our traditional camp, the idea of the Outdoor Adventure Camp is to help campers escape their comfort zone, feel more vulnerable, and recognize their need for a Savior. Leaders will focus on helping the campers to identify their gifts for leadership and encouraging campers to grow in those gifts.

Session Start Times
All session check-ins are in Susanna’s House. Camp sessions (except Buddy Camp sessions) begin with check-in from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. on the first day of the session. Please do not arrive before 1:15 p.m., as this hampers our preparation to receive your campers. Buddy Camp session check-in is from 9 to 10 a.m. on the session start day.

Session Closing Ceremonies
All closing ceremonies take place in Susanna’s House. Closing ceremonies begin at 9:20 a.m. on the final day. Exceptions: Sessions 6 and 11 will close at 1:20 p.m. on the final day. Parents, family, friends, clergy, children’s ministers and youth ministers are encouraged to attend this gathering. Camp is not over until the closing service ends. All campers must be checked out of their cabins after the ceremony. Please do not leave with your child until then. Buddy Camp ends at 5 p.m. on the final day.

Scholarship Gift Options
We ask that all applicants and their families prayerfully consider making a contribution to our scholarship fund. When applying online, a $10 scholarship gift will be added to the account when a session is selected. The opportunity to decline or increase your giving level is available during registration.

Physician’s Release & Parental Consent: The Physician’s Release & Parental Consent document must be printed, signed by a physician, and uploaded or postmarked no later than April 30, 2020). This hard-copy document is not required to complete registration, but must be submitted via upload to the parent portal (registration website) or postmarked (if using USPS) no later than April 30. Please visit the Accepted Campers tab under the Summer Camp section on this website.

This document must be completed and signed by a physician (on or after August 1, 2019) for a child to be eligible for camp. Please either upload the completed document directly to the parent portal (registration website) or mail the completed document to Summer Camp Office, St. Christopher Camp and Conference Center, 2810 Seabrook Island Road, Johns Island, SC 29455. The document must be uploaded or postmarked no later than April 30 to avoid a $20 late fee per camper.

Online Medical Form: The Online Medical Form is not required at the time of camper registration and is a separate form from the Physician’s Release & Parental Consent document. Parents must return to their account using their login credentials, then complete and submit the form for each registered camper no later than April 30, 2020, in order to avoid a $20 late fee per camper.

Medication Administration Policy

  • All medications, prescription and over the counter, require a physician’s authorization.
  • Prescription medications must be in the original container with pharmacy label attached. Only send the number of tablets your child will need. Do not send full bottles.
  • Over-the-counter medications must be in the original container and labeled with the camper’s name.
  • Each container must include only the medication indicated on the label.
  • The first dose of a medication that a camper has not taken before should be given at home so the camper can be monitored closely for hypersensitivity and side effects.
  • Medications not in original containers or packaging will not be given.
  • Medications will only be administered according to label directions.
  • Prescription medications being sent with your camper should be listed on the Physician’s Release & Parental Consent Document.
  • For camp sessions in which closing ceremonies begin in the morning, campers will not receive their morning medications. Parents should be prepared to administer medications upon leaving St. Christopher.

Full Session Attendance
Campers are accepted for the entire camp session and must attend the session in its entirety. Please select a session that does not conflict with school, family vacations, or sporting events. To do otherwise is unfair to fellow campers, staff, and those on the wait list.

Multiple Campers within the Same Family
When completing the online application, add all prospective campers in a family to the account before submitting the application and payment. If you are a grandparent applying for grandchildren from different families, please create a separate account for each family of grandchildren.

Acceptance & Wait List
If the online registration is successfully completed and the application fee is paid, the camper has been accepted into the session selected. An auto email will be generated and sent at the time of registration. We will not send other email regarding account balances.

Campers will be notified if they have been added to a wait list. No wait list is longer than 25 names. If wait lists are full for all sessions, we will notify you accordingly. When we receive cancellations for a full session, we notify children on the wait list in the order of application and require an application fee payment in order to secure a spot.

Fees & Payments
A non-refundable application fee is required in order to complete registration. The fee is $100 for all sessions except Buddy Camp sessions ($50). Online registration includes a $5 card processing fee. All camp balances are due no later than April 30, in order to avoid a $20 late fee per camper. Camper registrations are subject to cancellation if balances are not paid in full by the deadline.

No application fee is required for campers on wait lists campers. Any applications received from non-church members before January 31 will be rejected and a $30 administrative fee will apply.

If a check is returned, the camper registration is pending until we receive a replacement payment. If payment is not received promptly, the registration will be cancelled. There is a $25 charge for all returned checks.

Cancellation Policy & Changes to your Application
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Application fees are non-refundable. All cancellations and changes to applications must be made in writing.

Write to summercamp@stchristopher.org or Summer Camp, St. Christopher Camp and Conference Center, 2810 Seabrook Island Rd, Johns Island, SC 29455. Please do not request changes by telephone.

If cancellation is made after April 30, refunds of any additional payment (beyond the non-refundable application fee) will only be given if the vacancy can be filled. Exceptions can be made in the case of documented medical emergencies or illness. Refunds must be requested within a month of the end of the camp session for which the child was registered. Refunds will only be issued to the parent or guardian named on the application within a month of the written request.

Scholarships
Limited scholarship help is available from the James L. White Scholarship Fund. Generally St. Christopher can provide up to one-third of the cost for those with a verifiable need. We ask the home church to provide a third, and the camper’s family to provide the remaining third. The first step is to register for the desired session, paying the $100 application fee. After successful registration, a completed scholarship application may be submitted. The scholarship application may be found on this website. Scholarship applications are due by April 30. If you apply to camp after April 30, the scholarship application must be received within 14 days of the registration date.

Cabin Mate Requests
Cabin mate requests are optional and may be made by logging in to your online account and submitting the Cabin Mate Request form. We will only consider reciprocal requests, and only two requests may be made. If more than two names are entered, the request is void. Once the form is completed and submitted, changes cannot be made online. Only requests received by the April 30 deadline will be considered. There is no guarantee, but we do our best to place your child with at least one chosen camper.

Homesickness
We will contact you only if we believe that a camper’s homesickness is harming the overall experience of your camper or of other campers. Campers are not allowed to call home for the duration of the session; they may, however receive and send mail daily.

Camper Mail
Campers are not allowed to receive packages while at camp, but they are allowed to receive letters and cards. Send mail to:
Camper Name
Session #
St. Christopher Summer Camp
2810 Seabrook Island Road
John’s Island, SC 29455

Multiple Sessions
Campers are not permitted to register for multiple sessions of camp until March 1, 2020. We want as many children as possible to have the opportunity to attend summer camp. If your camper is interested in attending a second session, please contact the summer camp office March 1. If a camper registers for multiple sessions before March 1, one registration will be removed and a $30 administrative fee will apply.

New this year: A limited selection of items from our gift shop will be available to campers for purchase during canteen time. The following items will be available: tee shirts, water bottles, sunglasses, and a summer camp sticker. Participation is optional and no more than $20 is suggested (cash sales only). If parents prefer, as always, the gift shop is open on check-in and closing days.

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