Residential Camp Overview
Residential camp at HoneyRock provides a rustic camp experience for young people to grow, develop, and have a blast. Making new friends, learning new activities, facing personal challenges, and having fun is the focus of residential camp. Each day campers will study the Bible, spend time in prayer and participate in worshiping God. At HoneyRock we are not about entertainment or the next "rah-rah" event. From the unique and challenging activities we offer, to the family style way we eat our meals, everything we do at HoneyRock is designed to develop fully-devoted followers of Jesus Christ.
Entering Grades: 3-5
Dates: June 22-27
This program is specifically designed for children entering 3rd-5th grades who are going to overnight camp for the first time. Many parents use this shorter camp session for their children who have not been away from home for a significant amount of time and need an introduction to camp. Campers will get a taste of camp life, try a wide variety of activities, and become prepared for longer sessions. The goal is for campers to move to (12-Day Residential Camp) after one summer of Intro Camp. If ready, we encourage 5th graders to register for (12-Day Residential Camp) rather than this shorter Intro Camp session.
Wilderness trips: Campers may have the opportunity to sleep in one of our moonlight adventure spots including the Wagon Train, Trapper's Den, Tom Sawyer's Raft or Beaver Island.
Instructional activity areas: Campers will rotate through all the activities with their cabin groups by week's end.
Service opportunities: Campers will serve each other, clean their cabins, set tables, and participate in other small service project.
Spiritual focus: Engaging lessons are taught daily on core aspects of the Christian faith and life.
12-Day Residential Camp
Entering Grades: 5-8 (4th graders who successfully completed Intro Camp may attend)
Session 1: June 29 - July 10
Session 2: July 13-24
Session 3: July 27 - August 07
Our 12-Day Residential Camp program has been a part of HoneyRock since we opened our doors in 1951. Twelve days of camp allow campers to have deeper relationships with their cabin mates and counselors. Campers can focus on achieving award levels in certain activities they enjoy while still getting to experience many of the other activities HoneyRock has to offer. Healthy habits such as being a responsible person, having a devotional time, and caring for others begin to take root. Life skills like being a good communicator and being respectful to others begin to develop through meeting and living with new people, being outdoors, and interacting with counselors.
Wilderness trips: Hike or canoe to scenic destinations near HoneyRock for 1 to 2 nights.
Instructional activity areas: Campers can work to earn their basic, intermediate or masters in the activities of their choice during two 2 hour activity periods each day.
Service opportunities: Campers set tables, clean their cabins, and do service in activity areas. or participate in the Solid Rock club
Spiritual focus: Campers have a daily Bible lesson, worship session, and learn how to have a personal quiet time with God.
The majority of our counselors are Wheaton College students enrolled in our Summer Leadership School. After an extensive application process, all counselors go through 4-5 weeks of intense training led by HoneyRock’s full-time professional staff and a variety of college professors who are experts in child development and working with young people. Our training model is the best possible preparation for students to become excellent residential camp counselors. During this training period, which is much longer than industry norms, counselors take academic classes related to camp ministry, learn wilderness trip skills, become Red Cross certified in First-Aid, CPR and water safety, and learn how to create Bible studies and devotional times applicable to young people.
HoneyRock offers unique activities that are designed intentionally to help give campers a new and unique experience with the unfamiliar, expand their minds, increase their potential, and encourage them to think big. Campers sign up daily for the activities of their choice. Options available include: canoeing, archery, kayaking, riflery, wilderness skills, mountain biking, swimming, sailing, crafts and climbing. Horsemanship ($90 additional fee, minimum 5 rides), waterskiing ($75 additional fee, minimum 4 times), and ceramics ($30 additional fee, minimum 3 times) are only available for a limited number of campers in the 2-week residential program. All campers in one-week camp, may choose to participate in waterskiing and horsemanship at no additional charge. In each activity area, campers work to progress through our levels system. Campers move from ‘basic’ to ‘intermediate’ to ‘masters’ with each new level achievement being recognized at our Family Day awards ceremony, and campers are awarded with a special sticker unique to each level.
Cabin groups consist of 1-2 counselors and 6-8 campers. All cabin groups share in an exciting wilderness campout, moonlight adventures (overnights in adventuresome locations around camp), Bible studies and other unique group experiences.
Sleeping Bag Purchase Program
This summer we are offering campers the option to purchase a new Marmot sleeping bag for $75; this is $20 less than retail stores. We have chosen this bag because it is the ideal sleeping bag for use in all of our programs. This fully synthetic, 30-degree rated sleeping bag is warm, versatile, durable and packs easily for use on wilderness trips and campouts. If you are interested in purchasing a sleeping bag, please check the box on the registration form. Campers will receive their sleeping bag when they arrive at HoneyRock. Each bag will also have a HoneyRock nametag attached to the zipper pull so it can be easily identified.
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