Resident Camp Information
Our Resident Camp has come a long way from 1941’s tents and latrines. We have cozy cabins, neat bath houses, adventure course elements, a slippy slide, and more. While many things have changed over the years, the spirit of camp is the same, promoting life change through Christ. Campers spend the whole week at camp from Sunday afternoon through Friday evening. They sleep in cabins with up to 14 campers and two trained counselors. Each week we have a different Bible teacher who leads daily Bible lessons, and campers gather at the end of each day for campfire. Counselors lead cabin devotionals and various camp activities. We have something special for each age group, while upholding some of the all-time favorite games, events and traditions.
Some activities for residential camp are different for each age group, but may include:
-Daily Praise and Worship
-Morning and evening recreation games
-Swim or slippy slide
-Dinner themes such as Clash and Goofy
-Adventure activities: Climbing tower, Giant swing and Zipline.
New this year: Serve to Lead - Youth Leadership Program
We are offering a new leadership training for youth age 15 to 17, who would like to serve, develop leadership skills, and grow in their relationship with God. Through a hands-on, four week long program participants will gain relevant camp ministry experience and lots of awesome memories! For more information on this opportunity please see the detailed program description below.
2018 Camp Weeks:
June 24-29: Grades 9-13 (This includes campers who graduate high school in June, 2018)
July 1-6: Grades 4-8
July 8 - 11: Grades 2-5
July 15 - 20:Grades 4-8
July 22 - 27: Grades 9-12
$366.00 a week
Mini Week: $248.00 (add Thursday and Friday in Day Camp for $92.00)
The list of available discounts is visible here: Summer Camp Fees & Discounts 2018
If you need financial assistance check out our Campership page for more information.
Resident Camp FAQs
Q: My child wants to come to camp with their friends. Can they all be put into the same cabin?
A: Individual campers can request 2 cabin mates, but requests need to be mutual. This means if your child requests two friends, but those two campers don’t request your child, your child’s request will not be granted. The largest friend group we place in the same cabin would consist of 3 children. If you have a group larger than three, we will sort them into smaller groups between multiple cabins.
Q: My child has food allergies. How does camp handle that?
A: Due to the extreme nature of some food allergies, Camp Men-O-Lan has become a peanut free facility. We take allergies very seriously and our staff are trained in emergency procedures as well as how to use an Epi-pen. We do our best to accommodate special dietary needs such as vegetarian or gluten free choices. Parents are also welcome to bring special food or snacks for their children. Please always contact the Program Director to discuss your child’s specific needs.
Q: My child plays sports and there are practices during their week of camp. Can I pick them up and bring them back after practice?
A: We understand that many campers have other commitments during their summer, however we highly encourage campers to stay at Camp for the entire week. If this is not possible, special arrangements can be made in advance with the Camp Office. After arrangements are made with the Office Staff, campers may be picked up/dropped off during business hours of 8am-5pm. If your camper cannot return by 5pm, you must wait until the following day and return after 8am.
Q: What is the payment policy for resident camp?
A: $50.00 deposit is required to process all registrations. All deposits are non-refundable and non-transferrable. The balance of your camper fee is due two weeks prior to the start of your registered week(s), and can be paid via check, money order, major credit card, or online. Please make all checks payable to Camp Men-O-Lan. All returned checks will be charged a $25 processing fee.
Full payment must be received two weeks prior to arrival date. If your child/children are attending more than one week of Camp, separate payments may be made. However, deposits are required for each week and must be enclosed with registration in order to process. Men-O-Lan pricing may be subject to change without notice.
Q: Do you have any programs for children with special needs?
A: We do not have programs designed specifically for children with special needs, however we are glad to discuss involvements and opportunities on a case by case basis. Although we carefully train our counselors on how to best serve our campers, the training provided is not geared specifically toward children with special needs or at risk youth. All campers must be reasonably mobile in order to fully participate in Camp. If your child has any special needs, please contact the Program Director to discuss how we can best serve your family..
Q: How do you screen and train your staff?
A: To ensure that we hire only the highest quality staff, each candidate goes through an extensive filtering and screening process. Applicants (even returning staff) must fill out an in-depth application, and we personally interview every candidate. Following the interview process, we check 3 personal references, and require the FBI Fingerprinting background check, the State Police criminal history background check, and the ChildLine Child Abuse clearance. All three must come back clear before the start of staff training.
Our staff must participate in a 7 day staff training and orientation period. During training week we spend time going over general Camp rules and practices regarding health and safety, risk management, supervision, and more. We train our counselors how to best serve their camper age groups, and how to incorporate our organizational mission and values into the daily Camp life.
We are looking for counselors who are caring, compassionate, fun-loving, energetic, and demonstrate a high level of integrity.
Q: What is your camper to counselor ratio?
A: Resident Camp’s maximum ratio is 1 staff member to 7 campers.
Please also note that counselors are not to be alone with individual campers in enclosed areas.
Q: We are not Christians. Can my child skip Bible time?
A: We do not provide alternative activities during Bible and worship time, however, we promise not to force your child to actively participate in our Bible-related activities. What we ask (not only at Bible time, but during every Camp activity) is to be respectful towards the other campers and the staff.
Q: What if there is an emergency during camp?
A: If there is an emergency during camp, we will do our best to contact parents, guardians and/or emergency contacts as quickly as time permits. Please know that during an emergency, we are doing everything in our power to take care of your child before we are contacting you.
Q: How do you handle bullying?