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 Cabin Choice
-Dinner Themes such as Clash and Goofy
-Adventure Activities: Climbing Tower, Giant Swing and Zipline.
2017 Camp Weeks:
June 25 - 30: Grades 9-12th
July 2 - 7: Grades 6-8th
July 9 - 12: Family Camp
Family Camp – Reconnect, renew, rekindle! Family Camp is a new program we are going to introduce in 2017. Our goal is to reconnect parents with their children, to help renew relationships, to rekindle affectionate interest, and to strengthen their sense of belonging. We will play games, accomplish challenges, participate in small group devotions, and create lots and lots of new memories together. A mother (guardian, and in special cases, grandmother) can sign up with 1-2 daughters. A father (guardian, and in some cases, a grandfather) can sign up with 1-2 sons. A more detailed family camp description available here.
July 16 - 21: Grades 4-6th
July 23 - 28: Grades 7-9th
$355.00 a week
Family Camp is $350.00 for an adult and child, an additional child is only $65.00
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: Each camper can request 2 cabin mates, but each camper needs to request each other. Counselor requests cannot be accommodated.
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 all staff are trained in how to use an Epi-pen and emergency procedures. Please contact the Program Director to discuss your child’s specific needs. We will be as accommodating as possible.
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, campers may be picked up/dropped off, after alerting the office staff, during business hours of 8am-5pm. If practice ends later than that, you must wait until the following day at 8am to return.
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 willing to discuss involvements and opportunities on a case by case basis. Although we do our best to prepare our counselors how to best serve the 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.
Q: How do you screen and train your staff?
A: We interview and hire only the highest quality staff candidates. Each applicant (even returning staff) must fill out an in-depth application, and we personally interview the 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.
Staff must participate in a 7 day staff training and orientation period. During this time we spend significant time going over general camp rules and policies as well as specifics for each position. Our training covers health and safety; risk management, age group characteristics, organizational mission, supervision, and more.
Q: What is your camper to counselor ratio?
A: Please also note that counselors are never alone with individual campers.
Resident Camp’s maximum ratio is 1 staff member to 7 campers
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 possible. Please know that during an emergency, we are doing everything in our power to take care of your child while we are contacting you.