Parent Communicator is a service designed especially for parents, relatives, and friends of campers. It allows you to: send one-way emails to your camper, keep up to date with session activities through our camp newsletter, view photos, and purchase gift items.
The answers to many of your questions—including questions about health care, account statements, and what to pack—can be found on our Parent Information Sheet. Additional questions are answered below (click on the question to display the answer).
- Provide programming that encourages meaningful spiritual growth in Jesus Christ
- Provide quality staff, each with a servant’s heart and a strong commitment to living God’s Way
- Challenge youth to make a commitment to Jesus Christ and His way of living
- Help youth develop a greater self-understanding and acceptance of others
- Help youth develop and strengthen friendships
The answer to this question really varies from child to child. According to Toni Anderson, “It’s more a maturity issue than an age issue. . . Some important criteria to consider before making a decision on camp, especially one where kids spend the night, include: showing an interest in the experience; being able to tie shoelaces; cutting their own food; being able to take care of their grooming needs; being able to read and tell time; having some level of emotional maturity.”
If you are still uncertain about a particular child, we encourage you to contact the Highland Youth Office. We can partner together to try to determine your child’s readiness for camp and see which program might best meet your child’s needs.
Cheri Evans suggests the following:
- Allow your child to be involved in the decision-making process.
- Involve your youngster in selecting clothes. Do the packing together so your child is aware of what is in the suitcase.
- Select some postcards and pre-address and stamp them so your child can write a quick note and send them to you while at camp.
- Inform your child that the camp has a policy that campers are not permitted to make phone calls during their stay at camp, except in an emergency.
- Talk with your child about what to expect in all areas, particularly the area of spiritual emphasis and development.
- Pray with your child about what will be happening. Encourage your son or daughter to share concerns or fears he or she may have so you may pray about them.
If you are interested in some additional hints, contact the Highland Youth Office for a free copy of the Cheri Evans pamphlet entitled “Preparing Your Child for Camp,” a publication of CCI/USA.
While camp is in session (except during The Edge camps), a nurse is available to treat illness and injury, to manage medications, and to work with local health care professionals. Several additional staff members are trained in first-aid and CPR.
Staff Screening – Each staff person at Highland Retreat is carefully screened. The process starts when an application is submitted, which we review carefully, even for returning staff. We contact at least three confidential references, including one from their home church, before conducting a personal interview with the applicant. The next step is a complete criminal background check. Only individuals who meet each careful requirement are hired.
Staff Training – All staff are required to attend a 4-14 day staff training event. The general training that all staff attend involves sessions on health and safety, risk management, age group characteristics, organizational mission, supervision, and more. More specific training is offered for staff working with campers, in the kitchen, in supervisory roles, and so on.