What to Expect

 Committing to a five-day summer camp experience can seem daunting for a person who has never been before. We think it’s helpful to see as much of the full picture as you can before jumping on board. Below you will find what to expect if you or your child are coming to our camp.

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Campers (Students 7-13 years old)

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Lodging

Campers stay in cabins with fellow students, at least one Jr. Counselor (14-17 yo), and two adult counselors. Cabins have a shower, toilet, and sink. The beds are wooden bunkbeds each with one mattress. Linens are not provided, campers are required to bring their own sleeping bag/bedding. After the nightly campfire concludes, students go to their cabins to sleep. Aside from decorating the cabins in the morning, the required rest period in the late afternoon, and sleeping at night the campers don’t spend very much time in their cabins. Campers cannot go inside a cabin that is not assigned to them. Boy cabins and girl cabins are located in different areas of the campground. Boys and girls cannot go into the other’s cabin area.

 

Food

The food is prepared and served by the friendly kitchen staff at Redwood Christian Park (RCP). Families are required to communicate in advance if their children have any food allergies so they can be accommodated for. The food is a self-serve, buffet-style line. Kids with meal-time medications will be given their medication during the meal by our camp nurse. Kids love the food at Redwood Christian Park!

 

Teams

The kids are divided into teams, consisting of one boy cabin and one girl cabin. Throughout camp, there are numerous opportunities to receive points for your child’s team. Opportunities to earn points include finding hidden point chips around the campground, winning the daily cabin cleaning/decorating competitions, chapel competitions, team activities, and more! The winning team will receive root beer floats at the end of camp and their team picture will be included in the chronicles of the kings and queens of camp. Kids love this friendly competition! 

 

Activities

From morning ‘til evening, there's always something going on for our campers. In the morning we have cabin decorating, team devotions, morning chapel, and morning activities, some of which include puppets, art, and sports. In the afternoon there are team activities, followed by free time. During free time campers get to enjoy what RCP has to offer. Some activities include pool time, archery, rock climbing, hiking, basketball and more. Evening Chapel is held after dinner and we close the night out with our treasured Campfire Time! A full camp schedule will be available soon. 

 

Morning Chapel

During our morning chapel time we have announcements, games, and an interactive lesson from one of our awesome team members. We give an update on which team is winning the competition and give teams opportunities to win points during chapel. Morning Chapel is a fun, high-energy time, and lays the groundwork for the rest of the day.

 

Evening Chapel

After dinner, kids get ready for Evening Chapel. Camp veterans will tell you that this is the time of day they most look forward to. Chapel starts with a game and we reveal who won the morning cabin cleaning/decorating contest. After we announce the winner we shift into our worship time. Worship is fun and engaging. The songs are selected with the whole room in mind so kids, parents, and teens will be able to enter into the presence and worship together. After worship one of our camp speakers will give the message that the Lord has put on their heart for camp. This year our messages point towards the overall theme of camp, Preparing for Launch. Some of the themes for messages this year involve our identity as Sons and Daughters of God, our mission as Christ's Ekklesia, and how we put on the full armor of God. After the message we make time for the kids and families to respond. So much can happen during this response time so we are intentional to make room for the Holy Spirit to move on the hearts of campers and adults alike. People lay their problems, fears, addictions, and sins at the altar and let Jesus in. Campers give their lives to Jesus, experience miracles, receive visions and prophetic words, hear God talk to them for the first time and more. There is something very special about being in a room full of kids, teens, and adults who are burning together and experiencing Jesus. The experiences here will continue to impact them for the rest of their lives. 

 

Campfire Time

After chapel ends, everyone goes to the campfire. While we all gather around the fire pit we do some fun camp chants and play a few games. We finish out the night with our famous campfire story time! It’s a fictional story that is based on that year’s camp theme, so it changes every year and gets told in little chapters each night until the story concludes at the last campfire of the week. After story time, campers head to their cabins to sleep. Campfires are our favorite way to end the day! 

 

Pizzazz

There is one specific word you hear echoed throughout camp. It comes off of the lips of everyone involved. That word is “Pizzazz”. While the dictionary defines pizzazz as "an attractive combination of vitality and glamour," it holds an even deeper meaning at Convergence Summer Camp. Think of pizzazz as the next level. Good, better, best, PIZZAZZ. When you add pizzazz to something, you are making it better, more creative, funny, and noteworthy. Multiple times during camp we will award teams extra points if they have the most pizzazz.

 

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Jr. Counselors (Students 14-17 years old)

Jr. Counselors have a packed camp experience too! Everything listed above regarding Campers also applies to the Jr. Counselors, of which they especially tend to love the team competitions chapel times. The main difference in the Jr. Counselor Camp Experience would be their role in their team and their access to extra activities. The Jr. Counselor is a trusted member of the team and has an opportunity to lead by example and show the campers how things are done. During the scheduled rest times, that are mandatory for the Campers (7-13 year old), the Jr. Counselors have special activity time open to them, time for them to be away from their cabin and team and connect with the other Jr. Counselors and staff.

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Parents

One thing that distinguishes us from other camps is that we encourage parents to come and experience summer camp too! There are generally two types of parents that come to camp: Free-Flow Parents and Joy Village Parents.  Free-flow parents are those whose children are in their team’s cabin, with their counselors. All of their kids at camp are 7 years of age and older. Joy Village parents are those that bring their preschool aged children with them to camp. Here's what CSC looks like for each type of parent:

Free-Flow Parents

These parents get the most customizable summer camp experience. Their schedule is generally open to whatever they want to spend their time doing during the morning and afternoons. We invite parents to spend time doing activities with other parents, including a scheduled communal parent coffee hour. The main thing we expect of these type of parent attendees is to come ready to fully engage in our evening chapel services. The chapel time is our primary and most potent time of connecting with the Lord. There is something special about everyone worshiping and encountering the Lord together. Parents are invited to help us minister during the altar times and intercede during our pre-service prayer times.  A fun thing about this camp experience is the flexibility during the day to be as close to or as far from the “normal” camp action as you desire. Some parents like to help our camp staff set up and run activities for campers while other parents spend most of the day resting, hiking, praying, etc. - treating the week like a spiritual retreat. After one camp a couple told that camp felt like a "marriage retreat" for them because of the quality time they had together in the peaceful atmosphere of camp. Check out our tentative camp parent schedule here.

Joy Village Parents

The schedule for this type of parent is very similar to the other type of parent, with one obvious caveat: your children are with you. Joy Village Campers sleep in their parent’s room and spend most of their time in the care of their parent. Parents have the flexibility to take their kids to one of the many playgrounds on the RCP grounds, enjoy a scenic walk, spend time at a Joy Village Drop-In Activity, have family swim time,  etc. During the afternoon, parents will drop kids off in Joy Village. The children will have fun playing and learning with the other JV Campers while parents enjoy their own time. During this time, parents can  relax, have personal time, pray, explore the grounds or  spend time with other camp parents. Parents and JV Campers are invited to participate in our evening chapel service. Check out our tentative Joy Place Parent schedule here.


Lodging

The parents and their Joy Village Campers (when applicable) are assigned rooms in the Evergreen Lodge at Redwood Christian Park. There are two possible floor plans available in these lodge rooms. The first one has a double bed and one twin bed. The second option has one queen bed with one set of bunk beds. You will be assigned a room that makes the most sense for your family. Each room does include a private bathroom with a bathtub and shower. To clarify, these rooms, while in great shape for camp, aren’t as equipped/upgraded as a hotel room. Please see below for pictures of the Evergreen Lodge so you have an idea of what lodging at the campground will be like. (These pictures were taken by the RCP team as an example.)

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Joy Village Campers (2-6 years old)

Joy Village (JV) Campers sleep in the same room as their parents. Their morning is led by their parent/guardian and begins with waking up and joining the rest of the campers in the mess hall for breakfast. During the afternoon, parents drop their kids off at Joy Village. Joy Village is directed by the amazing June Otu, our Early-Childhood Director at Convergence House of Prayer. She designs Joy Village to be a time of fun and interactive learning. Besides having its own building space, Joy Village also has a designated spot outside for the kids will have a blast in! After Joy Village, most families want to cool off at the pool or have rest time before joining the rest of the campers for dinner. After dinner JV Campers join us for evening chapel and campfire time. A beautiful thing about the JV Campers schedule is the free flow nature of it, which allows the parent to be able to instill as much of the child’s normal routine as needed. You are welcome to come to the different activities we have scheduled for you and your campers throughout the day, but you are also able to keep your normal snack, nap and bedtimes, if that works best for you and your JV Camper!

Evening Chapel

Chapel starts with a game and we reveal who won the morning cabin cleaning/decorating contest. After we announce the winner we shift into our worship time. Worship is fun and engaging. The songs are selected with the whole room in mind so kids, parents, and teens will be able to enter into the presence and worship together. After worship one of our camp speakers will give the message that the Lord has put on their heart for camp. This year our messages point towards the overall theme of camp, Preparing for Launch. Some of the themes for messages this year involve our identity as Sons and Daughters of God, our mission as Christ's Ekklesia, and how we put on the full armor of God. After the message we make time for the kids and families to respond. So much can happen during this response time so we are intentional to make room for the Holy Spirit to move on the hearts of campers and adults alike. People lay their problems, fears, addictions, and sins at the altar and let Jesus in. Campers give their lives to Jesus, experience miracles, receive visions and prophetic words, hear God talk to them for the first time and more. There is something very special about being in a room full of kids, teens, and adults who are burning together and experiencing Jesus. The experiences here will continue to impact them for the rest of their lives. 

Campfire Time

After chapel ends, everyone goes to the campfire. While we all gather around the fire pit we do some fun camp chants and play a few games. We finish out the night with our famous campfire story time! It’s a fictional story that is based on that year’s camp theme, so it changes every year and gets told in little chapters each night until the story concludes at the last campfire of the week. After story time, campers head to their cabins to sleep. Campfires are our favorite way to end the day! 

We know that our Joy Village Campers have a fun and impactful time at camp so we highly recommend bringing your little ones! 

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