SUMMER CAMP OFFERINGS
Your child’s time at a Calvin Center Summer Camp is certain to provide awesome experiences and fun in a natural setting. Summer camp is a time for making new friends, growing in their faith and learning new skills like canoeing, shooting a bow and arrow or maybe even riding a horse.
Calvin Center hires summer staff who are over 18 years old and who attend a period of staff training which gives us the chance to know them better to evaluate which campers they will work best with while giving them the chance to learn how to lead Bible discussions, first aid, child protection policies and more.
Resident camps maintain a ratio of 8 campers per 1 staff which are usually configured into a small Family Group which may have up to 14 campers and 2 counselors. This Family Group will travel through the week together learning how to work as a group to make decisions on activities and building relationships to last a lifetime. Sometimes this group may be single gender but usually includes a mix of genders in staff and campers. We maintain ratios based on American Camping Association recommendations.
Calvin Center camps offer campers a chance to experience nature in ways that many children and youth never get the chance to experience. Running through the woods, finding turtles, frogs and new plants in the woods that God has created. These are all special moments to stop and appreciate all that we have been given.
Since 1960, kids have come from all over to explore the 500+ acres of Calvin Center. Under the guidance of our camp counselors, campers find a safe place to make friends, find community, and learn outdoor skills. These activities will help them grow in self-confidence, relationship skills, and in their faith.
Whether they are learning the skills of archery or jumping off the Lake Trampoline, this week-long day camp will be filled with experiences they’ll never forget!!!
Sibling Discount: This year each sibling gets a $20 discount ($25 on Overnight Horse Camps). This discount is applied automatically when registered from the same household.
Other scholarship opportunities available. Please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org for more info.
EXPLORER DAY CAMP
Some campers like to go home and sleep in their own beds and we understand that. Day Camp is a chance to come play in the woods, meet new friends, do all the normal camp activities and also go home at the end of the day to pet the dog and sleep. The next morning, we do it all again. Drop off every morning at 8:30am and pick up at 5:30pm* that evening.
Lunch is included.
Saddle Up Horse DAY Camp
Saddle up for the best summer ever! For those looking to learn to ride a horse or for an intermediate rider who is looking for a week of camp fun—saddle up camp is for you! Campers will gain confidence, become focused and develop social skills while building a solid riding foundation under the supervision of our safety conscious PATH certified instructors.
About 2 hours every day will be spent riding, grooming or learning about how to care for horses. There will still be time for most of the normal camp activities, so kids get ready for the ride of your life! Drop off every morning at 8:30am and pick up at 5:00pm that evening.
Calvin Center has nice modern cabins with air conditioning and bathrooms connected to the bedrooms, so everyone is comfortable. Our counselors sleep just through a connecting door so they can maintain supervision overnight while giving the campers privacy.
Here are the options for 2022!
Saddle Up Horse OVERNIGHT Camp
grades 3-5 & 6-8
Saddle up and then hang out at the Calvin barn! It doesn’t get any better than this. For those looking to learn to ride a horse or for an intermediate or more advanced rider who is looking for a week of overnight camp fun—saddle up is for you! Campers will gain confidence, become focused and develop social skills whole building a solid riding foundation under the supervision of our safety conscious PATH certified instructors.
About 2 hours every day will be spent riding, grooming or learning about how to care for horses. There will still be time for most of the adventure camp activities, so kids get ready for the ride of your life!
Adventure Camp is Calvin camp at its best. If a camper might like playing games, archery, lake toys, canoes, obstacle courses, hikes, seeing wildlife, sharing a bunkroom with friends, gathering around the campfire, S’mores, swimming in the pool, energizers, great food, and—well let’s just put it this way, if you love the basics of overnight camp – this is camp for you!
Nature Option: Does your camper like being in the woods more than being inside? Is building forts in the woods a favorite activity? Nature Camp will be outside more than other campers as they will build a “Home in the Woods” to be their central hang out space. With all of the other activities of adventure camp, this is overnight camp at its finest. Campers will sleep in a cabin.
NIGHT OWL CAMP
Night Owl camp is designed for campers who want to stay up late and sleep late in the morning. Campers first meal of the day will be lunch and then their day will continue with all the camp activities of Adventure Camp and added elements like star gazing and night hikes.
(optional) 2 Night Horseback Trail Rides $50
Reach Out Day Camp
This camp is a time of joy and success as a camp for people with special needs. While at Calvin Center, having the time of their life in a supportive environment, the campers receive extra supervision and two hours with our Therapeutic Horse-riding program. Campers will still have time for swimming in the pool, canoeing, archery and other normal camp activities. A high ratio of staff and volunteers ensures that each camper receives the care they need and a safe and enriching camp experience. A supplemental application is required for Reach Out participants, which must be approved by camp staff to complete registration. In order to create a safe place for all, Reach Out campers must be able to effectively communicate their basic needs and wants, maintain their own hygiene and bathroom needs, and be able to interact with peers and staff appropriately. If you have a question about additional needs your camper may need, please contact us to see if we can accommodate.