Day Experiences, Day Horse Experiences and Family Vacation Camps are now open for registration.
At Calvin Center we are working hard to follow all the guidance and guidelines we can find from reputable agencies like the CDC and the American Camping Association (ACA). Once the regulations came out we realized that Calvin Center could best serve you and others by suspending regular summer camp and offering some very different programs for the Summer of 2020.
Extra measures for Covid 19 :
- Handwashing stations
- Sanitation procedures
- Staff temps
- Go directly to office for check in
Alternative offerings include:
Calvin Day Experiences offered on Tuesdays and Thursdays beginning June 23.
Typical Day Schedule for Calvin Day Experiences
Calvin Day Experience and Calvin Day Horse Experiences will allow your child to have a day of active fun and exploration out of the house. Each day will begin at 8:30 and end at 5pm
Your child’s time at a Calvin Center Summer 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.
Day Experience groups will maintain a ratio of 7 campers per 1 staff which are usually configured into a small Family Group which may have up to 14 children/youth and 2 counselors. This Family Group will travel through the day 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 participants.
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 counselors, participants will 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 canoeing, this one day will be filled with experiences they’ll never forget.
- 8:30 am – Drop off and get to know you games
- 9:30 am – First activity period (canoeing or nature hike) (Horse time for Horse Experience)
- 11:30 am – Bible study and games
- 12:30 pm – Lunch (provided – please let us know about dietary requirements or if bringing your own)
- 1:00 pm – Turtle Time – each person has your own bench/table- can read, draw, color, write or nap
- 2:00 pm – Group 1 archery and craft time, Group 2 swim
- 3:00 pm – switch and snack time
- 3:15 pm – Group 1 swim, Group 2 archery and crafts
- 4:30 pm – collect belongings and head to office area
- 5:00 pm – pick up
Family Vacation Camps
Come bring your family to Calvin Center for a new Family Vacation Camp! In this “choose your own adventure” type of vacation you can set your schedule as you like. Sleep in or hit the trails early and hike around the 500+ acres of God’s creation. Staff, wearing masks or socially distanced, will be available to help teach and facilitate activities like canoeing, archery, craft time and horseback riding. By mid-June our pool will be open, and we also include swimming times.
Imagine a day of fun activities with your family and after dinner getting to sit around a campfire enjoying s’mores before going into the meeting/unit lodge room to watch a DVD or play games. This is a vacation that family memories are made of.
There are limited spaces so sign up soon for a weekend or week long experience at Calvin Center. Register Now!
Young Adult Intentional Christian Community and Leadership Development Program
A group of 8 young adults (including 2 students from Columbia Theological Seminary) have come together to live in a Christian community for the summer. Together we have committed to Bible Study, daily Examen, and being together as a Quarteam Family as we explore best ways to lead in this time. Covid safety and sanitation practices are being included with things like Temperatures taken twice a day and learning how to sanitize equipment and high touch areas. This group will be together from May 30 until July 18 and will facilitate and lead our Day Experiences and Family Vacation Camps.