Junior Camp Information

Registration
Registration | Price | Deposit | Sibling DiscountMay 1 DeadlinePayment PlanSession ChangesCancellation & RefundsWaiting List | Financial Assistance

Before Camp
Camper Forms | Code of Conduct | Lakefront PermissionActivity Skill Class Assignments | Cabin Assignments | Camp Store MoneyWhat to Bring | Rodeo & Theme Night | MedicationInsurance

During Camp
Letters & Packages | Homesickness | Cell Phone Policy & Camper Communication | Visiting Policy | Emergency Numbers | Arrival & Check-In | Swim Check | Closing Ceremony & Check-Out | General Store | Early Pick-Ups

After Camp
Tips & Gratuities | Lost Items | Social Media & Post-Camp Communication

 

Registration: The fastest and easiest way to register a camper is through our secure online registration system. You can also call the Frontier Camp office during office hours (Monday to Friday, 8:30 AM – 5:00 PM). Campers must be registered by their parent or legal guardian. Returning campers and their siblings may be registered for the next summer beginning the Thursday of their camp week. Registration opens to the public on September 1.

Junior Weeks are for campers aged 7 to 12. A camper’s age is determined by their age on the first day of the camp week and all campers must be 7 or older by the Sunday of the camp week they are attending. Campers may attend a Junior Week at age 13 as long as they are not older than 13 at any point when they are at camp.

We have a very active program and therefore do not allow Junior Campers to attend two consecutive weeks of camp.

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Price: The camper fee for summer 2018 Junior Weeks is $795 per week. This price is all inclusive, covering all housing, meals, recreation, and activities. Camper spending money for the General Store and Trading Post (snack shop) is separate from the camper fee and may be added to their account after registration.

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Deposit: A $200 deposit is required to register for a week of camp. This deposit is applied to the camp fee, and is non-refundable and non-transferable to another camper. The deposit secures your camper’s spot in a given week of camp, and allows us to prepare camp for the arrival of your camper.

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Sibling Discount: Frontier Camp offers a $75 off discount for second and additional children registered from the same immediate family (i.e. first child registered comes at full price, second and additional children receive discount). This discount is applied to the balance not the deposit.

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May 1 Deadline: All camper fee balances must be paid in full on or before May 1 of the camp year. Registrations after May 1 will be required to pay in full at the time of registration.

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Payment Plan: Between September and January, we offer an optional monthly payment plan that allows you to divide your camper fee balance (not applicable for camper spending money) up into monthly payments. Payments are run on the last business day of every month.

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Session Changes: You can change camp weeks (sessions) at any time, given space availability in the session the camper wishes to change to. Requests for session changes can be made by calling the camp office during office hours (Monday to Friday, 8:30 AM – 5:00 PM), or in writing by sending an email to [email protected]. Session changes cannot be made via your online camp account.

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Cancellations & Refunds: In cases where a camper’s registration is canceled for medical reasons (upon a doctor’s order), the deposit, less an administrative fee of $40, will be refunded. No deductions or refunds will be given for late arrivals or early departures.

Campers who cancel prior to May 1 will be refunded any camper fee amount paid over and above the deposit. Campers who cancel after May 1, but at least two weeks prior to the start of their camp session, will be refunded half of the camper fee if the camper’s account was paid in full at the time of cancellation and we are able to fill their space from the waiting list. For campers cancelling during this time frame whose accounts are not paid in full, the amount of a partial refund, if we are able to fill their space from the waiting list, will be at the discretion of the camp staff. Campers who cancel within two weeks of the start of their camp session will forfeit all fees paid and will not receive a refund.

Frontier Camp reserves the right to dismiss any camper whose behavior is detrimental or harmful to self, other campers, or camp staff. Campers sent home for disciplinary reasons will not receive a refund and may be ineligible to return for future summers.

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Waiting List: If there is no space available for a camp week, you may place your camper on the waiting list for that session at no charge. If you are adding your camper to a waitlist via your online camp account, your credit card information will be required, but no charges will be applied unless the camper is registered at a later date. Campers are called off the waiting list in the order they are placed on the list. You may not substitute another camper (including siblings), for a camper’s spot on the waiting list.

We register numerous campers off waiting lists each summer, so we recommend you leave the desired camp week open on your camper’s summer schedule in the anticipation a spot may open up. If a spot does become available for your camper, we will contact you via email or phone. If we do not receive a response within 5 business days, we will remove your camper’s name from the waiting list. During the summer (May 15 through August 15), if we do not hear from you within 24 hours, we will remove your camper’s name from the waiting list.

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Financial Assistance: Does Frontier Camp offer financial assistance for camp tuition? Yes, we have a scholarship program for families who otherwise would not be in a financial position to participate at Frontier Camp. If this describes your situation, we invite you to send an email to [email protected] to request a scholarship application, specifying whether it is for summer camp or for a parent/child weekend. Once we receive your completed application back, our scholarship committee will review it and then get an answer back to you. Keep in mind we do not offer full scholarships as we have found that an experience at FC is a win/win if the family makes an investment financially to some degree.

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Camper Forms: Six camp forms must be completed for each Junior Camper: the Camper Health Profile, Parent/Guardian Authorization Waiver (Release of Liability), Camper Covenant, Lakefront Permission, Activity Class Preference and Cabin Mate Request. These forms are completed after registration via your online camp account and are made available beginning in January of each year. Camper forms must be completed by the camper’s parent or legal guardian. All camper forms are due on or before May 1.

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Camper Covenant and FC Code of Conduct: Frontier Camp strives to create a fun, adventurous, and wholesome community that fosters Godly growth, respect, and unity among campers and staff. We require each camper and their parent/guardian to thoroughly read, understand, and abide by our Camp Covenant and the code of conduct as part of our Child Protection Plan. Parents, it is important to read and discuss the information in the Camper Covenant carefully with your camper(s). We consider your signature on this form as acceptance of responsibility for both the camper and parent to abide by these standards and to accept the consequences of non-compliance.

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Lakefront Permission: Frontier Camp’s water-based summer recreation opportunities include both pool (chlorinated) and fresh (lake) water. This form allows parents to opt their campers out of activities involving lake water (“all in” or “all out” due to the logistical challenge of managing multiple activities at 2 lakefronts). Frontier Camp will identify lake users with a swim bracelet to ensure accuracy in enforcing this parental directive. Please read and sign the form before filling out the Activity Class Preference Form.

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Activity Skill Class Assignments: As part of completing your camper forms, you will complete the Activity Class Preference form. This form allows you to request your camper’s top four activity choices and two alternates. The preference order you choose does not determine when during the day your child will have a certain activity. Furthermore, because activities are assigned using a computer algorithm, designed to allow the maximum number of campers to receive their top activity preferences, we cannot ensure that cabin mates and friends will have activity classes together; so choose based on interest, not friends. Activity periods take up less than four hours of the camp day, so there is plenty of time for fellowship with friends during the camp week.

Classes are filled according to the date of registration, not the date the Activity Class Preference form is received, given all of a camper’s forms are received by May 1. Activity assignments are not disclosed prior to check-in on the Sunday of your camp week.

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Cabin Assignments: As part of completing your camper forms, you will complete the Cabin Mate Request form, allowing you to request friends for your camper to bunk with. You may request up to 3 cabin mates, for a total of 4 campers per group. Please note that we only honor mutual (completely agreeing with each other) requests resulting in groups of no more than 4, so make sure to coordinate these choices carefully. If you list more than three names, only the first three listed will be considered. For friend groups larger than 4 campers, please have all the parents decide how to split the group, and ensure that those choices are reflected on each camper’s form.

We assign campers to cabins by age. When assigning groups, we place a requested older camper with younger campers rather than a requested younger camper with older campers. Requests spanning more than 3 years in camper age separation require approval from a Camp Director.

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Camp Store Money: Every Junior Camper has an opportunity to visit the Trading Post (snack shop) twice a day. In addition, every camper will have the opportunity to visit the General Store to shop for FC gear at least once during the week. Campers make all purchases using their prepaid camp store account (cash is not allowed at camp). You may fund this account prior to camp, or during the camp week, via your online camp account. Unused spending money will be refunded on the last day of camp. An average camp store account is $40 to $60.

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What to Bring: For a complete, printable packing list, click here. Included in the Frontier Camp Code of Conduct is a dress code for a camper’s time at camp. Campers who are inappropriately dressed at camp will be asked to change, so please keep the camp dress code in mind when packing clothes to bring to camp. Finally, before packing for camp, please view our packing tips to help keep camp and your home safe from unwanted pests.

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Rodeo & Theme Night: We invite all our campers to join our staff in dressing up in their best western duds on Thursday evening to enjoy the Frontier Camp rodeo! Then, on Friday evenings, our week culminates with a theme meal and evening event. The theme changes every summer, and ties in to those wacky characters we’ve been watching in Bible drama all week! For this year’s theme, click here.

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Medication: All medications (prescription, non-prescription, and dietary supplements) must be administered by our health care staff. For more information on our health care staff and procedures click here. Camper medications will be turned in during check-in on Sunday. All medications, including over-the-counter and non-prescription drugs, must be in the ORIGINAL CONTAINER. Prescribed medications must be prescribed to the camper and not expired. Loose pills, multiple medications in one container, or medications in pill sorters will NOT be accepted. This is a state regulation and we cannot make any exceptions to it.

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Insurance: In order to keep Frontier Camp the best value in Christian Camping, we ask camper parents to provide proof of insurance coverage for your camper. Your insurance policy is the primary protection in the event that your child is involved in an accident or illness requiring advanced medical care. Frontier Camp provides a secondary policy that is designed to help with out of pocket expenses and deductibles not covered by the parent’s or guardian’s personal insurance. If the child is not covered by an existing policy, then the camp’s coverage becomes the primary coverage up to the policy limit.

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Letters & Packages: Campers really enjoy getting mail during their stay at camp! There are three ways you can mail your camper:

  1. You may leave packages or letters for your Junior Campers at the General Store (if you also have Teen Campers, please leave their mail in the designated Teen Camper mail drop off location at the Quarry) on your way out after check-in. Due to the amount of parent participation in this complimentary service, we limit the number and size of packages delivered to each camper during the week to no more than 2 shoebox-sized boxes. There is no limit on letters. Please make sure you label your letters and packages with the camper’s first and last name, and their cabin name.
  2. In addition, we provide an email service through your camp parent account that allows you to send emails to your camper during their week. Please be aware there is a small fee associated with this service. Due to the active nature of camp, we do not provide email responses from campers. We also do not accept faxes for campers or emails through camp administration (i.e. emails may come through your camp account only).
  3. Finally, you can always send mail in the old fashion way through the United States Postal Service or a package carrier company (such as UPS or Fedex). There’s something about getting a package or letter through the “real mail” that’s always exciting for campers! Camper mail can be addressed to:

Camper Name
Camp Session (example: Junior Week 3)
c/o Frontier Camp
131 Frontier Camp Rd.
Grapeland, TX 75844

Please do not put money, valuables, food, or anything included on the what not to bring list in a package. Also note that letters excessively talking about home life or how much you miss the camper can lead to homesickness, especially in younger campers and so such topics should be mentioned sparingly. Thank you for your help in this matter!

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Homesickness: Homesickness affects all ages (including moms and dads)! Most new campers will exhibit some symptoms of homesickness during the first night away from home, and in almost every case, the cure comes with the first day of activity. Please do not become alarmed if you receive a homesick letter. Also, please choose your words carefully when writing or talking to your camper, especially as you depart. Comments about empty rooms, sad pets, and picking campers up early tend to stir up feelings of homesickness. If your camper becomes homesick, we will do our best to help them enjoy the camp week. Overcoming homesickness is an important part of child development, and we take it very seriously. We train our staff and plan our program in such a way as to avoid homesickness. However, there are a few children every summer who are unable to shake homesickness. (No more than five in 2000 campers go home early due to homesickness each summer). If your camper’s homesickness becomes severe and cannot be shaken, we will contact you. Please understand that, should you choose to remove your child from camp due to homesickness, you will not receive a refund.

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Cell Phone Policy & Camper Communication: We do not permit campers to bring cell phones, tablets, or computers to camp – they represent a liability for the camp (and you the parent) that we do not accept. Communication (e.g. phone calls, texts, tweets, and updates) or the use of applications and games disrupts a camper’s daily activities and can hinder a camper from fully enjoying the camp environment and bonding with their cabin mates and fellow campers. We recognize our culture has become increasingly connected and see a week at camp as a wonderful opportunity for a camper to unplug from the pressures and draws of life that our always-connected society can bring.

Moreover, experience proves that phone calls tend to increase homesickness. Therefore, we only allow camper’s to call home with a camp director’s approval for emergencies, camper behavioral concerns, or a situation in which a phone call home is deemed in the camper’s best interest. Don’t be alarmed if your child doesn’t call; just assume “no news is good news.”

In the event of any type of emergency at camp, physical or otherwise, rest assured parents and/or guardians will be contacted promptly. In the event of a family emergency at home which requires the need to reach your camper, you will always be able to do that through our staff. See below for our emergency contact information.

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Visiting Policy: Personal visitors to camp during the camp week interrupt the camp schedule and can negatively impact campers, especially those struggling with homesickness. As such, we do not allow any personal visits to camp while camp is in session. We understand a week away from your camper can be difficult and seek to ease that burden through posting daily updates, pictures and videos via your online parent account. If you have any concerns about your camper or the camp program, please do not hesitate to contact us.

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Emergency Numbers:

Frontier Camp Main Office: (936) 544-3206

In the event of an emergency outside of office hours (Monday-Friday, 8:30 AM – 5:00 PM), call the main office number listed above and dial 6 to hear evening emergency contact numbers.

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Arrival & Check-In: Junior Camp check-in is in the Standley Chapel from 3:30 to 4:30 PM on Sunday afternoon of each camp week. We advise aiming to arrive by 3:00 PM, but ask families to please not arrive at camp earlier than 2:00 PM. A camp staff member will greet you at the gate and give you directions for where to proceed next after your arrival. No cabin or activity skill class assignments will be given out prior to the official start of camper check-in at 3:30 PM. Campers must go through the entire check-in line with a parent or guardian. Camper medication is turned in during check-in, so please have all camper medicine in the original container and in a plastic zip-loc bag ready to turn in at this time. After check-in we invite parents to help their campers move in to their cabins.

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Swim Check: All Junior Campers take a swim check in the pool on Sunday afternoon after check-in. Once most of the campers for a cabin have arrived and moved in, the cabin heads down to the pool as a group for the swim check. The swim check consists of swimming approximately 20 yards. After each camper finishes the check, the lifeguards will give them a color-coded wrist band to be worn throughout the week, based on the campers’ swimming capability in the pool. Swim bands will be assigned based upon how comfortable the camper appears in the water, their body position, and the energy that is exerted when they are swimming. One band signifies that the camper needs to wear a personal floatation device (PFD) when in the deep side of the pool. The other band allows the camper to swim in the entire pool without the use of a PFD unless they so desire.

If a camper is not satisfied with the outcome of the swim check, there will be an opportunity to re-check. To provide the campers with enough time to get comfortable in the pool, the re-check will take place on Wednesday afternoon before Bonus Activity Time. A re-check does not guarantee a change in their wrist band color.

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Closing Ceremony & Check-Out: Camp ends on Saturday after the Closing Ceremony which begins at 9:00 AM in the Standley Chapel. A camp staff member will be at the gate to greet you on Saturday morning. After parking, proceed directly to the Standley Chapel (please do not come in to the Dining Hall where campers will be finishing breakfast). We will have coffee and a breakfast snack available for parents and camper siblings in the Chapel.

The Junior Camp Closing Ceremony involves singing, camper memory verse awards, the weekly camp video, and messages from the Camp Director and a silly character or two! The Closing Ceremony concludes at 9:30 AM, after which you will check your camper out at their cabin. All Junior Campers must be signed out in person by 10:30 AM with the Senior Counselor at the camper’s cabin by their parents, legal guardians, or designees. Sign-outs will be verified at the camp gate as campers exit. Written instructions signed by the parent or legal guardian must be received by the camp office by 5:00 PM Friday if someone else is picking up your camper. Frontier Camp may request a photo identification of those picking up campers.

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General Store: The General Store is located next to the Chapel and is open to parents on Sundays from 3:30 PM to 5:30 PM and on Saturdays from 9:30 AM to 11:00 AM.

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Early Pick-Ups: Non-emergency camper departures prior to the stated check-out time will be assessed an administrative fee of $25. This fee covers the cost of taking staff out of the regular camp program to prepare for your camper’s departure (e.g. gathering camper belongings, spending money, medication, camp DVD, etc.) and the disturbance to the camp schedule it causes. Frontier Camp must receive notification of an early departure at least 48 hours in advance.

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Tips & Gratuities: Our motto is “Excellence in Christian Camping” and we seek to exemplify that in all aspects of our camp program. We hope we exceed your expectations in all that we do, but ask that you please refrain from giving our staff members tips or gratuities of any kind when you drop your child off, including cash or gift cards. If you would like to extend your appreciation to one of our staff members, a note of thanks or encouragement is always welcomed.

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Lost Items: Please mark all clothing and personal items with your child’s full first and last name and counsel them to keep up with their belongings during their week at camp. Frontier Camp does not take responsibility for recovering lost or misplaced items of clothing or equipment. We will place lost-and-found articles on the porch of the General Store on Saturday mornings during check-out for parent perusal. Missing items after the camp week should be reported to the office as soon as possible. Frontier Camp retains lost-and-found articles for two weeks after a camp week ends.

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Social Media & Post-Camp Communication: One of the hallmarks of our ministry is helping campers establish relationships with Biblical role models that will inspire and encourage them, supporting the work that parents are investing into the lives of their kids. We recognize that campers and counselors develop close trusting relationships with one another at camp, and that these relationships are healthy, wholesome and beneficial to campers and staff alike. We have strict standards that govern all interactions at camp to protect our campers and staff, and insure healthy relationships during camp. These extend outside of camp as well. We are aware that many campers will naturally want to keep in touch with their favorite counselors after camp, and that current technology and social networking capabilities facilitate this. It is our recommendation that you as parents be aware of your child’s interaction with communication technologies, and that you talk to your child about what contact information you will and will not allow them to exchange with camp staff members or other campers. In sharing contact information with a staff member or camper, you understand that you accept full responsibility for overseeing whatever contact occurs as a result. We want to partner with you, the parent, in keeping children safe by communicating our policy to you.

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