Summer Camping Programs
Discovery Tree House
Jensen Wood’s Discovery Camps are short on time, but long on fun. Designed for the younger camper, the camps include traditional camp activities, including campfires, crafts, silly songs, games, and “creeking.” Sleeping in a tree house at night and studying the Bible in the day enables campers to grow close to God and God’s creation.
CITs will practice their counseling skills while assisting with younger campers. The camp also includes time for Bible study and opportunities to grow in faith and leadership. Those who do well and enjoy the experience may be invited to return as junior counselors during other weeks of camp.
Wrangler in Training (WIT)
WITs will practice their wrangling skills while assisting with younger campers. The camp also includes time for Bible study and opportunities to grow in faith and leadership. Those who do well and enjoy the experience may be invited to return as junior wranglers during other weeks of camp.
Eclipse campers will come to life after dark to study the stars, enjoy campfires, and play fun night-time games like raccoon hunt and flashlight tag. The daytime schedule will allow for leisurely wake-up, but will include the usual camp activities such as swimming, hiking, crafts, and “creeking.”
Family Horse Camp
Family Horse Camp is for people of all ages who enjoy a rustic camping experience as well as horseback riding, swimming, “creeking,” hiking, crafts, and campfire worship. Unless families bring their own RV or tent, sleeping quarters are separated by gender. Those who bring their own horse(s) need to notify the camp office at (217) 529-3007.
Night Owl Camp
Night Owl Camp is for high schoolers who love to stay up late and sleep in. Activities include night time games as well as campfires, swimming, hiking, and “creeking.” Best of all, youth will grow closer to God through worship and Bible study and close communion with God’s world.
Whether you are an experienced or brand-new fisher, these camps are for you. Expert fishers will teach you the skills of fishing. There will also be time for swimming, “creeking,” crafts, songs, games, and, of course, a fish tale or two. Bring your own pole (or use one of ours) and your Bible and expect to catch a few fish and the Holy Spirit as you enjoy God’s great outdoors.
Tree House Camps
Tree House camps are designed for campers who love the outdoors. The week includes swimming, “creeking,” hiking, and playing games, as well as worship and Bible study. Evenings will be spent around campfires, on night hikes, and enjoying the sights and sounds of nature. At the end of the day, campers will sleep in tree houses. If you love the great outdoors, Tree House Camp is for you!
Rider Camps are for young persons who want to grow in faith as well as hone their skills on horseback. Activities include riding (of course), as well as swimming, “creeking,” crafts, hiking, Bible study, and worship.
It is expected that campers will attend camps commensurate with their skill, which requires campers to have completed Rider camps on the previous level(s). Exceptions are sometimes made if campers have been alternatively trained. Exceptions must be cleared, however, through the camping office and head wrangler.
- Rider I is designed for those who have had no or limited experience with horses. Campers will groom, saddle, and feed their horses and master basic horsemanship skills.
- Rider II is designed for campers who have some riding experience, know basic horse care, and have completed Rider I. Rider II campers will trail ride and learn to trot.
- Rider III is for campers who have completed Rider II and are not yet in high school. Rider IIIcampers will trail ride, trot, and play games on horseback.
- Rider Advanced is designed for high school campers who love to ride and are comfortable with walking and trotting a horse. Advanced Rider campers will trail ride, play games on horseback,and learn to canter. Those who register for Rider Advanced must have completed the three previous levels or been alternatively trained.