The IGRC Camping Program is primarily concerned with the following 4 goal areas:
Connecting with Others, Connecting with Nature, Connecting with Christ, and the Physical Safety of all participants. These four goals fall within our mission statement of Connecting People, Nature, and Christ.
- Campers will be given the opportunity to know other campers in their community.
- Campers will know the names of everyone in their cabin group and learn new information about them through intentional activities led by staff.
- Counselors will lead campers through team building activities to encourage communication and teamwork.
- Campers will build relationships with adults while at camp.
- Staff will intentionally make time for campers and build relationships with them.
- Staff will learn about campers, check in with each camper daily, ask follow up questions, and remain focused on campers first.
- Chaplains and leadership staff will be available for additional support that campers may need throughout the week.
- Campers will feel emotionally safe during camp.
- Campers will create a community agreement as a group on their first day that outlines how they will live with one another and respect each other.
- Staff will supervise this process and use the opportunity to teach campers about compromise, active listening, respectful language, and consequences for hurtful behavior.
- Campers will recognize the larger camp community – both within their program and at East Bay.
- Campers will be given opportunities to thank those that have served them throughout their week of camp (e.g. Dining Hall staff, Lifeguards, etc.)
- Campers will participate in larger camp activities throughout the week of camp such as:
- Worship times together
- Large group games
- Aquatics activities
- Eating meals together
- Campers will intentionally disconnect from screens and technology during their time at camp.
- Except in rare instances, camp is phone and screen free for our campers.
- Staff are trained to get campers connected and active outdoors from the moment they arrive at camp to help minimize the effects of screen withdrawal.
- Campers will participate in a variety of activities outdoors in natural settings.
- The majority of activities at camp happen outside in green spaces.
- Tree Climbing, Swimming, Hiking, Crafts, Bible Exploration, Worship, and Campfires are just some of the activities in which campers are intentionally interacting with nature.
- Campers are encouraged to notice nature and pause to encounter it with awe and wonder.
- Campers are encouraged to explore their surroundings and ask questions about the nature they see.
- Counselors are trained to find moments for campers to observe, explore, and learn about nature as it is encountered throughout the day.