Answer: The Springfield, Illinois Camp will be from Friday, August 5th through Tuesday, August 9th at the Springfield Christian Assembly Camp.
What is the fee for camp?
Answer: There is NO fee to attend Camp Care-A-Lot. All of our campers attend camp free of charge!
How does my child apply for camp?
Answer: Most campers are referred to Camp Care-A-Lot through their school. However, if there are spots available the Executive Director will work with families to get their child(ren) to camp. Please email or call the Executive Director for more details in the Contact Us tab on the website.
What are camper's behavior expectations while at camp?
Answer: We believe that all campers have the right to a pleasant and safe camping experience. We expect campers to be respectful, responsible, and cooperative. In order for this experience to be positive for your child, it is important that both you and your child understand Camp’s rules of conduct and what is expected of campers in terms of their behavior. In our application packet we will have you and your child sign and discuss our Camper Conduct Agreement.
Where do children swim while at camp?
Answer: We have a pool at each camp monitored by trained lifeguards. When arriving at camp, all campers are required to take a test to assess their swimming ability. Depending on their swimming skills, campers are given a “swim band” which signifies the depth of water in which they are allowed to swim. Campers are encouraged to take swim lessons during their session to improve their skills, and they may re-take the swim test when they feel ready to try for a new swim band. Some of our campers will be required to wear life jackets for their swimming safety.
How are campers supervised at camp?
Answer: At Camp Care-A-Lot, campers are carefully supervised. Campers live in groups of 6-10 campers who are approximately the same age and grade in school. Groups have two or three leaders; in the youngest campers’ groups one of the leaders may be a high school student in a junior staff or counselor-in-training role. At least two adult group leaders will live in the cabin with the campers.
How are birthday's celebrated at camp?
Answer: If your child will be celebrating their birthday at camp, know that we will make it a fun, memorable experience. We serve three meals a day with snacks available throughout the day, and we will prepare a special birthday treat for your child.
What if my child wets the bed while at camp?
Answer: Does your child have any trouble with bedwetting? Children play hard at camp and are often so tired that they do not wake up in the middle of the night to use the restroom. If your child struggles with this issue at all, please be sure to note it on his/her Application. Camp will provide him/her with some Goodnights or other form of night time diapers to wear to bed at camp. Please discuss with your child what he/she should do if they do have an accident while at camp. Let your child know that if he/she has an accident which leaks onto their clothes or sheets, he/she should let their counselor know right away. His/her counselor will help them privately change his/her sheets and get their pajamas washed.
What if my child becomes homesick while at camp?
Answer: Our staff is trained to work with children and be sensitive to their needs. It is common for children to experience a bit of homesickness as they adjust to camp life. Homesickness usually doesn’t last long and successfully overcoming it is a great life-skill.
Prepare your child to be successful. Before he/she leaves for camp, reassure him/her about the fact that he/she may miss home, but camp will be a great experience and a lot of fun! Make sure he/she understands that he/she will not be able to call home or return home early. Do NOT say, “Just try it, if you don’t like camp, I will come and get you.” Be positive, saying things like:
Please make sure your child wants to come to camp and involve him/her in the process of getting ready for camp. Allow him/her to help pack his/her suitcase and locate the supplies he/she needs.
Remember that camp is an opportunity for your child to grow as an individual by learning to trust other caring adults and to find solutions to challenges on his/her own. When you and your child decide that he/she will participate in our program he/she is committing to staying at camp for the entire session. Your child missing home or you missing your child are not reasons to pick your child up from camp.
My child wants to go to camp, but he/she is nervous. What should I do?
Answer: Call us and feel free to put your child on the phone – 217-622-3668! Take a moment to talk to him/her, ask what he/she is concerned about, and reassure him/her. If he/she is asking questions that you don’t know the answer to, once again, call us! Answering his/her questions will set his/her mind at ease as they prepare for camp. Please do NOT tell your child that if he/she does not like camp or becomes homesick that he/she can call you and you will come get him/her.
My question isn't listed, what should I do?
Answer: If you have any questions about the programs and services of Camp Care-A-Lot, you may speak with the Executive Director.