The REAL Details
We are so excited you’re coming to North Central Camp Cherith! Here’s all the information you need to register, but feel free to call or email if you have any questions. Once you’ve sent in your registration form, you will receive a packet from our registrar with a hard copy of: packing list, medical form, bus form, map/directions, and the parent/camper questionnaire.
Camper Documents to Download
($365 per week)
Mother – Daughter Weekend
Sept 15-17, 2017
CILT 2: Weeks 1 & 2
CILT 1: Weeks 2 & 3
Sure! Just be sure you both request each other on the registration form. We typically don’t put more than two friends together in a cabin because we want to encourage campers to meet new people.
Talk about an a great opportunity to make new friends! And, you are not alone – lots of campers come on their own. They’ll tell you that Camp Cherith is a super welcoming place where friendships happen quickly and easily. Don’t be surprised if you are making friends before you get your sleeping bag unrolled.
Most take place at outdoor locations throughout the camp – the waterfront, horse corral and trails, archery range, campfire circles…we even have an open-air chapel by the lake. Most indoor events are held in the dining hall, where our center stage is located. Click here to see the camp map.
Weekly themes make camp even more fun! If the theme is “Shipwrecked” expect to be hitting the deck with plenty of seafaring activities. If it is back to the “70s” you are sure to have a really groovy time filled with peace, love and bellbottoms! You get the idea…
Camp life doesn’t go on hold just because things gets a little wet! Sure, we prefer sunshine, but rain does come our way now and then and we are always prepared for it with fun alternative activities. It is a good idea to bring a rain poncho – just in case.
Meals are served family style, which means everyone sits down and serving dishes are passed around the table – you don’t stand in line, like in a school cafeteria. Each meal offers variety and no two meals are the same, so even the picky eaters are sure to find something they like. Cherith has a reputation for serving really good homemade meals.
We really try to give each camper their favorite choices, but it isn’t always possible. That is why we ask you to select your top seven choices instead of just two. Campers are assigned to classes in the order their registration is received, so the earlier you register the better chance you have of getting the classes you want most.
Yes, but whether you spend time together is up to you. Campers are grouped in cabins by age, so you won’t be bunkmates (unless you’re in the same age group and request it). Most activities are with campers in your age division. but you’re welcome to spend free time with your sibling. You’re also likely to cross paths during the day, especially at meals or during all-camp activities.
“Some campers worry about being homesick,” says Maran an 11-year-old Cherith camper, “but you’re so busy at camp that you just forget all about it because you’re having such a great time. And at night you don’t worry because you’re so tired from your busy day that you fall right asleep!”
That all depends on what you plan to buy at the Tuck Shop camp store. Most snacks are a dollar or less, but the shop also has books, CDs, small toys and souvenirs, and Cherith t-shirts, sweatshirts, and blankets. Prices range from 25 cents to $25.
You won’t because campers don’t carry cash. When you get to camp you turn in your money and it’s put in a Tuck Shop account for you. Any money left in your account at the end of the week is returned to you in cash. Note: If you’re riding the camp bus, be sure to keep enough money in your account to buy lunch on the way home.
Each camper takes a swimming test that determines in which area of the waterfront they are permitted to swim. The test can be retaken at any time throughout the week. We use a buddy system for safety, which means you’ll have a friend with you no matter where you’re swimming.
Yes, you may send your child email for a small fee through Parent Communicator. To register for email you’ll need an access code that can be found in the important information document above. Email is delivered once a day in the form of printed copies; campers do not have email access. Click here to register for email.
Mail travels to camp rather slowly, so write early – even a day or two before your child leaves for camp. It’s always exciting for campers to receive a cheery letter from home. Please don’t send large packages of treats because food cannot be stored in the cabins.
Experience has shown that phone calls to or from home often disrupt the flow of camp life and compound homesickness. Therefore, calls are restricted to emergencies only. Be assured that we will not hesitate to call you if necessary.
We discourage parents from sending a week’s worth of snacks because food items cannot be stored in the cabins. Any food that is not immediately consumed must be stored in a plastic bin in the dining hall. Inexpensive snacks are available Monday through Saturday in the Tuck Shop. If your child has special dietary concerns please contact the registrar prior to camp.
It’s normal for children away from home to experience homesickness, but it usually subsides once they’re acclimated to camp. So if you receive a “homesick” letter, realize that by the time it reaches you your child will probably be having a great time. Our staff is trained to deal with homesick campers in a loving and supportive way. You can also encourage your camper by sending letters and emails inquiring about the exciting things they’re doing. Remind them that they’re not missing anything special at home – you’re just doing regular things.
Registration usually begins in January, It depends on which week you’re interested in attending. Some weeks may fill up well in advance while others have openings up until the day of camp starts. If your are interested in a specific week, it’s a good idea to get your registration in as early as possible.
We welcome parent volunteers – they’re a vital resource at Camp Cherith! It’s important to understand, however, that your role as a staff member will keep you quite busy, so time with your child will be limited. Parents can serve as counselors, but our policy does not permit a parent to be their own child’s counselor. Click here to learn more about volunteer opportunities.
Camp Cherith has four clusters of cabins – one for each age division (Pathfinders, Trailblazers, Shikaris, and Explorers). Campers may only be housed within their own age division, so friends or siblings in different divisions cannot share a cabin. Each cabin holds a maximum of eight campers and one counselor. All cabins have electricity.
Many of our counselors are former Cherith campers whose own faith became real to them at Camp Cherith, motivating them to return as adults to cultivate that same passion for Christ in the next generation of campers. Some counselors are parents of campers (though their children are not placed with them.) Others are young adults or college students seeking a meaningful summer ministry experience. Each counselor is under direct leadership of a divisional director, who is actively involved in every aspect of camp life. All of Camp Cherish’s paid and volunteer staff member must go through an application and screening process that includes reference checks and criminal background checks. They also sign the camp’s Statement of Faith. Through the years, God has faithfully provided our campers with counselors who are great mentors and roles models for the Christian life.
We don’t want to turn any campers away from Camp Cherith for financial reasons, so we’re committed to making scholarships available to families who are experiencing financial hardship. Contact our registrar for a scholarship application. A special thanks to those who support our scholarship fund by adding a donation on their child’s camp registration form.