Dates: July 26-30, 2021
Location: Hidden Acres Christian Center – Dayton, IA
- Students just finishing elementary may elect to go to either Youth or Kids Camp.
- NO PAYMENT WILL BE RECEIVED WHEN SUBMITTING REGISTRATION.
- Submit payment to your youth director who will receive an emailed copy of your registration.
- Checks should be made out to your local church.
- Designed for families sending multiple children to Open Bible Youth or Kids Camps.
- Discount only available to churches affiliated with Open Bible. • Second child’s registration fee will be reduced by $20.
- Third child and all additional children will be reduced $40 each.
Registration includes: All meals, lodging, services, camp t-shirt, activities, events, and camp materials. Please note that camp meals begin with dinner on Monday and end with breakfast on Friday.
Registration does not include: Transportation to/from camp, related travel expenses, or money for snack shack.
What to bring:
Here is a list of items a camper will need to bring or may wish to bring to camp this summer: great attitude, bedding, (pillow and blankets or sleeping bag), toiletries, towels, Bible, pen, swimsuit (one-piece), clothes that can get dirty at game time, and spending money.
We will operate a Snack Shack featuring bottled water, juice, soda, chips, candy, and other snacks. Most students bring $15-20 to spend at the Snack Shack.
What not to bring:
Phones, laptops, tablets, kindle readers, tobacco, alcohol, narcotics, pornography, weapons of any kind, fireworks, or other combustible materials. Possession any of these items may result in immediate dismissal from camp.
Mobile phone policy
Phones and other electronic devices will not be allowed to be used at camp. If they come with the camper, the device will be taken from them, placed in a protected area, and returned prior to departure from camp. The primary reason for this is attention. Our hope and goal is to encourage our students to take their focus off the electronic world and pay attention to God and the friends around them. If a parent is concerned about connectivity with their student, please speak with your youth director or pastor.
Everyone must wear shoes when walking on the grounds.
Guys – Shirts must be worn at all times, except in the pool or at the lake and if you are a ‘skin’ for basketball. Your shorts need to stay up around your waist. For swimming, guys must wear swim trunks that stay up, no speedos and no cut-offs.
Ladies – Your shirt and pants should touch. Your shorts or skirts should be at least mid-thigh. For swimming, ladies must wear modest one-piece suits. If you have a two-piece, you must wear a t-shirt over it.
Staying in dorms at night
Most of the girls’ dorms will have bathrooms and showers inside the same facility with them. Boys will need to leave their cabin and walk a short distance to the bathhouse. At night, girls may not leave their dorm buildings under any circumstances. Boys may leave their cabins for the purpose of going to the bathroom but not leave the cabin/bathhouse area. Any student found, for any reason, outside of these confines will immediately forfeit the remainder of his or her camp experience. No warnings. No exceptions. No refunds.
Fighting, intimidating, or verbally abusing anyone, camper or staff, is not permitted and may result in the camper losing their privilege of finishing camp. Public displays of affection are not allowed during camp.
Use the brain God gave you
When you make decisions during camp week, use common sense and treat other people the way you would want to be treated. Also, show respect for the campgrounds.
We are excited about camp season! Historically, camp is a time where students connect with God in life-changing ways. We constantly hear stories from adults recalling their camp days and reminiscing about the time when they finally became serious with God, were filled with the Spirit, or received a calling into ministry. Missing last year was hard and makes this year all the more important.
Unlike last year, there is much more information about Covid, how it is transmitted, and treatments. With infection rates down, vaccination rates over 50%, and America opening fully, we do not anticipate big surprises in areas related to Covid but want to make clear that everything discussed in the remainder of this document is based on current regulations and best practices. If another wave of infections or a new super-spreading variant of the coronavirus emerges, Open Bible Central reserves the right to alter this document to ensure our students’ safety while also maintaining civil liberties and personal choice. With that in mind, if the camp was to begin tomorrow, here are guidelines and protocol.
Vaccinations: This is an area of personal choice and we will not gather information about this.
Masks outdoors: Experts generally agree that outdoor transmission in a medium-density environment is unlikely, so there will be no outdoor mask expectation at any time.
Masks indoors: Mask usage is optional in most indoor environments. The only significant exception may be in the dining room while picking up food, since we will most likely serve buffet style. The campground may request that masks are worn during this time just to help reduce the potential for spread. Central Region will provide each student with a gaiter at the beginning of camp that can be worn around the neck when not in use. At all times, students who are not vaccinated, are immunocompromised, or just feel more comfortable wearing a mask can do so. We will endeavor to create an atmosphere where they do not feel out of place with the group.
Social distancing: This is a challenging concept in a camp environment. Three areas where students need to be aware and make decisions based on family expectations are sleeping dorms, the activities field, and the gathering hall for services. In each of these locations, social distancing will be difficult at best but not impossible. Every student should know and follow the decisions of their parents/guardians.
Temperature checks: Each morning, camp staff will check the temperature of the students as they enter a large group gathering. Anyone with a fever of 100 degrees will be temporarily quarantined to verify the reading is actual body temperature and not the result of an activity. If they maintain the fever, they will be required to be picked up and taken home. Youth/Kids directors, along with parents, should make a plan for this prior to camp.
Thank you for your consideration in all these matters. If we work together and honor differing points of view, we should have an impactful and healthy camp season!
Any questions should be directed to Kevin Starkey at Open Bible Central. The office phone number is 515-282-6491 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.