Frequently Asked Questions
When is it too late to register?
Applications received after the deadline may be accepted based on the availability of space. After the deadline, there is a $25.00 late registration fee in addition to the camp fee.
How and when will I receive confirmation of my registration?
Camper confirmation information and instructions will be sent to the email address provided on your application. It will be sent as soon as possible after your registration is received and processed.
What is the pre-registration date for?
The pre-registration application date is there for three reasons. First, it secures a spot at camp in the event the camp fills up. Second, it helps us to know how many volunteer staff we’re going to need. Since these volunteers give up vacations, etc. to serve at camp, it’s helpful for them to know if they’re needed. Third, there are up-front costs (printing, shirt & award purchases, etc.) that require payment long before camp starts. Early registration fees are used for those purposes.
How does the roommate preference request work?
You and your roommate preference must request each other. Campers must be in the same grade. Roommate request cannot be assured; we’ll do our best, but we cannot guarantee it. If we can’t accommodate a roommate preference, we will try to pair them on the same team.
Can I preference a team color or counselor on my application?
No. We do not accept preferences for team colors or counselors for a variety of reasons.
Can I raise money or solicit scholarships to attend camp?
Yes! For nearly 25 years, this camp included the word “scholarship” in its title. The idea behind that is the camper has earned their admittance to camp by completing the requirements. So families, churches, and clubs are encouraged to sponsor or scholarship them (partially or fully) for their achievement. Many already do this. Other clubs hold fundraisers for their campers to help offset the cost of camp. The possibilities are endless and too many to list here, but it will take initiative on the part of the camper, family, club, and/or church. Here’s just one idea: Encourage church members to fast/pray during their lunch hour one day per week and donate the money saved to a camper or fund for campers. Some campers actually earn their own money specifically to attend camp by working odd jobs or offering services to those in their family or church. Again, it takes some creative planning and initiative, but it is an achievable goal. All camper funds are due by July 1st, 2023 or there will be an additional $25.00 late fee, no exceptions.
Partial scholarships are available to campers who need financial help to attend camp. Read more.
I have a summer conflict. Can I arrive late to or leave early from camp?
Yes, with permission from and coordination with the camp director. Although this is strongly discouraged for a number of different reasons, we realize there are unique circumstances that can make arriving on schedule unavoidable. We do not, however, pro-rate the fees accordingly, and arriving more than 24hrs late is generally discouraged. Leaving early is discouraged for many of the same reasons, and we are reluctant to allow this any earlier than the last evening of camp (Friday). Late arrivals should plan to check in at the Medical Station. If unattended, please ask any camp staff member to immediately notify the camp director or medical staff for camper in-processing. Early departures must coordinate with both their cabin counselor and camp director.
What is the High School ministry outing?
During the week, Campers who are entering the 10th grade and higher are given opportunities to serve our host camp. On Thursday, the students are put into teams to serve in several locations around the camp where they conduct various supervised activities. Planning, and logistics are all coordinated and approved well in advance of camp by our HS ministry coordinators, Shane and Shelly Hawley. After the ministry completion, they spend time in fellowship and recreation, with a special dinner and time with their chapel speaker and follow up with cabin devotions and bed.
Will my child be able to call me on their cell phone?
You can imagine what it would be like if we allowed over 100 teenagers to keep their cell phones with them during the week of camp. You know how hard it is to get your son or daughter off the phone for even a few minutes. In order to keep the campers from being distracted and to minimize the chance for lost or misplaced phones, we ask that all cell phones be left at home. If your child needs to bring a phone to camp because they are driving to camp, the phone will be left with camp leadership at the beginning of the week. Of course if there is an emergency, you will be able to get in touch with your child by calling our emergency number that we will send to the parents of paid/registered campers.
Will I get to talk to my child during the week?
We highly encourage sending mail, but we discourage phone calls. Unless it is an emergency, please refrain from contacting your child by phone at camp.
When is camp over?
Camp ends Saturday August 3rd after a final assembly.
Can I start helping my child memorize the verses?
What translations can can be used for verses/can I use a different translation than the verse cards provided?
We use the same translations that are used in the official Awana curriculum. Those are KJV, NKJV, NIV84 (not the 2011 version), and ESV. Those are the only translation that we allow.
Is there someone to help my child if they get hurt or sick?
We have a medically trained volunteer on site. Be assured that we will contact you for any hospital visits. The best thing is for you just to ask your child to not get sick or hurt while they are here at camp!
What kind of clothes will they need to bring?
Our activities keep the campers very busy, so pack clothes appropriate for outdoor activity. Don’t forget a swimsuit for the pool, pajamas for sleeping, running shoes for activities, and t-shirts that are red, blue, green or yellow to show team spirit. (Campers will find out what team color they are on by email before camp begins.)
Do they need to bring bedding?
Each camper will need to bring their own pillow and bedding. Bring bedding that fits a twin mattress. Some campers will be sleeping on cots, and a sleeping bag works the best.
What will my child be doing each day?
Here is an example of a typical day at camp: Times are not exact.
7:00 Reveille / Flush&Brush
8:30 Personal devotions
9:05 Cabin Clean-up
9:30 Bible Lesson
10:30 Group Activity/Game
12:25 Bible Quizzing
12:55 Team Meeting
1:15 Rest Time
1:45 Free Time: Camper can choose to go to the snack shack; pool; craft shack; or one of the many outdoor recreational activities Cedar Springs Camp offers.
5:20 Mail Call
6:00 Evening Activity/Game
8:50 Personal Devotions and clean up
10:10/10:30 Taps: Lights Out
What does my child do with prescribed medication?
Upon arrival, each camper will turn in any regularly prescribed medication to the Camp Nurse. Each day, the camper will have the medicine readied and followed up on to make sure they have taken the dosage for that day.
If my child has special dietary needs can you accommodate them?
Do they need to bring spending money?
We encourage campers to bring spending money for the Snack or Craft Shack. Money will be deposited in the Camp Bank the first day of camp and deducted from your camper’s account as needed. Campers should withdraw their remaining funds from the bank during cabin cleanup on the last day of camp.
Does everyone eat at the same time?
Due to the number of campers we split the meal times and while one group is at lunch the other is enjoying another camp activity. After a set amount of time the two groups will trade places. Before entering the dining hall everyone is required to wash their hands/use the disinfectant at the portable stations outside the dining hall entrance. Your camper has been doing this at all of our previous camps and should be used to this.
How are things in the dining area cleaned?
PNWC staff makes sure that everything is cleaned with a disinfectant before and after each meal. Campers at each table under the direct supervision of a PNWC volunteer clear their table and then clean them before moving to their next activity.
What age does my child need to be to attend PNWC?
Jr. High minimum age is 11 by 8/31 and at least entering the sixth grade.
Sr. High minimum age is 14 by 8/31 and at least entering the ninth grade.
What kind of supervision will my junior-aged child have?
Counselors and staff members are with their campers most of the time not only to supervise but also to enhance your child’s camp experience by encouraging participation in many activities. During free time, campers are required to remain in groups of four or more.
I have more questions. Who can help me?
Feel free to contact us with further questions.