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    Summer 2021

    Family Camp FAQ

    You've got questions. We've got answers.

    We're excited to return with Family Camp! We’ve missed you, and we’re thrilled to welcome you and your family back for an amazing summer experience. This year, our theme is Stronger Together. From speakers and activities to great food and perfect sunsets, your week will be packed with memory-making opportunities.

    Due to capacity restrictions, we will honor existing reservations first. If you have not registered for Family Camp, you can be added to our waitlist by filling out this submission form. 

    We've got five fun-filled weeks planned, the first one starting in late June:

    • Week 1 – June 27 - July 2
    • Week 2 – July 4-9
    • Week 3 – July 11-16
    • Week 4 – July 18-23
    • Week 5 – July 25-30

    If you have a reservation, or your 2020 reservation was moved to 2021, please confirm here. You must include the following information:

    • Number of guests on your reservation
    • Name of each guest 
    • Date of birth for anyone 24 or younger

    Add me to the waitlist

    Confirm my reservation



    Can I trade weeks?

    Possibly. Because we are limiting the number of guests attending family camp, each week will have a different level of availability. If there is space within the 250-person cap on your preferred week, then it may be possible to transfer your reservation to that week. Transfers will be handled on a first-come, first-serve basis.

    If you used your summer 2019 credits last summer for Power Boost and want to apply the remainder of your funds to Family Camp 2021, please contact reservations. Requests will be honored on a first-come, first-serve basis.

    What if I'm unable to come this year?
    If you aren’t ready to return or you’re simply unable to get here, we will gladly hold your deposit or payment as a credit to be used in the future.
    • You can use your full amount as a gift certificate to be used for a future reservation of any kind.
    • You can donate your reservation proceeds as a tax-deductible donation.
    • If you’d prefer a refund, just let us know.
    Do we have to book all five nights?
    A la carte options will not be considered until we get closer to Family Camp.


    What are the latest COVID protocols?
    Maryland’s Governor Larry Hogan recently announced that all restrictions regarding COVID would be lifted in the state on July 1st. As we have allowed the state to guide our practices, we will transition on June 27th (the first day of Family Camp) to become a “mask-friendly” campus. We wish to be compassionate, show dignity and respect to those who may want to continue wearing a mask just as much as those who don’t want to wear a mask. We don’t want to have contention as it relates to whether someone chooses to wear a mask or not. We look forward to pursuing some familiarity and are grateful for your patience throughout this past season.


    How will meals be served?

    Most of the dining restrictions put in place by the state of Maryland during the pandemic have been lifted. We are still limited in how we serve food from buffets. Food preparation continues to follow or exceed all Maryland health department regulations. Our food service team is cleaning high-traffic areas, workstations, and equipment more than required using CDC and EPA approved food-grade cleaner and sanitizer. All food service staff are required to wash their hands and change their gloves between each task or every fifteen minutes when doing the same task.

    • Current regulations do not allow for self-serve buffets unless the food is packaged in a grab-and-go style. Therefore, our staff will serve you many of the menu items at lunch and dinner from the buffet. Other items will be packaged or plated individually for quick pick- up.
    • For those guests dining in the Water’s Edge Dining Room, meals will be served on plates and utensils will be available on the buffet line or at your table. Beverages will be self-service from the beverage stations in the dining room.
    • We are asking all guests eating in the dining room to help us by throwing their trash into the large containers throughout the dining room and by bringing their dishes to the table setup in the front of the dining room when they are finished eating.
    • Guests who are not ready to dine indoors may ask the servers for to-go containers and may use the outdoor seating available in the tent on the shuffleboard courts. Drinks will still be self-serve from the beverage stations in the dining room and carriers are available.
    • Due to the way meals are being served, we will be offering a simplified menu. Breakfast will be continental, grab-and-go style with fresh fruit, yogurt, assorted pastries, and boiled eggs. Hot and cold cereals, milk, juices, and coffee will also be available.
    • Hot food items will be served for lunch and dinner along with a salad and dessert items. Peanut butter and jelly kits will be available at all meals as well as kid-friendly entrees at lunch and dinner.
    • We are happy to accommodate special diets including gluten-free, low-sodium, low-sugar and basic vegetarian. You are welcome to bring your own food if you have more restrictive needs.
    • As always, our Front Desk has a variety of candy and snacks available and our drink vending machines will be stocked.
    • Complimentary coffee will continue to be available 24 hours each day. The coffee machine will be cleaned and disinfected regularly throughout the day.
    • The Snack Shop will be temporarily relocated to the Kalbach Welcome Center and will offer a limited menu.


    What activities will be available?
    Summer activities will include a variety of options that have been available in years past, including the rock wall, zip line, and swimming pool. We will also hold self-led tournaments and adjust times for activities to accommodate limited staffing and wait lines.
    Will there be Club Crib, Club Cove, Crosswalk, and Collide?
    Programming for children, youth, and young adults will be available. You MUST provide the exact ages of your children and young adults when we contact you to confirm you reservation in order for us to appropriately prepare space before your arrival.
    Will there be adult teaching?

    Yes. As in years past, featured speakers will deliver messages in the Chesapeake Auditorium.

    How will children be dismissed from the auditorium?

    Children will not be part of the gathering in the Chesapeake Auditorium due to space limitations. You will take your children to their respective classrooms prior to the start of adult/Collide teaching time.

    Will we have "spaghetti time?"

    We will offer a modified schedule for this signature processing time:

    • Single Parents – Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday with Andrea Hampton
    • NEW! Stronger Together Thursday – Immediately following the Adult/Collide teaching session, you may retrieve your Club Cove and Crosswalk kids for this special family spaghetti time.
    What about "Night to Forget" and "Family Show?"
    For several reasons, we will not include Night to Forget and Family Show in this summer’s schedule. Instead, we will offer additional opportunities for family bonfires, movies on the bluff or at the pool, and family lawn games.
    Will there be a "Brown Bag Devotional?"
    This year, we will offer a virtual brown bag that you and your family can do together. It will include a devotion, a recorded silly song and a recorded hymn. We understand “online fatigue,” so there will be ample outdoor space to do this activity in community with others.
    Who are the speakers? Will there be life coaches?
    Yes, life coaches will be available for appointments. They will also teach from the platform Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday evenings.
    Will there be a youth speaker?
    Yes, we will have featured speakers for our Jr. High and Sr. High groups each morning.
    Are there going to be fitness coaches?
    Yes, we will have a fitness coach available for individual coaching and group classes.
    How will I know the schedule of events each day?
    The campersAPP is the ideal way to stay connected during your vacation. You’ll access the daily schedule for Family Camp and get up-to-date information regarding activities. From pool hours to meal times, the campersAPP is your go-to resource for Family Camp fun!