Frequently Asked Questions
HEALTH & SAFETY COVID-19
We consulted with our medical staff team as well as the Portage County Health district, and The Chapel’s Leadership Team. There were several factors that played into our decision.
- It is our mission to see every camper Believing in Jesus, Belonging to Family, Becoming a Disciple, and Building God’s Kingdom. We can not accomplish these goals without direct in person contact that leads to deep conversations and relationships.
- We are hearing from our health communities that kids are struggling with being disconnected from others. Depression is on the rise with young people. Camp can be a place to heal from the effects of the pandemic. Kids need camp now more than ever!
- We have been working hard on a COVID health plan that we believe will help mitigate the risk on contacting coronavirus. Although nothing is 100% guaranteed, we have come up with ways to lessen the risk while not compromising relationships and fun. More details to come soon.
We are working closely with the Portage Health Department on what protocols will need to be put in place. The Health department would like us to wait until March to make the final decision on what will be mandated.
The short answer is we don’t know yet. It is our desire for kids to come to camp mask-free but the final call will be with the Portage County Health Department. We are hoping for masks to only be required when we are indoors. We are already making plans for the majority of our activities to be outdoors (including worship and meal times) whenever possible.
Our office staff is available
TU-F 9:00am – 4:30pm ET to help!
While there is always a fundamental risk to being at camp, Camp Carl’s number one priority is the safety of our campers, staff, and volunteers. We make sure our safety standards and practices are the best that they can be. The health and welfare of our camp community will always be our top concern. We are inspected several times each summer by local and state health officials to assure we are maintaining a safe camp environment.
It is our hope that every camper will remain healthy and fully able to participate in all aspects of camp life. Just in case, though, Camp Carl’s Health Clinic is staffed by medical professionals 24 hours a day all summer long. We supervise the provision of medication at each meal.
All medications will be dispensed by our onsite Medical Staff during the week. Meds are typically dispensed during breakfast, lunch, dinner, and bedtime. Campers and staff are not allowed to keep any meds in their cabins. Please be sure to check in all medications to our Health Staff during Check-In on Sunday.
Homesickness is a reality of overnight camping, but one of the unique experiences of camping is allowing campers to gain a sense of independence. All of our counselor staff go through an extensive staff training before the summer begins that includes dealing with a homesick camper. If a camper is homesick, our counselors will do their best to comfort the camper, if the homesickness persists one of our Unit Leaders will talk with the camper and will connect with parents to find the best strategies for helping the camper through the week. Although we have campers each week who will wrestle with some homesickness, it is extremely rare that a camper will need to be sent home. Campers who stick it out will gain an incredible sense of independence and accomplishment!
The safety of your children is our first priority. We need to know any allergies including food allergies your child has. Please provide these details on your Medical Health form and be as specific as possible with the information to allow us to be prepared to accommodate your camper’s allergy. If your campers allergy situation needs detailed instructions, please reach out to our office and we will connect you to our Medical Doctor, Dr. Emily Scott or our Food Service Manager, Sandy Boyd.
Many children with ADD/ADHD are attend camp here. We handle this medication for campers just as if it were any other medical treatment. Please be sure to note the ADD/ADHD on the Medical Health form and turn in any medications to the Health Center at Check-In.
Camp Carl is capable of accommodating some special medical needs. Please contact the office to discuss your camper’s needs and how we can work together to make camp a successful experience.
Bed wetting is a common reality for many children at camp and several campers wear pull-ups. Some campers, depending on the age, are very self-conscious about this and don’t want anyone to know that they are wearing a pull-up. This is not a problem. Our bathrooms are set up in such a way that campers can put on and take off the pull-up privately. When dropping your camper off, just let the counselor know and they can help keep it discrete. If your child does have an accident at camp, our counselors quietly go back to the cabin after everyone has left and bring the bedding to the nurse to wash. Bedding is brought back to the cabin before anyone comes back.
While we are not equipped to handle campers requiring one-on-one attention, we are able to accommodate some special needs campers. Please give us a call in the office to discuss your camper’s specific needs.
We take a great deal of pride in the selection of our staff. Prospective summer staff go through a comprehensive interview process which includes a background check, an intensive written application, required written references and a personal interview with one of the year-round camp staff. An extensive training program is provided at the start of the summer season. Staff members are trained on topics such as child development, how to recognize, prevent, and take action against bullying, behavior management, risk management, emergency procedures, Bible study and much more. During the summer, staff are supervised and evaluated by members of our camp leadership team and year-round staff.
We strive to provide the best possible experience for your child. We carefully recruit and screen to cultivate the most adept counselor staff possible. While there are some variations from time to time, the vast majority of our cabins maintain a 5:1 camper to counselor ratio. This allows us to create a meaningful experience and maximize the time campers get to spend with their role models in small groups.
A $50 deposit is required to secure your spot. Families may pay out their remaining camp fees over a period of time. All fees must be paid in full no later than 14 days prior to your camp week. Contact the Camp Carl office for questions regarding payments and balances due.
It is our desire that every child have a chance to attend camp regardless of their financial situation. That is why why offer financial assistance through our scholarship program. Applications open in March. Our scholarship forms can be found on our Scholarship Page. Applications are due by April 15th.
Campers stay busy at camp! From Team competitions, multiple activities and evening programs to cabin devotional, worship and Bible Study, our day is packed with fun, challenge, and exploration! Check out our Typical Day Schedule .
One of the most significant elements of the camp experience is learning independence. It’s hard to be apart, however, kids adjust to camp life much more easily than we often assume. Typically, we find that there are many more “kid sick” parents than homesick campers! If a camper does become homesick, hearing a parent’s voice can intensify sad feelings. Therefore, we do not have campers talk to parents on the phone or allow visitation from parents.
Kids spend on average 52 hours a week in front of an electronic screen. We believe in teaching kids how to be extraordinary without being tied to electronic screens, so we do not allow iPods, phones, video games, or any electronic device. This policy gives children the gift of a technology free environment — a place where campers, counselors, and staff are fully present with each other, transporting them to a place where we can forge relationships that last a lifetime.
Absolutely! Campers may submit up to two names for their cabin mate request. The campers requesting each other must be no more than two grades/years apart. While we do our best to honor cabin mate requests, there are sometimes rare occasions where we are unable to accommodate a request. You will be prompted during registration to enter any cabin mate requests you have. You will need to know the email address of the guardian of the person you are requesting. The person you have requested must accept your request in order to be linked together in our system and placed together in a cabin. Larger groups can be linked together by creating a chain of requests, i.e. camper 1 requests camper 2, camper 2 requests camper 3, etc.. Please call our office if you have a larger group and need assistance with requests.
Several are air-conditioned. Our BARC Cabin and our new Treehouse Cabin have AC, however these are only girl cabin options… sorry boys! Note: the Treehouse Cabin will have an upcharge.
If the rain is light and steady, and there is no risk of lightning, campers will still be able to walk to the activities and programs planned for the day. Our Leadership Team monitor the weather at all times and check to make sure lightning and heavy rain is outside of the set range around camp. If lightning does happen to come within the designated range, then we will make sure all the campers and staff are safe inside a building. We will then proceed with pre-planned activities that are in place in the occasion we need to be indoors.
Camp Carl hosts an Open House Day in May. This is a free day to come and check out Camp Carl! Many of the camp activities, tours, and facilities will be open. It is a great opportunity to bring your children to see what camp is like before they come for their session. The Camp Carl staff will be available for any questions you may have. Just come on by and enjoy the facility! If you can’t make it then, tours can also be scheduled by calling the Camp Carl Office (330.315.5665), and are available during the week. Once the camp season begins in June, tours will not be given while summer campers are on site.
What NOT to Bring to Camp
Any electronic device that can access the Internet breaches our security policy. If discovered by a counselor, it will be collected and stored until the end of the camper’s session.
In addition, Camp Carl cannot be responsible for lost or broken articles. Please do not bring anything that would break easily or cause loss if misplaced.
Any web-enabled devices—Cell Phones
Handheld video game systems
Alcohol, illegal drugs
Weapons (including pocket knives and multi-tools)
Personal sports equipment (everything you need will be provided for your activities)
Red letters are a long time Camp Carl tradition. If a camper receives a letter addressed in red ink they will be doused with water by our camp staff. The way we deliver the water treatment changes each camp year. It is a fun and lighthearted tradition that our campers have enjoyed for years. Letters can be mailed or dropped off on check-in day. Emails sent to the campers in red ink do not count.
Visit our FORMS page to download a paper registration form. Forms should be mailed to 8054 Calvin Road, Ravenna, Ohio 44266 and should include a check for the deposit.
Please email us at email@example.com to cancel or change a reservation. Include the camper name and camp week you would like to change.
If you would like to pay for a camper who is not on your Camp Carl account, instruct the parent of the camper to create an account and register their child but do not make a payment. The registration will then be “pending” in their account. You can then call the office at 330.315.5665 and gives us a credit card over the phone or you can send in a check with the camper’s name in the subject line. Once payment is made the camper’s registration will change to “enrolled”. Please note, this is not a tax deductible donation. If you would like to make a tax deductible donation, you must donate to our General Camp fund. You can make a donation by visiting our GIVE page
Yes, campers are permitted to pack snacks. For the safety of all our our campers, we ask that you do not bring anything that contains peanuts. Please bring them in a sealed container.