Frequently Asked Questions

 

FAQ


Mission Creek Camp’s overnight camps are a time filled with moments of pride, fun, friendship, and self-confidence.  Parents tell us their kids gain independence; campers tell us they have a blast! At Mission Creek Camp we know that both of these are true and along the way, we create amazing memories that will last a lifetime! We encourage people with ALL abilities, including disabilities, to come to camp. We will make the proper accommodations for everyone that we can. Currently, it is difficult to have mobility-deficient campers, as we have not had the camp long enough to make needed changes for wheel chairs.  These frequently asked questions are designed to answer the questions we most commonly receive. We also encourage you to check out the materials provided at registration for additional information. We are always available via email or phone to answer any questions you might have. Please give us a call at 785-256-6357 if you would like to speak with one of our staff or would like to arrange for a tour.

Can we visit camp before signing up?

Yes, you can call ahead and set up an appointment to tour the camp. Please feel free to call our office and set up a private tour with one of our camp staff any day of the week.

Where is Mission Creek Camp located?

We are located on 7240 SW Douglas Road — just a few minutes from Topeka, Kansas and about 10 minutes from I-70 West of Topeka.

How do I contact camp in the summer?

You can reach us by phone 24/7 during summer camp at 785-256-6357 or by email at admin@missioncreekcamp.org.

How do I stay in touch with my child while they are at camp?

We encourage letters from you as the best way of communicating with your camper. Positive, supportive letters let your camper hear from you in a constructive way. You may want to send a letter a few days prior to the session to ensure that it is received while your camper is at camp.

Can I send a care package?

Although all campers enjoy receiving packages from home, we discourage care packages containing food items because some campers have allergies to certain ingredients, and food can attract unwanted insects and animals to the cabins. Any food in packages will be taken away and returned on the closing day of that session. You can also purchase items from the Trading Post and we will deliver them to your child’s cabin with a personalized note.

How does my child stay in touch with me?

Campers are encouraged to write letters. We suggest that they bring paper and pre‐addressed, stamped envelopes. With this understanding, we ask that parents work with us in ensuring that campers do not bring cell phones to camp. Your assistance is greatly appreciated in helping us enforce this policy. Possession of a cell phone will lead to automatic dismissal from camp!

Can I visit my child while they are at camp?

Parents are welcome to visit when dropping off or picking up their camper on opening and closing days of each session. For security reasons, all parents must be accompanied by a camp staff member if walking around camp outside of the check in and check out times.

What is security like at camp?

Security is extremely important at camp. Our staff are in constant contact with one another and with the camp office via hand-held radio. All visitors must stop by our office and be checked in. Visitors must also be accompanied by camp staff at all times.  Any person not cleared to be at camp is immediately identified, approached, and asked to leave the premises.

Is Financial Assistance available for camp?

Realizing that families have differing abilities to pay, Mission Creek Camp will work with each family who requests a financial aid package. We ask that they complete the application and provide the prior year tax return for proof of income. We have limited scholarship funds, and we want to be sure they go to those most in need. All personal and financial information submitted for scholarship consideration are kept confidential. The full price for camp takes into account the actual costs of operation, including food, staff salaries, utilities, supplies, wear and tear on equipment, etc. All campers will have the same experience regardless of whether they pay full price or receive a scholarship or partial scholarship.

How do I know that my child will be safe at camp?

Safety is always a top priority at camp.  Mission Creek Camp is dedicated to a safe operation and safety for our campers. We strive to meet or exceed all standards of health, safety, and program excellence. Our staff goes through a minimum of one week of staff training and are certified in First Aid and CPR, and our waterfront staff are also Red Cross and CPR certified.

Do the staff members have background checks?

All staff members complete a rigorous application process that includes reference checks, FBI background checks, and a personal interview.   Then they participate in extensive training that covers the camp mission, youth development, safety/emergency procedures, activity leadership, behavior management, and child abuse prevention.

What is the staff-to-camper ratio? How old are the staff members?

Our camper to staff ratio is 1:3 for our younger campers and 1:5 for our older campers. All of our counselors must be over 18 years of age and those working with our campers 14 and older are over 20 years of age. All staff are subjected to a full background check in order to work at the camp. Training for all of the staff is required with at least 30 hours of training.

What is healthcare like at camp?

We have medical staff on duty at camp every session. Our staff distributes all medication to campers (over-the-counter or prescription), cares for illness and responds to emergency situations. In addition, all of our staff is trained in First Aid and CPR. The closest hospital to camp is less than 15 minutes away. Each camper will have an interview with the medical staff to be sure we have all the information about the camper and the medical attention that they may need. We also have a Physician on call for the camp, if needed.

What if my child gets sick?

While many times campers come to our infirmary feeling ill because they are overtired or a little homesick, some campers do have an illness that must be cared for.  Our medical staff will treat their symptoms and call you only if your camper spends the night in the infirmary, visits repeatedly with the same medical concern, must visit our local doctor or hospital, or if there is a question about a camper’s medical form.

How recent should my camper’s physical form be?

All campers must have had a physical exam by a licensed provider WITHIN 2 YEARS of their last day of camp.

What if my camper gets homesick?

It’s perfectly normal for a camper to miss home and this can be an important part of their camp experience as they develop a sense of independence and self-esteem.  Luckily, camp is a safe place for campers to have a mix of these emotions, and our counseling staff (many of whom were once homesick campers themselves), are highly trained in working with your child and keeping you informed on their well-being.

My child’s birthday is while they are at camp; do you do anything special?

We love to celebrate birthdays! We even have a special chair and song during our daily dinner activities! If your child has a birthday while they are at camp, please feel free to send a special card. We will provide the fun and a special treat for your camper’s birthday!!

Where do the campers sleep at camp? What are the cabins like?

Our cabins were designed to be summer cabins with no running water, and as such, have latrines nearby. Showers and additional bathrooms are available in the Pine Haven Lodge, as well as at the Sprinkler Park changing area. All of our cabins have electricity and fans, sturdy bunk beds and communal areas.  Campers stay in age/gender appropriate cabins under the continuous care and supervision of qualified counselors.

What does my child need to bring with them?

Camp is all about having fun outdoors. As such, we strongly recommend that you do not pack clothing items that you would mind if they got dirty or stained. The packing list is to help in your preparation. The best way to transport all necessary clothing and gear is in a footlocker (or plastic storage bin), no higher than 14”. Footlockers can easily slide under your child’s lower bunk. A list of contents should be fastened to the inside lid and the camper’s name should be clearly marked on the outside. Please do not forget bedding, including sheets, pillow, blankets and a sleeping bag for overnights. Please mark all clothing and equipment with your camper’s name. This will help us return lost items.

Does camp do laundry?

We do not provide regular laundry service for campers. We do provide laundry service for special circumstances (bed wetting, etc.). Mission Creek Camp is not responsible for lost or damaged personal items.

What do campers eat at camp? What if my child has food allergies?

Our dining hall provides three well balanced meals each day at camp. Each meal includes several options aside from the main course, with nutritious, fresh food being a focus. Camp can accommodate a variety of dietary needs and restrictions. Please contact our Director of Facilities and Dining with any questions or concerns you may have.

What kinds of activities are offered at camp?

Campers have the opportunity to participate in various activities each week. The activities at our summer camp programs focus on developing social skills, teamwork, self-esteem and an appreciation for the environment, all with a healthy dose of fun!

Horseback Riding

Hiking

Arts & Crafts

Sprinkler Park

Canoeing

Archery

Fort Knox Playground