FAQs

When and where are drop-off and registration?
For most camps, you need to drive to the dining hall for check-in and pick-up.

  • Summer drop-off is on Sundays 3-5 p.m. Central Time. Pick-up is on Saturday mornings between 10-11 a.m.
  • Day Camp drop-off is at the Pavilion each morning 7:30-8 a.m. Day Camp pick-up is each day 4:30-5 p.m.

Can my child request a cabin mate? You may request  one cabin mate for each child. Requests need to be no more than one year difference in age. Cabins are divided first by gender and then by age. We make every effort to honor those requests, however they are not guaranteed. It is very important that we have the ability to place campers where we see the best fit to ensure the best week possible. If your child has a friend or sibling that they “just cannot come to camp without” and are more than one year apart in age, please know that more than likely they will not be in the same cabin. However, they will definitely get to see each other often throughout the week. Additionally, this will give them a chance to make new friends, which is one of the great reasons to attend Cedar Lake Camp.

Are your counselors background-checked?
Yes. All counselors 18 and over must pass a background check in addition to our standard extensive application with references.

What if my child gets homesick?
Click here for our Homesickness Guide.

What if I develop kidsickness?
Kidsickness usually occurs when parents arrive home after dropping off their children at summer camp.  We, as parents, feel a huge responsibility to care for our children and we have just given that responsibility to someone else for an entire week.  The staff of Cedar Lake understands this great responsibility and are honored that you have entrusted us with your most prized possession.  We take our job very seriously and want to do everything that we can to help you and your child have a successful week of camp.  Summer camp is a staging ground in preparing your child to leave the nest.  It is independence in a controlled environment.

What can I do to counter kidsickness?
First, get your child excited about going to camp. Talk about the fun activities and the great time they will have.  Second, call us if you have any questions or concerns about anything pertaining to camp. Our office is happy to answer any question that you have. The phone is answered 24/7 during the camp season. We are here to serve you and your child. If you feel that you need confirmation that your child is doing well, call the camp. We will check on your child at the next mealtime and call you back. Third, know that it is our priority to provide and safe and Christ-centered environment but, if an emergency does arise, we will do everything in our power, with our trained staff, to care for your child and you will be contacted as soon as possible. Finally, pray for your child and the camp. We, at Cedar Lake, truly believe that the summer camp experience is a life changing positive experience for children. It challenges their spiritual growth and develops personal maturity in their independence and  relationships with others.

Can I call or visit my child during his/her stay at camp?
Calls and visits are discouraged because they tend to invoke homesickness and distract the children from their camp experience. Letters and packages sent through the mail are a great way to encourage your child and to stay in touch.

Can my child bring a cell phone to camp?
No. Cell phones are not permitted for campers. They are a major distraction for the campers and ultimately hurt their experience while at camp. Cell phones also promote homesickness. In the event of an emergency, we will contact you.  You can reach the camp day or night at (931)823-5656.


Can I pick up my child for an evening ball game, etc.?

We don’t recommend it. Children have the best camp experience if they are able to stay for the entire week without interruption.

What will my child do during their stay at camp?
Each day is filled with activities such as swimming, canoeing, fishing, Bible study, worship time, cabin devotions, hiking, etc. Click here for Sample Schedule.

What is the cost for camp?

Costs vary depending on which camp you choose:

  • Summer Resident Camp weeks 1-4 is $375 per week per camper. Week 5 is $340 for the week per camper
  • Summer Day Camp is $110 per week plus an additional $30 if we provide lunch.
  • Canoe Camp is $375 per person.
  • Fall Overnight Camp is $175 per person
  • Fall Day Camp is $100 w/out lunch, $125 w/lunch provided
  • Spring Sports & More Overnight Camp is $175 per person.
  • Spring Sports & More Day Camp is $100 w/out lunch, $125 w/lunch provided

What will my child eat at camp?
We are known for our good food! Click here for a sample menu.

Do you have lifeguards?
Yes. All of our lifeguards are either full-time staff or counselors who have completed lifeguard training at a recognized training facility. All lifeguards are also certified in First Aid and CPR.

What if my child can’t swim?
Not a problem. They can still enjoy pool time in the shallow end of the pool. All children must pass a swim test in order to swim in water that is over their head. In addition, depending on staff and camper numbers, we offer swimming as an activity (not the same as group swim time) in which your child may learn the basics of swimming.

What if my child has a bedwetting problem?

You and your child can be reassured that our counselors will do everything possible to be confidential and discreet. Extra bedding is made available to counselors if the situation arises.

What if my child has food allergies?
We try to accommodate all food allergies. Please call us if special foods are required.

What should my child bring to camp?

Check the pages on this website about each camp for lists of what to bring.

How much money should I plan to spend toward my child’s Snack Shack account?

Each camper may buy one candy and one drink daily. Each of those items costs $1.00. We also sell t-shirts, water bottles, hats and various other items. We recommend that you put an additional $20-$25 minimum in each child’s account if you would like them to have one of those items.

Do you have a nurse?
Cedar Lake is fortunate to have several nurses who volunteer each summer. We strive to staff each week of camp with a nurse, and we also train our staff in basic first aid. If your child is taking medication, we are glad to dispense this as directed.

How do I register my child for camp?

Go to the page on this website for the appropriate camp to register.

What ages do you serve?
This varies depending on the camp.

  • Summer Day Camp is ages 5-10.
  • Summer Resident Camp is ages 8-14.
  • Canoe Camp is ages 13-21.
  • Fall Overnight Camp is ages 8-14. Day Camp is ages 5-10
  • Spring Sports & More Overnight Camp is for ages 8-14. Day Camp is ages 5-10

How much are your retreat rates?
Because retreats are customized to meet each group’s specific needs, numbers and purpose, we ask that you contact us for rates. Our phone number is 931-823-5656 and our e-mail address is [email protected].

Can I change which week of camp I want my child to attend after already being registered?

Most of the time, you can change weeks. It depends on how many campers are signed up for each week.  Call the camp office to make these requests. (931)823-5656

What can I do to help out the ministry of Cedar Lake Camp?
The first and foremost thing you can do is to pray: for children to enter into a personal relationship with Jesus Christ, for children and staff to grow in their faith, and for God to be honored and glorified in all we do. Click here to learn how you can be involved in a more tangible way.


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