Frequently Asked Questions
What time does camp begin/end?
Camp hours are 9:00 am-4:00 pm. Drop off begins at 8:00 am and pick up runs from 4:15 pm - 4:45 pm. We do not offer extended hours at this time. Unreasonable tardiness will result in a $25 charge per occurrence.
Do I need to pack a lunch for my child?
Yes, please pack your child's lunch in an insulated bag with an ice pack Monday through Friday. There will be NO pizza Friday this summer. Our camp Canteen does offer snacks for campers to purchase, but lunches are not available. Our Canteen adheres to a no nut policy, and we would encourage families to do the same when packing their lunches. Please provide a refillable water bottle for your child every day. NOTE: Cash will not be accepted at the canteen during summer 2021, "canteen credit" is available for purchase through registration.
How do I communicate with the camp?
You can reach our Camp Executive Director, Hannah Laible, by calling 678-575-7391 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
My child is not a swimmer/strong swimmer. How will he/she be supervised during lake time?
There will be am minimum of two certified lifeguards, on duty at all times. Counselors will also accompany their campers when they are in the lake. All campers are required to wear life jackets. We provide lifejackets, but we HIGHLY encourage each camper to bring their own.
What is your policy on behavior problems?
Parents will be contacted if there is a continuous problem of non-participation in the program, bullying, stealing, telling off-color stories or using such language, or any other behavior that detracts from the Christian and wholesome environment Kerusso wishes to provide. Profanity and cut-downs are prohibited. The use of alcohol, non-prescription drugs, tobacco, nicotine in any form is not permitted by campers or staff. Poor behavior on the part of the camper could lead to his or her dismissal from camp.
How are campers grouped for the week?
Campers are separated by gender and age/grade. D1 (Grade 1-2) and D2 (Grade 3-5) both follow an 8:1 ratio though their schedules vary. Please keep this in mind if you have a buddy request for a 2nd and 3rd grader, the older camper would be placed in the younger group. This summer, groups will be paired together (according to grade and gender) to form a "Squad" in order to safely experience camp. They will do activities, lunch, etc. together during the week. Squads will socially distance themselves as much as possible from other groups/squads.
Where do I drop off my child on Monday morning?
It is our goal that campers become engaged with our staff and counselors the minute they arrive at camp. Parents/guardians will pull through to a designated area and a staff member will meet you at your car to go through check in. After completing a daily health screening, staff will accompany the camper to their designated group and introduce them to their counselor. Due to our new health and safety protocols check in will take a little longer, please be sure to allow for extra time for check in each morning.
What do I do in order to pick up my child early?
Although we understand that absences will happen, we ask that you help us make your child's camp experience wonderful by limiting absences during the week. Please plan doctor's visits and other appointments for times when your child is not attending camp. If you must pick up you camper early, please complete this "Early Pickup Request Form" at least ONE hour prior to pickup. Please note that early pickups need to occur before 3:30 pm.
What do I do if my child has special needs?
Although Camp Kerusso desires to accommodate all children, we, unfortunately, are not able to accommodate children with special needs who are unable to function within our camp structure. Please contact our Camp Director, Hannah Laible, with any questions.
What should my child wear to camp?
Please dress your child for outdoor play since we do play hard and get dirty. Each child should also wear tennis shoes; open-toed shoes are not allowed. A hat is also helpful item to protect your child from the sun. Please apply sunscreen to your camper before drop-off as well. Campers will receive one T-shirt for every 2 weeks of registered attendance, up to a maximum of 2 T-shirts per summer. Campers will receive their T-shirt on the Tuesday of the week. If your child has already received their T-shirt from a previous week, please be sure they wear it on Tuesday, as that is group photo day. They can wear their camp t-shirt any day of the week.
What should my child bring to camp?
All campers will need to wear a mask for drop off / pickup, and various times throughout the day. In addition, each child should have a backpack that will hold all personal belongings. Other items needed are: towel, swimsuit, sun block, re-fillable water bottle, money for canteen items (optional), lunch in insulated lunch bag including an ice pack. Please write your child's name on all items that come to camp.
Can I attend some of my child's camp activities during the day?
Unfortunately in order to keep everyone safe, we are not allowing tours or parent assemblies this summer.
How do you hire your staff members?
We have a very thorough screening process to ensure we are hiring the best possible summer staff to care for our campers. We hire students who have been evaluated based on an extensive written application, personal interview, and references.
What are the payment options for registration?
1. Pay in full. 2. Pay a deposit at the time of registration and the remaining balance by 14 DAYS before the start of your week of camp If we have not received full payment at that time, your registration will be canceled and no refund will be issued. We will send out a balance due reminder email. Note, you will NOT be auto billed, you must submit payment. 3. Apply for scholarship should there be a need within your family.
Is there a flexible payment option?
Yes, there is! You can pay a deposit at the time of registration and then log in to your account to make payments up until due date. For example, a person registers for camp for $210. They can pay $79 to save their spot and have more than ten weeks to pay the balance of $131. They could chose to pay $13 a week to pay it off! This shows how affordable camp can be and how registering early can benefit your family. Please remember any outstanding balances are due 14 DAYS before the start of your week of Camp Kerusso. If we have not received full payment at that time, your registration will be canceled and no refund will be issued. We will send out a balance due reminder email. Note, you will NOT be auto billed, you must submit payment.
What is the cancellation policy?
At registration, every camper pays a one-time, non-refundable $25 registration fee for each week of camp they are registered for. This registration fee covers the cost of cancellation through March 31st. Beginning April 1st, we will retain the full deposit fee ($79) per camper, per week. We will waive the cancellation fee if you transfer your camper's registration to another available week not previously registered for. Please remember any outstanding balances are due 14 days before the start of your week of Camp Kerusso. If we have not received full payment at that time, your registration will be canceled and no refund will be issued. We will send out a balance due reminder email. Note, you will NOT be auto billed, you must submit payment. We will not be able to issue refunds or transfer registration to another week within 14 days of the scheduled camp date except in documented cases of camper illness, injury, or a death in the immediate family. If you decide to cancel within 14 days of camp, we will retain the entire $210.
What do I do if my child becomes ill before camp?
If your child is unwell, please keep them home. In order to attend camp, campers must complete our daily health screenings. If your child is sick, please provide a signed doctor's note and we will refund your registration minus the non-refundable $25 registration fee.
Can my child make a buddy request?
Yes, buddies can be requested. Part of the positive experience of our camp is the ability to meet new campers and we would encourage you to not specify a certain person as it may not afford campers this opportunity for possible growth. You may, however, make one request per camper by inserting the name on the online registration form. We will try to honor requests if campers are of the same age or grade level and the same gender. Children not in the same grade should be no more than one grade apart in school. The request must be mutual before we consider it. Inserting more than one name may result in no request being granted. We make every effort to accommodate all requests, but buddy requests are never guaranteed.
Can changes be made to my child's camp date or buddy request?
All changes must be requested in writing and must be made at least 2 weeks before the camp week will begin. There is no charge for any changes made prior to two weeks from your camper's date. We will do all we can to satisfy buddy requests, however we cannot guarantee your camper will be with his buddy, especially if requests are made after our initial groupings are completed in February.
What is the spiritual emphasis?
Our camping program focuses on creating a positive Christian environment in order to help build strong character in the lives of young people. It is a place to have fun, make friends and learn more about God. We will openly promote who God is and share Biblical truths from God's Word each and every day at camp through worship, music, prayer and devotions. However, we respect each individual camper's right to make their own decision regarding this important spiritual matter. Every staff member is a follower of Christ and will model Jesus-like character.
What happens during Bible time?
Campers spend time each day learning about Bible figures, the truth of God's Word, and the hope we have in Jesus Christ.
What is GracePointe Church's denomination?
GracePointe Church belongs to the Presbyterian Church in America (PCA). The PCA is a relatively young denomination, having been formed in 1973. The PCA is committed to the infallibility and authority of the Bible and the primacy of the Great Commission, with our roots in the truths of the Reformation. For more information, refer to www.gracepointeforsyth.org.
What time is your church service?
We meet on Sunday mornings online or at 10:00 am at 1315 Pilgrim Mill Road, Cumming.