Residential Camp Overview
Residential camp at HoneyRock is the first taste of a rich HoneyRock camp experience. Young campers will make new friends, learn new activities, face personal challenges, and engage in the wonder that camp and creation provide. Each day campers will study the Bible, spend time in prayer and participate in worshiping God. HoneyRock believes in the intentional relationships built between counselors and campers as a way to pour into young people through these new experiences of learning, adventuring and living for Christ. In everything we do, from our mealtimes to our reflection times to our activity times, we hope to develop campers to become fully devoted followers of Jesus Christ.
6-Day Intro Residential Camp
Entering Grades: 3-5
Dates: June 19-24
This program is specifically designed for children entering 3rd-5th grades who are going to overnight camp for the first time. Many parents use this shorter camp session for their children who have not been away from home for a significant amount of time and need an introduction to camp. Campers will get a taste of camp life, try a wide variety of activities, and become prepared for longer sessions. The goal is for campers to move to 12-Day Residential Camp after one summer of Intro Camp. If ready, we encourage 5th graders to register for 12-Day Residential Camp rather than this shorter Intro Camp session.
Wilderness adventure: Campers may have the opportunity to trek to one of our moonlight adventure spots including Does Acres, Trapper's Den, Tom Sawyer's Raft or Beaver Island.
Instructional activity areas: Campers will rotate through all of the activities with their cabin groups by week's end.
Service opportunities: Campers will serve each other, clean their cabins, set tables, and participate in other small service projects.
Leadership: Campers will develop skills in personal responsibility and independence through their daily tasks and cabin life.
Spiritual focus: Campers will engage in experiential daily lessons and daily worship sessions based on the week’s spiritual theme.
12-Day Residential Camp
Entering Grades: 5-8 (4th graders who successfully completed Intro Camp may attend)
Session 1: June 26 - July 7
Session 2: July 10-21
Session 3: July 24- August 4
Our 12-Day Residential Camp program has been a part of HoneyRock since we opened our doors in 1951. The camp schedule is written so that every hour is specifically geared toward creating opportunities for campers to see the Lord through their cabins, their play, their quiet times and their activities. Twelve days of camp allow campers to have deeper relationships with their cabin mates and counselors, a life skill necessary in today’s world. Healthy habits such as being a responsible person, having a devotional time, and caring for others also begin to take root through this two-week experience. Through meeting and living with new people, being outdoors, and interacting with counselors, campers leave HoneyRock with a new sense of confidence and the life skill of showing respect to others. Campers can focus on advancing through award-progression in certain activities they enjoy while still getting to experience many of the other activities HoneyRock has to offer. HoneyRock believes in the growth of the whole person and hopes to provide an experience that develops your camper physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually.
Wilderness trips: Hike or canoe to scenic destinations near HoneyRock for 1 to 3 nights.
Instructional activity areas: Campers can work to earn their basic, intermediate or masters awards as they build skills in the activities of their choice during two activity periods each day.
Service opportunities: Campers set tables, clean their cabins, and do service in activity areas. Campers also have the opportunity to participate in the Solid Rock club.
Leadership: Campers will develop skills in personal responsibility and independence through their daily tasks and wilderness trip experience.
Spiritual focus: Campers have a daily Bible lesson, worship session, and learn how to have a personal quiet time with God. Campers will discover more about the nature of the Lord through encountering him in his Word and his Creation.
The majority of our counselors are Wheaton College students enrolled in our Summer Leadership School. After an extensive application process, all counselors go through 5 weeks of intense training led by HoneyRock’s full-time professional staff and a variety of college professors who are experts in child development, spiritual formation and working with young people. Our training model is dedicated to being the best possible preparation for students to become excellent residential camp counselors. During this training period (which is much longer than industry norms), counselors take academic classes related to camp ministry, learn wilderness trip skills, become Red Cross certified in First-Aid, CPR and water safety, and learn how to create Bible studies and devotional times applicable to young people.
HoneyRock offers unique activities that are designed intentionally to help give campers a new and unique experience with the unfamiliar, increase their potential and perseverance, develop goal-setting skills and encourage them in their leadership. Campers sign up daily for the activities of their choice. Options available include: canoeing, archery, kayaking, riflery, wilderness skills, mountain biking, swimming, drama, crafts and climbing. Horsemanship ($90 additional fee, minimum 5 rides), waterskiing ($75 additional fee, minimum 4 times), and ceramics ($30 additional fee, minimum 3 times) are only available for a limited number of campers in the 2-week residential program. All campers in one-week camp may choose to participate in waterskiing and horsemanship at no additional charge. In each activity area, campers work to progress through our levels system. Campers move from ‘basic’ to ‘intermediate’ to ‘masters’ awards as they develop their skills in the various activity areas. Their achievements are recognized and shared at our Family Day awards ceremony.Through our activity areas, we hope to impact your child’s spiritual growth as they learn and develop new skills and abilities.
Cabin groups consist of 1-2 counselors and 6-8 campers. All cabin groups share in an exciting wilderness campout, moonlight adventures (overnights in adventuresome locations around camp), Bible studies, Adventure Challenge problem solving and other unique group experiences.
Sleeping Bag Purchase Program
This summer we are offering campers the option to purchase a new Marmot sleeping bag for $75; this is $20 less than retail stores. We have chosen this bag because it is the ideal sleeping bag for use in all of our programs. This fully synthetic, 30-degree rated sleeping bag is warm, versatile, durable and packs easily for use on wilderness trips and campouts. If you are interested in purchasing a sleeping bag, please check the box on the registration form. Campers will receive their sleeping bag when they arrive at HoneyRock. Each bag will also have a HoneyRock name tag attached to the zipper pull so it can be easily identified.