Thank you for choosing Hilltop Christian Camp! We recommend that you view the “Power of Camp” video embedded on this page. The video speaks about the power of the camp experience in the spiritual development of young people. We live in a world that does everything to distract us from our God. Camp is a powerful change agent because our God is powerful and meets young people here away from all the worldly distractions.
We want you to know we are excited about summer camp and being able to help encourage and strengthen your child’s relationship with our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. We know you are entrusting us with your child; Hilltop has practices, policies, procedures in place to ensure their physical, emotional and spiritual safety. The following information will hopefully answer your questions and help you become familiar with Hilltop.
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Even though you will not be staying with your child at camp, being involvement in the process can help with a smooth transition. The best way to be involved is to pray about summer camp, your prayers might include you the parent, your child, Spiritual decisions, deans, faculty, summer staff, great food, good sleep, friends to be made, games, Bible time, and much more. Please feel free to contact the camp office or even visit the camp ahead of time so your child can see where they’re going. It is also advisable for your child to spend a night or two away from home with family or friends before attending a camp session. It’s best that “camp” is not their first “overnighter” away from home.
One of the greatest benefits of camp is a child’s emerging independence. To learn to trust other caring adults is important; as they learn and grow, little by little, to solve some of their challenges. Please do not highlight a conversation about “homesickness” in your preparations. Do not suggest to your child that he or she can call home or send a cell phone with them. This is a statement a child never forgets. If your child is experiencing a challenge to their adjustment to camp, we will call. You can help your child before they leave for camp by telling them that there is always someone they can reach out to, whether a dorm parent, dean, camp nurse, or summer staff. We are here to help.
Please pack clothing that your child likes because they are more likely to bring it back home. Also place their name on all clothing and belongings so they can be returned to the right owner. Click here to view/print our Essential Packing List.
A volunteer nurse and/or First Aid certified personnel are onsite to address health and safety concerns. We will attempt to notify you if your camper becomes ill or sustains an injury. Your child’s health form needs to be current and you can update your health form by signing back into your online account at anytime or providing a update during check-in at the 1st aid station. It is very important that your camper’s health information is up-to-date and signed by the parent or legal guardian. The health form is a legal document giving the camp permission to treat your camper and make hospital decisions in your absence.
Dorm Campers: CHECK-IN 3:00 – 5:00 p.m. in the gym.
Wilderness Campers: CHECK-IN 3:00 – 5:00 p.m. in the gym.
Day Campers: CHECK-IN 8:30 – 9:00 a.m. in the gym.
Dorm/room assignments will be posted at all buildings on entrance doors. Please honor your assigned room.
FIRST AID STATION: All campers must visit here FIRST. Parents/Guardian will need to fill out a quick health screen form and campers will need a temperature check. Turn in all medications, prescription and over-the-counter. They must be in the original bottle, properly labeled with the camper’s name/doctor’s instructions.
CHECK IN WINDOW: You must check-in your child for their camp session so we know they’re here. If you owe any portion of the tuition fee, pay here.
Then proceed to the t-shirt table. We ask parents to leave the shirt with the camper to wear in the group picture.
LATE ARRIVALS: If you are unable to be here by 5:00 p.m., please contact us ASAP. If you arrive after 5:00 p.m. and before 10:00 p.m. check-in at the office. If you are unable to arrive by that time, come the next morning. The camp office will be open at 8:00 a.m.
DEPARTING DURING CAMP SESSION
If campers must leave, during the session, a permission note must be provided at check-in; signed by a parent/guardian, specifying the name of the individual picking up the camper, and time of departure. Campers must be sign out at the camp office before departing and sign in upon returning. You will need to return by 10:00 p.m. or wait until 8:00 a.m. the following morning to return.
DEPARTING AT THE END OF CAMP SESSION
Camp is officially over at 6:00 p.m. on the last day. You must check-out your child in the Gym (For Day Camp through Intermediate Age) and present the check-out card you received at check-in or valid ID. Wilderness campers will be checked out at lakeside with the same procedures. We request that campers remain until all activities have ended at 6:00 p.m. if at all possible. If you arrive early you still must check-out your child at the office or gym depending on the time.
In the event that your child cannot attend, advance notification is essential, as others may be waiting. Call 812-988-4991.
Young people enjoy receiving mail from home and friends. There are 3 ways to send mail to a camper.
1. Hilltop Post Office: Bring cards/letters/packages on opening day and deposit them in the provided bins corresponding to the day you wish the mail to be delivered. Exception, Ice Breaker mail will be delivered on the last day. Place a donation in designated mailbox (suggested $.25 cents per letter, $1 dollar per package).
2. One-way E-mail: You must purchase an e-mail code from the Hilltop Post Office. The e-mail code costs $1.00 and is good for up to 4 e-mail. We will not accept any faxed message.
3. U.S. Postal Service: Mail cards and letters the week before the session for assured delivery.
Address all mail as follows:
(Camper’s Name, Camp Session)
c/o Hilltop Christian Camp
6014 Hamilton Creek Rd.
Columbus, IN 47201
Visitors are welcome. However, due to homesickness we recommend that visits by parents or friends be kept to a minimum during Ice Breaker and Junior sessions. All visitors must sign in at the office immediately upon arrival and wear a visitor badge for the duration of your stay. Also please remember that campers will be on a schedule which must be maintained. If visits are made during the evening hours, we request visitors depart before the campfire service begins.
Our dining hall has a limited capacity. Please contact the camp in advance for meal times, available space and number in your party. There will be a nominal charge for visitor meals.
STAFF AND VOLUNTEERS
In an effort to provide a safe and secure camp for children, Hilltop Christian Camp requires a criminal history background check be performed on all adult paid staff and summer camp volunteers.
Hilltop is a smoke-free environment. Thanks for your cooperation!
We have various health protocols in the unlikely event of emergent health concerns. Please click the links below to read our official protocols and procedures.