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FAQS

Important Information

WHY SHOULD I SEND MY CHILD TO CAMP AT GRACE POINT?

At Grace Point, our ministry is to create an environment that fosters love and acceptance. Grace Point takes conscious steps to rapidly and deeply develop community each week. The permanent staff, summer staff, counselors, deans and camp nurse all strive to help the young people here learn to love themselves and each other more deeply.
At Grace Point, kids can be themselves, experience love, learn about responsibility in a community, learn acceptance of themselves and others, and experience the love of God. These powerful experiences, along with the friendships made here, are what keep our campers returning year after year.

WHAT TIME IS DROP OFF/PICK UP?

For traditional camps and summer sessions, drop off is from 3-5pm the first day of each session in the Pavilion. Staff members in Grace Point polo shirts will guide you to registration as needed.  Pick up is at 10am at the Pavilion on the last day of the session.

Family Campers arrive to register at 4:00.  After a weekend filled with fun, they will say their "See you next year" at 10:00.

WHO WILL BE TAKING CARE OF MY CHILD AT GRACE POINT AND WILL THEY BE SUPERVISED?

At Grace Point, your children will be supervised 24 hours a day by either our summer staff, counselors, or both. The vast majority of the summer staff and counselors grew up at Grace Point during their summers. All of the staff and counselors go through a screening process and extensive training and are supervised by the director and summer program coordinator.

WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN A SUMMER STAFFER AND A COUNSELOR, AND HOW ARE THEY TRAINED?

The summer staff is a group of 10 college-aged young people who go through extensive training, live at camp all summer, and are paid. The summer staff must apply each year by filling out an application, writing essays, providing references. All staffers undergo background checks through the police department. All staff are trained on sexual misconduct prevention, appropriate discipline, and emergency procedures.

Our Counselors are high school-aged and at least rising 10th graders. Counselors are volunteers. Counselors are required to send in an application and answer informing questions. Many counselors have been campers at Grace Point and/ or are involved diocesan events.  They also undergo an orientation before each session begins. During this time, there is training that is age-appropriate for the campers who are coming, each area of the camp is toured, first aid kits and phones are pointed out, and emergency procedures are reviewed.

Our summer staff and counselors are well trained, and we believe that they are the best around. Training is an important part of preparation for our summer campers. In addition, the care, concern and love that our counselors and staff give our campers is indeed a ministry and what sets Grace Point apart for an incredible experience!

HOW WILL MY CHILD STAY SAFE AND HEALTHY AT GRACE POINT?

At Grace Point, we take your child’s safety very seriously. We believe that safety not only encompasses your child’s physical safety but also their emotional and spiritual safety as well. We can’t promise that your child will not get hurt or sick, but we take great care in protecting your child.  We will have either an RN or nurse practitioner on site while your child is here.  They will be responsible for administering your child’s medication and providing care beyond the scope of basic first aid.  If a camper is injured or becomes ill, the camper will be evaluated and treated by the nurse immediately.  Our nurses have are an integral part of our community and strive to keep our campers healthy so they can enjoy their week at camp.

 

While your camper is on the lake, he/she is required to wear a life vest at all times. In addition, lifeguard-certified waterfront staff will be present at all times while campers are in the lake. 

Grace Point takes pride in our ability to build community each week. We take this very seriously. This means that we welcome each child as an individual and believe that ALL children are gifts from God and children of God- regardless of race, ethnicity, socio-economic status, or religious background. All who come to Grace Point will be loved and cared for.

It is more than our job, it is our ministry. 

WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN A REGULAR SESSION AND A SUMMER SESSION?

The only difference between a traditional camp (i.e. Junior Camp) and a summer session (i.e. Junior Summer Session) is the time of year it is offered. Traditional camps take place earlier in the summer (around June) and summer sessions take place later on (July). All camps tend to fill up fast, so be sure to sign up early.

CAN MY CHILD COME TO MORE THAN ONE WEEK OF CAMP AT GRACE POINT?

Of course! We would love to have your camper come to camp twice a summer.

HOW CAN WE APPLY FOR FINANCIAL AID AT GRACE POINT?

Finances should never be a reason why a child can’t come to camp. At Grace Point, we pride ourselves on providing opportunities for all campers. 

If you wish to apply for a partial scholarship, please indicate this in the application process.  When asked in the application, state which church is providing the additional portion of the scholarship.  At registration, we will confirm this information.

If you wish to apply for the Camp Billy Johnson scholarship (full scholarship for campers in need), please email Brad Jones at bjones@dioet.org.

WHAT DOES MY CHILD NEED TO BRING TO GRACE POINT?

WHO ARE THE DEANS AND WHAT DO THEY DO?

The Deans are either priests or christian educators who volunteer their time and talents for a week at Grace Point. Prior to arriving at Grace Point, they plan a program that is age-appropriate, usually with a staff of other volunteers that they have assembled. This program sets the tone for the week and campers address issues at an age-appropriate level. Art activities, skits, small group discussions, videos, talks, etc. are all ways that the deans get their message across.

WHAT WILL MY CHILD DO ON A TYPICAL DAY AT GRACE POINT?

  • 7:30 am- Wake up Bell

  • 8:00 am- Breakfast

  • 8:45 am- Campers and Counselors up to the cabins for cabin cleanup. Summer staff, Dean’s staff and nurse have morning meeting

  • 9:30 am- Everyone to the Chapel for morning singing and Dean’s program

  • 12:00 pm- Lunch and announcements for afternoon activities

  • 12:45 pm- Up to the cabins for Siesta 

  • 2:00 pm- First Period*

  • 3:15 pm- Second Period*

  • 4:15 pm- Snack

  • 4:30 pm- 3rd Period*

  • 5:30 pm- To Treehouses to get ready for dinner

  • 6:00 pm- Dinner

  • 6:45 pm- GMA (general mess around time, during this time games like 4-square, wiffle ball and fishing are offered)

  • 7:30 pm- Evening activities begin

  • Snack and Compline/Prayer Time

  • Bedtime (Depends on the age of campers)

*Afternoon activities: Our afternoon activities vary depending on the age of the camp. Standard activities include tubing, canoeing and kayaking, nature hikes, playing in the creek, recreation periods (kickball, frisbees, field games, and others), arts and crafts, swimming in the pool, and sometimes camp wide activities like the Wacky Woad Wace, Pool Party, Kayaking Excursion, etc.

WHAT WILL MY CHILD BE ABLE TO EAT?

Grace Point has excellent food service! For breakfast, we have a hot meal that includes items such as eggs, bacon or sausage, pancakes, a cold cereal bar, juice, milk, yogurt, bagels, fruit and water.

 

For lunch, we have such items as hotdogs, hamburgers, sandwiches, chicken sandwiches, water, and a salad bar.

For dinner, we have items such as spaghetti, Mexican food, barbecue, chicken tenders, assorted vegetables, water, and the salad bar.

In addition, there is snack in the afternoon which could be fruit, Cheez-it’s, granola bars, pretzels, or ice cream.

Also, before bedtime, there will be a light snack such as Teddy Grahams or granola bars.

The campers are encouraged to drink at least two glasses of water at each meal and water breaks are built in during the day. For camp wide events in the afternoon and evening, water coolers are available. We strive to keep the campers well hydrated.

Please note: if your camper has significant dietary restrictions (i.e. gluten intolerance, vegan, etc.), we ask that you provide your camper with their own food. The food will be safely prepared by our kitchen staff and served from a contaminant-free tray. 

CAN I SEND CARE PACKAGES TO MY CHILD?

Care packages are always a welcome treat from home.  During registration, you may choose to purchase a "Build Your Own Care Package" from the Grace Point store.  You have an option of a drink, something, salty, and something sweet.  There are additional items you may purchase (ie. t-shirt, stickers, pillowcase) to include with the care package.  The summer staff will deliver these packages to the camper during snack on the day you request.  Campers are always glad to receive some love from home.

HOW CAN I CONTACT MY CAMPER WHILE THEY ARE AT GRACE POINT?

The mail runs daily to Grace Point, except for Sundays and holidays. Please send camper mail to:

Grace Point Camp and Retreat Center

ATTN: Camper Name

300 Chamberlain Cove Rd.

Kingston, TN 37763

We do not allow parents to phone their children during camp unless there is an emergency. Cell phones are not allowed during the camp week. Cell phones will be taken up during registration, along with car keys if the camper is old enough to drive, and they will be returned the last morning of camp. This rule is to protect your camper from misuse of camera phones and to allow your camper an experience of independence, which is an essential developmental skill.

HOW CAN I GET IN TOUCH WITH MY CAMPER IN CASE OF AN EMERGENCY?

In case of an emergency at home, please call our director Brad Jones at 865-803-8921. 

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