Why should I send my child to camp at Grace Point?

For over 15 years, Grace Point has been a home to people from all over the world. They feel a connection to Grace Point that goes beyond tubing, the new pool, skit night or arts and crafts. 

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 nurse all strive to help the young people here learn to love themselves and each other more deeply.

At Grace Point, people 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?

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 in the Chapel the last day of camp.


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. They know what is expected of them. All of the staff and counselors go through a screening process and extensive training and are supervised constantly by the director. If your child becomes sick or injured, the camp nurse will take care of your child in our health center.

If an issue arises in which the staff or counselors do not feel comfortable about a situation or if they need help, the director is on site and available to assist in any situation.


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 over a week of training, are here all summer, and are paid. The summer staff must apply each year by filling out an application, writing essays, providing references and subjecting themselves to background checks through the police department. Once chosen, the summer staff meets for a weekend of introduction and training in the spring each year, and they come to Grace Point at least a week before camp starts for training. During this week, sexual misconduct prevention training, appropriate discipline training, emergency procedures, first aid training, and CPR training are all included.

Our counselors are high school-aged young people who are at least rising 10th graders. They volunteer to counsel various camp sessions. Some of our counselors are at Grace Point for more than one session. Many want to be future summer staffers. Counselors are required to send in an application, write an essay, and provide references. They also undergo a short orientation before the session begins. During this time, there is training that is age-appropriate for the campers who are coming, a brief first aid review is given, 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. The 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 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 caution in protecting your child. The summer staff are all trained in Healthcare Provider Level (the same as medics, nurses and doctors) CPR, or Basic Cardio-Pulmonary Resuscitation. This training includes more advanced airway maintenance training as well as training on an Automated External Defibrillator, or AED. Grace Point has a state of the art AED on our premises. In addition, the summer staff are trained in Red Cross First Aid.

The summer staff are trained for possible disaster scenarios, such as a fire or tornado. These procedures are also reviewed by our counselors.

We will have either an RN or nurse practioner 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. 

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 provides hand sanitizer in the dining hall. In addition, your child is encouraged to maintain personal hygiene during the week.

Your child will be supervised 24/7 while at Grace Point. Most of the time, there will be a college-age staff person and high school-age counselor with your camper. At times, such as during our morning staff meetings, the campers will be with a counselor. Know that it is very easy for a counselor to contact the staff in their meeting if a problem were to arise.

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. Youth Camp) and a summer session (i.e. Youth 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). Summer sessions tend to fill up faster than traditional sessions, so be sure to sign up early.


Can my child come to more than one week of camp at Grace Point?

The answer is most definitely yes, and many campers do. Grace Point offers two different sessions for each age group. For example, your camper could come to Junior Camp and Junior Summer Session. The permanent and summer staff take a break between camps, so we will not be able to take care of your child between camp sessions.


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 the 1/3 scholarship (1/3 paid by family, 1/3 paid by church, 1/3 paid by Grace Point), please fill out the application under the camps tab on our website, gracepointcamp.org. 

If you wish to apply for the Camp Billy Johnson scholarship (full scholarship for campers in need), please email Special Assistant Gracie Dover at gdover@dioet.org.


What does my child need to bring to Grace Point?

This is a general list of things to bring. Please remember that space is very limited, and less is more.

 Clothing: 

Shorts ___

Shirts ___

Long pants/Sweatpants ___

Changes of underwear ___

Pajamas ___

Warm Sweater/ Sweatshirt ___

Light windbreaker/ Jacket ___

Raincoat/poncho ___

Hiking boots (optional) ___

Sneakers/everyday shoes ___

Water shoes for lake/ pool ___

Flip-flops (optional) ___

Socks ___

Bathing suit(s) ___

Other necessities: 

Swim towel(s) ___

Bathing towel(s) and washcloth ___

Sleeping bag ___

Twin/single-size sheets, fitted and flat (if not using sleeping bag) ___

Pillow and case ___

Extra blanket (if needed) ___

Reusable plastic water bottle ___

Extra white t-shirt / clothing for crafts ___

Toiletries:

Toothbrush & toothpaste ___

Mouthwash ___

Soap ___

Shampoo & conditioner ___

Brush/comb ___

Deodorant ___

Sunscreen and insect repellant ___

Miscellaneous (all items below are optional): 

Flashlight & batteries ___

Day pack/ fanny pack ___

Stationery or spiral notebook, envelopes & stamps ___

Pens/ pencils ___

Books, magazines, or other quiet pastime ___

Inexpensive camera ___

Fishing pole & tackle ___

Photos of family/ friends ___

Musical instrument ___
Things NOT needed:

ELECTRICAL APPLIANCES: The tree houses are not equipped to handle hair dryers, curling irons and flat irons. Please do not bring radios, tape/CD/MP3 players, handheld games, laptops (see Technology Agreement). Campers are not allowed to have cell phones while at camp.

MONEY: None is needed. The camp store will be open when parents are present on departure day.

ENERGY DRINKS (including, but not limited to, Rockstar, Monster, Red Bull, 5-Hour, Full Throttle) are prohibited at camp. These may have potential health risks, and are otherwise contrary to maintaining personal health and wellness at camp.

ILLEGAL ITEMS: Firearms, knives, alcohol, tobacco products, drugs (see Community Covenant). All prescription and non-prescription drugs must be listed with the camper’s application and declared to the Camp Nurse upon arrival at camp.

PETS: Please do not bring your pets to Grace Point.
Any items that are prohibited will be collected on the first day of camp and will be returned to the camper at the end of the session.


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. They plan a program that is age-appropriate ahead of time, 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 then Dean’s program
  • 12:00 pm- Lunch and announcements for afternoon activities
  • 12:45 pm- Up to the cabins for Siesta (Counselors and staff rotate for some time off, but campers always supervised)
  • 2:00 pm- Down the hill for 1st Period*
  • 3:15 pm- Second Period*
  • 4:15 pm- Snack
  • 4:30 pm- 3rd Period*
  • 5:30 pm- Up the hill to change clothes and clean up for dinner
  • 6:00 pm- Dinner
  • 6:45 pm- GMA (general mess around time, during this time games like 4-square, Wiffle Ball and disc golf 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, ice cream, or another sweet treat. 

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. 


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

This next bit of information can save you on postage. Put a care package together before bringing your camper to camp, bring it with you, and then give it to a summer staffer during registration. Write on the package who it is for and what day you would like to have it delivered to your camper. We will take care of the rest. You are also welcome to make your camper a care package in the camp store, which is located in the Old Barn.

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.