“FAQ” means Frequently Asked Questions…
Q: Can my friend attend without being a church member?
A: Yes. Any teenager or child may attend Grand Mesa Camp. Please make sure to sign up for the right age group is important. The camp Dean plans age-appropriate activities and discussions, and having campers in the correct age group helps make the experience more enjoyable for everyone.
Q: Where do we stay?
A: Cabins hold 8 campers and two adults. The cabins have bunk beds, a mirror and dressing table. The bathrooms (separate buildings) have toilets and showers and are located among the 13 cabins.
Q: What do I wear?
A: Camp sits on top of a 10,000 foot mountain; afternoon temperature may reach 80° but evenings will be cool. Rain and mosquitoes also determine what you wear. We recommend layers, long sleeve shirts, and long pants, two pairs of sturdy shoes for hiking rough terrain, jacket sweats capri’s’ and long shorts are acceptable. Wear sunscreen. Dress appropriately for outdoor activities in a Christian setting.
Q: When should I arrive at camp?
A: Check in begins at 3 pm in the recreation hall on the day your camp is scheduled to begin. Health card with signatures, and final payment need to be completed then. Campers are assigned to cabins at the check-in.
Q: What should I bring to camp?
A: Bring these items:
- Bible, pencil, notebook – flashlight, insect repellent – sleeping bag or warm bedding.
- Personal items: toothbrush, toothpaste, towel, washcloth, soap, shampoo, comb, etc.
- Coat or heavy jacket and other clothes suitable for cool, rainy days, cold nights and mosquito protection.
- Comfortable and sturdy shoes for hiking and possibly muddy and snowy terrain (flipflops are not a wise choice). Bringing an extra pair of shoes is advised.
- Money for offering, store purchases of pop and candy, T-shirts are $10 and sweatshirts $20, crafts for young campers are 25 cents to $3.
- Ideas and equipment for Talent Night (instruments, music, etc)
Q: Do you accommodate special diets?
A: The cooks prepare meals for 100-150 campers and staff. We recommend that you bring extra food is you have difficult allergies; call the camp cook early to discuss your needs.
Q: Can I bring my mountain bike?
A: A bike helmet is essential for riding. Usually mountain biking is limited to afternoon free time.
Q: Why can’t I bring my MP3 player or IPod?
A: The camping experience centers on positive friendships and spiritual growth. Enjoying the sounds of nature is part of the mountain top experience and some of the music on you PDF may not be appropriate.
Q: Am I safe from bears?
A: A couple of bears have traveled into the camp area. We encourage campers to not keep food in the cabin. Be alert when walking quietly. Bears are not aggressive and do not attack unless provoked or threatened. Being Bear-Wise means staying out of the pathway of the bear and slowly moving away from the bear. If a bear is seen several times, the Forest Service traps and re-locates the bear.
Q: I’m not super religious; will I fit into the group?
A: Our goal to include everyone and as long as a person knows and respects that this is a Christian camp, then everyone can fit in. Our hope is that all will develop a personal relationship with Christ, but for some this is a first step toward that, for others it will be an ongoing journey.
Camps focus on developing positive relationships between you and Christ and developing Christian habits and friendship. You decide.
Q: What activities are available?
A: Hiking, fishing, boating, and mountain biking are just a few of the activities. Baron Lake is a chilly 50°, so we don’t swim.
Q: What are the rules?
A: Respect yourself, others and things. Also the cabin rule restricts you from entering a cabin that you are not staying in and guys and gals cabins are off limit to the opposite sex.