First Time at Summer Camp

Who can attend camp?
Camp Siloam is for campers who have completed 3rd-12th grade. Blast camps are for campers who have completed 3rd-6th grade (Blast campers). Forge camps are for campers who have completed 6th-12th grade (Forge campers). However, church leaders may direct campers who have completed the 6th grade to either the Blast or Forge programs. Campers in the first summer after high school graduation are welcome to come to camp as Forge campers.

Families accompanying a church group may bring children who have not completed 3rd grade and enjoy camp while staying in our family housing. Our hilltop camp is offered for infants, toddlers and children who have not completed 3rd grade. This camp is programmed during the worship services so volunteers may participate with their campers. In order to provide the best experience possible for our campers, we ask that you not bring infants, toddlers and children to the worship services.

When should I attend camp?
The camp has several types of weeks designed to meet the needs of a variety of churches. Three weeks of the summer are “Infusion Weeks”; meaning Blast campers and Forge campers can come to camp at the same time. These weeks benefit churches that have limited volunteers to chaperone Blast campers and Forge campers on separate weeks. Two Blast weeks (completed 3th-6th grades) and two Forge weeks (6th-12th grades) are offered throughout the summer. During these weeks, the entire camp is focused on those age groups. These weeks benefit churches that have the volunteer resources to be able to focus on a specific age group.

How does registration work?
The registration process is a two part process. Churches register first and then invite the families of their church to register. Parents and guardians sign up their children to come to camp with the church.

Where will the campers sleep?
Church groups stay together (separated by gender) in a bunkhouse for the whole week. Each bunkhouse has 24 beds and a bathroom with 3 showers, 3 toilets and 3 sinks. All of our bunkhouses are Air Conditioned. Pictures of the camp facilities are available under the Retreats & Events --> Facilities tab. Camp Siloam is working to make facilities ADA accessible; however most of the facilities are not ADA accessible at this time.

At Camp Siloam counselors are volunteers and/or youth leaders who come with a church group to camp. The role of a counselor is to shepherd campers through the camp week; leading group discussion after worship services, participating in games, and making sure campers are at activities, meals and worship services. .

Who are the staff?

Camp Siloam administration hires around 50 college students to operate camp during the summer. We screen and hire students at regional colleges who have a passion for youth ministry, are positive role models for youth, and are gifted in the specific jobs we have available at camp. Camp Siloam staffers cook, clean, act, sing, dance, cheer, shout, play, conduct the worship and lead games. Camp staffers stay in separate staff housing from the campers.

What happens at camp?
Our goals for summer camp are that kids would experience the love of Jesus Christ, know His Gospel message and learn something new about God. The campers your child comes to camp with are on recreation teams together, they worship together and they process teaching together.

A typical camp week runs from Monday afternoon to Friday morning. Camp times may vary slightly, but a typical day at camp looks like the following:

7:00 AM
7:30 AM
8:00 AM
9:00 AM
10:30 AM
11:00 AM
12:00 PM
1:00 PM
2:00 PM
5:00 PM
6:00 PM
7:00 PM
9:30 PM
10:00 PM
11:00 PM
11:30 PM
Wake Up
Quiet Time
Worship Service
Group Discussion
Color Wars Rec.
Free Recreation
Clean Up
Snack Shack
Group Time
Brush and Flush
Lights Out

What clothing should my camper bring to camp?
Campers should generally be prepared for different kinds of weather. There is a creek at camp and some campers may go through a couple pairs of clothing and shoes in a day.

What to Bring to Camp:
  • T-Shirts & Shorts
  • Long Sleeve Shirts & Pants
  • Socks & Underwear
  • Adventure Sandals
  • Tennis Shoes
  • Swimsuit
  • Towel
  • Rain Jacket / Umbrella
  • Sleeping Bag or Twin Sheets & Blanket
  • Pillow
  • Toiletries
  • Shampoo & Soap
  • Hand Soap
  • Shower Shoes
  • Towel
  • Washcloth
  • Flashlight
  • Bible
  • Notebook
  • Pen or Pencil
  • Bug Spray
  • Sun Screen

Please Do Not Bring:
  • Cell Phones (see policies)
  • Music Players
  • Handheld Gaming Devices
  • Alcohol
  • Tobacco
  • Recreational Drugs
  • Guns
  • Knives
  • Fireworks
  • Two Piece Swimsuits (gals)
  • Speedo Swimsuits (guys)
  • Pet

What about medication?
We have a well-stocked first aid station here at Camp Siloam. If your camper should need any common over-the-counter medications, we are prepared to take care of their needs. Your camper only needs to bring their prescription medications in their original containers. (It's okay to send only the number of tablets for the number of days your camper will be with us.) Also send any daily over-the-counter medication that your camper requires on a daily basis. Please place all medicine containers in a big zip-lock bag with your camper's name and date of birth on it.

Once your camper arrives here, we will gather all medication from the group leader right when they arrive. It's helpful to not pack your camper's zip-lock bag in their suitcase, but give it to the leader. Each group handles this a little differently so just check with your leader.

Does my camper need to bring money to camp?

We recommend bringing around $50 to camp as spending money. Camp Siloam has a concession stand inside 'the Hub' and a Camp Store. The Hub is a hang out place for many campers. Inside, you can purchase sodas, Gatorade, nachos, candy, pizza and other food. The Camp Store has items such as shirts, collectibles, books and Bible study materials which may be fun for campers to keep as memories of Camp Siloam.