COVID-19 UPDATE FOR CAMP SILOAM
Camp Siloam is recommending the vaccine to all who attend camp and requiring staff, counselors and campers take personal responsibility for their own COVID-19 risk and prevention.
This means the following:
- All individuals attending or serving at Camp Siloam need to be aware that there is a risk of contracting COVID-19 at Camp Siloam. If you consider yourself or your camper at “high risk” of complications from COVID-19 then you or your camper do not need to attend Camp Siloam.
- Masks Are Optional.
- Unvaccinated people attending Camp Siloam need to bring a mask with them.
- Masks and social distancing are recommended for un-vaccinated campers and staff who are in line, in worship and indoors, however, masks will not be required.
- Reminders will be given for campers who are un-vaccinated based upon the CDC “Choosing Safer Activities” document.
- There will be no public designation of “vaccinated” or “unvaccinated” campers. Each individual is responsible for implementing their own protective measures.
- We are returning to our typical summer camp schedule. Arkansas Department of Health COVID-19 safety guidelines that do not impede the administration of a traditional Camp Siloam summer will be kept in place.
The basis for this decision is the following facts. New COVID-19 cases are trending down both in Arkansas and nationally. The “4th wave threat” appears to have been defeated by the vaccine. A scientific study by The Mayo Clinic states that even without an increase rate of vaccinations new cases will continue a downward trend nationally through August. (If vaccinations increase the virus will be virtually a non-threat by August. Source: https://www.mayoclinic.org/coronavirus-Covid-19/vaccine-tracker). The threat of COVID-19 overwhelming our healthcare system in Arkansas appears to be over. Most children and young adults are minimally affected by the virus. Vaccinations are now widely available to all Americans and a new CDC statement says people may return to life as normal if they have been vaccinated.
Worship, safety, and fun are all high priorities for us. The Camp Siloam leadership want camp to be as safe, fun, and unrestrictive as possible this summer. We encourage you to get a COVID-19 vaccination. Getting the vaccination prior to camp will keep you safe, other campers safe, keep our staff safe, make it more enjoyable for you at Camp Siloam and protect Jesus’ ministry at Camp Siloam. We are requesting all of our staff get vaccinated prior to the first day of camp for your safety. Unvaccinated staff will be personally responsible for their own COVID-19 risks.
We will make changes to what we do at camp as the case trend moves. If the downward trend in cases continue as predicted by the Mayo Clinic study, then we may be able to lift all COVID-19 protocols. However, an upward trend or an outbreak may require us to implement some of the COVID-19 protocols of the past.
- Complete Health Screening Form
- Bring completed and signed Health Screening Forms with you when you come to camp
- Camp Siloam strongly encourages all people (including vaccine eligible campers) coming to camp to be fully vaccinated before arrival at camp. There will be no designation of “vaccinated” or “unvaccinated” campers. Each individual is responsible for knowing their own protective measures.
Daily During Camp
- Seating in worship and at meals as a church
- Unvaccinated people attending Camp Siloam need to bring a mask with them.
- Masks and social distancing are recommended for un-vaccinated campers and staff who are in line, in worship and indoors, however, masks will not be required.
- Reminders will be given for campers who are un-vaccinated based upon the CDC “Choosing Safer Activities” document.
- There will be no designation of “vaccinated” or “unvaccinated” campers. Each individual is responsible for knowing their own protective measures.
Individuals With Symptoms
- Any ill camper will immediately be isolated, evaluated and, if needed, arrangements made for them to return home.
- A COVID test of a sick camper may be requested by Camp Siloam for campers who are sent home.
Individuals determined to be COVID positive
- Any individual (camper or staff) who tests positive for COVID may result in the bunkroom being isolated and returned home. This decision will be determined by the camp Directors with involvement from church leaders and medical professionals.
Staff members exposed to a COVID positive individual but not showing symptoms.
- Monitoring by medical staff, possible isolation or return home.
Vaccinated Staff members
- If possible, staff members are encouraged to be vaccinated. For some critical roles, vaccination may be a requirement. (i.e. worship, drama, kitchen).
Does our whole church have to go home if just one camper begins to have symptoms?
Camp Siloam will treat each ill camper on a case-by-case basis. In some instances, we will send an ill camper home because it is best for a sick camper to recover at home. Should a camper who has been sent home report a positive COVID test, then the information surrounding the positive camper will be assessed with the family, church leaders and the camp directors. A positive test of a camper who has been sent home could possibly require a church or bunkroom to return home.
How will Camp Siloam administer camp so the program is similar to the past and campers are protected from COVID-19?
Camp Siloam has worked to keep summer camp as “normal” as possible given the requirements of COVID safety. The main events of camp (worship, recreation, housing and meals) will all be a part of camp, but may look a little bit different. Campers will be with their church for indoor activities. Bunk rooms will be configured according to ADH guidelines and bunkbeds may not be moved. Head placement on a bunk bed will be indicated on each bunkbed.
What must parents do prior to camp to decrease the chance of campers bringing COVID-19 to camp?
Families can help keep COVID-19 from attending camp with their camper. We are asking families to help campers observe social distancing 14 days prior to the first day of camp. We ask parents to read through and understand the Health Screening Form (provided by your group’s coordinator or you can download it by clicking here). Twenty four hours prior to departure please arrange for a health professional (nurse, doctor, first responder, EMT, or pharmacist) to screen your camper and complete the other side of the Health Screening Form. We need you to return the signed form to the group coordinator before departing for camp.
If you record that your camper has a temperature greater than 100.4 at any time during the 7 days prior to camp then we ask that you contact your doctor, group coordinator or Camp Siloam (479) 250-1865 to assess whether your camper needs further evaluation.
What do church leaders need to do to decrease the chance of campers bringing COVID-19 to camp?
Church leaders and group coordinators can help keep COVID from coming to camp by communicating with parents what is required and helping students understand why this is important. As much as we are trying to keep camp the same it may feel different to some campers. Please prepare them for this. While at camp we need help managing the safety rules we have put in place.
Will my camper be sent home if they are exposed to a COVID positive camper?
Camp Siloam will treat each ill camper on a case-by-case basis. In some instances, we may need to send an individual camper home. A positive test of a camper who has been sent home may require a bunkroom to return home. If a camper reports being COVID positive after the camp week has ended, then we will inform all campers, counselors, parents and church leaders who participated in camp with the cohort.
What if there is a COVID positive case the week before?
Camp Siloam has a rigorous sanitization process that will be performed by the entire staff, under the supervision of our Directors, every Friday. Camp Siloam bunkhouses and facilities will sit for almost 70 hours prior to the next group coming. According to the CDC the virus cannot survive this long on hard surfaces.
If I’m vaccinated will I have to wear a mask at Camp Siloam?
Vaccinated campers, adults and staff will not be required to wear masks while at camp.
What if I or my camper has gotten the vaccine?
Current CDC mask guidelines state that people may return to life as normal if they have been vaccinated. If you or your camper has received the vaccine, masks and social distancing will not be required.
Can I visit my camper at Camp Siloam this summer?
Because our campers, counselors and staff have taken extra precautions to keep COVID out of camp, we are sorry, this year we cannot permit visitors (including parents) to Camp Siloam due to the risk of COVID transmission during a visit.
Can I come get my camper?
Campers may not come and go in order to participate in activities at home. Parents may always come get their camper. However, your camper may not return to camp. Please communicate your need to pick up your camper to the person coordinating camp for your group. He/she will deliver your camper and their belongings to the gatehouse at the entrance of camp. There will be a check-out procedure at the gatehouse. The check-out procedure will require your driver’s license.
Can staff and counselors leave camp (off site trips, errands)?
Campers may not come and go in order to participate in activities at home.
Camp Siloam discourages anyone leaving and returning to Camp Siloam during the camp week. However, we know there are exceptions. If counselors need to leave to run an errand or handle an emergency we ask that they hold fast to strict social distancing and COVID prevention protocols while away from camp.
Will Camp Siloam allow other guests?
Because our campers, counselors and staff have taken extra precautions to keep COVID out of camp, we are sorry, this year we cannot permit visitors to Camp Siloam due to the risk of COVID transmission during a visit. There will be no meal vouchers or guest passes permitted for any reason.
Can I deliver something to my camper in person?
If you need to deliver something your camper forgot you may drop it off at the gatehouse. Camp Siloam staff will ensure your camper gets the item they forgot.
Will there be kayaking off site this year?
Yes, it is possible for us to conduct kayaking trips on the Illinois River this year. Please call the office if you would like to reserve spaces for your campers. Kayaking is only available for campers older than 12 years of age. There is an additional fee for kayaking.
Can I get a refund if my camper is sick?
Camp Siloam will consider refunds of individual campers on a case-by-case basis. Depending upon when the camper is declared ill, Camp Siloam may pro-rate a refund based upon the number of days the camper missed.
What is the Health Screen Form?
The Health Screen Form is a two-sided document. One side is for parents to document the health of their camper. The other side is for a medical professional to document the health of the camper within 24 hours of departure. One side of the Health Screen Form must be signed by a medical professional (nurse, doctor, EMT, first responder or pharmacist). Ideally a church leader should coordinate a volunteer medical professional to screen children as they get on the bus. However, families may seek their own medical professional. A signed Health Screen Form will be required for each camper at check-in. Click Here to download the health screening form.
How do I get my Health Screen Form signed by a medical professional?
It is recommended that the church coordinate with a congregation member (or a member of the community) to perform a health screen at departure time for all of the campers. If that is not possible, a parent may ask a medical professional to verify that the camper is healthy. A medical professional can be any of the following (nurse, doctor, EMT, first responder, pharmacist). It is Camp Siloam’s intent that the screen be simple enough that parents should not have to incur additional costs to have the health screen performed.
You won’t be bored at Camp Siloam. We offer a wide variety of activities — including a few you’ll only find here!
Spikeball is a new, super fun, version of volleyball that began to gain popularity in 2018. There are multiple versions of the game involving two to four players. Similar to volleyball, one team serves the ball off the net. Their opponents have up to three alternating hits (think bump, set, spike) to return the ball onto the net. The game is constantly evolving, with new defensive strategies, serving stances, and playstyles being developed every season. At Camp Siloam, we have recreational Spikeball games and tournaments depending on the summer.
Gaga Ball has nothing to do with Lady Gaga. The word Gaga is a Hebrew word meaning “touch touch.” Gaga ball may be the perfect camp game. It is competitive, fun, a lot of campers can play at once, and it resets quickly. Gaga is played in a large fenced-in octagon called a gaga pit. A player who is hit by the ball or breaks a rule is eliminated and must leave the game. Players may not “hit” the ball twice in a row, and a player who causes the ball to leave the pit is out. When the ball is caught in the air on a fly, the last person to hit the ball is out. Gaga ball is available in all seasons.
9 Square In The Air
If you love four square, then you will love 9 square in the air. This new twist on four square elevates the squares and adds squares so that more people participate. The game moves quickly so participants move from the entry square to the center square. The goal is to dominate the center square for as many rounds as you can.
How many times can you make it around the old water tower without falling? The record is nine times. The bouldering wall is a series of climbing holds mounted to the old water filtration tower at camp. Max height is 8 feet, and there is a fall surface under the wall. Bouldering is not an organized activity, but something campers enjoy on the way to and from meals.
Kajabi Kan Kan
Kajabi Kan Kan is one of our marquee games at Camp Siloam. Kajabi Kan Kan is an individual tug of war game played most often as a tournament in the evening at camp. Kajabi is a combination of hand strength and agility. Participants, separated by a short rope, work to pull their opponent into a 55-gallon trash can. If you let go of the rope or hit the can, you are out. Brought to the United States by Hume Camp Director, Bob Phillips, Kajabi Kan Kan was inspired by children playing a game in Kajabi, Kenya.
Played on our multi-purpose fields, Camp Siloam sets up portable goals for small-sided soccer. Soccer is sometimes played as a tournament, but will often be played during open recreation. It can be set up at the request of guests.
Bazooka Ball is essentially Nerf paintball. If you enjoy paintball, but hate the sting, then you will enjoy Bazooka ball. Paintball guns are modified to fit a golf-ball sized nerf ball. The balls shoot approximately 100 feet. Bazooka ball requires less protective gear and tends to be more comfortable to play during the summertime. Games are organized by staff, with up to 30 participants per round.
Camp Siloam has 30 Tippmann compressed air paintball guns. Games are played in an arena with trees and giant electrical spools. A variety of games are refereed by camp staff. Paintball is typically not played during the summer, but is available for your retreat upon request. Paintball does require an extra fee for the paint.
Laser Tag is a modern version of paintball. Each camper wears a chest receiver (target) and when the laser hits their receiver they are “hit.” After a certain number of hits you are out. The great thing about Laser Tag is there is not a dispute when you are out. When you are out your gun stops working. Many forms of Laser tag are coordinated by our staff. Laser tag is played during the summer and can be played upon request for a retreat.
Learn to shoot like the Native Americans did. Archery is an activity conducted under the supervision of trained staff members. Mostly it is open recreation and skill development for the individual. However, there are tournaments during the summer. Archery is primarily a summer activity, but can be requested by retreat groups.
Hatchet throwing is a target sport that has gained more popularity outside of the lumberjack community in recent years. Campers can hone their throwing skills during free recreation or as a part of a tournament. Hatchet throwing is a supervised activity during summer camp and can be requested by retreat groups.
The BB Gun target range is set up each summer for campers to shoot at a variety of targets in a small range in the target sports area. BB guns are a supervised activity during the summer and are popular among elementary age campers.
The Nature Center houses mostly animals that are native to Arkansas and Camp Siloam. The nature center is staffed during the summer by guides who talk about the animals and let campers hold the animals. The Nature Center is primarily a summer camp feature, but can be opened at the request of retreat guests.
Basketball tournaments are some of our most popular competitions at Camp Siloam. Camp Siloam has four half court basketball courts. Two of the courts have eight-foot rims for dunking. Recreational half-court basketball games and tournaments are available every summer. Basketball is available during summer camp and retreat seasons.
Interested in a low-key rec activity to play with a couple of youth? Frisbee golf is the perfect game to play with people you want to spend some intentional time with. Our course is a nine-hole course with multiple types of discs to check out. Frisbee golf does not require any supervision to play, and it is available in all seasons.
Camp Siloam has a large 180,000 gallon swimming pool with a diving board and water basketball. The trapezoidal shape of the pool provides lots of room for shallow end activities and games. Camp Siloam provides lifeguards in the summertime. For retreats, the pool is available with lifeguards or swim at your own risk. Night swimming is also available upon special request.
The waterslides are two Zoom Flume slides set on the hillside at the west end of camp. Two different lengths of slide provide a thrill for two types of daring campers. Each slide has a “landing area” filled with water that stops a camper. Campers wait on a staircase specifically built for the slides. Often the slides are popular enough that it is a bit of a wait to slide during the summer. The slides are supervised by four summer staff members. The slides are only available during the summer.
Pickle Ball is growing in popularity in America. Pickle ball is a fast-paced action tennis game that doesn’t require as much movement as traditional tennis. Pickle ball is an easy game to learn and quickly be competitive. Pickle ball can be played by singles or doubles. Pickle ball is available during all seasons at Camp Siloam.
Arts and Crafts
Arts and Crafts is offered under a giant circus tent at Camp Siloam. Each summer, our college staff come up with a variety of arts and crafts that are available to campers during free time. Arts and Crafts are only available during summer camp.
Camp Siloam has two lighted sand volleyball courts for competitive volleyball games and tournaments. Each summer, there is a co-ed beach volleyball tournament among churches. Awards are given to the championship church at the end of the week. In the evening, the courts are lit for volleyball, Nuke’m or a variety of fun volleyball-type games. The volleyball courts are open in all seasons and all events.
Do you like soccer? Do you enjoy billiards? For the camper who enjoys both, Snookball is the perfect combination. This is a slow-moving strategic game that plays like billiards, but uses your feet. The court is a poured concrete “table” with astroturf. Two to six players can play a variety of billiard-like games. Snookball is available in all seasons and all events.
Little Beaver Creek
Hanging out in the creek is one of the favorite activities of our elementary school campers. Bubbling up in five springs around Camp Siloam, the creek forms near our pools and runs down through camp tumbling over a small waterfall and pouring in and out of medium sized pool. The creek is loaded with crayfish, minnows, frogs, and mudpuppies. Walking the creek and catching creek life is one of our campers’ top activities. Parents should pack extra shoes or adventure sandals.
Carpetball is a quick setting table game that resets in a matter of minutes. Four long and narrow carpetball tables in the Rec. Shack are constantly full during the summer time with campers vying to stay the longest on the table. Each player has four billiard balls and a “shooting ball.” The winner is the last one with a ball on the table. It is an easy game to learn but harder to master. Carpetball is available in all seasons to all groups.
Ping Pong/Jungle Pong
Camp Siloam’s Rec Shack has two ping pong tables, but one of the most popular group games is a game called Jungle Pong. Many players can jump in on this fast-paced and high-concentration game. In Jungle Pong, participants have a number and they must play the ping-pong ball in sequence with the other players. If you miss your turn or you can’t return the ball you’re out. This game requires a lot of agility and is tons of fun. More traditional Ping-Pong is also available at these tables. These games are available during any season.
Ultimate Frisbee is played at open rec on one of our lighted fields or during some summers, as a tournament. Ultimate Frisbee is a combination of football and frisbee. It’s a game for those who like to run and those who love frisbee. Competitive games are a blast on our east ball-field. The ballfields are always available for Ultimate Frisbee games.
KanJam is another Frisbee game that involves four players and less running. One player throws the Frisbee, and the other deflects the frisbee into a can. To score, you must hit the can or deflect the frisbee into the can. If you can throw the frisbee into the can at the set distance, it’s an instant win. The object of the game is to score exactly 21 points or get an instant win. Kanjam is available in all seasons.
The Screaminator sounds as if it is one of the crazy inventions of Dr. Doofenshmirtz from Phineas and Ferb. However, it is much more than that — it is a group activity where a camper is harnessed into a giant swing. Their friends then haul them up a 40 foot telephone pole using pulleys and ropes. Then, the camper releases and swings out and up over the creek. Typically, a nice, joyful scream erupts from the camper before the swing catches them and swoops them out over the water.
Multiple locations of this classic southern tailgate game are available at Camp Siloam. Two to four participants play at each set. Recreational games are available each afternoon during open recreation and during the evening. Tournaments are sometimes organized during the summer. Cornhole is available in all seasons.
The game where close counts! Get a ringer or a leaner on one of our four pits on the front lawn of Cedar Hall. Two to four people can play at each pit. Tournaments can easily be set up for summer camp or guest groups. However, the games are mostly used for recreational play during open recreation times. Horseshoes are available in all seasons.
For an additional fee of $15/person, campers 12+ years of age will have the opportunity to go kayaking this summer! Float trips will be scheduled for Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday afternoons and are possible through a partnership between Camp Siloam and Gypsy Camp & Canoe. Camp Siloam Summer Staff will guide group leaders and campers through the process and safety training prior to departure. The minimum adult to camper ratio is 1 to 12 and life vests must be worn while kayaking. All participants must wear close toed shoes, tennis shoes, or adventure sandals with a heel strap (no flip flops!) Kayaks and paddles will be provided, however, groups must provide their own transportation to and from Camp Siloam. If your entire group does not go on the float trip, you must ensure any campers remaining at camp have adult supervision from your group. Parent or guardian signatures are required. Please call us at 479-250-1865 to receive a copy of the registration form, Gypsy Camp & Canoe Liability Waiver, or to get more information.
First Time At 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. 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 85 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 Day at Camp
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:
8:00 AM Breakfast & Cabin Clean Up
8:30 AM Quiet Time
9:00 AM Drama and Worship
10:00 AM Group Time
11:00 AM Team Recreation
12:30 PM Lunch
1:30 PM Free time/Activity Classes
5:30 PM Dinner
7:00 PM Worship
8:30 PM Group Time
9:30 PM Open Rec
11:00 PM 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
- Rain Jacket / Umbrella
- Sleeping Bag or Twin Sheets & Blanket
- Shampoo & Soap
- Hand Soap
- Shower Shoes
- 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 must bring their prescription medications in the original containers as well as a printed, completed and signed copy of the Medication Check In Form, download it by Clicking Here. (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.
Payment and Collections
For most events, Camp Siloam’s payment and collections policy is based upon financial transactions with groups (most commonly, churches). Groups are billed for the campers who attend camp and payment is collected from the group. Camp Siloam does not track payments from individuals for camp. If a payment is received from an individual, it will be applied to their group’s total balance. Groups may decide how they wish to collect payment or pay for camp. Refunds will only be issued to groups, and they will only be issued if the group has a net credit balance.
For events where campers attend without a group, such as S-Core or T2, Camp Siloam will charge and collect from the camper directly. If a group or church wishes to pay for a camper in one of these programs, they should notify the camp of the camper(s) they with to pay for and these arrangements should be completed and full payment should be made before the camper arrives.
If you have questions about payments or refunds, you may call the camp office.
Cancellations / Late Additions
Changes can be made to a church’s roster up until one week before camp. This means campers can be cancelled or added online up until this point. If any changes are made to the roster within the week before camp or at check-in, the church will be billed the amount of the deposit ($75) for each change. “Swaps” and “replacement” campers are considered both a cancellation and a late addition which will result in two $75 charges.
Check-Out or Leaving Early
Camp ends after the worship service on Friday morning. If a group needs to check-out prior to the end of the worship service, they may check out at the office or with the camp director.
If an individual camper leaves camp early, without his or her group, we must have written permission from the parent/guardian or confirmation from the youth leader at camp that a camper may leave with an individual. If someone other than the parent/guardian is picking up the camper, the letter should indicate the name of that person. A photo ID will be required from the person picking up the camper and a background check may be run on the person.
Cell Phones At Camp
Camp Siloam believes that an individual’s encounter with God is directly proportional to the degree that they leave the “noise” of their culture behind for the week of camp. This is why camp policy requests campers leave cell phones, media players or gaming devices at home. Campers need to be still and quiet enough to hear the small voice of our big God. During your camper’s stay, you may feel you need to communicate with your camper. If communication with your camper is absolutely necessary, they may use cell phones in the bunk houses under the supervision of a counselor. If cell phones are seen by camp staff being used outside of bunk houses then they will be taken from the youth and mailed home at the owner’s expense.
Styles of clothing can be a stumbling block for many youth. The Bible says people are to dress in modesty. The intent is to not bring attention to how one looks, but to highlight our walk of faith, love and pursuit of holiness. Camp Siloam requests each camper, whether a guy or girl, to be humble and modest in the way they dress during camp. Specifically, Camp Siloam requests the following:
- No “short shorts.” Shorts must extend to the campers’ finger tips
- No spaghetti strap shirts.
- No two piece bathing suits for gals.
- No speedos for guys.
- No deep cut tank tops.
- Leggings should not be worn as pants.
Health and Safety
Camp Siloam recognizes that the health and safety of a child while they are away from home is of utmost concern to parents. Camp Siloam will provide as much information as it can about health and safety practices so parents can rest assured their children will be safe at Siloam. For information on our policies regarding emergencies, illnesses, injuries, youth protection, food preparation, food allergies, disbursement of medicines and general camp cleanliness, you may contact the camp office at 479-250-1865.
Camp Siloam is able to keep camp affordable because each church brings adults to camp to act as counselors. Each church is responsible for providing male and female counselors from their church. All counselors must be at least 19 years of age by the date they attend camp and must stay in the bunkhouse with the campers. The counselors will be responsible for transportation, behavior, enforcement of rules and supervising campers while they are at camp. If your church cannot provide counselors, we can provide a staff counselor for $350 for the week. Please notify us at least two weeks in advance if you need a staff counselor.
The camp director reserves the right to reject any registration form and/or send any camper or counselor home whose influence is considered harmful to the best interests of the camp or campers.
Children who have not completed the 3rd grade are welcome at camp, but they cannot stay in the bunkhouses under any circumstances. These children may stay in a cabin with their parents or a parent appointed adult if their parent is serving as a counselor.
Our hilltop camp is offered for infants, toddlers and children who have not completed 3rd grade. This camp program is offered during 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.
Churches will be billed for the removal of graffiti that can be identified to have been produced by a specific camper or church group.
For the safety of the youth during camp, we ask that you not drive through camp when campers are outside. Please park your vehicle between the large worship center and the main gate.
3600 S Lincoln St
Siloam Springs, AR 72761
Follow Highway US-412 to Siloam Springs. When entering Siloam Springs, take the exit for Highway AR-59 towards Van Buren. Follow S. Lincoln/AR-59 until you see a big arch that says “Camp Siloam” on the right.
It is our desire no camper be turned away due to the price of camp. We want every camper to have the opportunity to come to know Christ and to grow in their relationship. In fact, we see a greater percentage of salvations the campers who receive scholarships to attend Camp Siloam.
Scholarships are designated to assist campers who have financial need. We have removed as many barriers as possible for a camper to receive assistance. Anyone can apply for a scholarship on behalf of a camper, asking for any amount up to the full price of camp. Applications are Available Here.