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FAQs about Summer Camp

When do I drop off/pick up my child for summer camp?

Registration Drop Off Times

Camps that begin on Sunday: 1:00pm-2:30pm

Camps that begin on Wednesday: 2:00pm-2:30pm

Pick Up Times

4:00pm to 4:30pm

Make sure you check with their cabin counselor who will have a sign out sheet along with other items which may include left over camper bank money, a camp photo, and other information.

Openings and Closings

Opening Celebrations

Camps beginning on Sunday, Opening Celebration at 2:45pm-3:15pm in the Pavilion. Families are encouraged to attend. (Lutherhaven is on EDT.)

Camps beginning on Wednesday, Opening Celebration at 2:45pm-3:15pm in the Daniel Retreat Center. Families are encouraged to attend. (Lutherhaven is on EDT.)

Closing Celebrations

Camps ending on Tuesday, Closing Celebration at 3:30pm in the Fire Circle. Families are encouraged to attend and pick up your campers afterwards. (Lutherhaven is on EDT.)

Camps ending on Friday, Closing Celebration at 3:30pm in the Pavilion. Families are encouraged to attend and pick up your campers afterwards. (Lutherhaven is on EDT.)

What about my summer camp deposit?/What is your cancellation policy?

Your summer camp deposit is a non-refundable deposit that is credited toward the total registration cost. Summer camp deposit refund exceptions are only made for instances of camper injury, camper illness, or death in the family. Other Camp fees will be refunded upon cancellation.

If your camp session has begun or your child attends a portion of Camp, the refund will be prorated to reflect the time spent at Camp.

In the event that we need to cancel the Camp program that you are registered for, any payments that you have made, including your deposit, will have the option of being donated, credited toward the next summer programs, or refunded to you.

Does grade-level mean the last grade I completed or the grade I am going into?

Grade level refers to the grade you are currently in – not going into next year.

 

Is there a way to get a camp discount?

Lutherhaven offers two potential discounts: The Early Bird and FILL IT! discount.

The Early Bird discount means that if you register before April 1st and save up to $20 per camper.

The FILL IT! discount gives a $50 discount for our harder-to-fill weeks. This helps us turn fewer campers away during our most sought-after weeks. (The FILL IT! discount is in addition to the Early Bird discount.)

If you need help beyond these to help pay for camp, check out our financial aid possibilities.

 

Is there a discount if I have multiple children attending camp this summer?

We do not have a discount specific to sending multiple siblings. The only direct “discount” camp offers is an early bird discount. Some camps are also “Fill It” camps, with a reduced cost.

We do offer financial assistance and encourage families to utilize this for any additional fee reductions. Camp directs individuals sending multiple children to apply for camperships, aka financial assistance. You can access campership information on our website here.

 

How do I request a roommate for my camper?

Campers may request a roommate during the registration process online or call the Camp Office (260-636-7101) and add a roommate request.

The Lutherhaven staff does their best to honor roommate requests.

Campers are placed in cabins according to 1) grade and 2) roommate preferences. Because we plan a ratio of up to eight campers per cabin, groups of friends consisting of five to seven campers are difficult to accommodate and may be split into two smaller groups for housing purposes.

Can I come if I’m not Lutheran?

You bet! Lutherhaven’s affiliation and confession of belief is Lutheran Church Missouri Synod. However, our programs are open to everyone so bring your friends! To find our more about our confession of faith, you may go to www.lcms.org.

How do I contact my child while at Camp?

The fastest way to contact your child (if it’s not an emergency) is by using our email service, “Moose Mail”. Simply write your message and we print it out daily and deliver it to your child at dinner time. If you want to send them a package, address it to your child’s name with cabin number and Camp’s address: 1596 S. 150 W., Albion, IN 46701. If you need to speak with your child, contact the Camp Office at 260.636.7101 and we will arrange to do so.

 

What are the qualifications for kissing the moose?

The moose in the dining room of the lodge is kissed on your birthday (granted someone knows), when you lose a tooth, if you are celebrating an anniversary, or any other “special” day determined by the staff. If an entire cabin is inducted into the Camp Lutherhaven Polar Bear Club, they may choose to force another whole cabin to pucker up. Kissing the moose is one of Lutherhaven’s fondest traditions and one that never seems to go out of style.

Is Treetop Village hard?

Treetop Village Camp is more challenging than regular summer camp because it is designed to be a more rustic experience such as cooking over a fire and sleeping in the woods (still in cabins). However, these examples and others, along with a close community that forms, make for a very fulfilling week and is a reason why it’s one of our most popular sessions. 

 

 

Are there programs for special needs individuals?

Currently we offer a four-day overnight camp and a one-day, day camp during the summer for developmentally disabled campers, 18 and older. Please contact us for more information.

 

 

How does Camp Lutherhaven handle food allergies?

Camp Lutherhaven takes food (and all allergies) very seriously. Many campers have attended a camp session without incident, and we aim to keep it that way. We also recognize that many variables can trigger an allergic reaction and train all our staff to identify and react quickly should an allergic reaction occur.

We have learned that communication is vital to our ability to prevent an allergic reaction from occurring. We ask that a parent call and discuss with us the specifics of any special allergy. Details such as the severity of the allergy, the treatment, and the ability of the child to communicate their needs will be discussed. In addition, we will ask that this information is written on the online medical form.

 

What happens if a camper gets sick or injured while at camp?

When a camper gets sick or injured, the parent is contacted and the child is seen by our summer First Aid Coordinator. It is then determined if the camper is able to still participate in camp depending on issues such as if he/she is contagious, if he/she is able to participate in camp activities, checking conditions against the campers medical form, and doing what’s best for the camper’s condition. A decision is made and the child either is picked up by a parent or closely monitored by the Camp staff.

 

What are the requirements to apply for summer staff?

Summer Staff should be of college age and junior servants must have completed 9th grade or older. Check out our staff and junior servant pages for more info.

How do I add money to a camper bank account?

Individuals can log in to their registration account and add money to their camper bank account at any time before their camp session.

How can I view photos of my camper while they are at camp?

Lutherhaven shares weekly summer pictures with camper families. You will receive an email with information on how to access this free gallery at the beginning of your camper’s camp session.

What should my camper pack for summer camp?

A packing list for each camp session can be found in the Parent Handbook linked on our Parent Portal page.

What should my camper NOT bring to camp?

In an effort to create the best camp environment for everyone, we ask that parents monitor what is packed for their camper’s session. Do not bring cell phones, tablets, or other electronic devices, snack food, pop, gum, weapons, illegal drugs, alcohol, tobacco/vaping/juul products, matches, markers, etc.

If any of the above items are found, they will be confiscated and can be picked up by parents at the end of the session.

Campers’ attire should avoid revealing clothing or those with potentially inappropriate messaging. A camper will be asked to change if they are not in compliance.

Also see #FAQ-community-policy.

Do camp fees have to be paid all at once or can I pay in installments?

Fees can be paid in installments. During the registration process online, this option for payment can be selected.

Do you have a Community Policy?

Yes, here it is:

One of the awesome things about summer camp at Camp Lutherhaven is the opportunity to experience a special Christian community amidst God’s creation. To achieve this goal, it is expected that participants come with an attitude of cooperation, goodwill, and respect for each other and God’s creation. Please carefully consider your language, dress, and behavior before arriving. Cursing, revealing or inappropriate clothing, and disrespectful or harmful behavior will not be tolerated. In addition, items such as cell phones and other electronic devices can become disruptive and a distraction to the formation of Camp community, relationships, and interaction with God’s Creation around them. Because of this, cell phones are not allowed to be in the possession of those 18 years and under.  Camp Lutherhaven reserves the right to send a camper home that is unable to abide by this policy. We thank you for your cooperation.

 

 

Are there financial aid opportunities?

We believe that no child should be turned away because of finances. Every child and family should have the opportunity to experience the adventures of summer camp at Camp Lutherhaven. Our campership fund, made possible through the generosity of Camp Lutherhaven friends and supporters, is available to any family with financial need.

Qualification is based on household income and the number in your family. The financial aid is designed to provide 25%, 50%, or 75% off the regular price. If you do not qualify, your deposit can be sent back to you. Eligibility is based on the latest National School Lunch Program Guidelines. Please note that gifts will be given out on a first come, first serve basis as funds are available.

If you would like information about financial aid, click here. (Note: You must complete a registration application to be considered for financial aid. Please contact the office with any questions.)

What if my camper’s medication has changed since I filled out the medical form online?

If your camper’s medication or other information on their medical form has changed since filling it out, you will need to call the Camp office to make changes. This ensures that Camp is aware of any changes to the medical form prior to your camper’s arrival.

What does my camper’s day look like while at Camp?

A schedule for each camp session can be found in the Parent Handbook linked on our Parent Portal page.

FAQs about Lutherhaven Facilities

How early should I make reservations to rent facilities?

The earlier the better — weekends and other prime times are often reserved up to a year in advance. Weekdays are not as busy, but all dates are filled first-come-first-served. Some dates are available last minute due to cancellations. Please call for up-to-date scheduling opportunities.

Is there a minimum number of people to rent facilities?

Each group will be charged at least the minimum rental fee regardless of how many people attend the group’s event. Minimum rentals are as follows:

Lodge private rooms 14 people
Lodge dormitory 20 people
Daniel Retreat Center 18 people
Cabins No minimun
What is the capacity of the Lodge? Dorm? Daniel Retreat Center? Cabins?

 

The private rooms in the Lodge have a capacity of 28, the Daniel Retreat Center can sleep 36, the Lodge Dormitory has two rooms that sleep 20 each for a total of 40. Each of the 15 cabins sleep 10. The cabins are arranged 3 cabins per triplex building with a door between each one.

 

Are groups able to cook their own food?

During the week, any group is permitted to rent the kitchens to prepare their own meals. On weekends, the Pavilion kitchen is available for rental to anyone, and the Lodge kitchen is available if the group has rented ¾ of the Lodge space. Prepared meals are available at anytime with a minimum of 15 people.

 

Is camping permitted?

Yes, trailers and tents are permitted. Check with staff for locations and availability.

 

Are campfires allowed?

Fires are permitted in designated fire-pits.

 

Is the fishin' good?

Darn good. Especially for them there catfish. (and panfish, bass, pike, perch, and others). Indiana laws do apply for fishing licenses.

 

FAQs about Lutherhaven Retreats

Who directs or leads the retreats?

The retreats that are publicized by Lutherhaven are always programmed and overseen by the Lutherhaven staff. This means that even though a speaker might be present, a host might be caring for needs, or a facilitator might be leading an activity, a Lutherhaven staff person is directing the overall retreat. If you would like to become involved in helping with a retreat, please contact us! Information about a particular retreat or a speaker is available from the Camp office.

 

What programmed retreats are available from the Lutherhaven staff?

We offer weekends for Women, Families, and Youth.  Occasionally, we also offer retreats for Couples, Men, and Singles. You can view upcoming retreats here.

 

For what subjects can Lutherhaven staff provide lessons?

We can lead sessions on:

  • Archery
  • Astronomy
  • Boating
  • Creative Writing
  • Critical Thinking
  • Devotions
  • Fire Building
  • Group Building
  • Games
  • Crafts
  • Nature Hikes
  • Orienteering
  • Scavenger Hunts
  • Science Discovery
  • …and more.

Contact us with your needs.

 

Is the nonrefundable deposit required for all retreats part of the total or in addition to the total amount?

Any deposit is part of the total – not in addition to it. For example, if a retreat cost $80, the deposit would be included in that total. There are no hidden costs.

Can I come if I'm not Lutheran?

You bet! Lutherhaven’s affiliation and confession of belief is Lutheran Church Missouri Synod. However, our programs are open to everyone so bring your friends! To find our more about our confession of faith, you may go to www.lcms.org.

Is there an opportunity for service projects?

Yes. In the past, groups have worked on projects including raking leaves to construction of Petty Pond’s floating dock. Please call to schedule specific projects ranging from an hour to several days.

FAQs about Outdoor Education

When is the best time for Outdoor Education at Lutherhaven?

May and September are our most popular months for O.E. groups, but all times of the year provide exciting opportunities for learning about the world in which we live.

Is there a discount for outdoor education groups?

Yes, outdoor education groups receive a 15% discount on lodging, and a 10% discount on meal costs. Additionally, teachers and adult chaperones of outdoor education (and youth) groups receive free lodging up to a ratio of 1 for every 7 youth.

For what subjects can Lutherhaven staff provide lessons?

We can lead sessions on:

  • Archery
  • Astronomy
  • Boating
  • Creative Writing
  • Critical Thinking
  • Devotions
  • Fire Building
  • Group Building
  • Games
  • Crafts
  • Nature Hikes
  • Orienteering
  • Scavenger Hunts
  • Science Discovery
  • …and more.

Contact us with your needs.

Can I come if I'm not Lutheran?

You bet! Lutherhaven’s affiliation and confession of belief is Lutheran Church Missouri Synod. However, our programs are open to everyone so bring your friends! To find our more about our confession of faith, you may go to www.lcms.org.

Other FAQs

How do I get to camp?

You can find maps and directions here.

What are your address, phone numbers, etc?

Camp Lutherhaven, 1596 S 150 W, Albion, IN 46701-9695
(260) 636-7101
(260) 636-3032
camp@lutherhaven.org
www.lutherhaven.org

Additional contact information is available with our staff bios. You can also contact us via the contact form.

Are there any local attractions?

Many attractions exist close to Camp Lutherhaven including several Amish communities (45 min), Chain O Lakes State Park (5 min), water amusement park (2 hrs), Glenbrook Mall (1 hr), Science Central Children’s Science Museum (1 hr), Car Museum (45 min), Black Pine Animal Sanctuary (15 min) and many more.

Are pets allowed?

Leashed animals are allowed on camp grounds, but are not permitted in any building (except for those assisting the handicapped).

Is the fishin' good?

Darn good. Especially for them there catfish. (and panfish, bass, pike, perch, and others). Indiana laws do apply for fishing licenses.

 

Are the mosquitoes bad?

Have you ever seen a 747 up close? 🙂 Well… Actually our mosquito population really varies depending mostly on the amount of rain we get in the spring and summer. We do spray on main Camp and key areas when the population warrants it. Some years you’d be fine without any bug spray at all and then there’s sometimes when a good kevlar, bulletproof vest is your best defense. 🙂 Hey, it’s all part of the adventure!

 

May we shoot bottle rockets if we go down by the waterfront?

Anyone caught anywhere near Camp with fireworks will be promptly escorted to the bottom of the lake (to ensure safety). No fireworks are allowed on Camp property. We have some bad memories.

 

Is there an opportunity for service projects?

Yes. In the past, groups have worked on projects including raking leaves to construction of Petty Pond’s floating dock. Please call to schedule specific projects ranging from an hour to several days.

When will dates for summer camp be posted?

We are excited for summer camp too! Each year Camp Lutherhaven gets their summer information out towards the beginning of February. If you have questions in the meantime, feel free to give us a call. We hope to see you this summer.