DAYS UNTIL CAMP
Dear Campers and Parents,
We are so excited that camp is less than a week away! The Surge Team and the Pine Valley Staff are all busy making preparations to make sure that next week will be a week of fun, adventure, and spiritual growth for everyone. We know that this has been a tough year for so many people, and want to make this week a great get away for these kids. We have a few last minute instructions and tips to make everything from the check- in process to the stay at camp go as smoothly as possible. Please read through the following timeline instructions, and let us know if you have any questions at all. Thanks, and see you all soon!
Check In Process
Arrival- Check in will be at 8:45 at North Coast Calvary Chapel. We will meet in front of the Chapel building where there will be tables grouped by last name.
Forms- You will need to complete the Pine Valley release form prior to beginning check-in. Click here to access this form. We will also have copies available at tables next to check-in. If a parent or guardian cannot attend check-in, you can send your student with someone else, but this form must be completed by the parent in advance. At check-in you will also be required to verify the emergency contact you provided through registration. Let James know if you have any questions about this.
Health Screening- After turning in your forms and checking into the table, we will perform a basic health screening. We will take your child’s temperature and ask some triage questions. If you have recently been exposed to COVID-19 please contact James before coming to check in. If your child is currently ill with a fever, cough, shortness of breath, new runny nose, sore throat, loss of taste or smell, or body aches, we respectfully ask that you opt out of sending them to camp for the safety of all of our students. We will be happy to issue you a full refund!
Nurse Station- The next stop at check in will be the nurse station. We have a nurse attending camp with us that will hold and dispense all medications both over the counter and prescription. Please bring your child’s medications and make sure they are clearly labeled with name, prescription information, and dosages. You will need to fill out a medication/prescription card for each medication you turn in. You can speak with the nurse at this time to discuss any health conditions or medication concerns.
Luggage- The final check in step will be to drop your luggage off. You may use any type of luggage to pack your items in, as long as it can be closed and secured. We recommend putting your bedding (pillow, sleeping bag or sheets/blanket) into a large trash bag. This will keep their bedding clean on the trip. Please label each bag with your child’s name and grade. There will be duct tape and a sharpie available to use for this.
Here is a packing list that we recommend for your camper.
Any medications you will need. These will be turned in at registration (even over-the-counter) and administered by our nurse. The nurse will have a supply of common over-the-counter meds.
Small day pack to carry items to each activity
Spending money – $$ for gift shop with snacks and souvenirs.
Swim suit(s)!. ***Girl’s suits should be one-piece or shirt to cover
Plenty of clean socks & underwear. (Please pack extras!)
Clothing for five days- Mainly pack lightweight athletic clothing. They will be active, at times dirty, and sweaty! It is supposed to be warm. You might want to pack an extra outfit for days they get wet.
A warm sweatshirt or lightweight pullover for cool nights
Towel for swimming and showering
Bring a BIBLE + Pen
Sleeping bag and pillow (Put in trash bag for transportation)
Toiletries (shampoo, soap, toothbrush, toothpaste, personal items)
DO NOT pack electronics or cell phones. Students are not allowed to have personal phones at camp.
During Camp/Return to NCCC
Care Packages- If you want to send your child a care package (not expected or necessary, but an option), packages can be sent to:
8668 Pine Creek Road
Pine Valley, CA 91962-0400
Emergencies- If you need to reach your child for an emergency, you can contact the camp at 619-473-8879. You can also reach James Walton at 760-208-8154. Cell reception can be spotty at camp, so your best bet is to call the camp directly, but you also always text or leave a message for James.
Updates- To get updates on what is happening at camp, follow us on social media! We are on Facebook at Surge NCCC (look up @surge456) or on Instagram @surge456. We will post pictures here as well!
Communication- Communication from the campers will only come if there is an illness or other issue. Basically expect that no news is good news if you don’t hear from camp! We know it can be hard the first time kids are away at camp, but they typically adjust really quickly, and it’s so fun to hear of all their adventures when they get back!
Return- We are planning to return by bus to NCCC at 12:30 pm on Friday. This time could shift due to traffic, etc. Arrival updates will be announced via Mark Friestad’s voicemail at 760-929-0029 Extension 102. Please call this number to get information on arrival times as it leads up to the ETA.
Phones and electronics are prohibited from camp. This is to keep the kids safe and engaged with the other campers and activities. It is a great break from tech life and a week to just have fun!
Many parents have asked about souvenir/snack money. If you send money for souvenirs and snacks, we recommend talking over expectations for how to spend the money you send with them. The store sells sweatshirts, t-shirts, and other souvenirs. From our experience, many kids will spend a lot of their money on snacks, so if you want them to come home with a specific souvenir, discuss the plan ahead of time and maybe give them an amount to spend on extra snacks each day.
The current mask policy at camp is that staff will wear masks at all times, however campers are not required to wear them. Pine Valley has stopped requiring outdoor dining and indoor dining is open. We are requiring masks on the bus to limit exposure when there are large enclosed groups, but not while at camp. Most activities are outside and we will be practicing frequent handwashing. We will all be doing the best we can to keep students safe while also following the camp guidelines.
Let us know if you have any other questions! Thank you, and we look forward to seeing you next Monday!