Youth Camps

We love having kids and teens at camp! Throughout the year we have various week long camps, as well as weekend retreats for campers to come spend some time here at camp. We also have opportunities for high schoolers to come and work at camp through our SMT and Summer Staff Programs. For more information about our youth camps and opportunities check out the menu to the right.

Things to Know about Summer Camp Registration 2020

Hello Big Sandy Camp Family!

We wanted you to be aware of some details regarding summer camp registration this year.

  1. Bring a photo ID during drop-off and pick up.
  2. Our registration and drop-off days are changing from last year. Registration will be from 2:30-4:30 PM on Sunday afternoon.
  3. Please review your student’s registration forms and make any necessary updates to the information listed (e.g. any new allergies, updated medications, health insurance changes, approved pick-up persons, etc...).
  4. Please be aware that spaces will not be reserved for campers until a $100 non-refundable deposit is received by Big Sandy Camp. Deposit payments can be made online, with a check, or by a credit card over the phone.

Thank you for your patience as we help everyone through the registration process. For questions or concerns, call our office at 218-426-3389, or email us at office@bigsandycamp.com.

In Christ,
The Big Sandy Camp Staff

This summer’s theme is 2020 Vision. Come and experience what God has in store for you!  All of our weeks of camp will be starting on Sunday afternoons. Registration time is from 2:30-4:30 PM on Sunday afternoon, and camp ends with a closing rally at 10:20 AM on Friday. All campers still get a free camp photo and the highlight videos from each week are posted to Facebook and YouTube.

Age Groups for 2020 Camps:

2nd – 4th Graders qualify for our Sprouts Camp
4th – 6th Graders qualify for our Pine Cone Jr. Camp
6th – 8th Graders qualify for our Jr. High Camp
9th – 12th Graders qualify for our Sr. High Camp

All of these age groups apply to students entering these grades in the fall.

Camper Safety

Campers that are in need of individualized, acute and serious medical care and are unable to participate in most corporate camp activities should consider a specialized camp that is designed, staffed and equipped to provide those campers with a safe and enjoyable camp experience. If you have questions, contact our Guest Services Coordinator, Maggie Painting, at maggie@bigsandycamp.com.

Pick-up & Drop-off

We are asking parents and approved pick up persons to show identification before leaving camp with children. This is designed to be an added safety measure for children while they are in the care of Big Sandy Camp and its staff. If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact us at 218-426-3389.

In order for your camper to be officially registered, you must put down a $100 deposit. Enrolling your camper alone does not hold their spot. No refunds will be issued less than 30 days from the event. Cancellations made more than 30 days prior to the event will be refunded minus a $100 non-refundable deposit.

Paperless Registration

Starting in 2020, Big Sandy Camp will be moving to a paperless registration for Youth and Family Camps. Registration will be available online. For questions about how to register, please call our office at 218-426-3389.

2020 Summer Camp Calendar

DatesCamp TypeGradesDaysPrice
July 3-5Sprouts2nd-4thFriday-Sunday$365
July 7-10Senior High9th-12thTuesday-Friday$365
July 7-10Senior High Wakeboard9th-12thTuesday-Friday$395
July 12-17Junior High 16th-8thSunday-Friday$365
July 12-17Junior High Wakeboard Camp6th-8thSunday-Friday$395
July 19-24Pinecone 14th-6thSunday-Friday$365
July 19-24Junior High 26th-8thSunday-Friday$365
July 26-31Pinecone 24th-6thSunday-Friday$365
July 26-31Junior High 36th-8thSunday-Friday$365
Payments and Discounts

Payment:

  • IN ORDER FOR YOUR CAMPER TO BE OFFICIALLY REGISTERED YOU MUST PUT DOWN A $100 DEPOSIT. ENROLLING YOUR CAMPER ALONE DOES NOT HOLD THEIR SPOT.
  • All balances must be payed either before the camper arrives at camp, or during registration on Sunday afternoon.
  • When paying for your child’s camp week we give the option to give a $5 or more donation to our Camper Scholarship Fund. Your generous donations help fund the scholarship program for campers in need!

Cancellation Policy:

  • No refunds will be issued less than 30 days from the event. Cancellations made more than 30 days prior to the event will be refunded minus a $100 non-refundable deposit.

Please Note: Due to camper privacy, record keeping and software considerations, we will no longer be billing churches for camper registrations and outstanding bills. All inquiries regarding any outstanding balances will be directed to parents or guardians. Please deal directly with your local church if they are providing full or partial scholarship funds for camper registrations.

A Camp Week

We love summer at Big Sandy Camp! Camp provides eight different summer camps throughout the month of July and beginning of August for campers entering grades 3-12, maxing out at about 250 campers per week. Big Sandy Camp has been a week-long home to kids for 60 years!

Every camper will be assigned to a cabin with a counselor who was hand selected by our program staff. Our counselors are carefully chosen young adults, many of who are headed into various ministry fields. They will spend tons of time with their campers, pouring into each of them and sharing the love of Christ with them throughout their week at camp. Many of our campers return to Big Sandy Camp as counselors in an effort to give something back and ensure that campers today have the same opportunities they did.

At Big Sandy Camp your child's safety is a top priority. To assure his or her wellness during their stay, we take the following steps:

  • We use a thorough hiring process including: a complete criminal background check, three reference letters, interviews, and a comprehensive application.
  • All staff members are informed of Big Sandy Camp’s operational policies. Summer staff members are specifically trained with Ministry Safe curriculum and guidelines in an effort to have all of our campers experience a safe and enjoyable stay at Big Sandy Camp.
  • Every summer each staff member is certified by the American Heart Association in both First Aid and CPR.
  • All lifeguards are American Red Cross or equivalent certified.
  • We have a registered nurse on the camp grounds each week.

Throughout the camp week our campers will be participating in numerous activities and events that are all run by our well trained staff. Campers will attend chapel every day where they will be poured into spiritually by our speaker for the week. The speakers that come to camp are very intentionally selected and prayed over.

We hope to see your kids here this summer!

Packing List

WHAT TO BRING

  • Towel, shampoo, toothbrush, soap, etc
  • Pillow, sleeping bag or twin size bedding
  • Clothes for play in both warm and cool weather
  • One-piece swimsuit or full coverage tankini
  • Appropriate footwear for running, hiking, and playing games
  • Bible, notebook, pens/pencils
  • Extra spending money for:
    • Craft shop--$.25 to $5 covers most projects
    • General Store--imprinted sweatshirts, t-shirts, souvenirs, and gifts
    • Snack shop treats

WHAT NOT TO BRING

  • Personal music equipment
  • Expensive, small items
  • Cell phones, iPods, or other electronics (unless otherwise directed)
  • Alcohol, tobacco or non-prescription drugs
  • Pocketknives
  • Fireworks

Please Note – Be very careful about what clothing you pack. Watch out for inappropriate slogans on tee shirts. Girls, leave short shorts, short skirts, and midriff-baring clothing at home. Guys, leave speedo style swimsuits, along with baggy shorts that reveal your underwear at home. We're looking for modest dress. Let's show our inner beauty this summer. These are our values as a camp community. Thank you for following these guidelines.

Pets Policy

To best accomplish our mission and to comply with Aitkin County’s Youth Camp ordinance, no pets of any kind are allowed on the main campus area of Big Sandy Camp. To comply with state and federal law, service animals that have been trained to perform tasks or do work for the benefit of a person with a disability are permitted on the property. The tasks or work the animal does must be directly related to the persons disability. Animals sometimes referred to as emotional support animals that may provide a sense of safety, companionship or comfort are by law, not considered service animals as they are not individually trained to perform a specific task and are therefore not permitted on campus.

Things to Know about Summer Camp Registration 2019

Hello Big Sandy Camp Family!

We wanted you to be aware of some details regarding summer camp registration this year.

  1. Our registration and drop-off days are changing from last year. Registration will be from 2:30-4:30 PM on Sunday afternoon.
  2. Summer camp and family camp registration opens at 9:00 AM on January 7, 2019. Your account may not allow you to login prior to 9:00 AM, but you should have access to it after 9:00 AM. This is designed to limit people from logging in to the server early, ideally keeping registration running smoothly for everyone.
  3. Please review your student’s registration forms and make any necessary updates to the information listed (e.g. any new allergies, updated medications, health insurance changes, approved pick-up persons, etc...).
  4. Please be aware that spaces will not be reserved for campers until a $100 non-refundable deposit is received by Big Sandy Camp. Deposit payments can be made online, with a check, or by a credit card over the phone.

Thank you for your patience as we help everyone through the registration process. For questions or concerns, call our office at 218-426-3389, or email us at office@bigsandycamp.com.

In Christ,
The Big Sandy Camp Staff

2019 Summer Registration is NOW OPEN!

Summer is just around the corner and we are excited for you to join the experience here at Big Sandy Camp. Hang out at the waterfront with your friends, climb the highest wall in the gym, and enjoy a time of worship in chapel. All this and more during our summer camps. Register today so you don’t miss any of the action. Click here to start your registration or call 218-426-3389.

We love having kids and teens at camp! Throughout the year we have various week long camps, as well as weekend retreats for campers to come spend some time here at camp. We also have opportunities for high schoolers to come and work at camp through our LIT and Summer Staff Programs. For more information about our youth camps and opportunities check out the menu to the right.

Pick-up & Drop-off

A Beginning in summer of 2019, we are asking parents and approved pick up persons to show identification before leaving camp with children. This is designed to be an added safety measure for children while they are in the care of Big Sandy Camp and its staff. If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact us at 218-426-3389.