2022 Camp Info

Everything you need to know about kids camp can be found here!

2022 CAMP IS COMING!

Berean Church is excited to take our students to camp this year!


Teen Camp dates: Sunday, June 26th through Thursday, June 30th

Teen Camp Week is currently full

Keep reading for more information!!


Kid's Camp dates: Monday, July 18th through Friday, July 22nd

offered for kids currently in 3rd-5th grades (2021-22 school year)

REGISTRATION DEADLINES:

Early Bird ($230) - June 15th

Regular ($240) - June 22nd

Walk-on/Late ($270) - After June 22nd


Below is all of the information you need to get registered and be prepared for camp!

REGISTRATION IS OPEN!

Registration will have multiple steps this year:


  1. You will need to register by clicking below (families attending both camps can register by clicking one of the registration options). Berean is attending: TEEN CAMP WEEK 1 or KIDS CAMP WEEK 1.
  2. THEN, all payments are made payable to BEREAN CHURCH. You can click the button below to pay registration fees or you can pay the church by cash or check. (Sibling discounts $5/child after the first regular registration will be figured after your registration has been submitted to the District.


Click the links below if you are ready to register for camp!

You will find Berean in the town of Des Moines/Pleasant Hill

The code for Berean is: Berean22

What is camp?

Camp is a five day/four night adventure where your students will be engaged in fun activities, team competitions, and most importantly time with God. Camp is different from most other summer experiences, in that it is a break away from all of our regular distractions, with a complete focus on building relationships with others, and drawing closer to God. It will be one of the best weeks of the year! Check out the video below to see more!

Departure and Arrival Schedule

teen camp:

Departure - Sunday, June 26th

  • 12:45 PM - Check-In and Lice Checks begin in the Berean Youth Sanctuary
  • 1:15 PM - Luggage loaded at this time
  • 1:30 PM - Depart: Head toward Sunstream Retreat Center


Return - Thursday, June 30th

  • 9:30 AM - Depart: Leave Sunstream Retreat Center
  • 10:30 AM - Arrive back at Berean Church

*Please keep an eye out for announcements on our Facebook group for any delays or schedule changes

Kid's camp:

Departure - Monday, July 18th

  • 12:45 PM - Check-In and Lice Checks begin in the north lobby
  • 1:15 PM - Children and Parents Meeting (Luggage loaded at this time)
  • 1:30 PM - Depart: Head toward Sunstream Retreat Center


Return - Friday, July 22nd

  • 9:30 AM - Depart: Leave Sunstream Retreat Center
  • 10:30 AM - Arrive back at Berean Church

*Please keep an eye out for announcements on our Facebook group for any delays or schedule changes

What to Bring to Camp

Packing List:

  • Clothes for four nights/five days (some may get messy/wet) 
  • Bedding & Pillow (Sleeping bag or bedding for a twin mattress)
  • Towels/Washcloths 
  • Toiletries 
  • Bible & Journal /Pens
  • Close-toed shoes (required for riding zip lines) 
  • Swimsuit 
  • Sunscreen 
  • Bug Spray 
  • Flashlight 
  • Spending money for snacks and camp store 
  • Water bottle


Kid's Camp - What Not To Bring:

Camp is meant to be a great experience to break away from the normal distractions, and focus on God. Here are some things we ask your children to leave at home to help make the camp experience as great as possible.

  • Cell Phones/MP3 Players
  • Electronics/Game Systems
  • Toys, Knives, Lighters, or Weapons
  • Caffeinated Drinks

Most Asked Camp Questions


1.    When do we bring our children to the church and when do we pick them up?

A)  Teen Camp: We will meet at the church; Berean Youth entrance (south side entrance) opens at 12:45 p.m. There will be no lunch provided, so please feed your student before checking in. We will separate the luggage boys/girls and begin loading when instructed. We will leave at 1:30 PM sharp. A parent/guardian is required to physically check their student in until the last lice check is completed. Students will return to the church by 10:30 AM on Thursday, June 20th.

A)  Kid's Camp: We will meet at the church; north doors open at 12:45 p.m. and Camper/Parent orientation will be at 1:15 PM in the North Chapel. We will leave at 1:30 PM sharp. The children will return to the church by 10:30 AM on Friday, July 23rd. A parent/guardian is required to physically check their child in and attend the orientation meeting.

2.    Are the children checked for head lice?

A)  Teen Camp: It is required that all students are pre-checked twice before coming to camp. We will have a nurse check all the students going to camp on the Wednesday, June 15th or Wednesday, June 22nd and again on Sunday, June 26th. These safety checks are not an option. Please note these dates and make sure your child has both checks completed.

A)  Kid's Camp: It is required that all children are pre-checked twice before coming to camp. We will have a nurse check all the children going to camp on the Sunday, July 10, and again on Sunday, July 17, or on Monday morning, July 18. These safety checks are not an option. Please note these dates and make sure your child has both checks completed.

3.    What can I do as parent to make things faster and simpler for my child on drop off day?

A)  Teen Camp: Bring your students to check in with a positive attitude knowing that they are going to have an AMAZING week at camp!

A)  Kid's Camp: First time campers and their mommas may have some anxiety on Monday. To reduce the stress, we are allowing children to receive their lice checks and drop off their luggage on Sunday, July 19. In the past we have seen that this helps both parent and child.

4.    When is my balance for camp and guardian authorization form due?

A)  Teen Camp: All balances will be due online on Sunday, June 26th (unless we have personally made other arrangements). We do require that parents check their students in before we leave. Any benevolence funds will be applied by June 24th; if you have discrepancies, please contact the church office ASAP.

A)  Kid's Camp: All balances will be due online on Sunday, July 17th, (unless we have personally made other arrangements). We do require that parents check their children in before orientation begins. Any benevolence funds will be applied by July 15th; if you have discrepancies, please contact the church office ASAP.

5.    What is the address to the camp and should I send letters?

A)  Both Camps: I would encourage parent letters for the fact that mail call is a big deal and all children love to receive letters. I would encourage you to put "Teen Camp #1/Berean" OR “Kids Camp #1/Berean” on the back of each letter and not to send any past Wednesday.

It is recommended by the camp that parents refrain from visiting or calling children. A call or visit may promote homesickness instead of help.

Sunstream Retreat Center, 1130 Juneberry Road, Ogden, IA 50212 – ph (855)-846-2772

                Bill Campbell: 515.205.2623

Pastor Matthew’s cell: 515.783.8441

6.    What to do with medication and money?

A)  Teen Camp: We ask that all medication (prescription and OTC) be put in Ziploc-type bag in their original bottles. The bag must include a label with the student's full name, church name, church city, number of medications, and medication times. These bags will be turned in at the check-in desk at the church. When at camp, the medication will be dropped off at the nurse’s office. Students will be responsible for their own money. Although there will be a snack bar and a camp store, large amounts of spending money is not necessary.

A)  Kid's Camp: We ask that all money and medication be put in separate envelopes or bags with the child’s full name on it and then turned in at the check-in desk at the church. (We ask that all medication (prescription and OTC) be put in Ziploc-type bag in their original bottles. The bag must include a label with the student's full name, church name, church city, number of medications, and medication times. These bags will be turned in at the check-in desk at the church.) When at camp, the medication will be dropped off at the nurse’s office. When at camp, the medication will be dropped off at the nurse’s office, and their money will be available at the camp bank. Although there will be a snack bar and a camp store, large amounts of spending money is not necessary.

7.    What to bring?

A)  Teen Camp: Each camper will want to bring bedding for a single bed (blankets or sleeping bag), pillow, towels, soap, shampoo, swimsuit and other personal items. Also, bring a Bible, couple of pens, a note pad and snacks. TEEN CAMP WILL NOW HAVE A MUD PIT!! Please bring shoes and clothes that are able to get D-I-R-T-Y!! For a complete list of ideas on what to bring, click HERE and scroll down to the packing lists.

A)  Kid's Camp: Each camper will want to bring bedding for a single bed (blankets or sleeping bag), pillow, towels, soap, shampoo, swimsuit and other personal items. Also, bring a Bible, couple of pens, and a note pad. Some children like to bring disposable cameras for pictures. Do remember when packing that the children are responsible for their items, so refrain from bringing items of great value. (We do not allow portable game systems, MP3 players, and cell phones at camp.) For a complete list of ideas on what to bring, click HERE and scroll down to the packing lists.

8.    What are the theme days?

A)  Both Camps: *Still awaiting information about theme days for this year

9.    What is the dress code?

A)  Both Camps:

·     All campers are encouraged to dress modestly and appropriately. Modest shorts may be worn at anytime during camp.

·     Clothing should be of such that the midsection and shoulders are covered.

·     Cover clothing must be worn to and from the swimming pool over the swimming suit.

·     Counselors and leaders will be available to guide campers with any questions about dress code.