Orientation Meeting

WHAT’S IT LIKE AT CAMP?

Settled along the Nueces River, Camp Eagle enjoys cool breezes several times of day, and has lots of gorgeous views of the surrounding hills and diverse wildlife. The facilities are well kempt and conveniently laid out, and include a group dining hall, a camp store, a covered worship pavilion, and various dorm-style cabins.

We spend as much time as possible enjoying the outdoors. Most days include some type of water activity; some hiking out on the trails; and various adventures, such as the zipline, team-arrow-games, sherpa trek, etc. We’ve got a lot to do in six days. Here’s what a typical day at camp looks like:

Morning

  • breakfast is at 8
  • afterwards, “morning chaos” — a time of games, worship, teaching, and prayer
  • then, we have our first activity* block

Noon / Afternoon

  • lunch around 12:15
  • 1 – 7 p.m. = usually two activity* blocks (including waterfront if scheduled)

Evening

  • 7:15 dinner in cabin groups
  • 8 worship & message
  • 9:30 group debrief,
  • then freetime until lights out

GROUND RULES:

WHAT WE EXPECT OF EACH OTHER

Camp would not happen without our Adult Sponsors, our Families, or our Campers.

Our adult sponsors are volunteers who have a passion for Jesus and a heart for youth ministry. They not only go to camp, they also go through camp — together with the campers. Sponsors attend the morning, daytime, and evening activities and bible studies, they eat family-style at the same tables, and they stay in the cabins with the campers. They get up earlier and stay up later than campers to ensure everyone has the best possible experience. Each sponsor must undergo a FBI background check and sexual abuse awareness training to qualify for the position. They are there to ensure the safety and well-being of campers and to be a source of encouragement and support.

Our families are the ones who love their kids enough to send them to camp! Families prepare their kids so that camp is a success. This means talking to them about what’s appropriate and what’s not. It means ensuring everything is packed that needs to get packed (and leaving behind what needs to be left behind, too). If there’s an emergency or behavioral issue, our families will drive to camp in the middle of the night to pick up their camper. Our families share the responsibility for getting our kids and their stuff to and from camp, usually by driving in a caravan on the first and last days of camp.

Our campers are the ones who … attend camp! Families and sponsors do their bit so we can go, but in the end it comes down to each individual camper to make camp a great experience. Campers are to always be mindful of one another’s safety and integrity, and to follow three simple rules:

1. Please remember your behavior reflects on your family, on your church, on Christians generally, and on the God whom you purport to serve! Honor these relationships by your thoughts, words, and deeds, and by what you do as well as what you leave undone.

2. Don’t break any civil laws.1

3. Obey the moral law.2


1. Failure to obey the civil law will result in being ejected from Camp and can potentially result in prosecution.*

2. Failure to obey the moral law will also result in being ejected from Camp!*

* Parent/guardians will be responsible for picking you up, no matter what time of day or night.

HEALTH SCREENING

PRE-CAMP PREPARATION

Use the health screening worksheet for covid-19 tracking, as required of us all for five days before camp. And track one more day for good measure, so let’s begin tracking on June 2.

Day 1Day 2Day 3Day 4Day 5Day 6
June 2June 3June 4June 5June 6June 7

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PACKING

SLEEPING:
  • Plug-In Fan (optional) – Campers will be sleeping in air-conditioned rooms, but they may not get as cold as at home.
  • Sleeping bags (recommended) OR Sheets and Blankets –If you opt to bring sheets and blankets, know that most dorm rooms have twin beds. There are a few full size beds in a some of the dorms.
  • A Pillow
TOILETRIES:
  • Dental Hygiene – Toothbrush, toothpaste, dental floss
  • Shower stuff – shampoo, deodorant, soap
  • Personals – feminine products 
  • Tote or toiletries bag – For transporting items to and from the shower.
CLOTHING:
  • T-shirts – Bring several that you don’t mind getting dirty. Please do not bring any clothing or other items with inappropriate words, logos, brands, pictures or other images. When in doubt, leave it at home.
  • Shorts – Please bring athletic/hiking shorts that you don’t mind getting dirty. Please do not bring short shorts. You will be wearing harnesses, which will rub your skin if your shorts aren’t long enough.
  • Closed-toed shoes – Needed on activities.
  • Water shoes (optional) 
  • Flip flops – Optional, but great for the dorm room and bathroom.
  • Socks and Underwear – Bring extras of both. Camp Eagle is an Adventure Camp and we’ll be outside most of the day.
  • Rainwear – rain jacket/poncho is recommended.
  • Hat/Bandana — shade yer noggin!
  • 2 Swimsuits – We recommend bringing swimsuits to rotate as campers will get wet every day. Campers may also have to hike in their swimsuit at times. Ladies must have one-piece swimsuits or full coverage tankinis (absolutely no bikinis). Shorts for swimming are also a good idea. Gentlemen must bring regular-size swim trunks.
OTHER IMPORTANT ITEMS:
  • Reusable water bottle – Camp will have Nalgene bottles available for purchase.
  • Hydration backpack (optional) – These are nice in addition to, or in place of water bottles.
  • Flashlight / Headlamp and extra batteries 
  • Sunscreen (bring an ample supply) 
  • Insect repellant 
  • Bible Notepad / Journal + Pens 
  • Backpack 
  • Spending cash or camp credit (optional)
  • Medications – registered and stored in the medic HQ
  • Earplugs – for light sleepers.
DO NOT BRING:
  • Cell phones* There is no cell service available at Camp Eagle. Wi-Fi calling and land line calling is available only to Group Leaders only. *However — We do not prohibit campers from bringing them along, as they come in handy on the ride home for letting parents know where we’re at. However, they’re not to be used while we’re at camp, which presents us with a problem: it’s on you if your phone gets lost, stolen, broken, etc. So long as you’re good with the risk, you are welcome to bring your phone and not use it all week.
  • Car keys
  • Walkie-Talkies
  • Knives, anything sharp, or any type of weapon If one of these shows up at camp the law gets involved. Leave it at home.
  • Pets – No, not even little cute pets!
  • Tobacco products of any sort of Alcohol or drugs
  • Your own harness or helmet
  • Expensive electronics (Camp Eagle does not provide lockers, safes, or any other means of securing valuables)

TRAVEL

HEADING OUT

There are two legs to the outgoing trip. It takes roughly 2.5 hours to get to McDonald’s in Fredericksburg where we stop for a half hour or so for lunch. It takes about 1.5 hours from there to get to Camp Eagle, and once we turn onto the ‘driveway’ we’ll have 8 miles to go over dirt road, which takes a half hour on its own.

10:00Meet at church wearing our camp shirts!
Take group photo & say a prayer.
10:30Pack vehicles and depart!
13:00Arrive McDonald’s Fredericksburg
13:30Depart McDonald’s
15:30Arrive at Camp Eagle
HEADING HOME

The return trip has three legs. We need to be leaving camp by 10 a.m., so caravan drivers will need to plan to arrive by that time. After saying our goodbyes, we’ll stop for a potty break, grab some coffee, and have a group debriefing session at the Starbucks in Kerrville before making our way in to South Austin for lunch. In years past, several families have opted to meet us at Potbelly for lunch and to pick up their camper there. Whoever remains comes back to Giddings and arrives at church a little over an hour later.

10:00Depart Camp Eagle
11:00Arrive at Starbucks in Kerrville
11:30Depart Starbucks
13:15Arrive at Potbelly’s in South Austin
14:00Depart Potbelly’s
15:15Arrive back at Church

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