Summer Youth Camp FAQs


What is Camp LuWiSoMo’s Mission and Core Values?

Camp LuWiSoMo is dedicated to providing faith-growing opportunities, in a Christ- centered outdoor ministry setting, for people of all ages to refresh the whole person through the blessings of people, facilities, and God’s Word.

All employees and volunteers at Camp LuWiSoMo agree to work to uphold the following Core Values in their interaction with other staff members, volunteers, and guests.

  1. We are Christian in our behavior, beliefs, motivations, and attitudes.
  2. We are Servants in both our management style and our focus on others.
  3. We are Stewards of the resources God gives us.
  4. We are passionate about our mission, while remaining humble about ourselves.
  5. We demonstrate mutual respect.
  6. We strive for clear and timely communication.
  7. We build a positive team and family spirit.
  8. We don’t take ourselves too seriously; we have fun.
  9. We create remarkable experiences that inspire and refresh people.
  10. We glorify and give thanks to God in all we do.

 

What is Camp LuWiSoMo’s program focus?

Camp LuWiSoMo has two main focuses for its summer camp program.  The first and foremost is to educate and excite campers about their faith walk.  We do this through daily morning devotions, daily Chapels, daily Bible Studies, and campfire devotions.  Most counselors also do evening devotions in their cabins at night.  There is also a focus on incoporating God and Scripture into the majority of our daily activities.

Our second focus is on educating campers and exposing them to a variety of activities they would not normally have a chance to try outside of a camp setting.  During each activity campers learn the basics, have a chance to practice, and then apply the new skill to some sort of challenge or game.  Some of the activities a camper may participate in, depending on age, include animals facts & identification, arts & crafts, sports and games, archery, astronomy, boating, compass skills, cryptography, fishing, GPS, horse riding, knot tying, low ropes team building, Morse code, orienteering, service projects, tree identification, woodworking, rocketry, working with disabilities, and camping/survival skills.  Each year new activities are added to keep the campers growing in their knowledge base. 

 

What training do counselors receive, and how old are they?

Counselors are between 18 and 23 years old. 

The counselors receive a variety of training for both safety and program during a 10 day training period.  Safety is one of our biggest focuses at Camp LuWiSoMo.  Counselors are trained in emergency procedures for missing campers, waterfront emergencies, and severe weather.  All staff also receive certification in CPR, AED, and First Aid for adults and youth.  A course in recognizing and reporting child abuse is required in addition to appropriate behavior management.  All staff need to clear a background check as well.

Counselors are trained in the activities they are leading as well as in the Chapels and Bible Studies.  Any staff leading high risk activities such as horseback riding and archery also have specific training to instruct in those areas.

 

What are the desired qualities in camp staff?

First and foremost we look for staff who have a desire to share the Good News with others and enjoy working with children.  We also look for staff who exhibit good judgment, high moral standards, a focus on safety, and a passion for outdoor ministry.

 

Where do campers come from?

The majority of our campers come from Wisconsin. A few from Minnesota, Illinois and even some from places as far away as Turkey and South Africa.  No matter where campers come from, they are always welcome here with open arms!

 

How does the camp handle special dietary needs?

Special meals for campers with food allergies or special dietary needs are available with at least 2 advance notice. 

 

How are behavioral and disciplinary problems handled?

At camp we address behavioral and discipline problems as outlined in Matthew 14:15-16: “If your brother or sister sins, go and point out their fault, just between the two of you. If they listen to you, you have won them over.  But if they will not listen, take one or two others along, so that ‘every matter may be established by the testimony of two or three witnesses.’ “

Our counselors are instructed to meet with the camper one-on-one in a public area or within view of others and address the concern with them.  It is stressed that counselors explain why the rule that was broken was put in place so that the camper understands the situation  Depending on the severity, the first time is just a warning and to help the camper make better decisions.  If discipline problems continue, the Program Director will talk with the camper and counselor.  If discipline problems continue, or are severe, a call home is made by the Summer Camp Director. 

 

How long are camp sessions?

Camp sessions are five nights.  Registration is from 4:00 pm to 5:00 pm on Sunday nights with pick-up between 10:30 am and 11:00 am on Friday after a 10:00 am closing program. 

 

How many campers attend each week?

The average number of campers varies each week between 50 and 80.

 

What is the campers-to-counselor ratio?

LuWiSoMo provides a minimum of one counselor for every ten campers between the ages of 7 and 18.  For campers 6 years and younger, LuWiSoMo provides a minimum of one counselor for every 4 campers.  Most cabins will also have a C.I.T. (Counselor-in-Training) who will stay with the cabin group.  C.I.T.s are trained high school students who are learning to be counselors.

 

What does a typical day look like?

Monday – Thursday

6:30am            Wake Up
7:00am            Cabin Cleanup
7:45am            Morning Devotion
8:00am            Breakfast
8:45am            Flag Raising/Travel Time
9:00am            Activity Period 1
10:00am          Activity Period 2
11:00am          Chapel
11:45am          Travel/Overflow Time
12:00pm          Lunch
12:45pm          FOB (rest period)
1:30pm            Activity Period 3
2:45pm            Canteen
3:00pm            Activity Period 4
4:15pm            Bible Study
5:00pm            Flag Lowering
5:15pm            Dinner
6:00pm            SIT/COD Game
6:30pm            All Camp Game
7:30pm            Canteen
8:00pm            Campfire
8:45pm            Bed Prep/Evening Devotions
9:15pm            Lights Out
9:15pm            Astronomy (Wednesday or Thursday)

 

What are camper and staff annual retention rates?

We have an average of just over 50% retention rate, which has steadily increased each of the past 5 years.  According to the ACA (American Camping Association), 50% is a good rate for campers.  In 2016, 62% of our counselors returned.  Numbers look similar for 2017.  According to the ACA, 40-60% of staff returning is a good rate.

 

What if my child needs medical care?

Each year we have a Camp Health Supervisor that is able to provide care for the children and distribute any needed medications.  All staff are also trained in CPR, AED, and First Aid.  Staff are also required to carry a basic first aid kit along with any rescue inhalers and Epipens that their campers may need.  Each year our health care plan is also reviewed by a local doctor who is on call for any emergencies.

 

What is the food like?

Balanced meals are prepared each day. A salad bar is provided at lunch.  Campers are seated with their cabin groups in our air-conditioned dining hall to experience a break from hot summer weather.

 

Can I send a care package?

Care packages are great!  Campers love receiving care packages as well as letters and emails.  Care packages and letters can be sent to W5421 Aspen Road, Wild Rose, Wisconsin, 54984.  Packages, letters, and emails are distributed as they are received at each meal.  Emails can be sent to camp[email protected]  Our staff also enjoy letters, emails, and packages of appreciation as well.  They help encourage our staff to keep up their energy each week to provide the best experience possible for each camper over a long and tiring summer.