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Little Girls & Guys
Senior High
Special Needs Camp
Junior High
Grade Entering Fall 2024
Age 4 – 1st Grade
10th Grade – 2024 Grad
2nd Grade & 3rd Grade
All Ages
4th Grade & 5th Grade
8th Grade & 9th Grade
6th Grade & 7th Grade
5/31/2024 – 6/1/2024
6/16/2024 – 6/21/2024
6/23/2024 – 6/25/2024
7/10/2024 – 7/13/2024
7/14/2024 – 7/19/2024
7/21/2024 – 7/26/2024
7/28/2024 – 8/2/2024
Cost Before May 15, 2024
Cost After
May 15, 2024

  • Parking – please park in the designated areas (field below the Dining Hall & limited parking by the Girl’s Dorm) or follow the parking attendants’ directions.
  • Leave your belongings & bedding (except MEDICATIONS & MONEY) in the car and head up to the Dining Hall to Check-In. The Dining Hall is the building with the large cross as you drive into camp.
  • After checking in, return to your car to gather your belongings and head over to your assigned bunk area to unpack.

Check-In for campers is from 3:30 pm – 5:00 pm in the Dining Hall on the first day of camp. (Little Girls & Guys: Check-In is 5:00 pm – 6:00 pm)

All CAMPERS and parents must come through check-in and stop at EVERY table..

These tables include:

  1. CHECK-IN  – We will review your registration form to make sure we have the information needed for the week. 
  2. DEAN’S TABLE – You will meet your Dean for the week and parent/camper information is distributed.
  4. MISSION – Each camp week selects a particular mission to support. Donations to the mission are collected at this time (cash/check).
  5. NURSE – The nurse will review your health history at this time as well as any medications that you may have. 
  • Bible, pens and/or pencils, & notebook
  • Water Bottle
  • Sleeping bag or regular bedding & pillow
  • Toothbrush, toothpaste, and other necessary toiletries (shower towel)
  • Appropriate clothing for all activities (see Dress Code for details) We strongly recommend bringing the following items:
    • At least 1 pair of sneakers and multiple pairs of socks
    • At least 1 sweatshirt & long pants (it does get chilly at night!)
  • Flashlight
  • Swimsuit & Beach Towel
  • Donation money for Week’s Mission. – Will be collected at Check-In.
    *No money should be kept in the dorm or lodge.

What NOT To Bring:

  • Electronic Devices (Please see “Electronics Policy”)
  • Pets
  • Pocketknives, Weapons, or Magazines
  • Fireworks
  • Drugs, Alcohol, or Tobacco products

Electronics Policy:

It’s our goal to keep the focus of camp primarily on our relationship with God. One of the ways we accomplish this goal is by asking campers to leave behind all unnecessary distractions – these include cell phones and any other types of electronics.  If your camper would like to use their cell phone to take pictures, you may bring it for the closing program, or we will be happy to hold the phone for them during the week and then allow them to use it for pictures at the end of the camp program.

Thank you in advance for your cooperation in this area!

In order to maintain an environment of MODESTY, it is strictly prohibited for Campers and Staff to wear revealing/suggestive or distracting/disruptive clothing at Sylvan Hills Christian Service Camp.

This includes, but is not limited to, the following:

  • Tank tops with exceedingly open underarms
  • Halter or fishnet shirts
  • Muscle shirts
  • Spaghetti straps
  • Bare midriffs or backs
  • Lycra or spandex materials – Leggings are allowed with an appropriate longer-length shirt.
  • Trousers not appropriately worn around the waist.
  • No undergarments or cleavage may be exposed (including under excessively ripped clothing).
  • When standing with arms down, a camper/staff’s upper garment should meet the lower garment.
  • When standing with hands down to the side, the bottom of the skirt/shorts shall not be above the extended fingertips.
  • Campers/staff must wear footwear at all times. At least one pair of sneakers is needed.
  • Swimwear – trunks for boys, modest one-piece, OR tankini swimsuits for girls.

Any camper bringing in prescription medication should bring only enough for 7 (seven) full days. Beginners Camp should bring in 3 (three) full days.

PLEASE NOTE: Medications brought to Camp MUST be in the original container with the dispensing instructions.

The camp maintains a supply of over-the-counter medications which the nurse will dispense as needed WITH PARENT PERMISSION (collected at Check-In).

We are aware that some individuals may have food restrictions.  If your camper does have any special dietary needs (such as allergic reactions or an intolerance to certain foods), please make sure this is noted on the registration form and you will be contacted so that arrangements can be made.

Thank you!

Want to write to your camper?

Use this address, but be sure to mail early!
{Campers Name}
175 Sylvan Hills Rd.
Howard, PA 16841

To ensure that your camper enjoys the best possible camping experience, we encourage you to make every effort to have your camper be present for the entire camp program. However, if circumstances demand that they must leave early or leave for a period of time & return, arrangements can be made during the day of Registration.

Forms are available at the Nurse’s station to indicate when your camper will be picked up and, if they will be returning, at what time they will return to camp.

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