All campers and CITs should download the Dean's Letter.
Counselors work year-round developing programming and recruit a solid team of effective staff members to help campers get the most out of their camp experience.
We encourage campers to attend with a friend, and also be willing to step out of their comfort zone and meet new people because what makes camp successful is an open-door attitude toward all people. In a busy world with more options for teens than ever, we hope you'll join us for a week this summer to explore who you are and have some fun along the way.
Download the Dean's Letter here!
You'll find major portions of the Dean's Letter below. Please look over this important information before leaving for camp.
The Dean's Letter for 2016 is emailed to all registrants by Camp Minnesota.
Important things to know before arriving at camp...
Registration is from 3:30pm-5:00pm on the Sunday afternoon of your camp. Please be on time! Early or late arrivals are an extra burden on our staff. We recommend carpooling or traveling as a church. We also encourage parents, if they are able, to make the drive out to Northern Pines to pick-up/drop-off their camper. After camp, parents may feel a little “out-of-the-loop” when campers get home with their new experiences and stories. Traveling to the camp can give parents some frame of reference. Also, we as counselors enjoy the chance to meet parents and say ‘hi!’ Please note: campers must be picked up at 12:00pm on Saturday.
If you have not paid in-full by the time you arrive at camp, please bring your remaining balance with you (checks payable to the campsite where your week is held). Remember: pay in-full by April 1st and save! Scholarship money is available from the UMC Conference and your church. Enclosed with this letter is a Health Form. The law says that we MUST have a Health Form on the first day of camp, so please bring it with you to registration all ready to go! If you have prescription medications, please bring them in their original containers with proper dosage markings; our Health Aid cannot administer medications without a prescription from a licensed physician.
When your youth arrives, they’ll receive a LYFE Camp T-shirt. Snacks are provided every evening, and there is a camp store where youth can buy snacks, Camp Minnesota apparel, and more. You may consider packing some pocket money for your youth for these sorts of items.
LYFE Camp has special programs, traditions, and events you should know about before you arrive:
Secret Friends: Everyone is assigned the name of another camper/counselor. You will be a special friend to that person throughout the week by writing notes, sharing little surprises, and offering words of kindness or encouragement. Your identity remains a mystery until the final campfire, when “secret friends” are revealed. Be prepared to be a good secret friend by bringing notepaper, special sayings or poems, and/or small gifts (i.e. candy, trinkets, small toys, etc.) Don’t spend over $10 total.
Dress-Up Dinner: We have a dress-up night dinner on Wednesday. Usually, “dress up” means a nice shirt and tie and dresses though some people bring out the wacky outfit they have in the back of their closet!
Variety Show: Show off your talents at this annual tradition. In the past, we’ve had vocal & instrumental performances, dancing, cabin comedy sketches, martial arts exhibitions, dramatic monologues, “Stupid Human Tricks,” and more! Be sure to pack whatever you might need (costumes, wigs, hats, etc.)! You may find yourself in a cabin or small group comedy sketch that will be so much more with a few costumes!
What you SHOULD bring...
□ Sleeping bag (an extra sheet is nice on warm evenings)
And what you should NOT bring...
Any personal electronic devices including cell phones, pagers, radios or boomboxes, electronic games, and CD or MP3 players including Discmans and yes, iPods. These items don’t have a place at camp! Our time together is for personal and spiritual growth with new and old friends, not distraction and isolation. Tobacco, alcohol, or drug, as well as firearms, fireworks, and other weapons. Our camp maintains a zero tolerance substance and weapons policy. Expensive anything (i.e. clothes, jewelry, watches, shoes). If you spent a lot of money on it and don’t want it damaged, dirty, or lost, then don’t bring it!