Parents of new and returning campers seem to contact camp with many of the same questions. This page is designed to help keep parents better informed about what is happening at camp, how it might impact their children as campers and how you can best be prepared for your camper’s registration day.
If you have a question, consider looking at the Frequently Asked Questions to get an answer. However, if your question is not answered via this page, please still contact us by phone or email to get your answer. The only dumb question is the one that goes un-asked and the information is assumed.
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Yes, scholarships and discounts are available. Scholarship s: If you feel you are in need of scholarship, click on the Scholarship tab and fill out the application form and submit it to Camp Good News. Your application will be reviewed by our staff, and we will get back with you in a timely manner. Just a note, all scholarships are partial scholarships. We believe every parent should share some financial responsibility to have a child attend camp.
Discounts: There are a couple of ways to get a discount on the registration cost. Complete your registration form and submit it to Camp Good News by March 1, and you will receive $10 off each registration you submit. Volunteer at Camp Good News while your child is attending. Volunteers receive a $50 discount for any child’s or grandchild ‘s registration. Click here (Volunteer) to find out more about becoming a volunteer at Camp Good News.
Yes. Each year you must submit a new health form with your registration. This helps to keep the nursing staff up to date and any medical changes a child might have had over the past year. You do not, however, need your child to get a physical each year. According to the NH State camping regulations, any person, not just campers, must have had a physical within 24 months maximum prior to attending camp. All completed Health Forms need to be faxed or mailed to camp at least 2 weeks before your child arrives at camp.
Your child does not need to get a physical each year. According to the NH State camping regulations, any person, not just campers, must have had a physical within 24 months maximum prior to attending camp. All completed Health Forms need to be faxed or mailed to camp at least 2 weeks before your child arrives at camp.
All completed paperwork needs to be faxed or mailed to Camp Good News at least 2 weeks before you child arrives at camp.
Camp Good News understands that child safety is the number 1 concern of parents that have children attending camp. We strive to ensure that all children are constantly under staff supervision – meaning they are in the direct presence of one or more staff members all the time. We run nationwide and state background checks on all staff and volunteers that are on campus while your child is attending. Reference checks and interviews are done on all staff and volunteers as well. We rigorously train our staff and volunteers on our Child Protection Policy , and demand 100% compliance with the policy from all staff and volunteers.
To see the specifics of our Child Protection Policy, please click on the above link and read how stringent our vetting process is. Your child’s safety is one of our greatest concerns, and we will all that we can to ensure this happens.
Yes, your child may request up to one other friend to bunk in the same cabin with. There are some stipulations that need to be met before we can guarantee that their request will be granted.
- 1. They must be the same age or no less than 1 year apart in age.
- 2.They must be of the same gender.
- 3. Both children must request each other – there have been instances where a child has been requested by another child, but the parent of the child requested refused to let their child bunk with the child that made the request. So, to make sure both parties desire this, we need a request from both parties.
Our maximum camper to staff ratio is 5 campers to 1 staff. More often than not it is less than this since most of our girl cabins only have space for 8 campers and 2 counselors. We maintain this ratio throughout the day and not just at night.
Registration on Sunday begins at 2:00 pm and goes until 3:30 pm. Usually there is a pretty long line of people at the beginning of registration; since many people like to arrive early. Please do not arrive any earlier than 1:30 pm, since standing around for your child is probably going to be very boring for him/her. We recommend that you come between 2:15 pm and 3:00 pm. By this time the rush will be over and most times you can come into the chapel with your family and be seated while you wait to be called up to the registration table. If due to an emergency you cannot arrive during the registration hours, please call camp (603-826-5583) and let us know when you will be arriving. Be sure to have the following documents all filled out and your registration process will go much quicker: 1. A completed Health Form has been sent to camp at least 2 week prior to arrival. All necessary program documents or forms have been downloaded, completed and sent in to camp prior to arrival. Look at the website page for the program in which your child is participating. You will find all the necessary forms at the bottom of the page. All medications must come with your child in an original prescription bottle or the bottle that the drug manufacturer placed the medication in. By law we cannot give your child any medication that is not in its original bottle. Make sure any recent changes to your child’s health have been documented on his/her Health Form. If your child has been in contact with someone who has had lice in the past 2 weeks, you will want to have a medical person verify that your child is lice free. If your child has had episodes of any of the following symptoms within the past 48 hours, he/she may be excluded from being able to attend camp: ~ Vomiting ~ Diarrhea ~ Fever ~ Sore throat ~ Cough Please contact camp before you arrive if any of the above symptoms apply to your child and save yourself and your child the headache of traveling to camp only to turn around and go back home. It may be possible for your child to attend another week of camp.
Camper pick-up is at 6:30 pm on Friday evening. Parents are encouraged to attend the closing ceremony at 6:00. During this ceremony, you will get to see what your child’s week was like via a picture slideshow, hear songs that they sang during the week and also find out if your child won the “King’s Cup”. After the ceremony, we ask the parents to go to the child’s cabin to pick him/her up. This is to ensure the right camper goes home with the correct parent. You will have notified us on Sunday at registration who will be picking up your child, so we will be expecting that person to be the one at the cabin picking up the camper. If the person is not on the pick-up list as someone you approved, we will not let your child leave with that person until we have verified with you that this is OK.
Archery Instructor Certified Camp Archery Instructor – Connecticut Archery Instructors School & Y.M.C.A. of Metropolitan Hartford, Inc. Lifeguards Red Cross Lifeguard Certification / Y.M.C.A. Lifeguard Training Certification Health Care Provider CPR (all lifeguards and EMS personnel) Red Cross / American Heart Association First Aid – Red Cross Counseling Staff Heartsaver CPR / AED – American Heart Association Program Director Wilderness First Responder – S.O.L.O. Wilderness Camp Leader Wilderness First Aid – S.O.L.O. / Wilderness Medical Institute Horseback Riding Program Leaders Certified Riding Instructor – Certified Horsemanship Association Nurses Register Nurse Licensed Practical Nurse Pool Operator Certified Pool/Spa Operator– National Swimming Pool Foundation Maintenance Director OSHA Construction Safety & Health – 10 hour course OSHA Scaffold Certification will Fall Protection UL-325 and ASTM F2200 Certified for Gate Operator & Entry/Security Certifications In addition to the above mentioned certifications, all staff are trained in dealing with blood and bodily fluids OSHA standards and are trained extensively in Child Protection.
Below is what a day in each program might look like. Main Camp
- 7am – Wake-up and clean cabins
- 7:40am Breakfast
- 8:20am Cabin Devotions
- 9:00am Bible Hour or Activity
- 10:00am Bible Hour or Activity
- 11:00am Bible Hour or Activity
- 12:15pm Lunch
- 1:15pm Store/Swim/Missions Moments
- 2:15pm Store/Swim/Missions Moments
- 3:15pm Store/Swim/Missions Moments
- 4:15pm Cabin time
- 5:15pm Supper
- 6:30pm Quiz down / Camp wide activity
- 7:45pm Chapel
- 8:45pm Get ready for bed
- 9:30pm Lights out
- 7:00 am – Wake-up and clean cabins
- 7:30 am – SOLO time in God’s Word
- 8:00 am – Breakfast & Clean-up
- 9:45 am – Ropes Course / Climbing Tower / Zip Line
- 12:00 pm – Lunch & Clean-up
- 1:15pm – Ropes Course / Climbing Tower / Zip Line / Canoe Training
- 3:30 pm – Store / Swimming / Shower / Small Group Devotions
- 5:30 pm – Supper & Clean-up
- 7:30 pm – Campfire games, singing & message
- 8:45 pm – Night Challenge some evenings
- 10:00 pm – Lights Out
Since camp has little to no cell service, bringing a cell phone to camp would be frustrating to you and your camper. Also, part of the “camping” experience is to leave things that might distract us behind – ie computers, hand-held games, MP3 players and cell phones to name a few. The strength of Camp Good News is its “wilderness” setting – we are out here in the woods. We want children to experience God’s creation and not be distracted from it by some electronic device. Also, since many phones now come with apps that are games, these would also be a distraction during times when we would like the camper’s full attention. Another part of the “camping” experience is a child being away from Mom and Dad in a safe environment taking on challenges and growing through their experiences and interactions with the staff and environment.
Yes, there are opportunities to volunteer while your child is a camper. You must complete a volunteer application and all volunteer forms, have a national and state background check done, submit 4 references (one from your pastor), comply with the CEF Statement of Faith, CEF Child Protection Policy and the CEF Doctrinal Protection Policy. All these forms and application are available on the Summer Volunteer page of our website. There is a $50 discount for each child or grandchild of a Summer Volunteer that serves for a week. We do ask volunteers to restrict their interaction with their child to the child’s store time as an act of love towards the other campers. Other campers may become homesick for their parents by watching other campers get hugs from their Mom or Dad.
Because Child Evangelism Fellowship, the Camp Good News parent organization, is non-denominational, many different English translations are used. The most common translations used are: King James, New King James, New International Version and the English Standard Version. While we believe in the inerrancy of the whole Scripture, we will not use a translation that distorts or contains literature not accepted by the canon.
We have 3 levels of counselors at Camp Good News. Each summer we have a few Counselors-in-training who are 17 years-old or may be older. These staff members are involved in camp as their title states – they are training to be future counselors at camp. They float in to cabins during the day to give a counselor a needed break. They are also learning how to give cabin devotions, counsel children in difficult situations, take care of campers that might have soiled themselves or their bed, and many other important counseling tasks. Also, they are under greater supervision and discipleship of our Deans of men or women. We also have Counselors that are ages 18 years-old and older. They perform the direct counseling and care of the campers 24 hours a day. Finally, we have Senior Counselors. They have demonstrated excellence in counseling for over 2 years and are ready to handle being responsible for the counseling and direct care of the campers and overseeing other counselors. All counseling staff must complete our rigorous staff training, pass our counselor exam and demonstrate safety, counseling and evangelism skills through a practical exam.
Because Camp Good News does not have the facility or training to handle children with special needs, most often we refer people with special needs children to consider contacting Joni and Friends about a camping experience. The Joni and Friends staff is trained to deal with multiple types of special needs and have the necessary facility adaptations for a child with special needs. We do on a small basis have children with mild special needs attend camp. This is done on a case by case situation; if we and the parents decide that Camp Good News is a correct fit for the child. If your child has special needs, you must contact camp before you register him/her. If you have already registered your child and have not contacted camp, you need to do so ASAP. We would not want you to arrive at camp with your child only to find out that we are not equipped or trained to give your child the camping experience they desire.
We do cater to some special dietary needs that campers have, however we are not equipped or trained to handle all special dietary needs. In the past we have had campers attend that have had: Lactose, gluten, yeast or peanut dietary restrictions. If your child does have any special dietary needs, be sure to indicate this on your child’s health form. Camp will call you about two weeks prior to arrival to discuss your child’s needs. If your child’s dietary needs are extremely stringent, you should contact camp before registering your child. We would not want you to arrive at camp with your child only to find out that we are not equipped or trained to meet your child’s dietary needs.