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Camp Spofford’s Youth Camp program affords kids and teens the opportunity to attend a Christian camp for a full week of excitement, growth and learning.  Each day is packed with a variety of fun, games, food, and other great activities.  Kids can come for one or more weeks and have an experience that will last a lifetime!

Introducing “ROOTED 2018.”

“An experience that changed my life.”

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2018 Summer Youth Camps

“So then, just as you received Christ Jesus as Lord, continue to live your lives in him, rooted and built up in him…” (Col 2:6-7)

(Ages: Juniors 8-12, Teens 13-16) Come to camp and learn to be rooted in Christ as you enjoy the Camp Spofford favorites: water sports, field games, rock climbing, campfires, chapel time and more. Day camp available!

$415 each week- JUNIOR WEEK 1 – JULY 1-7

JUNIOR WEEK 2- JULY 8-14

$440 each week- TEEN 1: JULY 15- JULY 21

TEEN 2: JULY 22- JULY 28


(Ages 14-16) Attention campers, if you want to be pushed physically, stretched mentally, and grow spiritually, then this 3-week program is for you. Aftershock is a three-phase program in which you will be challenged as a team through an outdoor excursion component, be trained to serve in a variety of staff positions, and participate in an outreach as the body of Christ. You will have daily personal devotions, small group Bible studies, staff training sessions, chapels, team building activities, fun campfires, and develop friendships that will last a lifetime! (Please click on “Aftershock” on the left hand side menu for more information and camper application.)

 $875- SUNDAY, JUNE 24 – SATURDAY, JULY 14


(Ages 11- 16) Join our coaching staff for a week of tips, drills, and games. Our coaching staff seeks to help each camper reach his/her potential on and off the court while having a blast at Camp Spofford! When your not on the court, hit the beach, camper snack shop, and more! Day camp available.

$450- JULY 29 – AUGUST 4


(Ages 12–16) Interested in trying wakeboard, waterskiing, or knee-boarding? Then this fun filled week is for you! Come enjoy the water here at Camp Spofford as well as the classics; camper snack shop, fun games, and camper chapel! Only 20 spots available.

$525- JULY 29 – AUGUST 4


(Ages 12–16 ) Learn to waterski and play volleyball from our finest instructors! You will develop skills in waterskiing as well as volleyball, but most importantly, grow in your relationship with Jesus through fellowship with your counselors and time spent in His creation.  Only 20 spots available!

$525- AUGUST 5 -AUGUST 11


1.0– (Ages 10–14) You’ll learn the skills you need to survive in the outdoors through activities like hiking, rock climbing, archery, low ropes, canoeing and kayaking, pitching tents, building fires and learning how to cook on a fire. Then all these skills will be tested in an insane adventure race at the end of the week! Get Psyched!

$450- AUGUST 5 – AUGUST 11

2.0– (Ages 14–16) Looking for more leadership and adventure? Then this program is calling you! Led by 2 counselors, 8 campers will head out for a week of backpacking, tenting, hiking mountains, and connecting with God through group devotions conversations on the trail, and His awesome creation!

$475- JULY 15 – JULY 21

2018 Schedule and Pricing!

*Day Camp available for local children and teens, from 8:30 am to 8:30 pm. Rate includes all the same activities as overnight campers, with all meals included included, for $260. Each Day Camper is matched with a counselor and a cabin for the week. Contact the office for more information. (Note: not available for Waterski Camp, Watersports Camp,  ROUGHIN‘ It 2.0 or Aftershock.)

Sibling Discount – If more than one sibling is attending camp this summer, a discount of 15% off one registration will be applied.  In other words, “Buy one get one 15% off!”  If it is difficult to find the sibling discount on our online registration, just call or email the office and we will apply it.

Early Bird Discount- If you register for Youth Camp before January 31st, you will receive 10% off each registration!!! The Discount will automatically be applied to your total! (Only one discount can be applied per camper.)


Scholarship Information-

If your family is in need of financial help, please fill out this scholarship application and email the application to info@campspofford.org.

You will also need to register your child ONLINE and make a non-refundable deposit of $125 for Youth Camp or a $50 deposit for Adventure Day Camp.

Scholarships money is limited. So please send in your applications in early!

Scholarships are only available for ADVENTURE DAY CAMP, ROOTED Junior Weeks, ROOTED Teen Weeks, BASKETBALL Week, and ROUGHIN‘ IT 1.0 Week.

Download the Camper Scholarship Application Form- Click Here.

Adventure Day Camp is a great opportunity for local families to take advantage of a premiere program for one to six weeks this summer! The camp is geared for ages 5-10, and runs Monday to Fridays, from 8:00 am until 4:30 pm, and includes breakfast and lunch!  The adventures include enthusiastic counselors (1 counselor for every 5 children), excellent programming, and energy-filled activities, such as low ropes course, indoor rock climbing, canoeing, crafts, and games. All of this for $200 per child, per week. There is also an option for a late pick up.  $50 non-refundable registration fee. Contact the office for more information at 603-363-4788.


2018 Adventure Day Camp Schedule


First day of camp: Please come Monday morning from 7:45-8:30 am at the gym lobby (use the entrance to camp that is just off Route 9A).  We ask a parent or guardian to be with the camper at the time of registration so we can go over medical forms, emergency contact information, and sign in and sign out procedures.

What to pack for the day: We highly recommend packing sneakers as well as flip-flops, a beach towel, sunscreen, a water bottle, and a modest bathing suit. Please label all personal items, as Camp Spofford takes no responsibility for things that are lost or stolen at camp. On rainy days, we ask that you pack each child with rain gear such as rain-boots, rain-jackets, and a sweatshirt, should it be cold.

Snack Shop: We will be going to the snack shop for ice cream and snacks on Tuesdays and Thursdays.  If you would like you child to go to the snack shop, please give your child’s money to their counselor on Monday morning (suggested amount- $3-5 for the week).

Attention 14, 15 and 16-year-olds!  If you want to be pushed physically, stretched mentally, and grow spiritually, then this 3-week program is for you. Aftershock is a three-phase program in which you will be challenged as a team through an outdoor excursion component, be trained to serve in a variety of staff positions, and participate in an outreach as the Body of Christ.  You’ll have daily personal devotions, daily small group Bible studies, staff training sessions, chapels, team building activities, fun campfires, and develop friendships that will last a lifetime! This summer we are only offering one session of Aftershock- Sunday, June 24-Saturday, July 14th.


Aftershock is split into 3 phases-

Phase One:

Think outward.  Let’s stop looking at ourselves and look outward to the needs of others.  This phase consists of an outward-focused service project that benefits the local community.  In the past, Aftershock has gravelled to Winchester, NH to participate in a local day camp through ACCESS, a 21st Century Community Learning Center and enrichment program that works with young kids.  This summer, the outreach phase will be different.  You’ll just have to wait and see!  One thing is for certain, however.  The service project will benefit the community as well as each individual who participates, as you learn to work together and grow as a team.

Phase Two:

This is all about job-shadowing.  You will be able to participate in a range of experiences that give you on-the-job training and help foster valuable skills that will benefit you for the future.  You will be mentored and trained to work on our waitstaff, childcare program, buildings and maintenance, etc.  This opportunity gives you a clear picture of what we do at Camp Spofford, behind the scenes and in the public eye.  And the take away is that you will grow as individuals by gaining new skills that promises to grow a 14, 15 or 16 year old.

Phase Three:

Let’s get outdoors!  Aftershock culminates in a camping trip where participants learn to pitch tents, cook meals outdoors, collaborate in planning activities, and get a glimpse of what it is like to live simply, without the “distractions” of life.  This phase includes canoeing, hiking, campfires, and time for worship and reflection.  Expect some rock-climbing and white water rafting as well!  This phase is especially deliberate in making fond memories, long lasting friendships, and a cohesiveness as a team.


Registration and Application-

If you are interested in being part of the Aftershock program or if you would like your child to go to Aftershock, there are two steps involved.

a. All interested campers MUST fill out an application!

Campers- Click here for the Aftershock Application!

b. All Parents MUST register their campers and pay a deposit to reserve a spot.

Parents- Click here to register your child for Aftershock!

Camp and Camper Information

Camper week begins with check-in between 3:00-5:00 p.m. on Sunday and concludes at 9:00 a.m. the following Saturday.

Saturday Overnight- If a camper is coming with parents who are signed up for Family Camp (which begins on Saturday), the camper may stay with parents in their accommodation ($60). If a camper needs to stay overnight between two consecutive weeks, there is a surcharge of $90.  No early or late departures for Youth Camp for 2018.

Medical form – New Hampshire state law requires every camper to have a current, doctor-signed medical form and a physical completed within two years of arrival date.  This can be brought to camp with you the day you arrive at Camp Spofford.

Camper Chapel – Each week’s chapel speaker has a lifetime dedication to connecting with and reaching young people for Christ.

Activities – Swimming, making new friends, tubing, hanging with old friends, boating, laughing, crazy sports, camp fires, learning new games, singing, chapel, and more!!

Camper Cabins – Each cabin has five bunks and sleeps ten. Two counselors (college age) sleep in each cabin. Bath houses with showers are within easy walking distance. Campers are placed in cabins according to age. Please indicate cabin requests during online registration.


Can I write letters, send packages  or email my child at Camp?

Campers LOVE hearing from their family and friends!!!!

Letters and Packages– Please send all mail to

(campers name)

c/o Camp Spofford

PO Box 162

Spofford, NH 03462

 

Camper Emails– While your child is at camp, Camp Spofford has a No Phone Home Policy.  You can, however, email your camper using a special service that we have made available. This service saves our office staff a tremendous amount of time and energy during the busiest months of the year. It is used industry-wide, and provides a good product. We ask that you not send email directly to the camp office as a means of reaching your child. See also our letter to parents about this service:

To get started:

  1. Click the button below for Camper Email
  2. Click the “Send Email Now” button
  3. Enter your pre-approved registration code
  4. Fill out the requred information
  5. Purchase Bunk Note credits
  6. Send an email to your camper!
Send Email Now!

At Camp Spofford we recognize the importance of keeping your children safe. Safety is our highest priority and the foundation for everything else we do at the Camp. Providing an environment where kids and families can be transformed by Jesus Christ requires us to do everything we can to make Camp a safe place for everyone. Below is a summary of what we are doing to ensure this safe environment. If you have any questions or concerns you can call us at 603-363-4788 and get more information.


OUTSIDE CONSULTING FIRM

Camp Spofford has partnered with Praesidium, a recognized national leader in child abuse prevention. Through this partnership, we have implemented Praesidium’s abuse risk management program for camps, “Camp Care.” Camp Care includes the following:

  • On-line abuse prevention training for all staff and volunteers which focuses on the recognition of red flag behaviors and how to respond to these behaviors in a camp environment.
  • Abuse prevention policies and procedures designed to protect campers, staff, and the camp.
  • A Screening & Selection Toolkit which includes sample applications, sample reference check questions, and sample interview questions all designed to assess for abuse risk during the hiring process.
  • Praesidium’s Hotline Reporting system.

Our organization’s top priority is keeping youth safe. Any form of abuse or mistreatment of youth, children, staff, and volunteers is prohibited. Youth shall not abuse or mistreat staff, volunteers, or other youth in any way. Use of abusive language, obscene or profane language, including racial, religious or sexual references directed at other people will not be tolerated.  Click here to read our “Camp Spofford Code of Conduct for Youth Participants” by Praesidium.


SUMMER STAFF

Staff Selection
  • Applicants must fill out an extensive application – answering many personal questions regarding character, social involvement, family, education, legal background and past experiences.
  • A Pastoral Reference and a Character Reference is required for each summer staff applicant.
  • We conduct background checks on every staff member using an outside independent information monitoring company called Praesidium before the beginning of each summer. (www.praesidiuminc.com)
Staff Training
  • Our summer staff as a whole takes part in a week-long orientation process prior to the start of the summer season. This covers camp policies, staff conduct, job training and safety, and abuse prevention and reporting.
  • Verbal, physical and sexual abuse prevention, identification and reporting are vital components of the orientation process. In compliance with New Hampshire State Law, we are required to report abuse to the proper law enforcement agencies.
  • Camp Counselors undergo a two week, 30 hour training program to prepare to work closely with the campers.

SUMMER YOUTH CAMP

  • College-Age Counselors are hired for Our Youth Camp: With 2 college-aged counselors assigned to each cabin, several adult support staff remain on hand to provide programming, extra supervision, and safety.
  • We hire 2 Assistant Program Directors to supervise counselors and activities to provide an additional level of leadership.
  • The #1 form of abuse and/or bullying that occurs at camps is camper to camper.  In order to prevent this at Spofford, our staff is trained and prepared to identify and handle potential situations.
  • Our staff to camper ratio is about 1 to 6.
  • 1 on 1 Policy
    • While we encourage discipleship through 1 on 1 interaction, it always happens in open public areas and must be same sex mentorship.
  • All Camper activities are monitored and supervised by trained staff members. No camper is permitted to be unsupervised at any time.
  • Staff members leading specialized activities are certified. Archery instructors are trained through New England of Archery and Ropes Course leaders are trained through High Five Adventure.

WATER SAFETY

  • A complete Waterfront staff is on duty anytime the beach is open. All Waterfront staff, including Lifeguards and Boat Drivers, maintain current Red Cross certification, with additional training to use our Automated External Defibrillator.
  • All youth must pass a swimming test to check their swimming strength if they desire to swim beyond our designated shallow swim area.
  • All campers, including adults, are required to wear a life jacket when participating in boating, kayaking, tubing and skiing activities.
  • Boat Drivers must be 18 or older and earn a commercial boating license through The State of New Hampshire Marine Patrol. A safety spotter is required to be on the boat to assist the driver whenever a camper is being pulled.

FOOD SAFETY

Healthy Diet
  • Fresh Fruits and vegetables are available at all meals.
  • Campers are monitored by their counselors to ensure they are eating at each meal.
  • Water is available at every meal, as well at outdoor activities on hot days.
  • They are only given a certain amount of money each day to spend on candy, soda and ice cream.
Kitchen Regulations
  • Camp Spofford’s kitchen is regulated and inspected annually by the State of New Hampshire Health Department.
  • Our Food Service Director is a certified instructor with ServSafe, the leading food safety organization in the country.
  • All campers use Hand Sanitizer before entering the Dining Hall.
Allergies
  • In cases involving severe allergies, alternative food choices can be provided on a limited basis with advanced notice.
  • Campers may bring pre-prepared food items depending on storage availability and must speak with our food service director prior to attendance.

MEDICAL CARE

Staffing
  • A Registered Nurse is on grounds at all times.
  • A secondary RN or health care assistant is also on staff to aid the Camp Nurse.
Camper Safety
  • In compliance with NH State Law, all Youth Campers must have a current completed medical form with physician certified proof of up-to-date immunizations on file before entrance into any Youth Camp program.
  • All Campers undergo a head and foot check before moving into the cabin.
  • First Aid kits are located in every cabin.
  • The nurses are introduced to the campers on the first night, and they go through safety tips for the week.
  • Counselors are given a list of medication needs for their campers, and they help remind them to see the nurse.
Local Emergency Response
  • Cheshire Medical Center, Dartmouth-Hitchcock, a full-service acute care hospital, is located 7 miles from Camp.
  • The village of Spofford has an Emergency Response Team accessible via 911.

If you have any questions for our nursing staff, please email them at nurse@campspofford.org or call them during the summer months at 603-762-9317.

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New Hampshire state law requires every camper to have a current, doctor-signed medical form and a physical completed within two years of arrival date. Please print out all the relevant forms and upload, send or bring them with you for check-in:

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