Top Two Parent Questions
1. What time is drop-off and pick-up?
Regular Camper Registration/check-in is from 3 – 4:30pm on your camper’s Sunday (sessions run Sunday – Saturday) and Young Adventurer Registration (half week program) is from 9am – 10am on the Wednesday of your child’s week. At that time, you will be able to meet some of the staff and counselors, your camper will get her cabin assignment, and you’ll get information about the different activities there are to choose from that week (if her activities were not already chosen online.)
Pick up time is at 9:30am on your camper’s last Saturday of camp. You will pick her up at the Dining Hall. This is the large, red building that is to the left at the first T-intersection on camp property (where you completed the check-in process on the first day of camp),
2. Can my camper request to stay in a cabin with her friends?
Yes! Every camper can request up to two cabinmates while registering online, assuming that your camper’s friend(s) are in the same age/grade range and also request your camper as well during their own registration process.
Cabin/counselor assignments are revealed on the first evening of camp (not before).
FAQ’s Regarding Safety and Security:
Homesickness & Medical Issues
Our cabin counselors receive 14 days of training before summer camp begins, and our leadership staff are experienced summer camp professionals. We have seen a lot, and have learned the best ways to deal with issues — from homesickness to potential medical issues that might arise.
Mt. Gilead has a camp nurse on staff 24/7 during the summer camp season.
Your daughter’s comfort, privacy, and safety are our top priority, and we spend a lot of time training our staff and gaining parent feedback before your camper ever arrives at Mt. Gilead. As a parent, you will have the opportunity to tell us everything about your camper via our Parent Forms available to you during your registration process. You will then have the opportunity to approve who you would like us to share that information with, and what actions you would like us to take as a result.
It’s best for your camper not to call home during their time at camp, especially when they are homesick. However, we would never keep your camper from calling home in an emotionally stressful situation at camp if we felt it was important, unless a parent requests otherwise during registration. Parents are always contacted in medical situations.
All medications (other than inhalers) are dispersed, monitored and documented by the camp nurse daily. Parents will submit this information on their medical form when registering online. EpiPens are kept with your camper’s counselor at all times. We will review your camper’s medical information with parents on arrival, clarifying all instructions and dosages.
At Mt. Gilead, we invest heavily in your child’s safety at camp.
Red Cross Lifeguarding: Mt. Gilead is a registered Red Cross Lifeguard Training location. We train our own lifeguards on-site annually in CPR, First Aid, and Water Rescues. This allows us to have the majority of our staff trained for any medical emergency, at any time. Counselors unable to be trained as a red cross certified lifeguard receive CPR and First Aid training separately before camp begins.
Fire Safety: Mt. Gilead uses an outside agency to annually fill, check, and certify it’s fire extinguishers which are located in every one of our buildings. All Staff are trained in emergency fire situations during our pre-camp staff training week.
High Ropes Safety: Mt. Gilead uses an outside agency to train and certify all of our high ropes instructors and staff. All staff are over 21 years of age and must pass a physical and written test before working on our ropes course. The ropes, harnesses, helmets, platforms and cables in our ropes course are inspected annually by an outside agency, monthly by a certified PA ride inspector, and every time we use the course by our certified staff. In additional, Mt. Gilead’s ropes course is monitored by the PA Department of Agriculture, which also monitors and regulates amusement rides in Pennsylvania.
Riflery Safety: Mt. Gilead uses an outside National Rifle Association trainer to train, test and certify all of our riflery instructors. All staff are over 21 years of age and must pass a physical and written test before leading riflery activities.
Food Safety: Mt. Gilead has a ServSafe certified employee on hand at all times monitoring our kitchen and food prep. Mt. Gilead’s kitchen is also monitored and inspected by the PA Department of Health and awarded a certificate of operation.
Camper Safety: Although camp is a great place to break out of the normal day to day routine and try crazy new things, Mt. Gilead has rules too. On the first day of camp, we explain to every camper the different rules and procedures at camp, which are in place to keep them safe. Counselors take responsibility to make sure campers are following the guidelines put in place. Division Directors make sure that counselors are making sure that campers are staying safe. Assistant Directors and the Camp Director will make sure that DD’s and Counselors are doing their job as well.
Staff Hiring & Background Checks: Mt. Gilead has a very good counselor return rate, therefore many of our counselors are returning from previous years … and we love it this way! The majority of new and returning counselors are former campers or family of camp Alumni. When Mt. Gilead does need to hire first-year counselors, our first step is to ask for a referral from our current or past counselors. We know that our seasoned counselors understand our program and our culture best, and they are the best recruiters! Any new staff member at Mt. Gilead goes through a detailed hiring process that averages several weeks from start to finish. All staff are interviewed, social media profiles are reviewed, applications with testimonies must be submitted, and references are called. Mt. Gilead hires new college-age female counselors only, and we advertise at local christian colleges for those job openings when not obtained through an internal or ministry referral. All staff must agree with our statement of faith and obtain three background clearances before employment can begin. Each staff member, no matter the position or title, must obtain a Child Abuse Clearance, a Criminal History Clearance, and an FBI fingerprint clearance.
Ministry Safe – Camper Protection: Mt. Gilead Camp has a stellar history in camper protection, and we pride ourselves in selecting the best staff, and training these staff the best we can before your camper ever arrives. Part of this pre-camp training involves respecting the privacy of campers, awareness of camper to staff boundaries and procedures on protecting camper to camper interactions. We use Ministry Safe certified individuals and standards while training our staff. You can learn more about Ministry Safe here: http://ministrysafe.com/the-safety-system/ We encourage every parent to Google their camp’s camper safety history online before registering.
Security: Mt. Gilead is located on 200 acres of private property, with employees trained intentionally to create a secure and safe environment for your camper to be herself. No one is allowed on or off the property without approval or invitation. Once your camper arrives, we embrace the life of a “visitor-free” policy. No family members may pick up a camper without previous permission from the parent who registered or dropped off the child on the first day. State-issued ID will be used to identify the visitor or family member. A phone call will be made to the registering parent if any unapproved visitor arrives at camp. There are many details that go into our security plan for your camper, and if you have further questions, you may always contact us through our website.
Other Popular Questions:
What kind of bathing suit can my daughter wear to camp?
Mt. Gilead is a bikini free zone! We ask parents to send their daughters to camp with a one-piece bathing suit or tankini.
Bullying at school, bed-wetting, recent divorce or loss of a loved one.
We understand that there can be concerns from parents regarding recent emotional stress at home, or fears of embarrassing situations at camp. For this reason we have online forms available to parents during the registration process. This gives you the option to prepare our staff and potentially your child’s counselor (with permission) for your camper’s week here at camp. Our staff are trained to not only let your child have a great week, but to protect and encourage your child in areas where it’s most needed. This is a benefit of having a highly selected staff combined with a smaller sized camp. We will work with you on setting up the right situation for your camper in regards to potentially embarrassing situations. No one is bullied at Mt. Gilead, and we strive to encourage every camper to be herself.
Do boys work at camp?
No. The exception would be part-time maintenance help for cutting the grass, etc.. (typically on weekends when camp is out of session) and the Executive Director for the ministry. Occasionally Alumni and the Ministry’s Board Of Directors will drop in for a visit. None of these individuals are directly involved with camper supervision or programming.
Who’s in charge of the Camp? Who owns it?
What makes Mt. Gilead unique is that it is not owned by anyone. Mt. Gilead is not a business, it’s a mission-focused ministry with an ultimate goal of encouraging girls in their walk through life and in Christ. As a result, Mt. Gilead does not pay taxes like a regular business, but in return is financially audited annually by an outside accounting firm for accountability. Mt. Gilead Camp is a 501C3 registered non-profit, which means it is governed by a Board of Directors. The Board meets several times a year to monitor the progress and direction of the ministry which is handled on a daily basis by the Executive Director. All board positions are on a volunteer basis only, so no board member receives compensation for their time. The Executive Director runs the day to day operations for the ministry. In the case of our Summer Camp Program, the Executive Director supervises the Summer Camp Director, who in turn runs the day to day operations for our Summer Camp Program.