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Parent / Daughter & Alumnae

Weekends

Parent – Daughter Weekends

We all want to spend more time with our children, and more importantly, we all need to. Day in and day out, there is an ever-growing list of things that interfere with the valuable quality time that we know we need to be investing in our kids. Between a child’s weekly extracurricular activities and a parent’s busy work and home life, finding time to get away with our children is more crucial now than ever before. Our focus at Mt. Gilead is to help strengthen the core values that girls need to develop as they grow up in today’s society, there is nothing more crucial to a young women’s growth than spending one-on-one time with their greatest mentors, their Mom and their Dad. 

We all want to spend more time with our children, and more importantly, we all need to. Day in and day out, there is an ever-growing list of things that interfere with the valuable quality time that we know we need to be investing in our kids. Between a child’s weekly extracurricular activities and a parent’s busy work and home life, finding time to get away with our children is more crucial now than ever before. Our focus at Mt. Gilead is to help strengthen the core values that girls need to develop as they grow up in today’s society, there is nothing more crucial to a young women’s growth than spending one-on-one time with their greatest mentors, their Mom and their Dad. 

Typical Parent/Daughter Weekend Schedule & Packing List

Friday Night

7:00 – 7:45 pm: Check in & Settle in

8:45 pm: Games & Session 1

(Campfire s’more’s following Session 1)

Bedtime at parent’s discretion!

Saturday

8:30: Breakfast

9-9:30: Devotions

9:30: Optional Low Ropes Course (meet at the Pavilion)

11:00: Optional Gaga Court/Craft

12:30: Lunch

1:00: Parent’s Time/Daughter’s Time

2:30 – 4:30: Archery/Riflery

4:30-5:30: Free Time

5:30: Supper

6:00: Session 2 (Singer Hall)

6:30- 8:30: Festival! (Sports Field)

Sunday

8:30: Breakfast

9:00: Devotions

9:30: Worship & Session 3

10:00: (Dads & Daughters) Depart

12:00: (Moms & Daughters) Lunch – then Depart

 

 

 

What To Pack

  • Sleeping Bag and pillow (sheets if desired).
  • Bible, notebook, pen.
  • Bath towel and wash cloth.
  • Flashlight.
  • General toiletries (soap, toothpaste, shampoo, etc.).
  • Comfortable shoes (always be prepared with a second pair of shoes!)
  • Poncho or other light rain gear.
  • Sweaters or coat for cooler spring or fall weather.
  • Spending Money.

Pricing:

These include all meals, activities, and lodging

Parent / Daughter Weekends are:

$240 for 1 Parent & 1 Daughter

$95 Per Additional Daughter(s) 

Parent / Daughter Canoe Trips are:

$180 for 1 Parent & 1 Daughter (See Schedule Below)

Our Parent/ Daughter Canoe Trips run from Friday night to Saturday late afternoon, (so 1 overnight only).

Friday Night (arrival 7:30 pm): Parents and daughters go over river-safety and paddle-strokes for beginners (led by our trip staff). Bonfire and S’mores to follow.

Saturday: After breakfast on Saturday, families will pack their trip lunch provided by the kitchen, we then head to the river for the day (transportation provided). We will have lunch along the riverside. After rock-jumping for a bit along the river, we will be back at camp late afternoon, families can head out anytime.

Ages for children are 12 and up. $180 is the fee for 1 parent and 1 daughter for the whole event, lodging, food, and canoes provided.

Upcoming Dates:

Mom / Daughter Weekend – May 13 – 15, 2022

Dad / Daughter Canoe Trip – June 10 & 11, 2022

Mom / Daughter Canoe Trip – Sept 9 & 10, 2022

Dad / Daughter Weekend – Sept 16 – 18, 2022

Parent Daughter Weekends (Any Age): 

These Are No Pressure Weekends For You And Your Daughter!

There are no requirements over this weekend, but a structure is provided to help guide your time together. This includes optional ropes courses, archery sessions, riflery sessions, multiple creative sessions, hiking, our game room/store, great food, evening campfires/activities, and a great guest speaker! 

  • This is a great way to meet our staff and get to know our facilities if you are considering summer camp this year! 

  • All lodging provided from Friday Night to Sunday Afternoon (Meals: Saturday Breakfast through Sunday Breakfast)

  • Our staff will take care of the cooking and cleaning for the weekend, this is all about you and your daughter(s) uninterrupted time together. Parents can bring more than one daughter

  • A breakout session for parents is available on Saturday, this is a time to share and encourage each other. Our speaker will have resource suggestions on different topics regarding raising girls today. Daughters will enjoy a craft together over this time (led by our summer camp counselors). 

See our Schedule, Pricing and Register Online Here!

Parent/Daughter Canoe Trips (Ages 12 and Up):

This shortened weekend (Friday & Saturday) is all about spending quality time in nature with your daughter as you paddle down the peaceful Delaware River from Bushkill, PA, to Stroudsburg, PA. 

After arriving on Friday evening at Mt. Gilead, our staff will go over safety guidelines and paddle strokes with parents and daughters, followed by s’mores around the bonfire! Lodging at camp is included Friday night. 

  • Breakfast, pack lunches, canoes, paddles, lifejackets, and transportation are provided on Saturday morning as we head to the river for drop-off. 

  • Experienced Mt. Gilead staff (certified lifeguards) will lead parents and daughters down the river for the day, stopping for lunch river-side, and even some “rock-jumping” – if time permits. Expect to arrive back at camp by late afternoon before heading home on Saturday. 

  • This is a peaceful day on the river, full of beautiful landscapes, bald eagles, great exercise, and most importantly: special one-on-one time with your daughter. 

Only one parent and one daughter per canoe for this trip, if you have multiple daughters, consider the Mom/Daughter Weekend.

The trip will be postponed or refunded if dangerous weather is anticipated.

See our Schedule, Pricing, and Register Online Here

Alumni Retreat – June 16 – 18, 2023

It only takes a spark. Anyone who has spent time at Mt. Gilead (Camp Cherith) in the last 65 years knows there is more than one kind of spark to a fire: there’s the spark of the match, the spark on that first tiny twig as it sputters to life; there’s the spark that flies into the night sky, sometimes falling back down on the grass to disappear.  My favorite, though, is the glowing spark. It’s the red-hot pile of light after all the flames are extinguished. We turn off our flashlights to watch it pulse and throb with life. We warm up to its glowing, and we take its smoky scent with us when we go.

Mt. Gilead Alumnae—those who have loved camp as girls, ministered there as young women—each contain something like that ember in our hearts.  What would happen if we piled the embers together, blew on them with songs and games and memories, and added the fuel of God’s unchanging Word? – Emily Cantilina (Speeza)

Join us for Spring 2023’s Alumni Weekend. It’s time to start counting the days again! Email your interest to: alumni@mtgileadcamp.org