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Have questions about coming to the Best Camp Ever? We’re here to help with any and every question you might have!
Registration requests open on October 2nd at 10 am EST! Once those open, you’ll be able to let us know what weeks work for your parish and how many people you’d like to bring. After registration requests close on the 4th, we’ll put all the puzzle pieces together, and let you know by October 11th what week you’ve been assigned!
One of our big focuses at Life Teen Summer Camp is parish-based discipleship. We want campers to come and grow in their faith, as well as grow closer with their parish family. Therefore, we require all campers to come to camp with a parish.
We recommend checking with other parishes in your area to see if they’re bringing a group, or just start a group yourself! All you need to come to camp is at least two teens, and at least one chaperone of the same gender as your teens.
We require a gender-specific 1:8 adult to teen ratio (1 male adult for every 8 male campers, 1 female adult for every 8 female campers). A priest or religious who cannot sleep in the bunks with teens cannot count as a chaperone. Each adult must be at least 21 years old and ‘Safe Environment’ trained through your diocese. Each group must have one group leader who will receive all communication from our Camps Team.
Check-in at every summer camp is between 1 PM and 3 PM on Monday. Please do not arrive earlier than 1 PM or later than 3:30 PM. The group leader and Core members will have a mandatory meeting with our camp staff at 4 PM and the introduction session for teens will begin at 5 PM.
All parishes will leave camp by 1:30 pm on Saturday.
Great! Please arrive between 7 PM and 9 PM so your teens and our staff can all get a good night of sleep before the first day of camp! The early night costs $40/person and includes lodging and two meals (breakfast and lunch). If you’d like to add this to registration please call the Summer Camps Team at 480-427-4392.
Due to the different ratios of male to female campers each week, we cannot provide exact housing information until the week before you arrive. We will do our best to house your entire group together and we will never put one teen from your group by themselves. We will give you a housing assignment but leave the assignment of specific campers to beds within these designated rooms up to you.
At Life Teen camps we follow the Archdiocese of Atlanta policy which requires that adults cannot share sleeping or showering space with a minor unless in a bunk room with at least 2 adults present. We require adults to set ‘adult bathroom times’ with the other adults in their cabins and post it where teens can see to make sure teens and adults shower/changing area usage is separated.
If your diocese requires other housing arrangements we are happy to work with you and your Diocesan Office of Child and Youth Protection. Please indicate this on your group leader liability form.
The Life Teen Summer Camps staff plans, prepares, and facilitates the programming, liturgies and activities for each day. Each day you’ll experience daily Mass, opportunities for the Sacrament of Reconciliation, and other powerful prayer experiences. Our evening sessions, led by a dynamic speaker, will break open scriptural topics to lead your teens into a more authentic encounter with Christ. All of this alongside our exciting ropes courses, an obstacle course, messy games, plenty of free time and much more. Each day campers will enjoy three delicious meals and a night-time snack with their parish. Before your week, the group leader will receive an overview schedule of the week to help you prepare to led your teens best!
Life Teen is dedicated to getting as many teens to encounter Jesus Christ at summer camp as possible. We offer the opportunity for parishes to apply for a scholarship covering one full camp registration fee at the camp you are attending. Priority will be given to parishes who have never been to camp before, as well as parishes who have never received assistance from Life Teen.
Scholarship applications for Life Teen Summer Camp in 2020 will be open from October 15 – December 31!
Please feel free to contact the Summer Camps team any time! We’re here to help answer any questions and provide as much assistance as possible!
Summer Camps phone line: 480-427-4392
Email Lizzie Kelsch – Director of Summer Camps
Email Jay Martin – Asst. Director of Summer Camps
Email Nate McCormick – Asst. Director of Summer Camps
Email PJ Lozano – Restore Mission Camps Coordinator