My son or daughter wants to come to camp but doesn’t have a parish to come with. Can I sign up an individual camper?
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.
Speaking of chaperones, how many does my parish need to bring?
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.
When does camp begin and end?
Check-in at every summer camp is between 1:00 PM and 3:00 PM on Monday. Please do not arrive earlier than 1:00 PM or later than 3:30 PM. The group leader and Core members will have a mandatory meeting with our camp staff at 4:00 PM and the introduction session for teens will begin at 5:00 PM.
All parishes will leave camp by 1:30 pm on Saturday.
What if we need to come a night early?
Great! We are happy to offer this for all of our parishes traveling from 7+ hours away. 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 $55/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.
Where will our groups sleep?
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.
What exactly happens at camp?
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!