Parent Information

Christian Summer Camp - Week-Long Sessions for Ages 6-17

Parent Information & FAQs

 

 

 

 

Sending your child to camp can raise a lot of questions and concerns. We want to provide answers, as well as information, that will make your camping experience with IdRaHaJe as easy as possible. In addition to what we have outlined below, you can also view our Registration Information & Policies.

BEFORE CAMP

What paperwork or forms do I need to submit?

Please view our Required Paperwork Page for a detailed description of the forms required for summer campers. All campers must submit a current physical and complete immunization record (or approved exemption form). Campers bringing medications must also bring our medication form signed by a doctor.

We request that all required paperwork is submitted at least a week prior to your check-in day. You can submit the forms through the online registration portal, email or snail mail. Please save a copy of all medical forms and bring them to check-in, even if previously submitted.

What should my camper pack?

Make sure to send kids with clothing you are okay with them possibly losing or getting dirty. Please label everything, and go through your child’s things with them so that they will recognize what belongs in their bag. Please adhere to our Resident Camp Packing List.

      • If you have a Wilderness Ridge Camper, please bring all of their belongings in a sealable plastic tub!
      • Campers registered for Narrow Way trips have a unique packing list. Make sure to view our Narrow Way Page and find the specific Equipment List for your child’s trip!

What if my child has a food allergy?

IdRaHaJe kitchens and snack shops are NUT FREE. With advance notice and for an additional fee of $2/meal, our kitchens can accommodate gluten free, dairy free, vegetarian, and vegan diets. If you plan on IdRaHaJe providing these substitutions, please add the “Special Dietary Charge” option on Step 2 of the online registration process in addition to explaining details of the special diet requested on your child’s medical form.

If your child has dietary restrictions that go beyond the scope of what our kitchens can provide, please contact our Food Service Supervisor at foodservice@idrahaje.org at least two weeks prior to your child’s arrival at IdRaHaJe. If we are not contacted beforehand, it may not be possible to accommodate any special requests.

What if my child takes medication?

According to STATE LAW, no camper may keep any prescription, Over the Counter (OTC) medication, or vitamins in his or her possession. Our nurses have common OTC medications on hand. All prescriptions, OTC medication, and vitamins must remain in the original containers with the box, accompanied by the Medication Form signed by your child’s doctor, with included dosage and frequency instructions.

Can a child with significant needs attend IdRaHaJe?

If your child has any significant needs (medical diagnosis, mental health, educational or behavioral needs, etc.), or is experiencing gender dysphoria, we require you to contact us each year PRIOR to completing your registration process, by emailing us at info@idrahaje.org or calling us at 303-838-5668. A team of IdRaHaJe staff will evaluate each individual child’s situation on a case-by-case, year-by-year basis to determine if IdRaHaJe is the best fit for the child. While it is our desire that every child experiences our summer camp, IdRaHaJe is not set up to meet many exceptional needs.

How can I help my camper prepare?

One of the best ways to help your camper prepare is to go over the Camper Rules with your child before you arrive. These are IdRaHaJe’s expectations for every camper.

You can also go over other information on this page with them, such as the sample camp schedule. If your child is prone to homesickness, see our next question (below) for ideas on how to help them prepare.

Do you have helpful tips for first time parents and campers?

Many parents are concerned about their first-time campers getting homesick. Our staff is trained to help campers who may have a natural tendency to feel homesick. If a child is showing signs of homesickness for more than 24 hours, parents will be contacted to create an action plan which may include the child going home. Here are things you can do to help before they come:

  • Have your child spend a night or two away from home to prepare for his or her first camp experience.
  • Practice doing daily routines independently with younger campers like dressing, self-care, showering and applying sunscreen.
  • Send a special stuffed animal along.
  • Tell them how proud you are of them.
  • Make sure to have letters and a care package for them throughout the week.
  • Have your child sign-up and bunk with a close friend.

How does spending money work at Camp?

Parents of all resident campers have the option to put money in a camper spending account during the online registration process. On the camp selection page (Step 2), you may choose from a variety of amounts to place in your child’s account. Campers will receive a wristband to access their account. These wristbands will allow your child to purchase items at our stores, snack shops as well as the craft shops. This is a convenient way to prevent lost or stolen money. We require that the accounts are used for our three younger camps, Mountain Village, Wilderness Ridge, and Aspen View. Lodge & Narrow Way Campers can choose to put money into an account or keep it with them during the week. However, IdRaHaJe is not responsible for lost or stolen money.

How much money should I send with my camper?

The amount to send is entirely up to the parent. Most parents send $30-$60, which campers can spend at one of our stores, snack shops and in craft areas. Campers are also given the opportunity to donate to the missionary for the week!

Can my camper be in a cabin with his/her friend(s)?

As a part of the initial online registration process, each camper can request one cabinmate. Cabinmates must be of the same birth gender as the camper and attending the same resident camp. We do our best to honor one request for each camper. To guarantee a request be fulfilled, the request must be mutual and only involve a pair of campers. If more than one name is listed under the cabinmate requests, we will choose the first request. If you decide you want to add or make changes to a cabinmate request after you have completed online registration, you may call or email no later than two weeks prior to check-in and we can enter the change. Do NOT request cabinmates at check-in. We are unable to accommodate requests at that time.

AT CAMP

What is the schedule of a typical day at camp?

Below is a SAMPLE Schedule of a typical day at camp:

7:00     Wake-up & Prepare for Day

7:45      Flag Raising & Morning Exercises

8:00     Breakfast

9:00     Skills Class

10:00   Morning Chapel & Group Devotion Time

11: 30   Cabin Clean-up & Rest Time

12:00   Lunch

1:00     Large Group Activity (Game, Swimming)

3:00    Free Time (Horse Rides, Adventure Activities, Stores, Gym)

5:00    Missions

5:30    Mail Call

6:00    Dinner

6:45     Flag Lowering & Reflection

7:00     Game

8:00     Evening Chapel & Group Devotion Time

9:00     Get Ready for Bed

9:30     Lights Out (adjusted for older campers)

What is the Check-In Process?

  • For all weeks except Week 5 (July 10-15) and Pioneer Camps beginning mid-week, Check-in is at IdRaHaJe’s Gym and Education Center on Sunday from 1:45-3:30 pm.* Check-in times are divided by last name in hopes to lessen the amount of traffic in our gym facility at any given time. Please arrive during your time listed below:

1:45pm – 2:00pm – Last names A-C

2:00pm – 2:30pm – Last names D-K

2:30pm – 3:00pm – Last names L-R

3:00pm – 3:30pm – Last names S-Z

*Please note: Week 5 (July 10-15) check-in will be Monday, July 10, 2023 from 9:00am to 11:00am.

*Pioneer Camps beginning mid-week (3.2 and 7.2) will check-in on Wednesday at Mountain Village from 1:30-3:00 pm.

 

  • Due to long waitlists for many camps, if you do not arrive by the end of check-in and you have not contacted us about a late check-in, we may give away your camper’s spot to someone on the waitlist. Please contact us at 303-838-5668 or email registration@idrahaje.org if you plan to arrive late.
  • Please bring all medications and medical forms to check-in, even if previously submitted.
  • Once at IdRaHaJe, parking attendants will direct you where to go.
  • If you have paperwork that you need to turn in, please have it ready when you arrive.
  • Please bring medications in original containers with the box up to the Gym & Education Center to check-in with our nurses.
  • You do not need to bring luggage up to the Gym & Education Center. (After the check-in process at the Gym, you will be directed to your child’s camp.)
  • Any mail that you brought for your camper should be dropped off at the main office after you finish the check-in process.

What is the Check-Out Process?

  • Check-out is Saturday from  7:45-9:00 am.*
  • Please go directly to your child’s camp facility and stop at the check-out table before collecting your camper. Be prepared to show a photo ID.
  • We will not be holding a parent breakfast or closing ceremony.
*Please note: Pioneer Camps ending mid-week will check-out on Wednesday at Mountain Village at 8:00-9:00 am.

How can I contact my camper throughout the week or send care packages?

At IdRaHaJe, we deliver mail Monday – Friday at every camp! Please feel free to send mail or packages to your camper throughout the week. Send all snail mail well in advance. Any mail sent must include your camper’s name, camp, and week they are attending.

  • Example: John Smith, Wilderness Ridge – week 3
  • By Email: info@idrahaje.org
  • By Mail:
    • Camper’s Full Name
    • Camp and week number
    • IdRaHaJe
    • P.O. Box 360
    • Bailey, CO 80421

Mail and packages can also be dropped off at the main office during check-in. We ask that parents send no more than two shoebox-sized packages per camper. There is no limit on the amount of letters or emails a camper can receive during the week. Please include camper’s name, camp, and week, as well as, the day you would like your camper to receive their mail (this option may only used when dropped off at check-in). During your check-in process, you can also purchase a care package at one of our stores to be delivered mid-week.

Can I see photos of my camper at camp?

We are excited to announce that this summer we are partnering with Waldo to deliver photos of your camper directly to you at no cost! Waldo is a facial recognition powered mobile app that utilizes a selfie of your child to find all the photos of them at camp. Photos are delivered directly to you or your family members via the Waldo App. You will receive a notification once we upload a photo of your camper. We will email you sign up instructions prior to your camp week or you can sign up when you arrive at check-in. Find more information here: Waldo Photos — Easy near real-time photo sharing.

Will my camper be swimming or whitewater rafting while at camp?

Pioneer Camp (ages 6-8), Mountain Village (ages 7-10), Wilderness Ridge (ages 9-12), and Aspen View (ages 11-13) camps will go swimming at a community pool one afternoon during their camp week. The pool does require each child to pass a swim test in order to utilize the deep end independently. Life jackets are available. You can view more information about the pool here.

 

Lodge Camp (ages 14-17) and most Narrow Way Expedition Trips (ages 12-17) will go whitewater rafting through Noah’s Ark instead of swimming at the pool. You can view more information about Noah’s Ark here. You can also view their Required Equipment List. Please note: this activity requires an additional waiver:

AFTER CAMP

When can I register my camper for next summer?

We typically open registration in October for the following summer. Follow us on social media (Instagram or Facebook) for the specific date. Sign up before January 1 to receive an early bird discount!

Do you offer any retreats for summer campers to come back throughout the year?

Yes! Each winter, we have several Refresh Retreats for summer campers.

Don’t miss out on this amazing opportunity to press the “Refresh” button on your summer camp experience. Join the IdRaHaJe staff for our Winter Refresh Retreat designed to rekindle summer camp excitement and passion for Jesus through a fun-filled weekend retreat in winter. Retreat participants will have a chance to play their favorite camp games, sing all the best camp songs, hear from select chapel speakers and be mentored by amazing counselors and IdRaHaJe Staff.

View our Refresh Retreat Page for more information and to register!

What is your Lost & Found policy?

If you believe your camper left something at camp, please contact us at info@idrahaje.org or call 303-838-5668 with a description of the item and where it was last seen. If we have found your lost item, we will contact you and you can come pick it up during office hours or if you live more than an hour away, we can ship it to you at your cost. Please note: we only hold on to Lost & Found items for two weeks after the camp session.

Does IdRaHaJe refund unused Camper Spending Account money?

At the end of the week, if a camper has a remaining spending account balance of $2.00 or more, parents will have the option to donate it to a special camp project or have it refunded. If a refund is requested, it will be made electronically within two weeks.

Does IdRaHaJe refund money for missed horse rides and bike rides?

If a horse ride or bike ride is cancelled due to inclement weather, money will be refunded electronically within two weeks. However, if a camper chooses to not participate in a scheduled ride, no refund will be made.

Camp Procedures

What have you implemented to protect children in an overnight camp setting?

The safety of your child is our number one priority. We realize that parents want assurance that their child will be protected during camp. Here at IdRaHaJe, we take 4 steps which make up our Child Protection Plan. First, we carefully select and vet our staff. Next, we train all of our staff on how to appropriately interact with campers (see next question). Third, before the first night of camp, all campers and staff view our Child Protection Plan Video. Finally, during the week we are diligent to hold all campers and staff to high standards and report any inappropriate behavior.

How do you select and train your staff?

Each member of our staff completes a detailed hiring process including a written application, interview, submission of 3 references, and background check. We hire staff that agree to our Doctrinal Statement and profess faith in Jesus Christ. Each staff member undergoes at least ten days of training in which they learn how to perform their specific job and care for children. This training includes an intensive focus on our Child Protection Plan where staff learn how to have appropriate “Touch, Talk and Territory” with all campers. If you would like to learn more about our staff selection or training, feel free to contact us.

What is your cancellation policy?

You may cancel your registration anytime, however, in most cases, your deposit will not be refunded. An additional 25% charge will be assessed if cancellations are not made at least one week prior to camp attendance. If you fail to call in to cancel your registration prior to your check-in day, you will forfeit 50% of funds paid more than the deposit amount.

Can I transfer my child's registration to another week?

If you have registered your child and find that you need to move them to a different week, you may do so by calling the registration office at 303-838-0685 or emailing registration@idrahaje.org. As long as there is availability in the new desired session, we are happy to help with this adjustment.  Additional fees will apply if the new week is more expensive.

Do you offer any financial aid?

IdRaHaJe’s Campership Fund provides families financial assistance to send their kids to camp who otherwise might not be able to attend. Email registration@idrahaje.org to request an application or for more information.