Summer Camps

Covenant Harbor offers several summer camps to choose from. With camps for different ages and of different lengths, you’re sure to find the right fit for everyone in your family. 

Our Day Camps are a great opportunity for young campers to experience the best of camp without staying overnight. Each day of the Day Camp program is unique. Special activities and a new Bible lesson everyday make Day Camps the perfect choice for one week or more.

Day Camp (Grades K-6th) - Our K-6 Day Camps offer a traditional camp experience for a large age range. This is a great opportunity for siblings, neighbors and friends to come together and/or to meet new friends while you’re here.

Day Camp (Grades K-2nd) - Our K-2 Day Camps are great for campers just finishing Kindergarten through 2nd grade. This is a great opportunity to introduce your camper to the camp experience as well as for campers who have come many times before.

Day Camp (Grades 3rd-6th) - Our 3-6 Day Camps are great for campers just finishing 3rd through 6th grade. These Day Camps aim to provide this group with new activities and new challenges.

Kishwauketoe (affectionately called Kish) is a smaller camp of about 40 campers. Kish is intentionally designed for a camper’s first camp experience. The program has a cozy feel, helping campers to feel right at home.

Kishwauketoe (Grades 1st-3rd)-Partial Week- The partial week camp is perfect for those who are interested in trying out an overnight experience for the first time. 

Kishwauketoe (Grades 1st-3rd)-Full Week- The full week camp is also great for both first time and/or returning campers who are ready for a longer stay. 

Pier 30 is our largest and most traditional camp with over 200 campers a week. Pier 30 builds the schedule around the campers’ desire to explore and try new things.

Pier 30 (Grades 3rd-5th) - This camp serves campers in current grades 3-5 with a four night camp.

Pier 30 (Grades 4th-5th) - This camp is for grades 4-5 with six night overnight camps. A large group camp experience full of energy, activity and purpose.

Pier 30 (Grades 6th-8th) - This camp serves campers currently in grades 6-8 and allows campers to customize their camp experience by choosing a skill to focus on for the week. These skills offer our older campers a chance to branch out and learn new things or fine tune something familiar. 

High School aged campers have options that allow them to choose the depth and style of their program.

Element Camp - This is a traditional but more intense camp experience for grades 9-12.  

Alpha Team - This is for students 15 and older who are ready for a transition experience that helps prepare students for working on summer staff. The two week Alpha programs balance fun and service, while focusing on personal spiritual development. 

Covenant Harbor is a Christian camp, owned and operated by the Evangelical Covenant Church. We exist for the purpose of introducing people to Jesus Christ. The mission statement of Covenant Harbor is to “Draw people from their routines into opportunities to enjoy creation, recreation and relationships so that all will experience God through Jesus Christ.” Our primary goal with the campers is to love them, share the truth of Jesus Christ with them and to encourage their growth in Christ. We think this happens best when they are building relationships with our staff, who are excited to share their faith with others. We do this by building a Bible program that presents biblical truths in both large and small group settings. We incorporate drama, songs, skits, games and more into the presentations to make the process of learning about Jesus fun and meaningful. Each truth is presented in an age appropriate manner.

Our goal is not to force campers to agree with us or to make campers decide what to believe. We simply want to make them aware of a God who loves them and desires a relationship with them.

Our philosophy is clarified in more detail in a document titled, “Making Waves.”

Covenant Harbor seeks only the most highly qualified college, and in some cases high school, students to serve on our summer staff. The majority of our staff comes from the Midwest, some of whom grew up coming to Covenant Harbor as campers.

Hiring Process

We have a fairly rigorous application and hiring process to ensure that each staff member will be a good fit for our team. Each staff member fills out a lengthy application, including several self-evaluation questions and four references. Applicants then have their first interview, and those who are deemed qualified have a second interview while their references are contacted. Only those who are the most qualified and fit our ministry are offered positions. Upon accepting the position, summer staff members must agree to strict expectations and also undergo a background check.

Training

Our leadership staff arrive in late May to undergo training, plan Bible programs and prepare program and activity areas for camper use. Counselors spend 10 days in training prior to the arrival of our campers. Training topics include team building, small group leadership, evangelism, age characteristics, daily role expectations, discipline, cabin group dynamics, severe weather and emergency preparedness and more. Training is also an important time to build our summer staff community and sense of team. We take staff training seriously and strive to create a team of summer staff that desire to serve campers and their families with excellence.