Element (Grades 9-12)
Whether campers have been coming to Covenant Harbor for years, or this is their first time Element offers a week of camp intentionally designed to be a totally unique experience. All of the camp favorites that our other age groups get to participate in, like tubing, high ropes, and arts and crafts (just to name a few) are available to Element campers. But on top of that, Element offers a fantastic week of focused teaching and discussion, special meals and lodging, great hang out opportunities, and over-the-top activities engineered for a high-school group.
Because the majority of campers register in the winter, the grade for our camp programs is based on the current (fall 2014 – spring 2015) school year. Therefore, during the summer, Element Camp will be filled with campers who have just finished 9th, 10th, 11th and 12th grades.
There is only so much you can grasp from pictures and our website. A tour is a great way to see camp for yourself while you hear from our staff details of what camp is like. Please visit our FAQ section to find out more details about tours.
Bring-a-Friend – Bring a friend who has never before been to a Covenant Harbor summer camp program, and you each save $50. You must both attend the same week of camp, and you must register the same day online.
Early Registration – Save $30 when you register and pay in full by March 15 – no exceptions. You may use this discount in addition to the Bring-a-Friend discount. Please note: meeting the early registration discount does not guarantee camp availability.
What to Bring
Campers should have a range of clothes for any weather. Clothing should allow campers to be active. Include closed-toe shoes for activities and water shoes for swimming. Modest swimsuits are required. See the list below for what to bring, or look at the Overnight Camp Packing List.
|Paper/Notepad||Wash Cloths||Rain Gear|
|Shorts||T-shirts/Tops||Pants or Jeans|
|Modest Swim Suit||Pajamas||Toiletries|
|Insect Repellent||Pillow and Case*||Camera|
|Flashlight (extra batteries)||Beach Towel||Extra Blankets (if desired)*|
*Element Camp is housed in our Geneva Bay Center’s hotel style housing with basic bedding provided.
At check-in you will have the opportunity to put spending money in your camper’s camp store account. This money will allow them to purchase things during free time at our camp stores. There is candy, soda, water and Gatorade ranging from $.25 to $1.25. Element campers are limited to $4.50 per day on snacks, candy and soda. Water and Gatorade are not limited. They can also purchase camp merchandise from the store.
In addition to the store, spending money deposited in a camper’s account will be used for some activity charges. Every camper is provided the opportunity for one boat ride during the week free of charge but there may be the opportunity for campers to sign up for an additional ride durring free time. This second ride will cost campers $3.00 deducted from their spending money account. Similarly, if a camper wishes to take part in more than one high ropes/climbing activity, also offered during free time, these second opportunities will also deduct $3.00 from their spending account. Element Camp will be taking a handful of trips into town for which campers may want to have cash on hand.
What NOT to Bring
Do not bring cell phones or any pets, electronic devices (including CD players, game systems, and MP3 players), firearms, weapons of any kind, fireworks, tobacco, alcohol or drugs.
Campers will have one opportunity to turn in their cell phones on the first night of camp. Any cell phones discovered after that point may result in immediate dismissal from the camp program.
It is great to invite your friends to come to camp with you, and we want to make it possible for your camper to be in a cabin with his/her friends. There is a spot on the registration form (Cabin-Mate Requests), where you can list the names of up to two other people your camper would like to be housed with. Due to the size of our cabins and our desire to form a healthy cabin community, we will not put more than three campers together in one cabin. If your group is larger than three, campers will be separated in different cabins based on first choice cabin-mate requests.
Check-in occurs on Sunday’s and specific arrival times will be given after registration. Upon arrival, our staff will greet your family and guide you through the check-in and move-in process. Element Camp will officially start with a welcome and orientation session at 5:00. Our staff does not assume responsibility for campers until the conclusion of this session.
Late drop-off/early pick-up
Late arrival or early pick-up is not recommended and should be considered only in extreme circumstances. If you must arrive late for any reason please call our office in advance so we may prepare for your arrival. Early pick up can be arranged at check-in. We will not allow a camper to be picked up and dropped off more than once during the camp week because of the negative impact it has on your camper and other campers.
A variety of routes make Covenant Harbor accessible from any surrounding area. Our address is 1724 W Main St., Lake Geneva, Wisconsin. See our Map and Directions page for detailed arrival instructions.
The safety and security of your camper is our top priority at Covenant Harbor. For more information about our accreditation, please visit the American Camp Association website.
Counselor to Camper Ratio
Our counselor to camper ratios exceeds state required mandates. Most cabins of overnight campers have a counselor to camper ratio of 1:8. Some cabins have 1 counselor with 9 campers and some cabins have 2 counselors with 10-12 campers. Please visit our FAQ section for more inforation about our ratios.
A significant number of campers have unique dietary needs that can be easily accommodated. Our main dining facility is completely nut-free, as is our primary camp store. Please notify our registrar (firstname.lastname@example.org) of any specific camper needs at least 3 weeks in advance so that we may fully accommodate your camper. Please visit our FAQ section to learn more about our kitchen’s accommodations.
We strive to make our waterfront a safe place for campers. We have specially trained lifeguard that are all certified. The waterfront staff supervises all waterfront activities including swimming and boating. Please visit our FAQ section for more information about our waterfront guidelines.
Onsite Health Care
We provide an onsite RN while campers are here during the summer. The RN works with our student nurses and is on duty 24 hours per day. Please visit our FAQ section to learn more about our onsite health care.
Covenant Harbor is private property, and all members of full time and summer staff are required to wear nametags at all times. Our staff is trained to question any adults without a name tag. Please visit our FAQ section for more information about our summer staff and training process.
This six night program starts on Sunday afternoons and ends Saturday morning. Every day is filled with a mix great activities, relationship building and Bible teaching.
|Morning||AM Activities- Unique opportunities for Element campers only|
| Workshops- Bible teaching & discussion on specific topics
|Afternoon||Small Groups/Quiet Time - cabin discussion or time alone|
|Cabin Time- small group activities in Geneva Bay Center|
|Free Time – swimming, arts & crafts, carpetball, & more|
|Evening||Front Lawn Hang Time- games, playground, carpetball, etc.|
|Evening Activity- big games, special events, etc.|
|Evening Session – Bible teaching, worship, silly games, and more|
|Late Night Activity- Movie night, concert, etc.|
|Get ready for bed|
Element campers experience most of Covenant Harbor’s greatest activities all day long. More information and photos of our activities can be found on our Activities page.