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Alpha (Grades 10-13 and Age 15 & Older)
June 23-July 6
July 21-August 3
Alpha is a two-week high school camp focused on daily service. Alphas learn the value of hard work first hand, and they get to enjoy many of camp’s favorite activities along with relevant and focused Bible teaching and many special privileges that come with serving Covenant Harbor. Each Alpha camper receives a letter certifying that they have served 60 community service hours upon completion of their session (50 hours for session one). Alpha members work behind the scenes in logistics, maintenance, food service, and program facilitation.
Learn more about our age-appropriate programming in the sections below.
Alpha Team sessions will be filled with campers who are at least 15 years old (as of the first day of their Alpha session) and are entering 10th-12th grades (2019-2020 school year) or have recently graduated High School. Due to the unique nature of this program we are unable to make any exceptions to this policy.
Four collegiate staff oversee the Alpha program on a daily basis and work with the campers as a group and individually to encourage spiritual growth. This program incorporates significant blocks of time each day devoted to serving camp while allowing for down time, bible study/teaching, relationship building, and fun events/activities. All the while the Alpha staff and often other summer staff will be building relationships and mentoring the Alpha campers.
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We are sorry, but there are no discounts available for the Alpha program.
Prior to Camp
What to Bring
Campers should have a range of clothes for any weather. Alpha Team campers should pack both work clothes and clothes that allow campers to be active. Include closed-toe shoes for activities and water shoes for swimming. Modest swimsuits are required. The Alpha program is a two-week long and campers should pack accordingly. Click to see what to bring to Alpha!
Alpha campers will want to bring money with them to camp for use at the camp store and for special events. There will be several opportunities for campers to go into town and on special off site “excursions.” The camp store sells candy, snacks (whole grain and fruit), soda, water and Gatorade ranging from $.25 to $2.00. They can also purchase camp merchandise ranging from $0.25 to $45.00 from the store.
What NOT to Bring
While Alpha Team campers may bring cell phones to camp, please do not bring any pets, game systems (or other valuable electronics), personal sports equipment, vehicles, firearms, weapons of any kind, fireworks, tobacco, alcohol or drugs. Campers found in possession of such items will be disciplined and may result in immediate dismissal from the camp program.
In general, we want camp to be a cell phone free environment so campers can fully enjoy their time at camp. Alphas may bring personal cell phones. However, phones may be used only during designated times and must be kept in your cabin at all times. Cell phone usage is a privilege for Alpha Team members that will be revoked in the event of misuse.
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.
Alpha campers will be living in the Maple Commons housing facility where the summer staff also live. Alpha boys are housed in one cabin, and girls are housed in two other cabins separate from the boys. Each cabin will have one of our Alpha Team Assistant Directors of the same gender as their counselor.
Volunteer Hours Information
Many high school students need volunteer hours for graduation. Given the service element of the Alpha Team program we’d like to partner with our campers and verify a certain amount of volunteer hours. All Alpha Team campers who complete the two week program will receive up to 60 volunteer hours (50 hours for session one), not to exceed half of the students’ total required hours.
The Alpha Team program is not designed as a community service outlet but rather an opportunity to grow in our faith by learning to serve God through serving those around us. Alpha Team is not a way to fulfill a student’s entire volunteer requirement as students should come away from this program with an appreciation and desire for future service opportunities.
Check-in occurs in the afternoon on the first day of the program and specific arrival times will be given after registration. For reasons of safety and security, specific information regarding arrival and departure is sent directly via email to registered campers only. Please call our office with any questions. Please do not leave until our staff has assumed responsibility for campers.
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 1:8-10. Please visit our FAQ section for more information 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 lifeguards 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.
Due to the changing nature of this program, each session offers a different mix of work projects, activities, Bible study, relationship building, discussion, free time, and special events.
Work Projects – Alpha campers will be serving in a variety of areas including (but not limited to) the kitchen, maintenance, administrative and logistics departments. Each of these areas provides a significant support to the camp programs going on at Covenant Harbor as well as helping the Alpha camper understand what goes on behind the scenes to help camp operate.
Bible Teaching/Discussion – Each summer the Alpha Team uses different techniques and methods but it is always based on the same focus and Ideas. The goal of these times is to present ideas and Biblical texts that will help teens grow and further develop an existing relationship with God. Through structured teaching times, organized discussion, prayer partners, and personal quiet times we hope that God can challenge campers to take the next step in their faith walk.
Special Events – Several times throughout the two weeks the Alpha Team will have special events/activities just for them. Whether it is private evening of tubing or a trip into town to a coffee shop, each is designed to be both fun and help build relationships.
Free Time – The nature of the Alpha program leads to less structure than our other, more traditional, camp programs. This down time allows for Alpha Team members to do what they feel is best for them. If campers need to take it easy and re-charge that’s great, but they may also utilize their free time to take part in activities available at the time. Available activities often include swimming, arts and crafts, skate park, archery, etc.
Alpha campers have the opportunity to experience most of Covenant Harbor’s greatest activities during the session but usually in a different way than they may have in the past as a part of Pier 30 camps. More information and photos of our activities can be found on our Activities page.
During Alpha, campers will stay in the Maple Commons housing facility, comprised of several separate cabins and shared bathroom facilities. Our staff are also housed in the Maple Commons and will be interacting with Alpha campers on a regular basis.