With heavy hearts, we announce that Covenant Harbor has delayed the start of summer camp for 2020 and cancelled all overnight programs.
That is hard news to hear, and hard for us to share. Under the leadership of our board and through prayerful discernment, we concluded that safety for overnight campers in the midst of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic simply could not be achieved in compliance with guidance from healthcare and public officials and our own high standards.
In addition, registration for Pier 30 is no longer available for summer 2020, as our traditional overnight programs will not take place. However, this summer we are reimagining what Summer 2020 Programs will look like and are offering similar Day Kids and Youth Programs for your camper. These day long programs expand our Day Camp to provide campers with a new experience during these uncertain times.
If you are interested in learning more about what summer 2020 will look like at Covenant Harbor, please check out our reimagined Summer 2020 Programs. We hope that your camper will join us for one of our new Programs!
If you were previously registered for Pier 30 or another Summer Camp that has been cancelled, please see additional information about your options here.
If you would like to learn more about the current reality of Covenant Harbor and how we are navigating these uncertain times during the COVID-19 pandemic, please read more on our Health Announcement page.
Please know that we mourn the loss of what we thought summer would look like with you and your family. If you have further questions or concerns or would like to talk more about your options for summer 2020, please contact us by phone at (262) 248-3600 or by email. We are happy to help!
Pick Your Dates
Pier 30 (Grades 4-6) *Dates are for 2020, summer 2021 dates coming soon!
Pier 30 (Grades 5-7) *Dates are for 2020, summer 2021 dates coming soon!
June 28 - July 3
Pier 30 (Grades 7-9) *Dates are for 2020, summer 2021 dates coming soon!
June 28 - July 3
July 26 - August 1
Pier 30 is our largest overnight camp, hosting more than 200 campers each week. It follows a traditional camp format with plenty of Covenant Harbor twist. Along with their time in the large group for exciting sessions, meals, and big games, all these campers get a small cabin experience with a few other campers and one or two of our excellent counselors.
Pier 30 (Grades 4-6)
The Pier 30 (Grades 4-6) camp is a shorter overnight camp. It’s a great chance for first time campers to try out overnight summer camps. Like our full week camps, all the tried and true camp favorites like swimming, banana boating, high ropes, rock climbing, double tubing, skate park, and arts and crafts are on the schedule along with many more incredible activities (some invented specifically for this summer!).
Pier 30 (Grades 5-7)
The Pier 30 (Grades 5-7) camps introduce campers to the large-group camp experience. All the tried and true camp favorites like swimming, banana boating, high ropes, rock climbing, double tubing, skate park, and arts and crafts are on the schedule along with many more incredible activities (some invented specifically for this summer!). There will be no shortage of big games, dynamic biblical teaching in exciting sessions, and a whole lot of great hang-out time.
Pier 30 (Grades 7-9)
The Pier 30 (Grades 7-9) full week camps include all the camp favorites: lake activities (like tubing), adventure activities (like high ropes), camp classics (like arts and crafts), and many new activities invented specifically for this summer! Of course, we’ll also have big games, dynamic biblical teaching in exciting sessions, and great hang-out time.
In addition to all that, 7th-9th grade campers get the chance to customize their camp experience with our Skills program. During registration, each camper gets to select a Skill on which to spend focused time, each day, with a trained instructor. We have a wide array of Skill options ranging from purely recreational to focused instruction.
Pier 30 (Grades 5-7) & (Grades 7-9) *5-night experience
This year, the June 28 – July 3 week of Pier 30 will be a unique experience in which we are offering both of our Pier 30 (Grades 5-7) and Pier 30 (Grades 7-9) programs at the same time. This week is ideal for families with siblings who want to be at camp at the same time, but still have an intentionally age-appropriate camp experience!
While the two programs will occasionally experience elements of camp together (for example: some sessions, meal times, and a few large group activities), the two programs still happen separately. Sleeping arrangements, age-specific activities, and other program elements will still have separation by age group, and campers register for and participate in separate programs.
Learn more about our age-appropriate programming in the sections below.
Discounts & Other Information
Note: The grade for our camp programs is based on the upcoming (fall 2020 – spring 2021) school year. Therefore, during the Pier 30 (Grades 4-9) camps will be filled with campers who have just finished 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th and 8th 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 fill out this form to schedule your tour!
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 (applicable for 5 or 6-night camps only).
Early Registration – Save $35 when you register and pay in full by May 15. Your registration and payment must be completed in full by May 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.
Prior to Camp
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. Click to see what to bring to Pier 30!
Prior to camp (recommended) and at check-in you will have the opportunity to deposit money in your camper’s spending money account. This money will allow them to purchase things during free time at our camp stores without having to keep track of any cash. There is candy, snacks, soda, water and Gatorade ranging from $.25 to $2.00. Pier 30 (Grades 4-9) campers are limited to $2.00 per day on candy or soda and $2.00 per day on whole grain snacks or fruit. Water and Gatorade are not limited. They can also purchase camp merchandise ranging from $.25 to $45.00 from the store. Campers also have an opportunity to donate a portion of their spending money (between $0-$5.00) to our mission project.
In addition to the store, spending money deposited in a camper’s account will be used for certain activity charges. Every camper is provided the opportunity for one boat ride during the week free of charge, but there will be the opportunity for campers to sign up for an additional ride during free time. This second ride will cost campers $4.00 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 $4.00 from their spending account.
What NOT to Bring
Do not bring cell phones or any pets, electronic devices (including CD players, game systems, and iPods), personal sports equipment, 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.
***Please note that peanuts/tree nuts or peanuts/tree-nut products are not allowed.
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. Cabin mates must request one another. 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.
Check-in begins at 3:00 PM on the first day of camp. 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. Our staff does not assume responsibility for campers until the conclusion of the parent welcome and kickoff following check-in.
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.
For Pier 30 (Grades 7-9) only - Skills Descriptions & Availability
To get a better idea of what each skill entails, click the question mark to the left of each skill.
Arts & Crafts
Paddling Water Sports*
Recreational Water Sports*
Tarzan Swing and Climb
* Paddling Water Sports, Recreational Water Sports, Sailing, and Waterboard/Waterski campers must pass the deep end swimming test in order to participate.
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 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.
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. Note: four-night programs feature some of the same items but in a shortened time frame.
Morning Session – Bible teaching, songs, silly games, and much more
For Pier 30 (Grades 4-6) & Pier 30 (Grades 5-7): Team Adventure – various camp activities
For Pier 30 (Grades 7-9): Skills – specialized time for registered skill activity
Afternoon Talk Backs – small group cabin discussion
Cabin Adventure – small group activity
Free Time – swimming, tubing, arts & crafts, high ropes, & more
Cabin Hang Time
Evening Front Lawn Hang Time– games, playground, carpetball, etc.
Activity– big game, campfire, etc.
Prime Time – Bible teaching, songs, silly games, and much more
Get ready for bed
Pier 30 (Grades 4-9) 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.
During Pier 30 (Grades 4-9) campers will stay in a variety of different cabin buildings including Engebretson, Guest House, Hilltop House, the Triplets and the Lodge. Each cabin is different but each provides a quality cabin environment for campers. In addition, most indoor activities and all large group sessions will be held in our climate controlled Jackson Family Activity Center.