Frequently asked questions re: Day Camp
At Bair Lake Bible Camp we are excited to provide a fun, safe, Christ centered program. Rock solid teaching, combined with great activities make Bair Lake a place where your child will be nurtured and encouraged. We believe in providing strong Christian role models and train our staff to understand the importance of being an example. We take the responsibility of caring for your child very seriously and are honored that you would allow us to input into their lives.
Who will be my child’s counselor?
College students are employed as lifeguards, counselors, and in auxiliary services. In addition, former campers, staff and friends of Bair Lake Bible Camp volunteer their time for the entire week and will serve as counselors. Your child will be surrounded by people who have a love for the Lord, children, and for serving others.
What about safety?
All staff and volunteers meet the standards for background clearance required by the State of Michigan. An application is submitted and references checked. The majority of our workers are longtime friends and associates of Bair Lake. Weekly Program Directors primarily work in Michigan schools. Bair Lake practices the two adult rule, which means your child will never be alone in an enclosed area with one adult. The State of Michigan has extensive guidelines for the camping industry, and we are happy to comply.
A qualified Health Officer will be on site 24 hours a day for each camp to manage all medical issues. The nearest medical facility is Three Rivers Area Hospital. Should serious injury or illness occur every attempt will be made to contact the parent/guardian. Upon registering your child, you will be required to complete a health history form, which supplies the necessary information.
What about the pool and waterfront?
Red Cross trained lifeguards will monitor all waterfront activities. The lake is used primarily for boating. During the younger age camps, a counselor must be in the boat with the campers. For “in water” activities all campers must wear lifejackets. The pool is monitored closely.
How about the food?
At Bair Lake we strive to provide balanced appetizing meals. Should your child have special needs you should contact the Food Services Director as stated in the Health History Form that you are required to complete. “Fun foods” and events make meal times an enjoyable part of our camp program. Day camp includes lunch and a snack.
Bair Lake Bible Camp is set on 100 acres which allows us to offer many activities such as disc golf, broom ball, mini-golf, children's playscape, broom hockey, and soccer. An outdoor game area includes gaga ball, human foosball, carpetball and tetherball. Water activities include a pool, canoeing, kayaking and the water mat. Other activities are outdoor education, air rifles, archery. Our indoor gymnasium with climbing tower is greatly appreciated during rainy days. Adventure activities include Rock Climbing Wall and the double zip line.
While fun activities, new experiences, and developing relationships are important, the main goal of Bair Lake Bible Camp is to introduce young people to Christ, to develop a relationship with Him and to then challenge them to grow in their Christian walk. Our daily Bible sessions will be in keeping with this goal.
Photos of your child’s week at camp are posted daily at www.blbc.com, click on the flickr icon or assess through the Facebook page. An all camp photo is available for $6 and must be ordered at check in.
Shopping Theme T shirts will be available for purchase on Monday for a cost of $11.99. Friday following the Day Camp Rally the Bair's Cove will be open for purchase of Bair Lake swag, snacks and more.
CHECK IN/CHECK OUT
Day Camp is based in the Pavilion at end of 1st drive of camp property.
Check-in Monday from 8 AM to 9 AM to allow time for questions, child check in, and contact with the camp Health Officer. Tuesday-Friday drop off is from 8:45-9:00 AM and pick up at 4:00 PM each day at the Pavilion location. Please bring ID each day for verification of release.
What should a day camper bring to camp? Modest swimsuit, towel, sunscreen if desired. Closed toed shoes for climbing tower days and jacket/sweatshirt. Please pack all in a backpack and put name on each item. A lost and found bin will be located at pavilion and back porch of main office.
What should a day camper not bring? Electronics, telephones, snacks, anything of sentimental value which may be lost or damaged.
What happens at Day Camp?
Day Camp is a highly structured program with the age based groups moving through the day together. A teaching time including worship will encourage the campers in knowledge of a relationship with the Lord. The fun of camp will delight them and may include crafts, silly games, swimming, boat tubing, ziplining and singing. All activities and participation in meals are required.
Who’s in charge?
The CEO is Bob Tissot originally of Owosso, Michigan. Bob has his MA in counseling and was employed as a teacher/counselor at St. Johns High School for a period of 16 years. Prior to coming to Bair Lake twenty-eight years ago, he had already given ten years to the camp as a volunteer.
We’re looking forward to meeting and serving you and your child this summer at Bair Lake Bible Camp!