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Bair Lake Bible Camp 12500 Prang St., Jones, MI 49061

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Frequently Asked Questions for Summer Campers

At Bair Lake Bible Camp we are excited to provide a fun, safe, Christ-centered program. Solid teaching combined with great activities make Bair Lake a place where your child will be nurtured and encouraged in their own relationship with Christ and in their relationships with others. 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 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. All staff and volunteers are required to participate in the appropriate trainings for their area of service.

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 an adult. The State of Michigan has extensive guidelines for the camping industry and we are happy to comply.

Who will take care of my child if they need medical attention?

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 us with the necessary information to make sure your child receives the care he/she needs.

What about the pool and waterfront?

Red Cross trained lifeguards will monitor all waterfront activities. The lake is used primarily for boating and the pool for swimming. For “in water” activities at the lake all campers must wear lifejackets which are provided by camp.

Can I pick my cabin mates?

Overnight campers can anticipate being with 8 to 10 other cabin mates along with two counselors in his/her cabin. You are able to request two cabin mates and we do our best to meet your request.  Large groups may be split to encourage campers to meet others.

What are the cabins like?  

Two facilities house campers. The main cabins all have air conditioning and share a common bathhouse. The Sunrise Lodge is a self contained building with shared bath inside the building as well as air conditioning.

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 Service Manager as stated in the Medical Form that you are required to complete.

What activities will my camper experience?

Bair Lake Bible Camp is set on nearly 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 horseshoes, 9 square in the air, gaga ball, and tetherball and more. Water activities include a pool, canoeing, kayaking, and tubing. Other activities are outdoor education, bb guns, archery, and archery tag. Our indoor gymnasium with climbing tower is greatly appreciated during rainy days.  Adventure activities include a high and low ropes course, rock climbing wall, double zip line, and “The Stand.”

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, as will the evening chapel services.

 Check in & Check out

Check in for week long camps begin on Sunday from 3:00-4:00 pm.

Check out begins at 11:15 am at Pineview Adventure Center (PAC) with a closing rally about noon.

Rookie Camp Check in is Sunday 3:00-4:00 pm or Wednesday 3:30-4:00 pm.

Rookie Check Out is Wednesday at 1:30 pm near the Welcome Center Pavilion or Saturday beginning at 11:15am at the PAC building with a closing rally about noon.

Sunday check in will occur in the Pineview Adventure Center (PAC). All campers must check in, deposit any spending monies, and see the Health Officer. We encourage you to come, relax, enjoy being at camp and feel confident in sending your child on this adventure. Anticipate being at camp 1.5-2 hours.

What will my camper need spending money for?

Spending money will be deposited at check in and a record of campers spending will be kept. We recommend $25-$30 and accept cash or check (no credit cards for store deposits). Spending money can be used for treats, crafts, and tubing on the lake. We also have a lot of merchandise to offer at the Bair’s Cove such as clothing, jewelry, toys, and novelties. Unspent monies will have the option of refund or donation at check out.  For higher priced items, we suggest you shop with your child at check in or check out.

*Family Camps, CIT, and Teen Classic will have the option of carrying cash.  

 How can I contact my camper?

For purposes of safety and security we request cell phones be left at home. In situations where parents/guardians feel the phone is needed, they will be checked in at check in, locked up and stored during the camp session. They will be returned to you on the final day of camp.

Mail may be sent to 12500 Prang St, Jones, MI 49061 and will be distributed daily. Care packages are also available for purchase through the Bair’s Cove at check in.

Photos of your child’s week at camp are posted daily at blbc.com. Click on the Flickr icon   or access through our Facebook page. A week recap video will be posted on YouTube shortly after your camper’s time here.

 What should my camper bring to camp?

o Bible, notebook and pencil

o Tennis shoes and sandals

o Sport clothes and sweatshirt

o Swimsuit (one piece or tankini)

o Bedding (sleeping bag, pillow)

o Personal care items, towel

o Flashlight

o One pair of clothes that may get ruined

Campers may bring cameras, musical instruments, fishing equipment, sporting items, and other special interest equipment. Bair Lake Bible Camp encourages all campers and parents to carefully consider anything brought to camp. Expensive or sentimental items are often best left at home to avoid lost, misplaced, broken or stolen items.

 Lost and Found

Please contact us as soon as possible should you discover a lost item. Call us at 888-899-7712 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..  All items are cataloged and we will work to return to you. If the item must be shipped, you will be required to pre-pay for shipping through a PayPal link sent to you via email. All items will be donated to a local charity at end of summer.

 Is there anything my camper should not bring?

Cell phone, gaming devices, iPod, mp3 player, iPad, tobacco, firearms, fireworks, expensive jewelry, illegal substances, knives/weapons, water guns/balloons, and video cameras are items that should not be brought to camp.

 Are there any scholarships available?

Bair Lake does offer scholarships for eligible campers. Please contact our Director of Administration at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 888-899-7712 for an application. You may also want to check with your local church or county office to see if they have any scholarship programs as well.

 What happens at camp?

Every camp is unique in its schedule and activities. Younger age camps, ie: day camp and juniors, run a highly structured program with the cabins moving through the day together as a group. As campers advance in age they have increased opportunity for individual choice while participation in some activities and meals are required. See our website (blbc.com) for sample schedules.

Is a camper allowed to drive to camp themselves?

Yes, when they arrive at camp they need to park in the designated parking area and turn their keys into the camp office for safekeeping. They will need to have their parent/guardian list them as a release person so they are able to sign themselves out at the end of the week. Please contact the office to verify their name is listed as a release person.

Who is in charge?

The Executive Director of Bair Lake Bible Camp is Drew Gardner originally from Northwest Ohio. Drew has his B.S. in Mathematics Education and a J.D. from The Ohio State University of College Law. With two decades of ministry leadership as a pastor, he has also spent time in the Air Force, the Christian Law Association and as the Athletic Director of a private Christian school.  Drew and his wife, Kelly, developed their love for camp ministry as they took their youth group to camp each summer at a camp very similar to Bair Lake Bible Camp. “We’ve seen firsthand how God can use effective camp ministry to impact not only young people who come to camp, but entire families and churches as well.”

Each camp week is directed by volunteers giving a unique flavor to each week. We are pleased to say they all have a long history with Bair Lake, are highly qualified to work with children, and have a real desire to see your child grow and thrive at Bair Lake Bible Camp.

We’re looking forward to meeting and serving you and your child this summer at Bair Lake Bible Camp!

 

Still have questions?

Give a call and we would be happy to answer them the best we can!

 

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