Camp Cornerstone is a summer camp we go to which is just for middle school students. We could not go in 2020 because of covid, and we are oh so excited to be able to go this summer. It will be a great week of growing closer to God, growing in God's Word, praise, friends and fun. We hope you'll join us as we go to camp this summer!
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Here are some of the details about Camp Cornerstone:
When: June 27-July 1, 2021
Who: Current 7th and 8th graders
Where: Oklahoma Christian University
Sign-up Deadline: May 16 (LATE REGISTRATION IS NOW AVAILABLE FOR CAMP CORNERSTONE)
Signing Up for Camp Cornerstone: All sign-ups for Cornerstone will be done online through the CampOC website. Our amyouth.net site has all of the information about Cornerstone, but all sign-ups are handled on the CampOC site.
How to sign-up: Click on the link to the right.
Questions you might ask about Camp Cornerstone:
How will students be kept safe from covid?: All campers & staff will be expected to follow protocols that are in place at the time camp begins. We are continuing to evaluate the best way to have a safe and exciting camp for all. Currently, our protocols include keeping youth groups together for much of the camp, and moving many camp activities outside. Youth groups will be housed together in group "pods" in the dorms. We will not be transporting students off campus this year. AT THIS TIME WE REQUIRE A NEGATIVE RAPID COVID-19 TEST RESULT UPON ARRIVAL TO CAMP. We are working with Oklahoma Christian University to have those rapid tests. Protocols could change between now and the time camp begins. But we will do our best to keep all students as safe as possible.
What is the registration cost? The cost is $269.
Do I have to pay the full registration cost when my student signs up? No. You can either pay a deposit or you can pay the full amount. The deposit is $139.00. The remainder will be due the week before camp begins.
Are there any more options for signing up for camp and not paying the full amount when we sign up? Yes. We know that coming up with the full amount can be difficult. We want to help. If you want to pay a deposit of $100 when you sign-up and pay the full amount by June 20, here is what to do: use the coupon code: AMOC21! on the sign-up page, and you will be able to check-out without any cost. Then pay our church the $100 deposit. (checks payable to A&M Church of Christ...and put it in the Youth Box anytime.) If you have any other questions or if you have trouble, let me know. (If you need scholarship help, we can help. Talk to Monty or Heather.)
Does the registration cost cover everything?: The registration cost covers most all of your expenses for the week. The only other expenses are for two fast-food meals (one on the way to camp and one on the way back), a few dollars for snacks or drinks that you may want at the snack shack during the afternoon break, and a $20 key deposit (which you will get back if you keep up with your key.) Assuming you can eat a fast-food meal for $6 and you spend $2 a day for snacks, plan on an extra $25 for the week - plus the $20 key deposit (which you will get back).
Where will I sleep at night?: Students will stay in Oklahoma Christian dorm rooms. Our youth group students will be staying in rooms together. Because of covid, all of our students will be staying in the same room as other A&M students. Students will need sheets for a twin-bed or a sleeping bag. You may or may not be in the same room as your closest friends (but no worries, you'll see your friends all the time...and you might even make some new friends.)
How will we get to camp?: On the church bus. We'll leave on Sunday, June 27 at
around 7:30am. We will return on Thursday, July 1, around 9:00pm.
What if I don't want to wear my seatbelt on the bus?: You will need to get your
mom or dad to take you to camp. : )
A Middle School only camp? Really?: Yep, that's right. This camp is just for middle
schoolers. All worship times, teaching times, group times and everything related to
camp is designed to help middle schoolers grow closer to God and know more
Are there counselors?: Yes, you will have a college-age counselor from our church
or from another church.
Are there alligators?: No. To go to a camp with alligators, please find a church that
goes to Louisiana or Florida for summer camp.
What should I bring?: Bible, towel, personal items, clothing, sheets or a sleeping bag, pillow, pen, notebook, tennis shoes. A more detailed list will be sent out a few weeks before camp.
Are cell phones allowed at camp?: No, phones are not to be brought to camp. You can reach your parents through Monty or Heather's phone if you need to talk to them. They can also talk to you in this way. We're not trying to keep you from talking to your parents. We are trying to eliminate problems with 250 middle school campers who all have their phones. :)
What if I plan on playing pranks on other students at camp?: Pranks, jokes, or anything else that would hurt someone's feelings or damage property are not allowed at camp. We expect students to respect all people and the facilities at OC. If this is going to be a problem, you may need to wait until another year to go to camp...or go to that camp in Louisiana that was mentioned above.
What if I've never been to Camp Cornerstone before?: Well, you're in for an awesome week. The only thing you won't like about Camp Cornerstone is that you only get to go twice before you are out of middle school.
Have you ever been to summer camp?: Wait, is this a question for me, or are you asking a person? I am a webpage. I have never been to summer camp. I have never even been to Walmart. I would like to go camp, but no one will take me.
Can I see a video from camp so I can know what it is like?: Yes, we have some great videos from camp through the years. Some specific videos which were made by one of our interns a few years ago are great to watch
if you want to see what camp is like. Click here to go to the page with the videos: amyouth.smugmug.com/Cornerstone-Videos-2017/
And here is some extra information to know about camp:
Oklahoma Christian University is in Edmond, Oklahoma (just north of Oklahoma City.)
Cornerstone has around 250 students each summer. Most students are from Texas, Oklahoma, and Kansas. A team of great youth ministers from these states plan Cornerstone each year.
There is a webpage which has general info about Cornerstone if you would like to
see it. Here is a link: http://www.campoc.org/camp-cornerstone.html
We'll travel to/from camp in the bus. We will need some parents to go as
chaperones for the trip to camp. (They'll be able to retum to College Station
that same day.) Our counselors have to go to camp a day early for counselor
training meetings. The counselors will take a suburban up early; our parents
who help us get to camp will bring that suburban back to CS and arrive back
to town late Sunday night.
We can always use moms or dads who can stay the week of camp and help
out. Your role will be that of a dorm parent or support staff. (Or if you have
medical training, you can be a part of our medical team.) Understand that
you'll be going to work and help make camp a better place. You will get to
see your child some each day, but you will probably not be in the same
dorm as your child and you won't get to see them all day-every day. This
isn't a good role for "helicopter parents" (because you would be going to
help make camp better...not just to help make sure your son/daughter eats all their veggies) but it is a good chance to go to camp with our group. And we can't have camp without some extra help from other adults. Talk to Monty/Heather if you might be able to join us and we'll tell you more.
We don't want students to miss camp because of financial reasons. We have a limited number of full and partial scholarships for any
students who would not otherwise be able to go. Let Monty know if you need one of these scholarships.
Camp is a great way to grow closer to God and grow closer to other students in our church family. We've been taking students to summer
camp for many years, and we believe it can make a huge impact in their lives. We hope your son/daughter will be able to join us.
If you have more questions, just ask. We hope your son/daughter can join us for camp!