Camp Cornerstone and Travel Info and Packing List
Hey Everyone – We’re so excited you’ll be going to Camp Cornerstone. It’s going to be amazing. On this page you’ll find everything you need to know about Cornerstone. Please make sure you read everything well.
We’ll meet at church at 8:30am on Sunday, June 26. When you arrive to church, please put your big luggage (suitcase, etc.) in the back of the bus (in the luggage compartment.) All of your soft luggage (sleeping bag, pillow, backpack, etc.) will go inside the bus with us. You can go ahead and put it inside the bus (on the back rows) if you want. Or just keep those things with you as you go into the Great Hall to check-in.
During check-in, we will:
-make sure all of your paperwork is complete
-collect any prescription medicine you have
-ask you whether or not you have any phones, tablets, gaming devices,
earbuds, etc. (Electronics of any kind (except cameras) are not allowed
at camp…so please do not bring them. If you have a phone you would
like to check-in, you are welcome to do so. We will keep it locked in
the bus until we return to College Station. Having said that, if your
parents want to keep your phone for the week instead of it being locked
in the back of the bus, that would be great. But we’ll still be glad to check
it in if you want to. (See more info about phones at the bottom of this page.))
Hopefully the check-in process will be quick, and we’ll be on the road as soon as possible.
Food while traveling:
We’ll have lunch for everyone on the way to camp. We will also have lunch for everyone on the way home. These meals will be provided.
If your son/daughter wants to bring some money for a snack on the way to/from camp, we will have a snack stop on the way to camp and on the way home.
Okay, so it's been a while since we have had a middle school bus trip. We sometimes do not allow snacks or drinks on the bus because students sometimes can not remember to put trash in the trash can. But even though we have a really nice bus, and even though some past students forget where the trash can is, we will allow you to have some snacks on the bus. Just throw away the wrappers or bottles when you're done and keep the crumbs off of the floor. :)
Students will receive a room key while we are at camp, and everyone will need a $20 deposit in order to get their key. This room deposit money should be taken on the bus with us…we may check in to our rooms before we unpack the back of the bus…so put it in your pocket or backpack so that you’ll have it as soon as we get to camp.
Games for the bus:
If you would like to bring cards or any kind of game to play on the bus, you’re welcome to do so.
Actually, this would be a great idea. Card games, travel games, fun games…anything is great.
You can also bring books to read or other fun things to do. Remember, no phones, earbuds, or
video gaming devices.
We plan to return around 7:00-8:00pm on Thursday June 30. It could be earlier. We’ll keep
parents updated via email.
Behavior at camp:
All students who are going with our group to Cornerstone are expected to be respectful, kind, and courteous to all other students and adults while at camp. They are expected to participate in all activities. They are expected to be alert and involved during classes and worship times. Practical jokes or insults to other students are not okay. In addition to this, students are expected to follow the instructions of Monty, Heather, and the interns. Our students are generally very well behaved...and we are so thankful…but we need everyone to be cooperative and respectful. Please talk to your son/daughter about this before they come to camp.
Bible, pen, bedding (sleeping bag or sheets for a twin bed), pillow, towel, toiletries, swimsuit, clothes, sleeping clothes, tennis shoes. key deposit (remember to keep this in your pocket on the bus… not in your luggage) Some years they do Wacky Wednesday at camp. Some years they do not. And there is a game show night in which you may want something funny or wacky or crazy to wear. All of the crazy stuff is totally optional, but you can bring it if you want.
Dress Code at Cornerstone:
Shorts must be past finger-tip. No tank-tops or sleeveless shirts. Shirts must cover stomachs and leggings are not allowed.
Lanyard for your room key card (to wear around your neck) camera, snacks, extra money for snacks which can be bought at camp (we encourage you to not send too much), a watch, shower shoes, games/cards for the bus.
Prescription Medicine at Cornerstone:
If your son/daughter needs to take prescription medication at camp, that medicine must
be turned in to the nurse. Students are not allowed to have medicine (prescription or over
the counter) in their dorm room. If you have prescription medicine, please click here to open
and print this form: Camp Cornerstone Medicine Check-in Form and bring it with you when
you turn in your medicine to us when we depart for camp. (If you do not have a printer and
can not easily print this form, let us know. We'll have a blank copy for you on Sunday morning.
We will collect all medicine on Sunday morning at our church building before we leave.
(If you have a ziplock baggie to place the medication form in, that would be helpful.)
Food Allergy Info:
If your son/daughter has a food allergy, let us know as soon as possible. Also, click here to fill
out a form for the cafeteria: http://www.campoc.org/dietneeds.html
Phones are not allowed at Camp Cornerstone. If you bring a phone to camp, it will need to be checked in when we depart, and you can get it back when we return to our church.
There is a no-tolerance policy on phones at camp. This is not a place to say, “I’ll just keep it in my bag or in my pocket.” Because of problems in the past with students texting late at night, students sending unkind messages to others students while at camp, and students watching movies or videos on their phone at camp, we have decided to not have cell phones as a part of Camp Cornerstone.
If at any time your son/daughter needs to get you…or if you need to get them…Monty or Heather’s phones can be used. We are more than happy for you to do this. We're not trying to keep students from talking to parents, or keep parents out of the loop about what is happening. We just live in a world where 150 middle school students + phones + being involved and talking with people around you don't go well together. You can call or text us anytime if you need to talk to your son/daughter. They can use our phones anytime to call you as well. Phones at camp somehow always seem to cause a problem. People will text unkind things, (usually in a joking kind of way, but it still hurts feelings) or take someone's phone and call 911, or someone's phone gets broken...so we're trying to eliminate these things. But we recognize we live in a world where we can always reach our kids by phone...so please call Monty and Heather anytime if you need to check on your student or just ask us how they are doing.
Things Not to Bring:
Cornerstone also asks you not to bring water guns, water balloons, knives of any kind, etc. Practical jokes/pranks are not tolerated at Cornerstone. No electronics of any kind- except cameras.
If you would like to send your son/daughter a letter or email while they are at camp,
here is a link to find out how to do this: http://www.campoc.org/campermail.html
If you want to buy anything for your son/daughter from the camp store, here is a link:
If your son/daughter does not have our youth group summer t-shirt yet we want to
encourage them to get one. They are $7 each. We will have some available on the
Sunday morning we leave, or anytime between now and then.
How Parents Can Keep Up With Our Trip to/from Camp:
We will let parents know we have arrived at camp on Sunday via email. We hope to create
a group in CCB with the wording [Camp Cornerstone Parents] which would appear
in the subject line every time we email everyone.
We will send a few updates throughout the week, and with our anticipated arrival time
on June 30. Students will not be calling parents with travel updates on the way home,
unless you need them to…therefore…please check our updates to know when your
son/daughter will be home.
Okay, that’s it. If you have other questions, please let us know.
Get excited! And be praying for God to be at work in our hearts and in our lives!
See you Sunday, June 26, at 8:30am.