Here you can find everything you need to know about MEGA DAYS 2021. Please read it carefully.
Departure Info: First of all, we are meeting on Tuesday, June 1, at 9:00am at A&M Church of Christ. When you arrive, all luggage should go on the sidewalk under the covered drop off area. Our staff will load the trailer sometime after all students are checked in. If students want to carry pillows on the bus instead of having them in the luggage trailer, they should carry their pillows in the building with them when they check-in. (The buses will not be open until we leave for camp.) Once you have your luggage on the sidewalk, parents and students should come inside and check in.
Check In: Check-in will take place in the Parlor at the A&M Church of Christ building. The doors to the Parlor will open at 9:00am. When you get to the camper check-in table, you will be given a card with your name on it. This card will lead you through the steps to check-in.
Instruction Form for Over-the-counter and Prescription Medication: We need to know about any prescription medication your child needs during camp...and any over-the-counter medication they can take. (No medication, including over-the-counter medication is allowed in cabins by law.)
*** We have created an online form to allow you to share this information. We need this form completed by every family with a child at Mega Days. Please complete it by Sunday, June 2. Here is a link to the form:
If your son/daughter has any prescription medication they need to take during Mega Days, please have it ready to give to the nurse at check in.
Waters Edge Encampment Liability Release; We will need a liability release for every camper at Mega Days. You can fill out the form and bring it with you (or email it to us) or you can fill it out on Monday morning during check-in.
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After Check-In: After check-in, students will go into the gym to be with their counselors. Parents are welcome to leave after their son/daughter is with their counselor, however, we invite parents to stay until our prayer around 9:20arn if your schedule allows.
Special Note: Even though we will be beginning camp at 9:20, we will not actually leave the building until later in the morning. We will have our first activities, craft time, and lesson time at the church building, and then we will head to camp. This allows us to finish up all paperwork while we are at the building and it allows us some extra time to deal with any issues that come up.
Return Info: On Saturday, June 5, we will arrive back to the church building around 12:00, noon. We will be sending updates via twitter if you want to keep up with when we arrive to camp or depart to come back home. You can follow @amyouthministry or you can see the updates at the top of our webpage, amyouth.net.
Upon our return, all students will go into the gym and you can pick-up your son/daughter there. We will not be releasing students into the parking lot without parents...you (or whoever is picking up your son/daughter) will need to come in to the gym to pick up your camper.
Here is a list of things to bring:
Clothing for Monday through Friday. (Shorts should be at least fingertip length. All shirts should have sleeves.)
Swimsuit (Girls should have one-piece swimsuits or a tank top/t-shirt to wear while swimming.) - Toiletries
Towel and washcloth (we suggest bringing two towels - one for After shower and one for after swimming)
Bedding for a twin bed and pillow, (You can bring sheets or a sleeping bag for bedding.)
Tennis shoes for games/activities which require running
A fun (or goofy) shirt or hat or socks (or all three) for Wacky Wednesday
Games for bus and cabin (optional)
For students going into 7th grade next year: please bring water shoes or tennis shoes that can go in water or sandals with straps on front and back (if you do not have these, it's okay, but a pair of shoes that can get wet would be helpful.)
Life-jacket (optional, but recommended) Special Note: At Mega Days our swim time is in a spring fed lake on the camp property. because it is a lake, all students are required to wear life jackets. The camp has a limited number of life jackets, but if you have a life jacket and would like to bring it, please fee' free to do so. It is helpful when students have their own life jacket. Make sure your jacket is labeled with your name somewhere on the inside of the jacket.
A word about packing: It would be very helpful if you could label all of your child's belongings.
Please Do Not Bring:
MP3 players or music devices/headphones of any kind
Personal video game players
Anything intended to be used for playing a joke (water balloons, shaving cream, etc.) - Anything that could potentially harm someone such as a pocket knife, etc.
Letters from Home -
It's always fun to get letters from home while at camp, however, it's difficult for parents to know just when to send a letter so that it arrives right on time. Therefore, we will have a "letter box" available to all parents before camp. The letter box will also be available at the visitor's desk at church on Sunday (5/30) and on the day we check in for Mega Days, Tuesday, June 1.
Please put your son/daughter's name on the outside of the envelope and which day you would like them to get the letter. (Wed, Thurs, or Fri...there will not be mail distributed on Tuesday or Saturday). We'll make sure they get it on that day. You are welcome to put in a letter for each day if you'd like. Please do not send candy/care packages.
We really want to encourage you to send at least one letter for your son/daughter while they are at camp. Most of our students receive letters from parents or family members, and this can be a very encouraging thing for your son/daughter to receive. (If you need help coming up with ideas of what to write, you can go to letterstocamp.net and find many ideas. It is a blog, so the most recent posts are at the top, but look on the right side for ideas by category.)
Information to be aware of:
Overnight- If your son/ daughter could possibly have an accident during the night, please let Jenni, Monty, Heather or Dyan know by using the email addresses below, or call the church office. We will help your son/ daughter in any way they need, but it would be helpful to know of this need ahead of time.
Special Needs- If your son/daughter has any special needs that we need to be aware of at Mega Days, please let us know about them by calling or emailing Monty, Jenni, or Dyan. It is especially helpful to know about any food allergies (gluten free, etc.) your son/daughter might have as well as whether or not your son/daughter has any difficulty in a learning situation such as class or small groups. (If you already filled out the food allergy information when you filled out the sign-up form, you do not have to let us know again.)
Final payments- If you have not made your final payment for Mega Days, please bring that payment when you check-in on June 1. If you need extra time to make the final payment, please let us know.
Cell phones and Students- Students are not allowed to have cell phones at camp. If your son/daughter owns a phone, they will need to leave it at home for camp. Please note that "at home" doesn't not mean in their bag or pocket. :) This is the same policy for our middle school and high school students at camp. If you need to reach your student, use the phone numbers provided to text us and we will get them in touch with you as soon as we can.
Head Lice- All students will be checked for lice on the first day of camp. If students have lice, their parent will be asked to come and pick them up, and they will not be able to return to camp. Please, please, please check your son/daughter for lice before camp starts so that they will not have to miss camp. We do not want to have to send any campers home because of head lice.
Here is a copy of our schedule for Mega Days. This is an overall schedule and doesn't include all of the details of each activity. So if you look at an event and think to yourself, "Wow, how could they spend so long in the big group meeting?" Or, "Why do they stay in the cabins so long after swimming?" ...don't worry. There are many activities going on within each of the activities listed below.
9:00 – Students arrive at church and check-in
9:20 – Prayer in gym to begin Mega Days
9:30 — Games in gym
9:50 – Singing in chapel
10:15 – Rotation: Crafts/Bible Lessons
11:30 – Lunch
12:30 – Depart for Waters Edge Encampment
1:40 – To cabins: Pack and get settled
2:20 – Rotation: Swim/boat/great games
4:35 – Back to cabins/clean-up/unpack
6:00 – Supper
6:45 - Rotation: Bible lessons, Games
7:25 – Evening Activities
8:25 – Evening Devo
8:50 – Group Prayer Time
9:05 – Go to cabins
9:45 – Lights Out
(When you see the word “rotation”, this means that our students will be broken up into smaller groups for activities, Bible lessons, games, etc.)
Wednesday - Friday:
7:00 – Wake Up
8:00 – Breakfast
8:45 – Cabin Clean-Up
9:15 – Rotation: Crafts; Bible Lessons
11:15 – Morning Praise
12:00 – Group Time
12:30 – Lunch
1:15 – Quiet Time
2:00 – Rotation: Swim/boat/great games
4:30 – To Cabins
5:30 – Small Groups
6:00 – Supper
6:45 – Skit Night Planning
7:15 – Games
8:15 – Evening Devo
8:45- Group Prayer Time
9:00 - To Cabins
9:45 – Lights Out
7:00 – Wake Up
8:00 – Breakfast
8:45 – Pack -Up; Clean Up
9:30 – Morning Praise; Final Slideshow
10:00 – Depart Waters Edge Encampment
12:00 – Arrive at A&M C of C
Transportation to/from camp will be provided in church vehicles and some personal vehicles. We will be using our two youth buses, plus a few additional suburbans/mini-vans. However, if you would like to drop off and/or pick up your son or daughter from camp, you are more than welcome to do so. If you plan to do this, please let us know so that we can make transportation plans accordingly.
Emergency Numbers -
If you need to reach our group during the time we are at Mega Days, you can call Monty (979) 676-3993 or Heather (210) 452-6926 or Jenni (979) 229-9544 or the camp phone number (936) 546-0700. Cell phone service can be quite difficult to come by in certain parts of the camp, but we think text messages will come through as we move around throughout the day. Feel free to text anytime. We do not anticipate to have the ability to check email each day.
If you have any questions or if there is anything we need to be aware of relating to your son/daughter, feel free to call or e-mail. Email can be sent to email@example.com, , or firstname.lastname@example.org. We ask you to please keep Mega Days in your prayers over the next few days as we finish preparations and then as we head to camp.