Frequently Asked Questions - Hillside & Lakeside

Where is the infirmary?

Hillside: Outpost at James/John Building
Lakeside: Garden Court (Brown "u" shaped building)

Where do we check in?

For Express, i.e. paid in full:

Hillside - The Hillside Steel Tent by the office.
Lakeside – Housing selection under Lakeside steel tent for boys, under Quail's Roost Shelter for girls

With a Balance Due:

Go to ministry center (office) first then go to check in station

Which is boys'/girls' cabins?

Hillside: For an equally divided gender week, Phillip and Andrew are for boys, Simon and Bartholomew for girls. Thomas varies due to enrollment needs.

Lakeside: flower dorms are girls, Tree dorms are boys. Rose may be either boy or girls depending on registration enrollment.

How many campers per dorm?

14-16 campers and two counselors. Counselor groups are 1:8, for grades 4-8. For 1-3 grades the ratio is 1:5 or 1:6.

Where do they swim?

Everyone uses the waterfront on Lakeside and uses the swim area.Swim tests required to enter deep end for grades 1st-8th. Swimmers wear wristbands for passing test. Waterfront inflatibles use age progression for use. The blob is first avaialable to campers in the 4th,5th,6th grade camps where 4th grade is the youngest. It is not available for L123, L234, or L345.

Where is the campfire?

Hillside: In the woods by the climbing tower

Lakeside: In the woods across the big open field

Where do they have canteen?

Hillside: At Zebedees Snak Shak – Oasis area

Lakeside: Lower deck canteen area


Hillside: Their gaming area is under the Hillside Steel Tent.

Lakeside: Lower deck area.
Both areas have carpetball, fooseball, ping pong table.

T-shirt Shoppe?

The T-shirt Shoppes are located on the Lakeside campus. It is open at check in and check out time frames along with scheduled times throughout the week.

What time do they eat? And where?

In the dining hall. Hillside camps eat at 8:30am, 12:45pm, 6:30pm. Lakeside camps eat at 7:45am, 12pm, 5:30pm. When it is a 'campuswide program', meal times are 8, 12 and 6 pm.

Where is their main meeting space?

Hillside: James/ John Building is their main meeting space.

Lakeside: Upper portion of building with large porch. We call this the “Chapel”.

What is the James/John Cabin?

It will initially serve as the meeting space for the Hillside campus. It is actually the size of two cabins put together without the center walls. Eventually, as another meeting space is built, we will convert it to its original purpose of a leader’s cabin and infirmary. Thomas will become another camper cabin.

How do campers choose activities?

They decide as a counselor group what they will do each day and it is scheduled. There are six activity periods per day. Every day a camper will experience swimming, bible study class, chapel (life application), a social issue relative to the camper age, which may include a service project. The other two periods would consist of all the other options available to their age ability: Archery, Leathercrafts, Canoe/Paddleboat,Nature Center, Zoom Floom, Field Games, Ropes Course*, Climbing Tower*, 9 Square in the Air, Pedal Carts, Sand Volleyball, Pole Fishing, Banana Sled* Tubing*, Roller Racers, Game Room, 18 Hole Disc Golf, Gaga Ball, Paintball* extra fee. Please note that not all activities are available to every age. We use progression to introduce campers to new activities at each program level.

How does the Store Account work?

Campers receive one $5 credit for their store account with their registration. Parents may add more money to this account. As of 2018, campers are given a wristband at the first breakfast with their account number on it. That number is scanned when purchasing at the canteen or T-shirt Shoppe. The camper needs to keep this wristband on during the entire program. The canteen camper spending account is used for any purchase on campus including leather crafts and mission giving.

Do any activities cost extra?

Leathercrafts provide one free project (bookmark) and then the camper can purchase another project if they would like. Paintball is an extra $25 and is available to campers in the high school programs.

What does a typical schedule look like?

Sample only -- times/options may vary

8:30 Cabin Cleanup
9Personal Devotions
9:30Activity Period 1
10:30Activity Period 2
12 pmLunch
12:30Program Option
2Activity Period 3
3Activity Period 4
4Activity Period 5
6:30Activity Period 6
Evening Fun (Skits, Talent, etc.)
Lights out (Varies with age)

Are there other restrictions on activities for certain ages?


  • Blob, Glacier & Banana sled – starts when the youngest camper is 4th grade i.e. L456
  • Iceberg – starts with the youngest grade of 3rd i.e. L345
  • Tower and Tubing starts at 7,8,9 grade camps
  • Giant Swing starts at 6,7,8 grade camps
  • Double Zip line and Pedal carts start at 5,6,7 grade camps
  • Paintball starts at 7,8,9 grade camps and up
  • Roller Racers are for programs under 6th grade
  • The Zoom Floom open to all ages as a part of Pt. Aurora

What about Water Safety?

Whenever swimming and boating activities are open, certified lifeguards are on duty. Boaters must wear U.S. Coast Guard approved life jackets (provided). Personal safety and the proper use of the equipment are emphasized at all times. Power boat water sports adhere to industry wide safety standards.

Can my camper bring their phone?

No. If your camper is distressed or upset, we will first try to console and distract your camper and if they do not become engaged we will contact you first without the camper in the room to discuss the situation before putting the camper on the phone. The only staff that should be contacting you is the nurse or the Program Director. The counselor should not be calling the parent without the Program Director’s approval

Are counselors screened?

Yes, they are screened on the national and local level. We use Verified First as the screening company and get results instantly. A new state law also mandates that all workers be "Level 2" LiveScan fingerprinted prior to working with campers through the State of Florida AHCA Clearinghouse.

Are counselors trained?

Yes, we have a series of written procedures and policies called the “Focus Series”. These are available online and any parent can view how we train our counselors from discipline issues, to spiritual decision issues, as well as risk management and procedures for emergencies.

Where do you get your counselors?

Counselors come from our owner/supporting area churches and are usually workers within that church as teachers, youth sponsors, etc. Each program has a volunteer Program Director that coordinates the program specifics for that week and recruits the volunteer counselors and other administrative staff such as missionary, chapel speaker and music personnel. Over the course of the summer we have over 400 volunteers.