Dedicated to Excellence and the Safety of Your Child
Sending your child away for a week of camp can bring some anxiety for parents. It’s a lot of trust to place in people you haven’t met before to care for the well-being of your child.
At Living Water Ministries, we’re sensitive to the trust you’ve placed in our hands by sending your child to one of our formative programs. We want you to know that we take the safety of your child extremely seriously.
Our summer staff undergo an intensive 2 week training period prior to the arrival of campers. During that time, they are given the skills necessary to provide for the emotional, physical and spiritual safety of your child.
Background checks, drug screenings, and CPR/first aid training are how we fulfill this commitment to the well-being of your child. We also provide above average staff-to-camper ratios in our pursuit of safety & excellence.
Preparing Your Child for Success
An informative tool on homesickness to review prior to sending your child to camp. Homesickness is a natural part of growing up and into an independent and self-confident person. Our staff know to expect this and are trained to caring walk campers through homesickness into an amazing week at camp. Download Homesickness-Prevention Strategies
Technology at Camp
A big part of the camp experience is its separateness from the rest of your child’s life. A week at camp is a chance to step outside of the person we are expected to be and to try on a new personality and to be part of a new community. The communities we form at camp give us the chance to connect to others outside of the social pressures of the rest of our lives and form relationships based on God’s Grace. This is how lifelong relationships are formed, the bonds of which are stronger than most any that your child is likely to form at church or school.
Sending a cell phone, iPod, or game system with your child can short-circuit their camp experience. Having one of these things means they are still connected to the rest of their lives in a way that will prevent them from being fully present with their fellow campers. While everyone else is growing together in Christian love, the camper with a cell phone is thinking about who they can text or when they can find an internet connection to post their Facebook status. At camp, these pieces of technology are an anchor that will hold your child back from experiencing all that a week at Stony Lake has to offer.
Many parents/guardians don’t want to let their children be out of contact for a week. Rest assured that you can always contact our office to check on your child’s status or to send them email messages which we will print for them.
Emailing Your Camper
Emailing your camper at Stony Lake is easy! Please be sure to include your camper’s full name in the subject line of your email.
Emails will be printed daily and screened by Living Water Ministries staff. We will make every effort to get emails to your camper in a timely manner.
Notification in the event of Injury or Illness
Parents or Guardians will be promptly notified by the Health Officer in case of serious injury or of an illness that affects the camper’s participation in camp activities for more than one day.
Download the Packing List for Stony Lake
When packing please note that
- Personal pets are not permitted at camp
- We reserve the right to limit access and use of any personal sporting equipment brought to camp
- Electronic devices of any kind, unless medically necessary, are not allowed at camp and will be confiscated for the week of camp and returned at check-out. Living Water Ministries is not responsible for any electronic devices brought to camp.
Camper Drop off and Pick up
Camper check-in runs from 3:00-5:30 pm the first day of camp. Pickup on the last day of camp is at 3pm. Click here for directions to Stony Lake
For Your Living Water Ministries Camp Experience
Our programs are crafted so that every camper is offered the chance to accomplish the following:
- Campers will name a time they gave or received grace (forgiveness, acceptance, patience) to or from others during the week of camp.
- Campers will name a time when they served others during the week of camp.
- Campers will name a time when they helped to lead others during the week of camp.
- Campers will name a time when they felt nurtured by or connected to others during the week of camp.
Horseback Riding at Stony Lake (optional activity)
Stony Lake Horseback Riding occurs at the Rainbow Ranch in New Era. Rainbow Ranch will take up to 30 campers per riding session providing well cared for, groomed, and trained horses for each camper. Campers are provided helmets by Stony Lake for each trip. Campers will ride a trail on walking horses through fields and woods with skilled, trained, guides at the front and back of the line. The entire trip takes about 1 hour. There is a $40 fee to participate in Horseback Riding at Stony Lake.
High Ropes at Stony Lake
Stony Lake has a 5 element High Ropes course. Our High Ropes course is approximately 35 feet from the ground in a canopy of trees. Campers challenge themselves individually on each element while wearing required safety gear and belay. Trained Stony Lake staff keep a very close and watchful eye to provide emergency “take down” procedures in the event of a frightened camper. 6-15 campers participate in this experience at a time for about 1-2 hours.
Crate Stacking at Stony Lake
This activity sounds simple but becomes a great challenge! Campers in a climbing harness and on belay build and climb a stack of milk crates. Cheered on by their peers may make it to 12 or even 15 crates before the stack looses balance and the camper is safely lowered to the ground by trained camp staff. This is a great ropes activity for our younger campers to participate in, the only requirement is a proper fit in the safety equipment.
Little Point Sable Light House Trip at Stony Lake
Stony Lake campers visit the Little Point Sable Light House on Lake Michigan for a 2-3 hour period of time for an experience playing in the sand, swimming, and games on the beach. This trip occurs during waterfront & afternoon programming time. Campers are transported via school bus to Little Point Sable where they hike up the dunes and out to the site for swimming led by Stony Lake staff. Swimming is monitored by trained lifeguards and aquatic observers from the Stony Lake staff.
Off-Site Service Projects at Stony Lake
Campers at Stony Lake are provided an optional afternoon activity to put their faith into action with service projects in our local community. Sample service projects have included visits to nursing homes to spend time with residents, helping out at a local food pantry, and serving at Love, Inc. (a local non-profit). Campers are transported to service sites via our camp bus.
Lewis’ Petting Farm for Elementary Campers
Elementary campers will experience Lewis’ Petting Farm just down the road from camp! Campers will be given money out of their camp store account to take to Lewis’ to buy food for the animals or a special treat for themselves.