Grades 1-5, current school year (2020-21)
Registration for Camp Eye Spy is CLOSED.
Camp Eye Spy! is a Riverside camp that will be taking place at Big Sandy Camp's facilities in McGregor, Minnesota (about 2 1/2 hours from both our campuses)
Drop off on Monday 6/14 is between 3-4pm. Pick-up on Friday 6/18 is by 11am but parents are invited to join us for closing chapel at 10am.
Parents are responsible to arrange transportation for their kid to/from the camp.
The address for Big Sandy Camp is:
52511 - 185th Place
McGregor, MN 55760
Swimming, boating, group games, laser tag and so much more!
We believe safety is of the utmost importance. All camp staff and volunteers will be persons who have completed the Child Protection Plan Training, Background Check process and that comply with the Child Protection Overnight Addendum. There will be a camp staff training prior to camp covering safety policies and procedures.
Worship & Spiritual Growth
Worship and our teaching/small group times will be exciting, creative, engaging, awesome and God-honoring! It will be fun to spend time with God in this special way! Activities from each day will point to the main theme/lesson for the day and will help kids to truly experience God's Word in a real way.
WHAT If MY CHILD GETS HOMESICK?
Camp staff are well prepared to help your child overcome their case of the "lonelies" and make the most of their camp experience. Kids will often take their cue from your preparations for camp: keep things positive by reminding them about all the fun they'll have at camp as well as why they wanted to attend in the first place. In our experience, an attempt to reassure a hesitant child with a promise - "If you don't like it, we'll come get you" - sets kids up for thinking they may not like it and will want to leave, often leading to an unhappy and early departure. If your child does experience severe homesickness, you will be contacted by camp staff to discuss the situation.
WHAT IF MY CHILD STRUGGLES WITH WETTING THE BED?
Bed wetting is a common issue we encounter at camp. Our staff are trained and well prepared to deal with the situation discreetly. Campers are encouraged to use the bathroom before bedtime. If this is a particular struggle for your child, we would recommend that your child brings an extra set of bedding as well as a garbage bag for soiled sheets. In the event of an accident, the second set of bedding will be used while the first set is being laundered.
WHAT IF MY CHILD HAS FOOD ALLERGIES?
Big Sandy Camp does it's best to accommodate special dietary needs. If a dietary need or food allergy was noted during registration, you will receive an email from Big Sandy Camp prior to camp with the menu when alternatives are available.
While Big Sandy Camp cannot plan menus around particular individuals, we have learned helpful ways to serve children with food allergies. Some guests find it necessary to bring a supply of their own food to supplement the menu. Refrigerated storage and a microwave are available.
WHY CAN'T WE BRING CELL PHONES/ELECTRONIC DEVICES?
Electronic devices with the capability to play games, videos, make phone calls and/or connect to the internet are not permitted at camp even if these features are disabled. Campers who are "tuned out" are missing out on creating the strong bonds we expect to form at camp. Camp offers your kids a chance to enjoy a simple and uncomplicated environment where we value personal interaction, creativity and communication. We know you'd agree that less "screen time" is the in the best interest of your child.
In addition, cell phones are expensive, can get lost and the physical environment of camp is not kind to these items. Plus when kids come to camp they - and you - are making a leap of faith, temporarily transferring their primary care from you as their parents to us as directors. This is one of the growth-producing, yet challenging aspects of camp. As children learn to trust other caring adults, they grow and learn, little by little, to solve some of their own challenges. We believe this emerging independence is one of the greatest benefits of camp. Contacting you by cell phone essentially means they have not made this transition. Sending a cell phone to camp is like saying to your child that you as the parent haven't truly come to peace with the notion of them being away from you and in our care.
We will certainly tell you if your child is experiencing a challenge in their adjustment to camp. You can help by talking to your child before they leave for camp and telling them that there is always someone they can reach out to, whether it be their cabin counselor, the camp directors or camp nurse. We are all here to help!
- Bedding - sleeping bag or single size bedding and pillow
- 2 towels (1 for shower, 1 for swimming), shampoo, toothbrush, soap, comb, etc.
- Clothes for both warm and chilly days (and extra outfits)
- One piece swimsuit or modest two piece tankini (for girls) that covers the entire midriff
- Bible, notebook, pens or pencils
- Medications (Rx or OTC) in their original container (to be turned in to the camp nurse)
- Tennis shoes, sandals and an extra pair of shoes if possible