Summer Camps Schedule and Descriptions

Registration will open on:

February 1st at 9am for overnight camps

February 15th at 9am for Day Camp

All programs are Sunday 4PM – Friday 4PM, unless noted. Campers will enjoy the camp activities such as swimming, hiking trails, arts and crafts, campfires, bible study, archery, low ropes, games, high aerial park, talent shows, climbing wall and ziplines.

NEW for 2024! Camp Check out is a 4PM Friday afternoon.  We will not serve Friday dinner so we will cover a daily snack and drink for each camper from the camp store, parents will not need to add in any store funds during registration. 

 All offsite trips and trips or activities with outside vendors are subject to change based on current COVID-19 levels within our community.

Housing can also be subject to change heading into a week to reduce risk based on summer patterns with COVID-19.

In our online registration system – Please be sure you choose your camper, select the session they want (enrolled status), then pay the required deposit (Registered status). 

A space for your camper will not be guaranteed until deposit/payment is made.

 

Adventure Camps

Elementary, Grades 3-5

Middle, Grades 6-8

High School, Grades 9-12

Cost: $580

Adventure Camp is the classic Manidokan experience, where many of our camper begin their bonds of friendship, foster their appreciation for nature, and grow in their roots of faith.  Campers stay in either our cabins (bathhouse a short walk away) or our Lodges (bathrooms en suite of bedrooms) and eat most of their meals in the Dining Hall.

Campers will hike along Sawmill Creek, go on an all-day river trip, shoot archery, play games and much more!  We start each day with bible study and end each night with Worship to help campers develop a relationship with Christ in a safe and encouraging environment. Adventure Camp is the best way to experience a week of fun, outdoor adventure, and Christian community at Manidokan!

All Housing will be determined based on  age-level, and registration numbers closer to camp.

Offered:  

July 7-12, Leadership for Middle School group provided by Chris & Kaite Bishop (Mt. Zion & Middletown UMCs), formally known as Best Week Ever.  Leadership for Elementary and High School groups provided by Manidokan staff.

July 14-19, Leadership for all grade levels provided by Sabrina Merrill and St. Luke’s UMC & Martinsburg Cooperative Parish

July 28 – August 2, Leadership for all grade levels provided by Jenny Smith, Wesley Freedom UMC, formally known as Explorer Camp.

American Sign Language Camp

Grades 2 – 12

Cost: $580

American Sign Language Camp features ASL immersion opportunities for signers at any level, from beginners to fluent signers. Campers will also participate in swimming, hiking, arts and crafts, and more and learn about God’s love through morning devotions adn evening worship. ASL Camp is designed for hearing campers at any signing level. Camper stay in either our cabins (bathhouse a short walk away) or our Lodges (bathrooms en suite of bedrooms) and eat most of their meals in the Dining Hall.

Campers in Deaf & ASL Camps will share lodging and all daily activities.

Age groupings & housing will be determined based age-level and registration numbers closer to camp.  Younger campers are likely to stay in the Lodges and older campers are likely to stay in the  cabins.

Offered for only 1-week: July 21-26 with Leadership Provided be Deaf Camps, Inc.

Day Camp

Elementary & Middle

Grades 1 – 8  

Cost: $350

 

July 8-12

Day Camp is a great way to introduce kids to summer camp without having them spend the night.  They will have fun going hiking to Sawmill Creek, playing games, making crafts, and much more with us thoughout the week!  They will also have daily morning devotion and prayer.  Day Camp starts at 9AM (drop off from 8:45-9am) and ends at 4PM (pick up from 4-4:30pm), with lunch and snack provided at camp.  Day Camp hits most of the highlights of a week-long resident camp without the overnight portion.

Deaf Camp

Grades 2 – 12

Cost: $580

Deaf Camp feature deaf culture and communication opportunities for individuals of all hearing and signing abilities.  Campers will participate in swimming, hiking, arts and crafts, and more; all while they learn about God’s love through morning devotions and evening worship.  Deaf Camp is designed for campers who are Deaf and hard-of-hearing. Campers stay in either our cabins (bathhouse a short walk away) or our Lodges (bathrooms en suite o fbedrooms) adn eat most of their meals in the Dining Hall.

Campers in Deaf & ASL Camps will share lodging and all daily activities.

Age groupings & housing will be determined based on age-level and registration numbers closer to camp.  Younger campers will likely stay in the Lodges, Older campers are likely to stay in the cabins.

Offered for only 1-week: July 21-26 with Leadership Provided be Deaf Camps, Inc.

Leaders in Training

Manidokan Leadership Track

Grades 10-12

Cost: $480

by application & registration only

Step 1: Applications to be posted in Feb.     AND  Obtain a Pastor’s Reference here

You will receive a message from Pastor Chris Bishop then once approved:

Step 2:  Register and pay tuition in BWC Camp system

The Manidokan Leadership Track program is for high school aged campers who show interest and ability in Christian leadership. Leadership campers will work closely with the volunteer directors and counselors to plan, serve and lead a variety of activities for the campers.  This is a great opportunity to get hands on leadership experience in preparation for other leadership roles in the church or camp setting.

Here is a message from Pastor Chris Bishop about this program:

The goal of this week is to provide a great week of camp for everyone by serving one another, growing in faith and leading well. A few characteristic we seek in a great student leader are:

  • Communication skills – If you have questions or concerns or ideas tell Pastor Chris as we all work together to make camp the best week for everyone.
  • Servant Leadership – You are a big part of what makes camp special.  Your willingness to serve first and put the camper’s experience first is amazing, even more so when you set aside personal preference or convenience.
  • Team-member – There is a whole team here with you! Knowing when to work hard and when to relax can help your week go well.
  • Open to try new things – We want you to grow as a disciple, leader and person. This means that we will ask you to try new things but know that we all learn together in a safe environment.

While the list above is not complete it is a good summary of the team’s expectations of our Student Leaders, if you feel excited about joining our team then we encourage you to apply.  It is the hope of the team that you will grow as a leader through training, conversation and hands-on experience.

If you have any questions about this program, please contact Pastor Chris Bishop, pastor@mymtzion.org.   There are a limited number of positions.  Applications will be reviewed by the  leadership team before final confirmation is given.  

Mini Camp

Elementary Grades 1-5

Middle School Grades 6-8 

Cost: $315

 

Mini Camp is the perfect introductory and overnight campign experience for elementary and middle school aged campers!  Coem to a half week of Manidokan from Wednesday through Friday and participate in just as much fun!  Experience the best camp has to offer by going on hikes, playing games, swimming in the pool, and making new friends. The Manidokan adventure starts here! Campers stay in our Lodges (bathrooms en suite of bedrooms) and eat most of their meals in the Dining Hall.

Arrival/Check-In will be on Wednesday from 4:00-5:00pm.

Departure/Pick-Up will be on Friday mid-afternoon.

Campers will enjoy Dinner on Wednesday through Lunch on Friday.

River Adventure Camp

Grades 9-12

Cost: $580

 

July 14-19

Be a part of River Adventure and spend your week exploring the beautiful creeks and rivers around Manidokan! Each day will begin with a delicious hot breakfast in the Dining Hall and then campers will be shuttled to a section of creek/river for a day of learning, exploring, and paddling along a local waterway (the Potomac River and Antietam Creek are the most common options).  Campers will mainly canoe, but will also have the opportunity to kayak and/or raft (Dependant upon group choice and/or water levels).  Each day campers will take a packed lunch with them and will return to Manidokan in the afternoon for swim time/showers and dinner in the Dining Hall.   After dinner, they’ll join the rest of camp for classic evening activities and worship.  Campers will sleep in the Hammock Pavilion (no running water or electricity; bring a headlamp!) and will have access to a port-a-potty at night.  Please note: This camp is moderately strenuous and is only recommended for campers who are comfortable spending all day on the water and being physically active.

 

Date 2024 Schedule 
*Based on grade entering Fall 2024
Rate per camper
June 26-28 (Wed-Fri) Mini Camp: Grades 1-5, 6-8 $315
July 7-12 Adventure Camps: Grades 3-5, 6-8, 9-12 $580
July 7-12 Leaders-In-Training, Grades 10-12 $480
July 8-12 (Mon-Fri) Day Camp: Grades 1-8 $350
July 14-19

Adventure Camps: Grades 3-5, 6-8, 9-12

River Camp: Grades 9-12

$580
July 21-26 Deaf & ASL Camps: Grades 2-12 $580
July 28-Aug 2 Adventure Camps: Grades 3-5, 6-8, 9-12 $580