Campers will find passages, ask questions and learn new things about God through our small group Bible studies each morning.
Morning Bible Study
Our morning Bible studies are meant for campers of all ages and our counselors are trained to meet them right where they are.
Our Day Campers will enjoy swimming in the heat of the day each afternoon with their age group. Slides, fountains, friends and lots of splashing mean there is no shortage of fun at our pools.
*all swims have a certified lifeguard on duty at all times*
Swimming Lessons are provided for all levels of swimmers on Tuesday and Thursday mornings. Counselors go through a list of skills by using fun activities and games. Campers who come multiple weeks have the opportunity to move up when they've completed their current skill level.
We have archery for all ages. Our Alpha Day Campers (K-3rd Grade) will learn to shoot with our fun foam arrows and we progress the skills with our Omega Day Campers (4-6th grade) as they learn to shoot with our compound bows and arrows. All campers are taught safety skills as well as shooting skills and are sure to hit a bulls-eye with practice and patience!
Arts and Crafts
Arts and Crafts that are fun and for all skill levels happen twice a week to pull out the creative side of all our campers.
Day Campers will ride horses once a week. Our horse program is designed for riders with little to average experience. Trails vary in terrain and will be selected to give the best ride for your camper's group. Trail rides are generally one hour long. Our wranglers will give a group orientation before the ride and will accompany the group through the ride. We have horses for various riders and our wranglers will work to pair participants with a horse that suits their ability .
*Completed grades k-3 are lead through their ride with a wrangler walking along side their horse at all times.
Slip n' Slide
Our 100 foot slip n' slide is always the talk of camp on hot days. Multiple times in the summer we'll bust it out and watch our campers bust a move as they always fly down in style.
Campers go GaGa for GaGa ball! It is high energy and fast paced! Counselors can choose to take their group whenever the court is free, so read these rules and you will already be ahead of the game!
1. One player tosses the ball up in the air. Players yell “ga” on the first bounce and “ga” again on the second bounce, and then the ball is then in play. 2. Players hit the ball with their hands only, and may not carry or throw the ball; it must be struck with an open hand or with a fist. 3. Any player who is touched by the ball either directly or by a rebound off the wall is “out” and must exit the octagon/court. 4. If the ball contacts a player or a player’s clothing below the knees, that player is eliminated. If the ball contacts the player above the knees, the player is still in. 5. If the ball goes out of the gaga court, the last player to touch the ball is eliminated. 6. Players are not allowed to catch the ball. If a player catches the ball, he or she is out.
Outdoor Group Games
Heartland Day Camp is all about building relationships in a Christ-centered environment through outdoor adventures. That's why, almost all of our activities are spent outside, using outside voices and having a blast.
Once a week we'll have a Day Camp cook out for lunch! This include hot dogs and s'mores over the camp fire and it's always a favorite.
Our small group model of camping creates a family group for each camper where they can flourish, belong and invest in life-long friendships centered in Christ.
Nature walks are a mix of fun and education as our exceptional counseling staff lead campers through our wooded trails pointing out the beauty of God's creation along the way. Occasionally they'll take a stop in our Ellis Creek as they explore the mud, rocks and plant life that live in our creek bed.
Towards the end of the day family groups gather to debrief the day and remember the Bible study theme they learned about in the morning.
Our staff are trained to meet your camper right where they are, be inclusive and invest in relationships. It's safe to say that despite all our efforts to provide awesome activities, the Christ-centered relationships formed among their small groups is the reason campers keep coming back.
Groups also gather at the end of the day for singing songs and hearing a Christ-centered message to help tie together all they've been learning.