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Top 10 Camp
Mark your calendars for Top 10 Camp 2014!
 
July 13-15 2014
 
Registration is now open! Click Here to register!
 
Top 10 Camp is just a few days away! We're looking forward to having your child join us for camp!

There are a few things we want to communicate before you arrive.
We have 4 main reasons for kids to attend camp:

1.  To get away from the distractions of the world so that they can connect with other kids, adults, and God in new and fun ways. We want every kid to make new friends and have tons of fun at camp!
2. To create memories that will help them connect their relationship to God with great experiences they won't ever forget.
3. To observe others and hear wisdom in a way that their parents can help them grow after camp. We believe that kids need role models who are saying the same wise things to them that their parents are saying.
4. To experience new, exciting, and interesting things. We know that sometimes kids will try new things, push their personal inhibitions aside, and challenge themselves in the presence of others. We want kids to experience personal triumph in a fun, safe, and engaging way.
It's going to be a fun week!
You may be wondering what to bring. We'd like to note that we have a list of what not to bring as well.
Do Bring....(And please mark all items well)
o   Clothes for 3 days

o   Clothes for 2 nights

o   Toiletries (yes deodorant is needed by most kids at this age)

o   Clothes that might get messy or wet. (Kids will select workshops to take part in. Some workshops include paint, dirt, or water.)

o   Close toed shoes. (We will be taking a hike off campus.)

o   A good attitude (This is not optional. Willingness to participate is one of our camp rules.)

o   An NIV Bible

o   A water bottle (Well marked.)

o   A towel (To go under your air mattress so it doesn't squeak at night.)

o   A towel to take a shower (You'll shower in your bathing suit...so bring that too.)

o   A laundry basket (To house all of your personal stuff so it's not all over the room. Think of it as your locker.)

o   Medications (Must be in original package with the child's name on the prescription. Please place the medications in a Ziploc bag with the directions for each dosage written on a piece of paper inside the bag. Also, please label the bag with the child's name.)

o   A sheet for your air mattress (fitted twin or flat double sheets are best)

o   A blanket or sleeping bag

o   A pillow

Please Leave At Home:
o   Cell phones (Should you need to reach your child, we ask that you only contact them if it's an emergency. Almost all homesickness occurs once a child has had a phone call from home.  Please don't ask us to break this rule.) Our preferred way for you to contact your child is through our camp director. To get in touch with Julie during camp email: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or text: 813-401-8201 (You can call that cell as well.)

o   Money (There will be no use for money at camp.)

o   Electronics (We are not responsible for any theft, breakage or loss, and we simply prefer that kids don't bring these distractions to camp. They won't need them.)

o   A bad attitude  ('nuf said.)

You might want:
o   A watch (This is optional, but we do keep to a schedule.)

o   A camera (We'll take some pictures and we'll happily share them.)

o   Light jacket (Just in case it rains.)

o   Flip flops (For when you take a shower.)

o   Flashlight (Not your really expensive one.)


We'll see you Sunday (July 14) at 4 p.m.! Check-in is right outside of the Van Dyke Coffee Shop.
 
This incredible 40-hour event is for kids entering 4th, 5th or 6th grade in the fall.  The world has lots of influence in your life, and God has lots to say about the way you make choices. 
 
Everyday kids make decisions.  Discover how your choices matter more and more the older you get. 
 
Come, have lots of fun with kids your own age, learn more about God, make new friends, and discover how making wise choices, while growing up in today's world, can be lots of fun!
 
COST - The cost of camp this year is $57.  A $7 discount will be applied if you pay by credit card during your online registration until July 1 at 11:59 p.m., plus credit card fees will be waived.  Cost is $57 if you pay by check or cash.  As of July 2 at 12 a.m., cost will be $57 for all participants, and no discounts will be available.  Space is limited, register early!
 
Space is limited.  Please plan to attend the entire camp.
 
 
Frequently Asked Questions
 
Cost & Registration
 
Q. How much does it cost?
 
   A.  The cost of camp this year is $57.  A $7 discount will be applied if you pay by credit card during your online registration until July 1 at 11:59 p.m., plus credit card fees will be waived.  Cost is $57 if you pay by check.  As of July 2 at 12 a.m., cost will be $57 for all participants, and no discounts will be available.  Space is limited, register early!
 
 
Q. What is included in the cost?
 
   A. Cost includes all meals, snacks, all camp supplies, and a T-shirt for each child registered
by July 1.
 
 
Q. Are there scholarships available?
 
   A. Yes, there are a limited number of scholarships available.  Please contact Liz at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it to apply.
 
 
Q.  How do I register?
 
   A. Online registration will open on or before April 1, 2014. 
 
 
Q.  What should my child bring to camp?
 
   A. 
·       Bible
·       Sleeping Bag
·       Towel
·       Swimsuit for a water event (modest is hottest)
·       Clothes that are comfortable
·       Tennis Shoes
·       Socks
·       Plenty of clean underwear
·       Deodorant, toothbrush and toothpaste
·       Air Mattress (or you can use ours, we have plenty)
·       Sheet, pillow
·       Work Gloves
·       Medications in original containers with written directions in a zip-lock bag.
·       Quarters for the soda machine. Snack bar will not be open. Each soda costs 75 cents in the machine
·       A Good Attitude

Children should not bring any cell phones, electronics, or valuables of any kind.  We are not responsible for lost or stolen property.
 
 
Q.  When is money due for camp?
 
   A. The cost of camp this year is $57.  A $7 discount will be applied if you pay by credit card during your online registration until July 1 at 11:59 p.m., plus credit card fees will be waived.  Cost is $57 if you pay by check.  As of July 2 at 12 a.m., cost will be $57 for all participants, and no discounts will be available.  Space is limited, register early!
 
 
Program
 
Q.  What will my child do during camp?
               
   A. This 40 hour summer camp is fun and exciting for all kids!  There will be water fun, guest speakers, service project, geocaching, blooper videos, worship, scavenger hunt, Challenge the Champ, team building games,
& more.      
 
  
Friends
 
Q. Can my child stay with his or her friend or sibling in the same room?
 
   A. Kids will choose their own beds at registration. 
 
Q.  Can my child bring a friend?
 
   A.  Yes.  However, friends must register and complete Medical Release Forms as well.  And parents of friends must provide a notarized Medical Release Form at camp registration.
 
Q.  We don't go to Van Dyke Church, can my child attend?
 
   A.  Yes.  All kids regardless of faith or church are welcomed at camp.  Your child will hear lessons from the Bible, discuss how God can change their life, and will be encouraged to read their Bible and pray at camp and afterwards.
 
 
Logistics (Time, Meals, Equipment)
 
 
Q. What are the meals?
 
   A. We know kids are picky eaters and we have chosen very kid friendly food. At this time, we are working on meal selection, but it may help to know that in the past it has been pizza, macaroni and cheese, and spaghetti.   There will be no substitutions or alternate meals provided.
 
Q. What time is drop off?
 
   A.  Check-in and registration will begin at 4:00 p.m. on Sunday, July 13.  Camp officially begins at 6 p.m.
 
Q. What time is pickup?
 
   A. Pickup will be at 12:00 p.m. on Tuesday, July 15.  Please note that programming at camp will not end until 12:00 p.m., so please don’t arrive early. 
 
Q.  If my child registers late, will he get a T-shirt?
 
   A.  We will do our best to give every child a T-shirt.  We order these ahead of time and may run out at last minute registrations.  It is important to register by June 15 to guarantee your child a shirt in the size they have requested.
 
Q.  Do you have a rain plan?
 
   A.  Yes.  We live in Florida, and that often means summer showers in the evening.  Regardless of weather, camp will go on.  
 
 
Safety & Security
 
Q. Will a Notary be available for the Medical Release Form?
 
   A. Yes.  There will be notaries at our Registration, which will take place starting at 4:45 p.m. on the pavement outside of Building C.   We will have your Medical Release Forms printed out for you to sign and for us to notarize.   If you wish to fill out the Medical Release Form prior to camp, please get it notarized on your own and bring it to the Registration Event.  Otherwise, we will notarize it for you at the Registration Event. 
 
Q.  Can someone else pick up my child?
 
   A.  Yes, but please let us know in advance who will be picking your child up.
  
Q.  What if my child is injured at camp?
 
   A.  It is our goal to provide safe and secure programs, however, occasionally children get.  You will be called immediately if your child is seriously injured.  Should your child need further medical attention, you will be involved in that decision.  If we are unable to reach anyone on the emergency contact information form, your Medical Release Form allows us to transport your child to the nearest medical facility. 
 
Q.  My child will be late or will miss a day of camp:
 
   A.  We know your family is busy.  In order for your child to take complete advantage of this program, we request that they attend the entire camp.  However, if you must take them, please let us know in advance when you will be taking them out and when you will bring them back.
 
Q.  Can I come visit my kid during camp?
 
   A.  All of our volunteers are background checked, and approved helpers.  This creates a safe zone in our camp.  Parents can come help serve meals during camp. 
 
 
Medical
 
Q.  My child has allergies, what should I do about that?
 
    A.  If your child has any type of allergy, please note that on their Medical Release Form.  If they have a life-threatening allergy, please ask the medical personnel for a special tag for your child.  Epi-pens are encouraged for kids who need them.  We are an allergy aware zone.  We attempt to remove all nuts and life-threatening allergens from camp, but realize this cannot be controlled 100%.
 
Q.  My child takes medication, can they bring it to camp?
 
   A.  Yes.  All medications must be left at registration with specified instructions.  
 
 
Miscellaneous
 
Q.  My child has lost something at camp, where can I find it?
 
   A.  Lost and found will be located in the 252 check-in area upstairs.   Lost and found items will be donated to charity 1 week after camp.
 
Q. How can I volunteer?
 
   A.   Overnight, workshop, meals, and clean-up opportunities are available.  Please contact Julie Giles at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it to volunteer.
 
 
Registration will be open in the spring. 
 
 
Payment can be made by credit card online, or you can mail a check to the Church Office at 17030 Lakeshore Road, Tampa, FL 33558, Attn: Liz Scalchunes, or can be dropped off in the Church Office during office hours (Monday-Thursday 9-5, or at Kid's Church check-in on the weekends).
 
Medical Release Forms will be required and completed as part of the registration process.  We will print these out with all of your information on them.  Please make sure to put your insurance information in your registration and bring your ID and insurance information to Registration on July 13 at 4:45 p.m.
 
 
If you have any further questions, please call Liz at 813.968.3983 x 156 or email her at  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . 
 
Click Here to register
 
Parents, we will need 12 volunteers for this event.  Please email
This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it  if you are interested in helping.
 
 
 

 
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