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"My daughter just got back tonight from the best week of her life. Thank you for loving our children and providing this amazing camp where our kids can learn and see God at work."
- Karen, parent of a 2011 camper
Below are a few frequently asked questions arranged by category. If your question is not answered below, please feel free to Contact Us.
Deciding on the right program and camp week:
- What are the differences between the programs (Village, Outpost, Sparrowwood, Leadership)?
- When is Summer Camp and how much does it cost?
- What is a Living Group?
- Can my camper arrive late or leave early?
Registering for Camp:
- I've picked out a program and camp week, now how do I register?
- I registered last year, how much info do you have on file?
- What is the difference between the "Register" and "Login" links?
- What if my camper takes medications?
- What is the cabinmate policy?
- When is full payment due?
- What is the cancellation policy?
- What is the transfer policy?
Getting ready for Camp, Arrival, and Departure:
- Where is Glisson and how do I get there?
- How much money should my camper bring for the camp store?
- Where can I find a packing list?
- Are there any forms I need to fill out and mail or bring in?
Camp Glisson offers a variety Summer Camp programs. The simplest best way to decide which program is right for you or for your camper is to start at our New To Glisson? page, which offers an overview of our six main categories of programs: 1) Village, 2) Adventure Outpost, 3) Sparrowwood, 4) Leadership, 5) Summer Staff, 6) Day Camps. From there, you will be able to click links to more information about each program. If you have any further questions about a particular program, feel free to contact us.
Summer Camp 2013 opens May 26th and closes July 26th. Different programs are offered for different age group each of the nine weeks of Summer Camp. Please visit the Dates, Rates, & Registration page to browse the Adventure Outpost and the Village, Sparrowwood, & Leadership master schedules.
Village Camp operates on a small group camping model. The Living Group, a group of 10-12 campers and two counselors who do "everything" together for the week, is the foundational piece of this model. For more information, follow this link: What Are Living Groups?
All of our camps start on Sunday and go through Tuesday (for our Mini Camps) or through Friday for our one-week and two-week camps. Neither late arrival nor early departure is allowed. Both removing a camper from their living group early and adding a camper after the week has begun are disruptive to the group process and to the other eleven campers in the group. If you know that your camper cannot attend the entire week, please select a different camp week.
Please visit our Pre-Registration page, read the waiver, then click the Register link at the bottom of the page.
If your camper registered online for summer camp '12, his or her health history should be complete in our online registration system. However, we will need you to verify or update any information that has changed since last summer. You should update any changes in health, medicines and doctor's contact info. You will be required to verify accuracy of the information with a drop down "yes" and your name.
Camp Glisson uses an online registration software called CAMPWISE. Clicking on any of the "Register" or "Register Here" links will take you to the Registration Waiver. Once you have read that information, the Register link at the bottom of the page will take you to the CAMPWISE login screen. Please note that once you begin registering, you must complete the process. Please check to see that you have the pieces of information listed on the waiver page at-hand before you begin.
Once you have fully registered, you might wish to re-login to your account for one of the following reasons:
- to edit information previously entered
- to make a payment
- to add cash to your camper's account at the camp store
All medications for all campers are to be checked in at the infirmary with our registered nurse for the week. Each camper who has medications will be taken to the infirmary at the correct time to take their medications.
A central, long-standing objective of the camp experience is to foster self-sufficiency, and thereby self-esteem, in each camper. While campers grow most by attending camp alone, we recognize the benefit of allowing each camper to request one cabin mate.
A camper may submit only one cabin mate request, and each request must be mutual to be honored. Even if several friends are attending the same session, we will honor only one cabin mate request per camper. Cabin mate requests not made during registration must be made no later than two weeks prior to the start of the camp session. The following conditions must be met for any cabin mate request to be honored:
- both campers must be registered for the same camp session
- both campers must request each other, parents must agree
- only one request per camper—no “circles” or "triangles" of requests
- both campers must be in the same grade level or only one grade removed from each other
Requests that do not meet these conditions will not be honored.
Payment is due in full by May 1st, 2013.
The following guidelines apply to refunds:
- For cancellation up to 30 days before camp, refund will be the amount paid minus the deposit.
- There will be no refund for cancellation within 30 days of the camp session.
- If camp fees are not paid by May 1st, 2013 your registration will be canceled and the next available person on the waitlist will be offered the spot.
- All fees paid will be forfeited if camper does not check-in on the Sunday of his/her camp session or chooses to go home.
- Full refunds will only be given when we receive a signed doctor’s note. We must receive this note with 3 days of the cancellation.
After registering, campers may transfer to a different camp session for a $25.00 fee prior to 30 days before the opening day of their initial camp session. No transfers may be made less than 30 days prior to the session.
Visit our Contact Us & Directions page for directions to camp and contact information (phone, email, fax, address, etc.)
The camp store sells a range of items including: snacks, water bottles, t-shirts, stuffed animals, disposable cameras, friendship bracelet string and more. We recommend at the most $25 for the week. You can now deposit money into a store account for your camper online during registration. You may also choose to deposit to your camper's store account at anytime after registration until your camper arrives at camp. If you would prefer to mail a check or cash for your camper's store account prior to the camp week, please include your camper's name and the session that he or she is attending. Each camper will go to the camp store with their living group more than once during the week. If your camper brings cash to camp, there is no place it may be used. At check-out parents may choose to request a refund or to donate remaining camper store account balances. Parents will also have the opportunity to visit the store on Sunday and after closing celebration on Friday evening (Tuesday evening for mini-camp parents).
Packing lists, permission forms (if applicable), and the Check-In Form can be found on the Forms & Packing Lists page.
Yes, but only one. Every camper or ELI participant needs to have a filled-out Check-In Form. However, please DO NOT mail the form to us. Instead, we ask that you print out the form, provide the requested information, and then bring the form with you when you check in your camper. For speedier check-in, we ask that you ensure the form has been signed and fully filled-out.
The rest of pre-arrival "paper work" is filled out using our online registration software.
Upon arrival, Outpost and ELI parents will need to sign a permission form allowing campers to leave the site and participate in planned activities such as river rafting. It is not necessary to bring the permission form with you; we will have copies of the form on-site. These permission forms are provided for previewing on the Forms & Packing Lists page.
"Glisson joins with the church to make disciples of Jesus Christ and to nurture leadership by creating experiences in Creation and in Christian community that encourage transformation, growth, and renewal for all people." For more on the origin of our mission statement, visit Our Mission page.
Glisson could not operate without the devoted support of people who contribute their time, energy, and gifts since 1925. Visit our Get Involved page to find out about Staying Connected, Simple Ways to Support Glisson, and Opportunities to Give.
Glisson is named for its founder, Rev. Fred Glisson. Learn more about Rev. Glisson and the camp's story here: Glisson History
Cane Creek Falls and Glisson Camp & Retreat Center are entirely closed to the general public while summer camp is in session. For 2013, Glisson will be closed to the public May 12th through August 1st.
During the summer, Cane Creek Falls serves as a stunning and constant reminder of God's beautiful Creation to our campers, staff, and -- on Fridays -- camper parents and family members. During the retreat season (mid-August to mid-May), visitors are welcome to check in at the Welcome Center during business hours, then walk down to view the falls.