Youth Camp Rules

The camp director, while under the authority of the eldership of the Anchorage Church of Christ, is, during a camp session, the final authority on all matters pertaining to policy and rules. He will be responsible for determining whether a camper is returned home due to illness, safety infractions, or failure to obey camp rules.

General Rules and Regulations

  • Campers are expected to attend the full camp session.
  • Camper cell phones are not allowed.  Bring a bible and camera only.  Leave your electronics at home.
  • At a minimum, parents/guardians and the elders of the Anchorage Church of Christ will be notified if any camper breaks the law, and the camper will immediately be transported home.
  • Counselors shall be at least 21 years old. Assistant counselors will be at least three years older than the oldest camper and at least 17 years old.
  • If campers want to work at camp, they may do so, but it must be at a different week and for only one week. They must also attend their own week as a camper.
  • A counselor may not bring a child. Any parent that is a worker must be a worker and the camper must be a camper with no special privileges. Deviations from parent worker and child relationships need to be discussed and approved by the camp director.
  • When at all possible, two counselors per cabin will be assigned. The minimum counselor-to-camper ratio will be 1 to 6, and 1 to 7 for Primary and Intermediate weeks respectively and 1 to 8 for Junior and Senior weeks.
  • A registration form must be submitted signed by a parent/legal guardian. This signature covers several agreements and authorizations. A camper signature is also required. If registration is done on-line, the camper must physically sign the camper agreement before camp begins. No camper will be allowed at camp without this registration form signed by both parent/legal guardian and camper.
  • Individuals with special needs may attend camp if the camp staff is able to attend to those needs within their normal camp duties. The determination of whether or not the camp staff is capable of meeting those needs is the responsibility of the MSBC deacon and the director.

Safety Rules

Safety is a primary concern at Midnight Sun Bible Camp. All staff and campers are required to act in a manner that promotes their own safety, as well as the safety of other, at all times while at MSBC.

  • Cabin campfires must be supervised at all times and extinguished properly before abandoning them.
  • Hiking on roads or trails will be done as a group of three or more with an adult present and the approval of the camp director.
  • No one, including staff, may be pushed or thrown into the lake.
  • Every individual will wear a properly fitted and fastened life jacket while participating in any boating activity. No camper is permitted in or on boats except during supervised boating periods.
  • No swimming is permitted except during supervised swim periods, at designated docks, and with the “buddy system”.
  • A minimum of two qualified staff members will be directly present during all swimming and boating activities.
  • Campers who do not pass a swim test must wear a personal flotation device (PFD) during swim time.
  • No horseplay or dangerous behavior is allowed in or near the water. No boat swamping, ramming, or any other dangerous behavior is allowed.
  • Campers are expected to sleep in their assigned cabins and remain in their cabins after “lights out” each night.
  • Campers must remain with a supervised group at all times.

Dress Code

  • Dress shall be modest at all times. The following are specifically not permitted:
    • Shorts and cut-offs above the knee (they must be to the knee)
    • Sleeveless, tank top, midriff, or low neckline shirts
    • Clothing with inappropriate words or images
    • Bikini-style swim wear (male or female)
  • The camp director is the final judge as to what is permitted and appropriate.
  • Jeans, shorts, cut-offs, dry suits, or wet suits are required for water-skiing.

Off Limits for Campers

  • Dome shower house
  • Cabin and swim areas of the opposite sex
  • Cabin areas between classes and during recreational and group activities except when specifically authorized and accompanied to the area by a counselor
  • Any area of the lake from which the main boat dock or one of the two swimming areas cannot be seen
  • The shores of property the camp does not own except with express permission of the property owner obtained by the camp director
  • Public land with the exception of supervised water-skiing, supervised hikes, and canoe trips

Not Allowed

  • Guns, fireworks, knives, tobacco products, alcohol, or illegal drugs.
  • All electronic devices – including all cell phones. (Digital cameras that are not in cell phones are permitted)
  • Pranks or playing with fire.
  • Raiding of cabins or disturbing the personal property of others.
  • Littering of the campgrounds.
  • Food and drinks in the cabins.
  • Any display of affection beyond holding hands.
  • Motor boating or any other loud activity on or near the lake
    before 7:00 a.m. or after 10:00 p.m. This protects the privacy of other property owners.
  • Coming to camp without prior approval from the camp director. This includes parents or other visitors.