Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Church camps make lots of memories

Camp Sawtooth, Camp Perkins


    Children create summer memories and have plenty of fun in the process at the Camp Perkins and Camp Sawtooth church camps in the mountains and on the lakes north of Ketchum.
    Christian fellowship is emphasized, but campers need not be Lutheran or Presbyterian to attend. Here are details:

Camp Sawtooth
    In operation since 1932 is the 82-year-old Camp Sawtooth, a 12-acre site operated under a special-use permit issued to the Kendall and Boise Presbyteries of the Presbyterian Church.
    The camp is 10 miles north of Ketchum via a gravel road behind Sawtooth National Recreation Area headquarters. Camp directors are Steve and Senita Watkins of Nampa.
    Campers enjoy many activities while living and learning in a Christian environment. They enjoy outdoor games, crafts, hiking, swimming, picnics, trips and campfires.
    Cost of each weeklong camp ranges from $180 to $330, depending on activities and length of camp. Registering early saves a little money, $20 if paying before June 1.
    The check-in for each week is Sunday from 4-5 p.m. with dinner at 6 p.m. Lodge time each evening is filled with games, skits, singing, shared talents and laughter. Evening chapel occurs around a campfire. Checkout is Friday at noon.
    Remember to attend the camp of the grade you are entering in the fall of 2014. This year’s camps are:
    June 22-27 for grades 5-6 with swimming and a Redfish Lake trip; June 29-July 2 for grades 3-4 with swimming; July 6-11 for grades 7-8 with ice skating in Sun Valley and a Redfish trip; July 13-18 for incoming students in grades 9-10, with putting green golf at Sun Valley and ice cream; July 20-25 for grades 11-12 with Salmon River whitewater rafting and swimming at Redfish.
    Visit or call 208-899-2073 by May 15. E-mail is Camp phone from May 15 through summer is 726-1155.

Camp Perkins
    Lutheran-run, the camp is located on Perkins Lake downriver from Alturas Lake, 42 miles north of Ketchum. Kids make new friends, overcome any fears of sleepovers and have positive experiences that become stepping-stones to growth.
    The camp observes its 59th anniversary in 2014. Weekly sessions begin Sunday afternoons. Campers are dropped off and checked in before meeting their counselors and cabin mates, in cabin groups of eight.
    Each day of camp is divided into: (1) cabin group time and relationship building, (2) optional outdoor activities like canoeing, rock climbing, hikes and arts and crafts, and (3) all-camp get-togethers like campfires, evening games and talent shows.
    Friday’s closing service and noontime meal wraps up the week.
    Camp Perkins offers traditional and specialized camps. Tailor your camp experience to your special interests. Creative writing, songwriting, sailing, fly fishing, horse rides and rafting are special activities.
    There are eight camp sessions, starting June 22 and continuing through Aug. 8. The youth camp sessions themselves are preceded by a June 15-20 Leaders in Training (grades 10-12) camp preparing the older ones for their counseling.
    Sessions for children entering grades 3-6 are July 13-18 and Aug. 3-8. Kids in grades 4-7 attend camp from July 20-25. Those in grades 4-8 do camp June 29-July 3 (a shorter week of camp at a lesser cost).
    Others are June 22-27 and July 6-11 for grades 5-8; and July 27-Aug. 1 for both grades 6-8 and 9-12.
    Basic cost for each of the eight Youth Camps is $305 if paid between April 16 and May 31, or $315 after. Call the camp office at 788-0897 or visit Registration is ongoing, and online.

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