Please also check out our Guide to Summer Camp at CWS!
How many campers are there each week and what is the staff to camper ratio? There are up to 144 campers present each week of camp, and the staff to camper ratio is 1:5.
How do I register for summer camp? 2021 Summer Camp Registration will open on Monday, February 1, 2021 at 10:00am. Youth Camps For Christ, Inc. offers online summer camp registration and accepts online payments for CWS and CWR. Please continue to check the 2021 Registration page for information and details on this year’s registration.
Which school grade do I use when filling out the registration form? The summer sessions are based on the grade to be entered in the fall. During the registration process you will be asked to enter the camper’s current grade and the system will automatically list the available sessions.
Is there scholarship availability for my child? It is our desire that every child have the opportunity to attend CWS. Our financial assistance funds are intended for those children who otherwise would be unable to attend. Both partial and full scholarships are available. If you wish to apply for financial assistance please complete the “Financial Assistance Form” available in your account once you register for a summer camp session.
Do you accept credit cards as payment for camp fees? Yes we accept all major credit cards as payment for summer camp fees.
What is the cancellation and refund policy? In case of cancellation the fee (less the non-refundable $50 deposit) is refundable if notification is received in writing 30 days prior to your child arriving at camp.
How do I request a dorm friend? If your child has a friend they wish to be in the same dorm with, then please list the child’s name on your registration form in the space provided and ask your child’s friend to do the same. You may request up to 2 friends. You may update your child’s friend requests until 2 weeks prior to the start of their summer camp session. To make changes or add friends, complete the “Dorm (CWS) & Boxcar (CWR) Friend Requests Form” located in the “Forms & Documents” section of your account.
What does my camper need to bring to camp? You will find a baggage list under the Forms section of the website. Please note that any personal sports equipment brought to camp will be used only in the established camp program and under the supervision of the activity leader. Camp Willow Springs does not accept the responsibility for loss or damage to such equipment. Skates and skateboards cannot be used while at CWS. Firearms, fireworks, alcohol, and illegal drugs are not allowed at CWS.
How many campers will sleep in each dormitory? Each dormitory is a duplex, which will sleep 9 campers and 2 summer staff members in each wing, for a total of 18 campers and 4 summer staff members per dorm. All dormitories are air-conditioned, heated, and have bathroom facilities. Each side of the dorm has its own separate bathroom. An activity room connects the two sides of the dormitory, which can be used for devotions and group activities.
Is there a medical professional on duty at summer camp? A healthcare person will be present on the camp property and an RN will be on-call at all times. This person will administer prescription medications and first aid.
What about special health concerns? We understand that some campers require special medical, mental, or health attention while at camp. If you have questions or concerns regarding our ability to meet these needs, please call our office and we can evaluate together the fit of our camp program with your child’s particular needs.
What happens to my child’s medications when they get to camp? Upon arrival all medications, including over the counter and non-prescription drugs, must be checked in with the camp health care person. Please bring all medications in the original packaging that includes prescribing physician, name of medication, dosage, and frequency of administration. The health care person will administer these medications to the child as needed. Do not send over-the-counter medications to camp with your child. The camp health care center will provide non-prescription medications to your child as needed under the supervision of the health care person. EXCEPTION: If your child must carry emergency medication (epinephrine auto-injector, rescue inhaler, etc.), please provide an additional supply of the medication, if possible, to be kept in the care of the camp healthcare person.
If my child has food allergies or a special diet what should I do? In the case of food allergies or special diet restrictions the Food Service Manager will gladly work with you prior to your child’s arrival at camp. In certain cases parents may be asked to provide food substitutes. Contact us to speak with our Food Service Manager.
How do you staff your camp? Our summer staff currently consists of 32 college-age students. They love the Lord, love serving young people, and love having fun! Many of our summer staff are former Camp Willow Run (CWR) campers who are excited to provide your child with the same safe and exciting week of camp that they experienced as a child. The summer staff experience is so rewarding that several of our previous staff members will return each summer. Each staff member will go through a week of staff training prior to campers arriving.
Will campers have access to the lake? Canoeing, Waterskiing/Wakeboarding/Kneeboarding, and the Red Shark will occur in the lake. All swimming will take place in the swimming pool.
What is the swimming pool like? The pool is a central recreation feature of CWS. It has over 5,000 square feet of swimming area and 3 water slides. All campers will enter through the pool house, which contains bathroom facilities. The pool has a minimum water depth of 3 feet and a maximum depth of 5 feet. The smaller circular part of the pool is used for beginning swimmers with a depth of 3-4 feet and is sectioned off from the larger rectangular area, which is designated for more advanced swimmers. Upon arrival, all campers will take a swim test to determine their swimming ability. The pool is supervised by multiple American Red Cross certified lifeguards that are stationed around the swimming area. All campers use the buddy system while swimming to promote a safe and fun experience.
Will there be an opportunity to sign up for waterskiing/wakeboarding? There are a limited number of waterskiing, wakeboarding, and kneeboarding opportunities. This is an activity that has an additional fee ($120/5 night sessions, $60/3 night sessions) and requires registration beforehand. There is the opportunity to indicate interest on the summer registration application. Indicating interest in this activity on the registration application does not guarantee your camper will get to participate because there are a limited number of spaces available. Since CWS offers many recreation activities that are included in the registration fee, it is not necessary to sign up for any of the recreation activities with an additional fee.
Assignments for waterskiing will be made a few weeks after the initial opening of summer camp registration and will be assigned on the basis of the timestamps on the registration form. If your child is assigned waterskiing the additional fee will be added to your ledger and you will be notified of the assignment by email. If your child is not assigned waterskiing they will be placed on a waiting list. If space becomes available prior to your child coming to camp you will be contacted.
Please note that assignments are based on the timestamp of when the initial summer camp registration form was submitted. Dorm friend requests are not factored into the assignments and may not be assigned to the same time slots for these activities.
All campers will also have the opportunity to ride the red shark during their camp week.
How will my child participate in recreation activities? Each camper will have the option to participate in the CWS recreation activities listed here. Participation in these activities will be on a rotational basis. Multiple recreation options will be available to campers throughout the day.
What if I want to send my camper a letter or package? We highly encourage parents to send letters to their child while at camp. This is a very special and important time of the day. Parents may also drop off letters and packages for the week during check-in. To make sure they are delivered on time, please indicate the day you would like them delivered. Please do not send your child food or candy. Address mail as follows:
(Camp Session, Dorm Name and Wing)
Camp Willow Springs
102 Camp Willow Springs Drive
Littleton, NC 27850
Can I call my camper or can my camper call home? Due to the busyness of the camp schedule there is not time to allow campers to make phone calls. As a result we encourage letter writing by both campers and parents as the form of communication for the week.
What if my camper gets homesick? Our staff are trained to handle the few occurrences of homesickness that we encounter in a summer. Your child will be encouraged to positively focus on the many fun activities at camp. If you know that your child is prone to homesickness it will go a long way for you to encourage your child to be positive before arriving at camp.
Does my child need money at camp? Campers will not need money while at camp. All snacks and canteens are included in the camp fee. In addition our campstore, where CWS apparel and merchandise will be available for purchase, will only be open during check-in and departure when parents will be present.
What is canteen time? Canteen, also called Whistle Stop, is a snack break for the campers. Each camper will be able to choose a drink and snack item. Campers do not need to bring money for canteen. All snacks are included in the camp fee.