Your son's activity selection number is based on the postmark from his registration. The sooner the registration arrives, the lower the activity selection number.
Trail Biking Base Camp July 30 - August 5
Can My Son Have His Friends in the Same Cabin?
We do place boys in cabins with their friends, no matter how far apart their registrations are received in the mail, as long as they request each other on their registration forms. We place boys of similar ages together in cabins whenever possible. We do not put 3rd grade boys with 6th graders or 7th graders with 11th graders unless there is a specific request to do so. Simply list the names of the boys your son would like to have in his cabin on the "cabin partners" line on his registration card.
What is the Housing Like?
Nathanael's camper cabins are rustic, with no electricity or plumbing (we have a central wash house). The cabins have screens with shades that roll up and down on the outside of the cabin. Each cabin has bunk beds and sleeps up to 13 people when full. Most campers simply bring a sleeping bag but nights can be warm in the middle of summer, so you may choose to send along a sheet.
My son is in 6th Grade.
Which camp should he attend?
While Stockade camp is for boys entering grades 3-6 as of September and Battalion is for boys entering grades 7 - 12, the 7th grade boys may attend either Stockade or Battalion camp. For different reasons, we understand the importance of allowing some 7th grade boys to attend Stockade camp. Most 7th grade boys have no problem making the adjustment to Battalion camp and look forward to moving up with the older boys.
How Does Activity Selection Work?
Campers select their activities in the evening on the first day of camp in the order their registration was received based on the postmark or time of online registration. Most boys receive the activities they want, but some can fill up quickly so it is important to register early. Rocketry requires an additional fee.
Stockade activities include archery, BB guns, canoeing, fishing, woodworking, rappelling, sailing, swimming, geocaching and wilderness survival. Pellet guns and model rockets are also available for boys entering grades 5 - 6. All campers have a swim check on the first day to determine swimming ability. Those who do not pass the swim check will take swim lessons as one of their skill classes.
Battalion activities include archery, canoeing & sailing (one activity), fishing, woodworking, model rockets, rappelling (with a trip to the Sandstone cliffs on Friday), riflery shotguns, swimming, geocaching, and wilderness survival.
While we make every effort to offer all activities during each week, please note that activities may vary depending on staffing and other factors
What is your cancellation policy?
If you need to cancel a registration please notify us as soon as possible. You may transfer your fees to another session if there is space available. $50 of your fee is non-refundable.
You may have a few options. If you are involved in a local church, check with them. Many churches know the value of a camp experience and may provide programs to help children in the church attend camp. This may be a program where children can "earn" their way to camp by doing various activities. Extended family members are sometimes able to help out, as well. In addition, Camp Nathanael often has scholarship funds available (donated by friends of the camp). Scholarship Application Form
Camper Referral Program
Returning campers are encouraged to invite their friends to attend. If you have attended camp at Nathanael in the past, you can earn a $50 discount toward your camp fee for each first-time camper who attends because you invited him. Your friend must write your name on his registration form (see the "referred by" space) and he must actually attend camp. You will receive a $25 credit for a first-time camper who attends a half-week session.