Frequently Asked Questions
WHAT IS A TYPICAL DAY LIKE FOR A CAMPER? We start each morning with breakfast and a camp-wide meeting to kick off the day. Campers attend their first two classes, followed by lunch, then two afternoon classes. Once classes are over, campers change and head off to afternoon activities. It may vary from day to day, but this usually includes something active, like swimming, frisbee, soccer, or hiking. Campers clean up and go to dinner, then after dinner go to clubs or salons (depending on the program). Clubs and salons are a more relaxed period of time for campers to explore areas of interest, like playing board games, reading, or crafting. In the evenings, the entire camp joins together to do something different each night, like the talent show, team-building games, or a camp dance. Campers then spend time in the dorms until lights out.
WHAT IS HOUSING LIKE FOR A CAMPER? Our programs are located on the beautiful Mars Hill University campus, so our campers and staff live in dorms. Residential campers are sorted into counselor groups based on age and gender, with one or two primary counselors per group. Each camper has one roommate, and counselors live on the same floor as their campers.
IS THERE AIR CONDITIONING? The dormitories do not have air conditioning, so we do advise campers to bring fans to keep in their rooms. Many classrooms are equipped with air conditioning, so often campers are still spending a good part of their day in cool buildings.
WHAT IF MY CAMPER HAS FOOD ALLERGIES OR SPECIAL DIETARY NEEDS? When you enroll your camper, you will be able to let us know about allergies and dietary needs (like if your camper is vegan or vegetarian). Our camp eats all meals in the Mars Hill University cafeteria, who clearly label their foods and are notified of any allergies or needs. Staff are also notified of allergies.
CAN MY CAMPER HAVE SNACKS? Absolutely! While campers have plenty to eat, everyone is welcome to bring snacks or receive care packages with goodies they can keep in their room or in their book bag.
CAN CAMPERS ATTENDING MULTIPLE WEEKS STAY OVER THE WEEKEND? Yes! For a fee of $115 per weekend, campers can stay between programs. There will be scheduled activities, periods for rest, and opportunities to do laundry. There may also be optional weekend excursions available for an additional price.
MY CAMPER IS ATTENDING MULTIPLE WEEKS, BUT WANTS TO COME HOME FOR THE WEEKEND. WHAT DO I DO? Following the Saturday morning performances, your campers can check out with their counselor. If the enrolling parent is not the adult picking up a camper, please notify the directors in advance with the name of the approved adult (i.e. sometimes campers will go home with other campers to spend the weekend). Campers must check back in with their counselor by 4 pm Sunday afternoon.
GETTING READY FOR CAMP:
HOW DO I ARRANGE PICK UP OR DROP OFF AT THE AIRPORT? For a $100 fee ($50 for pick up, $50 for drop off) campers can be picked up and dropped off at Asheville Regional Airport ONLY. We will be unable to accommodate transportation to or from any other airport. Flights should be scheduled so that campers can arrive at Mars Hill University on Sunday of the program they’re attending by 4 pm at the latest, and do not have to leave campus until after 11 am so staff and campers may attend the closing ceremony. If this is a need for your camper, email Tara Watson at email@example.com to discuss arrangements.
WHAT SHOULD MY RESIDENTIAL CAMPER PACK? A pillow, sleeping bag and/or sheets for a twin bed (keep in mind that sometimes dorm mattresses are a little longer than typical mattresses), clothes for an active week, bathing suit, toiletries, towels, wash cloths, two comfy pairs of shoes (in case one gets wet), sweaters/sweatshirts for cool evenings, raincoat or umbrella, sunglasses, reusable water bottle, light backpack, flashlight, and prescription medication with dosage guidelines.
Optional: Fan (dorm rooms are not air-conditioned), extra snacks for the evenings, toiletry caddy, outfit for the dance, sunscreen, bug spray, a notebook, and laundry detergent, dryer sheets, and a laundry basket for campers staying multiple weeks.
WHAT CAN MY CAMPER NOT BRING? We have a strict policy that campers may NOT bring cell phones, ipods, ipads, or computers- these items WILL BE CONFISCATED and returned at the end of camp. There may be exceptions (i.e. a camper has an online class and requires some access to a computer), but any exception requires the approval of the Directors prior to camp.
Additionally, campers may not bring unnecessary valuables (electronics, jewelry, etc.), any substantial amount of cash, weapons, pets, or cigarettes. These items will be dealt with on a case by case basis. Campers discovered with alcohol, drug paraphernalia, marijuana, non-prescribed prescription drugs, or any illegal substances may be sent home immediately without refund.
DO CAMPERS HAVE ACCESS TO LAUNDRY FACILITIES? Yes! The dorms are equipped with free washers and dryers, so no change is required. If your camper is younger or maybe not used to washing their own clothes, they can receive assistance from staff. If your camper is staying two or three weeks, they will be allowed time to wash clothes over the weekend. While there is often access to laundry soap, we advise campers bring their own just in case.
WHAT IS THE CHECK-IN PROCESS? Check in will be the Sunday afternoon before each program begins between 4 and 4:45 pm. In order to avoid long lines at check-in, we ask that you try to check-in according to your child’s last name: if their last name starts with A-J, please try to check-in between 4 and 4:15 pm. If their last name begins with K-P, please check-in around 4:20 pm, and if their last name begins with Q-Z, please check-in around 4:40 pm. During that time, families can help campers get settled into their rooms, and meet counselors, directors, and teachers. A little after five, parents will wave goodbye and camp will get under way.
WHAT IF MY CAMPER HAS MEDICATION? You will have the ability to enter any information regarding medication when enrolling your camper. When you check in at camp, you will have the opportunity to discuss your camper’s medications with their counselor and create a plan based on your camper’s particular needs.
I WANT TO DROP SOMETHING OFF FOR MY CAMPER. WHAT IS THE BEST WAY TO DO THAT? Please contact the administrator or directors at 800-951-7442 or firstname.lastname@example.org and they will make arrangements to get the item to your camper.
HOW DO I CONTACT AICL DURING CAMP? Our office phone is 800-951-7442 and our camp email is email@example.com. We are mostly out and about with campers but we check messages frequently and will promptly return your calls. We will be happy to let you know how your camper is doing and to answer any questions you have.
WHERE DO I SEND MY CAMPER MAIL OR CARE PACKAGES? You can send mail to:
Camper Name, C/O AICL (Attn. Conferences & Events)
100 Athletic Street
Mars Hill, NC 28754
WHEN IS THE CLOSING CEREMONY? Saturday morning after each program, we will feature performances and the presentation of certificates for any campers who are leaving. This program will begin at 10 am. The location may vary, so you will receive information closer to time. Day campers and parents of all campers are invited to attend AICL closing ceremonies. If your camper is leaving, you will then pack their things and head home. If your camper is staying over the weekend, they will have scheduled activities and a chance to rest between programs.
WHAT IS A TYPICAL DAY FOR A DAY CAMPER? Campers will be dropped off at Pittman Dining Hall every weekday morning between 8:30 and 8:45 am to join the camp assembly, and will be met by an assigned day camper counselor. Parents will be asked to check them in, and check them back out in the evening. Day campers will attend two classes in the morning, have lunch (which is included), and then two classes in the afternoon. They will then participate in afternoon activities, which may vary from day to day but will be something active, like swimming, hiking, or frisbee. Pick up will be at 5:30 pm each weekday, at a location determined by the counselors.
HOW DO DAY CAMPERS CHECK IN FOR CAMP? We ask that Day Campers and their parents/guardians come to campus on the Sunday before camp at 5:30 pm. We invite you and your child to come meet David Kyser, our head day camper counselor, for an informational meeting. At 5:45, we ask that you leave your child to let them attend the introductory camp assembly and to run through a mock-class schedule to find out class locations and meet their teachers. Parents can pick day campers up at 7:30 pm Sunday. This allows our day campers and their parents to find out about our camper drop off locations and our check-in and check-out procedures, talk to counselors about any specific needs your child might have, as well as pick up their AICL folders and t-shirt so that everyone is ready on Monday morning.
WHAT TO BRING EACH DAY: Water bottle, good shoes to run around in, back pack, sunscreen, bug spray, sunglasses, camp folder, name tag, weather appropriate clothing, and any prescription medication with dosage guidelines.
WHAT NOT TO BRING: Your child should not bring cell phones, ipods, ipads, computers, unnecessary valuables (electronics, jewelry, etc.), any substantial amount of cash, weapons, pets, cigarettes, alcohol, drug paraphernalia, marijuana, non-prescribed prescription drugs, or any illegal substances.
WHEN IS THE CLOSING CEREMONY? Saturday morning after each program, we will feature performances and the presentation of certificates for any campers who are leaving. This program will begin at 10 am. The location may vary, so you will receive information closer to time. Day campers and parents of all campers are invited to attend AICL closing ceremonies.