Can my child come to camp, even if
our family is not Presbyterian?
Yes, we are
all Godís children. The John
does not discriminate based on race, gender, or religious affiliation.
What can I do to ensure my child has
a wonderful camp experience?
importantly, be positive! If you allow
your child to have a good experience, he or she will have one. Anticipate camp
with your child months before they attend. Discuss your childís fears, excitement,
and uncertainty. Build their confidence and self-esteem.
Do I need to pack money for my
Only if he
or she is participating in an Adventure Camp. Campers on adventure trips will
mostly be off-site, so they might want to have spending money. They will be
responsible for their own money at all times; at no time will a John Knox
Center staff member
assume that responsibility. All food will be provided. For all other campers,
there is nothing to buy. However, on the first and last day of the camping
session, you will have the opportunity to purchase camp merchandise. Each
camper will receive one camp
T-shirt as part of the
Can my child bring his or her cell
phone and MP3 player?
camper signs a technology agreement before attending camp, promising to leave
their cell phone and other electronic devises at home. These devices will be
confiscated by staff and returned at the end of their camping session if found.
This is because we want your camper to experience being in the outdoors with
their peers without the pull of the outside world. Also, we find that these
items are often damaged or lost while at camp. If you feel the need to
communicate with your child while at camp, you can use our email service or
call the front office.
Will my child be able to email or
No. Part of
the learning experience of camp is gaining independence from parents, while
learning to interact with peers and adults on their own. We find that talking
with you will only make homesickness worse for your child. You may send bunk
notes and mail to your child. Make sure to keep your messages positive and
up-beat. Your child can always send you letters as well; remember to send them
to camp with stamps and envelopes.
Do campers have Bible study
Christ-centered program is at the heart of all we do. Each day, campers
participate in an interactive Bible study lesson and nightly worship service
led by a John Knox Center Staff member or a visiting chaplain.
What will my child be doing during
different activities. There is a large selection of activities including, but
not limited to, high ropes challenges, daily Bible study, team building
challenge course, archery, swimming, arts and crafts, water skiing, canoeing,
and kayaking. Your child will have plenty to do at camp!
Will my child be supervised at all
Yes. At no
time is a child unsupervised by an adult. Campers are never without at least
one staff member. The John
is accredited by the American Camping Association whose strict standards ensure
your childís safety while at camp.
How does John Knox hire the staff
who will be supervising my child?
carefully. Many of our staff are former campers who have a love for children and
the ministry of Camp John Knox. We recruit from churches, camping ministry
websites, and universities. All of our staff members must submit to a
background investigation and complete a lengthy interview process before being
considered for a position on the John Knox Center Summer Staff. All hired staff
members participate in an intensive training to get them prepared for a summer
Can my child write letters to staff
members after he or she has returned home?
child can send mail to our staff at the same address you sent your child mail
during his or her session.
Can my child come to camp again in
the same summer?
We welcome campers to return if they have had a positive experience at Camp
John Knox. You can sign up for another session at your childís last day of
camp, or complete a second online registration form.
John Knox Center
591 West Rockwood Ferry Road
Ten Mile, TN 37880
Phone: (865) 376-2236
Fax: (865) 376-1719