Can my child come to camp, even if our family is not Presbyterian?
Yes, we are all Godís children. The John Knox Center does not discriminate based on race, gender, or religious affiliation.
What can I do to ensure my child has a wonderful camp experience?
Most 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 child?
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 registration cost.
Can my child bring his or her cell phone or electronics?
No. Each 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 call home?
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 upbeat. Your child can always send you letters as well; remember to send them to camp with stamps and envelopes.
Do campers have Bible study every day?
Yes. A 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 the day?
Several 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 times?
Yes. At no time is a child unsupervised by an adult. Campers are never without at least one staff member. The John Knox Center 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?
Very 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 with campers.
Can my child write letters to staff members after he or she has returned home?
Yes. Your child can send mail to our staff at the same address you sent your child mail during his or her session. However, we have a social media policy that prohibits staff from friending, following, etc campers on social media while they are a John Knox Center employee.
Can my child come to camp again in the same summer?
Absolutely. 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