- My camper is attending camp with some of his/her friends. Are we able to request that they all room together?
We will do our best to fulfill this request, but we cannot guarantee them. Please note that the other camper must request your camper as a bunkmate as well.
- Will I get to see where my camper will be staying? Will I get to meet his or her counselor?
Yes! You will help to move your camper into his/her bunk. At the cabin you will meet some of the staff that will be in your camper’s group for the week. Some counselors have registration day assignments, so if they are not at the cabin when you move your camper in, please ask to be introduced to them before you leave camp. Our staff love to meet parents so that they can get to know your camper from the start!
- My camper is not a strong swimmer. Can he/she still go swimming in the lake?
Every Monday we have a waterfront orientation and swim assessment where we assign each camper to their appropriate skill level. We have two levels and each level has a different area in the waterfront. Even if the camper is not a strong swimmer they can go in the first level and still have a lot of fun and also use watercraft with an appropriately trained staff member.
- Is the information in the online registration system secure?
Camp Aldersgate has partnered with Camp Brain, a leader in the camp software industry, to offer online registration for camp. The information in the system is accessible only to the camper’s parents and appropriate Aldersgate staff.
- Is Camp Aldersgate just for Methodists?
No! Camp Aldersgate is open to all campers, regardless of their faith background. Campers from many faiths — and those without a faith background — have found Aldersgate to be an excellent place to explore and strengthen their spiritual life!
- Do you offer early bird registration discounts?
Day campers registered by May 15 receive a $10 discount per week. Overnight campers can take advantage of Aldersgate’s Sustainable Tier Pricing System. For a list of all available discounts for day campers, click here.
- Are you affiliated with the other Camp Aldersgates in the United States? How do I reach the other camps?
We are an outdoor ministry site of the New England Conference of the United Methodist Church. The name Aldersgate has an important place in the tradition of the Methodist Church — it is the name of the place in London where, in 1638, John Wesley had a faith-transforming experience that led to his development of the Methodist tradition. Other than a shared historical recognition of the importance of Aldersgate, there is no affiliation between the Camp Aldersgates. Camp Aldersgate in Arkansas can be reached at www.campaldersgate.net. Aldersgate Camp and Retreat Center in New York is here and the Camp Aldersgate in Ohio is located at www.campaldersgate.org. Aldersgate Center in New Jersey can be reached here. Aldersgate Camp and Retreat Center in Kentucky is at www.aldersgatecamp.org and, finally, Aldersgate Camps and Retreats in Oregon can be reached at www.aldersgateretreat.com.
- Do you offer multi-week programs?
While we have considered multi-week programs, we currently offer only one-week and half-week programs for our campers. We also offer a “Connection Weekend” on the weekend of July 22-24, 2016 where campers can stay at camp for two weeks.
- What should I bring to camp?
Please see our camper/parent handbook for a full packing list.
- Do you offer camperships/financial aid?
Yes. We believe that no child should be prevented from going to camp because their family cannot afford to pay for it. Please download our campership request form to apply. If you wish to make a donation to our campership fund, please click here.
Camperships are provided by people whose lives have been deeply affected by camp. We are also fortunate to receive limited funds from the Champlin Foundations for camperships.
- How can I contribute to the life at Aldersgate?
Pray. Your prayers for the ministry at Aldersgate are always needed.
Come to Aldersgate. Whether as a camper, retreat guest, or volunteer, coming to Aldersgate can help to renew your faith and bring you closer to nature. Please note that guests must be escorted when campers are on site.
Donate. Donors help us to offer camperships, maintain and improve our facilities, and offer quality programming to campers and guests. The actual cost of camp is about $615 per camper — our Tier 3 rate is about $200 less because of donations, volunteers, and revenue from our retreat ministry. Visit the donations page to see how you can help support Camp Aldersgate, or click here to make a donation now.
Volunteer. Volunteers help us to maintain and improve our facilities. Volunteers with specific artistic talents also help to lead our Living Arts program, teaching programs like acting, music, and painting. Visit our volunteer page for a more information about volunteer opportunities at Camp Aldersgate.
Tell others. Our best advertising is our campers. Campers and parents who tell other campers and parents about the great time they had at Aldersgate are the way we get most of our new campers. Share your Aldersgate experience, and bring someone new to camp.