Entering Grades 7-9

GENEVA Pines is an overnight camp program for children entering 7th-9th grades. GENEVA Pines is on the east side of Lakeshore Drive, with Big Pine Lake at the center. Not every session is the same length – you can choose one that ends on Saturday morning, Friday evening, or Friday morning. Choose a session that works for your child to attend, and make sure to be aware of a few basic guidelines prior to registration.

Camp Experiences

GENEVA Pines is a fun, energetic, and faith-inspiring week! Some highlights of the week include zipping down the zipline, diving deeper at songs and skits, and creating cool stuff in arts and crafts.  Taking on the climbing tower, strategizing with teammates for capture the flag, and launching friends into the air on the blob cap off an incredible experience on pines!

Throughout every activity, campers and staff build authentic relationships with one another while growing their faith in God. Pines campers look more at how our faith impacts who we are and what we do, alongside their caring and dependable camp counselors.

The CONNECT day camp program serves middle and high school male campers with High-functioning Autism. Campers focus on social skills, physical activity, and spiritual growth, under the care of counselors with experiences and expertise that make them passionate about serving in this program. This day camp program runs Monday-Thursday with an option to stay overnight Thursday night in a cabin and engage in extra evening activities and closing the week Friday morning.

Email to determine whether CONNECT is a good fit for your son and for registration instructions.

4 1/2-days & 4-nights. This camp session is a little shorter than the others, but we’ll still pack tons of fun into the week!

Typical Day

7:00am Wake up and Polar-bearing (optional)
8:30am Breakfast
9:15am Songs and Skits
10:00am Bible Study
11:00am All-Camp Game
12:00pm Lunch
12:45pm Time Alone With God
1:30pm Interest Groups
2:30pm Activity Rotations – During this time each cabin has the chance to try a variety of camp activities. Every hour groups will rotate through Big Pine Lake, arts and crafts, store, archery, field games, yard games, kayaks, paddle boards, Frisbee golf and more.
5:30pm Dinner
6:45pm Songs and Skits
8:00pm All-Camp Activity
9:30pm Cabin Time and Devotions
10:00pm Lights Out

For Parents

• Some sessions fill up very quickly – we recommend having a backup session (or two) in case your first choice fills up.
• Campers can come in individually, in pairs, or a fill-a-cabin. We do not allow groups of three, four, five, etc., and we do not allow one camper to come with two buddies
• Prior to the start of registration, we encourage you to create your family’s account.
• For more info, read through the FAQs!

Packing List GENEVA Pines

What to Bring

All items should be labeled with camper’s full name

  • Bible & Pen
  • Bedding and pillow (maybe a twin size sheet for hot weather)
  • Sunscreen & Bug Spray
  • Pajamas
  • Comfortable clothes geared for activity (dress clothes are not needed). Be prepared for chilly evenings.
  • Both tennis shoes & sandals
  • Reusable water bottle
  • Swimsuit (1-piece suits for girls)
  • Towels (beach and bath)
  • Toiletries: toothbrush, toothpaste, soap, etc.
  • spare sock or bandana – for playing Capture the Flag
  • Plastic bag for wet items

Note: This packing list is also included in the Printable Confirmation Packet below and in the confirmation we emailed shortly after you registered.

Optional Items

  • Spending money—but we prefer you purchase a punch card
  • T-shirts or pillow cases with the GENEVA logo can be purchased. If you prefer to bring your own, it must be 100% cotton.
  • Fan and extension cord
  • Frisbee or other sports items
  • Stationery, postcards, stamps, etc. (to write home!)

What Not to Bring

These items are not permitted and will be held by the counselor and returned at the end of the week.

  • Cell phones
  • Tablets, Kindles, or other electronic devices
  • Knives, weapons and like items

Punch Cards & Tie-Dye

Punch cards are the best way for Pines campers to make purchases from the camp store, where they can buy snacks, apparel, and more. You can choose the amount of spending money they’ll have for their week of camp ($15, $30, or $40), and the punch card will be on the back of their nametag. Punch cards are less likely than cash to be misplaced, and if there is money remaining at the end of the week, you are able to get a refund in the camp store.

The $10.00 Tie-Dye Fee pays for a pillow case or a white GENEVA t-shirt for your camper to tie-dye. There will be an alternative activity for campers who choose not to tie-dye. Alternatively, tie-dying is free if your camper supplies their own white t-shirt or pillow case. We recommend these items be 100% cotton, washed and pre-shrunk with no fabric softener. Your camper can cover the cost of a shirt or pillow case with their punch card while they are at camp.

Online Registration