Commonly Asked Questions
What time is check-in?
Check-in for youth residential camps will begin at 3pm on the start date of the session and last for one hour.
If, for any reason, you will be arriving before or after the indicated check-in time, please let us know in advance.
What time is check-out?
For youth residential camps: If you plan on having breakfast with your camper, please arrive a few minutes before 9:30, as that is
when breakfast begins. Arrangements to have breakfast with your camper can be made at check-in. If you are NOT having breakfast
with your camper, check-out time is 10:30am. If you have arranged to have someone other than a parent/legal
guardian pick up your camper, please make sure you have filled out the “Pick Up By Other Than” form included in the packet of
paperwork and notified your camper. Please let us know immediately if a situation arises unexpectedly that prevents you
from getting to camp during the schedule check-out time.
Can I pick up my child earlier or later than the scheduled times?
Because early departures can be disruptive to your camper and others in the cabin, we do not allow early departure except in
certain circumstances which must be discussed with the Camp Registrar or Director before or at check-in.
Regarding late pick-ups, please understand that our staff has other responsibilities and duties relate to the operation of the camp which commence after the scheduled pick-up time. As such, we cannot provide care for campers after the scheduled pick-up time. It is imperative that your child be picked up on time.
How do I get to Mound Ridge Camp and Retreat Center?
Driving directions are included in this camper confirmation packet and also on our website. If these directions are unclear, please
contact the Camp Registrar. We DO NOT recommend following GPS or Mapquest directions to our address, as they will lead you to the
wrong place. Follow the directions on the website or in your camper packet.
What is the “For Camper Only” guide?
The “For Campers Only” guide is a special brochure put together to help prepare campers for their week at camp. Parents, if you ask
nicely, they might let you take a peek!
What should the camper pack?
A packing list has been included in your confirmation packet. There is also a packing list included for your camper in his/her “For
Campers Only” guide.
What items should be left at home?
Radios, electronic devices, handheld gaming devices, cell phones, pagers, CD players, MP3 players, TVs, computers, video games, pets, food, jewelry, expensive items, fireworks, weapons, tobacco products, etc.
Who will my child’s counselors be? Where will they be staying?
Our counselors’ official profiles will appear on the Mound Ridge website in June. Go to the ‘About Us’ and then ‘Staff’ page to meet the year-round staff at any time and the ‘2015 Summer Staff’ page in June. Campers will be in the group cabins Osage (girls) and Chippewa (boys). Each cabin has two full bathrooms and electricity. The cabins are fitted with bunk beds; your camper will be bunked with their camp and bunkmate, if they chose one. You can see pictures of all of our facilities on our website.
Can my child be in the same bunk with a friend?
What about siblings?
Absolutely! On the second page of the registration forms , your camper can choose bunkmate to be placed with. Your camper will
definitely be paired up with their buddy as long as they requested each other and are part of the same session. Unless you request otherwise, we try not to put siblings together.
Will you make exception to the grade policy when enrolling campers?
In our experience, placing campers with others out of their own grade level has been mostly unsuccessful due to differences in social and emotional maturity. If you believe, for whatever reason, that your child would benefit from being in a camp of a lower or higher grade you must speak directly with the Camp Director before filling out any registration forms.
What is the camper to counselor ratio?
Mound Ridge camp sessions are limited to no more than 8 boys and 8 girls per session with at least one male and one female counselor. We have found that smaller numbers create a more tight-knit group and allow our counselors to work more closely with campers. The group of campers and counselors do all of their activities together. Some sessions may also have Counselors In Training present to observe and assist the counselors and staff.
Refund and Cancellation Policy
Refunds, minus $50 for administrative costs will be made if a cancellation is received four weeks or more before the event is
scheduled to begin. Cancellation must be received in writing by U.S. mail, email, or fax. Request for refunds due to illness or accident must be accompanied by a doctor’s note. No refund will be issued for failure to appear at camp on check-in day without prior notice or for early departure from an event because of a camper violation of camp policies.
How are counselors selected for employment at Mound Ridge Camp and Retreat Center?
All senior counselors are 18 and older, junior counselors are 16-17, CLT’s are 14-15. The Christian young adults and youth are recruited from congregations within the presbytery, colleges, and some have graduated up through the Mound Ridge Counselor Leadership Training Program. Potential employees complete a written application and undergo an interview with the Director. Criminal background checks and character reference checks are performed prior to the employee’s arrival at camp. All staff participates in an orientation program. Approximately 80 hours is spent during the first week preparing staff for any number of situations they might encounter at camp.
May staff members accept gratuities?
No. If you would like to recognize a staff member, please write a letter to the Director or Presbytery Executive expressing your
gratitude. You can also express your appreciation by donating to the Campership Fund or Wish List on behalf of the staff member
Is there emergency medical attention?
The Director and other staff members are certified in CPR and First Aid. Mound Ridge Camp and Retreat Center has an AED machine and
Rescue Oxygen on-site. Should an injury occur that requires more than First Aid your camper will be taken to the local medical care facility in St. James. Should there be an extreme emergency Crawford County has 9-1-1 service. The closest ER center is in Rolla – 18 miles from Mound Ridge Camp and Retreat Center. Please be assured that in any emergency or unusual occurrence, every effort will be made to contact parents immediately. Unless absolutely necessary, no extreme measures will be taken without first contacting the parents/guardians. Please remember to have your child’s health form notarized. Your child will not be allowed to attend camp without proper notarization
Can you accommodate children with special health related dietary needs?
Absolutely. The registration and health forms to be filled out to register your child has sections for dietary restrictions that will be relayed to our kitchen and camp staff to ensure your child’s dietary needs are fulfilled. If you have any additional concerns, please contact the Camp Director.
Should I send my special needs child to summer camp?
Our directors and counselors generally do not have the special skills needed to work with seriously troubled, mentally handicapped, or other special needs children. In rare instances, exceptions will be made on a case by case basis, but only after we consult with the parents and the child’s doctors. Please do not send a special needs child to any session without first speaking with the Director. To do so generally results in a less than successful experience for the child.
Does Mound Ridge Camp carry accident insurance for campers?
Yes. The Mound Ridge Camp insurance policy will cover accidents that occur while at camp with general exclusions and limitations.
Primary accident insurance and insurance coverage for illness is a responsibility of the Parent or Guardian
Will I be out of place if I am not Presbyterian or do not attend church?
No. Mound Ridge Camp welcomes persons of all walks of life. People of many faiths and denominational preferences attend camp.
All are asked to participate in Bible study and worship. Jesus Christ, as the Word becomes flesh, is central to our program.
Policy regarding drugs, alcohol, tobacco, weapons and fireworks Drugs, alcohol, tobacco products, weapons and fireworks are
prohibited at Mound Ridge Camp. Anyone found possessing such substances will be sent home without a refund. Those found with
illegal substances are liable under the penalties of law.
Policy on phone calls and visitation
Campers are not allowed to make or receive telephone calls nor are visits from friends or family permissible (with exception to camps holding an Independence Day celebration).
Mail, faxes, messages, and email will be delivered daily to campers.
Parents/guardians are encouraged to write their child regularly while he or she is at camp. It is even a good idea to pop a letter in the mailbox a few days before camp starts or drop it off at check –in so your child receives mail their first day away from home.
To send a letter or package to your child, use the address listed below.
The ATTN lines should include your child’s name and name of camp session.
TO SEND BY U.S. MAIL, FEDEX, OR UPS:
Mound Ridge Camp
ATTN: Camper Name – Camper Session
31 Agape Lane
Cook Station, MO 65449
TO SEND CAMPER EMAIL—
In the subject line should be: Camper Name – Session