what you need to know about camp
We take weather safety VERY seriously. All sites have storm shelters and we monitor weather conditions carefully. We will notify parents when appropriate, so please do not call camp during a storm. We need to keep our phone lines open, and will be busy taking care of campers.
Weather is unpredictable and camper safety is of primary importance. Because of this, Sullivan Hills implemented an even stronger system to make sure that campers are safe in the unpredictable weather of the summer camp season in Nebraska.
“We have a great relationship with our local authorities and they are very good at looking out for us and communicating with us regarding storm safety,” said Jason Gerdes, Executive Director. “Knowing that we can’t control the weather doesn’t stop us from trying to predict it, monitor it, and be extremely proactive in keeping our campers and staff safe in it.”
“In 2009, we added to our weather safety tool kit by implementing a new software program called Weather Defender ,” said Gerdes.
Weather Defender, developed by software firm SWIFT Weather, is a weather prediction and monitoring system that helps customers forecast, monitor and respond to weather threats. When threats are issued, the software will alert key people at Sullivan Hills Camp via computer, e-mail, or cell phone. “With this service, we can see what is happening directly at Sullivan Hills Camp,” said Gerdes. “We, of course, are watching the local weather station just like the parents, but we also now have very specific information about the weather exactly where we are at and can respond accordingly.”
“Weather threats are inevitable here in Nebraska summer months. We feel very strongly that the tools we have in place –Weather Defender and our systems for action – are going to help us make sure campers are safe and parents are reassured,” Gerdes said.
For more information on summer camp weather safety, contact Korey Breutzmann , NLOM Director of Programs, 402-944-2544.
You may send your child e-mail. It must be received by 9 a.m. for delivery that day. Our printer is black and white, so no fancy art or forwardings, please.
Mail MUST be addressed to: SullivanHills@hotmail.com and in the “subject” field be sure to put your child’s first and last name. Campers will NOT be able to reply to e-mail while they are at camp.
Camper Snail Mail
You can also send your camper snail mail. Campers love getting mail, although they may not write to you as often as you wish! Do not send packages containing gum, candy or food. Any such items will be held for the camper to pick up on closing day.
Camper mail should be addressed to your camper at: "Camper Name"
Sullivan Hills Camp
4236 Road 149
Lodgepole, NE 69149
We also have an in-camp mail box available when you bring your child to camp. You can drop mail in it and it will be delivered on Monday, or whatever day you indicate on the mail. In-camp mail doesn’t require any postage.
All of our counselors and specialists are CPR and First Aid certified through the American Red Cross. Our Sullivan Hills Site Coordinator is trained by our Health Care Manager before he or she arrives for the summer. Records of all medications and first aid treatment are filed with the Site Coordinator daily.
If there is an emergency or serious illness, parents will be notified by camp staff. In case of an emergency while your child is at camp, or to speak to someone at Sullivan Hills Camp during the summer, call 308-483-5804.
American Camp Association Standards require all prescription and non-prescription medications to be kept locked and dispensed only under the specific directions of a licensed physician. All medications for youth and adults must be in the original container with the physician’s name on it. The directions/dosage on the container is what we are required to follow. All medications must be turned in to Health Care staff at check-in. The only exceptions are medications for life-threatening conditions, which may be carried by the camper after a discussion with our Health Care staff.
All clothing should be appropriate for a Bible camp as well as for a highly active week.
❑ Bible with your name in it
❑ Sleeping bag or bedding for a twin bed mattress
❑ Laundry bag
❑ Sweatshirt and pants (it does get cold in the morning and evening)
❑ T-shirts, casual shirts (no tobacco, alcohol or drug ads)
❑ Underwear and socks (both required)
❑ Pajamas or something to sleep in
❑ 2 pairs of shoes (Closed toe and one pair that can get wet)
❑ Warm jacket
❑ Rain gear
❑ Swimsuit, sunscreen and towel
❑ Hat and sunglasses
❑ Bath towels and soap
❑ Toothbrush & toothpaste
❑ Other personal gear (glasses, shampoo, deodorant...)
❑ Insect repellant
❑ Flashlight and extra batteries
Camera, hiking boots, journal, addresses, stamps, postcards, a favorite stuffed animal
NOT ALLOWED AT CAMP
Electronic equipment such as mp3 players/iPods, tablets and laptop computers
Food, candy, pop
Knives, firearms, fireworks or anything that might be perceived as a weapon
“Not Allowed” items will be held by staff and returned at the end of the week. NLOM reserves the right to search personal belongings, with the camper present, if we believe items not allowed have been brought to camp.
Drop-off and pick-up
Check-in time for all sessions is 3:00 - 4:00 p.m. Check-in will begin promptly at 3:00 p.m., but not earlier, as staff need time to get prepared for campers. Programming on each site begins promptly at 4:00 p.m., so if you will be arriving late, please call to let us know your estimated time of arrival.
At check-in campers will deposit their spending money in the “Camp Bank,” check in with the Health Care staff and turn in all medications.
Each session ends with a closing worship service at 2:00 p.m. Families and friends are invited to this service. We will be done around 3:00 p.m., at which time you can go with your camper to their site to get their gear and sign out with the Site Coordinator. All campers need to be signed out by an authorized person. All campers are to be picked up by 3:15 p.m.
Prior arrangements must be made with the Registrar if a child needs to leave before 2:30 p.m. on the last day of the session.
If someone other than a parent will be picking up your camper, you must provide that authorization to camp. You can do so in the following two ways: Simply include that information on the “authorized pick-up” portion of the registration, or download the form below, complete and send or bring to your camper’s Sunday check-in.
Campers will have an opportunity to go to the Camp Store during their week at camp. The Camp Store carries items like camp hoodies and t-shirts as well as cameras, batteries, camp souvenirs, stamps, stuffed animals, jewelry, etc. We do not sell pop or candy during the week.
If you would like your camper to have money to spend, you can add it to their account during registration or you can turn it in when you check your camper into camp.
Purchases will be deducted from the account and the balance refunded on the last day of the camp session. The store will also be open on the last day of the session.