Activities

Scheduled Activities

Events tagged “During Activity Time” will be available during scheduled activity times per the Family Camp Schedule.

$ Additional Cost
Sign–up required at the Camp Office

On your own activities

Activities tagged “On Your Own” may be enjoyed whenever during your time at camp. Create your own schedule!

Scheduled Activities

Events tagged “During Activity Time” will be available during scheduled activity times per the Family Camp Schedule.

$ Additional Cost
Sign–up required at the Camp Office

On your own activities

Activities tagged “On Your Own” may be enjoyed whenever during your time at camp. Create your own schedule!

Rappelling

Enjoy rappelling from ALERT’s 48′ Rappelling Tower! All necessary equipment and safety gear is provided. The minimum
age requirement is 8 years old. Loose-fitting pants/knee-length shorts only. No flip-flops, skirts (safety issue), or spandex leggings, please.

DURING ACTIVITY TIMES.
No previous sign-up is required.

Rock Wall

Pick from three different challenging routes to reach the top of the wall. All necessary equipment and safety gear is provided. The minimum age requirement is 8 years old. Loose-fitting pants/knee-length shorts only. No flip-flops, skirts (safety issue), or spandex leggings, please.

DURING ACTIVITY TIMES.
No previous sign-up is required.

Archery

Sharpen your aim! Bows and arrows can teach us much about staying on target, precision, and focus. Without Christ, we will fall short and miss the mark. Hone your skill and spiritual focus at this epic camp activity. All targets and equipment provided. 

During activity times.
No previous sign up required.

Canoe & Kayak

Enjoy a beautifully peaceful paddle with friends and family on Lake Loma. Open every day from sunrise to sunset. Life jackets must be worn, and an adult must accompany children.

ON YOUR OWN or qualify for Friday’s canoe races on Wednesday or Thursday, 1:00–4:30 PM. 

Low Ropes

Our exciting, team-building low ropes confidence course is challenging and fun! How’s your coordination, communication, and teamwork? Get your family and friends together, and let’s find out!

Our Low Ropes Guide is here!

ON YOUR OWN

✎ Volleyball

Volleyball is one of the biggest highlights of Family Camp. Play in the Sports Complex throughout the week or join one of our Sand Volleyball Tournaments for some extra competition. Please respect our Dress Code.

Location: Sports Complex & Sand Courts
ON YOUR OWN or DURING SCHEDULED TOURNAMENT ROUNDS

Disc Golf

Give our exciting 18-hole Disc Golf Course a whirl! Grab a score at Hole One and let the fun begin. Discs are available for sign-out at the Camp Office, or you’re welcome to bring your own!

ON YOUR OWN

✎ Horseshoes

Try your aim at this old-fashioned classic! Horseshoe pits and equipment are located in the campground. While you’re at it, consider joining us for the Family Camp Horseshoe Tournament!

ON YOUR OWN or join our Horseshoe Tournament.

Fishing

Get away from the hustle and bustle and enjoy some relaxing fishing on Lake Loma! Please bring your own tackle.

You are welcome to keep any fish 12 inches or less, but please release any fish of greater length.

ON YOUR OWN or join our Fishing Tournament.

$✎ Trail Rides

Enjoy a nearly hour-long trail ride on some of the most beautiful creatures on earth!

Horse lovers ages 8+.

All minors must be accompanied by an adult for check-in (to fill out vendor release forms and pay for the ride) at the barn. Boots or tennis shoes are required. Long shorts or leggings should be worn under skirts. No pregnant riders, please.

Cost: $25/person. Double rider, 4- years old, additional $15. (Vendor prefers cash or Zelle, but Venmo, PayPal, or Cash App are also accepted.)

$ Crafts

We are preparing special and unique crafts for folks of all ages!

Monday – Corn Husk Dolls
Wednesday – Decorated Tea Towel
Thursday – Coloring/Watercoloring
Friday – Leather Key Rings and Bracelets

DURING ACTIVITY TIMES. Cost may vary per craft. Craft tickets can be purchased at the Camp Office.

Location: Rec Room in Sports Complex

$ Ponderosa Press

Enjoy the beautifully cozy atmosphere of our Sports Complex Coffee Shop, the Ponderosa Press! You’ll love the variety of delicious snacks, drinks, and baked goods available.

Location: Sports Complex
Menu costs vary per item.

Sports Complex

As the hub for fellowship and a hangout for the entire family, our Sports Complex hosts volleyball, basketball, bear ball, pickleball, ping pong, foosball, nine-square, carpetball, a cozy coffee shop, and more!

Appropriate Sport Complex attire requires loose-fitting clothing. Shorts, sweatpants, and skirts must be at least knee-length. Sleeveless tops, spandex, and other fitted clothing are not permitted. Shoes must be worn at all times. 

ON YOUR OWN or DURING ACTIVITY TIMES

Pickleball

This fan favorite combines tennis, badminton, and ping-pong. We had no idea it would be so popular—give it a swing!

ON YOUR OWN or DURING ACTIVITY TIMES

Nine Square

A fancy version of the beloved classic Four Square, only its nine squares… and it’s in the air!

Location: Sports Complex and Playground
ON YOUR OWN or DURING ACTIVITY TIMES

Bear Ball

Bear Ball (Gaga Ball) is a variation of dodgeball played in an octagonal pit. The game involves dodging, striking, running, jumping, and is a whole lot of fun. Let the games begin!

Location: Sports Complex and Playground (and the Lakefront on Friday!) 
ON YOUR OWN or DURING ACTIVITY TIMES

Spikeball

All equipment provided.

Location: Sports Complex ON YOUR OWN or DURING ACTIVITY TIMES

Basketball

Get your friends together to shoot some hoops or play a full blown game!

Location: Sports Complex
ON YOUR OWN

Carpet Ball

Swoosh, and score! One of the most popular sports for kids during Family Camp.

Location: N. Sports Complex
ON YOUR OWN

Foosball

For those who like to play soccer indoors and standing still.

Location: Sports Complex
ON YOUR OWN

Ping Pong

Tennis on a table. Paddles and balls provided.

Location: Sports Complex
ON YOUR OWN

Board Games

Enjoy time together with family and friends! Board games are available from the shelf by the seating area in the Sports Complex.

Location: Sports Complex
ON YOUR OWN

Bible Story Hour

Children young and old are invited to join us for Bible Story Hour, where kids are encouraged in God’s Word and entertained with engaging accounts of God’s faithfulness throughout history.

Monday, Wednesday, and Thursday at 4:00 PM
Location: Auditorium

Scripture Assembly

Help assemble portions of John & Romans for Gospel outreach in other countries! You will help cut, staple, and collate these Scriptures to be sent overseas. This family project is suitable for ages 10+. A parent must accompany those under 12.

Location: John & Romans Building
Saturday & Sunday, 1:00–4:30 PM
and DURING ACTIVITY TIMES

Taste of Journey

Our goal with Taste of Journey is to encourage young people to pursue an intimate relationship with the Lord and meditate on His Word. We hope you can join us and get to know the Lord deeper this year at Family Camp!

Monday, Wednesday, and Thursday, 1:00–3:30 PM
Location: Auditorium

Camp Orchestra

Join the Family Camp Orchestra during Camp Meetings! Rehearsals and preludes begin 30 minutes before each indoor meeting. Bring your instrument and join in! Basic proficiency on your instrument is required. The ability to sight-read from the hymnal is helpful.

See the daily schedule for rehearsal times.
Location: Formal Dining Room, Field House

Horsemanship Class

Horses are some of the most  beautiful animals on earth and they can teach us a lot about our relationship with Christ. Join us to learn proper care techniques from Dr. Lew’s own ranch hands. Content spans two dayschoose your preference of Monday/Tuesday or Wednesday/Thursday! No sign-up is required.

Monday—Thursday at 1:00 PM

Camp Quilt

Every year a quilt is made for Family Camp with the names of each family who attended. Visit the quilt display to see the quilts from previous years and sign your family’s block!

Open 30 minutes before each indoor Camp Meeting. 

Ponderosa Playground

Our campground park features swings, monkey bars, slides, and a giant sandbox. Parental supervision is required.

ON YOUR OWN

Biking

As a preferred method of Family Camp transportation, bring your bikes and enjoy the beautiful campus! Unfortunately, on-campus bike rentals are not available at this time.

ON YOUR OWN

Hiking Trails

Take a picnic and enjoy time exploring the campus with your friends and family in the great outdoors.

Hiking areas include the wilderness landscape of the bluffs southeast of the campground and the breathtaking trails north of Lake Loma. The lake trails will be open all week except Thursday. See the Camp Map for details and enjoy the adventure!

$ Custom Bicycle Horses

Pedal in true Family Camp style with a custom-built cardboard colt for your bicycle! Bikes are first fitted by skilled cardboard artisans and then available for the rider to decorate with preferred features!

First come, first serve. A parent must accompany those under 12.

Saturday, Monday, Tuesday, 1:00–4:30 PM
Location: ICBC Building

Cost $10/Horse

$✎ Plane Rides

Experience a thrilling takeoff and scenic adventure over the International ALERT Academy! Weather permitting, rides are approximately 15 minutes.

A paying adult must accompany children under 12 (legal guardians must sign waivers for anyone under 18).

Sign-up at the Camp Office.
Cost $30/person.

River Crossing Event

For fathers and sons, hosted by our ALERT men!

Volleyball Tournament

Friendship, competition, and intense fun.

Fishing Tournament

Enjoy a peaceful morning on Lake Loma!

Tumbleweed Festival

Fellowship, yard games, and a fantastic cowboy BBQ.

Moms' Tea

Enjoy fellowship with one another and encouragement in Christ!

Human Stratego

An comradarie building event for fathers and sons!

Bike Parade

Let's ride!

Young Adult Fellowship

Fellowship with current friends and connect with more! 

Family Camp 5K

Join us on our beautiful lake trails!

Trade Days

Buy and sell with other Family Campers!

Lake Day

Canoe races, games, sand castles... and hamburgers for dinner.

Sports Complex

The Family Camp Hangout. Coffee Shop, Games, Sports, WiFi, the works.

Ponderosa Press

Coffee and friends, the perfect blend.

Fireworks Show

Finishing a great week with a bang

Special Events

“Special Events” are group events scheduled for camp families to interact and enjoy time together!

Moms' Tea Time

Enjoy fellowship and encouragement from other mothers while sipping your favorite teas. All moms are invited! Please leave any young children or infants with your family members at the camper. This tea is for you to enjoy fellowship with one another and encouragement in the Lord!

Sunday, October 8, 2:00–4:30PM
Location: Ponderosa Press

Young Adult Fellowship

Young adults (ages 18+, married and single) are invited to join us at the Ponderosa Press for a time of fellowship and meaningful conversation. Board games and light refreshments will also be available. 

Sunday, October 8, 7:30–9:30 PM
Location: Ponderosa Press

Family Camp Trail Run

All ages and paces are welcome for this rugged 3.2-mile trail run! Please reference our dress code for race attire. Check-in at 7:30 AM. Please track your own time and report it at the finish line. 

Wednesday, October 11 at 8:00 AM
Location: Lakefront Trail Head

Tumbleweed Festival

Join us for an afternoon of fellowship and yard games on the Chapel lawn, followed by a delicious Cowboy BBQ—mouthwatering Chicken, Brisket, Corn on the Cob, Potato Salad, and Peach Cobbler! (Check out our camp menu and purchase this tasty meal ahead of time, or bring your own!) Please bring your chairs or picnic blankets!

Afterward, we’ll enjoy a special evening message with Dr. Lew Sterrett at the corral!

Invite your friends for Community Night!

Tuesday, October 10
5:00-5:45 PM, dinner served (Chapel lawn)
7:00 PM Sermon on the Mount (Corral)

BIke Parade

Decorate your favorite bikes, trikes, wagons, scooters, and strollers to pedal, push, or pull in our Family Camp parade. Decorated golf carts and other creative parade floats are welcome as well!

Wednesday, October 11
9:15 AM Parade Lineup and Decor (behind the Chapel)
10:00 AM Family Camp Bike Parade

Build a Bicycle Horse!
Pedal in true Family Camp style with a custom-built cardboard colt for your bicycle! Bikes are first fitted by skilled cardboard artisans and then available for the rider to decorate with preferred features!

First come, first serve. A parent must accompany those under 12.

Saturday, Monday, Tuesday, 1:00–4:30 PM
Location: ICBC Building

Cost $10/Horse

Fishing Tournament

Enjoy a peaceful morning on Lake Loma and reel in Family Camp’s biggest fish yet! Please bring your own fishing gear. Live nightcrawler bait provided. Tournament rules are at the Camp Office.

Friday, October 13, 7:30–10:00 AM

Location: Lakefront
Trades Day

Trades Day is a time to “bring your goods to market” and enjoy buying and selling your handmade and homemade specialties with other Family Campers!

Important Details
– Trades Day is Thursday, October 12, from 8:30–11:30 AM.
– Set up may NOT start any sooner than 7:15 AM that morning.
– Parking is available in the Chapel Parking Lot. You can use your vehicle for set up, but all vehicles must be re-parked in the Chapel Parking Lot by 8:15 AM.
– Trades Day has no electrical access, although you can provide your own generator.
– Tables can be reserved from the Camp Office for $5 and will be set up on-site before you arrive.

Thursday, October 12, 8:30–11:30 AM
Location: West of the Chapel

Advertise your products early on our Trades Day Facebook Group!

Father/Son Human Stratego
Fathers and sons are invited to join in a fun game of Human Stratego for some excitement, a good workout, and camaraderie with other guys!
Thursday, October 12, 3–4 PM
Location: SW Corner of the Campground 
Lake Day & Hamburgers

Enjoy a sunny afternoon of lakefront games and canoe races! Hamburgers are served from 6:00–6:45 PM (available for purchase or bring your own picnic). Our epic fireworks show starts at 8:45 PM!

Canoe race categories are available at the Camp Office. Qualifying races are held Wednesday and Thursday, 2–4 PM.

Don’t forget your picnic blankets, chairs, “Get-Wet-Clothes,” and towels!*

*”Get-Wet-Clothes” are dark colors, loose-fitting t-shirts, and knee-length shorts. No towels or blankets from our Guest Lodges, please.

Friday, October 13, 3–6 PM
Location: Lakefront

Fireworks & Camp Slideshow

Our Grand Finale Fireworks Show starts Friday, October 13 at 8:45 PM, finishing a great week with a bang!

Location: Lakefront

Tournaments

Enjoy friendly, Family Camp competition for all skill-levels! With the exception of the Fishing Tournament, all tournament participants must be registered for the whole week of Family Camp and require the activity wristband.

Fishing Tournament

Everyone is invited to join us for a beautiful morning of fishing and fellowship! 

Tournament rules will be posted at the Camp Office. Please bring your own gear. Live nightcrawler bait is provided. 

Friday, October 13, 7:30–10:00 AM
Location: Lakefront

✎ Horseshoe Tournament

Qualifying rounds will be held Thursday during activity time. The official tournament is on Friday afternoon. 

Sign-up at the Camp Office. All tournament participants must be registered for the whole week of Family Camp and require the activity wristband.

✎ Ultimate Frisbee

Gather your friends and try your teamwork, accuracy, and endurance in this competitive sport! Tournament guidelines and sign up at the Camp Office.

All tournament participants must be registered for the whole week of Family Camp and require the activity wristband.

Tournament Meeting (Auditorium)
Sunday, October 8 at 6:45 PM
All team captains and/or players without a team are required to attend.

Tournament Games (Soccer Field)
Monday, Wednesday, Thursday; 8:30–10:30 PM

✎ Volleyball Tournament

Volleyball is a highlight for many of our Family Campers! All tournament participants must be registered for the whole week of Family Camp and require the activity wristband.

Team Sign Up
Sign up as a team to compete in a double-elimination tournament. Players must be 14+ to participate and have 2 females on the team. Team Captains are required to be at the Competitive Tournament Meeting Sunday, October 8 at 6:00 PM in the Auditorium. 

Individual Sign Up
Sign up as an individual to compete in a double-elimination tournament. Players must be 14+ to participate. To play, team members must be at the Individual Sign Up Tournament Meeting Tuesday, October 10 at 8:30 PM in the Auditorium. Teams will be assigned at the meeting.

Tournament Location: Sand Courts
Sign-ups are at the Camp Office.

Canoe Races

An exciting sport hosted at Friday’s Lakefront Day! Qualifying rounds are held Monday–Thursday, 2–5 PM. Race categories and sign-up sheets are available at the Camp Office.

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