Frequently Asked Questions


Who are the people in charge that I can take questions and concerns to?
The owner/directors of Strong Rock Camp are James and Corie Himstedt. Rebecca Smith is our Administrative Director, Mary Beth Brannon is the Program Director, and Hannah Parker is the Director of Guest Relations. Any one of them can address questions or concerns you may have. All five are anxious to see your child have a safe, growing, and FUN camp experience. Please don’t hesitate to call before, during, or after your child’s stay at camp.

What do you look for in a counselor?
Hiring at Strong Rock is very selective. We understand that camp would be impossible without the college-aged men and women who live in cabins with campers, eat meals with them, teach activities and classes, and spend time with them throughout each session. They must be individuals of the highest quality. We do not compromise by hiring those who are not completely committed to Jesus Christ. They must be willing to serve others and not themselves, use good judgment in matters of physical and emotional safety of campers, and they have to know how to make things FUN! To be hired, a potential counselor has to complete a detailed application, go through an in-depth interview with a Strong Rock director, submit at least four references, and pass a background check.

Who will take care of my child’s medical needs while at camp?
There is a nurse on duty 24 hours a day during each camp session. The nurse will take good care of your child if he or she needs medical attention while at camp. You will not be contacted for minor scrapes or bruises, but should he or she spend the night in the infirmary or be taken to the doctor, you will be notified as quickly as possible.  If your child has any special medical concerns, please contact us to discuss how we can best accomodate your individual needs.  
What if my child has medications to bring?
All medications must be given to the nurse on the opening day of camp, and will be dispensed as prescribed. They may not be kept in the cabin. We keep over-the-counter medications (Tylenol, Pepto-Bismol, etc.) in the infirmary and they can be given to your child if needed.

Is Strong Rock a safe place for my child?
We maintain a closed campus and all visitors are directed to check in at the lodge. Each staff member has a 10-day, intensive training period before campers arrive. Staff members are trained in all aspects of caring for the physical and emotional safety of children and all emergency procedures. Each staff member is certified in CPR and First Aid. Those teaching higher risk activities are certified by nationally recognized organizations, such as Red Cross, Civilian Marksmanship Program, National Archery Association, and Christian Camping Horsemanship International. Strong Rock is accredited by the American Camp Association and follows their guidelines closely.  

What is the spiritual emphasis like?
Because a relationship with Jesus Christ has made an unparalleled difference in the life of every Strong Rock director and staff member, we wish to share that difference with campers. This is done in a non-threatening way, since we believe forcing beliefs on another person is unbiblical and inappropriate. We believe that showing campers what a life lived for Christ looks like on a daily basis is the best testimony. There are times each day set aside for the purpose of communicating His truth. Morning Lifeline is a director-led devotion which includes a high-energy songtime that starts the day. Evening Lifeline is a counselor-led devotion which and is used to wrap up the day. Sundays are a break from the regular camp routine, designed to be a restful day that includes a morning worship service. Strong Rock was created for God’s glory, and we strive in every way to be His witnesses, and to “correctly handle the word of truth,” as 2 Timothy 2:15 states.

Does my child need money at camp?

Snacks are available in the Outpost (the camp store) each afternoon after rest hour. T-shirts, hats, water bottles, hammocks, stamps, etc. are also available. Parents are encouraged to set up spending accounts for their campers since campers may not keep cash with them in the cabin. The suggested amount is $40 for a Mini Camp session and $80 for a Main Camp session. All remaining funds are refunded on closing day. The Outpost will be open on Opening and Closing days as well if you wish to purchase souvenir items then. There is no extra charge for any of the classes, and a t-shirt, tribal bandana, chronicle, and a cabin photo are given to every camper.

What if my child gets homesick?
The directors at Strong Rock take seriously the distress of a child who is homesick, and we will discuss candidly with you our perspective of your child’s adjustment. Avoid the temptation to take your child home early, and don’t feel guilty about encouraging your child to stay. For many children, camp is a first step toward independence and plays an important role in their growth and development. Should your child have a more difficult than normal time adjusting to life at camp, a director will call you to discuss the matter. Together we will come up with a plan to help your child.

Why do you have a no phone call/no cell phone policy?
The very nature of camp is that of a closed environment, a physically and emotionally safe “bubble” where amazing spiritual growth, maturity, and independence can happen. Phone calls interrupt the flow of the day, and can be very distracting for campers. We encourage parents and campers to leave all items of value at home, and cell phones are not only an interruption but a temptation for other campers who do not have one. Strong Rock’s directors understand and empathize with the many reasons a parent would want to speak with his or her child, including being able to tell if they “are truly okay and happy from the sound of their voice.” Most parents are satisfied that their children are doing well when they see them in the pictures that are posted to the website daily. We place great value on the trust you have in us to take good care of your child, and will certainly call you if the need arises.

Where will my child live, and can my child be in the same cabin as friends? What if my child is coming to camp alone?

Campers are assigned to cabins by grade. The girls’ and boys’ cabin areas are separate, and each cabin will house up to twelve campers and at least two counselors. As long as both campers request each other on the camp application and their grades are within a year of each other, they can be cabin mates. If your child will be attending camp without knowing anyone, they will quickly make friends. Staff members help campers get to know each other and will make sure they make at least one or two friends right away. Many campers come to camp without a friend from home for the first time.

What is the food like?
Forget “camp food!” Many campers have told us that Strong Rock’s food is better than home! There’s an assortment of fresh fruit at most meals, as well as a salad bar at lunch and dinner. Strong Rock’s cooks are fantastic and have a talent for making meals delicious.

Can I visit my child while they are at camp?
Strong Rock highly discourages visitation during the camp session, as it disrupts the flow of camp life. When you visit your child at camp they miss out on part of the fun. Parents must also consider the potential detriment their visit may have on other campers who do not receive visitors. We want all campers to enjoy uninterupted fun and would ask that you please respect this policy.

Are there ways to earn discounts on the cost of tuition?
There are several ways to save money on the cost of tuition. Earn 5% off of each child's tuition by sending more than one child from your family. You can also tell your friends and family about Strong Rock. Every friend that attends camp as a result of your referral will earn you 10% of that friend's tuition. We will even assist you in getting the word out. Pick a day and time, invite your friends, and provide a few snacks and we will join you to share all that Strong Rock has to offer. As a thank you, you will recieve a $175 discount for hosting a Home Show.

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