The mission of Strong Rock is to inspire purposeful and abundant living through the unconditional love and acceptance of Christlike role models.
We desire to provide opportunities for children to learn about Christian character and values as they discover God’s purpose for mankind as well as each of us as individuals. Spending time in the outdoors will foster your child’s appreciation for, and help them become better stewards of, God’s creation. Our program and activities are designed to strengthen self-confidence and build courage in each camper as they gain independence and develop good decision making skills.
After your child’s camp session we will be asking you to complete an evaluation form to review Strong Rock Camp and provide feedback concerning your child’s accomplishment in some of these goals.
As a parent, what are the questions you should be asking as you consider Strong Rock?
The owner/directors of Strong Rock Camp are James and Corie Himstedt. Rebecca Smith is our Administrative Director, and Levi Fangmann is the Program Director. Any one of them can address questions or concerns you may have. All four 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.
Hiring at Strong Rock is very selective. Camp would be impossible without the college-aged men and women who live in cabins with campers, eat meals with them, teach skill 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.
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, as 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.
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 breakfast, as well as a salad bar at lunch and dinner. It is our desire to provide balanced meals that are also kid friendly. We also recognize that some of our campers may have specific dietary needs or food allergies and our cooks work closely with our medical staff to be sure that each camper’s dietary needs are met. Strong Rock’s cooks are fantastic and have a talent for making meals delicious.
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 uninterrupted fun and would ask that you please respect this policy.
For this reason, the directors reserve the right to terminate any camper’s stay if the camper chooses to repeatedly break the rules of conduct and hinder the purpose of camp. The possession of weapons, alcohol, illegal drugs, tobacco, or any form of pet is strictly prohibited while at camp. We feel that by violating this policy, the camper has chosen to be sent home.