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What to Bring to Camp

So it's time to start packing for Summer Camp and you aren't quite sure what to bring.  Well, you can use our handy checklist to help you out!

Read the list below, or download a PDF copy that you can print out and carry around as you pack.

A Word About Modesty

Campers and Summer Missionaries at Victory Valley dress modestly. That means, among other things, that girls wear shirts that don’t ride up in the back when bending or reaching, nor dip down in the front to reveal undergarments or excessive skin. We avoid tight shirts on girls. T-shirts with sleeves are best for their versatility and modesty. Girls swimsuits should be modest, cut conservatively, and cover the whole torso. (Mom, we know how hard it is to find a modest swimsuit and appreciate all the hours you invest in doing so.)

Check that your camper’s shorts have at least a four-inch inseam. Shorts, swim trunks and pants are worn at the waist with a belt, if needed, and underwear/boxers are not seen. We don’t wear boxers as shorts or pajamas for pants except when sleeping. Shirts are worn at all times except during swimming. Sneakers are the best footwear. Sandals and flipflops are only worn during trips to and from the pool.

Medications Note:

Please don’t pack prescription or OTC medication in luggage as they need to be given to our nurse when you sign in. For safety, we don’t allow medications in the cabins.

Please do bring your Health Form and a photocopy of the front and back of your health insurance card if not sent in advance and…

__ Bible
__ Toothbrush/paste
__ Sleeping bag (Campers will sleep out one night and will need a sleeping bag; if you would like to send bedding for the cabin as well, you may)
__ Pillow
__ Soap/Shampoo
__ Towels (bath & pool)
__ Swimsuit (modest, one-piece is preferred, two pieces that cover the whole torso are acceptable)
__ Flashlight
__ White or light-colored t-shirt to tie-dye
__ Dark clothes for ‘Mission Impossible’
__ Sneakers
__ Old sneakers for creek-walking
__ Daily set of play clothes
__ Socks
__ Pajamas
__ Sweatshirt or jacket
__ Long pants
__ Breathable laundry bag
__ Rain gear (optional)
__ Water bottle
__ Banquet clothes (casual church clothes - skirts/dresses should come to the top of the knee)

Medications: Prescription and/or over-the-counter medications must be turned in to the camp nurse upon arrival. Do not pack these items in your child’s personal belongings.

Optional Items:

camera, fishing equipment, sun block, insect repellent (non-aerosol), stationery to write home, stamps

Do Not Bring Any of the Following:

headphones, radios, iPod, electronic games, cell phone, pager, computer, or any other technological gadgets, valuables, pocket knife, gum, fireworks, skateboard, silly string, water balloons, water guns or anything else which makes a mess, has sharp edges or generates smoke or fire.

Valley Day Camp Arrival and Departure

Valley Day Campers arrive between 8:15 and 8:30 a.m. Monday-Friday mornings. They get picked up by parents, or approved guardians, at 3:30 p.m., unless they have registered and paid for Extended Care, in which case, pick up time is 5:30 p.m.

We do not have staffing to receive children earlier than 8:15 a.m. nor later than your designated pick up time.

A letter detailing special events for the week will be sent home with each child on Mondays.

Lunch:

Valley Day Campers bring a packed lunch with them. We have a refrigerator, but we do not have a way to heat food.

What to Bring:

Packed lunch, a swimsuit (modest, girls wear one-piece), towel, flip-flops (for pool time only), and extra pair of old sneakers or watershoes for creekwalking.

We spend a lot of time outdoors in God's creation, so please apply sunscreen generously before your camper arrives.  Each day camper will have the opportunity to tie-dye at some point during the week.  Information about this and other special activities will be sent home with the campers on Mondays.

Arrival Day Instructions

Dear Victory Valley Family,

It's almost time to pack up and head to Victory Valley Camp for a terrific week of God's word in God's creation with Godly role models. Please read this entire note for details on what to do on arrival day at camp.

Health Form:

If you have not yet completed our Health Form (either online or on paper), please download one, complete it and bring it with you, along with copies of your health insurance card. If we don't have a Health Form on file for you already, we'll ask you to complete one when you arrive.

Map & Directions:

If you're a new Victory Valley family, or just need a reminder how to get here, there's a map and directions on our website.  If using a GPS, the entrance location is 7352 Salem Bible Church Road, Zionsville, PA 18092.

What to Bring (and Not to Bring) List:

Click here to download a list of items to pack for camp (and items to leave at home). Print it out and use it to hunt the house for the things you need.

Arrival Time is between 4 and 4:30 p.m. on Sunday.

You will be directed to park in the field next to the pavilion, where you can unload your luggage and walk to the pavilion for check in. For the safety of our Campers, vehicles are not permitted in the cabin area (with the exception of parents whose handicap would make it difficult to accompany the Camper any other way.) Please remember, registration only begins at 4 p.m. as our staff are preparing to receive your children. (Departure time is 9:00 a.m. on Saturday.)

For Outpost Village campers:

Your sign in will be done right next to the parking area at the pavilion. Here you will load your luggage on our wagon and meet your counselor to sign in.

Camp Nurse:

If your Camper has medications (prescription or OTC) or you need to speak with the Camp Nurse about anything, stop by the nurse's table in the pavilion. By the way, now would be a good time to download the health form, fill it out and mail it in with a copy of your health insurance card. If your Camper has no medications, has already submitted the health form and you have no questions for the Camp Nurse, you can proceed to your cabin after check in.

The Counselor will meet you at the cabin and ask you to sign in. If someone other than you is going to pick up the camper at 9:00 a.m. on Saturday, you must note that on the sheet. We will not release your Camper, even to a friend or family member, without your written permission.

After your Camper meets the Counselor and gets settled in the Cabin, it's time for hugs and kisses and prayers and goodbyes. Parents will make their way back to their vehicles, and campers will be directed by our Summer Missionaries what to do next. You will also have some time to stop in at our Gift Shop if you wish.

Camper Contact:

During the course of the week, Campers do not have access to a telephone (and cell phones are not permitted), however, you will be able to send mail via the postal service, or email to your camper, as well as to view photos of what's happening at Victory Valley each day. You'll receive further instructions from your child's counselor when you sign them in. Campers may also send letters home. You may always contact the Camp Office with any questions or concerns: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. | 610-966-5880

Emergencies:

If your Camper should experience any illness or significant injury, our Camp Nurse will contact you using the phone number(s) you provided when you registered. We always seek parent input before transporting a Camper to the physician or emergency room. This happens very rarely.

Homesickness:

It is normal for some Campers to experience some "homesickness" (because they love you), however, for almost all of them, this condition is short-lived and soon overcome by the excitement of camp and the joy of making new friends. We want this to be a great experience for your Camper and we want you to rest assured that your child is in the care of people who understand children. Victory Valley Camp has over 60 years of accumulated wisdom in helping children enjoy God's creation, understand God's word, and have a lot of fun.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. | 610-966-5880

Bunk1 Sign in

With Bunk1, you can send your overnight camper "Bunk Notes" that will be delivered with normal mail and also view photos from their week of camp online.  To sign up for Bunk1, just click on the link below and create an account. You will need the invitation code of MYVICTORY to create an account. When you drop off your camper, you will receive an access code for the weekly folder of camp pictures.

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