Frequently asked questions

FOR CAMPERS

What is the cost?

Hope Heals Camp is free for families and individuals affected by disability. You are only responsible for the cost of travel to and from camp.

We ask that campers pay a refundable deposit of $100 per party to secure their spot at camp. Deposits can be paid here.

What should I expect during the week at Camp?

Hope Heals Camp will be a week of fellowship, encouragement, rest, learning, worship, prayer, and lots of fun. Camp begins Monday afternoon and ends Friday morning, and in the time between, you'll enjoy time together as a family as well as free time while your loved one is cared for by a "Compassionate Companion". Classic camp activities, a talent show, women’s spa time, a pool party, family photo sessions, and a huge banquet celebration are just a few of the things to look forward to during Camp. 

Adults will have the opportunity to commune, commiserate, and celebrate with men and women walking a similar road while kids, teens, and young adults build a community of their own with safe and age-appropriate activities and programming. Daily messages from Jay and Katherine, quiet times of reflection, small group discussions, and worship sessions with renowned musical guests will refuel and rejuvenate you for the journey ahead. 

What can I expect from the Compassionate Companions?

Our Compassionate Companions (CCs) will serve as your loved one's buddy at Camp and will accompany your camper to programming and free-time activities. All CCs are not responsible for medical care or toileting. 

CCs will be paired with campers based on age and gender. All CCs are over 18 and have been vetted through an application process and background check. We understand that all campers have unique situations and some may not desire to be paired with a buddy. Please email info@hopehealscamp.org if you have special pairing requests or needs.

A registered nurse will be present at both weeks of Camp to address any non-emergent medical needs. 

What are the Camp accommodations like?

Week One, Camp ASCCA - Most campers will be staying in hotel-style rooms (with private bathroom) with their family members. 

Week Two Camp McDowell - Most campers will be staying in hotel-style rooms (with private bathroom) with their family members. 

How do I get to Camp? When should I arrive?

Week One, Camp ASCCA - Campers should arrive from 2-4 pm on Monday, 6/19
5278 Camp ASCCA Drive, Jackson's Gap, AL 36861

Week Two, Camp McDowell - Campers should arrive from 2-4 pm on Monday, 6/26
105 Delong Road, Nauvoo, AL 35578

What should I pack for Camp?

Modest, comfortable warm weather clothing
Medication and special foods
Medical equipment
Bible, notebook, and pen
Bug spray and sunscreen
Hat or cap
Comfortable walking shoes and water shoes
Modest bathing suits
Beach towels
Toiletries
Cameras, phones, and chargers

When does Camp end?

Both weeks of camp will end by noon on Friday.

FOR COMPANIONS

 

What are the costs? Will I need to fundraise?

Adults over the age of 18 - $500 | Kids under 18 - $250

Camp fees are capped at $1250 regardless of how many family members you bring. All fees are due by June 2. Volunteers will have access to online fundraising tools with which you can engage your networks to crowdfund your camp fees.

How will we be serving?

Compassionate Companions ("CCs") - the majority of volunteers will serve as companions paired up with campers (families or individuals with disabilities) to encourage and walk alongside them during the week of camp and beyond. CCs will be trained and equipped to serve but will NOT be tasked with medical or personal aid for those with disabilities (eg. toileting or medicine). "CCs" will be intentionally paired with campers who live in proximity to them so as to continue in relationship after the week of camp ends.

Camp Crew - ("CREW") these volunteers WILL stay the entire week of camp and will aid in the executing of the camp activities but will not be assigned to specific campers.

Day Volunteer - these volunteers WILL NOT stay the entire week of camp but rather will only come to serve for specific activities.

Will there be training?

All volunteers will receive weekly training emails in the two months leading up to Camp. You are expected to read these emails in order to come to Camp prepared to serve. Volunteers will also participate in an orientation on the Sunday they arrive at Camp.

How do I get to Camp? When should I arrive?

Week One, Camp ASCCA - volunteers should arrive by 2pm on Sunday, 6/18
5278 Camp ASCCA Drive, Jackson's Gap, AL 36861

Week Two, Camp McDowell - volunteers should arrive by 2pm on Sunday, 6/25
105 Delong Road, Nauvoo, AL 35578

If you are coming to Alabama by airplane and need transportation to Camp from the Montgomery or Birmingham airports, please contact info@hopehealscamp.org so we can arrange transportation for you.

What are the Camp accommodations like?

Week One, Camp ASCCA - Most volunteers will stay in Camp ASCCA's dorm-style cabins with community bathrooms. Camp ASCCA will provide sheets, pillows, and towels.

Week Two Camp McDowell - Most volunteers will stay in Camp McDowell's dorm-style, air-conditioned cabins with shared bathrooms. Camp McDowell doesn't provide linens, so you'll bring your own sheets, pillows, and towels.

What should I pack for Camp?

Modest, comfortable warm weather clothing
Medication and/or special foods
Bible, notebook, and pen
Bug spray and sunscreen
Hat or cap
Comfortable walking shoes and water shoes
Modest bathing suits
Beach towels
Toiletries
Cameras, phones, and chargers
Twin-sized sheets, sleeping bag, pillow, and towels (Week 2 only)

When does Camp end?

Both weeks of camp will end by noon on Friday.


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