Camper and Parent Information
Ebert programs are designed to provide new experiences for campers as they grow older. Lights-out changes depending on the program. Older campers stay up for a selection of night activities, and have the choice to participate in age-appropriate challenge activities. Below is a sample schedule for a day at Ebert Ranch Camp:
7:30am – First Word Worship
8:00am – Breakfast
8:30am – Chores, help with Kitchen Party, feed the chickens, check the garden, and clean the bunkhouse
9:00am – Bible Study
10:00am – Program Activities
12:00pm – Lunch
12:30pm – Siesta, a time for rest before afternoon activities
1:30pm – Program Activities
5:30pm – Sing-a-Long
6:00pm – Supper
7:00pm – Congregational Activities
8:00pm – All-Ranch Activities, we play together as an entire camp
9:00pm – Snack and Community Meeting, plan the next day’s activities
9:30pm – Last Word Worship and Devotions
10:00pm – Lights Out
Ebert Ranch strives to provide nutritious and satisfying meals. Food is an integral part of our program. Campers come together as a community to share a meal and fellowship. Because we are an intentional Christian community, campers are encouraged to mingle and meet new people. As a community, campers take turns serving each other by serving meals, cleaning up after meals, and washing dishes.
Campers are encouraged to try new foods. Should a camper not like what is being served, options are available, including cereal at breakfast and peanut butter and jelly sandwiches at lunch and dinner.
The following is a sample menu for a typical camp day:
Breakfast – Pancakes, bacon, cereal, milk, fruit, and juice
Lunch – Chicken sandwiches, French fries, fresh cucumbers, green salad, cookies, fruit punch, and water
Dinner – Spaghetti with marinara and alfredo, bread sticks, broccoli, green salad, cake, lemonade, and water
Snack – Trail Mix and Fresh Fruit
Special dietary needs can be accommodated with notice. Please specify any need on the campers’ health form. Campers often expend more energy at camp than they do at home. For this reason, campers are encouraged to eat an appropriate amount of food.
Camper Expectations and Guidelines
It is our priority to take care of the physical, emotional, and spiritual needs of both the individual and the group. In order to do this we have established some basic guidelines and expectations for camps.
Some camper expectations include:
- Explore Your Faith
- Try new things and learn new skills
- Be an active part of the Christian camp community
Some camper guidelines are:
- Respect others by using only appropriate language, clothing, actions, and physical contact.
- Respect your cabin mates’ privacy, personal space, and possessions.
- Respect and care for the camp facilities and natural environment.
- Respect your safety by staying within camp boundaries, using the buddy system, and telling a staff member if, at any time, you feel unsafe.
- Respect the rules shared with all campers on the first day of camp and those given at specific activity areas during the camp week.
What to Bring
Below is a list of things to bring to camp this summer. Please make sure that all items are labeled with your name.
- Sleeping Bag and Pillow
- Towel and Washcloth
- Soap and Shampoo
- Toothbrush and Toothpaste
- Other Toiletries (no glass containers, please)
- Insect Repellent
- Sunscreen and Chap Stick
- T-Shirts and Long Sleeve Shirts
- Modest Shorts
- Modest Swim Suit
- Swim Towel
- Underwear and Socks
- 2 Pairs of Long Pants*
- Boots or Heeled Shoes*
- 2 Pairs of Tennis Shoes
- Sun Hat or Cap
- Light Jacket or Sweatshirt
- Lightweight Rain Coat or Poncho
- Prescription Medications in their original bottle
- Flashlight with Batteries
- Money for Offering
- Pen, Notebook, Envelopes, and Stamps
- Shower Sandals
- Money for the Trading Post
- Sleeping Pad
*Long pants and heeled shoes are mandatory for riding horses. We do keep some spare boots on hand for camper sizes. For unusual sizes, please contact us.
All clothing should be appropriate for a church camp setting. Clothing should not have messages with double meanings or advertisements for adult themed products. Shirts must cover the entire stomach and may not be strapless or spaghetti strapped. Tank tops are acceptable. Shorts must be an appropriate length as to cover the buttocks; a 3” inseam or longer is usually sufficient.
Activities at camp have us on the move, and the terrain is rocky with the occasional cactus. Thus, all campers are required to wear closed-toe shoes.
Bathing suits must be modest. Tankinis and one-piece suits are recommended. For females, no string bikinis or thong swimwear; for males, no speedos.
Should a camper be dressed inappropriately, the camper will be asked to change into more appropriate clothing.
WHAT NOT TO BRING
In order to keep in the camping spirit, please leave the following items at home. If these items are brought to camp, they will be labeled and stored by staff for the duration of the camp session. Our insurance does NOT cover personal belongings.
- CELL PHONES
- iPods/Mp3 Players
- Gum and Candy
- Curling Irons
- Hair Dryers
- Pocket Knives
- Over the Counter Drugs
- Open Toe Shoes/Sandals
- Tobacco Products
- Alcohol and Illegal Drugs
- Personal Sports Equipment
Cross Trails Ministry reserves the right to search a camper’s belongings in special circumstances.