Summer is just around the corner! We are busy working to provide incredible opportunities for faith formation, leadership development, and Christian Education! Of course, all that is done while having an AMAZING TIME! Pyoca is accredited by the American Camp Association and meets the stringent requirements for all of our programs!
Come experience a great summer and help us celebrate Pyoca's 60 years of outdoor ministry!
Pyoca programs are open to all youth. There is no discrimination or exclusion from programs on the basis of race, national origin, color, sex, age, or disability.
If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us!
Frequently Asked Questions
What time is check-in and where do I go?
Check in begins at 2:30 for Discoverer programs, 3:00 for Jr. High Programs, 3:30 for Senior High Programs, and 4:00 for parial week programs (You and Me, 2nd/3rd Grade Programs). When you park at the lodge there will be staff members there to direct you where to go.
What time is pick-up and where do I pick up my camper?
Pick-up for week long camps begins at 5pm on Friday with the "Closing Celebration".
The closing celebration includes dinner and we ask that you please sign up the number
of people you think will be joining us for dinner so we can make sure to have the
appropriate amount of food. This number that you give us should NOT include your camper.
The celebration and dinner usually take about an hour.
Pick up for the 2nd and 3rd Grade Explorers is at 10 a.m. with a brief closing service.
We ask that you please sign out your camper so we know they have left with
the appropriate person. You should provide us with the names of people who will most likely be
picking up your camper at registration. If plans change or you need to pick up your camper early
please call the camp ahead of time.
Pick up for the 2nd and 3rd Grade Explorers Camps will be at 10:00a.m. with a brief closing service.
May I keep in touch with my camper? Should I send them with a cell phone?
We encourage you to send mail or e-mail to you camper while they are here at camp.
We deliver mail on a daily basis at dinner (5pm). E-mail should be free of any attachments and
should be limited to 1 page. Campers do not have the opportunity to send e-mail.
The camper e-mail address is firstname.lastname@example.org
If you are sending mail via the US Postal Service we ask that you do not send care
packages because campers are not allowed to have candy in the cabins. Campers are allowed to send
letters home and can purchase stamps in the canteen.
We understand that you are concerned about your camper while they are away from home.
Since Pyoca is a "place away from the busy world" we ask that you do not send a cell phone with your
camper so they do not lose or damage something so valuable and can participate fully in the camping
program. If your child is homesick or struggling at camp, we will call the parent listed on the
registration form. Otherwise, you can assume that your camper is fine and continue to send them
mail and/or email. We find that campers experience the full benefits of overnight camps when they are
allowed to participate fully.
What does my camper need to bring with them to camp?
Since you will be sharing a room with 5-6 other people we ask that you make sure
to label all of your belongings.
- Sleeping Bag and Pillow
- Appropriate camp clothing - enough for each day plus a spare or two
- One Piece Swim Suit (no bikini's or tankini's please)
- Beach Towel
- Waterproof Sunscreen
- Towels and wash cloths
- Soap and shampoo
- Toothpaste and toothbrush
- Insect repellant
- Notebook and pen or pencil
- Shoes (Flip Flops are NOT allowed)
- Jacket or sweatshirt
- Long pants (Jr. and Sr. high are required to wear these on the high ropes course)
- Medications (if any) in original prescription containers. You do not need to send over the
counter medication for common ailments because Pyoca will have these available if needed.
What items are not allowed at Pyoca?
In order for everyone to have the best camping experience please do not send any
of the following items because they might end up lost, stolen, or broken. Staff are instructed to take
away these items for the week if they are found.
- Cell Phones
- CD Players
- MP3 players
- Portable gaming systems
- Food or candy (these are not allowed in the cabins because they attract insects and animals)
- Cigarettes, Drugs, Alcohol*
- Weapons of any kind*
If a camper brings these items, the camper will be sent home immediately at the parent's expense.
What if I can't afford the cost of camp?
We believe that camp is important for all children! We do provide camperships to those who
need them but also encourage you to ask your local church first to see what they can do to help.
How do I get to Pyoca?