Camp Good News FAQ

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I need to drop off or pick up my kids before 9 AM or after 4 PM.  Do you have any options to drop kids before 9 AM or pick up kids after 4 PM?

Yes, before/after care is a supervised time for parents who would need to drop off their kids early or pick up their kids late because of work, transporation, etc.   The times would be from 7:30 – 9:00 AM and from 4:00 – 5:30 PM.  You could sign-up for everyday or for part of a week. The cost is $20 per week.

What is the difference in the schedule for the half day (9-1 PM) and full day (9-4 PM)?  What happens after 1 PM?  

The half day (9-1 PM) is designed for those parents who want their children to experience camp without being gone for the entire day.  As a result, our afternoon programming has more general activities such as swimming, large group games (like capture the flag or blob tag), arts & crafts projects like beads, etc.  All of the specific activity programming and Bible hour happen in the morning.  For example, if it is basketball week, basketball instruction and play will happen in the 9-1 PM time along with the Bible hour.   There would not be any basketball in the afternoon.

How are the kids split into groups?  Can I request my child to be with sibling or friend?

Campers are split up by age and are usually split up into three groups (younger, middle, and older) between the ages of 6-12.

What is a sample daily schedule?

Sample Daily Schedule

  • 8:45 – Registration Opens
  • 9:00 – Welcome/Opening Ceremony
  • 9:15 – Activity Instruction
  • 10:15 – Bible Hour/Snack
  • 11:15 – Activity Practice
  • 12:15 – Lunch (Campers bring a sack lunch)
  • 12:45—Personal Devos/Bible Memory
  • 1:15— Swimming on M, W; Large Group Game on Tu, Th, F
  • 2:30 – Elective Skills (Campers offered an array of activities such as crafts, games, outdoor skills, etc)
  • 3:45—Closing Ceremony
  • 4:00 PM—Camper Pick-up

What is the camp for “All Summer” campers?  What will the activities be for that week?  This is a camp designed for kids who have come to Camp Good News for at least one week during the summer.  Campers will be involved in choosing the activities for the week.   Activities will be chosen from a list of the most popular activities for the summer.

How much does the camp cost?

Cost:

  • First Child: Full Day -$130
  • Second Child: Full Day – $115
  • Third Child: Full Day – $100
  • Half Day Option – $80 per camper;
  • Robotics Camp Supplies Fee – $15 per person;
  • Construction Zone/Gymnastics Activity/Supplies Fee – $25 per person
  • Before/After Care – $20 per week per child for both before and after care

Discounts are available for early registration.

Are there scholarships available?  How do I apply?  How are they distributed? Yes, people with heart and passion for kids have given to our scholarship fund.  Please fill out the the scholarship application on your online registration form or call Doug at 701-200-4865 or email office@ceffm.org to request a scholarship application.  Please note that we generally do not grant full scholarships and require at least $25 deposit per week.  Once your short application for a scholarship is received, the scholarship screening committee will review your application and get back to you as soon as they can.  Getting your registration in before June 1st increases your chance of receiving a scholarship.  

How are the staff selected to work at camp?  Every staff member must submit an application and references to be on camp staff.  Staff must also complete a background check.  Once this process is complete, applicants are interviewed.  Applicants are then selected for their spiritual maturity and ability to work with children.

How old are the staff members? All lead staff needs to be at least 18 years old.  Ages 13 -17 can sign up to assistant counselor, which means that can only help with a group.

Where does the camp take place at?  Bethel Church (2702 30th Ave S; Fargo, ND  58104).

Is Camp Good News always at Bethel Church? Yes, we will always start and end at this church.  However, during the day, Camp Good News will transport kids to local parks and swimming pools nearby.  Field trips, especially for outdoor/nature camp may also happen.

Who sponsors the camp? Child Evangelism Fellowship of F/M – a non-denominational children’s ministry that has been operating for over 70 years. We hold 5-day clubs in the summer and Good News Clubs during the school year. For more info about CEF, see our website at www.ceffm.com

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Who are the financial sponsors?

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