GRACE Camp General Information


  • GRACE Camp is open to all denominations, ages, races, and professions. It is a Christian experience designed to introduce the campers to God and help them to make God a part of their everyday lives. In addition to the many fun activities that are a part of a week at camp, the schedule includes an outdoor morning worship time and an indoor evening worship time.

  • While the GRACE Camp experience has many similarities to that of Kairos, no training sessions are required in advance of camp. Staff training is done the weekend before camp starts. All staff members are required to be present for the staff training weekend. A staff booklet or information is sent when a staff application is received. This booklet or information contains much of what you will need to know to be effective on staff. Staff members will also receive a mailing about 2 weeks before camp which will include directions to the site, information about the site, a list of campers to pray for, a list of staff members (which is helpful in arranging car pools to and from camp), and other pertinent information.

  • Campsites have air-conditioned cabins with bunk or single beds. All buildings are air-conditioned. Camp Istrouma has a large swimming pool. Caney is located on Caney Lake near Minden, LA and has a small beach with a pier and a roped off swimming area. All locations have lifeguards. All facilities are well kept and in good order. The grounds are very attractive and safe. You will be sent a map and directions to the site you choose.

  • Most staff members will be asked to be in a cabin with campers. There will be 2 adults assigned to each group of 6 campers. This group of 8 will comprise 1 cabin. Boys’ cabins will also have a “Cabin Mom” to be with them during the day. There are also other positions such as: helping with games, music, nursing, crafts, etc.

  • Special camping activities include a nature walk, a birthday party, swimming twice a day, a bon fire and wiener roast, and banana splits, etc.

  • All linens are furnished for the campers. They are also given a toothbrush, toothpaste, and laundry basket. Soap and shampoo are furnished in the cabins. Other things, such as insect repellent, sunscreen lotion, flashlights, pool floats, over-the-counter medications, and anything we can think of that they could possibly need, are available for them. Staff needs to bring their own linens and pillows, as well as personal items. The "other things" are available to staff.








  • Three full meals are served every day with seconds and thirds for those who want them. There are also fresh salad makings available every day. There is a light snack and lemonade or water in the evenings. Please indicate any special dietary needs on your staff application. There is no concession stand. Staff may bring bottled water if desired. Staff may bring their favorite soft drinks and snacks. However, these will only be available during staff meetings.



  • No smoking is allowing during the week by either staff or campers.

  • We use two signals to get campers’ attention. One is rhythmic clapping and the other is a raised hand. It is very important for all staff to respond to these signals immediately. The campers will follow our example. If you are dealing with an emergency at the time, ask that camper to come aside (or outside) with you and encourage all other campers around you to respond to the signal.

  • The schedule we will follow at camp is an adaptable one. The times scheduled for activities a flexible. The meal times usually are not; however, if the kitchen staff runs behind, we may have to adjust (this is rare). Swim times are generally fixed because of the lifeguard’s schedule, but that can change too. The schedule should be seen as one thing following another with the times being somewhat adjustable.

  • All staff members will be asked to help with registration at 10:30 on the morning the campers arrive.

  • Staff members need to be present for the entire training weekend. There is much to learn, set-up, and discuss, as well as assignments to be made and coordination between staff members to fine tune.

  • Staff members will attend a staff meeting every day during the camp week if needed. However, in order to keep with our policy of never leaving the campers unattended, only half of the staff will meet at a time while the other half will supervise the pool or be on a break. There are 2 swimming times each day.

  • The staff meets after the campers have left on Friday morning to evaluate the week. Both the strong points of the week and the weak points are discussed and all suggestions and ideas are received and considered. It is an important time for the staff to come together as a whole to express their support of one another and to pray together.

  • Snapshots will be taken during the camp week including a group photo. Everyone will receive a copy of the group photo.