Summer Camp 2019 Information Guide

Important information

  • Mission & Vision
  • Camper Goals & Outcomes (PDF)
  • Emergency Communication Plan (PDF)
  • Preparing Your Child for Camp

    Dress Code

    Please make sure the clothing your child brings to camp is appropriate and has no reference to drugs, alcohol, sex, profanity or other slogans others may find offensive.

    We strongly believe in making Camp Akita safe for all our campers and reserve the right to ask your camper to change out of inappropriate clothing if need be.

    Personal Items

    Counselors are not responsible for the care of a camper’s personal items. Please label all clothing and personal items. Valuable or sentimental items, including personal sports equipment, should only be brought to camp with the realization that they may get lost, damaged, or dirty. Please help your child limit the personal items they bring to Camp Akita.

    We have had an increase in questions regarding campers bringing Go Pro cameras to a camp session. We are happy for your child to bring one if they choose. We reserve the right to ask them not to film in some locations, for instance the bathrooms and cabins, and ask they don't film certain events where other campers may feel uncomfortable on camera, like small groups, cabin time and our closing ceremony. As stated above, we are not responsible for lost or damaged items your camper may bring to Camp Akita.

    What to Pack

    Please note:Some of our activities at camp involve getting dirty. We suggest that you do not send new or expensive items to camp. Please do not use unmarked trashbags for packing, as this makes it challenging to distinguish camper luggage during returns.

    • Clothing suitable for active outdoor programs
    • Changes of socks & underwear
    • Two pairs of shoes – one good for active group programs and one good for hiking
    • A pair of flip flops for the lake and shower
    • One sweater or long-sleeved sweatshirt
    • Sleepwear
    • Swimsuit – two recommended
    • Rainproof lightweight jacket (with hood)
    • Sleeping bag or sheets & a blanket for a twin bed
    • Pillow and pillowcase
    • Towel and washcloth
    • Beach Towel
    • Toiletries
    • Insect repellent (non-aerosol only)
    • Flashlight or headlamp
    • Pen/Pencil
    • Personal items of your camper’s choice (books, Bible, cards, journal, paper, etc.)
    • Water Bottle
    • Sunscreen

    What Not to Bring

    Please do NOT bring: Drugs, alcohol, fireworks, weapons, pocket knives, animals (except service animals), portable speakers, electric blankets, hair dryers or cell phones. Also, please leave all laptop computers or other expensive electronic equipment at home. 

    Cell phones: We are trying our best to keep Camp Akita a sacred “camp space” that is away from the many distractions we experience at home. Camp is a cell phone free zone! Cell phones brought to camp will be “commandeered” by camp staff and returned to your camper at the end of their camp session.

    In this day and age we realize many campers use their cell phones for other activities like taking pictures and listening to music. We will allow your child to use their phones in this manner, although we will "commandeer" them if your camper is texting or talking on the phone.

    Fans: Please do not send fans to camp with your camper.  Each cabin has been provided two box fans specifically for our campers.  Counselors also have fans in their cabins for their own use.

    Extra food, candy, and gum: Please do not send any food, candy, or gum with your camper. Food kept in the cabins can attract undesirable rodents and other animals. The kitchen staff at Akita is a dedicated group who make every effort to ensure meals are nutritious and appealing. Three meals and an evening snack are provided daily.

    Peanuts, nuts, and nut products: For the safety of all our campers and staff, PEANUTS, NUTS AND ALL OTHER NUT PRODUCTS ARE PROHIBITED FROM CAMP AKITA. We have many campers and staff throughout the summer who have allergies of varying degrees of severity to nuts and nut products. Many of these children and staff face the very real possibility of suffering a fatal allergic reaction to even the tiniest trace amount of nuts.

    While we cannot guarantee a nut-free facility, we will do everything possible to ensure the safety and inclusion of all campers and staff. We thank you for your cooperation and understanding in helping to make our program safe and accessible for all children.

    Conquering Homesickness

    Homesickness is a normal issue for anyone going away from home, adult or child. Please know that if your child struggles with homesickness they will be cared for in a loving and supportive manner by camp staff who have been specially trained in this area.  The American Camping Association has some great tips for conquering homesickness, you can view them by clicking here.

    Spending Money

    The Akita Store in Columbus offers a variety of unique Akita-branded items ranging in price from $5 - $30. The Store is open during all check-ins and camp returns. The Akita Café is available at camp for the world-famous Akita Milkshakes (alternatives are available for those with allergies).

    Grades 6 and under:  No spending money is needed at camp.  All campers will be able to have one milkshake or equivalent alternative per day.  The cost has been included in your registration fee.

    Grades 7 and older:  Campers need to bring spending money for the Akita Café. Prices are between $2 and $4 for milkshakes, equivalent alternatives, and some limited snack options.