Summer Camp Information Guide

Important information

During Camp

Included on this page:

  • Session Photos & Videos
  • Office Hours
  • Contacting Your Child During Camp
  • Visitors Policy
  • Lost and Found
  • Smoking, Drinking, Alcohol Policy
  • Bullying Prevention & Intervention
  • Session Photos & Videos

    Photos and videos will be taken throughout the day during each camp session and uploaded daily to our Camp Today online blog, as internet services allow.  All parent/guardians will have access to the camp session videos through the Camp Today blog located on the Parent Dashboard. Instructions will be emailed to registered parent/guardian email addresses when the campers arrive at camp and the first batch of arrival pictures are uploaded.

    Internet service is sometimes unreliable due to our location. We will do our best to post photos daily, but this process may become interrupted due to unforeseen difficulties.

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    Office Hours

    Columbus Akita Administrative Office:  The Columbus office of Camp Akita should be your first step if you have any questions, both prior to camp and during the camp session. Not only can we help with your questions, but since we know the camp schedule we can help you to get in contact with one of our on-site staff members if the need arises. The Columbus administrative offices are open Monday – Friday, 9 am to 5 pm. 

    Messages can be left after hours at (614) 488-0681 ext 113. Emails and phone messages are monitored throughout an active camp session, regardless of the day of week.

    Camp Office:  Our leadership and programming staff are generally out of the office with the campers throughout the day but will return your call as soon as possible. To leave a message for a Camp Director, please call (740) 385-3827 ext 227.  

    After-hours messages for the summer staff should be left at (740) 385-3827 ext 249, where your call will be returned as soon as possible. In emergency situations, you can also call (740) 385-3827 ext. 249.  We thank you in advance for using this number only for emergencies.

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    Contacting Your Child During Camp

    Mailing Instructions:

    If you would like to send a letter to your camper during their session, letters and care packages can be mailed in care of your camper’s name with session number to: 

    Camp Akita
    (Insert your camper's name + Session #) 
    29746 Logan-Hornsmill Rd
    Logan, OH 43138.

    Please allow sufficient time for letters and packages to reach your camper. It may take up to a week for a package to arrive at camp. If your child's camp falls over a weekend, please keep in mind that we do not receive mail on Sunday. Also, campers leave around 10:45 am on their final day, and our mail typically does not come that early, so they will not receive any mail on that day.

    Important Note! If you or other family members send care packages, please do not include food.

    Phone Calls:

    At Camp Akita, we are committed to helping campers and staff live in the moment and spend time away from the many distractions we experience at home. Camp Akita is a cell phone free zone—and many campers report that being “unplugged” is one of the greatest gifts of camp! When campers arrive, we encourage them to turn off and store their cell phones at the bottom of their bags. Our Counselors do the same!

    If a camp staff member witnesses a cell phone in use by a camper, the cell phone will be confiscated and returned to your camper at the end of their camp session. We realize many campers are accustomed to staying in contact with friends and family at all times via their cell phones. Before camp begins, talk to your camper about this policy and encourage them to reach out to Counselors and cabin mates with their needs instead of turning to their cell phone.

    We also know many campers use their cell phones as a camera or music device. We will allow your child to use their phones in this manner, although camp staff will confiscate cell phones (or any other device) that is disruptive or taking away from the Camp Akita experience for that camper or others. For this reason, we strongly encourage campers to bring a different kind of camera or music player—disposable cameras work great (just be sure to label it with your name!).

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    Visitors Policy

    Camp Akita has a very strict policy regarding visitation during camp sessions. We have a NO VISITOR policy during an active camp session, with the exception of a scheduled parent/guardian pick-up or drop-off of a camper.  

    Please note that we request advance notice of any visit to Camp Akita.  Our first priority is the safety of our campers and we will verify the ID’s of anyone on our property.

    To provide advance notice for a scheduled camper drop-off or pickup, please email our Columbus Akita administrative office or call (614) 488-0681 ext 113.

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    Lost And Found

    Lost and Found items will be brought back to the North Campus office with the return of the following session (i.e., Session 1 Lost and Found will be returned at the end of Session 2). Items will be kept for 10 days at the Columbus administrative offices and then donated to a local charity. We do our best to locate all the items left behind at camp; however some items may get mistakenly packed in another camper’s luggage while they are packing up or accidently picked up by another family during the camp return.

    Unfortunately, we do not have the staff resources at the North Campus to search for individual items that may have been lost; however, you are more than welcome to stop in at the North Campus during weekday business hours (Monday - Friday, 9 am - 5 pm) or during another camp check-in and return to go through the lost and found bins.

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    Smoking, Drug & Alcohol Policy

    Camp Akita is a smoke-free environment. There is no smoking in or around any of the buildings or on the camp grounds. Consistent with state laws, no person under the age of 18 is permitted to possess or use tobacco at Camp Akita. Drugs and alcohol are strictly prohibited.

    Weapons are also prohibited. Violation of this policy will mean immediate dismissal from the camp session and no refund will be issued.

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    Bullying Prevention And Intervention

    Camp Akita has a mission to provide a physically, emotionally and spiritually safe place to have fun and experience the unconditional love of God. All campers have the right to be happy and safe and to be treated fairly with understanding and respect. Bullying in any form will not be tolerated at Camp Akita, as we recognize this behavior adversely affects all aspects of the camp community. Camp Akita teaches and expects that all staff and campers treat one another with dignity, respect, and compassion.

    Should a concern regarding bullying be identified, camp directors will contact parents by phone to discuss the issue and formulate a behavior plan. If there are ongoing behavior issues, camp directors may use their discretion in the need to send a camper home. Early dismissal related to behavior will not warrant a refund of camp fees.

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