Overnight camp options
Carol Joy Holling Center has different sites for different age groups. Each site has unique housing units and activities. Follow the links to learn more about your options!
PLUS, Check out these specialty programs that aren't based at our traditional sites:
Based on your child's grade, choose the program site best suited for them. There are a couple of options for most age groups. Differences between sites include program specialties and housing.
Choose your date
Once you know the site your child wants to attend, pick the date that works best for you.
NOTE: you absolutely can change the date if something comes up. Just contact our Registrar, Jessica, and we'll help you out!
We use UltraCamp for registration. The first time you set it up, you fill in a lot of information - contact, medical, emergency contact. Every time after that, you just update information. It's pretty intuitive, but if you have any trouble, contact our Registrar, Jessica. We're here to help!
1st-3rd & 4th-6th grade
At TrailHead, 1st-3rd and 4th-6th graders will get to worship, do Bible study and devotions, go on adventure hikes, explore and learn more about God’s beautiful creation. Campers also enjoy cookouts, creative arts, water activities such as swimming, canoeing, water games, and archery (4th-6th graders). Building sand creations at SandyLand (the biggest sandbox ever) and climbing The Summit Challenge Course are super fun!
Note: in the 1st – 6th grade sessions, campers’ village and tent assignments will be by grades (1st-3rd & 4th-6th).
TrailHead is also home to our Zipline. All campers will get a chance to step off of a 25 foot cliff and zip down a 300 foot long wire. Don't worry Mom and Dad - they are strapped in tight, wear a helmet and are guided by trained staff!
At Trailhead, campers stay in bunkrooms in the brand new Hazel Dillon Lodge with other campers their age and a counselor. Campers have bunk beds to sleep on.
Tipi Village is a unique site for 4th-6th grade campers. Campers live in tipis, worship around the campfire, and ride horses. Tipi Village is the smallest site at Carol Joy Holling Camp so campers will become close friends with everyone and grow into a strong community of believers.
At Tipi Village, campers enjoy activities that may include outdoor cooking, storytelling, and natural gardening. Other activities include learning basic horse riding skills with certified wranglers, worship, Bible study, nature exploration, creative arts, climbing challenges on the Summit Course, swimming, archery, kayaking, fishing, and more!
At Tipi Village, you’ll stay in a real tipi with other campers your age and a counselor.
The Springs is a site based on adventure. Activities that you’ll enjoy at The Springs include Carrying the Cross – literally. Each village takes turns carrying the 10’ cross for a day, reminding us to keep Christ at the center of our lives. Make new friends while you play Biffer & Medic, play Gaga, swim, boat, shoot archery, learn outdoor education; high ropes adventure at the Commitment Trail; and camper led worship. Campers will also get to build and play a drum with guest musician, Michael Fitzsimmons.
At The Springs, you’ll stay in a cabin with other campers your age and a counselor.
Campers will get to stay up until 2:00 a.m. to discover everything God’s creation has to offer after dark (they’ll get to sleep in to make sure they get plenty of rest!). In addition to normal camp activities, campers will do glow zip-lining at dusk, night fishing, stargazing, night hiking, glow activities, and reflective geocaching. Campers will sleep in Springs cabins.
Middle school youth will develop deeper relationships as they rely on one another to complete the Woodhaven Co-Op course and High Ropes Commitment Trail, journal about their faith, share in Bible study, plan worship and encourage each other as they share their faith stories.
Activities at Ranch Camp include learning basic horsemanship skills from certified wranglers and gaining horse riding experiences such as arena riding, obstacle courses, and trail riding; paddling on the Salt Creek; camper planned and led worship; and other camp favorites such as creative arts, swimming, boating, hiking, and human foosball!
At Ranch Camp, you’ll stay in our Western Town. You'll be in a room with four bunk beds and will stay with other campers your age and a counselor.
Senior high youth often leave camp with a closer relationship with Christ, a new understanding of their unique gifts, lifelong friendships and great memories. All senior high programs are full of action-packed programming but still give these young adults lots of opportunity to choose their own adventure!
This site is set apart just for senior high campers. Whispering Winds caters to young adults’ unique needs: hammocks, small group gathering spaces, atmosphere built into the natural surroundings and a special worship site!
Some of the activities senior high campers enjoy include high ropes adventure on the Commitment Trail and The Summit Course. In-depth faith talks, worship, Bible studies and all of the classic camp favorites are all a part of a week at Whispering Winds. Campers will also spend one night on an off-site experience.
At Whispering Winds, you’ll stay in a platform tent with other campers your age and a counselor.
HIGH SCHOOL TRIPS
June 27 – July 2 (Group capacity: 10)
July 25-30 (Group capacity: 13)
To minimize the COVID-19 risk for our campers, both the July backpacking trip and the June trip to South Dakota are now Adventure Weeks. We will be staying at Carol Joy Holling Camp at night, and offering day excursions to Tree Rush Adventures, Fontanelle Forest, frisbee golf, Lincoln bike trails, and Louisville State Park's water playground. Because what better way to explore and adventure than around your own home?