Frequently Asked Questions
Q: Where do I send mail?
A: Camper Name, c/o DCC, P.O. Box 1110 (eleven ten), Lincoln City, OR 97367. Please DO NOT send to our physical address (8600 S. Drift Creek Camp Road–Sending to the physical address delays receipt and results in your letter arriving after your camper has departed. Once campers have left it is difficult to get mail to them.) Because DCC’s mail is delivered to a PO box, so we do NOT have the luxury of simply forwarding letters that arrive after a guest has departed. When mail arrives after departure, DCC must repackage/repost the letter. (This cost adds up quickly and requires significant time.) If you are uncertain that a letter/package will reach DCC in time, please send to the recipient’s home address rather than to DCC. Please respect the limitations of our small staff. If you’re not sure, don’t send it. And if you do mail letters, pay attention that they are addressed correctly. Remember– mail is NOT picked up on the final day of camp. Those are transition days and staff will not have the opportunity to make the 1.5-hour drive for mail.
Q: What is the theme for camp this year?
A: DCC is excited about Summer Camp 2018 which will focus on “Discovering God’s way of Peace”. The five Bible stories will lead campers on an adventure in learning how to resolve conflicts, help others, and become compassionate peacemakers. To start things off, we will look to Jesus’ Sermon on the Mount where Jesus told his followers that peacemakers will be called the children of God. We will explore ways to solve conflict peacefully and search for opportunities in our daily lives to help others.
Q: Which week does my camper sign up for?
A: Campers should enroll for the camp grade of their current school year. If a child is in 6th grade at the time of registration (prior to the June 1 deadline), then he or she should register for the 5th and 6th grade camp.
Q: What are the registration deadlines?
A: In order to receive the early-bird discount, registrations must be post-marked by or before April 1. To avoid the $25 late fee, registrations must be post-marked BEFORE June 1.
Q: What Staff will be at camp during the week?
A: Each week a pastor will lead morning chapel and evening firesides. A nurse will also be available to assist with medications and health-related needs. Water activities are supervised by Red Cross certified lifeguards. Counselors care for and serve campers. At least one of the cabin counselors must be eighteen, with sixteen as the minimum age. A tightly knit community has developed with campers and staff returning year after year.
Q: What type of food will be served?
A: Your camper will enjoy plentiful meals. Two daily snacks are provided. Please do not bring extra things to eat. Food is not allowed in cabins. Here is sample menu for Summer Camp. Note that this menu is subject to changes and variations. Contact food service director, Glen Oesch, to plan accordingly about substitutions for your camper’s dietary needs. Due to our remote location, plans must be made in advance. Drift Creek Camp does NOT maintain a NUT-FREE facility. The camp is ocated AT LEAST 45 minutes from a hospital. We need your help in meeting your child’s food allergy needs.
Q: What are the facilities like?
A: The A-frame lodge contains the dining area, chapel, nurse’s station, office, and two cabins on the third floor. Five cabins and one yurt house twelve people each in bunks with mattresses. A bathhouse provides private showers, toilets, and sinks. The Activity Center contains a climbing wall, fireplace, and space for games. Outdoor gatherings are in the amphitheater or fireside ring. Camp’s electrical power comes from a generator, but emergency lighting is provided through batteries. Some cabin groups will camp overnight at designated sites within the loop. The entrance gate is locked nightly.
Q: What activities will my child participate in at camp?
A: There are 2-3 daily activities during from which campers choose: swimming, hiking, crafts, climbing wall, inner-tubing, field games, nature activities, etc.
Q: How do I get to Drift Creek Camp?
A: Please see our Directions page.
Q: What time should my camper be dropped off and picked up?
A: Check-in is at 4:00 p.m. and pick-up at 11:30 a.m. Please provide written authorization if someone other than you will pick up your child.
Q: May I write letters to my camper during the week?
A: Daily mail is important! Send letters early to ensure arrival. Send letters to: Camper’s Name, PO Box 1110, Lincoln City, OR 97367. Do not send candy. Mail will not be picked up on Fridays. Send letters early enough in the week to ensure delivery by or before Thursday.
Q: What types of merchandise is available for purchase?
A: A group picture is taken weekly. Copies of the 8 x 10 color picture ($5) will be available to take home on Friday (or the last day of camp) for those who order at registration. Photos purchased later will be $8.00. T-shirts, hats, tote bags and DCC memberships ($35) are also available; prices vary.
Q: What should my camper bring to camp?
A: Please see our Things to Bring and Forget page.
Q: What happens with lost and found items?
A: Items left will be held until the end camp. Following DCC programs, rental groups will use the facilities and require office access. There will be no space for lost and found items. Anything left will be donated to charity. DCC is not responsible for lost or stolen items. Please label clothing & sleeping bags.