Frequently Asked Questions
Q: How will Covid affect camp?
A: At this point, it is too early to know how Covid will affect summer programs. Drift Creek Camp is following operation protocols based on recommendations made by the CDC, Oregon Health Authority, American Camp Association and additional guidelines made by Lincoln County’s Health Department. We encourage families, campers, volunteers and guests to review the resources available on those sites. Campers will be screened daily for Covid-related symptoms. If a camper develops symptoms, parents will be contacted to take their camper home.
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: $25 will be added to registrations received after 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. Cabin counselors are 18 years and older. 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 send 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 camp director, Brenda Kauffman, to plan accordingly for substitutions to meet 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 located AT LEAST 45 minutes from a hospital. We need your help in meeting your child’s food allergy needs. It is greatly appreciated when families send along substitutions for their campers. Items can be labeled with the camper’s name and easily stored. If your child has a severe allergy and requires an Epi-pen, please send one with your camper.
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. A flashlight is always helpful! Some cabin groups will camp overnight at designated sites within the loop. The entrance gate is closed nightly.
Q: What is the theme for camp this year?
A: This year’s theme will focus on being Peacemakers. Through the stories, campers will discover a path to peace. They will learn the importance of listening to and learning from others. They will build a deeper understanding of what it means to care for our neighbors and be challenged to take action. Campers will learn that it’s possible to respond to conflict without using violence.
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. Please 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 or save a stamp and leave letters with camp staff at registration. Letters will be distributed during the week. Once campers have left it is difficult to deliver mail and, due to our PO Box address, we do not have the option of forwarding letters.) 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. 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 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, stickers, hats, tote bags and DCC memberships ($35) are also available; prices vary.
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. We apologize for any inconvenience, but anything left at camp will be donated to charity. DCC is not responsible for lost or stolen items. Please label clothing & sleeping bags.