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Summer Camp

Our mission is driven by relationship. We believe that fun activities are awesome and are a vital part of our camp experience, but we know that fun activities do not necessarily equate to a good camp experience. We seek to hire college students with a deep desire to help young people grow in their faith, offer an empathetic and listening ear, and provide a safe and stable environment in the midst of the camp setting. We believe that the camper-counselor relationship is an opportunity to develop an authentic reflection of Christian community and discipleship. As such, we love questions. We love the struggles and growth that happens when people share and open up. We love watching others step out in faith as they move closer to God. We also love how our activities help to foster opportunities at authentic relationships. Aside from that, we love God’s creation. We celebrate it, play in it, and learn about it. It will inform our settings for worship, programs, and even connectional opportunities for scripture and curriculum.

 

At Cedar Crest, we desire for every camper to, above all, have a safe and fun camp experience.  Campers of all ages, races, and ethnicities are welcome and encouraged to attend.  Though we are a United Methodist camp, campers from all denominations and backgrounds are welcome.

We employ a 1:7 counselor ratio and all camp staff have completed certification in American Red Cross First Aid & CPR. Cedar Crest is accredited by the American Camp Association, the standard-bearer

of best practices for the camping industry.

  • Elementary Camp

    Week 1 June 13 - 18

    Week 2 June 20 - 25

    Week 3 June 27 - July 2

    Week 4 July 11 - 16

    Week 5 July 18 - 23

    Week 6 July 25 - 30

    Come join in on the most popular weekly option at Cedar Crest! These six day/five night camps are offered to children who have finished grades 2-5.

    Elementary campers can also enjoy an Outpost Camp experience, during which campers can spend one night out in hammocks under the stars and cook their own meals over the campfire.

    Elementary Campers can also enjoy an adventure experience during week 1.

  • Junior High Camp

    Week 1 June 13 - 18

    Week 2 June 20 - 25

    Week 3 June 27 - July 2

    Week 4 July 11 - 16

    Week 5 July 18 - 23

    Week 6 July 25 - 30

    These six day/five night camps are offered to youth who have finished grades 6-8. Junior High campers can also choose an Outpost Camp experience, or participate in our 2-week camp session for Junior High campers, which offers specialized programming and even deeper relationship-building for our most

    seasoned campers.

  • Outpost Camp

    Week 1 June 13 - 18

    Week 2 June 20 - 25

    Week 3 June 27 - July 2

    Week 4 July 11 - 16

    Week 5 July 18 - 23

    Week 6 July 25 - 30

    These six day/five night camps are offered to both elementary and junior high campers. Campers will experience everything in our traditional camp program alongside their peers, but will have the added experience of spending one night in hammocks at outpost camp. Outpost campers also cook their own meals, dinner and breakfast, over the campfire.

  • Adventure Camp

    Week 1 June 13 - 18

    Week 2 June 20 - 25

    Week 3 June 27 - July 2

    Week 4 July 11 - 16

    Week 5 July 18 - 23

    Week 6 July 25 - 30

    These six day/five night camps are offered to children and  youth. These campers enjoy a hybrid camp experience, spending half the camp week at Cedar Crest and half the week on a thrilling adventure. 

    Week 1- Elementary Adventure Camp.  Campers in grades 4-5 will experience their very own Adventure!  Camping and hiking on the Cedar Crest perimeter trail, learning to backpack, and a canoe trip will highlight their experience.

    Week 2- Canoeing. Campers in grades 6- 9 will tent camp, fish, and paddle down the Green River

    Week 3- Backpacking. Campers in grades 8-11 will enjoy a backcountry experience on the Cumberland Plateau that teaches beginner level hiking and camping

    Week 4- Rock Climbing. Campers in grades 6-9 will enjoy an introduction to rock climbing and rappelling in South Cumberland State Park 

    Week 5- Mountain Biking. Campers in grades 6-10 will learn about mountain biking on site before taking an overnight excursion in Tennessee

    Week 6- Whitewater Rafting. Paddlers in grades 6-9  will take a thrilling ride through class V rapids on the middle and upper Ocoee River

  • Two Week Camp

    Weeks 4-5 July 11 - 22

    This 12 day/11 night camp is offered to junior high campers who have finished grades 6-8. Campers will experience an extended camp experience completing all the elements of our traditional camps with specialized programming added over the weekend and their continued stay. 

  • Mini Camp

    Week 1 June 13 - 18

    Mini Camp 1, 2

    Week 4 July 11 - 16

    Mini Camp 3, 4

    These three day/two night camps are designed for first-time campers who have finished grades 1-2. Campers participate in many of the same activities that Elementary campers enjoy, but on an abbreviated schedule.

     

    If you are wondering if your child is ready for Mini Camp, give our office a call or schedule a camp tour today!

  • Senior High Camp

    Week 2 June 20 - 25

    Week 3 June 27 - July 2

    Senior High Camps offer special opportunities for growth and fellowship for youth who have finished grades 9-12. Senior High Camps provide a space for relationship-building, leadership development, and faith formation in a fun, transformative environment. 

  • Hands and Feet Youth Mission Week 

    July 5 - 9

    Hands and Feet Youth Mission Week invites both individual campers and youth groups to Cedar Crest for a mission experience. We will serve at a variety of mission opportunities in nearby Hickman county as well as at Cedar Crest. During the evenings, we will enjoy the Cedar Crest amenities, including our swimming pool, canoeing and kayaking on the lake, our high ropes and low ropes courses, zip line and much more! Churches are welcome to bring their leadership and chaperones for this experience. Individual campers and campers from churches without leaders will spend the week with our Cedar Crest Summer Staff.

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Cedar Crest Camp is a member of the American Camp Association and has achieved accreditation status, by completing a voluntary peer review process of standards applicable to our program.

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The following are the seven core values of camping/theological foundation statements for United Methodist Camps and Retreat Centers:

 

  1. A Place Set Apart/Sabbath, Solitude, and Silence

  2. Christian Hospitality and Community

  3. Earth Care and Faith

  4. Nurturing Christian Discipleship

  5. Developing Christian Spiritual Leaders

  6. Partnering with Local Churches, conferences, UM Agencies

  7. Inspiring all Guests/Guest Groups for Love and Service

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Committed to joining with lifelong learners in education, justice, and advocacy with and for the earth.

Scholarship

We don’t want to let financial constraints prohibit any camper from experiencing the fun and growth to be had here at Cedar Crest. For that reason, we offer camper scholarships to those in need. Please do not let finances keep your camper from experiencing Christ at Cedar Crest!

  If you would like to donate to the Bishop’s Scholarship fund, please visit our donation page.

Summer Staff

Our summer staff hiring process goes like this: First, we recruit awesome college students to apply. Then they send an application, background check information, and three references: one from a spiritual leader, one from a teacher, and one from their choosing. They finally have an interview with the Cedar Crest Program Director and if they are hired they participate in staff training. This includes safety/safe sanctuary procedures, CPR/First-Aid for the Professional Rescuer, child behavior through different stages of development, faith formation benchmarks, learning the summer schedule, and how to be the best counselor ever.

Summer Staff Team Positions include:

  • Counselors- A summer counselor is a young adult who has finished at least one year of college or other training, and will work directly with youth & children.

  • Junior Counselors- Students who have finished their senior year in high school are welcome to apply to be a Junior Counselor.  Junior counselors serve during the summer between completing high school and beginning college and receive half the pay full counselors receive throughout the summer. 

  • CITs- Applications to become a counselor in training, or a CIT, are open to students who have just finished their junior year of high school. Though a volunteer position, this staff role is one that affords a willing high school student the opportunity to serve Cedar Crest by being an active staff member with the campers while learning from the counselors.

  • Program Staff- These team members serve as leadership who support the camp program, summer staff members, and campers. Program staff roles include waterfront director, ropes director, summer nurse, and chaplain. 

 

 

Cedar Crest Camp

7900 Cedar Crest Camp Rd. 

Lyles, TN 37098

931-670-3025     cedarcrest@cedarcrestcamp.org

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