Tay Valley Bible Camp
Frequently Asked Questions
How can I get involved?
There are several ways you can make a difference at Tay Valley Bible Camp. Whether serving directly with our campers or working behind the scenes, opportunities abound for making an eternal impact in the lives of others.
Be a Prayer Warrior...
We need people to pray for Tay Valley Bible Camp on a daily basis! The faithful, effective prayer support of our Prayer Warriors serve as the foundation for all that we do here at camp. We can really sense a difference when you are active in prayer. We thank the Lord for each and every one of our Prayer Warriors. Your prayers can and do make a difference! Please continue praying for: the campers that received Christ as their personal Savior in summers past - please continue praying that these young people will continue to grow in the Lord at home, that the Lord will provide to them Christian fellowship and Godly leadership in the communities where there is none.
Send a group of volunteer workers...
"It takes many hands to make light work!" We need people from your church or organization to do hands-on work at Tay Valley! We need small groups of volunteers too! You can come alone, with your spouse, your kids or with a small group of friends ... nearly anytime year-round! Housing and meals are available free.
Tay Valley holds a number of Willing Hands Weekends each year where you can take part - specialized skills are not required. Those who come all have one common feature, they are people of all ages with a heart to serve the Lord in ANY way they can; we need cleaning crews, kitchen help, painters, carpenters, general maintenance, etc.
Willing Hands Weekends at Tay Valley are some of the most productive weekends of the entire year. Volunteers have always played a major role in keeping Tay Valley clean, beautiful, and in good condition. Today Tay Valley Bible Camp continues to be blessed by many individuals and family members who faithfully participate in Willing Hands Weekends and other volunteer opportunities.
Why not join us this year? Check out our calendar for upcoming dates. For more information or to register yourself or group today, send an email to Donald Campbell
[email protected] or call 506-459-5847.
Be a Summer Staff Volunteer...
We need Christian role models for our campers. We are looking for quality, self-motivated volunteers who seek to serve the Lord through our summer camp ministry. There are many jobs to fill. Are you up to the challenge? If so, complete an electronic staff application. If you are a college student interested in being scholarship staff, please complete the scholarship staff application.
Make a financial contribution...
We need people to help support us financially. Since 1960, Tay Valley has been supported by the financial gifts of people like you. This is a chance to make an eternal investment in the lives of children, youth, adults and families. Perhaps the Lord is calling on you to sponsor an underprivileged child for this upcoming camp season?
To view our present projects and/or to make on online donation, simply go to our "Donate" page. Financial gifts may be mailed to:
Tay Valley Bible Camp
C/o 115 Moss Ave.
Fredericton, NB Canada E3A 2G2
HOW ARE CABINS AND CABIN MATES ASSIGNED?
Cabin assignments are made with consideration given to a camper’s age, size and development. Friends who come to camp together may request to
be placed in the same cabin on their pre-registration form. Due to space limitations however, we may not be able to accomodate all such requests.
HOW MAY I WRITE MY CAMPER?
Since mail is sometimes slow, we recommend that you write early in the week, or if you want your camper to have a letter on arrival, mail it the week before camp. Let grandparents and friends know to write early too.
The mailing address during camp season only is:
500 Tay Valley Road
Taymouth, NB, Canada
We feel strongly about you writing your kids while they are at camp and it means the world to them when they hear from you. If you would like, you can leave your camper a letter on the opening day of their session. Please keep all communications to your campers by mail only. We are not set up to accept letters by e-mail or fax.
WHAT IS A CABIN LIKE?
We have 3 girl's cabins and 2 boy's cabins, each outfitted with bunks. Each cabin is enclosed and sleeps 8-10 campers and 2 counselors.
WHAT BIBLE SHOULD MY CHILD BRING?
We use and suggest the King James Bible.
WHAT IF MY CHILD IS A PICKY EATER?
Don’t worry, mom, we serve three nutritionally balanced meals a day. There is always plenty available.
HOW DOES THE SNACK SHACK WORK?
Campers will be given the opportunity to purchase candy, chips, pop, and more at the Snack Shack twice daily on a credit system. To set up a credit, you must deposit an amount of your choice ($15 is plenty) into the camper's Snack Shack account upon arrival on the opening day of their session. Any unused portion will be refunded on closing day. Please don’t allow your child to bring any cash to hold onto during camp.
WHAT IF MY CHILD GETS HOMESICK?
Let us assure you that we take homesickness seriously, and are well equipped to handle it. Our counselors are trained, and know when to alert the Camp Directors. After lots of experience, we’ve learned several things: that by watching for early signs, homesickness is usually avoidable; that once parents are out of sight, counselors and other campers come into a child’s focus and the fun starts; and that parents are usually more uneasy about leaving their children than children are in leaving their parents. If a problem persists, we will contact the parents. Should you choose to remove your child from camp due to homesickness, please understand that you will not receive a refund.
PHONE CALLS/PERSONAL VISITS
Telephone calls from parents or friends are limited to an emergency. Please feel free to call the Camp Directors if you need to discuss something relating to your camper. Campers are not allowed to use the phone during their stay at Tay Valley except for emergencies. It is our experience that talking to your child while away from home can be very disruptive. For any child prone to homesickness it usually intensifies it and the results are hard on the camper, parents and staff alike. We encourage parents to call camp to check in on the well being of their child at any time. Parents, relatives, and friends are requested to limit visitation to camp during the opening and closing days only.
DISMISSALS & WITHDRAWALS
The Directors reserve the right to dismiss any camper whose influence and conduct becomes detrimental to the best interests of the program. No refunds will be made for dismissed campers or withdrawals. Any forfeiture of deposits or fees will be put in our Camper Sponsorship fund.
Clothing - enough warm and cool clothing for camp session including a warm jacket, extra socks, sweater and/or sweatshirts, shorts, pants, pajamas, modest swim wear, rain gear, and change of footwear, etc. Please label all garments. (Please dress modestly - no "short" shorts, bikini's, or midriff baring T's etc.)
Personal toiletries including: mosquito repellent, sunscreen, beach towel, bath towel, soap, shampoo, toothbrush, etc. (Private showers are available)
Warm bedding - Sleeping bag, pillow, and extra blanket. Don't forget your flashlight!
Bible, notebook, pen/ pencil
Money for Snack Shack (to be placed in credit account upon arrival - unused portion is returned to camper)
Backpack for hiking, water bottle (optional)
Camera/film (optional - please no expensive cameras)
Please do not bring - Electronics such as iPods, iPads, cell phones, laptops, Gameboys, DVD players, etc., magazines, fireworks, alcoholic beverages, drugs or tobacco.