Summer Camp: Frequently Asked Questions

When are the program check-in and pick-up times?

Program Type



Week-long camps

Sunday, 2 - 4 pm

Friday, 1 - 1:30 pm

Day Camps

Monday-Friday, 8 - 9 am

Monday-Friday, 4 - 5 pm

Day Camps, Early Care or After Care

Monday-Friday, 7 - 8 am

Monday-Friday, 5 - 6 pm

Mini Camp Session A

Sunday, 2 - 4 pm

Tuesday, 1 - 1:30 pm

Mini Camp Sessions B & C

Tuesday, 3:30 - 4 pm

Friday, 1 - 1:30 pm

Early Care is only available for day camp; check-in will not be available for other programs until the times listed above. Late arrivals must be authorized in advance. Please be aware that the office is closed on weekends and telephone messages may not be received.

If you have a last minute change, call Megan Sweeney at 410-556-6900 x103 or email

What does my camper need to bring to camp?

Once your camper is registered, you will receive an email with a detailed packing list. The packing list can also be found on our Forms, Photos, & Camper Mail page. Needs vary by program, but most campers will require clothes appropriate for the weather and outdoor activity, a swimsuit, sneakers, water shoes, bedding, towels, toiletries, a flashlight and a raincoat or poncho.

What should I know about the Health Forms?

  • A doctor's signature IS REQUIRED for campers who will be taking medication (prescribed or OTC) while at camp. The Medication Addendum must be signed by a physician in order for medications to be dispensed.

  • A doctor's signature is NOT required for a standard health form. The health form must be completed in order for campers to check in.
  • Vaccination information IS required.

  • Medical information is collected online during or after the online registration process. Paper registrations may complete a paper health form. 
  • The American Camp Association (ACA), our accrediting body, requires us to obtain new health information and waivers every calendar year. However, once you've submitted a health form, it is good for the entire calendar year. If your camper returns for another program in the same year, you don't need to complete a new health form...we'll already have it on file. You may  and should update your camper's health information online at any time if information changes.

My camper needs dietary or behavioral accommodations. Who should I talk to?

The health form asks for information about your camper to help them have a great week at camp, including dietary and behavioral accommodations. We ask that you contact us at least 2 weeks before your child's week at camp to help us prepare for your camper's arrival. Complete the Camper Dietary and Behavioral Accommodations Form or contact the Camp Programs Coordinator directly. 

When does camp fill up?

Our most popular programs can fill up very quickly, often within a couple months of when the brochure is available, so the earlier you get your registration in, the better.  Our higher capacity programs, such as Riverside, may have openings into the summer. Don’t think you’ve waited too long for your children to have a great time at Camp Pecometh. Call us and we’ll do everything possible to find them a spot.

Can I come and see camp before I sign up?

Pecometh Day, our annual Open House and family fun day, is scheduled for Saturday,  April 28, 2018 (11am – 3pm).  We suggest, however, that you register for camp before that to ensure that your child has a spot.  If you come to Open House and determine camp isn’t what you were looking for, we’ll return your deposit. We will also be scheduling hayride tours of camp throughout the spring (registration required).

Who will my child be spending her/his day with?

Camper’s spend their day in “family groups” which is typically comprised of a girls’ cabin and a boys’ cabin.  Family groups move through daily activities such as canteen, Bible study, pool, arts & crafts, etc. as a unit.  Most evening activities are “all-camp” activities such as counselor hunt, campfire, or international spotlight.  Family Groups stay together during these activities, but are typically part of the larger group. 

Does my camper need to attend with a friend?

Most campers come to camp by themselves and quickly make new friends. However, some campers like to come with a friend. Campers automatically stay together as long as they are the same gender, in the same age group and in the same program.

Can my camper stay with her/his friend?

Since Riverside and Mini Camp are multi-cabin programs, campers in these programs may request to be placed in the same cabin with a same-gender friend during the registration process. They’ll be making new friends, too.

In an effort to help facilitate the friend-making process, cabinmate requests must be mutual. We can therefore only honor and guarantee one cabinmate request per camper.

Can my child call home or email while at camp?

We are an unplugged camp, meaning campers leave their cell phones and electronics at home. This allows them to experience God’s Creation first-hand and unfiltered, to communicate face-to-face and to practice the traditional summer camp art of letter writing!

Camper parents can communicate with their camper via email or regular mail, both of which are delivered to campers daily. Campers are unable to send emails or make/receive phone calls during their week of camp – they’re too busy building friendships and independence! However, time for writing a postcard or letter is provided each day.

Camper parents also have access to an online photo gallery of pictures of the kids at camp for that week. Our dedicated photographer works hard to get as many pictures of as many campers as possible so that family and friends can get a sneak peek at the fun their camper is having at camp!

Will camp contact me in the event of an emergency?

Yes, we will contact you if…

  • Your camper is ill, with a fever over 100 degrees.
  • Your camper reports to the camp nurse two times for the same complaint.
  • Your camper needs medical care beyond what the camp nurse can provide, i.e. has to be taken to the camp doctor or the hospital.
  • Your camper is unable to function within the Camp Pecometh guidelines for living.

What are the “Camp Pecometh guidelines for living”?

Our goal is to provide a safe, inclusive, affirming and positive environment that models Christian community for all campers. To this end, we ask that campers follow our Full Value Commitment to physical and emotional safety; 100% effort; honest and appropriate communication; and respect for others and our environment.

We ask that campers refrain from profane language; abusive behavior; destruction of or damage to camp property or the property of other campers; and use of tobacco, alcohol, and illegal substances. We do not tolerate bullying or harassment of or by campers or staff for any reason.

If a camper is unable to function within these guidelines, our staff will take actions in the best interest of the campers and the program. Campers will be held responsible for their actions and/or any damage to property of camp or others. If your camper requires special behavioral accommodation, please advise us of those needs prior to arrival at camp.

What are my payment options?

Now, when you register online you automatically create an account that you can access at any time to make payments with a credit card or echeck (paying directly from your bank account). That puts you in control of when and how you pay for camp.

We also accept cash, checks, and money orders. Regardless of your payment method, you can choose to pay all at one time or make monthly installments. Camper balances are due by June 1.

Need more time to pay? Contact us and our Registrar can adjust your balance payoff date to better suit your needs.

How will I know if I get the program I choose when I register online?

You will not be able to register online for a program that is no longer available.  All registrations require a $50 deposit, which you can pay by credit card or debit card.  If you mail your registration, we will mail you a confirmation that indicates which program choice your child received.

Will I receive a confirmation if I register online?

Yes, we will send a confirmation to the email address that you provided when registering.  It includes links to our website so that you can download and print the necessary instructions and forms. You will not receive a confirmation in the mail, as that helps us keep our costs down (and saves a few trees in the process!).

What are the benefits of registering online?

Most importantly, you will find out immediately if your child receives his/her first choice.  Online registration still gives you the option of paying by credit card, as well as paying only a modest deposit at the time of registration and paying the balance due when camp nears.