JOY Summer Camp
The mission of JOY Summer Camp is to provide a fun, safe, faith-based environment where campers can acquire skills, develop friendships, and grow spiritually through imaginative play and by experiencing God’s creation in Jackson Hole.
More About JOY Camp
8:45-9:15am: Arrival and Check-In
9:15am: Opening Ceremonies
9:30am: Snack and Bible Discovery
10:15am: Morning Activity #1
11:15am: Morning Activity #2
1:15pm: Afternoon Activity #1
2:15pm: Afternoon Activity #2
3:15pm: Closing Ceremonies
3:30pm: Pick Up
There is some creative variation in the daily schedule for special events.
Before and After Care is offered and extends the day to start at 8:00am and pick up to 5:30pm. The added cost for Before and After Care is $15/day.
Arts and Crafts
Singing and Storytelling
All Camp Games
Adventure Days to local lakes, unique Jackson Hole opportunities, GTNP and BTNF
Rock Climbing and Bouldering
Extended Nature Explorations
JOY (Entering 1st-5th grade):
DiscountsEarly Bird: If you register between February 1st and 28 the weekly rates will drop by $10.
Sibling Discounts: Parents/guardians who have more than one child attending will receive a 10% discount off additional sibling prices.
Multiple Week Discount: Price for weekly rates drops by $15 after the first week. (i.e. the first week a JOY Jr. camper is enrolled will cost $275, all other weeks enrolled will cost $260 for that camper)
A variety of JH Museums
Friends of Pathways
Center for the Arts
National Park Service
Bridger-Teton National Forest
Among many more!
JOY 2019 Weekly Themes
We’re here to make JOY Summer Camp the best camp experience for all! We have three top priorities.
First, Fun: And where better to have fun than outside? The vast majority of activities are held either on the church grounds, throughout Jackson Hole, or in the nearby National Park and Forests. Who knows, one may see campers steal stolen pirate treasure, fly a spaceship to another planet, or help the superhero take back the town.
Second, Safety: When a camper feels safe, they are more willing to take healthy risks and therefore grow as a person. All camp staff are well trained and equipped to ensure a safe environment for the campers.
Third, Faith-Based: Our staff and program are rooted in the Christian faith. We rely on God who provides strength, community, stability, and accountability. We hope and pray campers see Christ-like examples in our staff and programming. Through our daily devotionals and experiences in God’s creation, campers leave each day filled with awe, joy, and God’s love.
Growth & Connections
Growth can come in many ways and through many experiences. We focus on these areas of growth.
Skills: Campers develop essential life skills such as responsibility, respect, integrity, and resiliency. Technological toys stay at home and are replaced with creative and imaginative play. Campers pick up collaboration, critical thinking, and social skills.
Relationships: Making new friends can be difficult throughout our lives and keeping good friends even more so. Camp is a fantastic place to acquire and develop these relationships. Campers connect with staff and other campers and grow in their relationship skills.
Faith: There is no better place than Jackson Hole to see God. Campers learn about God and Christ’s great love for them, not only through creation, but also in each other, the staff, through Bible stories, songs, and teachable moments.
Flock Groups: Each day campers are grouped into “Flocks,” consisting of 6-8 campers, which are purposefully arranged by age and/or grade level so as to provide optimal friendship and skill building. A qualified counselor is assigned to each Flock Group for the whole week. In addition, other trained, certified activity leaders accompany the Flock Groups for specialized activities, i.e. adventure games, arts and crafts, and nature hikes.
Shared Experiences: Each week, campers experience many amazing and unique natural wonders in this valley. Campers explore our awe-inspiring landscape through bike rides, horsemanship, hikes, and a variety of other activities. Campers also enjoy Jackson’s great attributes by working or playing alongside community-centered organizations.
Camp vs Care: We aspire to create exciting and fulfilling experiences for each camper, where they not only have fun but grow in skills, relationships, and faith. Each activity, both large and small, has a purpose and deeper meaning which are designed to build upon each other throughout their time at camp. The more participation in camp, the more opportunity for growth. We strongly encourage weeklong participation. That said, summertime often provides scheduling challenges for families. So, in addition to a weekly option, we offer two daily alternatives, which maintains both consistency in our program and provides scheduling flexibility for families.
Daily Options include: Monday/Wednesday/ Friday and Tuesday/Thursday Subjected to availability. JOY Summer Camp uses a unique software specifically designed for JOY Camp. Parents may sign into their CampInTouch account to make payments, check balances, sign a form, or get news about our program.