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

Here is what a typical day looks like at JOY:

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
12:15pm: Lunch
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.
All campers will experience a wide range of outdoor activities when attending JOY Summer Camp. These activities will include:

Arts and Crafts
Target Sports
Nature Exploration
Balance Biking
Adventure Games
Music
Singing and Storytelling
Water Activities
Silly Science
All Camp Games
Adventure Days to local lakes, unique Jackson Hole opportunities, GTNP and BTNF
Campers 6-11 years old will have the opportunity to participate in more advanced activities such as:

Horsemanship
Rock Climbing and Bouldering
Extended Nature Explorations
Frisbee Golf
Rafting
Paddle Boarding
Canoeing/Kayaking
JOY Jr. (Ages 3-5):
Weekly: $360
JOY (Entering 1st-5th grade):
Weekly: $370

Discounts

Early 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 $360, all other weeks enrolled will cost $345 for that camper)
Our goal is to make our JOY Summer Camps available to all children from 3-14 years old here in Jackson Hole. We partner with ONE22, a local non-profit that provides an application process for families needing financial help for summer camps in Teton County. If you would like your child to attend but our rates are outside of your budget, please do not hesitate to contact us or ONE22. You can download the applications in both English and Spanish on their website here: https://www.one22jh.org/application-forms/
Jackson Hole is an area rich in history with a deep sense of community. Campers at JOY Summer Camp will experience these great attributes by exploring or playing alongside many community centered organizations in Jackson Hole such as:

A variety of JH Museums
Raptor Center
WY Stargazing
Friends of Pathways
Center for the Arts
National Park Service
Bridger-Teton National Forest
Among many more!
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COVID-19 Precautions

We are committed to keeping our campers, staff, and community safe during a global pandemic. During this time, we feel confident in offering a safe summer day camp while still accomplishing our mission of campers acquiring skills, developing long-lasting relationships, and growing in their faith. For more information on safety measures that will be taken this summer please watch this short video, review the updated (as of 6/2/21) HealthActionPlanHighlights, or contact, Dylan Wade at dwade@pcjh.org.

Weekly Themes for Summer 2021 Announced this Spring!

Our theme this summer is Storytelling! Each week we will highlight a different genre of stories. What type of book will we be exploring your week?

FANTASY Week 1 (June 21-25)

Think hobbits playing quidditch, Peter Pan riding a dragon, and the cowardly lion from OZ finding courage from Aslan the Lion from Narnia.  Tighten your bootstrap, cuz it will be a wild ride!

GUINESS BOOK of WORLD RECORDS Week 2 (June 28-July 2)

Ever wonder what the world record is for popping the most bubbles before they hit the ground? Or the longest anyone has ever hula-hooped? Or the furthest a counselor has been thrown by campers?  Well come to JOY this week to find out!

CHILDREN'S BOOKS Week 3 (July 5-9)

Hang out with Piggie and Gerald, find Waldo while digging with Mike and his steam shovel, feed a very hungry caterpillar with the Lorax, and find out what happens when you give a moose a muffin.

BIOGRAPHY Week 4 (July 12-16)

Ever wanted to meet a famous person from the past.  Well this is a week for you!  Adventure with Abe Lincoln, Shakespeare, Queens of England, Albert Einstein, Amelia Earhart, and Harriet Tubman, just to name a few.

SCIENCE FICTION Week 5 (July 19-23)

Imaginations run wild when you join us as we fly through space exploring the final frontier with Wookies, robots, and wily astronauts.  Time may wrinkle a bit as you join some cowboys rounding up space pirates or when you help aliens look for the missing element to save their far-off planet. Don't miss out.

GRAPHIC NOVEL Week 6 (August 2-6)

KAPOW!!! Come with us as we jump into the comic strip and join forces with superheroes to save the world! Our creative juices will be flowing when we discover new superpowers and figure our way out of the stickiest of situations.  SHAZAM!!!

CHAPTER BOOKS Week 7 (August 9-13)

Come with us as we weave a web with Charlotte, walk through the hills with Anne of Green Gables, and go exploring through time and space in a magic tree house.  Each day, just like each chapter of a good book, will provide new adventures and thrills.

MYSTERY Week 8 (August 16-20)

Nothing draws you in like a good mystery book.  We will all don our top hat and carry our magnifying glass as we search for clues to solve one mystery after another.  Teaming up with children from a box car, Nancy Drew, Sherlock Holmes and others will surely help.  This could be our best week yet. It's elementary, my dear campers!

Environment

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.

For Parents

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.

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