frequently asked questions:
Q: How do I register?
All camp registrations are now done online. We have a new system this year (if you register campers for SummerSalt or Camp LaVida, it’s the same system) that is easy, quick and relatively painless. Before you start the registration process, you will need the following information: Camper Name, Address, Phone Number, Email Address, Age, Grade, Emergency Contact, Parents Name and Number.
Q: Camp stops at 6th grade, right?
NO—we have exciting programs for campers all the way through 12th grade, with each year having different and progressively more challenging activities. Our High School guys (finished 9th grade and up) have a wide variety of activities, including a overnight campout away from Camp, and our Adventure Recreation Trip Camp (for campers 15 and up) spend the entire week backpacking, climbing or kayaking. It only gets better as you get older.
Q: Do I have to come with a church?
Although the vast majority of our campers come as part of a larger church group, it is not required or necessary. Maybe you can’t come during the same week, or maybe you don’t have a church home, or maybe your camper just likes coming by himself. Either way, we feel certain that you’ll have a great time at Camp McCall.
Q:My church doesn’t do RAs? Can I still come to Camp?
Absolutely. Camp McCall was founded as a state Royal Ambassador Camp in 1960, but is better classified as the “South Carolina Baptist Camp for boys”. Regardless of whether the church does RAs, AWANAs, something else or nothing at all, you are welcome to attend Camp McCall.
Q: Can my son stay with his best friend?
We do our best to keep groups of two or three together as “buddies” when assigning cabins during Challenger/Crusader week-long camp, as long as the buddies are within the same grade range (+/- one year).
Q: Can our entire church group stay together?
During Lad & Alpha camps, church groups stay together. (If a church brings more people than will fit in one cabin, we try to place them in adjacent cabins). During Crusader Camps, church groups are divided into age/grade specific cabins, and each camper “buddies” up with another camper from the same church. Splitting groups into age/grade specific cabins increases the opportunities for socialization, growth and spiritual development as well as minimizes trouble frequently associated with “cliques” and/or previously existing groups of friends.
Q:I can’t find my son’s immunization record? Can my camper still attend?
To attend Camp McCall, we simply need a statement from the parent/guardian attesting that all immunizations required for school are up to date and including the actual date (month/year) of last tetanus shot (A physician statement, a government immunization record, or a school immunization record is also acceptable, but not required. The date of the last tetanus immunization is required.) If your camper does not have immunizations, please the next question.
Q: We don’t vaccinate our children…can my son still come to camp?
Yes. If parents choose not to immunize their child, they simply have to sign a statement releasing the camp from any liability due to exposure to any communicable disease (including any consequences from the withholding of tetanus immunizations should their child sustain a cut or puncture wound while on the campsite). The immunization waiver should be signed and attached to the camper’s registration form. Contact the camp office if you need this waiver.
Q: How much money does my camper need to bring to camp?
This will vary according to the personal preferences of each camper. As a general rule, campers have the opportunity to spend money at the Craft Hut, Canteen and Camp Store. The Canteen is generally open twice a day (once in the morning and once in the evening) and $2.00 is more than adequate at each visit. Items in the Camp Store range from $5-$15, and items in the Craft Hut range from $1-$18, with the majority being under $7.
Additionally, campers during week-long crusader Camp deposit the bulk of their money in the “Camp Bank” and have access to withdraw money (as needed) at various times during the week.
Q: What time does camp end? What time should I be there to pick him up?
Lad and Alpha Camps end after breakfast on the third day. Campers can be picked up after 9:00 AM. Crusader and Adventure Recreation trip camps end after lunch on the fifth day. Campers can be picked up after 2:00 PM.
Q: Why has my camper not responded to the BunkOne I sent?
BunkOne messages are delivered to campers at mealtimes. While we strongly encourage campers to take the time to reply, we do not force them to write a response. Oftentimes, they are simply having too much fun and forget to reply. We promptly return every reply that we receive back from campers.
Q: I have not received a registration confirmation packet.
Confirmation packets will be found at the end of the registration process or can be downloaded from the website. If you have any issues with confirmation packets, please contact our Registrar (803-227-6050) for assistance.
Q: I have a background screening with my church. Do I need to do another?
Yes. The South Carolina Baptist Convention requires every adult over the age of 18 to have an annual background screening. Unfortunately, background screenings from other places (church, school, job, etc) are not acceptable. There is no charge to you for this screening, and you can access the background screening page here:
Q: Why do I need a need a background screening?
For legal purposes and the safety of our campers, all adults (staff, parents, volunteers, chaperones, adult campers, etc) 18 and up must complete and annual background check.
Q: I filled out a background screening. Why haven’t I heard back?
Based on the volume of background screenings that must be completed, the SCBC will only contact you if there are problems with your screening. No news is good news!
Q: Can McCall’s kitchen accommodate my camper who is gluten/lactose intolerant, vegetarian, diabetic?
Our food service staff, given appropriate advance notice, will make every effort to accommodate special dietary needs, but we are unable to guarantee this. Campers with medical conditions are always welcome to bring their own food and allow our food service Staff to prepare it.
Q: Can my camper bring his cellular device (or other electronic devices) to camp?
Camp McCall is so full of fun activities that electronics are not necessary. Campers are prohibited from bringing or operating cellular or other electronic devices at camp. Additionally, Camp McCall assumes no responsibility for damage or theft to these devices. Our advice—leave them at home and enjoy the week in the mountains! And besides, we do not have cell service at camp.
Q: My son cannot come to camp. Can I get a refund?
Camp McCall plans our program, hires Staff and organizes the summer based on how many campers register for the summer. Although we certainly understand that unforeseen circumstances arise, we have very little flexibility in offering a refund. Camp McCall only offers a refund for campers who experience a medical emergency. In order to process the refund, we will need a letter from an authorized health care provider explaining the medical emergency.
Q: Can I pay a deposit to reserve a spot for my son and pay the remainder at a later time?
Full payment must be paid at the time of registration.
Q: Is financial aid available?
Yes. You can find a Scholarship Request Form on our website here. http://www.campmccall.org/forms/
Q: I have a 4th grader. What camp can he attend?
That 4th grader is one lucky camper, because he can attend all of them! Lad camp is 1st-4th grade, Crusader Camp is 4th-12th grade, and Alpha camps have no age limits or restrictions. Fourth graders fall into that lucky period of time where they can attend any of them, or ALL OF THEM!