Date: June 23-29, 2019
//What is ELEVATE?
ELEVATE is a week-long summer camp on the campus of Rochester College for students entering the 7th grade through graduating seniors. Some campers attend as part of their youth groups while others attend as independents. Students listen to our well-regarded guest speakers, share in small groups, praise during worship time, engage in service, and participate in all types of recreation and entertainment.
Meet the 2019 Elevate Directors
Dan Henegar is the Minister to Families with Youth at Rochester Church of Christ. Dan has been in full-time youth ministry for 15 years and directed Southern California Teen Camp for 9 years.
Dan’s favorite hobby is “noddlin’.” Noddlin’ is a modern sport that consists of sticking one’s hand in a dark hole underwater in a murky lake and hoping that a giant catfish mistakes your hand as a fish and bites down. Talk about exciting.
Cole McClure is the Student Minister at Valley Church of Christ. Cole has been in full-time ministry for 3 years.
Cole’s is an avid unicycle-er. He has now placed 4th in back-to-back years in the Greater Metro Flint Evangelical Unicycle Freestyle Amateur Championships. His perseverance in the sport continues to pay great ministry dividends as he has learned the value of always getting up after you have fallen.
Dan and Cole love Elevate and love ministering to students. This is their 3rd year to direct Elevate together. They believe that God has tremendous things in store for Elevate 2018.
//Campers & Cost
Students must be in 7th grade in the fall of 2018 through graduating seniors.
Note: lost room keys will result in a $25 charge at the end of the week.
//Check-in and Check-out
Elevate Check-in begins June 23 at 1 pm and closes at 5 pm. Check-in takes place in Dearborn commons where students and a guardian will finalize the registration process. If a guardian is not present be sure that all consent forms are signed as they a required for admittance into camp. When you arrive at Rochester College enter through the main entrance to the college and continue straight ahead to the Commons.
Elevate officially ends at 11 a.m. on Saturday, June 29. Check-out takes place in Dearborn Commons and runs from 11 a.m. to noon. All campers must have a room check and turn in room keys before departure. We look forward to seeking you!
ELEVATE is a Christian camp and we ask that you be respectful of other campers, counselors, Rochester students, employees, and property. To help clarify, we now provide you with the ELEVATE 10 Commandments:
- Thou shalt honor God with all that you do and say.
- Thou shalt honor and serve others above yourself.
- Thou shalt have a good attitude at all times and actively participate in making new friends.
- Thou shalt remember that cleanliness is next to Godliness, and thou shalt shower daily.
- Thou shalt respect Rochester College property.
- Thou shalt obey and show respect to the Elevate staff.
- Thou shalt stay on the Rochester College campus at all times during ELEVATE.
- Thou shalt dress appropriately.
- Thou shalt never be in the residence hall rooms of the opposite gender.
- Thou shalt never prank a peer or friend.
Rules for Emphasis…
- Campers will be allowed to keep and utilize cell phones. However, Cell phones are to be kept and utilized only in dorm rooms. ELEVATE staff reserve the right to confiscate cell phones do to excessive daily use, inappropriate use, distractions they may cause or for other reasons staff may see fit. Upon confiscation, the cell phone will be safely kept and returned to the student at the discretion of the directors.
- Possession of tobacco, alcohol, illegal drugs, drug paraphernalia, or weapons of any kind are strictly prohibited and will result in immediate expulsion from the camp at parents’ expense.
- Campers must remain on the Rochester College campus at all times. Being caught off campus without permission will result in immediate expulsion from the camp at parents’ expense.
- The Rochester College residence halls are NOT coed. Girls may not be in boys’ halls or rooms, and vice versa, at any time for any reason. Failure to follow this rule will result in immediate expulsion from the camp at parents’ expense.
ELEVATE week is about honoring God and having fun making friends, not drawing attention to ourselves. For this reason, modesty is very important. Because of this, we have a few rules concerning our dress code:
- Inappropriate clothing for ELEVATE includes any sleeveless apparel, (for example, sundresses, tank tops, sleeveless shirts, athletic shirts, and cut-off T-shirts) and clothing that exposes any part of the mid-section when standing, sitting, or bending over.
- Shorts may be worn, but they must be a modest length. At ELEVATE, we define “modest” as shorts that do not expose the buttocks when engaging in an activity.
- Skin tight clothing (tops, spandex, leggings, or excessively tight jeans, etc.), halter tops, or otherwise revealing clothing are inappropriate for ELEVATE and are to be left at home. Girls should not bring any low-cut shirts/tops.
- Clothing should not contain inappropriate images or language.
- Students who’s dress is deemed inappropriate for the ELEVATE environment are liable to be sent to change. Campers of ELEVATE should respect the authority of ELEVATE staff as they discern what is appropriate.
// What to Bring
- A good attitude
- Bedding (sleeping bag or sheets/blankets, and a pillow)
- Laundry Bag (plastic trash bags work well too)
- Towels (at least 2) & Washcloths
- Toiletries (shampoo/conditioner, soap, comb/brush, toothbrush/paste, deodorant, etc.)
- Shower Shoes
- Box Fan
- Alarm Clock
- Swim Suit (appropriate—one-piece suits please)
- Clothing (enough for seven full days)
Do Not Bring:
- A Bad Attitude
- Personal Electronics – Please do not bring any Computers, Video Game Systems, etc. These valuable items are liable to be broken or stolen or lost. Also, they tend to make people very anti-social, and we want to make sure that everyone makes lots of new friends. Spiritually, we want to make sure that we can get away from all of the noise that generally clogs our minds and makes us unable to hear God’s voice, and leaving these items at home will help. If you bring these items to ELEVATE, they will be confiscated and returned to you at the end of the week.
- Jewelry – These valuable items are liable to be broken or stolen or lost, so please don’t bring any to ELEVATE.
- Rollerblades, skateboards, water guns, water balloons, etc. These items can cause injury to you and others.
- Tobacco, alcohol, illegal drugs, drug paraphernalia, and weapons of any kind. Any of these will result in your expulsion from camp. This includes pocket knives of any kind. I know that some people regularly carry these as a part of a keychain, but all forms of knives and weapons need to be left at home (yes… even dull ones).
- Any gear to do pranks. We have a no tolerance rule for pranks. The exercise of pranks may result in immediate expulsion. Though some enjoy pranks, others do not. Pranks always escalate creating hurt feelings and rifts between friends and peers. Pranks are not helpful in the fun and loving environment we foster at ELEVATE.
// Frequently Asked Questions
Q: Where do I stay?
A: Campers are housed in campus residence halls. Each room is suite-style (two two-person rooms connected by a full bathroom) and has two twin-sized bed, desks, and dressers. These rooms are not air-conditioned, so you may want to bring a fan to keep cool. You may list a roommate preference on your registration form.
Q: What is expected of the campers?
A: Campers are expected to attend all activities. Participating in the planned activities is a big part of making ELEVATE a great experience. Campers are also expected to obey the rules and help create a positive atmosphere conducive to spiritual growth.
Q: What are the small groups like?
A: Small groups provide a place for bonding and discussion among everyone at ELEVATE. Each camper will be assigned to a small group of their peers with two staff leaders. You will meet with your small group several times throughout the day, and it will also be your team for all games and events.
Q: Can campers keep and carry their own medications?
A: Campers are prohibited from keeping and meds, over the counter or otherwise, unless the medication is necessary as a lifesaving implementation. These lifesaving meds might include inhalers or epi pens.
Q: Do you have a camp nurse?
A: Yes, we have a licensed camp nurse. The nurse is used by campers who are sick or injured; he or she also accounts for and distributes all daily medications.
Q: Do I get to take anything home with me to remember the week?
A: When you check in, you’ll receive an official ELEVATE t-shirt.