Plan Your Own Camp
Step 1 – Welcome
Thank you for considering Jenness Park Christian Camp as your next retreat destination. If you are planning a camp for the first time we recommend that you read through our Retreat Planning Guide to help you better address your group’s specific needs while avoiding some common pitfalls. At Jenness you will have various lodging and recreation options to suit the needs of any type of retreat. Using the tabs above we will guide you through the various options that Jenness has to offer and help you choose what is best for your group.
Retreat Planning Guide
Jesus comes first! Before planning a camp it’s important that you clearly understand what you would like to achieve through your camping experience. This makes it easier to communicate with your group and church leadership what exactly they will be getting, while preventing frustration down the road. Take some time to prayerfully consider what your retreat goals are, and how you expect to achieve them.
Retreat Theme and Schedule
Entering the process of designing a retreat should focus around a clear and purposeful goal. “Intense spiritual focus on a particular topic.” “Building group/team unity.” “Evangelizing non-believers while providing recreational activities.” The message will inform all of your decisions and help you shape a schedule that will have a life-long impact on your group. If you would like us to do the planning for you consider checking out our already established camps that will give you an easy way to jump right into the Christian camping experience.
Now that you have firmly established your group’s needs you can determine the type of housing, meals, and recreation you will require to meet your goals. A Small Group Lodge style retreat allows you to cook and conduct your group devotions/meeting right inside your lodge, while still allowing you to take advantage of the amenities and recreation opportunities Jenness has to offer. Cabin style lodging in our Gold Rush and Ponderosa Cabins allows you to increase the amount of people that you can accomodate as well as giving you access to one of our meeting room facilities. If your group is over 12 people you can have our kitchen staff take care of all the meal preparation and clean up by providing you a premium buffet style feast in our main Dining Facility.
Promote Your Trip
Now that the details are taken care of it’s time to promote your trip. Promotion is an essential component of camp planning if you want to achieve a maximum impact. Even if all your campers are part of your church and already on-board, it’s importanat to keep them informed of registration deadlines. Many choose to put on a fundraising event to both promote their trip and raise money.
Eventually you will have to go about securing the financing for your trip. Requiring a deposit at sign up is often a useful tool to keep people committed and on time. Be sure to thoroughly read the contract that you sign with Jenness and contact us if you have any questions.
Enjoy the Trip
Sometime after your trip remember to have a debriefing with your group and discuss the impact that your retreat had. Did you achieve your retreat goals? Connect to those who you reached and continue to pursue relationships with them. Keep in contact via social media if they live out of the area. Also feel free to share you experience with us so that we can better serve all who enjoy our facility.
Step 2 – Lodging Package
Jenness has many lodging options to provide your group with a comfortable location for their next retreat. To begin the selection process you should know whether you would like to cook meals for yourself or have us provide a buffet style meal in our dinning facility. If you have a group smaller than 30 people and would like to keep cost’s low we offer Small Group Lodges equipped with a full kitchen so that you can provide your own meals and enjoy the fellowship and smells of home cooking!
For larger groups, or those who don’t want to worry about the logistics of feeding a swarm of hungry campers, we offer two styles of bunk cabins; Gold Rush and Ponderosa. We have facilities to accommodate and feed over 500 people. Meal packages are enjoyed in our main dinning hall, allowing you to overlook the main field from inside or eat outside on the deck. Meals are available for groups of 12 people or more.
Important: Your lodging rental includes the use of a Meeting Room supplied with all the necessary multimedia equipment. Meeting rooms are subject to availability and group size. Lodges have meeting room attached.
Step 3 – Meals and Amenities
Whether or not you are purchasing meals, be sure to check out our General Store and Coffee Hut pages for hours and information. All of our meals are served in our main dinning hall, located adjacent to the main field. Our Dinning Hall page has sample menu information.
- Internet – Access is available in main camp for those with capable devices. See Guest Services office for access information.
- Camp Fires – Firewood is provided free of charge for our designated fire pits.
- Lost & Found: Lost items returned to our office, or found during cleaning, are cataloged and kept for 3 months. If something is lost and not returned by the end of your stay you may fill out a lost item report.
- Parking – Parking is adjacent to assigned cabins and lodges. During snow season Gold Rush and Ponderosa campers are required to park behind the dinning hall.
Guest Services (small fee)
- Telephones: We have two landlines that can be used with calling cards and a pay-phone located next to the Chapel bathrooms.
- Laundry: There is a coin operated laundromat available to all guests located adjacent to the General Store. Change available at office.
- Towels & Linens: Towel sets, blankets, sleeping bags, and linen sets are available for rent. Linen sets include blanket, top/bottom sheets and pillow.
- Vending Machines: Vending machines loaded with soda and bottled water are located in Gold Rush, Ponderosa, and next to the Chapel Bathrooms.
Step 4 – Recreation
Adventure Recreation at Jenness Park is designed to push you physically, mentally, and spiritually. Our nine unique outdoor activities have a core spiritual application that will help your group grow together spiritually as you preserver through various personal and interpersonal challenges.
We have free recreation available to all our guests; In addition to the outdoor activities we also have Prospectors, a gaming room adjacent to the Coffee Hut, and a wide assortment of puzzles and board games.