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Explore Camp (Grades 8-9 in Fall)

July 24, 2016 - July 30, 2016

Grades 5-7
Next School Year

July 31 – August 6

Grades 8-9
Next School Year

July 24-30

Grades 10+
Next School Year

July 17-23

This years Explore camp is going to be amazing!  Kids going into the 8th and 9th grades will come from all over the Midwest and experience an amazing and unforgettable week!  Some of the activities will include basketball, sand-volleyball, crate stacking, swimming, arts and crafts, singing, dancing, starlight devotionals, and paintball.  Led by Indianapolis’ Eric and Megan Testa, the focus of Explore will be on building faith in the one, true God.  So, don’t miss out!  Come and explore this exciting time that will change your life forever.


The cost is $370 (plus $15 for bus transportation for Chicago campers).

Register early! Each year we have families disappointed to find out their session of camp is full. Registration links are at the bottom of this page.

Drop Off & Pick Up

For kids taking the bus to/from Chicago:

  • Drop-Off:  Sunday, July 24 at 1:00 p.m., Church Office, 755 IL Route 83, Bensenville
  • Pick-Up:  Saturday, July 30 at 12:30 p.m., Church Office, 755 IL Route 83, Bensenville

For kids not taking the bus:

  • Drop-Off: Sunday, July 24 at 3:30 p.m., Rock River Christian Camp, 16486 IL-64, Polo
  • Pick-Up: Saturday, July 30 at 10:30 a.m., Rock River Christian Camp, 16486 IL-64, Polo

First-Time Campers Meeting

A meeting for first-time campers and their parents in the Chicago area will be held Sunday, June 26, 2016 at 6:00 p.m. at our Ministry Resource Center, 755 IL Route 83, Suite 216, Bensenville, IL. During this time the camp goals, schedule, expectations, etc. will be discussed. This also gives parents and campers a chance to ask questions about the camp experience.


Camp couldn’t exist without a team of dedicated Christians who sacrifice a week of time and energy to be with our young campers.  Serving as a counselor isn’t easy as it involves a high level of responsibility, a demanding schedule and can be emotionally taxing.  However, it is very rewarding knowing you are helping today’s youth grow into tomorrow’s faithful men and women.

If you are ready to serve, send us your Youth Camp Counselor Application.  There is no cost for camp counselors.

What to Bring

Each year hundreds of items are lost at camp.  Please LABEL EVERYTHING and consider not sending expensive or irreplaceable items with your child.

  • Sleeping bag and pillow
  • Refillable water bottle
  • Ten sets of clothes (some nice, most grubby!)
  • Strapless tops, racer back tanks that expose undergarments, and spaghetti strap tops are not allowed at camp.  Straps must be at least two fingers wide.
  • Jeans and a sweatshirt (it gets chilly at night)
  • Rain jacket (optional)
  • Bathing suit (one-piece or tankini for the girls)
  • Two or three towels (for the bath house and pool)
  • At least two pairs of shoes
  • Flip-flop sandals for the bathhouse (optional)
  • Toiletries (shampoo, deodorant, toothpaste, etc.)
  • Medications (in original bottles).  Over-the-counter medications taken for occasional use (pain relievers, etc.) are stocked in the Camp Health Office, so please do not send them with your camper.  Over-the-counter medications taken on a regular schedule (daily allergy medications, etc.) SHOULD be sent with your camper in the original packaging.
  • Trash bag — clearly labeled with camper’s name — for dirty or wet clothing returning home
  • Bug spray
  • Sunscreen
  • Flashlight (optional)
  • Bible, notebook, pens
  • Small sack to carry Bible (optional)
  • Inexpensive/disposable camera (optional)

What NOT to Bring to Camp

  • Over-the-counter medications taken for occasional use (pain relievers, etc.).  These are stocked in the Camp Health Office.
  • Candy, food, gum, etc. (No food of any kind is allowed in cabins)
  • Money (unless purchasing camp memorabilia)
  • Cellphone
  • Electronics (game system, iPod, etc.)
  • Expensive cameras

Keep In Touch During Camp

As camp gets underway, check these links for pictures, video and more!

If you would like to send mail to your child during camp, address it to:

Rock River Christian Camp
Attn: Child’s Name
16486 Illinois 64 West
Polo, IL  61064

Terms and Conditions

The Terms and Conditions you will be agreeing to upon registration are as follows:

  1. I understand the Camp Director reserves the right to dismiss any camper whose behavior or attitude is disruptive to the welfare of the camp. No refund will be given in the event of dismissal. It is the parent’s responsibility to arrange transportation for early dismissal.
  2. I understand the Camp Health Officer reserves the right to dismiss any camper for medical conditions he/she deems necessary. No refund will be given in the event of dismissal. It is the parent’s responsibility to arrange transportation for early dismissal.
  3. I understand that all medicines (i.e. prescriptions & over–the–counter drugs) are to be turned over to the Camp Health Officer at the beginning of camp. I am aware that the Camp Health Officer oversees the administration of medications. The staff will do their best to remind my child to take his/her medications, but it is not the responsibility of the camp staff to remind my child to visit the Camp Health Officer.
  4. I give my permission for the Camp Health Officer to administer over–the–counter medications to my child as deemed necessary.
  5. I am aware that my child is responsible for his/her personal belongings. It is not the responsibility of the Church to find or return any belongings that are left or lost at camp.
  6. I understand I cannot visit my child at camp.
  7. I give my child permission to participate in potentially dangerous activities at camp such as swimming, paintball and zip line.  I will not hold Rock River Christian Camp, its employees, agents or officers liable for injuries sustained at camp.
  8. Should it be necessary for my child to receive medical attention/treatment, I hereby give my consent for a qualified physician to perform any medical or surgical procedures he/she deems necessary to the welfare of my child.  It is also understood that the staff or counselors and medical personnel will make every attempt to contact parents/guardians when taking any such actions.  Further, this authorization permits said physician to hospitalize, secure appropriate consultation, order injections, anesthesia (local, general or both) or surgery for my child if such emergency conditions warrant.
  9. I also give permission for the person(s) leading or directing these activities to use their best judgment to otherwise render any assistance (i.e. First Aid, CPR, etc.) to my child in the event of injury or illness.
  10. I understand that the Chicago Church of Christ or any person(s) leading or directing these activities has no insurance coverage for medical or hospital costs for my child, which are associated with injury or illness occurring in the course of these activities (unless the child is already a covered dependent under the church’s employee health plan). Therefore, any costs incurred for such medical attention/treatment shall be my sole responsibility.
  11. I release the Chicago Church of Christ to use any photographs or video of my child taken at camp for the website or for promotional purposes.
  12. I understand that if I cancel my child’s registration there will be a $50 cancellation fee. The fee is $200 for cancellations within seven days of the beginning of camp.





If you have questions about camp, please email us at camp@chicagochurch.org or call the church office at 630-787-0606.


July 24, 2016
July 30, 2016
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Rock River Christian Camp
16486 IL-64
Polo, IL 61064 United States
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