Hope Kids Camp

Kids Camp was a blast, but the fun continues all year long!

Head over to our Hope Kids Page to see what we are doing now, then check out our upcoming events for our Greece and Brockport campuses.

Please read carefully. If you still have questions, send them to:  KidsCamp@sharethehope.org

Please allow 24 hours for a response.

What is the grade requirement for Kids Camp?

Children entering Kindergarten through entering 5th grade.  

What if my child is eligible to enter Kindergarten, but attending preschool in 2022-2023?

Unfortunately we need to be consistent and enforce the grade requirement.  Children entering preschool are not eligible for Kids Camp even if they are turning 5 this fall.  

How are the grades organized for camp?

Two grades per range: Entering K/1st; Entering 2nd/3rd; Entering 4th/5th

Is registration required and when will registration open?

Yes.  This is a registration only event.  No walk-ins will be accepted.

Registration opens May 1st at Kids Camp – Hope Church Rochester (sharethehope.org). Registration will close when we reach our maximum number of campers. Be sure to register early!

Registration is online only.

How do I register?

The registration & payment link is the green button near the top of this page starting May 1.

Is there a charge for Kids Camp?

Yes.  $25 per child/$40 per family maximum for children in the same household.  

To be with a friend, can I register my child for a higher or lower age group than their actual grade? 

An older child may register in a grade one year lower than what they are entering in the fall. A child cannot register for a higher grade. For example, a 2nd grader may register for a K/1 group, but a 3rd grader cannot register for a K/1 group, nor can a 3rd grader register for a 4/5 group.   For friends to be together, be sure to register both for the same age range and group letter. 

Can I register friends with my child on the same form?

No.  Only children in the same household can register on one registration form. 

Will I be able to see the names of other children registered when I sign up my child?


What if I need to cancel?

As long as you cancel in writing via email by Sunday June 29 to kidscamp@sharethehope.org

How do I register with a friend?

Ask the friend what group they chose or register at the same time and pick the same group as your friend who is within one grade.  Once you’ve submitted your registration no changes can be made.

How will I know what group my child is registered in?

On the registration link, when asked to enter the child’s information, you will be asked to pick a grade range, within that grade range are numbered groups with 16 spots each.  

The Groups will be numbered for ease of registration and are for registration purposes only.    

Financial policy regarding sick children and refunds:
  • If your child cannot attend the full week of camp due to illness or injury and a doctor’s note is provided, a full refund will be given.
  • Partial refunds are not given.  Once a child attends the first day of camp, no refunds will be given, even if they are sent home due to illness.
  • A “no show” to camp will not be given a refund or receive prorated fees. 

Day 1: Kids will investigate the parable of the sower and find out how we can grow in our relationship with God.
Big Idea: Spending time with God is how we grow.
Bible: Luke 8:4-15 | Parable of the Sower

Day 2: Kids will investigate the parable of the bags of gold in order to find out more about how to serve God and others.
Big Idea: Using our gifts is how we serve.
Bible: Matthew 25:14-29 | Parable of the Bags of Gold

Day 3: Kids will investigate the parable of the good Samaritan and find out how we can better care for one another.
Big Idea: Spending time with others is how we care.
Bible: Luke 10:25-37 | Parable of the Good Samaritan

Day 4: Kids will learn that Jesus is Alive!
Big Idea: We can Trust that Jesus Loves us.
Bible: Luke 24: 1-12; Romans 6: 8-11

Day 5: Kids will investigate three different parables about a sheep, a coin, and a son to find out what they have in common and what they can teach us about how to love.
Big Idea: Sharing our story is how we love.
Bible: Luke 15:1-32 | Parable of the Lost Sheep, Coin, and Son

What is the procedure for safe drop off and pick up?

Each child is securely identified with a nametag and will not be released without the family security code.

Arrival Time:

You will be given a specific arrival time for pick up and drop off.  Please adhere to this time as it will relieve traffic congestion and allow pick up and drop off to run smoothly. Please do not come early.

Drop Off:

Parent/guardian will drop child(ren) off at an assigned location by driving through a drop off area and checking in with a volunteer. Children will then be escorted to their first area by a volunteer. The drop off location will be based on the youngest child in the family.

Pick Up:

A recommended location to park for picking up your child will be included with your registration packet. Parents will have to pick up each child at their assigned area, if you have multiple children to pick up you will need to walk to each area to your family security code and pick each child up.

Crucial Drop off and Pick up information Packets
A Camper Packet will be available for pick up in the Kids Lobby in July. We will let you know when they are available. These must be picked up before July18th.

What if I am going to carpool with another family?

Please be sure you have the pick up authorization information for all children, all of the check in information, including the window sign for the friend’s children, and any tags that belong to those children. Check in will not be completed without this information. If you need a second set please make a copy.

Can I pick my child up early or drop off late due to appointments?

No. There is no early pick up or late drop off.

What will a typical day include?

Groups will rotate to different activity stations both indoors and outdoors. The children rotate as a small group with their leaders, throughout the morning. One of these rotations will be snack time.

What time is camp?

9:00 am -12:00 pm Note that your family’s specific drop off time will be between 8:45 am and 8:55 am. Help us avoid traffic congestion by arriving at your assigned time, not earlier or later.

Will my child stay in the same group each day?

Yes. All children will stay with the same Small Group and with the same Small Group leaders all week.

Thursday Night Family Night

For campers, parents, and siblings, this is a free evening of family friendly, memory-making activities. Details will be provided during camp.

Does my child need to pass a health screen to attend?

Children attending camp must pass the health screen which can be found here: sharethehope.org/ministries/kids

Will First Aid attendants be on site?

Yes, there will be a First Aid station for minor cuts and bruises.

Can my child bring medication to camp?

Only emergency medication such as an inhaler, or an Epi Pen that is needed for nonfood related emergencies, such as seasonal allergies. Medication must be listed on the registration form.
Children arriving with medication that was not listed on the registration form will be re-routed to a different check in area, delaying check in for that family.

Snack Allergy Information:

We will be serving allergen free snacks that are peanut, tree nut, dairy, milk and gluten free. The snack may be manufactured in a facility that manufactures peanut, tree nut, dairy, milk and/or gluten. Once the snacks are purchased, please check our website under the fact sheet to see what specific snacks were purchased. Please direct allergy questions to hopekids@sharethehope.org

The following snacks will be served: Snyders Gluten-Free Pretzels, Veggie Straws, Enjoy Life Bars, and Welches Fruit Snacks. See below for ingredient labels.

Child Illness or injury during camp:

A child will be taken to the First Aid station where an attendant will administer First Aid. The parents will be called. In the event of illness, the child will need to be picked up.
If your child presents with any symptoms from the health screen during the camp day, the parent/guardian will be called to pick up the child. In order to return the child must be symptom free for 24 hours.
We ask that you have someone on call each day that could leave right away to pick up a child within about 20 minutes or less.

Hope Kids Camp reserves the right to request that a child showing minor cold symptoms such as cough, sneezing without fever, wear a mask in order to remain at camp.

Outdoor safety:

Children are welcome to bring a water bottle but that item is the responsibility of the child for the length of the camp day. Water will be provided throughout the day and at snack time.
Sneakers or rubber soled shoes are required so that a child can run safely. Socks are required due to land inflatables. If a child wears sandals or flip flops, that will likely restrict them from safely participating in the outdoor games.

Sun Screen:

Due to the outdoor activities. We recommend you apply a layer of sunscreen to your child each morning.

Will there be security on campus?

We will have Hope volunteers, trained in basic emergency situations, and parking volunteers.  Both groups are there to assist with the overall safety during camp hours.  

Will the building be open during camp hours?

No.  Access to the building & grounds will be restricted to Hope staff and volunteers only. Members of the public will not have access. 

What is a Small Group Leader?

A Small Group leader is the mentor, leader and adult in charge of your child’s small group. Small Group Leaders are members of Hope and may be either a junior or senior in High School who is active in youth groups, or adults from our congregation.  

What safety requirements and training are in place for volunteers?
  • All volunteers 18 years and older have a current background check on file.
  • All volunteers working directly with children are up to date on child safety rules and procedures.
  • Each volunteer, including youth leaders under the age of 18, are either a member of Hope or active in youth groups, and have referrals from Hope Ministry leaders and/or Pastors.
  • All volunteers attend a training specifically for the area in which they are serving.

Check out our Hope Kids page, where fun happens all year long!