Welcome to Twinlow Summer Camp! We are excited that you will be a part of our community this summer. Of course this year might look a little different. Below we list out some things to expect from Twinlow in an effort to keep you and your family safe.
Our theme this year is “The Water of Life,” which means we will spend each day exploring and celebrating God’s blessings of water and life. Get ready for an exciting week of praising God, swimming in the lake, playing games, making new friends, and singing great songs. We have been praying for you, and we can’t wait to welcome you to the best week of your summer.
Our Program Goals at Twinlow Are:
- Provide experiences of community built around Christian values
- Know the love and acceptance of God as revealed in Jesus through the Holy Spirit, the scripture, and the history of God’s people
- Heighten an appreciation of Creation and reinforce a sense of human responsibility as stewards of that Creation
- Know and act upon the meaning of God’s call to discipleship
- Give our campers new life skills to better themselves to who they were created to be
COVID-19 Safety Information
It is our goal to try and give campers as normal a camp experience as possible while still being safe. Campers and staff will wear masks when they cannot socially distance outside, when they are inside, and at campfire singing. Campers will be sorted into small groups of no more than 8, this will help us to create spaces where they will not need to wear masks. This means campers will not be wearing masks when they are in their small groups, outside and more than 6′ apart, showering, at the lake or when they are sleeping.
All meals this summer will be enjoyed al fresco (outside). Meals will be served cafeteria buffet style. Campers will enter the dining hall, have their food served, then exit to their designated outdoor dining space. In case of bad weather we have plenty of indoor spaces where we can space small groups out.
Since we are limiting the number of campers each week our cabins will be at half capacity which means campers will sleep every other bunk. Along with that each of our cabins is equipped with a HEPA air filter that will be running all night to clean the air. Furthermore we will have barriers between each bunk to help prevent the spread of germs. Campers WILL NOT wear masks to bed.
Most of the time at Twinlow we are outside which means your camper(s) will be enjoying playing, learning, and worshiping in the fresh air. As long as they are in their small group or spaced out they are allowed to take their mask off! For the most part this means that your camper(s) will spend most of their day without a mask on. All equipment will be sanitized (bows and arrows at archery, craft supplies, etc.) between camper use.
We are not requiring campers to be vaccinated because the CDC has not approved any vaccine for children at this time. However, all staff at Twinlow will be 100% vaccinated!
Preparing Your Child For Camp
How to prepare for a COVID-19 safe week at camp:
We will be emailing you a health screening list two weeks before your camper arrives to go over some general health questions. Two weeks before camp we will ask our campers and their families to stay home as much as possible and avoid risky activities such as large gatherings. Three days before camp we will check back in and ask some health screening questions. Please be aware that if your camper or anyone in your family has a COVID-19 symptom or positive test we will ask your camper to not participate that week. We will do our best to fit your camper into another week here at Twinlow.
Things will look a little different this year. Check-in will be the most apparent. We will be limiting the number of people onsite by offering parking lot check-in. More details will be shared with you closer to check-in time, but please be aware that you might not be allowed to walk through camp with your camper.
Again, in an effort to keep our community safe we will be changing how we run check-out. We will be offering parking lot check-out process where we will bring your camper and all their belongings to you to do their final check-out. Before they leave campers will get to experience the important “last day” traditions such as closing ceremony and ice cream social. Closing ceremony will be recorded and shared with you on our media sharing software.
Success at camp and how to avoid homesickness:
We want to help you as a parent prepare your child for success at camp. While homesickness is very rare at Twinlow where we play hard all day, we want to give you some tried-and-true tips and techniques to help your child prepare for a week away from their normal routine. Please visit this link for an excellent article published by the American Camp Association.
For additional information on preparing your child for camp, we recommend reading this article published in HuffPost.
Prescription Medications (if needed)
10 Face masks – face masks must cover nose and mouth
Reusable water bottle – this is especially important this summer because that is how campers will get beverages at meals. We will not be using cups at camp this summer.
Swimwear – make sure swimwear is appropriate for playing
Jackets or sweatshirts for evenings
Towel for showering and waterfront
Shorts and/or Pants
Socks and Underwear
Closed-toe shoes (tennis shoes)
Sandals (No Flip-Flops please)
Sleeping bag and pillow
Toothbrush, toothpaste, soap, deodorant, and other toiletries
Lifejacket – We have plenty, but this year it would be helpful if campers brought their own as we are trying to limit sharing this summer.
Sunglasses, hat, or visor
Book to read during rest time
Small stuffed animal for bedtime
Money for camp store
Water sport toys if enrolled in Water Sports Camps
Please Do Not Bring:
iPods, cell phones, or any other electronic device
Alcoholic beverages, tobacco products or non-prescription drugs
Anything that would hurt someone, weapons such as a knife or fireworks
Personal sports equipment
How to get here:
Twinlow is located five minutes from Rathdrum, Idaho, just off of Highway 41.
You can find us by typing Twinlow Camp & Retreat Center into Google Maps or Apple Maps on your smartphone.
Or, if you want more traditional instructions, here is how to find us:
- Head north on Highway 41 out of Rathdrum for about 5 minutes.
- Turn LEFT on Par 3 Golf Course Rd.
- Then turn RIGHT on Twinlow Rd. We are about ¼ mile down the road. You’ll see the Twinlow sign.
- Don’t worry if you miss the first turn. There is a second chance to turn LEFT on Twin Lakes Rd.
- If you turn on Twin Lakes Rd., take a LEFT on Twinlow Rd. We are about a quarter of a mile down the road on the right. You’ll see the Twinlow sign.
- Pull in and say hello! We like it when people say hello.
Twinlow Camp and Retreat Center
22787 N Twinlow Rd.
Rathdrum, ID 83858
If you have any questions, we would love to help and chat:
Click below for a printable camper registration form PDF:
Check In & Out
When you arrive please stay in your vehicle and wait for a Twinlow Staff to come to your car.
Twinlow Staff will go over our COVID-19 health screening questions with you and take a temperature. After that we will continue the check-in process, please note we may ask you to remain in your vehicle as we check-in your camper.
Please have the remaining balance of your payment and medications with you.
High school campers who drive themselves will be asked to turn in their keys to the camp office for the week of camp.
For Check-out we will bring your camper(s) to you and go through three easy steps:
- Check-out with the Pill Patrol and make sure you have your camper’s medications.
- Check-out with the Camp Store. Use any remaining funds to grab camp swag or a snack for the road. You also can take home any remaining funds. OR donate the remainder to camp! Thank you very much.
- Check-out with your camper’s counselor. They will have your name to confirm that you are the one taking the child home.
At Check-Out, we normally have our $50 for $50 deal. If you register for a Summer 2022 camp and put down the $50 deposit, you will get $50 off next summer’s camp! Due to the unique nature of this summer we will extend this deal to August 31st, 2021 so you can register your camper(s) safe at home.
Emergencies: In case of family emergency where you might need to contact the camp,
please call our office, which rings to the Director’s cell phone. If after hours, please leave a message and we will get back to you as soon as we can. The phone number is:
Injury/Illness: It is your right as a parent/guardian to know about and be involved with healthcare administered to your child. You will be informed and consulted in cases of illness or injury to your camper which is outside the scope of care of our Health Care Provider.
In the case of COVID-19, if your child has any COVID symptoms or is exposed to a person who tests positive for COVID-19 we will be contacting you to pick up your camper and follow the proper procedures suggested by either Panhandle Health Department or your primary care physician. We will refund you all registration fees but the $50 deposit if this does happen. COVID is already a bummer, we do not want to add to that.
Medications: Please send only enough medication for your child for the week of camp. Medications must be in original packaging/bottle that identifies:
Name of medication
Frequency of administration
Medications will be turned into the Camp Healthcare Provider and will be kept under lock for the duration of the week. You will have a chance to visit with the Camp Healthcare Provider upon check in at the camp for any information that needs to get passed along.
Special Needs: If your child has any special needs, such as diet, facilities, safety issues or other concerns, please contact us prior to the beginning of camp. A great place to list these is on the Health and History Form, which you completed when you register, but you can let us know by emailing, calling, or when you check in. Dietary needs are especially helpful a week before.
Food: Your camper will be provided with three nutritionally balanced meals and 1-2 snacks per day. We prefer that you do not send additional snacks since there is no food allowed in the cabins due to critters. Please make sure you have listed any special dietary needs on your registration form. We do everything we can to make sure their needs are met. Extra special diets, we appreciate you bring any special food and our cooks can store them in the kitchen.
Photos: New in 2021 we will be uploading photos to a photo sharing site called Waldo after each week of camp. You will be able to login to that site to view your camper’s photos. We ask that our campers do not bring digital cameras with them to camp. Cell phones are NOT ALLOWED during the week of camp.
Electronics: Here at Twinlow we are proud to be an electronic device free environment. We encourage campers to put their screens down and experience God’s creation and the in person community. For this reason, we ask that all electronics, including cell phones, stay at home. Please note that we will collect phones from campers that bring them and return them on Friday.
Mail: We encourage you to send mail to your camper during the week! You can use the address listed or send it electronically. Receiving mail is a highlight for most campers. (Please do not send food!) You may email your camper at [email protected]. Please limit your message to one a day. We will print them once a day and distribute them with regular mail.
Visiting Camp: We ask that you do not visit or telephone your camper during the camp week. For safety reasons, persons not registered at camp are not allowed on site during camp sessions. If for any reason your camper is having a difficult time, our Camp Director will contact you.
Twinlow has a camp store and campers have the option of purchasing additional snacks and drinks during free time. $10-20 is plenty of money for the week outside of clothing purchases. To see what we offer in the camp store, visit our Camp Store page.