Where is Winter Camp?
Giddings, Texas – One hour east of Austin
When is Winter Camp?
Friday, January 18th – Monday, January 21st (MLK Weekend)
What ages is Winter Camp for?
There will be 3 different camps running the same weekend:
- Elementary Camp: 3rd-5th grade
- Middle School Camp: 6th-8th grade
- High School Camp: 9th-12th grade
Why should I send my child to Winter Camp?
Because it is awesome. Need another reason? Okay. We believe in small groups. We believe that relationships are important. Every week, your child has the opportunity to participate in a small group led by the same small group leader. This consistent relationship with them and their peers can lead to healthy growth relationally and spiritually. Winter Camp is extended time for a small group leader to invest in his/her group. Actually, a small group leader will get an entire years worth of time with his/her group while at Winter Camp. We see Winter Camp as a very strategic weekend.
Why does NextGen send all age groups away on the same weekend?
By taking all our age groups, we’re able to keep the cost lower than if we split the camp, as well as combine our resources, staff and energy to pull off something better than we could if we separated the age groups. Lastly, we consider this weekend a major investment in the next generation. By having it on one weekend, we have staff and leaders from throughout Gateway who jump in and help. This may not always be our strategy, but it is for now!
How will I know what to bring?
An official Packing List will be posted under the “Resources” tab in December.
What time does Winter Camp begin on Friday and end on Monday?
We’ll be headed out shortly after school gets out on Friday and returning Monday afternoon. Exact times will be listed on the schedule (found on the resource tab) in December.
How are the kids/students traveling to camp?
We’ve upgraded this year to charter buses! We’ll have multiple buses departing from the North Campus and one from South Campus. Kids (3rd-5th grade) and Students (6th-12th grade) will ride on separate buses.
What happens at Winter Camp?
- Late-night fun!
- The infamous mud pit
- Rock wall and zip line
- Small group hangouts
- High-energy worship/music
- Relevant talks from staff and guest speakers
- Great times of connection and community with other Gatewayers
- All kinds of other stuff
This is kind of weird. Does this mean 3rd graders are going to be hanging out with 12th graders?
Absolutely not! As much as 3rd graders might like that, 12th graders wouldn’t go for those arrangements. Although Gateway is taking over Camp Tejas for the weekend, the students and kids are in different programs. Although Middle School and High School will attend general sessions together, even these groups will be doing camp activities separately.
Are my kids going to be safe?
Absolutely! Safety is one of our highest values. We have incredible leaders and (appropriately trained) volunteers who love your kids. The majority of our camp leaders will be the same people who lead your children’s small groups each Sunday! They’ll be in very good hands.
Sounds good, how much does it cost?
It’s complicated. Full price registration is $310, but we’re offering discounts for registering early, paying in full at time registration, and sending multiple children to camp.
Do I pay the full price when I register?
Not unless you want to. When you register, you have the option of paying a $50 non-refundable deposit per child registered or paying in full.
Can my student invite a friend? What if they don’t attend Gateway?
Absolutely! We love it when our students invite their friends – especially if they don’t attend church at all. We do our best to room students by grade and gender, so be sure to have the guest mention that they’d like to be grouped with your student and we’ll do what we can to make that happen.
Is there any financial assistance for sending my student to Winter Camp?
Yes, there are limited funds available because of generous people who believe in what happens at Winter Camp. We typically do not offer scholarships beyond 50% of the price of camp and we do ask that families go ahead and register as well as apply for financial assistance. Applications for financial assistance are due in mid-October.
How do I register?
Check back on September 1st!
Okay, this was thorough – but I still have questions.
That’s fine. Send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org and we’ll get back to you as soon as we can!