1-2 Breakaway Kids Camp is for those students who have completed 1st or 2nd grade* by the end of the 2019/2020 school year. 3-6 Breakaway Kids Camp is for those students who have completed 3rd-6th grade* by the end of the 2019/2020 school year. *No exceptions to grade level will be made.
Jeremiah Gruber lives in Lebanon, PA with his wife, Candice and their 3 children, Emma, Averee & Westyn. Pastor Jeremiah (PJ) has been on staff at Living Waters Chapel in Lebanon since 2001. He and his wife, Candice, are passionate about seeing families grow into well-grounded and well-rounded followers of Christ. They work together to teach kids in an upbeat, fun, and in-depth knowledge of God's Word. Both of them also love and play music (piano, guitar, bass, drums) and teach students to use their musical abilities to honor God. PJ is a great speaker and worship leader. He has spoken at family/kids camps in PA, NJ, NY, etc. He has also had the privilege to minister in Africa on two separate trips. Pastor Jeremiah also gives general oversight to the worship and media ministry at LWC. He has had the privilege of attending LWC since the age of 1 and realizes the importance of connecting to a church family.Learn More
Heather Marble was called to be a Children's Pastor when she was in the 3rd grade. She attended VFCC and graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Children's Ministry. She has been a kids pastor in NY, FL and 2 years ago moved to Life Church A/G in Roscoe, IL. She not only gets to minister to kids, but through the Life Church Leadership College is able to help train and raise up future kids pastors. She loves photography, adventures and Disney.Learn More
Available for purchase for $8+ through the online registration portal through May 22nd (for Kids Camp) or June 22nd (for Teen Camp). If we have extras, they will be available in the camp store for $12 during the event.
A registration is not considered completed until the $100 deposit has been secured. This deposit MUST include payment for tshirt and high ropes course add-ons. Registration must be PAID IN FULL on or before the first day of camp. No deposits will be accepted without the camper(s) application submitted. Payments should be made to your church and they will forward to us.
Refunds for students who are unable to attend must be requested with an official Refund Request Form which can be obtained through our office. It is desired that monies are transferred to another student with a balance from your group first. If there is no one to transfer funds too then a Refund will be submitted for approval with a $50 retainer fee withheld. Refunds will NOT be processed until the END of camp season. We cannot refund money for a partial week of camp or if a student has been expelled.
You will register online via the same Campwise registration portal that the students use. You will submit a photo for your camp identification lanyard that must be worn at all times for security purposes. A pastoral and personal reference is required to be submitted by May 15th (for kids camp) or June 15th (for teen camp). The fee for counselors & support staff is $45 and is nonrefundable. All volunteers must register to be allowed on the camp grounds. This includes but is not limited to administrative staff, counselors, special guests, support staff and interns. All volunteers must consent to a national background check to be kept on file with ISM. Support staff and extra counselors will be selected based upon the needs of the camp. No position is guaranteed.
To serve at Kids Camp, a support staff member must be 16 years of age and 18 years old to be a counselor. To serve at Teen camp, a support staff member must be 18 years old and have graduated from High School. To be a counselor one must be at least 21 years of age.
Sign up: All Coordinators will sign up on the camp home page to let us know who you are. This is very important as we will need a point of contact for your church to send updated reports, etc throughout the registration process. You will also want to download and review the Camp Coordinator Packet (Kids and/or Teen).
Payment: You will be responsible for submitting payment to the ISM office for your campers. Please use a Financial Breakdown Form (Kids or Teen) each time you submit a payment to ensure proper disbursement of monies sent.
Reports: These will be uploaded to Dropbox and you will be given a link to access them. They will be updated twice a week and you will receive an email to let you know when reports are ready to view. (You may contact the office if you need an updated copy in between postings).
Group Housing: All students will be housed before arriving on the camp grounds. The church coordinator is responsible for getting this information to us via the Group Housing Form (there are separate housing forms for 1-2 Camp ,3-6 Camp and Teen Camp). If you have any housing requests, please let your church know.
***PLEASE NOTE*** Due to the large number of campers that attend Breakaway, each church is required to provide a counselor for every room of 5 students (of the same gender). ISM cannot guarantee lodging for any groups who fail to send the appropriate number of counselors or contact the ISM office with enough lead time to help you come up with a housing solution. For groups sending 5 or less students, they will be placed in a room with leaders from another church, if you are unable to provide one.
Rooming Ratios are follows:
Kids Camp –
Teen Camp –
Check-in/Check-out: Registration Check-in begins the Monday of each camp week and is open from 10am to 2pm in the Activities Center Lincoln Room. Any group checking in after 2:00pm will need to go to the Camp Admin office in the Clark Room of the Auditorium building. Please eat before arriving or bring $4.00 per person for lunch in the Lake Williamson Dining Hall available from 11:30am to 1:30pm. The first camp meal served will be dinner Monday evening. Camp will conclude with a closing service at 10:00 am on Friday. All cabins will be cleaned out prior to this service.
Campers arriving without a church group are considered an Individual. When submitting the online registration via the Campwise system, please select “No Church-Individual” from the dropdown menu on the first field of the Camper Profile Section: “Church City/Church Name”. Please mail a check to the ISM office for your initial deposit/remaining balance. With all payments please include an “Individual Financial Breakdown Sheet”.
All students will be housed before arriving on the campgrounds. Individuals that would like to be housed with a specific person/ group will be accommodated as space allows for requests made by May 15th (for kids camp) or June 15th (for teen camp). You may submit this request by calling/emailing the office or as a written request with the camp payment. We make no guarantees. Please contact the office no earlier than 1 week prior to camp if you would like to receive your color team and rooming assignment.
What to bring:
Sleeping bag or sheets, blanket, pillow, towel, & toiletries, recreational clothes & tennis shoes, clothing appropriate for services, swimwear (no bikinis) & beach towel. Bible & journal, spending money for snacks & camp store and money for offering. Please label all items as campers are responsible for personal belongings, ISM is not liable for lost or stolen items.
Campers participating in any and all Illinois Student Ministries Camps must be able to conduct themselves in a manner that does not disrupt the mission and objectives of the camp program. The basic camp supervision ratio of a camper to counselor is 9:1 for Teen Camp and 8:2 for Kids Camp.
Campers must be able to obey directions, follow accordingly, and obey rules for their own safety. In addition, Campers must be able to handle themselves appropriately during activities such as free time, when general supervision is provided for the entire campground. (Campers are not always specifically with their own Counselors. At times throughout the day, they are under general supervision).
The ISM would love to see every student attend our camps; however, we have limitations due to our volunteer staff and financial considerations that confine us to our basic ratios of 9:1. Should a camper require further assistance due to physical, mental or social disabilities, a camper’s guardian may choose the following alternate arrangement for their child, in coordination with the Camp Coordinator.
The alternate arrangement would be for the camper’s guardian to provide a personal chaperone (of the same gender as the child) that would be the camper's “one-on-one” counselor, who would be able to provide assistance in the bathroom/showers if needed.
The guardian would be required to cover all the expenses for this one-on-one counselor, in addition to the child’s registration. The camper and one-on-one assistant would be assigned a room with other campers, but that one-on-one assistant would only be responsible for the specific child.
Each camp has varying degrees of outdoor terrain that may create mobility challenges for physically impaired camp participants. Every reasonable accommodation will be offered based on the limited availability of camp staff. Guardians should consider this and make appropriate inquiries prior to registering a child for camp.
For security purposes, the personal counselor would be required to complete an adult volunteer application provided by Illinois Student Ministries, which includes a background check.
Kids Camp breaks down into the following two programs:
1-2 Camp for those students who have completed 1st or 2nd Grade.
3-6 Camp for those students who have completed 3rd through 6th Grade.
These programs run on completely different schedules specially designed for the benefit of the children who are in the age group. Therefore, first and second graders are not allowed to 'bump up' to the 3-6 program.
2020 registration is expected to be available on our website by March 1, 2020. All registrations will be done online. Early Bird Registration Deadline is 6/1/20 to secure the price of $219. Regular Registration Deadline is 6/8/20 to secure the price of $245. All registrations after 6/8/20 are $270, including walk-ons. Counselor Rate is $45. One-on-one Counselor or Assistant Counselor Rate is $145 with availability contingent on room vacancy. Deposits should be in the mail and postmarked no later than 7 days after the appropriate deadline. If your deposit is not received in a timely manner, your registration fee will be automatically increased to the fit the time frame of which your deposit is received.
No phone registrations, nor incomplete registrations will be accepted. Walk-ons will be accepted based on our capacity and counselor to camper ratio as well as having a parent release on file. All monies must be received by registration check-in on Monday for a student to attend. Online registration will be turned off 2 weeks before each ‘week 1’ of camp begins (kids camp - May 25, 2020) or once rooming has begun, but registration will still be open. Contact the ISM office or your church directly for application instructions at that time.
*1-2 Camp requires 2 Counselors per room, therefore the 1st two Counselors in 1-2 Camp will be $45.