As camp draws closer, you may have several questions about your upcoming camp experience. We hope these questions and answers will help you prepare for Camp Good News:
+Where is camp held, and how do I get there?
+What’s the camp daily schedule like?
+When should I arrive to drop my child off/pick them up?
+What does it cost?
+Why is bus transportation only available from certain areas of the state during certain weeks?
+What about camp for children from the Fargo/Moorhead area?
+Is Camp Good News a safe place for my child?
+What should my child bring to Camp Good News?
+How can I contact my child during Camp Good News?
+Is there a way to stay up-to-date on camp happenings?
+What’s happening with the Southwest change from Crystal Springs to Camp Bentley (2020)?
Where is camp held, and how do I get there?
Camp is held at Camp Bentley, 3 miles northwest of Drake, ND on Hwy 52. If you are unable to drive your child to camp, we do have bus transportation available. (Click here for the schedule!) Click the map icon to the right for more detailed driving directions.
What’s the camp daily schedule like?
Each camp day begins with prayer at the flagpole, followed by a hearty breakfast. Then it’s off to morning song time in the chapel, followed by Bible class and a practical skills class. The afternoon is full of activity, from missions times to free time (swimming, canoeing, paddleboating, and a waterslide!). The evening consists of a camp-wide game of Verse-O-Rama, team activities (like S’mores or the Slip-n-Slide), a chapel session, and an awesome nightly variety hour (including campfires and a skit night). Each day ends with cabin devos before lights out. (And who could forget three delicious meals a day?!)
When should I arrive to drop my child off/pick them up?
Check-in begins on Sunday of each camp session, from 3-5pm. Please plan to drop your camper off within this time frame.
The closing rally starts at 2pm on the Friday of each session. Friends and family are always welcome to attend! The rally usually lasts about 45-60 minutes.
What does it cost? An entire week of camp costs only $125 (this price includes a camp t-shirt). A $25 deposit is required with registration to hold your spot! If you are unable to afford the full price, we do have a sponsorship fund made possible by donors; please submit the deposit and pay whatever is possible upon arrival at camp. The remaining balance will be covered by the sponsorship fund.
Why is bus transportation only available from certain areas of the state during certain weeks?
Each week of camp focuses on a different area of North Dakota, so that campers from a specific area of the state get to know other campers and staff from that area. Week 1 focuses primarily on the western edge of North Dakota, Week 2 on the north central area, and Week 3 on the eastern side.
The Fargo-Moorhead area runs their own separate Camp Good News programs. You can learn more about Fargo’s camp here.
Campers are welcome to attend any session, though we can only provide bus transportation from your area during the scheduled times.
What about camp for children from the Fargo/Moorhead area?
Campers from anywhere across the state are welcome to our camp program! However, CEF of Fargo/Moorhead does run their own camp session, which may be more accessible for kids living in that area. Check out their website here!
What’s happening with the Southwest change from Crystal Springs to Camp Bentley?
CEF of ND has run Camp Good News for many years. During the past decade, many local chapters have transitioned from running their own local camps to our state-run camp, for many reasons–including logistics and staffing. This is now the case for Southwest, as well, and we are glad to have them joining us! We’ve been using the Camp Bentley facility for a number of years, and we are providing transportation to make the change as smooth as possible.
Is Camp Good News a safe place for my child?
Yes! We have nearly 50 staff serving at Camp Good News, with each staff member background-checked as part of our Child Protection Policy. Our camp RN is on site 24 hours a day, our swimming area is fenced off with a certified lifeguard on duty, and our boating time is closely monitored by our boating manager with a consistently updated list of each boat’s passengers. Each cabin has an adult serving as a senior counselor and a teen serving as a junior counselor. All medications are turned in to the camp RN during registration and each camper will check in daily for their medicine. We strive to make Camp Good News a safe and positive experience for each camper.
What should my child bring to Camp Good News?
Here’s our suggested packing list:
- Clothing suitable for changes in weather (please include a sweatshirt/jacket for evenings)
- Swimsuit (Modest, please: trunk-style for boys, one-piece for girls)
- Toiletries (toothbrush, shampoo, soap, etc.)
- Sleeping bag & pillow
- Extra blanket (if desired)
- Bug repellent
- Water bottle
- Missionary offering (optional; all offering money goes to support specific missions projects which will be discussed during the camp week)
- Snack shack spending money ($10 limit; any extra money brought to camp will be stored safely and refunded at the end of the week–to prevent loss or theft)
Electronics and weapons are not allowed (iPods, smartwatches, DVD players, cell phones, etc.). Please leave all valuables at home. Anything of value sent to camp will be stored in a safe location during the week.
Please label all clothing so we can ensure everything makes it to the right home at the end of the week!
How can I contact my child during Camp Good News?
In case of emergency, you can call director Kim Erickson at 701-557-0767. We limit use of the camp phone to emergencies, so the best way to reach out to your camper is by sending a letter. Mail call at camp is a very exciting event each day! You can address letters to
Is there a way to stay up-to-date on camp happenings?
Follow us on facebook! We’ll be posting current information as camp draws closer, as well as keeping you posted about what’s happening during camp!