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Summer Camp

At Camp Arnold, we want our campers to experience God in everything they do. Our mission is to use the beautiful setting of our camp as a means to share the gospel of Jesus Christ, teach environmental awareness, encourage positive social behavior and safely provide opportunities for fun and adventure. Many of our campers make lifelong friends from their time at Camp Arnold.

We offer several camp sessions lasting from three to eight days for children of various ages. Your child will be supervised by caring on-site counselors who have been pre-screened with reference checks as well as a criminal background check.

We offer three types of camping experiences for children ranging in age from six to sixteen which include; residential camps, day camps and teen wilderness camps. The three camping experiences we offer are listed below, click on the links for more information about each:

Core Values

Spiritual
Development

Emotional
Growth

Self
Esteem

Skill
Development

Friendship

Fun

Timberlake

This traditional resident summer camp program, Timberlake, offered at Camp Arnold involves, on average, 180 campers per session. The campers are housed in modern cabins which include in-cabin bathrooms. Each child is assigned a cabin group based on their age. Each cabin group is comprised of an average of eight campers, with one counselor and other staff members. At Camp Arnold we are proud to say that all of our Timberlake programs boast a 1 to 4 adult staff to camper ratio, this number becomes even lower during our Sr. Music Camp, Jr. Music/SAY Camp, Musical Theater Camp and our Jr. Adventure Camp when more instructors from The Salvation Army come to help with the programs.

Discovery Camp

Ages 8-12

Discovery 1 July 8-12
Discovery 2 July 22-26
Discovery 3 July 29-Aug 2
Discovery 4 August 5-9

Discovery Camps are the staple camps at Camp Arnold, running nearly every week of the summer and offering a host of exciting activities and electives for the campers to enjoy. Discovery Camp sessions last five days, beginning on Monday and ending on Friday. Campers in this program range in age from 8 to 12 and are split up into older and younger units. The Campers spend their days continuously engaged in activities like canoeing, swimming, archery and climbing the rock wall. Every day we host chapel sessions that proclaim the Gospel of Jesus Christ and give our campers the opportunity to learn more about who God is.

Discovery Teen Camp

Ages 13-17

Teen Camp July 15-19

Discovery  Teen Camp is programmed specifically for teenagers and will offer a host of exciting activities and electives for them to enjoy. Discovery Teen Camp will last five days, beginning on Monday and ending on Friday. Campers in this program range in age from 13 to 17 and are split up into cabins and units based on their age. The Campers spend their days continuously engaged in activities like canoeing, swimming, archery and climbing the rock wall. Every day we host chapel sessions that proclaim the Gospel of Jesus Christ and give our campers the opportunity to learn more about who God is.

Jr Music / S.A.Y. Camp

Ages 7-11

Jr Music / SAY June 24-28

Camp Arnold’s SAY camp is our one week camp specifically for those youth who attend various Salvation Army programs.  Many of our SAY Campers either attend a Salvation Army Corps, or are members of a Salvation Army Youth Group.  During the week the youth have the opportunity to grow in their faith, learn more about God, and develop new friendships.  They will also have a fun, exciting week experiencing new activities and God in a new way. This camp runs along the same schedule as the Discovery Camps, but in place of electives the campers have a chance to earn emblems. Jr. Music / SAY Camp is for children ages 7 – 11.

Jr Adventure Camp

Ages 6-7

Jr Adventure 1 July 1-3
Jr Adventure 2 July 3-5

Camp Arnold’s Jr. Adventure Camp happens once every summer and is designed as a transition into camping for younger children ages 6 and 7. The program runs for 3 days and 2 nights, which gives the children the opportunity to go to camp but reduces the chances of homesickness. The staff that work with these children are specially chosen from our counselor ranks and show aptitude towards caring for the needs of younger children. For the few days that the children are at camp they will take part in a full day of water games, spend time in the craft house, go for short hikes and learn about nature and even attend chapel sessions tailored to their needs. This is an exciting opportunity for your child to see just how much fun they can have at camp!

Sr Music Camp

Ages 12-17

Sr Music Camp June 29- July 6

Cornets, Trombones, Drums, Guitars, Singing-doing-playing-acting will all be part of this year’s Music Camp. A seven day camp for boys and girls aged 12 through 17 who attend The Salvation Army Church music programs. This Camp is designed to teach and develop the skill and ability of making music in a fun-filled atmosphere, a skill which can have a life-long impact. Activities include; Brass Bands, Worship Band/Choir, Guitar, Percussion, and much more.

Musical Theater Camp

Ages 13-17

Musical Theater Camp July 14-20

Ages 13 – 17 Registration is extremely limited. Campers will learn and perform a musical over the course of this camp. Young people interested in attending should have some musical ability and interest as well as good stamina for lots of rehearsing. At the end of this camping session our campers present a musical that is open to the public.

For more information on this camp please contact Evan Figueras at:

evan.figueras@usw.salvationarmy.org or (206) 217-1257

How can I register my Child for a Timberlake Program?

Camp Arnold is owned and operated by The Salvation Army.  Each TSA unit (corps/SE) sets tuition based upon a parent’s ability to pay, and local fundraising efforts available.  All registrations for summer camp are handled through the local Salvation Army unit (Corps/SE).  If you are not sure how to contact your local Salvation Army, please go to the Salvation Army Northwest Divisional Website and use the Salvation Army location tool located on the top right of that site.

In order to reserve a spot for your child to attend summer camp, you will need to complete an application and return it to your local Salvation Army unit (Corps/SE) as soon as possible.  Each Salvation Army unit is allotted a certain number of spots for campers.  These allotments usually fill up fast.  Complete applications, with any required deposit, are processed first.  Once your local Salvation Army unit receives this application and deposit, they will contact you to arrange transportation to Camp Arnold.

Rarely, Camp Arnold will register a Timberlake Camper locally. You are always welcome to give use a call at (253) 847-2511 for more information, or help finding a local TSA Unit.

Tahoma Wilderness Camp

Ages 13-17

Tucked away in the forest surrounding Camp Arnold is a beautiful wilderness base camp. Traditional canvas tents sit on wooden platforms under the towering fir and cedar trees that shelter this camp from the outside world. It is in this setting that our Tahoma Wilderness programs take place. These camps are set up for youth ages 13 to 18 and are purposefully designed to remove the distractions of every day life while presenting safe challenges that draw campers closer to Christ. This is done through challenge courses, outdoor skills, a day hike trip to Mt. Rainier, and small groups. Each week there is a maximum of 24 campers with 6 staff

All campers taking part in the Tahoma Wilderness Program will learn how to:

  • Build Fires
  • Construct Shelters
  • Cook Outdoors
  • Tie Knots
  • Read a Compass
  • Basic Emergency Procedures

Adventures

Tahoma Adventures happen on the Camp Arnold’s property. Campers will engage in teambuilding experiences, learn outdoor living skills, go canoeing and hiking around the property and spend a full day at Mt. Rainier participating in a day hike on the mountain and stops at either Paradise or Longmire. This program is designed to teach outdoor living skills, create safe challenges, and give campers the opportunity to experience Christ in Creation all while maintaining the exciting feel of a summer camp.

The Week at a Glance:

  • Monday: Orientation to camp, Team Building, Swimming, Campfire
  • Tuesday: Devotions, Electives, Hiking at Camp, Scavenger Hunt, Camp Out, Night Swim, Campfire
  • Wednesday: Devotions, High Challenge Course, Electives, Swimming, Canoeing, Campfire
  • Thursday: Mount Rainier Hike!
  • Friday: Pack up and Depart

If you have a child attending or are considering sending your child to Tahoma Adventure Camp, please be advised that they will be camping outside in large tents all week. Your child will also need to be prepared for any type of weather, lots of walking, challenges and a lot of fun! This program will help them become proficient in outdoor living skills, which in turn will build in them confidence, self-esteem, teamwork and leadership.

2019 Adventure Camp Dates

Tahoma Adventure Week 1 6/24 – 6/28
Tahoma Adventure Week 2 7/1 – 7/5
Tahoma Adventure Week 3 7/8 – 7/12
Tahoma Adventure Week 4 7/22 – 7/26
Tahoma Adventure Week 5 7/29 – 8/2
Tahoma Adventure Week 6 8/5 – 8/9

Expeditions

Tahoma Expeditions happen on the trail. Campers arrive on a Monday and are oriented and outfitted for a 3 day backpacking trip.  Expeditions happen all over the Wilderness of Washington, in the past we have hiked in the Goat Rock Wilderness area and in the Olympic Wilderness area. This program is built to be an introduction to wilderness living and travel and give the campers the opportunity to pull away from the distractions of their life and grow closer to Christ.  Each expedition is approximately 12 miles in total and the campers are split into two groups of 12 with 3 staff for the week.

The Week at a Glance:

  • Monday: Orientation to camp, Team Building, Issue Gear for Week, Swim, Campfire
  • Tuesday: Devotions, Pack and Leave for Trail Head, Hike/Camp
  • Wednesday: Devotions, Hike/Camp
  • Thursday: Devotions, Hike, Return, Canoe, Swim
  • Friday: Pack up and Depart

If your child is attending the Tahoma Expedition camp, along with camping at our adventure camp, they will also be backpacking in the wilderness for 3 days.  They need to come prepared as described above, but also be prepared to hike with a large pack.  This is an incredible experience for all our campers, filled with fun and adventure while on the trail.

2019 Adventure Camp Dates

Tahoma Adventure Week 1 6/24 – 6/28
Tahoma Adventure Week 2 7/1 – 7/5
Tahoma Adventure Week 3 7/8 – 7/12
Tahoma Adventure Week 4 7/22 – 7/26
Tahoma Adventure Week 5 7/29 – 8/2
Tahoma Adventure Week 6 8/5 – 8/9

How can I register my Child for a Tahoma Program?

Camp Arnold is owned and operated by The Salvation Army.  Each TSA unit (corps/SE) sets tuition based upon a parent’s ability to pay, and local fundraising efforts available.  All registrations for summer camp are handled through the local Salvation Army unit (Corps/SE).  If you are not sure how to contact your local Salvation Army, please go to the Salvation Army Northwest Divisional Website and use the Salvation Army location tool located on the top right of that site.

In order to reserve a spot for your child to attend summer camp, you will need to complete an application and return it to your local Salvation Army unit (Corps/SE) as soon as possible.  Each Salvation Army unit is allotted a certain number of spots for campers.  These allotments usually fill up fast.  Complete applications, with any required deposit, are processed first.  Once your local Salvation Army unit receives this application and deposit, they will contact you to arrange transportation to Camp Arnold.

Rarely, Camp Arnold will register a Timberlake Camper locally. You are always welcome to give use a call at (253) 847-2511 for more information, or help finding a local TSA Unit.

Camp Arnold Dismissal Policy

To provide a safe and enjoyable environment that reflects Christian values, certain guidelines must be followed. If, for any reason, your child’s behavior is considered detrimental to the other campers or to the camp, he or she will be dismissed. You are responsible for providing transportation in the unlikely event of this disciplinary dismissal. Please note that no refund will be given for that weekly session.

Day Camp (Ages 7 – 12)

Information and rates below only pertain to Day Camp

Day Camp is for kids ages 7 – 12.  Every week during the summer at Camp Arnold we host a Day Camp for the local children. This camp runs along side our resident camp programs and offers campers the chance to experience the camp atmosphere while still being able to return home for the evening. Each day is packed full of fun events that give campers the chance to play and have fun, but also experience God through chapel sessions and the great outdoors. Most weeks, typically on Fridays, we will have a special event on-site at Camp Arnold.

In order to reserve a spot for your camper to attend Day Camp, you will need to first pre-register them using the link below, pay a $25 per week registration fee and then complete an online application as soon as possible.  Spots are given on a first come basis. In the event that a week fills, your camper may be put on a waiting list. Please contact our office at (253) 847-2511 for more information. Spots fill up fast, so don’t wait to make your camper’s reservation.

2019 Rates

Registration

$25

*per week, per child

1st Child

$145per week

2nd Child

$110per week

3rd Child +

$65per week

*to qualify for discounts all children must be in the same immediate family and be signed up for the same week.

Pre Register Now!

Got Questions?

Use the link provided above (the big green button that says “PRE REGISTER NOW”). You’ll be directed to another site called “classy” and will be able to pick the weeks, and the number of campers you wish to pre-register. You’ll then fill out all of the important information for each camper each week and pay your fees. After your pre-registration is complete we will send you a link to complete the full registration online.

If you’re getting confused, or don’t feel comfortable registering or paying online then please give our office a call.

You will pay a non-refundable, $25 per camper fee for every week they are registered. This fee is handled online at the time of registration. Only register for the weeks you are sure your camper will attend, you can always register for additional weeks at a later time (however, we can’t guarantee spaces later). If you are concerned about limited availability please check with our office to see if spaces are still available. We are unable to hold a spot without the $25 registration fee.

We charge a non-returnable pre-registration fee to limit the number of no-shows each week.  This allows us to reserve spaces for campers but also helps to ensure that the weeks a camper is signed up for are also the weeks that they attend.  Please be sure of the weeks you pre-register your campers as this fee is non-returnable for any reason.  (If Camp Arnold, for any reason, cancels the week of Day Camp that would be the exception and a refund would be given)

Weekly fees are due by the Monday of the session your camper is attending (you can always pay early). Come into our office or give us a call at any time, or drop your camper off on Monday and head to the main office where we will get you taken care of.

If you can’t pay that Monday we may need to send your camper home with you, please contact the front office for any help in making payments prior to the Monday to avoid this. We are willing to work with you to the best of our ability.

In order to receive our multi child discount the campers you are registering for must be in the same immediate family and you must be registering them for the same week. One child will always cost you $145 (plus the $25 registration fee) a week even if you send your son to the first week and your daughter to the second week. For clarification, or special circumstances, call our office and we will try our best to work with you.

Please call (253) 847-2511 for more information about our Day Camp program.

2019 Schedule

Week 1 6/24 – 6/28
Week 2 7/1 – 7/5
Week 3 7/8 – 7/12
Week 4 7/15 – 7/19
Week 5 7/22 – 7/26
Week 6 7/29 – 8/2
Week 7 8/5 – 8/9

Hours

Drop Off Times

6:30-8:30am

Pick Up Times

4:00-6:00pm

Late Pick Up Fees May Apply

Important Information

A Typical Day
6:30-8:30 Arrival
(games, Lego’s, puzzles, etc.)
7:45-8:00 Assembly
8:00-8:30 Breakfast
8:30-9:30 Team Time
(group activities)
9:30-10:30 Elective
10:30-11:30 Chapel
11:30-11:45 Bathroom Break
11:45-12:00 Assembly
12:00-12:30 Lunch
12:30-2:00 Pool
2:00-3:00 Summer Reading/Quiet Time/Snack
3:00-4:00 Team Time
4:00-6:00 Free Time & Pick-up

Programming

The Day Camp program at Camp Arnold integrates with the residential camp program throughout the day.  Day Campers sign up for electives (classes), go to chapel, enjoy free-time with a variety of options (swimming pool, boats, games, crafts…), and etc.  If you have any questions about our program please send us an email (jeff.potts@usw.salvationarmy.org) or give us a call (253-847-2511).  Thank you!

Hours

Drop off will begin at 6:30 am and continue until 8:30 am
Pick up will begin at 4:00 pm and continue until 6:00 pm
Children must be picked up before 6:00 pm or late fees will be charged accordingly

Late Arrival

If you are running behind please call ahead so we know that you are still coming and then check-in at the front office. However we would ask that to the best of your ability you arrive between 6:30am and 8:30am.

Late Pick-Up Fees

(Late fees begin at 6:01 pm)
1-10 minutes = $5
11-30 minutes = $10
31-45 minutes = $20
Every 15 minutes thereafter = $10
Late fees are due at the time of pick-up via check or cash. A receipt will be given.

Meals

Breakfast, lunch and an afternoon snack will be provided for your child (dinner will be provided for those staying through our meal time). We will try to meet any special dietary needs your child may have, but you may be asked to provide/supplement our meal service with food more appropriate for your child’s needs (this will not change the weekly rates).

Canteen (Camp Store)

Each day at Camp Arnold we have “Canteen Time”.  Canteen Time allows the campers to have a choice of drinks and snacks.  This is included in your fees.  PLEASE DO NOT BRING MONEY FOR CANTEEN.  Thank you!

Important!

If children need to be picked up between 9:00am and 4:00pm, please let the staff know at drop off, so your child will be ready.
Children will also need to be picked up by someone authorized on the registration form. Please bring photo ID.

The following are suggestions of what to bring to camp

Please put the name of your child on their belongings with a permanent marker.

  • Backpack or Bag
  • Sweatshirt or Sweater/Jacket
  • Towel and Swimsuit (one piece for girls)
  • Hat and Sunscreen
  • Tennis shoes and socks
  • Brush or Comb
  • Bible
  • Change of Clothes

Camp Arnold Dismissal Policy

To provide a safe and enjoyable environment that reflects Christian values, certain guidelines must be followed. If, for any reason, your child’s behavior is considered detrimental to the other campers or to the camp, he or she will be dismissed. You are responsible for providing transportation in the unlikely event of this disciplinary dismissal. Please note that no refund will be given for that weekly session.

Building the Youth of tomorrow

Our mission is to use the beautiful setting of our camp as a means to share the gospel of Jesus Christ, teach environmental awareness, encourage positive social behavior and safely provide opportunities for fun and adventure.