FAQs (Frequently Asked Questions) from Summer Camper Parents

If your question or concern isn’t answered below, please call (906) 265-2117 or email cpbc@cpbc.com and we’re happy to answer your questions. Thanks!

Covenant Point is one of the oldest camps established by the Evangelical Covenant Church.  Since 1926, the grounds of Covenant Point have been blessing campers, families, churches and staff with a set apart place to encounter Christ, creation, and community. People who spend time at the Point are pleasantly surprised by the feeling of smallness, deep relationship, and personal interaction with other campers, staff, and pastors of the week. The experience of community is something that Covenant Point is committed to wholeheartedly. A game will never be fun if you don’t feel included or invited to play, a time of worship or devotion probably won’t impact you if no one cares enough to learn your story. With these truths in mind, we engage our full time summer staff in two weeks of staff training at the beginning of the summer to prepare each one mentally, physically, and spiritually to be attentive to the details of how we can best care for each camper and to present each one with the claims of Jesus Christ, and encourage that next step of faith.

Covenant Point, located in Iron River, MI,  is blessed to be one of two camps in the Central Conference of the ECC, with our sister camp, Covenant Harbor, in Lake Geneva, WI.  Each camp falls under the leadership and direction of the Harbor Point Ministries Board and together serve as “two camps, with one mission.”  This partnership allows both camps to operate independently with year-round programming but partner in strategies for serving the Central Conference in the most effective and fruitful manner.

The variety of programs at Covenant Point is an important piece of the intimate community that is created each week during the summer. The Mainland, Island, and Trips serve different areas of need and provide choices for both campers and families. Below is a rough overview of each program, and what distinguishes each from the others:


    • Located on roughly 65 acres of land, and 3000 feet of Hagerman Lake waterfront property.
    • An average camper attendance of 100 per week
    • Average cabin size of 9
    • Bathroom/shower facilities in each carpeted cabin space
    • Waterfront activities include sailing, swimming, playing on the raft, climbing and playing on the “Summit,” snorkeling, water basketball, tubing, water torpedo, and more!
    • Daily activities include morning devotional, home-cooked meals, morning chapel, daily quiet time, big games (Braveheart is a favorite, but we are always innovating new and wacky games), rotation areas (archery, arts and crafts, nature hikes/activities, sailing, swim lessons, etc.), free time, canteen, nightly worship in the Tab, campfires, the occasional night-time game (depending on age, with running  prohibited after dark), and nightly cabin devotions.
    • More Mainland Info Here.


    • Located on the 8.5-acre island on the north end of Hagerman Lake, which boasts no running water or electricity, providing a unique experience of community and enjoying nature in a special way
    • 5:1 camper to staff ratio encourages formation of strong, Christ-centered relationships
    • Maximum island camper attendance of 32 per week.
    • 8 campers sleep in each yurt, along with one counselor per yurt
    • Permanent outdoor structures provide cover during inclement weather
    • Constant two-way radio communication with a full time camp staff member provides safety in case of an emergency
    • Food is lovingly prepared at the mainland kitchen and brought over to the island each meal
    • Without watches, cell phones, iPods, game devices, candy, snacks, and other media access, campers and staff focus on building a Christ-centered community through conversation, play, study, singing, and prayer.
    • Activities include morning and evening chapel around a campfire, waterfront activities like swimming and the Mountain Dew Swing, eating around a large family table, Island Ball and other daily games, high and low ropes experiences on the Island challenge courses, daily “walk partner” one-on-one conversations with campers and staff, the giant rope swing (loving called the Tarzan Swing), and some interaction with the native “Sasquatch”
    • More Island info Here.


    • Various canoeing and backpacking wilderness trips in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula and Northern Wisconsin are offered through the Trips Program.
    • Trips led by two or more Wilderness First Aid and Lifeguard (American Red Cross) certified staff members
    • Daily meals prepared on trail (either from scratch, or pre-packaged meals)
    • Daily devotional times
    • Weekly devotional journal provided to enhance each camper’s spiritual reflection and formation during the trip
    • Average group size of 10-12 with an average camper to staff ratio not to exceed 6:1
    • Campers sleep in tents, with staff supervision in an adjacent tent
    • More Trip Info Here.

The food at Covenant Point is central to the camp experience. Each home-cooked meal is lovingly prepared (mostly from scratch) by the cooks and the summer kitchen crew. While maintaining State of Michigan and ACA kitchen regulations, our talented kitchen staff prepares meals to meet the utmost standards of deliciousness. Each menu is reviewed by a local dietitian to ensure that campers receive adequate nutrition, and meals for those with dietary restrictions are carefully prepared to ensure the safety of each camper. Don’t leave camp without having our famous baked oatmeal and homemade Point pizza, singing one of our camp graces, or poking your head in the kitchen to thank those who serve so selflessly to provide each visitor with good food and a smile.

As with previous summers, Covenant Point will be serving many campers who have severe allergies to nut products. In order to keep all our campers safe, our commitment is to keep CPBC food, programs, Canteen (camp store), and all camper environments nut free – and we need your help! If packing or mailing snacks, please refrain from candy or food items with nuts or peanut butter, including the bus trip up and back to camp. This will help us to keep camp as safe as possible for everyone.

Covenant Point affirms that a safe environment is key to a successful week of camp. Accordingly, a weekly Health Officer (always reachable by two-way radio) lives on-site to care for daily medications and possible illnesses or accidents. During staff training, each staff member is certified in CPR, instructed in all of our safety standards, and equipped to make everyday decisions to ensure the safety of each camper. Whenever campers leave the camp grounds on an excursion, a staff member certified in Wilderness First Aid (American Red Cross) accompanies the group with a first aid kit and two-way radio to ensure safety in case of an emergency. Parents will be immediately notified if: it is determined by staff that the camper should see a physician, if a camper is hospitalized, whenever emergency treatment has been obtained, if the camper has been sick for more than 24 hours and the camper’s temperature exceeds 101 degrees, experiences any vomiting or diarrhea, repeatedly contacts us about an injury, illness or complaint, or whenever staff feels that parental advise or consent is necessary.

Our head cook receives all allergy and dietary restriction information from registration forms and ensures that each meal is prepared so that a camper with special food needs is well-fed, safe and cared for at each meal. If you have questions, please feel free to contact us with any special concerns or questions: teri@cpbc.com. Campers with special medical needs should contact our office at 906-265-2117 to discuss the level of medical care required and able to accommodate at camp. In consultation with the parents, CPBC staff and camp physician will make a determination on our ability and staffing support required to meet the camper’s medical needs prior to enrollment.

As with previous summers, Covenant Point will be serving many campers who have severe allergies to nut products. In order to keep all our campers safe, our commitment is to keep CPBC food, programs, Canteen (camp store), and all camper environments nut free – and we need your help! If packing or mailing snacks, please refrain from candy or food items with nuts or peanut butter, including the bus trip up and back to camp. This will help us to keep camp as safe as possible for everyone.

All parents must submit the online CPBC health form 30 days before the camper comes to his/her camp.  During check-in, the weekly health officer is present to review health forms and seek information unique to your camper.  All medications (asthma inhalers, etc., excluded) are given to the Health Officer. The State of Michigan does not require a completed physical exam signed by a doctor or nurse.

*If your camper has been to summer camp the previous summer, the health form is pre-filled. When filling out the form, please review of the form to ensure up-to-date information is desired.

The weekly bus is a charter bus driven and owned by Lamers bus company and can be taken to camp on Sunday and home on Friday. A minibus or van may be used for trips that do not meet bus minimums and that exceed bus maximums. Click here for more information about the bus.

Yes! During the registration process we welcome parents to list several other campers they know are coming who they'd like their child placed in a cabin group with. We cannot guarantee the placement of more than two friends together, but will make every effort to put campers with a friend or two that they know.

No worries if your child is coming to camp alone - our counselors strive to help campers make friends quickly!

Camper-to-staff ratios never exceed State of Michigan standards of 8:1 (6th grade and older) and 6:1 (5th grade and younger) daytime, and 14:1 nighttime.  During free time, staff members rotate throughout camp to ensure the safety and monitor the location of each camper. Each full-summer staff member is certified in CPR (American Red Cross), and each leadership staff member is certified in Wilderness First Aid (American Red Cross) to ensure safety.

This question depends on which program your child will be attending.  Click Here for more specific information regarding each program.

Covenant Point is inspected yearly by a Michigan state inspector to ensure the safety of the facilities and staff supervision standards, as well as by a third-party Ropes Course Inspector to ensure the safety of the training, care, and up-keep of our many high and low ropes experiences. Additionally, Covenant Point is accredited by the American Camping Association, a rigorous process that evaluates  safety procedures, Emergency Action Plans, staff training sessions, and staff certifications.

Yes–click here for packing lists for the Mainland, Island, and Trips.  If your child should forget to bring something, such as a sleeping bag, we are able to provide replacements as needed.

The short answer: No. To ensure the most meaningful experience at camp, we encourage campers to turn in their cell phones and electronic media players so that they can be away from the constant noise of society. Staff members practice this as well, allowing for more personal interactions through the removal of electronic distractions.

Youth or family campers are not permitted to bring pets to camp for the week. We don't recommend bringing dogs to camper drop-off or pickup, but if you have a dog with you, we ask that you keep it on a leash and away from the crowd.

If your camper is a licensed driver, your camper may drive themself to camp. We'll collect their car keys upon arrival, and return them upon checkout.

Covenant Point encourages letter writing, package sending, and e-mailing your camper to remind them of your love and support during their week at camp.  Telephone contact is discouraged, unless deemed necessary by the Executive Director, in order to allow each camper to be more fully immersed in the relationships built with staff members. Please email campermail@cpbc.com with the camper name in the subject line.

Campers sleep in yurts in bunk beds with eight campers plus one counselor per yurt.  For more information regarding the Island,  click here.

*note: Summer 2021 start/end days of camp vary, and are not always the same. Please be familiar with your camp dates.

Registration begins at 4:00 pm CDT on the first day of summer camp, and camper pick-up is at 1:00 pm CDT on the final day of camp. Per State of Michigan standards, we are not able to release campers to any adult that has not been designated as a “pickup person” on the camper registration form.  If your pickup plans should change and the person picking your child up has not been previously designated, contact our office as soon as possible at 906.265.2117 or at cpbc@cpbc.com.

You may deposit spending money into your child’s Canteen account during online registration, or you can deposit money into the canteen during camper check-in. Any money left over at the end of the camper's time at camp will be refunded.

Mainland campers may visit the Canteen during "free time" each day, but purchases are limited to about 3 snack items each time.  Most candy/food items are $0.50 -$2.00. Other items for sale (clothing, journals, water bottles, sunglasses, flash lights) range from $5 to $25.

There is also the option for campers to purchase tubing or banana boat rides behind the speed boat for $4 each, and the option for campers to donate a portion of their money to a camp mission project each summer.

All purchases made at camp come out of their Canteen account. Generally $25-30 is a good amount for a week of camp.

Island campers may visit the Canteen before going to the Island and before heading home, but it will not be available daily.

If you must cancel, registering parent or guardian must call or email as soon as possible.

See cancellation policy at www.cpbc.com/summer/payment-and-cancellation.

Covenant Point belongs to the Evangelical Covenant Church (ECC), though we receive campers, guests, and staff from many denominations. This inter-denominational partnership is in line with the Affirmations of the ECC, which states that we “are a catholic church [in that] the word catholic literally means universal.” This means that Covenant Point considers itself  “part of the universal Church that has existed from the days of the apostles until now.” This includes all who “confess faith in Christ” and believe in a “commitment to the whole mission of the Church.” More information on our Identity, Core Values and Mission, and the ECC can be found here.

Yes. Any adult(s) designated on the "Camper Release Form" for pickup must show a photo identification in order for us to release your camper while picking up from camp or from the bus stop. This is part of our child protection plan, and a means of compliance with state of Michigan camp licensing rules. Thank you for your cooperation with this safety measure.