WELCOME TO CAMP!
Everything you need to know about the best week of your summer.
This welcome packet will be updated with new information as we have it.
Check back in closer to camp (you can use the same link!) for the most up to date information!
Welcome to (REZ)ident Camp!
We're so excited that you have chosen our classic camp experience here on our beautiful overnight property, which we've seen God uniquely bless and use to transform lives for over 60 years.
As soon as you drive into camp, you'll feel the contagious enthusiasm! We create this through our theme, our fantastic staff, and our myriad of exciting opportunities and activities from the zipline to gaga ball.
Even more than making camp fun, our desire is to inspire Christ-centered love in the heart of each camper. Our counselors equip your campers to grow spiritually through intentional conversations, group Bible study, and by modeling what it means to walk with Jesus.
MOST importantly to us, though, is your camper's health and safety. We've spent the past two years strengthening and refining our camper safety policies and procedures, along with our staff training. Furthermore, with the unprecedented challenges that have come with the advent of COVID-19, we've worked hard to create adaptable programming so your camper still enjoys the fun and excitement of camp, but we have the ability to implement best practices like cohorts and social distancing if needed.
Thank you for choosing Eagle Lake (REZ)ident Camp! We're so excited to see what God has in store for all of us this summer.
Mark Heffentrager, Director of Eagle Lake Camps
Mike Wenger | Director of Maintenance and Facilities
Mike worked in Construction Management in his five years before joining the Eagle Lake full-time staff team. He has been the Director of Maintenance and Facilities for Eagle Lake since 2014. When Mike isn't solving a technical problem or using power tools, he likes taking his three kids for a stroll to the beach at camp!
Overnight Camp Staff
Josiah Neumann | (REZ)ident Director
Josiah started in 2016 as a (REZ)ident counselor and then became a Program Coach for 2017 and 2018. In 2019, he was the Assistant (REZ)ident Director and has been our (REZ)ident Director for 2020 and 2021! Josiah is part of our Emerging Leader Program.
Kyle Bourgault | Programs Manager
Kyle began his time at Eagle Lake as a Crew counselor. He spent four years working with the Boys and Girls Club before joining Eagle Lake full-time staff as a Day Camp On Location Director in 2015. In 2017, Kyle returned to Overnight to direct the Crew program. Since 2018, Kyle has been overseeing (REZ)ident, Crew, and Kitchen as the Programs Manager. He enjoys relaxing at home with his two daughters and son!
Sean Upshaw | Excursions Director
Sean began his time with Eagle Lake in 2016 as an Excursions counselor. He returned as a Program Coach for Excursions and has served multiple summers as the Director for Day Camp at Glen Eyrie. This summer, Sean is returning to Overnight as the Excursions Director! Sean is part of our Emerging Leader Program.
Meet The Team
Grant Soderstrom | Activities Manager
Grant started on the Excursions team as a counselor in 2013 and 2014, then returned in 2017, joined our full-time staff, and became the Excursions Director. He is a certified Wilderness First Responder and has an Association for Challenge Course Technology certification. He has four years of experience in Wilderness Guiding and Rock Climbing Facilitation and Training!
Sarah Greenstreet | Customer Experience Director
Sarah joined the Eagle Lake full-time staff in 2018. You can find her most frequently in the office on the phone with parents like you! She spent her first summer as the Overnight Office Administrator and is now leading the Customer Experience Team.
Kiera Hemphill | Customer Experience & HR Specialist
Kiera joined Eagle Lake as a (REZ)ident counselor in 2017. She spent the following two summers serving as a (REZ)ident Program Coach and joined full-time staff in 2020. She currently serves on the Customer Experience Team and as a liaison with the HR Department. In the summer, Kiera is our Overnight Office Administrator!
Whitney Andrews | Crew Director
Whitney started in 2017 as a (REZ)ident counselor and then served on the Overnight Crew team in 2018 and 2019 as a Crew counselor and a Program Coach. In 2020, Whitney directed a team for our On Location program. This summer, she is excited to return as the Crew Director. Whitney is part of our Emerging Leader Program.
Collin Russ | Director of Overnight Camps
Collin started out his time at Eagle Lake in 2008 and spent four summers serving on the (REZ)ident program and Crew. He took a short break with our sister property, The Glen Eyrie Conference and Event Center, but rejoined Eagle Lake in 2015 as full-time staff. Now, he directs our Overnight Camps and eagerly awaits sending his own kids to camp!
How to Pack
What to Bring:
Sleeping bag (30 degrees or warmer)
Pants (1-2 pairs)
Nice clothing for Banquet Night
Shorts (3-4 pairs)
Swim suit (girls: one-piece only)
Sandals (i.e. Chacos)
Hat (i.e. baseball cap)
2 towels (1 for beach, 1 for shower)
Backpack (i.e. school Backpack)
Bible, pen, notebook
Flashlight or headlamp with extra batteries
Because we want to create a safe environment that allows campers to focus on building friendships, only modest clothing is permissible. This excludes strapless or spaghetti straps, two-piece bathing suits, short shorts (4 inch inseam or less), and leggings worn as pants. Campers will be asked to change if they wear these.
Laundry will only be done in case of emergency.
What NOT to Bring:
Electronic devices (phones, etc.)
Pocket knives (or weapons of any kind)
Disposable camera (no phone cameras)
Crazy Night Clothes
Our cabins each contain
four bunks with eight beds. We
recommend packing, at the most, only two bags per camper. The ones that can slide easily under the bunk are best! (Anything shorter than 16 inches). Also, please label any personal items with first and last name (including your sleeping bag).
Make sure to use bags or suitcases that can be fully zipped or closed, this will protect your personal items while
we move them to your cabins.
On property we have two shower houses that are separated by gender. They will be a short hike from the cabins.
Each shower house includes 3-4 showers, sinks with mirrors, and toilets. We recommend bringing flip flops or other shower shoes.
Haven't been up to camp in awhile or maybe this is your FIRST time? Our beautiful Overnight property includes a beach for volleyball and creating sandcastles, the lake for kayaking and duck watching, and fire pits for s'mores.
During their stay, your camper will stay in one of our wood cabins! Our cabins are equipped with eight built-in beds, twin mattresses, built-in shelves, a trash can, a broom, and wooden benches outside the cabin. Our cabins do not have heat or electricity.
Our cabins each contain four bunks with eight beds. We recommend packing, at the most, only two bags per camper. The ones that can slide easily under the bunk are best! (Anything shorter than 16 inches).
How to Sign Up:
We are hoping to return to our pre-COVID-19 routines, which would allow parents to sign up for the activities their campers would most enjoy, while still allowing campers free time to engage in activities of their choice in the moment. However, depending on what COVID-19 looks like this coming summer, we may have campers rotate through activities with their cabins to preserve best practices in cohorts and social distancing. We will let you know more as camp gets closer!
Arts & Crafts
Sports (soccer, basketball, dodgeball, ultimate frisbee)
The Camp Store is a favorite destination of campers during free time each day! Here campers may purchase snacks, ice cream, camp gear, clothing, and other fun items. Our camp store is also open during check-in and check-out.
Log in to your online registration account at eaglelakecamps.com to deposit money into your camper's store account prior to your arrival at camp. Monitor and manage store funds and purchases throughout your camper's week by calling our Main Office.
Love the idea of a care package but don't want the hassle of the post office? We offer (REZ)ident-specific care packages through our Camp Store! Simply log on to your account by the Thursday before your camper's week and select 'Pre-Order.' We'll take care of the rest!
Please note: we do not accept cash. At the end of the week, any remaining store credit over $3 is refunded back to the original credit/debit card used to make the store card deposit.
Cabin Parties: If multiple cabin parties have been purchased for one cabin, only one is thrown and the cost of the cabin party is equally divided between all parents who chose to purchase a cabin party. An email notification will accompany the refund.
Stuffed Animals: $7 - $12
Hats: $15 - $20
Forms & MEDS
T-Shirts: $12 - $15
Please submit your required online camper forms (along with any payment due) at least two weeks prior to camp. Log in to your online registration account at eaglelakecamps.com to complete all camper forms.
Forms to Upload to Your Account Prior to Opening Day:
Immunization Record (if you have chosen not to immunize your child, please provide a written statement of exemption.)
Physical Examination Form (within last 12 months)
The Physical Exam Form is required by the State of Colorado for camper attendance and must be signed by a licensed medical physician or nurse practitioner. Please upload your completed form prior to opening day.
(including prescription, over the counter, vitamins, and supplements):
Due to Colorado State Law, medications must comply with the following rules.
All medications may only be administered to a camper with written authorization and instructions given to Eagle Lake by the camper's physician.
All medications, including vitamins, must be in the original container or will not be accepted (including inhaler boxes).
All medications, including vitamins, must be listed on the Eagle Lake physical form by the prescribing doctor.
All medications must be within their expiration date.
We do not allow any camper to keep medications on them unless specifically requested by the physician.
Eagle Lake provides over the counter medications (cold medication, allergy medication, etc.)
All documents from prior years are archived following the summer months and are irretrievable.
Contact Your Camper
Sending Emails to Your Camper:
You can purchase a one-way email pack to send to them daily while they are at camp. Emails are printed and distributed to campers each evening at dinner. Campers cannot respond to emails, but they love to hear from you! Log into your account at eaglelakecamps.com to add this feature!
Please allow up to 36 hours for delivery
Sending Mail to Your Camper:
When mailing letters or packages, please allow up to 7-10 days for delivery. Use the format and address below for optimal deliver.
Eagle Lake Camps
First & Last Name, "Camper," Week #
PO Box 6819
Colorado, Springs, CO 80934
Note: you are welcome to bring mail during check-in to be distributed during camp.
: Glen Eyrie Conference and Event Center
Arriving By Car:
Driving directions are available at eaglelakecamps.com/directions. Cell phone service is not available along much of Rampart Range Road; it is a good idea to print directions rather than rely on your smart phone’s GPS.
In Woodland Park, turn RIGHT on Baldwin Street (just before McDonald's)
Stay on Baldwin Street for 2.5 miles (through 4 stop signs)
At the fork in the road, veer RIGHT onto Loy Creek Road
Follow Loy Creek Road for 1.5 miles to Rampart Range Road
Turn RIGHT onto Rampart Range Road (dirt road)
Follow Rampart Range Road for approx. 8 miles to Eagle Lake. Each time the road forks you'll turn right until you reach camp.
Eagle Lake's road is on the left side.
Please Note: Rampart Range Road is a winding, rough, gravel road. Please allow at least one hour of drive time from Colorado Springs to Eagle Lake.
Arriving By Plane:
Eagle Lake offers complimentary shuttle accommodations to and from the Colorado Springs (COS) airport.
Reserve your shuttle by logging into your account at eaglelakecamps.com
Eagle Lake cannot transport campers without a confirmed shuttle reservation. Be sure to include exact flight information. Please schedule your flight to arrive between 10:00 AM and 1:00 PM on opening day, and depart between 8:00 AM and 11:00 AM on closing day.
Pick Up Authorization:
Eagle Lake will only release campers to the parent/guardian who registered the child for camp. Please log in to your online registration account and complete the Pick-Up Authorization section and authorize a second parent/friend/family member to pick up your child from camp.
Next, you will be directed to our Med Staff who will take any camper medications and special health instructions. Here your camper will also complete a brief medical evaluation.
When you arrive, you will be greeted at your car by our friendly summer staff who will take your luggage to your cabin!
After completing this process, head down to the lawn where you can meet your camper's counselors and cabin mates!
Check in times are based on last name:
A-C: 12:30 PM – 1:00 PM
D-H: 1:00 PM – 1:30 PM
I-M: 1:30 PM – 2:00 PM
N-S: 2:00 PM – 2:30 PM
T-Z: 2:30 PM – 3:00 PM
Opening Day *subject to change
From the parking lot, head to the upper level of the Dining Hall. Here you will meet our Registration Team who will help you with your camper forms.
We'll take care of the rest! Have an incredible week, and we'll see you again on
Friday between 8:30 and 10:30 AM.
Pancakes with syrup
Biscuits & gravy with sliced fruit
Eggs & bacon
Closing Day *subject to change
Please note: these items are an example of food options at camp, not a set menu. Subject to change.
Our gates open at 8:30 AM on closing day. Campers should be picked up between 8:30 AM and 10:30 AM on Friday. When you arrive in the parking lot, Eagle Lake staff members will greet you and direct you to the upper level of the Dining Hall to check-out. From there we will connect you with your campers and carry your bags to your car!
Things to Remember Before You Leave:
Have your PHOTO ID available as you check-out. Our staff will check to make sure it matches one of the names on your Pick-Up Authorization Form.
Retrieve your camper's leftover medication(s) from our Med Staff.
Pre-register for next summer to secure your camp/week of choice at the best possible price.
Browse the Lost & Found table to rescue any lost items.
Double-check to ensure all bags (and sleeping bags) made it to the car.
Campers sit with their cabins during meals. We eat meals family style, so we make about 8-10 servings per table. If campers would like more food, they need to raise their hands and a Crew camper (high school campers that help serve meals) will come, greet them, and grab them more food.
Note: this extra food won't always be what the camper wants seconds on.
Campers with dietary needs will also raise their hands and we will make sure to provide a suitable alternative. The dietary needs we cover are: gluten free, diary free, vegetarian/vegan, nut free, or any combo of those.
Some of the more difficult needs, like corn free, we ask you provide meals or snacks to help supplement your camper's experience.
We have two shifts for each meal. Younger campers eat first at 7:00 AM, 11:30 AM, and 4:45 PM. Older campers eat second at 7:45 AM, 12:15 PM, and 5:30 PM.
Chicken and steamed veggies
Cheeseburgers & fries
- 10:30 AM
Grilled cheese & tomato soup
BLT's with chips & veggies
Food at camp
Policies & Procedures
Camp balance is due, in full, on APRIL 1st.
If Eagle Lake needs to cancel camp for any reason, we will give you a full refund.
If you have to cancel your registration due to COVID-19 (positive test, symptoms in camper, ct.) we will give you a full refund.
If you need to cancel for any other reason, our cancellation policy will remain the same
If you cancel anytime before two weeks out from your start date, we will give you a full refund, minus the deposit
If you cancel anytime within the start of two weeks out from camp, you will not receive a refund
No refund will be made for dismissals due to disciplinary action, or for late arrival or early departure.
All medications (including prescription, vitamins, and supplements) must be check on opening day with one of our camp Med Staff, along with written instructions from the camper's doctor. To best protect your camper, our Med Staff keeps all medications (with the exception of inhalers and epi pens) and distributes them at the time they need to be taken by the camper. You do not need to bring over-the-counter medications as our infirmary is sufficiently stocked to meet the demands of most headaches, coughs, and scrapes. If you have specific questions, please contact the Eagle Lake office.
Injury or Illness:
In the event of an injury or illness, your camper will be treated to the best of our abilities. If Eagle Lake determines that a camper's condition requires treatment beyond our medical team's abilities, Urgent Care or Emergency Room treatment will be sought. In the event of a serious injury or illness requiring Emergency Room treatment or hospitalization, you will be contacted immediately. If you express concern or disapproval regarding the use of outside medical care, you may chose to come pick up your camper form Eagle Lake within three hours of first contact. If you cannot pick up your camper within three hours, Eagle Lake will continue with the course of action that we determine is in the best interest of the camper.
To participate in our water activities, campers will need to pass a swim test. The swim test will require your camper to swim approximately 30 yards which is twice the width of our swim area. We want to make sure your camper is able to withstand the cold of the lake. Once your camper has taken the swim test, they will be awarded with a water-proof wristband which indicates which water activities your camper can participate in.
Please do not bring personal food to camp as it attracts wild animals. If a camper has special dietary needs that require them to bring additional food to camp, it will be kept in a secure building and accessible through his or her counselor. All other food and snack items can be purchased at the Eagle Lake store and can be eaten during free time. Gum is not permitted at Eagle Lake.
Cell Phone Policy:
We request that campers do not bring cell phones or other electronic devices to camp. We want to give them a chance to unplug for the week and experience God in His creation! If a camper does bring an electronic device, we will keep it safe for them in our office until Friday morning.
We do understand that parents want to stay in touch during the week with campers. However, our property does not have a cell phone service. If you want to connect with your camper during the week, feel free to purchase an email pack so that you can keep them updated each day!
Eagle Lake Camps recognizes and defines bullying as "a form of aggressive behavior in which someone intentionally and repeatedly causes another person injury or discomfort through physical contact, verbal words, or social actions." Manifestations of bullying include but are not limited to: hitting/kicking/punching, spitting, tripping/pushing, taking another's belongings and/or breaking them, make rude gestures, teasing, name-calling, inappropriate sexual comments, taunting, threatening to cause harm, spreading rumors, purposeful exclusion, or embarrassing someone in public.
Bullying Discipline Process:
Step 1: Conversation with counselor
Step 2: Conversation with Program Director and call home
Step 3: Dismissal from camp
*Eagle Lake Camps reserves the right to dismiss a camper from camp with or without notice based on the severity of the bullying behavior manifested.
Visit the Eagle Lake website at eaglelakecamps.com for the most current information on programs, staff, dates, prices, and other frequently asked questions. If you would like to speak with someone, the Eagle Lake office is open Monday-Thursday 8:00 - 4:00 PM and Friday 8:00 - 12:00 PM (MST).
Address (Eagle Lake Main Office):
Eagle Lake Camps
PO Box 6819
Colorado Springs, CO 80934
Colorado Department of Human Services:
Eagle Lake Camps is a licensed child care provider by the state of Colorado.
Colorado Department of Human Services
Division of Child Care:
1575 Sherman Street, 1st Floor
Denver, CO 80203
CDHS Phone Number:
CDHS Fax Number: