You can register your camper online, by calling the camp office with a credit card at 662.547.6169 or by mailing in the registration form available on the Forms page. Registration requires a nonrefundable, nontransferable deposit of $100/week ($200 for Rafting Trips).
The cost varies depending on the specific program for which your camper is registered. Please select your desired program from the Camps menu to view Dates & Rates.
Our price includes all expenses for room and board, activities, daily snacks from the Camp Store, a camp T-shirt and camp picture. There is an opportunity for families to purchase CRS merchandise and snacks on Sundays and Saturdays.
For most programs, campers arrive Sunday afternoon and are dismissed the following Saturday morning. Day Camp runs Monday through Friday. Please see your confirmation packet letter for specific times.
All forms and payment are due one month prior to camp attendance.
Don’t worry; all forms are available for download on the Forms page of this website.
A popular feature over the past few summers has been our photo gallery, which is updated throughout the week with photos from camp. Our photo gallery partners with Quality Labs, offering you the ability to buy camp photos! Viewing the photos is free. Simply visit campoftherisingson.zenfolio.com. The password for your camper’s week can be found on your confirmation letter, or you can call the camp office to receive the password. You are welcome to share this password with family and friends so they can view photos from your child’s camp week as well.
No, any packages received will be held in the camp office for you to pick up on Saturday. Campers love to get mail – send cards and letters, and encourage family and friends to do the same. We encourage you to send a letter before coming to camp so that your camper will receive mail early in the week. Or, you may drop off letters during Sunday registration that can be given to the camper throughout the week. Please do not fax letters to the campers through the camp office. Children with a birthday during the current camp week may receive birthday packages (please do not include candy, gum or other food items – they invite ants into our cabins). Yikes!
We consider birthdays a very special event here at CRS. When a camper has a birthday that occurs during the week that he/she is attending camp, he/she can expect to be a celebrity for the day. We provide a cake with candles at lunch, and the entire camp sings! Campers may receive packages on their birthday, excluding any items on the “What NOT to Bring” list. We guarantee to make your child's birthday one they will not forget.
The Closing Ceremony is Saturday at 9:30 a.m. in the Lodge. We encourage you to make plans to join us! The camp store opens at 8:30 a.m. and has coffee and various treats available. Campers will return to their cabins for sign-out immediately following the closing ceremony.
Your written permission is required for CRS to release your child to someone else. You may give this to us at check-in or mail it in beforehand.
Do not tell your camper he/she can come or call home if he/she does not like camp. This actually contributes to homesickness and hampers the camper’s ability to adjust to camp life. Our staff will contact the parents of campers experiencing above-average levels of homesickness. Also, if your child is not used to being away from you, give him/her some “practice” overnight stays with grandparents, other family members or friends. On check-in day, settle your child into the cabin and leave soon after. This helps prevent homesickness and encourages your child to bond with his/her counselors and cabinmates. Save tours of camp until Closing Day, when your child can share memories with you. Avoid sending letters that tell a camper what is being missed at home; instead, focus on the fun things he/she is experiencing at camp.
At CRS, we have put a lot of preparation into planning a terrific camp experience for your child. Camp is a break from the distractions of electronics and a time to focus on nature, new friends and new experiences. Also, with the vast technology available on smart phones and other electronic devices, they pose a safety risk to our campers. Thank you for leaving these items at home.
We encourage parents to mark items with the camper’s name – especially towels, shirts, cameras, etc. Campers tend to lose unmarked items. We have partnered with Mabel’s Labels, a company with all types of labels that are colorful, indestructible and fun! Click here to check out their options.
Campers can attend up to three consecutive weeks at CRS. Over the weekend, these are our “stay-over” campers. We wash their clothes, and they are supervised by our camp staff. The weekend activities go at a slower pace to allow rest for the next full week of camp. Our "stay-overs" get to have a bit of a relaxed weekend with a smaller group (usually about 12) campers. We have a male counselor and female counselor who supervise the group over the weekend. They eat, swim, rest and play games. Our theme also changes each week, so in addition to being able to select different activities, campers staying a second week will find most of the nighttime events, skits, etc. will be completely different from their first week.
We keep our campers very busy! Campers are allowed to receive letters and Bunk Note e-mails from their parents. Parents are also able to view pictures of their campers throughout the week in our online photo gallery. Phone communication is not allowed, except for emergency purposes. If the need arises for you to get in touch with your camper, please contact the camp office, and we will assist you.
The deposit of $100 per week ($200 for trips) due with registration is nonrefundable. Any other amount paid will be refunded if cancellation is received at least 2 weeks prior to beginning of the camp session. There is no refund for early dismissal, except for injury or illness requiring departure.
Registration for next summer is available beginning September 1. Stop by our office to guarantee your space and receive our early-bird discount, available until November 1.
Check the Parent Handbook for the What To Bring (and Not Bring) lists! Click here to download the What-to-Bring list.
Campers will sign up in person for their activities during our Sunday night event. This allows campers to become familiar with the various activities we offer, have increased control over their activity selection, order of their schedule, as well as be better able to coordinate their schedule with friends. Each camper participates in five activities daily.
Check-in begins at 3:30 p.m. and closes at 5:00 p.m. Make sure to wear shoes appropriate for walking in the woods! Arriving at camp, you will be greeted by a staff member who will direct you to the luggage drop-off and parking. Note that parking opens at 3:00 p.m. Please wait in your car if arriving earlier—we’ll let you pull up to drop off luggage. No-show spaces are filled at 5:00 unless prior arrangements for late arrival have been made.
Prescription drugs must be in the original containers and prescribed to your camper. They will be kept in our camp infirmary and dispersed daily by our camp nurse. Nonprescription drugs will be dispensed only under the signed instructions of a parent or physician. Keep medications out of campers' luggage and turn them in to the health supervisor during check-in. Please do not leave any medication in the cabin. The camp infirmary keeps a stock of commonly needed medications, so bringing nonprescription drugs is unnecessary.
We will contact you if your camper requires more than 24 hours of rest in the infirmary or needs to visit the doctor.
During staff training, our staff is taught to be very discreet about bed-wetting. It is handled as a private matter between a chief and the camper. Sheets are removed after the other campers have left the cabin. They are then laundered and returned to the bed before rest time that day.
We offer the option to request that your camper be housed in the same cabin as a specific friend. CRS guarantees to honor one mutually requested cabinmate within one grade of each other. Meeting and making new friends is one of the real benefits of camp! Cabin assignments are not revealed prior to check-in.
Biblical teaching is incorporated throughout our whole camp program. There is morning devotion, an afternoon Bible study and night devotion. Campers have the opportunity to learn Bible verses in all of their activities. Friday evening, the CRS staff puts on a “Passion Play” depicting the life of Jesus.
Our bunk beds are twin size. The under-bed clearance for luggage is 15 inches.
Campers are assigned to cabins based on their age and cabinmate request. If an older camper has requested a younger camper, the older camper will most likely be placed in the younger cabin.
No, but each cabin has a ceiling fan and oscillating fan. The cabins are screened in so that campers get to experience the sights, sounds, and smells God’s creation.
Please check the Parent Handbook for the What to Bring (and Not Bring) lists! Click here to download the What-to-Bring list.
Check-in begins at 3:30 p.m. at the Lodge front porch. CIAs will jump right into their week at camp by helping out in various areas of our camper check-in. Parents with other campers, please check in your CIA first.
The CIAs stay in a cabin the same as the camper cabins. Our bunk beds are twin size. The under-bed clearance is 15 inches.
Yes, CIAs are allowed to drive themselves. Car keys and cell phones will be turned in to the camp office during Sunday check-in and are then returned at Saturday checkout.
CIAs (Interns) are a select group given the chance to view camp behind the scenes and participate in service opportunities, such as maintenance, housekeeping, setting up for programs, assisting with activities and more. They will work closely with our staff and be challenged in their walk with Christ while still experiencing some of the traditional CRS fun!
Because of the intense set up for discipleship and service, the CIA program is limited to 12 girls and 12 boys each week. Specific weeks are dedicated to 13-14 year olds (D1) and others to 15-17 year olds (D2).
The CIA program is admission by appication only. Applications will be availabe on our website beginning November 1st.
Each trip has a maximum of 12 participants.
Click here to download the What-to-Bring list.
Check-in begins at 4:00 p.m. at the Lodge front porch. Each rafter and his or her parent or guardian must be present for the pre-trip meeting with the trip leaders and program coordinator, which begins promptly at 4:15 p.m. at the Owl's Nest. Note that parking opens at 3:00 p.m. No-show spaces are filled at 5:00 p.m., unless prior arrangements for late arrival have been made.
Since the rafting trip leaves Monday morning and returns Friday night, delivering mail to them is not an option. However, you can pack notes in the luggage for a fun surprise!
Camper email is not available to rafters due to the nature of the trip.
The rafters leave early Monday morning and return Friday evening.
Rafters do not need money for meals, transportation or program costs. Many families do choose to send spending money for the purchase of souvenirs at the river outposts. This is optional. There is an opportunity for families to purchase CRS merchandise and snacks on Sundays and Saturdays.
Rafters spend the week “unplugged.” Please notice our “What NOT to Bring” list. This is essential to the purpose of our rafting trip. Today, many gadgets and games consume our time and attention. CRS believes it is important to take a break from that and focus on developing face-to-face relationships, learning team building skills directly applicable to your comfort (campsite preparation and set up), and exploring our world hands on!
We use Nantahala Outdoor Center (NOC) for all of our rafting adventures.
Every night, the rafters will be camping in tents in gorgeous campgrounds.
CRS takes safety very seriously. It is our top priority. All of our rafting leaders have been trained for the trips. Rafting, rock climbing, caving and repelling are all supervised by certified instructors.
Click here to download the Parent Handbook.
Check-in is from 10:30 - 11:00 a.m. at the Lodge. Make sure to wear shoes appropriate for walking in the woods! Upon arriving at camp, you will be greeted by a staff member who will direct you to the luggage drop-off and parking. Note that parking opens at 3:00 p.m. Please wait in your car if arriving earlier—we’ll let you pull up to drop off luggage! No-show spaces are filled at 5:00 p.m., unless prior arrangements for late arrival have been made.
The closing rodeo is Saturday at 9:30 a.m. at the Riding Arena and Stables. We encourage you to make plans to join us for a demonstration of what your child has learned! Please do not come into the Dining Hall during breakfast. Campers will be released immediately following the rodeo. Luggage will be available for pickup at the arena.
The Horse Camp attendees will stay in a cabin that is the same as the camper cabins. Our bunk beds are twin size. The under-bed clearance is 15 inches.
Yes, campers are allowed to drive themselves. Car keys will be turned in to the camp office during check-in and then returned to the camper on Saturday checkout.
While we have a handful of support staff positions available for those ages 16 or older, our counselor and activity staff must be 18 and graduated from high school.
Most definitely. $150/week if you are in high school and $225/week for college. Cha-ching!
No, camp covers your meals AND your housing! Pretty cool!
A free place for laundry, Camp Store discounts, and even Accident and Illness Insurance. On top of that, your younger siblings receive a discount of $100 off a week of camp! That's almost as good as all of the Insta worthy moments and Face Cookie eating!
Counselors live with their campers in our rustic cabins (i.e. non-air-conditioned). Support staff are housed in the Memphis Guest House or other dorm style housing.
Because our summer is only six-eight, weeks we only hire staff that can work the full camp season.
You will fit right in at camp! Bring any and all costumes you have! We'll send out the summer's weekly themes in advance so you can get pumped!
CRS is in central Mississippi just off of the Natchez Trace Parkway in French Camp, Mississippi.
YES! We have worked with several college programs so staff receive credit for their work at camp! Check with your advisor to see if this is a possibility for you!
Bosses love to hire former camp staff because of the skills they learn at camp! Serving a summer at camp gives you on-the-job training in problem solving, work ethic, interpersonal communication, team work, and flexibility. Camp is a hands-on learning environment that not only provides deep spiritual growth, but invaluable life and job skills for any future career.
Absolutely! Each week you will be off from Saturday afternoon to Sunday afternoon. In addition, you get approximately two hours of down time each week day.
There are so many, but I'd have to say the amazing Face Cookies that we serve on Hamburger night! (Yes...they are cookies the size of your FACE!)
We are a little biased because we love it all! But honestly, it is the people! The kids are amazing-they live life full out and look up to you learning from your words and actions. The fellow chiefs become "your people" as you walk through life's ups and downs and learn what it means to be a disciple. We are one big family who supports and encourages one another as God stretches and grows each one of us!
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Parent Handbooks and forms
Confidential Form-- (Form available March 1st)
This form may be completed online. A paper version of this form may be returned to the Camp office by Mail or Email. Please complete as soon as possible after registration.
Health History Form-- (Form available March 1st)
This form may be completed online. A paper version of this form may be returned to the Camp office by Mail or Email. Please complete as soon as possible. **This form is completed by the parent.
Recommendations by Licensed Medical Personnel Form
All overnight campers must have had a health exam completed in the last 12 months signed by a physician or nurse practitioner. Please note this form does NOT require a full physical exam – it is simply stating the physician or nurse practitioner believes your child is fit to participate in the activities at camp and alerts us to any important health information. When making your appointment, it may be helpful to let your doctor's office know it is similar to a "sports physical.” This form may be uploaded to your camper's online account or returned to the camp office by mail or fax. CRS will also accept a copy of a school or sports physical dated within 12 months of camp attendance in place of this form.
CIA applications will be reviewed on a space available basis after the February 1st deadline.
Adventure Trip Forms
Chattooga River Waiver
Ocoee River Waiver
Adventure Trip Code Letter
Cumberland Cavern Caving Information and Waiver
Camper Scholarship Application
2019 Scholarship Application Deadline April 1, 2019.
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