Frequently Asked Questions

General

What host camp are we going to?


We'll be returning to Shepherd of the Ozarks, which is located in Harriet, Arkansas. SOTO (Shepherd of the Ozarks) is a year-round 435 acre Christian Conference/Retreat center located in the heart of the Ozark Mountains in Arkansas. Camp SOTO combines the stunning beauty of God's creation, with top tier lodging, food, and ammenities. Here you can enjoy many activities including hiking, exploring, horseback riding, swimming, fishing, floating, snorkeling, volleyball, frisbee golf, and the extreme adventure sports of high challenge Ropes Course, Wilderness Paintball, as well as visiting the petting zoo and watching the natural wildlife. To catch a glimpse of camp SOTO, check out the video below:




What should I pack?


You can find the packing list HERE




How is rooming organized?


At Camp SOTO, rooming operates a little differently than other stident camps in that students will be assigned to a lodge. These lodges are varying in size, most house between 30-60 students. Students will house in lodges with their same grade and gender. Within these lodges, there are several different arrangements of rooms and bunks. Feel free to get a better idea of what the lodges look like at this link.




How are we getting to Summerfest?


We'll be making the journey from PV to Camp SOTO via charter busses.




Will there be a nurse available?


Yes! We'll be bringing licensed nurses to be available to address medical needs and medications.




Do I need to bring extra money?


Students should bring money for a meal on the road on the way to and from camp. In addition, there is a snack shop that will be open during the day at Camp SOTO. There is also a gift shop where students can choose to purchase Camp SOTO apparel if they choose.




What are the camp rules?


The full list of camp rules can be found HERE. Camp rules will also be in the student camp booklet.




What are the activites offered at Camp SOTO?


Camp SOTO offers an exciting variety of new and familiar activities including:

Scheduled Adventure activities
Horseback Rides, High Ropes Challenge Course (Incline Log, Balance Beam, Heebee Geebee and Zip Line Exit), Leap of Faith, Archery, Slingshot, Wilderness Paintball, Cliffhanger Swing, Challenge Course with 6 Low Elements including King Finger, Bridge Out, The Wall, Trust Fall, and Hayrides. Other Activities
Other activities include Hammock Hang out (Bring your own hammocks!), Sand Volleyball, 9-hole Frisbee Golf Course, Gaga Dodge Ball, 9-square in the Air, Covered Basketball Court, Horseshoes, Geocaching, Recreation Fields, and Campfire Pits. Wildlife and Nature
In this natural setting you’ll see bald eagles, blue heron, mountain goats, raccoons, otter, fox, and many beautiful birds. You’ll hear tree frogs and bull frogs at night, see fireflies and bats (our friends that eat the mosquitoes). In the wilderness sky, you’ll see constellations, stars, planets and orbiting satellites. Animal Arcade Lemurs, Llama, Goats, Pot Belly Pig, Chickens, Ducks, and Miniature Cows are fun to pet and feed and watch. See the activies at Camp SOTO first hand at the video below:




Where do I register for Summerfest?


You can register for Summerfest 2020 HERE




I'm going into 9th grade, which camp do I sign up for?


At PV, we don't promote grades until early August, so those who just finished 8th grade will attend middle school camp.




Where can I check my balance?


You can check your balance HERE




Do you still need adults to serve at Summerfest?


We depend on on amazing adult volunteer leaders to pull off Summerfest each year. We look first to our ongoing weekly partners to fill leadership roles at Summerfest. If there are still needs, we often bring in current MS/HS parents to help serve as small group leaders. Interested in what roles are still available? Email our student ministry staff here.




When is Summerfest 2021?


Summerfest will be one week but two seperate experiences for MS and HS students.

June 13th-17th, 2021




Will there be air conditioning?


Yes! All the lodges and meeting spaces will be air conditioned.




Who will be speaking at Camp?


Middle School Camp We're excited to have Kory Lantz returning to Summerfest 2020. Kory runs Transformation Ministries in South Bend, IN. Transformation is a ministry that instills Jesus directed leadership skills into the young people of South Bend. Kory has a Spirit led ability to turn Biblical truth into everyday action, and has inspired transformation for many of our students and leaders. In addition to his ministry, Kory loves to play basketball and spend time with his family.




What COVID-19 precautions will be taken?


You can read about the Summerfest 2021 COVID-19 precautions here.