FAQ’s

What time does camp start?

Registration begins at 5:00pm for all of our camps that begin on a Sunday.
EXCEPTION: Beginner’s Camp (June5-7 starts at 1:00pm. Be sure to check the dates of your camp to make sure you know what day it starts. The registration process typically goes quickly.

Where is Camp Check-In?

When you arrive at EIBC, check-in will be completed from your car and then you will be directed to your camper(s) cabin(s) for drop off. Our physical address is: 1433 F52 Trail Deep River, IA  52222. Sometimes GPS does not like our address.  Try searching for East Iowa Bible Camp on your GPS if you have trouble.  We find this works better with some GPS providers and cell phone carriers.

What time is check out?

All of our camps end at 1:00pm each Friday.  You will be directed to your camper’s cabin to pick them up and if you would like to visit our camp store on your way out it will be open in the Newton Building.

Do you have a list of things to bring?

Check out our ultimate EIBC packing list by clicking here. You can even print it out and check off items as you go!

How do I load my camper’s Canteen/Giftshop account?

You should have received an email shortly after you registered for camp with the subject line: “Verify your email for your new account with East Iowa Bible Camp.” This email had all the directions and a link for setting up your account. If you do not have that email you can go to https://eibc.funfangle.camp and register using you the same email address that was used for registration.
***If this is your first camper of this season (Summer 2024) click on “I am a First Time User” (even if you came to camp last year).

Where do I send mail/packages to my camper?

We have set up bins on check-in day for each full day of the camp week. You can bring mail with you on check-in day to drop in the bins. That way you know you don’t have to worry about whether it arrived or not and you can save all that postage cost. If you are not able to do that you can send them to our physical address during the week or utilize the email system inside your account (envelope icon, top right icon) to “Email A Camper,” but we hope you will utilize our check-in drops off to ensure your camper gets their packages on time.

I pre-purchased a Bunk Bundle, but I cannot remember what it includes…

We get this question a lot. For the 2023 Summer Camp Season here are the 3 Bunk Bundle Options and what they include:

Bunk Bundle – Basic $49: includes a Toiletry Bag with the following toiletries included: Brush/Combo Combo, Deodorant, Shampoo/Conditioner, Bar Soap, Bug Spray, Sunscreen, Toothbrush, and Toothpaste, PLUS an EIBC branded Sling Bag and an EIBC chapstick.

Bunk Bundle – Intermediate $89: includes everything from the Bunk Bundle Basic PLUS an EIBC flashlight, EIBC laundry bag, and a stuffed animal.

Bunk Bundle – Advanced $119: includes everything from the Bunk Bundle Basic, an EIBC flashlight, EIBC laundry bag, and a stuffed anima PLUS an EIBC water bottle and an EIBC Journal and pen. As an added bonus – anyone who purchases the Advanced Bunk Bundle will also receive a carabiner or keychain and canvas bag for FREE. This is the best deal if you would like all of our add-on options at a better price plus 2 free bonuses.

What kind of activities will the campers participate in?

We schedule different fun activities throughout the day. Check out our “Let’s go Outside” page to see a sampling with your own eyes.

What do you do in case of bad weather?

All of our youth counselors carry cell phones.  We allow this primarily for emergencies as a great way to communicate with all of our leaders.  We are constantly monitoring the weather report and we have emergency weather radios and applications that warn us automatically of bad weather.  In the summer time we deal mostly with heavy rain, wind, and tornado watches/warnings.  We do our very best to move students to safe places long before the weather strikes.  If we know a storm is coming in the late night hours, we will even move students to safe places several hours before so we know everyone is accounted for and as safe as possible.

How do you handle homesick campers?

We do our very best to help a homesick camper get excited about what is happening next. We want them to know that we don’t want them to miss out.   We try to be as nurturing as possible because we understand it can be a big step to come to a week of camp; especially for the young ones. Calling home is usually the last option. We know that once a camper talks to mom/dad, that often causes them to fall deeper into homesickness.  If keeping the camper upbeat about the next thing isn’t working, we may ask the camper if they would like one of our leaders to call a parent.  We will do this and find it works sometimes to assure the camper that, “I have talked to mom and she would really like you to try and stick it out for the day to see how you feel later.”  If this reassurance doesn’t work, we may allow them to call home, and even offer for them to go home.  At some point it can become a distraction for the other campers and we send campers home to allow the best experience for all.

Can I send my camper to a different camp outside of their age group?

We get this phone call fairly often.  “My 6th grader has friends going to the 7th/8th grade camp, can they go?”  The answer we often give is that if you as the parent or caregiver feel your child will do well moving one age group up or one age group down, we are okay with that.  Please call the office and let us know before you register.  319-655-7693 (Age group changes will not be approved for Last Chance Camp. Campers must be entering 6th, 7th, 8th, or 9th grade for the 2024/2025 school year.)