Packing and Travel Tips

When to Arrive

Arrive at camp on Saturday afternoon around 2:00pm. Every Saturday evening at 7:00 pm, the boys give a 90-minute program full of magic, sermons, juggling, and music with a message. If your travel plans permit, please arrange your trip so that you will be able to enjoy the program with us. You might even see your boy presenting! (You are also welcome to join us for dinner at 5:00pm.)

How to Get Here

See our directions page for details on how to get to camp by car or by air. If you plan to stay overnight in the area, please see our list of off-site accommodations for a list of nearby hotels.

What to Bring

  1. Bible, reading material
  2. Notebook, pen, stationery
  3. Sleeping bag or bedding
  4. Pillow case; favorite pillow
  5. At least 7 changes of play clothes, socks, underwear
  6. 1 or 2 dress-up outfits, for Gospel teams (dress shoes, socks, belt, jacket/tie preferred)
  7. Pajamas / sleepwear
  8. Jacket / sweatshirt / rainwear
  9. Sneakers / play shoes
  10. Old canvas sneakers / swim sandals (the lake is stony)
  11. Swim suit
  12. Toiletries, soap, shampoo. toothbrush, comb, etc
  13. 3 towels
  14. Wallet / identification
  15. Spending Money (see below)
  16. Optional: camera, flashlight, sport gear
  17. Optional: personal performance materials (e.g., music, instruments, tapes, props)
  18. For returning JIM Clubbers: Leadership Notebook, sermons, scripts, magic, puppets, mime gear, juggling props, etc. (All previous platform material polished and ready for Gospel teams.)

What to Leave Behind

  1. Video/audio players
  2. Cell phones
  3. Practical jokes, pranks
  4. Playing cards
  5. Comic books
  6. Bubble gum
  7. Skateboards
  8. Knives, toy weapons
  9. Fireworks, matches

Spending Money

No charge is made for any boy’s room, board, instruction or training materials. However, boys may deposit money into their account upon arrival to spend while they are at camp. Any unused money will be returned at the end of the session.

Please send spending money in U.S. cash ONLY. Checks, if necessary for personal spending money, can be payable to “JIM CLUB”, but please write on the memo line: “SPENDING MONEY FOR (YOUR SON’S NAME)”. That will distinguish his spending money from a gift to camp.

Boys may spend personal money in the following ways:

Gospel Magic / Juggling / Ventriloquism

Boys are allowed to purchase effects within their range of ability. Magic tricks, juggling supplies, and ventriloquism puppets are sold to the boys close to cost. Magic, juggling, and ventriloquism can be a lifetime ministry investment.

The Store

A small camp store is open once a day for 2-3 treats maximum. Three generous meals and extra snacks make items at the store optional. JIM Club souvenirs are also available.


Once in a 2-week session we may go to the Midway Amusement Park. Maximum spending: $10