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Quest Camp FAQ’s


Quest Camp is coming up very soon and I don’t want anyone to miss out!  June 4-6 Troy UMC Children’s Ministry will be teaming up with Harvest and heading to Lake Sallateeska! There will be bonfires, fishing, swimming, canoeing, and worship.  Our departure time on Sunday, June 4th is at 6:00 pm and we will return home by 4:30 pm on Tuesday.

Quest Camp, now in it’s third year, is open to first – fifth graders (children’s ministry ages) and any family members who would like to join us!

If you have questions regarding sleeping arrangements, meals, boating or anything else, please contact me – I’d be happy to talk with you!

We have room for you – please get your registration forms into the church office by May 31st.

Natalie Carlson (




How far away is the camp? Lake Sallateeska is located between Nashville, IL and Pinkneyville, IL – about 1 hour from Troy United Methodist Church. We don’t take the church bus, instead, invite parents to bring their children (carpool down together) to drop them off and get settled in.  If you are attending the camp, we carpool kids who would like a ride down.

What are the sleeping arrangements like? There is a girl side and guys side connected by a large community room. Bring your own bedding for single mattress bunk beds.  We encourage younger children to sleep on the lower beds and also reserve lower beds for adults. There are plenty of adult sponsors who will be helping to watch each camper.

Do families typically join their kids at camp? It’s about half and half. There are several families who will be attending with their child. Most the families have another child (or more) who are not the age of the camp, but that is ok! If they are older, they can help and if they are younger, they be there if parents are there.

What can you tell me about the boating and swimming?  The swimming pool is indoor and our group is schedule to go for a 1.5 hour time slot during our time at camp.  The pool is staffed with camp life guards and children don’t have to swim if they choose not to.  The lake is more of a pond with paddle boats, canoes and kayaks. Every person – child and adult – is required to wear a life jacket. Children do not have to boat if they choose not to.  Fishing is also an option, but you must bring your own gear.

What other activities are there?  The schedule is full, including marshmallow roast, time in the arcade / activity building, great meals, music, crafts, hikes, and more.  Typically, every one moves from event to event together, in a large group.

Will my child need money? There is a small gift shop and arcade (with snacks for sale) at the camp. It’s optional to send your child with a bit of spending money – $5 or $10 would be fine.

What if my child takes medication?  If you child needs medication, please indicate it on the form. We will have a nurse with us who can help make sure medication is secure and scheduled for your child.

Other questions?  Please reach out to me, Natalie, Carlson ( and I will be happy to talk with you!

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