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Foster Kids Camp

July 14-19, 2024

Foster Kids Camp at Ponderosa Bible Camp

Welcome to Foster Kids Camp at Ponderosa! We are dedicated to providing foster children in Alabama and surrounding areas with a life-changing camp experience in a Christian environment. This week is filled with love, laughter, hope, and inspiration, allowing foster kids to forget their worries and just be kids.

Camp Details

  • Eligibility: Free for children ages 7-12 in foster care.

  • Dates: July 14-19, 2024

  • Duration: One week each summer.

  • Capacity: Limited to 30 girls and 30 boys.

  • Registration: Online registration required. Limited spaces filled in order of completion.

Check-In and Check-Out

  • Check-In:

    • When: Sunday from 3:30 pm to 4:30 pm

    • Requirements: Proper ID and DHR custody papers

  • Check-Out:

    • When: Friday morning

    • Parents' Closing Ceremony: Friday at 10:00 am. Gates open at 9:30 am

    • Dismissal: Campers dismissed by 11:00 am

Packing List

Please bring the items listed on the page (click to view)

Registration Requirements

  • Proof of Custody/foster placement: DHR papers must be uploaded during registration.

  • ID: Required at both check-in and check-out

Important Information

  • Cell Phone Policy: No cell phones allowed for campers. Emergency contacts will be made if needed.

  • Medications: Must be in original prescription containers. Checked in with First Aid Provider upon arrival.

  • Lost & Found: Mark all belongings. Unclaimed items are given away after 30 days. Parents pay postage on returned items.

Activities and Events

  • Hawaiian Luau-themed birthday party

  • Exciting fishing trip

  • Shoe shopping trip

Camper Conduct

  • Behavior: Rules and guidelines ensure a positive experience.

  • Prohibitions: No weapons, alcohol, illegal drugs, or tobacco.

Head Lice Policy

  • Inspection: All campers are inspected for lice and nits upon arrival.

  • Policy: Zero-tolerance. Treatment is required if lice or nits are found.

Contact Information

  • Office: 256-634-4397

  • After-Hours Contacts:

    • Executive Director Jeff Nelson: 256-996-5141

    • Max Grizzard: 256-601-9042

Benefits and Outcomes

  • For Kids:

    • Life-changing moments

    • Glimpse of family life

    • Fulfillment of missing elements in a foster child's life

    • Memorable activities like horseback riding, zip-lining, and more

    • Offers Biblical hope for a brighter future

  • For the Community:

    • Unites the community for a noble cause

    • Provides respite breaks for foster parents


  • Can biological children attend? No, space is for children in foster care.

  • Can adopted children (formerly in foster care) attend? No, the program is specifically for current foster children.

  • Is transportation provided? No, arrangements need to be made individually.

Learn how you can help our ministry to foster kids. For any questions, feel free to contact Jeff Nelson at 256-996-5141. We look forward to providing a memorable experience for your child at Foster Kids Camp!

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