Frequently Asked Questions
How do I get to camp? Can I send my child a letter? How does camp handle food allergies? It’s okay if you have questions about camp. We would love to help you find the answers! Below is a list of the questions we are most frequently asked. If your question isn’t on the list, please send us an email at email@example.com or call 218.998.4572.
General Questions About Inspiration Point
How do I get to camp?
If you are using a GPS to get to camp, please use this address: 13207 Inspiration Trail, Clitherall, MN 56524. Click here for step by step travel directions.
I have a food allergy can I attend a camp or retreat?
Yes. We have an incredible food service staff that is trained and certified in food safety practices. We do our best to accommodate dietary needs/food allergies that we are notified of in advance (i.e. gluten, dairy, nut, egg, etc.). If you have specific questions for our food service director about food allergies, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
What should I pack?
Here is a general list of things to pack for any event at IPoint: a bible, bed linens or sleeping bag, pillow, toiletries, a towel, closed-toed shoes, and appropriate clothing for the season. Specific packing lists are included in confirmation materials and are sent via email.
What size of bed linens should I bring?
- Soma Cottages: 1 queen bed, 2 twin beds per room
- Lakeview Lodge: 1 queen bed, 2 twin beds per room
- Maple Ridge: 1 full bed, 9 twin beds per room
- Oak Point: 1 full bed, 3/5 twin beds per room
Can I bring my dog to camp?
To protect campers/guests with pet allergies all of our facilities are pet free. There are several kennels and overnight boarding facilities in the area.
What is your cancellation and refund policy?
All registrations require a non-refundable/non-transferable deposit ($50/Retreats, $75/Youth Camp, $100/Family Camp). In the event of a cancellation, the balance (less the deposit) of a paid-in-full registration will be refunded if notified of the cancellation at least two weeks prior to expected arrival. The total balance of cancellation within two weeks of the expected arrival is non-refundable/non-transferable.
What is the mission of Inspiration Point?
Click here to learn more about the mission, vision and values of Inspiration Point.
Youth Camp Questions
Will my child be safe at camp?
Camper safety is our first priority at Inspiration Point and is something we take seriously! Over 30% of our summer staff are certified lifeguards and are trained in first aid and CPR. We also employ a camp nurse to manage medications and care for camper and staff health. All of our staff complete over 120 hours of training before each summer begins.
How do you hire summer staff?
At Inspiration Point, we know that staff are the backbone of the ministry. We go through great lengths to make sure we hire the very best staff possible. Applicants complete a staff application, submit three character references, are interviewed and complete a background check prior to employment. We look for individuals with exceptional character, a strong faith in Jesus Christ, and a passion for serving others.
All summer staffers complete 120 hours of training before working with campers.
What is your camper/staff ratio?
In cabin groups, the camper to counselor ratio is 1:8 (Trailblazers 1:4); when you include support staff, the total camper to staff ratio is 1:4.
Is the waterfront properly supervised?
Whenever the waterfront is open our waterfront supervisor and lifeguards are on duty. Over 30% of our summer staff are Red Cross lifeguard/CPR/first aid certified. In addition to properly staffing the waterfront, we require a life jacket to be worn at all times when using any of our boats or paddle boards. Swim checks are administered by our waterfront supervisor at the beginning of each camp session to determine campers’ swimming ability.
What are the expectations of the swim check?
Campers are asked to swim approximately 40 meters on their stomach without stopping while being observed by our waterfront supervisor. After completing the swim check campers are designated as either a “dolphin” or “Shark.” Sharks may swim in either the deep or shallow end of our swimming area, while dolphins are asked to stay on the shallow side. The swim check is not a race and is not timed. A camper must demonstrate a strong and coordinated stroke during the swim check to be classified as a shark. The waterfront supervisor always chooses the side of safety while making their decision. Because the lake is an ever-changing environment (water depth, temperature, and the distance from the shore to rafts) achieving shark status is not guaranteed from year to year. Passing swimming lessons or participation on a swim team does not qualify you for a pass on the swim check. If a camper chooses not to take the swim check at the beginning of the week, he or she may still swim, but will automatically be consider a dolphin for the remainder of the week. Please know that camper safety is always the highest priority.
I have a child with special needs. Can he/she still come to camp?
At Inspiration Point, our hope is that all kids get the opportunity to experience camp. We recognize that every child that comes to camp may have unique needs whether it is physical, social, mental, emotional, or behavioral. If you have concerns about your child’s ability to participate in any part of a camp experience, we would love to have a conversation about how we can best serve your child.
If one-on-one care is required for your child to attend camp, a same-sex personal care attend (PCA) must accompany the camper. A background check is required for all PCAs. PCAs attend camp at reduced rate (50% of camper price). Please contact our administrative office if you would like to discuss your camper’s needs further with a member of our staff.
How do you make a roommate request?
Roommates can be requested on your registration form or by contacting our administration office. Roommate requests should be made at least two weeks in advance. Since the benefits of a camp experience includes making new friends, campers may write the name of only ONE other person they’d like to room with (TWO if there is a threesome). Groups of four or more will be split into smaller groups. Roommate requests are only guaranteed if both campers request each other.
Can I send my child a letter?
Campers love receiving mail, so please write! If you write your letters ahead of time and mark which day they are to be given to the camper, bring them with you to registration and our staff will deliver them accordingly. If you wish to send letters or packages to camp by mail, use the address 13207 Inspiration Trail, Clitherall, MN 56524 (remember to include the camper's first and last name and a return address on the outside of the envelope or package). Please do not fax or email campers letters. Phone calls may be made and/or accepted only in cases of emergency.
Adult & Family Events
Can I request a single occupancy room?
Yes. If space allows you may request a single occupancy room in Oak Point for an additional fee of $50.
Is my first choice in housing guaranteed?
We do our best to accommodate all housing requests. However, due to space limitations, housing requests are not guaranteed. If your first choice is unavailable, we will notify you prior to your arrival.
I have a newborn, can I bring my baby with me to a women’s retreat or marriage weekend?
We understand that it can be difficult for a nursing mother to attend a women’s event without her new born. In order to protect the retreat experience for other guests we ask that infants not accompany mom. If you cannot be separated from your child, please wait and attend another retreat when you are able. Infants are welcome at all family events.