Camp HBU FAQs
1. What are the dates of Camp HBU?
Camp HBU will take place July 15-19, 2019.
2. Is camp HBU an overnight camp?
Yes! Campers will get to experience our campus’s residential colleges: Freshman Village. The dorms will be separated by gender and each suite will have a counselor in the room for supervision.
3. When/where do I drop off my camper?
Camper check in will be in McNair Hall in the Morris Cultural Arts Center on Monday, July 15th from 1p.m.-2p.m. Please be prompt and prepared with all mandatory documents when dropping off your child/children
4. When/where do I pick up my camper?
Camper check out will be in McNair Hall in the Morris Cultural Arts Center on Friday, July 19th from 11:30a.m.-12:30p.m. Please be prompt in picking up your children from camp.
5. Do we need to bring anything to check in?
One form of identification and any medications in their original container that your camper will need. Please have medications labeled and placed in a large plastic Ziploc gallon sized bag. Include any specific instructions for distribution of the medications.
- 6. What should my camper pack?
7. Do you allow day campers?
Unfortunately, at this time we only offer Camp HBU as an overnight camp. Please make sure your campers are ready to stay four nights away from home.
8. What if I need to pick my camper up early?
Please contact camps@HBU.edu or 281-649-3047 for coordination of any special accommodations.
9. Will my camper be taken off campus?
Yes. Campers will be involved in community service activities off campus at various locations.
10. What do I need to bring to check out to pick up my camper?
Valid form of ID. During check in, you will complete an Authorized pick up form for people who will be granted permission to pick up your camper.
- 11. How do I sign up my camper(s)?
- 1. How much does Camp HBU cost?
2. When is the final payment due?
Final payment is due on June 1, 2019 at 11:59pm. Any payments after June 1st will be accepted at the discretion of the HBU Events Office. Please contact us directly at 281-649-3047.
3. Do camp fees need to be paid all at once or can I pay in installments?
Yes, all camp fees will need to be paid at one time.
4. Do you provide scholarships or discounts?
We do not provide scholarship programs to Camp HBU 2019.
Alumni receive a discount. Please email camps@HBU.edu to verify your class year and alumni status.
5. Do you provide refunds if our camper is no longer able to attend?
75% refund if cancelled before June 4.
50% refund if cancelled before June 30.
No refund from July 1-July 15.
1. What will the campers be doing?
Sessions hosted by HBU faculty, staff and students. Campers will get to choose one academic and one extra-curricular session.
One of the three full days of camp will be devoted to service work in our community.
Every morning and evening, campers will take part in a worship session lead by HBU’s own Refuge band, faculty and staff. Daily devotionals will be lead by HBU Students.
Sports, recreation, and games will be held daily! HBU’s own REC Team will add to the fun throughout the week!
2. What type of community service will they be involved in?
Campers will participate in a variety of age appropriate community service projects around the Houston area.
3. What will the nightly activities include?
Nightly activities will include a movie night and talent show in Dunham Theater, fun and games out at our Husky Stadium, devotionals from our counselors, praise and worship, games and exhilarating activities planned by our staff and recreational teams.
4. What sessions will be offered?
Sessions focusing in academics, athletics and the arts will be offered. Students will be sorted into their sessions based on their preferences on their registration form.
5. Who will be hosting the sessions?
Faculty, staff and students from Houston Baptist University will be hosting each session.
6. Who will be leading worship, devotionals, and sermons?
Camp Pastor, Saleim Kahleh ’87
Saleim was raised as a Muslim in a loving Islamic home. After his first year of college, Saleim went on a quest to find the TRUTH about God and religion. The Lord Jesus revealed Himself to Saleim, and now he testifies around the world about “The Goodness of God”. Saleim Kahleh graduated in 1984 from Houston Baptist University (HBU) with a Bachelor of Science in Christianity and Recreational Sports. Employed by HBU for over thirty years, he has served as the Director for Intramural Sports, Assistant Soccer Coach, Coordinator of Student Affairs, Director for the Men’s Residence College, Coordinator for Prayer and Evangelism, Director of Campus Recreation, and Associate University Minister. He married Melanie Hancock in May of 1999 and they now have six beautiful children: Karah Grace, Saleim II, Simeon, Hannah Joy, Elianah Shalom, and Samuel Zachariah. Melanie Kahleh graduated from HBU in 1995 with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Music and Christianity and taught Pre-K through 8th grade for three years. Perfectly matched in callings, Melanie also has a passionate desire for all people to know and experience the love and goodness of God. Saleim and Melanie are both actively involved in the ministries of Lakewood Church. They are former Directors of the Radical Singles and Koinonia, former teachers in the New Beginnings class and currently serve as prayer partners. In addition, they minister in several venues at Lakewood including missions training, compass classes and water baptism.
Devotionals will be led by Camp HBU Counselors.
Additional sermons will be led by HBU Faculty members.
7. Can my camper be in the same group as their friends?
Campers will grouped according to a specific age range with age appropriate planning for devotionals and small group activities. While we will do our best to match your child with a friend, if ages are not in the same range, they may be place in different groups. Keep in mind meals and many other large group activities will provide plenty of opportunities for friends in different groups to spend time with one another. And, the opportunity to make new friends is always a positive thing!
1. What dorms will the campers be staying in?
Female campers will be in our Women’s Residential College (WRC) and Male Campers will be in our Men’s Residential College (MRC).
2. How many campers will be in each room?
Campers will be in an four bedroom, eight bed suite in the residential colleges. Each room will have either one camp counselor or 2 CITs in the suite with the campers. Six campers will be roomed together in each suite.
3. Can my camper room with a friend?
Campers will be able to submit roommate requests on the Final Registrations form sent out on May 1 and due by June 1. We cannot guarantee all campers will be able to roomed with their friends.
- 4. What should my camper pack?
5. Is camp HBU an overnight camp?
Yes! Campers get to experience our campus’s Freshmen Dorms.
6. Do you allow day campers?
Unfortunately, at this time we do not allow day campers. Please make sure your campers are ready to stay 4 nights overnight away from home.
7. Will my camper need to bring his or her own towels and bedding?
Yes. Campers will need to bring XL twin sized sheets for their bedding, bath towels, and a beach towel for pool time. See packing list for additional recommendations.
1. My camper has dietary restrictions, how do I ensure these restrictions will be met?
Camp HBU can accommodate all dietary restrictions excluding celiac, kosher or halal. Please list any dietary restrictions on the final registration form that will be sent out on May 1 and due June 1. If you have any questions, please contact the HBU Events office at (281) 649-3047 or email camps@HBU.edu.
2. Where/what will they be eating for meals?
Campers will be eating the Baugh Residential Restaurant. Campers can choose from an assortment of stations including comfort, Deli, exhibition, fried rice, grill, pizza/pasta, and salad bar. View the food options.
3. What meals will be provided?
Campers will be provided meals from dinner on Monday through breakfast on Friday. The Baugh dining hall at HBU offers a variety of food options including salad and sandwich bars, culturally diverse foods, burgers and pizza. All foods will be prepared by Aramark Catering on campus.
4. What if my camper is sick or injured while at camp?
It is our hope that all campers remain healthy and able to participate in all aspects of camp. Just in case though, we will have staff members who are certified through the Red Cross on campus at all times, and the university is closely located to Memorial Hermann Hospital – Southwest. In all emergencies, the child’s emergency contact will be alerted.
5. How is medicine distributed throughout the week?
At check-in, please provide the medications needed for the camper inside of the original container with specific instructions on how it should be distributed throughout the week. Camp HBU intends to distribute prescribed medication at each meal time, or before bed as needed by a nurse. Only medication provided by the guardians of the camper will be given.
6. Can my camper attend camp if they have ADD or ADHD?
At check-in, please provide the medications needed for the camper inside of the original container with specific instructions on how it should be distributed throughout the week.
7. Can Camp HBU accommodate a camper with special needs?
While we are not equipped to handle campers that need one on one attention, we are able to accommodate some special needs campers. Please contact HBU Events office at (281) 649-3047 or email camps@HBU.edu to discuss your campers specific needs.
1. Who will be supervising the campers during the day and at night?
Campers will always be accompanied with a college counselor as well as our CIT’s. During off campus activities, they will be accompanied by University staff.
2. What is the selection processes for Counselors and CITs?
Counselors have applied through HBU’s Student Life Leadership application for which they must meet GPA requirements, provide a faith statement, be actively enrolled in the University, be active in HBU organizations, have no disciplinary marks, and go through a series of interviews with HBU Events to be selected.
CITs (Counselors in Training) must provide a faith statement, be actively enrolled in school, be between the ages of 16 and 18, have a church reference, and be personally interviewed by our Camp staff.
3. What is camper to staff ratio?
A maximum of eight campers to one staff member.
1. Should my camper bring any money with them?
Camper will not be required to bring any additional cash. Our HBU POD and bookstore will be open for snacks and drinks if they would like to purchase those themselves.
Snacks can cost anywhere from $1.50 to $5.00. HBU apparel can cost between $15 and $80.
2. Can I call or visit my camper during camp?
During daily activities campers will not be allowed to have any electronic devices with them. They are welcome to make calls during daily hang out time from 3pm – 5pm.
3. Does Camp HBU allow campers to bring iPods, phones, or video games?
Campers are only allowed to bring phones. No other electronic devices are allowed. They are welcome to make calls during daily hang out time from 3pm – 5pm.