BEACH CAMP FAQs
Where will students be departing from?
We will load buses and leave from TheMET Student Building. Check-in will begin at 7:00am and we will load busses and leave at 7:30am on Monday, June 24th. We will arrive back at TheMET Student Building on Friday, June 28th at 7:00am.
What kind of transportation is being used?
We will be traveling via charter bus. We have 3 charter busses from the Gaten’s Adventures Unlimited company.
What should my student bring with them on the bus ride?
We recommend bringing a pillow and small blanket if they like to nap on road trips. Snacks always come in handy too! Students may bring personal electronics, however, anything lost or stolen is not the responsibility of the church. Students will be asked to keep any personal electronics stored out of sight during the week so that they are not a distraction during camp.
Will my student need money for travel meals or souvenirs?
Students will be responsible for the fast food meal on the lunch stop to camp. We will also venture to souvenir shops on Thursday before dinner where students can purchase items if they would like to. The camp will also have merchandise to purchase if they want a t-shirt, books, or other items. We suggest the envelope system be used for younger students who may be new to managing money on their own. Place money for specific days/items/meals in separate labeled envelopes so they know how much money they have to spend each day/time.
Where will my student be staying for the week?
We will be staying at Ramada Inn and Suites in South Padre Island. Each room will sleep up t six people. students will be in rooms with their camp small groups and an adult leader will be staying in the room or in placed in an adjoining room. This Ramada Inn and Suites has beach access, a pool, continental breakfast, refrigerators in rooms, and as a bonus has a green space park right next to the property.
What will we do while at camp?
While at Generate students will participate in large group worship services with churches from all over the country, meet in small groups with students from our ministry, and have some fun with recreation and free time at the beach.
Who will be leading my student?
Our goal is to have 10 male and 10 female adult leaders on the trip with us to lead small groups and help students navigate the week. A majority of the leaders coming to beach camp are our current small group leaders. All leaders are required to complete a background check and child safety training before serving with TheMET Student Ministry.
What do we do if we have a family emergency and need to get in touch with a staff member?
If you have a family emergency back home and need to contact your student please call Alison New or Steven Patterson and we will help you get in touch with him/her.
What type of swimsuits are appropriate for camp?
At beach camp ladies must wear one-piece swimsuits or a tankini style top that covers the torso completely. A dark colored tank top or t-shirt may also be worn over a two piece swimsuit. (A “monokini” or one piece with cut outs or mesh in the torso area does not count as a one-piece swimsuit at camp.) Guys – no speedos, please.
Is there any other dress code we need to be aware of?
Guys – Keep your t-shirt or tank top on while you are not at the beach or swimming pool.
Ladies – Be considerate about the length of your shorts. If the pockets hang out of the bottom of your shorts they are too short. Alison’s rule of thumb is always, “If you have to ask if they are okay, they are probably not okay.” No spaghetti strap or off the shoulder tops, please.
How does my student take his/her medication while at camp?
While at beach camp we will have a designated nurse on site at the hotel that will dispense medication to students. Students will be responsible for remembering to take their medication. We will communicate where medicine can be taken through out the day so that students know where to go and who to see.