Frequently Asked Questions
- When will I know if I have been accepted?
- I lost my acceptance packet or never received it. What do I do?
- Is my deposit refundable?
- When will I have to make final payment?
- What is your returned check policy?
- Do you offer scholarships for youth with financial need?
- Can I try to arrange a carpool with other parents?
- Which airport should I fly into? Which bus terminal do I use?
- How many campers do you accept?
- What is the camper-to-staff ratio?
- Who attends camp?
- What if my child gets homesick?
- Do you have a belief statement?
- Who do I contact for camper or volunteer staff information, scholarships, or general questions regarding HSEP?
Once your completed camper application has been accepted and approved (and you have paid your $50 registration fee), you will receive an addition packet regarding camp. back to top
If you did not receive an statement of account and a health form, please contact Mama Holmes at 309-334-2500 to confirm that your application has been received. back to top
We will refund your deposit only if you apply and there are no more openings. If you are accepted to camp and then cancel, your deposit is NOT refunded. Any additional payments will be refunded if camper cancels at least 30 days before camp. If a cancellation occurs less than 30 days, all payments are forfeited. back to top
All acceptance packet forms and final payment for camp need to be received by June 15, 2019 unless other arrangements are made. Please contact Mama Holmes at 309-334-2500 to discuss arrangements for payment if you cannot pay by this date. back to top
Any check that is returned to us for insufficient funds or stop payment must be paid with a $25 service charge in cash or money order within 10 business days after receipt of notification by Heartland SEP. At the discretion of Heartland SEP, we may ask that payment be paid in full by cash, money order, or certified check. back to top
We request that you first exhaust all the local options that may be available to you in terms of fundraising. Ask your church pastor or youth pastor if there are local funds available or fundraiser activities that you can participate in to raise money. We have a limited number of partial scholarships you can apply for. Please contact Mama Holmes for scholarship information and an application at 309-334-2500 or firstname.lastname@example.org. back to top
If you are flying in, you need to fly into the Greater Peoria Regional Airport. Your flight needs to arrive no later than 11:00pm on the day of arrival and depart no sooner than 3:00pm on the last day of camp for us to be able to provide transportation to and from the airport. If arriving by bus, the closest bus terminal is located at the Peoria airport. back to top
Heartland SEP houses approximately 80-100 campers each year, depending on staffing. back to top
We have one Dorm Counselor plus one Assistant Counselor for every 10-12 campers. The overall camper-to-staff ratio is less than 2 to 1. back to top
We are fortunate to have a camp that reflects the beautiful diversity of our country. We have youth of all ethnic and economic backgrounds. Christians and youth of other faiths attend Heartland SEP. back to top
It is natural for children to miss their family and the comforts of home. However, in our experience, camp is packed with so much fun that the opposite situation usually occurs – children forget to call home and in many cases would like to stay at camp forever. Our counseling staff is trained to deal with the issue of homesickness.
In the younger children’s dorms we usually have counselors who are moms and dads and are able to encourage the homesick youth in a way a college aged counselor would not. In rare cases, if both the child and parent agree that the child should leave camp early, the parents are welcome to take the child home. back to top