Heartland Camp

Camp Activities

A typical day of camp includes a mix of Open and Dorm Activity sessions. Open Activities range from playing games, learning skills, and being creative. Below are examples of potential Open Activities.

Frequently Asked Questions:

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 will NOT be refunded. Any additional payments will be refunded if a camper cancels at least 30 days before camp. If a cancellation occurs less than 30 days before camp, all payments are forfeited.

Camper fees must be paid in full by June 30th, 2021 for the Heartland Camp 2021 session. 

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 Mark Lengwin, Camp Director, for scholarship information by emailing director@heartlandcamp.org. 

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.

Typically, Heartland Camp houses approximately 80-100 campers, depending on staffing. This year will depend on the state of Illinois Covid guidelines – which are constantly evolving. 

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.

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 Camp.

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.

Yes, Heartland Camp’s beliefs are established by our parent organization, Heartland Christian Association (HCA). You can find our beliefs statement on the HCA website or by clicking here