Day camp is open to children going into kindergarten through sixth grade. Campers may choose to attend one or all of our spring and summer sessions. This fun and formative weekday experience is offered on Fridays in late spring and Monday through Friday in June (Session 2 runs Tuesday through Friday in observance of Memorial Day).
Camp days begin at 9 a.m. with check-in and opening ceremonies and conclude at 4 p.m. with parent pick-up or van transportation back to Rapid City.
Day campers check in with camp staff upon arrival and meet their counselors for the week. After flag-raising and prayer, children and their counselors head up to Vespers, an outdoor ampitheatre with ample seating and a breathtaking view of the lake below. Any specific instructions for the day will be given before the group settles in for their morning devotional and singing.
Campers then transition to two rounds of outdoor activities -- with a healthy snack in between -- before lunch. Following a nutritious meal, kids get some quiet time to rest and regoup before beginning their selected track for the week. Campers may choose from three specific areas of interest: Arts & Crafts, Physical Education & Sports or Outdoor Education. A fourth and final track gives campers a sampling of every track throughout the week.
Afternoon tracks run Monday through Thursday. On Friday afternoon and weather permitting, campers get to wrap up their final day of camp rotating between the lake and our giant waterslide.
Afternoon tracks run approximately two hours. Campers will receive some light refreshments and may choose from a variety of games on the lawn before parents arrive or the van departs. On the final day of each session of day camp, campers who wish to bring money may purchase ice cream, candy, T-shirts and other memorabilia from the camp store.
Daily transportation to and from Camp Judson may be purchased for an additional $15. A van will depart First Baptist Church in Rapid City at 8:30 a.m. and arrive at Camp Judson at approximately 9 a.m. Boarding will begin around 3:45 p.m. for campers departing by van. Campers should arrive back at the church by 4:30 p.m.
New in 2021 is the option for day campers to take part in the total summer camp experience. Day campers who choose this session option will not head home at the end of the camp day on Thursday. They will stay behind to enjoy supper in the dining hall, games on the lawn, an evening devotion and campfire before heading to bed. They will get to sleep in a cabin, wake up to the morning bell on Friday and enjoy breakfast in the dining hall before resuming a normal day camp schedule once the other day campers arrive.