Camp FAQ

What is Camp Chippewa?

Camp Chippewa is a camping and retreat center of the Great Plains United Methodist Church. We strive to create and provide opportunities where individuals can experience Christ in an outdoor setting while participating in a variety of activities that foster growth and fellowship.

How do we register for Camp & Institute?

You can register for camps by logging into your account, here. Once you’ve made an account, you can manage your camps and pay off your balance. If you need paper copies of registration forms, please contact our office.

How can I contact my camper(s) while they are at camp?

One of the major aspects of campers going to residential camp is discovering their own identity and getting out of their comfort zone. For most, this means not having their cell phones and families around 24/7. By removing the constant contact, it helps the campers shape themselves. But, we know how important our campers are to their friends and families. We highly encourage campers to write letters to their loved ones. As well, families may email their campers which will be distributed to campers during meal times!

To email your camper, please include their name and camp in the subject line to

Are Scholarships Available? 

Yes! We never want money to be a barrier to come to camp. We are able to offer small scholarships to campers who fill out and return the Camp Chippewa Scholarship Application. We do recommend reaching out to your local United Methodist Church for more scholarship opportunities as well! 

What should my camper(s) bring to camp?

In the camper information packet, there is a downloadable checklist for your camper to keep track of his or her items.


Medications should be brought to camp in their original container inside a zip-lock bag and clearly labeled with your child’s name, and camp name. Parents, if your child has ever had asthma symptoms and has a prescribed inhaler, please be sure they bring it with them to camp as they are outside of their normal routine.


Please, use good judgment in choosing the clothing you bring to camp. Clothing should be appropriate for a Christian camp experience. Be sure to bring enough clothes for the number of days you will be at camp plus 1-2 extra.

  • PANTS, SHORTS, SHIRTS: light colored are best to stay cool
  • JEANS: for horseback riding  (Boots and Bible Camps WILL need long pants for every day’s trail ride) 
  • SWIMSUIT: Girls must have a one-piece or tankini style swimsuit; Boys must have trunks

Be sure what you bring is appropriate for walking on gravel, activity time, and hiking rough trails.

  • CLOSED TOE SHOES: Athletic or Trail/hiking
  • SANDALS: All sandals MUST have a back strap so they can be secured to the feet
  • FLIP FLOPS: for shower and pool time ONLY
  • BOOTS: Smooth sole and at least a 1” heel for Horseback riding. It is not necessary to purchase a pair. The camp does have boots that can be borrowed for this activity.
Bedding & Toiletries

(please write your name on items you bring to camp)

  • Sleeping bag/or bedding for twin size bed
  • Pillow
  • Towels, & washcloths for showering
  • Beach Towel for swimming
  • Toothbrush, toothpaste
  • Soap, Shampoo, Deodorant
  • Comb/hairbrush

(please write your name on items you bring to camp)

  • Backpack
  • Flashlight
  • Water bottle
  • Sunscreen
  • Bug repellent
  • Bible: We do have Bibles at Camp you are welcome to borrow during your time here at Camp.
  • Pen/pencil/notepad
  • Stationary/stamps

Keep these items at home:

  • Cell phones
  • Electronic games/readers/music devices/etc.
  • Expensive clothing/jewelry
  • Pocket knives
  • Food/candy

Electronic devices do not fit into the curriculum or wilderness nature of our camp. They can distract other campers, as well as keep your child, from participating in camp activities with fellow campers. Please check to make sure these items are not packed. Thank you.

Camp Chippewa will not assume responsibility for replacing/repairing items or charges incurred for items we request that you not bring.

Camp Chippewa Office

2577 Idaho Road
Ottawa, KS 66067-9007
Phone: 785-242-6797
Fax: 785-242-8525