CRISTA Camps FAQs - Happy boy at Camp


It’s normal to have questions. We want to make sure you and your camper are prepared. Look at our FAQ list to find answers to commonly asked questions, and if you have more, contact us.

FAQ List

What does an average day at Miracle Ranch look like?

Miracle Ranch days look like great food, tons of games, and adventure for campers to expand their horizons. Campers form lasting friendships and rock out at Fireside each night while learning about a God who is wild about them. Our sample schedule below lets you in on the day-to-day adventures at Miracle Ranch. 

Sample Schedule

8:30 AM: Breakfast
9:15 AM: Cabin Clean-Up
9:45 AM: All-Camp Game
11:00 AM: Cabin Activity
12:15 PM: Lunch
1:00-5:00 PM: Free time (scheduled elective activities)
6:00 PM: Dinner
7:00 PM: Camp Activity
8:00 PM: Fireside
9:00 PM: Cabin Reflection Time
9:30 PM: Evening Activity
10:30 PM: Lights out!

Can my child be in the cabin with his/her friends?

Friends are good. Cabin mate friends are even better! Be sure to request to share a cabin with your child’s friend on the supplemental form received via email after registration is submitted (you can request up to two friends). Our accommodating staff will give campers the red carpet treatment when they arrive, escorting them to their home away from home. 

What time is check-in and check-out?

Teen Weekend

Check-in: Friday 4:00 pm - Check-out: Sunday 9:00 am

Operation Xtreme

Check-in: Sunday 4:00 pm - Check-out: Friday 9:00 am

Middle School Camp

Check-in: Tuesday 4:00 pm - Check-out: Saturday 9:00 am

Junior Camp

Check-in: Sunday 4:00 pm - Check-out: Friday 9:00 am

Mini Jr. Horse X #1

Check-in: Sunday 4:00 pm - Check-out: Wednesday 7:00 pm

Teen Horse X

Check-in: Sunday 4:00 pm - Check-out: Friday 7:00 pm

Junior Horse X

Check-in: Sunday 4:00 pm - Check-out: Thursday 7:00 pm

Mini Jr Horse X #2

Check-in: Sunday 4:00 pm - Check-out: Wednesday 7:00 pm

Does my child need to know how to swim?

Our first priority at camp is safety. Non-swimmers are welcome, but we do check to make sure campers are safe in the water. Camper swim checks take place Sunday after check-in or Monday at the first waterfront session. The test consists of a short lap swim and a short session of treading water in our swim area under the supervision of our waterfront lifeguards. Please be prepared for this and have swimwear accessible. Campers who pass the swim test will have access to all waterfront activities with life jackets available; other campers will enjoy onshore fun. 

Can I call or visit my child at camp?

It’s hard not to check in to see how your child is doing at camp, but they will feel empowered if you can trust that they are okay. We promise their safety and happiness is our goal and in the case of an emergency, you will be notified immediately. However, we do not allow personal phone calls or visits during the camp session due to the interruption to the schedule and the effect on camper morale. If a serious concern arises, you may contact the camp director to discuss the situation. If you’d like to send a letter, package, or email, see below.

Snail Mail
Camper’s Name/Camp Week
15999 Sydney Road SW
Port Orchard, WA 98367

[email protected]
Subject: Camper’s Name/Camp Week

What should my child bring to camp?

What to bring to camp:

  • Sleeping bag and pillow

  • Fitted sheet for bunk bed (optional)

  • Toiletries (towel, soap, toothbrush, etc.)

  • Footwear for showers and waterfront

  • Change of clothing and shoes (5 days, 6 nights)

  • Towel & swimsuit (one-piece or modest tankini for girls)

  • Warm jacket

  • Flashlight

  • Bible, notebook, pen (Bibles available)

  • Leather boots and jeans (for Moto-X participants)

  • “Grubby” clothes or riding apparel, including boots or sturdy shoes (for horsemanship activities)

What to leave at home:

  • Cell phones (phones brought to camp will be kept in the office until camp check-out)

  • iPods/MP3s, DVD or CD players

  • Radios

  • Fishing gear

  • Knives

  • Fireworks

  • Personal sports equipment

  • Animals

  • Expensive items

  • Alcohol, drugs and weapons of any kind

NOTE: High school campers who drive to camp must report to and turn in their car keys to the camp leadership team at check-in.