Camp Policies

General Policies During Camp Sessions

  • Attendance is expected at all programmed activities.
  • Quiet hours are to be observed from 11:00 PM to 7:00 AM unless prior arrangements have been made.
  • There will be no tobacco products, alcoholic beverages, illegal drugs, fireworks, or firearms (including BB guns) permitted at Camp.
  • The private use of cell phones, radios, tape and CD players, boom boxes, and other electronic equipment is not permitted. This includes notebook or hand-held computers unless you have prior permission from Camp Administration.
  • Gambling is not permitted at Camp.
  • No gum is allowed at Camp.
  • No food or drinks are permitted in sleeping quarters.
  • Campers are responsible for breakage or destruction of Camp property. Vandalism to property will be charged to the camper or his/her guardian at full replacement cost.
  • Beds and other equipment may not be moved within rooms or from room to room without approval from the Session Director or Camp Administration.
  • No members of the opposite sex are permitted in the dorms, except for family and couples camp sessions.
  • There are no public phones at Camp. Campers may use the office phone only in extreme emergency and in the presence of a Camp Administration staff member.
  • No campers or staff members are allowed in the maintenance building, kitchen, specified staff areas, or private homes on the Camp property without permission from Camp Administration or the Session Director.
  • No campers or staff are permitted in any Camp office without permission from Camp Administration.
  • No one is to be at the lake by him or herself at any time. Children or youth under age 18 may be at the lake only with a responsible adult. No swimming is allowed in the cove. All activities at the waterfront are entered into at your own risk. Everyone is required to follow all posted rules at the waterfront.
  • In case of fire or other emergency, ring the camp bell continuously. Upon hearing the bell ring for an extended time, all campers and staff are to report immediately to the outside basketball court.

Swimming Pool

  • The lifeguards are in charge of the pool and pool area.
  • Campers and staff must always obey all posted rules and directions of the lifeguard, or they will be prohibited from using the pool.
  • All campers are required to take a swim test before entering the deep end of the pool.

Parental Contact During Camp Sessions

We do not encourage visits or phone calls because this can cause your child to become homesick and then want to go home. Should you have a concern about your child, please call us at (828)632-2987. We can let you speak with your child’s counselor and/or the director at camp to see how your child is doing. If for some reason you need to pick your child up early from camp, please let us know at check-in and check by the office when you come to pick him/her up.

We encourage you to send mail to your child. Send mail to Hickory Cove Bible Camp, 170 Ferguson Lane, Taylorsville, NC 28681. Should your child receive three letters in one day, he/she will be encouraged to sing a song at lunch, which is a tradition at camp. Please note – emails will not be counted towards the “singing” privilege. We ask that emails be limited as the number can tax our office staff.


The Camp Administration reserves the right to dismiss (send home) a camper who, in its opinion, is jeopardizing the safety and/or rights of others, or has rejected the reasonable authority and rules of the Camp. Grounds for sending home a camper include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Willful violation of swimming pool rules and lifeguard instructions.
  • Repeated failure to attend programmed activities.
  • Use of any prohibited items (radios, computers, tobacco, alcoholic beverages, illegal drugs, etc.).
  • Ongoing detriment to the spiritual component of the Camp session.


In case cancellation becomes necessary, all fees less the nonrefundable deposit are refundable if notification is received in writing 30 days prior to arrival at camp. All fees are refundable in the case of injury or illness prior to camp, with a written doctor’s explanation.

We recommend that you notify us of your cancellation by phoning the Camp at 828-632-2987. You may also cancel by sending an e-mail to In all cases, we recommend that you ask for confirmation of your cancellation and keep a record of the date and time you notified us and the person you talked with (if you cancel by phone). If you are entitled to a refund, you should receive a check within two weeks of the date of your cancellation.

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