Catalyst Camps, a division of
Cedar Lake Ministries, is located 45 miles south of Chicago, Illinois
in Northwest Indiana, just east of US-41 in Cedar Lake, Indiana


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 Camper Health and Safety
Catalyst Camps is committed to providing a healthy, positive and Christian environment for campers and our staff. Through education and intentionality we believe we can create a safe camp experience for everyone. The sections below represent a summary of initiatives Catalyst Camps takes to help protect campers, staff and families.

We are accredited by CCCA (Christian Camp and Conference Association).

Health Services

While sickness and serious injuries are rare and we do our best to keep camp a safe and pleasant experience for everyone, campers may develop a sickness or undergo injury. Therefore, Catalyst Camps recruits a certified physician or nurse who provides 24-hour care during each week of summer camp and each weekend of winter camp. Also, we understand that campers will require medical care for a variety of reasons while at camp. We ask families to provide all pertinent medical and behavioral health information on the camper health forms. All medications and health histories are confidential. All medications brought to camp are required to be checked-in with the medical personnel at registration to ensure proper distribution during camp.

Advanced medical care is provided by Franciscan St. Anthony Health, a full-service medical center located approximately 17 minutes from camp. Emergency EMS transportation is available less than two minutes away, if needed.


Food Service
The dining hall is managed by a full-time, year round certified Food Service Manager. A professional-grade cooking facility and approved hood and extinguishing system are used. The dining hall is inspected by county health officials regularly as required by the state of Indiana. All food is purchased by our Food Service Director through reputable, insured vendors. We are used to working with campers who may have dietary restrictions or food allergies. To best care for your child, please inform us on the registration form of any allergies effectively prepare to provide great care for your child. If after reviewing your registration form we have further questions, our Program Director, Food Service Director or Camp Nurse may contact you prior to camp to ensure proper care will be provided.


To keep our camp tuition to a minimum, we have chosen not to provide camper insurance. Therefore, expenses incurred when a camper is treated by an outside medical provider are covered by the parent or guardian and/or their personal insurance, if available. The camp's policy regarding medical coverage parallels those medical policies set forth by most elementary and secondary schools.


Activity and Environment

Supervision, security and safety procedures are an integral part of our 24-hour daily operation. Activities at camp are scheduled and closely supervised. Rules are communicated and campers receive instruction before engaging in activities. Good supervisory control is stressed and maintained throughout the day. All equipment, activity areas and facilities are well maintained by a full-time maintenance department and checked for potential hazards. Camper interaction is closely monitored to ensure a bully-free environment. At Catalyst Camps, we know that campers’ favorite activities often involve the waterfront, but we also understand that the waterfront is along the most high-risk areas of camp. Therefore, swimming is only allowed in the swimming area during daylight hours when a certificated lifeguard is present. Proper consideration is made regarding lifeguard to camper ratio depending on age and skill of the swimmers. (Please note, due to the shallow nature of Cedar Lake, the swimming area has a maximum depth of four feet in the swimming area, and campers are not allowed on the dock to prevent diving into shallow waters.) Furthermore, properly fitted and secured flotation device must be worn at all times when campers are in boats, canoes or kayaks. Water equipment can only be used in designated area, following state laws and when a lifeguard is present.

Staffing and Training
As a parent, you are concerned with who influences your child and so are we. We believe it is imperative that staff members are properly screened and possess the training, abilities and passion required to mentor and care for your camper.

Summer Staff, including program assistants, counselors and support staff, typically consist of college-age students. Hiring practices include an application process, references, interviews and criminal and sexual offender background checks.

Summer Staff receives 40-80 hours of intensive job specific training including proper use and safety procedures for activities and equipment and emergency action procedures in case of fire, storms, suspicious persons, etc. Also, the summer staff are trained to provide proper care and direction depending on age-group of the campers. Training also includes Child Protection Policies regarding modesty, reporting, appropriate behavior and touch and securing a bully-free environment. Catalyst Camps employs a Program Director and Summer Staff Program Assistants who manage all summer staff.



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