Island Lake Summer Camps
At Island Lake, we don't care if you're a self-proclaimed adrenaline junky or if you get a little woozy around heights; if you fancy yourself the adventurous type, Island Lake has the outdoor experience you've been searching for. From paintball to dirt bikes and a skate park on the property, a week at Island Lake is the adventure-seeker's paradise.
A classic Pacific Northwest summer camp, Island Lake provides everything you need to take your summer to the next level: fun, friends, and a growing relationship with God!
Activities | Island Lake
- Free Time Activities: Skateboarding, Disc Golf, Arts & Crafts, Basketball, Boating, Bouldering Wall, Soccer, Volleyball, Waterfront
- Group Cabin Activities: Paintball, Archery, and High Ropes Course (Ropes - Middle and Teen only)
- Optional Add-Ons: Moto-X, Paintball
You ready to go?! Island Lake's experienced riding instructors are ready to train riders of all levels during Moto-Xperience! Instructors enhance the abilities of campers on over 100 acres of trails and a full Moto-X course. Our instructors are some of the best in the business, making safety a top priority. One hour per day. Pre-registration is required to participate, and riders must be at least 4'8" tall.
Strap on your mask and goggles and get in the arena! Choose from the one-hour "Paintball" game or the two-hour "Paintball Track." We provide all supplies (leave your gear at home!) and the fee includes paintballs, marker, mask and field maintenance. FYI: Paintball hurts a bit. Bruising may occur. One or two hours per day.
High Ropes Course
Nothing builds confidence, trust, and a serious bond like hanging out high in the trees together! The Ropes Course has cabin mates work together as they go through an 8-element challenge course high in the trees! Challenging? Yes! Safe? Absolutely! Campers wear protective equipment, harnesses, and receive detailed instructions and practice from our stellar staff before heading up.
Wanna make a huge splash this summer? Island Lake's waterfront has endless opportunities! Soar down the 30' water slide, fly through the air on The Blog, climb the 9' Iceberg, or jump in a canoe, row boat, or "funyak" to learn proper boating techniques and safety. The water front is waiting for you!
10,000 square feet of skating heaven? Yes please! Practice your tricks or learn new ones at the Island Lake skate park. Bring your own equipment, or use ours. Helmets are a MUST, because let's face it – cool kids strap 'em on. Bring your board or blades, but please leave your BMX bikes at home.
Bows and arrows are all the rage these days. So learn proper form, safety and skills in the highly-supervised Archery range.
Arts & Crafts
You can't always show off the fun you had at camp once you go home . . . unless you make an awesome art or craft! Get creative and have a blast painting, beading—whatever your creative mind can think of!
Island Lake is filled with kids looking for the next game to play. Gather a few of the rowdiest and start a soccer match on the field, a 3-on-3 tournament at the basketball courts, or attempt to hit the ball over the net on our beach volleyball court. This is what summer's all about.
Over 12 feet tall and 35 feet long, the Island Lake climbing or "bouldering" wall is the perfect place to practice your rock climbing techniques and hone your skills
Fore! Get out on the Island Lake 18-hole Disc Golf course and challenge your friends to the classic camp game. Traverse the wooded course from beginning to end with the disc and a flick of your wrist; if you finish with the least number of throws, declare yourself the winner!
Rates + Dates | Island Lake
Weeklong Overnight Camps 2016 - Registration opens October 1
- Teen Camp
- Boys/Girls Grades 7-12
- July 3 - 9 (Sunday 4pm to Saturday 9am)
- Junior Camp^
- Boys/Girls Grades 4-6
- July 24-29 (Sunday 4pm to Friday 9am)
- Middle School Camp^
- Boys/Girls Grade 7-8
- July 31 - August 6 (Sunday 4pm to Saturday 9am)
^ Meysen Tomodachi week (with campers from Japan)
** Grade child will be entering in the Fall
Island Lake Add-On Options
- Paintball (1 hour/day)
- Junior Camp $45
- Middle School / Teen Camp $55
- Paintball Track (2 hours/day)
- Junior Camp: $88
- Middle School / Teen Camp: $109
- Moto-X Dirt Bike Instruction (1 hour/day)
- Junior Camp: $88
- Middle School / Teen Camp: $109
Maps + Directions
Find driving directions to Island Lake below. See you soon!
Driving Directions to Island Lake
Poulsbo, WA 98370
From the Edmonds/Kingston Ferry - Stay on the main road toward Poulsbo for nine miles (seven signal lights and one caution light) and turn right at the seventh light onto Hwy. 305 (intersection of Hwy. 305 and Bond Rd.) At the next signal light, turn left onto Viking Way. Directions continued below.
From the Seattle/Bainbridge Island Ferry - Stay on Hwy. 305 to Poulsbo. Continue for approx 12.8 miles to the intersection of Hwy. 305 and Viking Way. Turn left onto Viking Way. Directions continued below.
From Viking Way - Go five miles, five signal lights, south to Ridgetop Blvd. Turn left. Take the first left onto NW Gallery St. At the stop sign turn right onto Island Lake Rd. and follow the road down to the ISLAND LAKE sign. Turn right on Camp Court NW and continue on into camp.
From Tacoma and I-5 - Take I-5 to the Hwy. 16/Bremerton exit. Follow Hwy. 16 across the Tacoma Narrows Bridge and through Gorst to Hwy. 3 north (to Hood Canal Bridge/Silverdale). Take Hwy. 3 north to the Hwy. 308 east/Keyport exit. Turn right and go east one mile to the signal light. Turn right onto Silverdale Way. Go 1.5 miles, two stop lights south to Ridgetop Blvd. Turn left. Take the first left onto NW Gallery St. At the stop sign turn right onto Island Lake Rd. and follow the road down to the ISLAND LAKE sign. Turn right on Camp Court NW and continue on into camp.
FAQs | Island Lake
What does an average day at Island Lake look like?
It looks like awesome food, tons of games, and a plethora of opportunities for campers to expand their horizons. We rock out at Fireside each night while learning about a God who is wild about us. We also take care of some house cleaning along the way—we admire responsibility and character as much as an adventurous spirit! Our sample schedule below lets you in on the day-to-day adventures at Island Lake.
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!
This schedule is only a sample of a possible day at camp.
The schedule may vary depending upon age group and specific day of the week.
Can my child be in a cabin with his/her friends?
Friends are good. Cabin mate friends are even better! Be sure to request a cabin with your child's friends during registration (you can request up to two friends who are within two grade levels of each other). Our super awesome 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?
Check-In begins at 4:00 p.m. on Sunday (please arrive between 4:00 and 5:00 p.m. Sunday afternoon). Check-Out is at 9:00 a.m. on Friday.
Middle School and Teen Camps **
Check-In begins at 4:00 p.m. on Sunday (please arrive between 4:00 and 5:00 p.m. Sunday afternoon). Check-Out is at 9:00 a.m. on Saturday.
*Any special health needs or medications should be turned in to the Health Supervisor during check-in.
**Teen campers who drive to camp must report to and turn in their car keys to the camp leadership team.
Does my child have to know how to swim?
We don't judge non-swimmers here, but we do check to make sure campers are safe in the water. Camper swim checks take place Sunday after check-in. 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 staff. Please be prepared for this and have swimwear accessible. Campers who pass the swim test will have access to all waterfront activities; other campers will enjoy on-shore fun.
Can I call or visit my child at camp?
We are 100% conscious of our great responsibility to care for your camper. 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, click here to find out how.
Should my child bring money to camp?
We use a "bank" system so campers don't have to keep track of cash during the week. You may send store deposits with your camp fee payments, call our office at least two weeks before your camp session, or deposit spending money directly into your camper's store account when you check in on the first day of camp. After camp, any bank balance of $10 or less will be donated to the CRISTA Camps scholarship fund. Any amount over $10 can be picked up in the store when you check out. Refunds will be held for two weeks, after which time they will be donated.
Spending money may be used for the following:
- Camp clothing and merchandise (stickers, t-shirts, sweatshirts, hats, etc.): $0.50 - $45.00
- Snacks and beverages (candy limit is $3/day): $0.25 - $3.00
- Photos will be available to view on the CRISTA Camps Facebook page
Help! My child left an item at camp!
We hate when that happens! Here are some tips to help:
Please be sure to label all belongings with camper's name and phone number. If you discover that your camper left something behind, call with a detailed description of the item and the week of camp attended. We will attempt to locate the item and mail it to you. You will be asked to provide the postage required to return the item. All unclaimed items will be donated at the end of the summer.
What Should my Child Bring to Camp?
Be sure to label all belongings with your camper's name and phone number. If your camper leaves something behind, call with a detailed description of the item and the week of camp attended—we'll try out darndest to get it back to you!
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
- Bible, notebook, pen (Bibles available)
- Skateboard or skates (for skate park participants)
- Leather boots and jeans (for Moto-X participants)
What to leave at home:
- Cell phones
- iPods/MP3s, DVD or CD players
- Fishing gear
- Personal sports equipment
- Expensive items
- DON'T EVEN THINK ABOUT IT: 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.
Register now for summer camp at Island Lake!
When registering online, you have the option to make a $200 deposit and payments towards your balance.
If you would like to register by mail, email, or fax, please print and submit the Summer Camp Registration Form.
** All camps must be paid in full 30 days prior to camp start date **