Attention Hoover Families! Registration is open for a brand new six-week summer camp program produced by the Church at Ross Bridge called “Camp Connect."

Camp details:

When: June 24-Aug. 2, Monday-Friday from 9a-4p with the option for an extended day pass *Camp will not be offered July 4 & 5

Where: The Church at Ross Bridge (newly renovated!) and field trip locations such as the Birmingham Zoo, Oak Mountain, swimming pools, and Treetop Family Adventure

Who: Rising 1st through 6th graders being led by college age counselors with the energy, enthusiasm, and camp experience to give our campers a summer they’ll never forget!

How: Visit the links below to register!

Cost: $135 - Cost per week including 125$ tuition and 10$ field trip transportation fee (*Only $85 for the week of July 1-3)

$30 - Registration fee (non-refundable, comes with a one-of-a-kind Camp Connect t-shirt)

$15 - Optional extended-day pass good for any 5 early drop Offs (7:30-8:45a) or late pick ups (4:15-5:30p)... All proceeds go to our foster family scholarship fund! (see below)

Sample schedule for a non-field trip day:

8:45-9: Camper drop-off

9-9:30: Opening ceremonies with a skit about God’s love for the whole world

9:30-10:30: Cabin bonding time (1st-2nd graders playing poison dart frog in the small field, 3rd-4th graders playing raider ball in the big field and 5th-6th graders playing capture the flag extreme at the park)

10:30-11:30: Guest missionary comes to tell campers about her incredible and exciting experiences in East Asia

11:30-12:15: Prayer, worship songs, and lunch

12:15-2:00: Choice time: Campers can choose to play on the blow up water slide, compete in the lego tower building competition,  paint their own world map, or all of the above!

2-2:45: Cabin devotions, reading time, and snack

2:45-3:45: Special activity: Hungry Hippos in real life (camp store will be open for campers to spend their hard-earned camp dollars during this time)

3:45-4: Clean-up and closing ceremonies

4-4:15: Camper pick-up

Why camp “connect?”

At the Church at Ross Bridge, our goal is to connect everyone who walks through our doors to the abundant life in Jesus Christ, and camp connect is grounded in those same convictions. Camp will be divided into three two-week sessions. During each session we will emphasize one of the key connections that makes up the abundant life. In the first session, we will focus on connecting with each other by sharing exciting experiences together and learning about how God connects his church under one mission. In the second session, we will connect with God through fun worship songs and through lessons about developing a healthy relationship with him. Finally, in the third, we will connect with the world by hearing from international missionaries and learning about other cultures. We hope you’ll connect with us!

A note from the director:

I believe that summers present an incredible opportunity for growth in all the areas of child development that can’t be taught in the classroom alone. Summer is a time when children can learn the selflessness it takes to enjoy playing with others, the courage it takes to try new things, and the creativity it takes to have fun. It’s a time when children can learn the satisfaction that comes from reading a good book, the thrill that comes from completing a brand new adventure, and the sense of accomplishment that comes from a job well done. Finally, the most important lesson I’ve learned from all the camps I’ve worked for over the past several years is that summer is a time when children can learn how great life can be when you’re a part of a close-knit community that is committed to making the most of each day, to having as much fun as possible in everything you do, and to making memories that will last a lifetime.

Unfortunately, summers too often fail to meet their full potential in children’s lives because summer care options are only concerned with providing a convenient place for children to kill time while their parents are at work. This is why we are not a day care. We are a camp. Our staff aims to be much more than just referees and peacekeepers. We aim to be counselors who pour into the lives of children as we lead them through programming and take them on trips that will help them learn, grow, and have fun!

Registration information:

To register your child, you will need to complete the Camp Connect Registration Form and pay your registration fee of $30 within 48 hours of completing the registration form. If your registration fee is not paid within 48 hours of completing the registration form, you may forfeit your spot.

The registration form is online and can be found at this link:

The link to pay your registration fee is: Select "Camp Connect" from the drop down menu.
Based on the weeks and other options selected on your form, you will receive a bill via email no less than two weeks after you register. The balance will be due no later than May 15th.

Field Trip Schedule:

Check back here to see all of the fun experiences your child will have over the summer as we finalize our field trip schedule throughout late March and early April.

Foster Family Scholarship Fund:

Due to the generourisity of CARB members, we have had the opportunity to sponsor several foster children to be able to attend camp through the ABCH and the UMHC. All proceeds from extended day passes will go toward this fund as well so that we can connect as many children as we can with God, each other, and the world this summer!

Due to our busy summer schedule, my child will only be able to attend one week of camp. Will they still have a positive experience? 

We've designed camp programming in such a way as to help your campers have the best experience possible no matter what your family schedule looks like. Consequently, we will ensure the campers who attend every week of camp will be getting new experiences and new programming throughout the whole summer. At the same time, rest assured that we'll make sure campers who are only able to drop in for a week or two will not feel lost or out of place. 

Other Questions:

Please email camp director Jonathan Punt at or give him a call at 352.530.7214. He loves to talk Camp Connect!