What is check in time?

Arrival day check in is prior to 11:00 PM EDT. We are on Eastern Daylight Time. Departure day check out is in the AM.

What time are meals served?

Breakfast 7:30, Lunch 12:30, Dinner 6:00. Lunches on your mission days are packed in coolers and will be ready to pick up after 8:45 prior to departure for your mission project site each day.

When is our first and last meal at camp?

Your first meal at camp will be dinner on arrival day. If you arrive after the scheduled dinner time of 6:00 PM, your first meal at camp will be breakfast the morning after you arrive. Breakfast on departure day will be your last meal at camp.

What type of food is served?

Southern Appalachian Home Style Cooking.

Do you have a vegetarian menu?

This is available with notice prior to arrival.

Is there a variety of menu items?

Yes. The rotated menu items listed are not all served every day.

Breakfast food items rotated throughout the week are: Bacon, sausage, biscuits, gravy, scrambled eggs, pancakes, and French toast. A full continental breakfast bar with cereal, muffins, milk, juice and fruit will be available every morning.

Pack Out Lunch food items rotated throughout the week are: Turkey & cheese, Italian subs, Ham & cheese, Roast beef & cheese, PB&J’s when available. Fruit cups or jello will be in your lunch coolers each day. Apples and oranges are available each day in the dining hall for you to take with you for lunch.

Dinner food items rotated throughout the week are: Chicken tenders, spaghetti with meat sauce, hamburgers, tacos, macaroni and cheese, green beans, corn, French fries, nachos & cheese and dessert (brownies, chocolate cake, cobbler). A full salad bar will be available each evening with dinner.

Will we need spending money?

A camp store with candy, drinks, snacks, ice cream, t-shirts, postcards, caps, toothpaste, soap, and photos of your raft trip will be open at posted times throughout the week. You will need money for your night out on the town.

What can you tell me about free time?

During the last few years many groups have requested free time and an opportunity to enjoy a meal out away from camp. As a result, we have set aside one night (usually Wednesday) as Your Night Out on the Townfor you to do this on your own. Payment for this meal is not included in the camp price and will be your responsibility. There are many economical restaurants close by. A list of local restaurants with phone numbers will be included in your “check in” packet.

What do we do in the evenings?

After dinner, a private campfire site is provided for you and your young people to engage in group conversation, devotion, and reflections of the day. Starting your campfire is a great team building event for your group. You may want to divide into teams and assign building the campfire to a different team each night.

What is the lodging like?

Lodging is bunk style and rustic…separate rooms for boys and girls. A variety of room sizes that sleep 8-18 people will be assigned based on your male and female numbers. There are lights, electrical outlets, and a fan in each room. You may bring additional fans. There is no A/C. Each guest needs to bring their own bedroll…a pillow, towel, sleeping bag or top sheet and blanket for the bunk beds.

What about bathrooms?

Our bathhouses offer privacy, showers, and are separate for boys and girls. Each bathhouse has a dressing area with mirrors, electrical outlets for hair dryers, curling irons and such. There is plenty of hot water.

How many chaperones do we need?

Most groups come with a ratio of 1:10. A chaperone must be at least 18 years old and responsible.

Is there an age limit for campers?

Mission participation and camp activities are suitable for ages 11 and up with the exception of the following: One must be 12 years old to participate in the guided Class III Ocoee River whitewater rafting. Anyone younger may ride on our river shuttle bus following the trip down the river and stopping at different spots to watch the rafts go through the rapids. If your group has several 11 year olds, you may opt to have one of your chaperones take them tubing or horseback riding while the rest of the group goes rafting. Be sure to let us know prior to your arrival if you plan to do this.

What about transportation?

A) Transportation for the whitewater rafting trip will be provided by Eagle Ranch.

B) Transportation to and from mission project sites is your responsibility.

C) Transportation to and from the tubing location (10 minutes away) is your responsibility.

D) If your group is working on multiple project sites, be sure your vehicle configuration (vans, cars, trucks, buses) will accommodate transporting your split groups to the various work sites. Groups are split into relatively equal numbers.

Do you provide medical insurance to campers?

No, campers visiting Eagle Ranch should have adequate insurance to cover any injury or sickness.

Is there cellular telephone service?

Yes, Verizon cell service is very good at Eagle Ranch. Other service can be picked up half mile away.

May we bring our laptop?

Yes.

May we add an additional day to our visit in order to go zip-lining, horseback trail riding, take another rafting trip, work on another project or play team paintball?

Absolutely! Let us know and we will send you an Extended Stay Selection Form.

Can you provide a little information on the rafting trip?

Rafting on the Ocoee River is included in the mission week price. It is a safe and exciting Class III whitewater experience and is suitable for youth 12 years of age and older. Each raft has a guide and carries 4-6 passengers. All passengers paddle.

What is the optimum number of participants we should bring to camp

Any size group, large or small, works well. The variety of service projects offered in this Appalachian community gives all groups an opportunity to experience and see the many faces of real Appalachia.

What are the participant guidelines for each project site?

In order to optimize the full value of each project site and give each participant a safe, active and rewarding experience there is an optimum number of participants recommended on each project site. Large groups are divided into recommended optimum size work crews on separate project sites. Many large groups rotate their crews to different types of projects on alternating days so the youth have the opportunity to experience multiple types of service projects. The maximum number of participants on Environmental, & Interactive projects is 20. The maximum number of participants on Humanitarian, Habitat and Helping Hands Projects is 16.

What if our group exceeds the maximum number?

If your group participant number exceeds the maximum number for a particular type of project you may split accordingly among different types of projects. Example: 60 participants may split on one day with 20 participants working on an Environmental project, 20 on an Interactive project, 10 on a Habitat and the remaining 10 on a Humanitarian project. You may choose to flip flop your groups on the other project days so everyone has the opportunity to experience each type of project.

When do we find out what our mission projects are?

When you reserve your camp dates you may choose which type project you’d like to work on for each of your mission days. You are not limited to
one type. You may choose a different project type for each day. If your group is large you may divide your group into optimum-sized work crews and choose several different project types for each day. We assign projects based on your choice of type, the need in the community and the skills you’ve listed on your Group Information Sheet. Your mission choices may be made from the following project types:

For more information on mission projects, click here!

 

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