Answers to Frequently Asked Questions

Eligibilty

Young women who will be finishing 7th grade in the spring are eligible to attend Oakcrest that same year.  If a young woman has been held back in school a year, she must wait until she has completed the 7th grade to attend Oakcrest, regardless of the reason.  Home-schooled young women can use birth dates to determine eligibility.  For Oakcrest 2021, a home-schooled young woman’s birthdate must be between September 1, 2007, and August 31, 2008.  Campers may only attend Oakcrest once. Due to overcrowding, in 2014, we prayerfully decided to limit registration to 7th-grade girls.   We appreciate your support and understanding in this matter.

In 2021, 8th graders who registered to attend Oakcrest in 2020 but were unable to attend due to COVID-19 restrictions, will be able to register for Oakcrest through Open Enrollment beginning on April 1, 2021.

Campers Who are Not Members of The Church

Campers of other faiths are welcome at Oakcrest. Standards of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints will be followed and taught at camp. If a young woman resides in a participating stake and is a nonmember, she may register with that stake and pay the $125.00 participating fee. Campers of other faiths who do not belong to an Oakcrest participating stake may register during our open enrollment period. All campers must have the signatures of the bishops from the wards in which they reside on their Signature Forms.

Campers from Another Stake

If a young woman from another participating stake wants to attend with your stake, she must register and pay the $125.00 fee with her stake.  If a young woman (member or nonmember) from a nonparticipating stake wants to attend with your stake, she must wait and register through open enrollment (beginning April 1, 2022) and pay the $150.00 nonparticipating stake fee. She can request the stake with which she would like to attend on her registration form. Instructions for Open Enrollment are found on the website under the Registration tab.

Nonparticipating Stake Campers

With the exception of 2021, Oakcrest is available for open enrollment after our 100+ participating stakes register in March. Open weeks will be posted on the website by April 1. Please see the Registration tab above for Open Enrollment instructions. The registration fee for a non-participating stake members is higher to help cover the maintenance fee paid by Oakcrest participating stakes.

Special Needs Campers

Unfortunately, Oakcrest  is not for everyone. We do not have wheel-chair accessible cabins or bathrooms. Girls with severe emotional or physical needs would be better off attending their ward and/or stake camps.  Young women who come to Oakcrest should be able to function independently. Some young women with physical or mental needs that need a little individual help can come with a buddy.  Buddies must be between 16-18 years old. They do not have to pay the registration fee. For more information see go to Special Needs Campers under the Forms tab.

Registration Changes

You may switch weeks as long as we have your online registration at least two weeks before camp starts and the week you are requesting still has spots available. For a list of available weeks and instructions, see Open Enrollment under the Registration tab above.  You may also attend on a week other than your stake’s assigned week.  If you are a member of a participating stake but would like to attend with another participating stake, you must still register with your stake.

Last-Minute Registrations

Unfortunately, Oakcrest does not accept last-minute registrations.  Registration needs to be complete two weeks before attending camp, but you can check to see if there is an open spot on another week by checking the Open Enrollment page.

Cancellations and Refunds

Oakcrest does not give refunds. Cancellations made less than two weeks away from your camp date are not eligible for replacements. If a young woman cancels prior to this time, she may work with her Young Women leader to find an eligible replacement. In this case, fee reimbursements must be worked out between the two families or the stake.  A young woman who must cancel due to illness or injury has the option of coming on a different week where openings are still available, as long as the camp date is more than two weeks away. She will not be eligible to attend the next year.

Luggage Labeling

Each stake should distribute duct tape in their assigned color.  Assigned colors are listed on the camp schedule.  All luggage, backpacks, sleeping bags, pillows, and cameras must be marked, using the colored tape, with the camper’s first and last name and parent/guardian’s cell phone number.  Experience has shown that the colored tape is the best way to get lost items back to their owners.  We highly recommend that stakes meet before Monday to distribute the colored tape and mark luggage items. 

Bus Tickets

Participating stake campers will obtain their bus tickets from their stake leaders on busing day. Oakcrest will provide these tickets to each stake leader on busing day. If a camper is not attending with a stake or going with another stake, she will obtain her ticket at the Open Enrollment table on busing day.

Leaving Early or Arriving Late

If a young woman needs to leave Oakcrest early, an Early Camper Release form must be filled out and turned in at the busing location on Monday morning before she leaves for camp. The form should be turned in at the Open Enrollment table or given to a stake leader. Please be aware that Oakcrest gates close at 9:30 pm. Early release campers must be picked up before this time. If a young woman plans on arriving late, she should notify her stake leader prior to camp, who can then contact a member of the Oakcrest Women’s Committee to make arrangements.  

Phone Calls and Visits

Cell phones are not allowed at Oakcrest Camp.  Please do not send cell phones with your camper or allow her to take a cell phone. To ensure the best possible Oakcrest experience, personal phone calls and personal visits are not allowed at camp. We encourage parents to write to their daughters. Campers love to get letters from home. Please allow 3-4 days for mail to arrive.  Send mail addressed to them c/o Oakcrest Girls Camp, 5850 East Bench Creek Road, Kamas, UT 84036. You are also welcome to volunteer to be a chaperone and ride the buses with the campers on Monday or Friday. If your daughter is ill, terribly homesick, or has another serious problem, we will contact you by phone. If there is an emergency at home, please contact your stake leader for help with contacting your daughter at camp. Please note that emails sent through the website are received by a women’s committee member in the valley and not by the camp itself. Oakcrest is a wonderful, fun, spiritual, busy camp, and we are confident that your daughter will have a memorable and enriching week.

Cabin Groups

Cabin groups are made up of 10-12 young women from different stakes across the valley. There are “singles” in every cabin, as many girls choose to come alone to make new friends. We recognize that other girls prefer the security of having a friend in their group. Therefore, we do allow two to three to room together in the same cabin. When these friends put each other’s names on their registration form, it’s easy to ensure they will be in the same cabin. When campers put names down that don’t match each other or request more than two people as their roommates, requested cannot be honored. Campers should contact their stake leader if they have concerns about their roommates. No more than 3 girls from the same stake will be placed in the same counselor group.

Showers

We are fortunate at Oakcrest to be able to offer our campers one shower per week after their hike.

Cameras

You can bring a digital camera, but be aware that many cameras are lost each summer. If you choose to bring a camera, please label it with your name and phone number.  Be sure to leave your cell phone at home.

Medication (Prescription and OTC)

Multivitamins and other over-the-counter medication should be in their original containers, but can be kept in the cabin with you.  Please put medications in a ziplock bag containing a small card labeled with your name and instructions as to how and when they should be taken. Prescriptions medications should also be in their original containers in a separate ziplock bag and should also contain instructions as to how and when they should be taken.  Prescription medications will be kept in the first aid office.

Campers are allowed to carry rescue inhalers, epipens, and diabetic medications and supplies with them at all times.

Snacks

Campers can bring snacks from home. Please label items with her name since all snacks are placed in sealed bins in the cabins to prevent “critters” from coming into the cabins.  Campers who are not nut free but are assigned to the nut free cabin cannot bring snacks containing nuts.  Snacks are not allowed to be eaten on the bus ride to and from camp.

Lost and Found

Most items left without a name will be kept for three weeks and then taken to Deseret Industries. Valuable items, such as cameras, will be kept for three months. Items labeled with your stake’s assigned colored duct tape will be returned to your stake leader.  Check with her first to find your items. You may also contact oakcrestcamp@gmail.com within the time period stated above to claim your lost items.

Young Women Activity Night

See the Young Women Activity Night information form under the Leaders tab on the website for information and instructions.

Employment

Oakcrest is always looking for qualified candidates. Check the Employment tab on the website in September for applications and deadlines for the following summer.

Group Reservations

Unfortunately, Oakcrest is not open to outside groups or church groups. Oakcrest is a camp dedicated to serve over 3,000 girls from 100+ stakes during all 11 weeks of summer. The few remaining weeks without snow each year are spent maintaining and improving the camp.

Purchasing Oakcrest Songbooks or CD’s

Oakcrest songbooks are available for $3.00 each. Songbooks have lyrics and guitar chords only, no written music is included. We also have a 2-CD set of the music for $3.00. You may either pick them up from a Women’s Committee member, or you may have them shipped to you. Orders can be received by contacting us on the Contact Page.  Songs are also available for download on the website.