Frequently Asked Questions

Who is eligible to attend Oakcrest?

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 2020, a home-schooled young woman’s birthdate must be between September 1, 2006, and August 31, 2007.  Campers may only attend Oakcrest once.

Why are you so strict on not letting 6th or 8th graders attend?

As with all aspects of Oakcrest camp, this decision was not made lightly. We simply don’t have room at the camp for other age groups to attend.  In 2014, we prayerfully decided to only let 7th grade girls come once during the summer.   We appreciate your support and understanding in this matter.

I would love for my daughter to attend Oakcrest, but we do not live in an Oakcrest participating stake.  Is there any way she can still attend?

Yes. 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.

How are cabin groups determined?

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 cards, it’s easy for the stake leader 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, stake leaders must contact the involved young women and their parents before roommates will be assigned.  We follow what the stake leaders have given us and do not change roommates at camp. 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.

Can I switch weeks once I have registered or attend during a week other than my stake’s assigned week?

Yes, you may switch weeks as long as we have your registration materials 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.

If I decide the night before my stake leaves for Oakcrest that I want to come, can I still register?

Unfortunately, no.  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.

What if a camper needs to leave early or arrive late?

If a young woman needs to leave Oakcrest early, an Early Camper Release form must be filled out and turned in at the Oakcrest Central Busing Location on Monday morning before she leaves for camp. The form should be turned in at the registration table. 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.  A young woman can arrive late to Oakcrest or leave early, but she shouldn’t be doing both unless prior approval has been obtained.

If a camper cancels, can she receive a refund or find someone to replace her?

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.

I am a stake leader in an Oakcrest participating stake, can nonmembers or girls who are not in my stake attend with my stake?

If a young woman resides in your stake and is a nonmember, she may register with your stake and pay the $125.00 participating fee.  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. There is a section on the Stake Registration List to indicate campers who will be attending with another stake. Her registration card will be turned in with her stake on Registration Day and a member of the Oakcrest Women’s Committee will place it with the other stake’s cards.  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) and pay the $150.00 nonparticipating stake fee. She can request the stake with which she would like to attend on her registration form, which she can download from the Oakcrest website. Instructions for Open enrollment are found on the website under the Registration tab.

Where do girls obtain their bus tickets if they are going with a stake other than their own or if they have registered through open enrollment?

They will obtain their bus tickets from the “Open Enrollment” table on busing day.

What do stake leaders do with the bus tickets at the bottom of the registration cards?

Keep all bus tickets and bring them with you for distribution on busing day, with the exception of the bus tickets for those girls who are attending with a different stake.  These bus tickets will be turned in at the last registration table on Stake Registration Day.  Girls attending with another stake will pick their bus tickets up from the “Open Enrollment” table on busing day.

If I am not attending Oakcrest with my stake, what color of labeling duct tape should I use?

Grey

Can parents visit or call their daughters at camp?

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.

Who comes to Young Women Activity Night (formerly Mutual)? What do we do as stake leaders when we get there?

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

The About Oakcrest information sheet says that I can’t bring electronic devices, but the packing list says to bring a camera. Can I bring my digital camera, or does that count as an electronic?

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.

Can my daughter bring her own snacks to camp?

Yes! 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.

Somewhere it says that I can only bring medications in their original container with labeled directions. Does that pertain to daily multivitamins as well?

Yes, multivitamins and other over-the-counter medication should be in their original containers, but can be kept 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.

Can campers carry certain medications with them around camp?

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

My daughter is mentally/physically disabled but wants to go to Oakcrest. I understand that an older young woman should go with her as a buddy. Do I need to pay for the buddy too?

You will need to pay for your daughter but you do not need to pay for her buddy. Note: 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.

Where is the central busing location map? Where is the packing list? Where is the list of camp rules?

All of these things can be found under the Campers tab on the website. The camp rules are listed in the About Oakcrest form. Please read this form carefully before signing the registration card.

How can I get a job at Oakcrest?

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

Is Oakcrest available for family reunions or stake or ward camps?

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.

Would it be possible for me to buy a CD and songbook of the Oakcrest camp songs?

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 can also be found on the website under the Media tab.