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Here we are! Directions to Camp Kurios

You’re all packed and ready to head out the door. Yay! But wait, where is this place again? Never fear, Google Maps directions have you covered!

Just follow these steps:

  1. Open the Google Maps app on your smartphone and type “Beech Springs Church Camp” in the search bar

  2. Click on the camp name at the bottom to get the details and confirm this is the place. It is 317 Ouachita 68, Louann, AR 71751.

  3. Click Directions and then Start and let Google guide the way.

Buckle up, drive safely, and we’ll see you real soon!

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5 Tips for a Happy [First Time] Camper

Got a first-time camper this year? Going to the first overnight camp may have you googling all the things you need to be thinking about to help prepare your kiddo to have a great experience. We get it.

Your child may be anxious before camp, but rest assured that your camper will be in good hands at Camp Kurios. And when you come to pick your child up at the end of camp, we bet she won’t be ready to leave, and will already be making plans to attend again next year! In the meantime, here are some tips to ensure your camper has a positive experience.

1. Preventing Homesickness

Whatever you do, do not make a “pick-up deal.” Promising “If you feel homesick, I’ll come and get you” undermines your child’s confidence and dramatically intensifies homesickness. Instead, normalize their anxiety and talk positively about camp, the friends they’ll make, and the fun they’ll have. ☺

2. Double Check Dates & Times

Start camp off on a smooth note by arriving during the designated registration time and on the right day. And on the day camp ends, be sure to arrive on time so your camper isn’t the last kid around after all the others have gone home. Go ahead and make a note of the drop off and pick up times for your session now. 🕒

3. Follow the Packing List

Double check the camp’s packing list. Many seasons of experience have helped us refine the packing list to include all the essentials. So, if it says “tennis shoes,” don’t send them with just their flip flops. 👟👟

4. Label EVERYTHING

It’s easy to lose things at camp. Kids tend to leave stuff all over the place. If you want to improve their chances of bringing all their stuff back home, everything has got to have your camper’s name on it. Label everything from t-shirts and socks, to towels and toothbrush. Leave expensive items at home. Your camper does not need any cash while they are at camp. When you’re picking your camper up, be sure to check the lost-and-found on closing day. The top four items left at camp include Bibles, towels, t-shirts and socks. 👕🧦

5. Remember Bedding & Pillow

All beds at Camp Kurios have twin-sized mattresses. If you plan to send a sleeping bag only, you might want to also send a fitted twin sheet to cover the mattress. If you send a twin sheet set, be sure to send a blanket as the cabins are air conditioned and it stays nice and cool at night. 🛏

Bonus Tip! Leave the Smartphone at Home

Camp would not be camp if everyone was connected to their phones, iPods, and Nintendo DS’ instead of connecting to real, live people. No electronics are allowed, so leave the cell phone, Nintendo DS, iPod, etc at home. 📵

Camp is going to be a great adventure and we can’t wait to see your camper! 🤸‍♂️🚣‍♀️

3 Things Only Camp Kurios Insiders Know

Our Camp Kurios veterans have the inside scoop on what camp is like and they’ve shared these three things that you might be interested to know as you prepare for camp. Check it out.

1. Camp Kurios is unplugged.

That’s right. This is one of the last places in America where you can go and hear birds chirping, frogs croaking, and campers laughing without a text tone interrupting a single glorious moment. It’s a sweet freedom most of our campers only experience once a year. And guess what, they interact with each other in person! Amazing how it works.

So, just leave all the electronics at home – including cell phones, iPods, Nintendo DS’, iPads, mp3 players, etc. Be free!

2. Mail call is a thing.

Junior and Senior Week campers have a daily mail call each morning on Monday – Thursday (plus Friday for Senior Week). Any lucky camper that gets a letter gets to entertain the crowd to earn their mail. They can sing a song, tell a joke, show us their dance moves, or something along those lines.

Spread the word to friends and family to send your camper some mail! Be sure to send it in plenty of time to arrive while they are at camp. Here's the address:

[Camper Name]
Camp Kurios
c/o Beech Springs Camp
317 Ouachita 68
Louann, AR 71751

3. Campers don’t need any cash.

Through a combination of the camp registration cost that you pay and the generous donations of friends of Camp Kurios (we’re a 501c3 non-profit) we provide the following for our campers while they’re at camp:

  • T-SHIRT. A supercalifragilisticexpialidocious Camp Kurios t-shirt.

  • FOOD. Breakfast, lunch and supper for each full day at camp.

  • MORE FOOD. Concession snacks and drinks. Each camper chooses the snack and drink of their choice at the designated camp canteen times. They’ll get to choose from lots of camper-pleasing indulgences from sodas and snow cones to snickers and popcorn.

  • DRINKS. Lots & lots & lots of Gatorade & ice cold water. Keeping our campers hydrated is something we take very seriously. We keep three large coolers full where it is accessible to all the campers and staff all day long. We take frequent hydration breaks while we’re outside throughout the day.

  • STUFF. All supplies for arts and crafts campers will create, materials we will be using to play games or other activities. All provided.

  • SHELTER. Lodging & use of the facilities & pool (lifeguard on duty) at Beech Springs.

  • GUIDANCE AND CARE. A carefully selected rock star volunteer staff of counselors, directors and behind-the-scenes magic makers. Many of our counselors were once Kurios campers themselves. We love camp so much that we give our time (many taking vacation leave from their day jobs) to create a great experience for this generation of campers.

  • NURSE EXTRAORDINAIRE. Our rock star volunteers include a 24-hour-a-day registered nurse at camp, equipped with essentials like band-aids and hugs.

  • INCREDIBLE CAMP CREW. The best Beech Springs staff you could imagine. They cook for us, keep us safe on the ropes courses, guide us on horse rides, take excellent care of the campgrounds, learn all of our campers names, and spread fun and laughter like its bug spray – we love the Beech Springs staff and so will you!

We can’t wait for you to be a camp insider too! What other questions do you have? Send us a message on Facebook to get your question answered.

Oh... and here’s a bonus tip: parents, you can follow us on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter for photos throughout camp!