A Light on the Lake for All

SAMBICA believes that every child should have the opportunity for a life changing experience at camp. Scholarships are available to those who qualify, on a first-come first-served basis.
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Frequently Asked Questions about Camp

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General Questions

How are your counselors selected?
At SAMBICA all of our counselors and team members are generally at least 18 years of age or high school graduates. They are generally college age young adults who are hired for the summer. They complete an extensive application and interview process and we run background checks on all employees. Staff members are chosen for their skills, faith in Christ, and leadership qualities. Qualified waterfront personnel are hired including: boat drivers and lifeguards. Certified lifeguards are on duty during all swim times. Our boat drivers are trained and have a Washington Boating License. Certified ropes course facilitators are also hired to run all ropes course elements.

During the summer we employ a Camp Medic who oversees the distribution of medications and provides first aid treatments for campers. Our Camp Medic is typically an EMT, or Nursing Student with advanced first aid training.

High School students enrolled in our HS Leadership program work in various roles around the camp and will assist counselors in various capacities.

Are meals provided?
Yes, SAMBICA serves meals in our Dining Hall and they are included in the cost of camp. Day campers are fed lunch and an afternoon snack each day. Overnight campers have dinner at check-in on Sunday night and then breakfast, lunch, and dinner Monday through Friday. For more information about our dining services please refer to our parent information.

How can I contact my child while they are at camp? Can I visit?
Since we are developing a community atmosphere among campers and team members at SAMBICA, there are no visiting times for family and friends. Exceptions may be made for emergencies or major unforeseen circumstances but must be cleared through our main office. All visitors must check in at the main office and be escorted at all times to maintain security on the grounds.

We invite you to write, drop off a care package, or e-mail your camper at during their stay. Campers will not be able to reply to your e-mails. SAMBICA will contact you if we have any questions or concerns regarding your camper or in the event of an emergency. Your camper and their counselor will not be near a phone during the day. Campers will be taken to the office to call home in the case of homesickness or other concerns. No cell phones or pagers are allowed at camp.

Is SAMBICA a Christian camp? What will my child be taught?
Yes, SAMBICA is a non-denominational Christian Camp. In accordance with SAMBICA’s mission, camp counselors teach Bible studies daily to all campers. Bible studies are prepared by full-time SAMBICA staff and consist of basic Bible stories and Biblical truths. For our overnight campers, special camp speakers are invited to share during evening Forum times. Speakers are usually youth pastors from local churches. For more information please read our Christian Perspective.

Activities and Safety Questions

What kind of activities will my child do at camp?
SAMBICA offers waterfront activities including: swimming, water inflatables, water slide, high dive, and low dive. Campers will also go out on our beautiful new boats to enjoy tubing, banana boat rides, wakeboarding, and kneeboarding, as well as rides on our Seadoos. Other activities include: high ropes course, kayaks/canoes/paddle boards, water inflatables, archery, archery tag, mini-golf (during a non-scheduled period), inflatable slides and bouncy houses, arts and crafts, trampolines, gaga ball, 9-square-in-the-air, and more. Camp activities will vary depending on age appropriateness and specific camp schedules.

How are campers kept safe while in the water and on boats?
Water safety is taken very seriously at SAMBICA. SAMBICA has a roped off swim area with a shallow end and a deep end. Each camper must pass a SAMBICA swim test to swim in the deep end and to be allowed to swim without a PFD (personal flotation device). The test consists of a 30-yard swim including, stopping and change of direction with lifeguards at arms reach at all times. Campers that do not pass or do not wish to take the swim test may swim in the shallower end of the lake and are required to where a PDF at all times when in the water. Campers may retake the test each day until they pass although SAMBICA does not offer swimming lessons.

Qualified waterfront personnel are hired including: boat drivers and lifeguards. Certified lifeguards are on duty during all swim times. Counselors are also at the waterfront and in the water with their campers during all swim times.
Our boat drivers are trained and have a Washington Boating License. Campers always wear a PFD when in a boat or on our Seadoo or water toys. Helmets are provided for campers when riding on tubes or banana boats.

If my child is attending camp for multiple weeks will they get bored?
Each week of camp follows the same structural schedule throughout the summer so that all of the sessions are equally fun. However, campers that attend multiple weeks of the same camp will still have a new experience each week because they will generally have a different counselor and be in a group with many new kids. SAMBICA’s activities are so much fun that even campers that attend all summer still look forward to another chance to play and participate.

Registering and Cabin Placement Questions

How do I register my child for camp?
Registration can be accepted through the following ways:
Online: Register online with a credit card (Visa, MasterCard, or Discover)

Mail: Complete the Registration Form and mail it to SAMBICA at:

Attn: Registration
4114 W Lake Sammamish Pkwy SE
Bellevue, WA 98008

(Registration by phone is not available)
For more information please call our main office:
425-746-9110 or 1-888-SAMBICA

I’m worried that camp will fill. Will you save my child a spot?
Unfortunately we cannot hold spaces for summer camps due to their high demand. You are welcome to register online, by fax, or come by our office. We cannot take registrations over the phone. We want your child to attend SAMBICA as much as you do, but we must honor our “first come, first serve” philosophy. If any of our camps should fill before you are able to register, we do offer a wait list. Please see the below section, “What if the camp session I want to register for is full?”.

What if the camp session I want to register for is full?
SAMBICA offers a wait list for all full camp sessions. To be added to the wait list, please register online. We generally give those on the wait list 24 hours to respond to our offer of an open spot. If no response is given within 24 hours, we continue down the anticipation list until the spot is accepted. Once a spot is accepted a registration form and payment will be required to complete your child’s registration.
If a camp is full it is a good idea to register for a different session if possible. While we recommend getting on the wait list, there is no way for us to predict the likelihood of getting into a full camp.

What if my child wants to attend with a friend?
Campers are assigned to groups with a specific counselor for the week. These cabin groups are assigned based on gender and grade level. Campers who wish to attend with a friend can submit a buddy request on their registration form. Only mutual requests will be honored. Buddies must be of the same gender and grade. Consideration will be made for buddy requests that are within one grade of each others.

I need to add a buddy request to my child’s registration. What should I do?
You can either send us an email at or give us a call at (425) 746-9110. We’d be happy to add your buddy request to your child’s registration. Please see “What if my child wants to attend with a friend” in our frequently asked questions for more information about how we form our cabin groups.

I registered online and haven’t received any information. What should I do?
We generally try to email confirmation packets within 2 weeks of registering. Occasionally we have numerous registrations come in at once and are unable to make that a reality. Make sure to check your spam folder for our email. If it has been longer than two weeks and you have not received any form of confirmation by email, please call our office at (425) 746-9110. It’s possible that a problem occurred and your registration was not received.

What if I need to cancel or change my child’s registration?
Cancellations made up to 14 business days prior to the start date of the camp session will receive a refund for the total amount paid less the $100 non-refundable deposit per camp. No refunds are available when canceling within 14 business days prior to each camp start date. No refunds are available for “no-shows”. No refunds are available for campers who must leave camp for disciplinary reasons.

Payment Questions

I would like to pay my balance online. Is that something I can do?
Unfortunately we cannot process subsequent payments online. Once registered online, information about any remaining balance will not appear online in your account. If you are paying via credit card you may call the office (425) 746-9110. If you are paying by check you may drop off or mail in your payment to us at:

4114 W Lake Sammamish Pkwy SE
Bellevue, WA 98008

When is full payment due?
Full payment of all camp fees is due no later than May 1st. Online registration has two options, pay deposit and set up a May 1st payment (for the remaining balance) or pay in full at the time of registration. If you would like to set up payments between when you register and May 1st, you may call our office to arrange that.

Do you offer any discounts or financial aid?
Yes, SAMBICA wants all children to have a summer camp experience regardless of their financial situation. SAMBICA donors have created a special scholarship fund to help provide camp scholarships. SAMBICA also has a variety of discounts. For complete information see our Scholarship Application.

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