CB MISSIONS FAQ'S
Here are a few questions and answers that most leaders have about going on a mission trip to Camp Bahamas, if you have any others please ask!
Q: What type of ID is required?
A: Up to date passport is needed to travel between the US and the Bahamas.
Q: How much luggage can we take?
A: Check with your preferred airline but we suggest you take only one medium suitcase and a backpack.
Q: How much spending money do I need?
A: You may want to buy souveniers or snacks during your stay. Also, you will need $20 for your meal at a local beachfront restaurant during your Fun Day
Q: Can we use our American dollars?
A: Yes. The Bahamian dollar is equal to the U.S. dollar. You won't need to exchange. They always take U.S. money, although you may not receive both Bahmian and American change.
Q: Do we need special shots before we come to the Bahamas?
Q: What's the weather like?
A: The weather is hot and sunny, with occasional refreshing rain showers.
Q: How quickly will we sunburn?
A: Very quickly! Always use sun block.
Q: Is the water safe to drink?
A: We provide drinking water although the tap water is safe for brushing your teeth and other hygiene needs.
Q: Will we like the food?
A: Yes! Most of the food prepared for you is American food. You will also have opportunities to try a few Bahamian dishes during your stay.
Q: What language do Bahmians speak?
A: English with an island accent
Q: Will we have free time?
A: Yes. Camp directors will coordinate free time with the team leaders. To enrich any down dime you have, we have glass bottom kayaks, regular kayaks & beach volleyball available for you just a few feet from your cabin on the Camp Bahamas beach.
Q: What is the age limit for a missions trip to Camp Bahamas?
A: Each team director will be responsible for setting their age requirements. We suggest seventh grade and up.
Q: What will be our accommodations during our missions trip?
A: If you stay on the camp property, you will be staying in cabins which have at least 4 triple bunk beds a piece. Each cabin also has its own bathroom and showers. If you stay off of the property you will stay in a spacious “mission house” in Tarpum Bay with bathrooms, showers and a kitchen.
Q: Will I be able to have access to phones or the internet during my stay at Camp Bahamas?
A: You will need to coordinate with your team leaders to access a public phone with a locally purchased calling card at the city building. Public wifi is located at the local library in Tarpum Bay, Eleuthera, approximantly 7 miles from the camp property.
Q:What should each Mission Team member pack?
Shorts & t shirts (Ladies-Modesty is our aim, no short shorts or revealing tops please)
Guys-polos or button up shirts & casual dress pants
Ladies-Casual dress, skirt or dress pants
Swimwear (Ladies-modest one piece swimsuits please)
Bedding (white preferably, to be donated for use at our summer camp at the end of your stay)
Q: Is there anything else we should bring down as a team to help out with our stay?
A: Yes. We ask that each team as a whole bring down the following items:
4 xlarge peanut butter & jelly
6 large cans chicken
2 large mayonnaises
2 large ketchups
1 medium mustards
6 lbs add water only pancake mix
4 large bottles syrup
4 16oz packages macaroni noodles
4 16oz packages spaghetti noodles
4 16oz packages bow tie pasta noodles
Granola bars-3 per team member
Plastic cups:300 each-12 oz cups
Styrafoam cups:300-8 oz cups
Powder Drink Mixes:
Gatorade-enough to make 25 gallons
Koolaid(sugar already added)-enough to make 25 gallons
2 bags Coffee grounds
1 large liquid dish detergent
1 large laundry detergent
500 paper plates
Plastic Forks, Spoons & Knifes
2 boxes of 20ct. 55 gallons trash bags
1 roll toilet paper per team member
All VBS supplies
First Aid kit
We encourage you to involve your church body in obtaining these items.
Q:What does a week at Camp Bahamas look like?
A: See A WEEK @ CB MISSIONS
Q: What should we be prepared to do during our afternoon Ministry Time?
A: This part of your week is designed specifically by your team before you arrive. There are usually 15-40 kids ages 4 to 18 that come out to participate. Usually the same group of children come out each day but it can vary and usually grows in numbers by the end of the week. Generally you will provide an hour or more of a VBS program. This usually consists of a lesson for the kids, group games(i.e. soccer, volleyball, baseball, etc). Songs,crafts, snacks-cookies, candy and kool-aid are a big hit. The kids are always very appreciative and excited that you are there. Some Mission Teams do specific sports clinics, carnivals, do outreaches in the schools or assemble and deliver care packages to some less forutnate settlements. Feel free to be creative and put your own unique spin on things.
Your purpose is to impact these communities for Christ, share the gospel, leave a lasting impression, and build relationships. Your team’s ministry to these young Bahamian hearts help broaden Camp Bahamas’ impact on the island as the evangelism and discipleship process starts far before the time that they attend our summer camp program, and is maintained throughout the year for those who attend camp in the summer. Keep your planning simple-remember you do need to transport all your necessary items or buy them locally-props, snacks, craft materials, game equipment,giveaways,etc. Oriental Trading is a company where VBS items can be obtained at an affordable rate. Snacks for the kids can be purchased on the island although the prices are generally higher.