2024 Summer Programming
In place of the traditional day camp and overnight camp weeks we have two different types of opportunities - introducing Open Sessions and Progression Camp!
- Progression Camp is an overnight camp for mentally focused, intermediate to advanced level riders, whose main objective is working hard toward advancing their skill and ability. A lower camper-to-instructor ratio will be achieved in order that classroom style lessons will be effective, as well as personal instruction on the skatepark can be guaranteed.
- Open Session days work much like your local privately owned skatepark. ROYAL will open the front gates, turn on the lights and music, and allow the public to ride the skateparks on the campus. Each participant will purchase 2hr, 4hr, or all day time slots for their enjoyment.
The short answer is, margin. ROYAL is creating margin for our facility additions, the creation of an Internship Program, additions of shoulder season programs, implementation of new summer offerings and more. This being said, the margin of 2024 will manifest into an exciting and exuberant 2025. Check out the ’24 Update Letter from our Founder, Brandon Heidemann, for more context around the “why” behind these changes!
In short - Yes! We are a Christian Faith-Based Organization. In long - We are not a bible camp, church camp, or VBS. Jesus is our focus. Living in, and sharing His love and full-on life is what we are all about. Wherever a camper is in their belief or disbelief in Jesus when they show up to camp: we begin the narrative with loving curiosity to the story they bring about themselves, their relationships and God. From this incredibly relevant place we move into experiencing the kindness and wildness of Jesus showing us what it means to find our Identity in Him.
First, you can expect that everyone on staff upholds certain “Core Attributes,” including Love, Grace, Humility, Respect, Integrity, Honesty, Excellence, Creativity, Perseverance and Faith, which are modeled for our campers during the week. We strive to reveal the importance of and instill these qualities in our campers as well. Second, our program is designed to have an honest and clear story throughout the 6 days of camp. Discussions will be focused on meeting you where you’re at, blowing up common assumptions of Jesus, the Great Exchange of His life for ours which creates the reality of God with us, what His voice sounds like and looks like in our lives and finally, what it looks like to walk this out at home. Throughout the progression of these discussions together, we help campers create a 4 sentence Identity Statement on their final day, which is an incredible way to keep what is most true in front of them back home.
Payment & Cancellation
Camp ROYAL does offer several payment plans that will allow you to pay off your camp balance over time without needing to log in online or call us to make those payments manually. Our plans will be available to select during the online registration process, with several options to accommodate your needs.For more information or to get enrolled in a plan, please email .
We have limited financial aid available for campers who would not be able to come to camp otherwise. Please reach out to to apply or ask any questions you may have.
Registrations can be canceled at any time for any reason. Any cancellations occurring BEFORE March 31 will be refunded all monies except the non-refundable deposit per week. Any cancellations occurring between April 1-30 will be eligible for a 50% refund outside of the non-refundable deposit. Camp Store funds will always be refunded in full. Cancellations occurring AFTER May 1 will not be eligible for refund. Notice of cancellation must be sent via email to at least 7 days prior to your registered camp week. Families may instead opt to transfer the registration to another week in the summer, or keep the funds in your online account as a credit to be used for the following summer.
Camp ROYAL runs a shuttle service to and from Yeager International Airport at select dates and times for an additional fee if your campers will be traveling to camp solo! For more information about this service, please email .
We understand that families may need to make alternate arrangements for dropoff and pickup. We suggest that you list any people who are authorized to pick up your camper on your Camper Profile Form. Additionally, you can let our team at check-in know the first and last name of the person who will be picking up your camper that day. If there is a change midday, just reach out to our team at 304-898-1514 OR so we can be prepared. The person picking up will have to show our staff their photo ID in order for us to release your camper to them.
We provide two counselors per cabin group (up to 14 campers) to ensure proper overnight supervision, no counselor is allowed alone with a camper unless they are in public view having a one-on-one conversation. Meals are eaten in cabin group tables, with a counselor engaged in each table’s conversations and activities. Our staff are carefully selected through background checks, extensive training, and a thorough interview process to make sure we have the right people working with our kiddos. Each park is supervised during Free Time, and multiple full-time staff are always available when needed. Additionally, we train staff to be WITH our campers rather than WATCH our campers. We strive to create and uphold trusting relationships with each camper in our care, so no one is left out or overlooked.
Camp ROYAL will have licensed nursing staff on duty all summer long who will manage and administer medications for your campers. Please make sure to add all the medication your camper[s] will be taking at Camp in your Online Registration Account. You will have the opportunity to list out the instructions for each medication there as well! Any prescription medication must be checked into the Nurse in the original container with the label clearly visible.
All of our food is provided by a third party provider. As long as allergies are entered during the registration process, the proper food for each camper’s needs will be available.
The safety and health of our campers are one of our top priorities at Camp ROYAL! On top of the direction from our coaches and supervision from our staff, we have access to medical staff on site to determine the follow up care for any injuries. Certified staff can transport campers with injuries that need more care to one of the urgent care facilities or hospitals down the road. For smaller injuries, parents will be contacted after first-aid has been administered to keep you informed and aware of any care given. For more urgent injuries, parents will be contacted immediately to stay informed and walk through the process with us.
It is important that our families know that we are not a special needs camp. We do not have the expertise or the license to care for campers with disabilities or disorders that will affect their ability to participate in camp activities. However, if you have any questions regarding your campers special needs or disorders, reach out to our team at to start the conversation on if ROYAL is the best camp for your child!
Campers typically use $150 during their week with us for gear, snacks, and merchandise!
Schedule & Activities
Campers will be bussed by a licensed CDL driver employed by ACE Adventure Resort to their facility in order to participate in the Waterpark activity. Camp ROYAL counselors and core staff will ride along with them to supervise riding and swimming times.
Yes! All campers riding (no matter the sport) are required to wear a helmet that fits securely on their head. For campers who do not already own a helmet, we provide a safety package that includes a helmet, pads or both for an additional cost ($25)!
We cry… But not really because we have three indoor skateparks! We also improvise with movie time, or set up group games and minute-to-win-it competitions in our church building!
Grom/Intro - Basic ability to “push” around a park. Possible bunny hops, roll or drop in small ramps, etc.
Beginner - Basic ability to “push” around a park. Possible tail whips, roll in/drop in on various size ramps, use of box. Working on improving speed and consistency. Beginner riders typically will just be doing single tricks, some fly-out and small gaps.
Novice - Riders are more focused, starting to plan better lines, using most obstacles to some degree. Beginning to do combos, getting more speed and are more consistently landing their tricks.
Intermediate - Rider’s timing of lines, landing of tricks and use of full park is consistent. Using more technical combos, gaining amplitude and beginning to flow the park with less stops & starts. You are doing continuous tricks in your line, and landing your tricks more often than not.
Advanced - Riders know how to plan and execute a well-timed, original run and are developing their own tricks and style. Expect a full variety of multi-combo technical tricks, and definite exhibition of control, speed & amplitude. This will be high energy, trick after trick, non stop one minute runs.
Open - Dominant advanced level riders polishing their skills, power, and control before heading into pro.
Pro - Consistently pushing limits and driving the sport forward with new tricks and impressive runs.
Beginner - Just starting to roll and turn. Comfortable riding on flat ground, have a good sense of balance, and can turn and stop effectively.
Novice - Can ride comfortably, can ollie, shuv-it and/or drop in.
Intermediate - Have mastered the basics of skateboarding and can perform more advanced tricks like kickflip, slides and grinds. Also comfortable skating on more challenging terrain like ramps and bowls.
Advanced - Can perform complex tricks like 360 flips, big spins, technical grinds, smiths, feebles, bluntslides and switch. Also comfortable skating on any terrain, including handrails, stairs, and gaps.
Pro - Can do pretty much anything on a skateboard, including the most challenging tricks like double flips, switch grinds, and huge airs. They are also skilled at adapting to any type of terrain and can quickly learn new tricks.
Beginner -You’re just starting out in the amazing world of BMX. Hopping gutters and doing skids. Generally shredding around your neighborhood with your mates on your first real BMX.
Intermediate - You’re becoming more comfortable on 2 wheels (or even one) and you’re a regular at the skatepark. Manuals, 180’s and feeble grinds are high up on you trick register.
Progressive - Your riding style and control have evolved pushing you into more advanced tricks. The locals at the park have started referring to you as a “Mahd Rider’’ and your bike needs to be able to handle a little more abuse.