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Retreats and Groups FAQs

Call us! Let us know you are interested in reserving a facility and we will be able to give you available dates. Camp Mennoscah has three facilities - Main Camp (including the kitchen, dining hall, bunkhouses, and cabins), Bluestem (house with fully equipped kitchen, three bathrooms, and space for up to 20), and the Retreat Center (hotel-like structure with a fully equipped kitchen, meeting space, and space for up to 37). Please see our facilities page for more information about Camp Mennoscah grounds.

In the Retreat Center and Bluestem, Camp Mennoscah provides a pillow and a comforter on each bed. Queen and full sized beds have two pillows. A linen packet (fitted and flat sheet, pillowcase) may be rented at these locations for $7 or you may bring your own. In the bunkhouses and cabins, no bedding is provided. Almost all beds are single beds and we recommend bringing a pillow, sheet, and comforter or blanket for your stay. Sleeping bags are also a great option.

During the summer camping season, check-in is no sooner than 2 pm (Saturday) and check-out is no later than 2 pm (Sunday) unless other arrangements are made. During the rest of the year, arrival and departure times and dates are to be arranged with camp staff. Please make time in your program for packing, cleaning, and loading vehicles so that buildings can be vacated by the departure time.

Please leave your pets and animals at home. Pets and animals of any size or kind are not allowed on Camp Mennoscah grounds or in facilities/buildings. Working service animals are welcome.

Camp Mennoscah has many activities available, please visit our activities page for more information. All activity areas are shared unless special reservations have been made. Shared areas include: sports fields, the river, canoes, playground, and campfire amphitheater. Some activities are not available at Bluestem. Please contact Camp Mennoscah with questions. 

The swimming pool is typically available for use from Memorial Day to Labor Day and can be rented by groups staying at camp. Groups using the swimming pool are required to provide their own lifeguards. It is recommended for the size of the pool that two lifeguards be on duty to supervise pool safety. Camp Mennoscah may be able to provide a lifeguard or lifeguards for groups with prior arrangements at an additional cost. Lifeguards may not take part in pool activities. Pool regulations are to be strictly enforced, including those regarding showers before entering the pool. Clean bathing suits are required in the swimming pool, and may not be the same ones used in the river. The swimming pool is a shared activity space, but may be reserved for only one group at a time.

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Camp Mennoscah does not have food service and does not provide meals or a cook for group reservations unless arrangements have been made. For Camp Mennoscah's retreats, meals are provided. If you have questions about whether or not meals will be provided, please contact Camp Mennoscah. Camp Mennoscah will do its best to honor dietary requests due to allergies and health issues. We cannot guarantee being able to meet all food requests. Any dietary needs should be conveyed to Camp Mennoscah no later than 2 weeks before the start of the retreat. Those requesting vegetarian meals must mark this in their Retreat Form. Please contact Camp Mennoscah for more information.

We do! All kitchens are fully equipped. At main camp, table service (plates, glasses, silverware) for about 200 people is provided, and staff will be available to run the commercial dishwasher for your group, if your numbers are more than 30. Bluestem (for 20) and the Retreat Center (for 50) also have table service, and each has a standard dishwasher. Camp Mennoscah will not provide dish washing assistance for groups in Bluestem or the Retreat Center.

Below are some of the many items in each of our fully stocked kitchens, along with dish soap, wash rags, and tea towels. If you have questions about whether Camp Mennoscah has an item or how many of a particular item we have, please contact us.

Main camp kitchen:

  • Large kettles
  • Cast iron skillets
  • 4-inch stainless steel full and half size steam table pans
  • 2-inch stainless steel full size steam table pans
  • Variety of cutlery & boards -- pairing knives, butcher knives, etc.
  • Metal serving spoons & spatulas
  • Rubber spatulas, whisks, tongs
  • Wooden and plastic serving spoons
  • Large Hobart mixer & smaller mixers
  • Variety of measuring cups
  • Crockpot
  • Coffee & Tea Pots
  • Large storage containers

Bluestem and Retreat Center kitchens:

  • Pots & Pans
  • Cast iron skillets
  • Variety of cutlery & boards
  • Metal serving spoons and spatulas
  • Rubber spatulas, whisks, tongs
  • Wooden and plastic serving spoons
  • Kitchen Aid mixer & parts
  • Crockpot
  • Coffee Pot
  • Variety of measuring cups
  • Small storage containers

Please bring all personal toiletries. This includes things such as bath towels, tooth brushes, tooth paste, shampoo, conditioner, etc. Hand soap is provided. Should you forget something, please speak to camp staff and we will see what we can do. 

Camp Mennoscah is committed to taking all claims of abuse and sexual misconduct seriously. We strive to make reporting abuse and misconduct a safe process.

If you have concerns about possible misconduct or abuse, please contact the Camp Mennoscah Executive Director. See contact information below.

Please contact the Executive Director with any questions or concerns you might have on this subject. If you need to report abuse or misconduct by the Camp Mennoscah Executive Director, please contact the Board of Directors President.

Camp Mennoscah Executive Director:
Olivia Bartel
Phone: 620-297-2390
E-mail: olivia.bartel@campmennoscah.org
Camp Mennoscah Board of Directors President, 2021-2022
Jill Litwiller
Phone: 316-651-6963

E-mail:  nursejill57@yahoo.com

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