Uplift is a summer camp for students entering the 7th grade through graduating seniors on the campus of Harding University. While most campers come with their youth groups, you can also come as an individual. All those who come as individuals are placed in a group together. The students will go to classes and hear speakers each day of camp. There is also plenty of time for recreation and entertainment.

Read through the following information, and feel free to call or email us with any other questions.


The cost for Uplift 2014 is $225. This includes a deposit of $100 that is refundable until May 1, 2014. We will have an early registration price of $210. If you are registered online and we have your deposit by April 28, 2014, you will receive this discounted price. Anyone you add after this date will pay the full price. If you are mailing a check, it must be postmarked by April 28. Registration is not complete until the deposit and online registration is complete.


Individual Campers –  Anyone who is attending between those entering the 7th grade through those entering their freshman year of college without a group leader/sponsor.
Group – Two or more students make a “group” who are attending with an adult sponsor/leader.
In-Dorm Sponsors – The cost for an in-dorm sponsor is $120. They are expected to help control activities in the dorms and to abide by the same curfew and regulations as the students. If you like to stay out past curfew with other sponsors and prefer not to be around students 24/7, you DO NOT need to stay in the dorm.
Sponsor Housing – The cost for sponsor housing is the same as a camper–$225. You will have a room that you share with a roommate (we do keep all married couples together), and you will in most cases have suite mates. We ask sponsors in sponsor housing to help track their students from their congregation during the day and to also help run our recreation time in the afternoon. If you love young people but prefer not to be with them 24/7, then this is the place and position for you.


1. Uplift is a Christian camp and we ask that you be respectful of other campers, counselors, Harding students, employees, and property.
2. Uplift wristbands need to be worn at all times. Your wristband card is your pass to events and meals.
3. Computers, laptops, televisions, radios, video games, and jewelry are not permitted at Uplift. These items can be easily lost or stolen.
4. Possession of tobacco, alcohol, illegal drugs, drug paraphernalia, or weapons of any kind are strictly prohibited and will result in immediate expulsion from the camp at parents’ expense.
5. Remain on campus. Being caught off campus without permission will result in immediate expulsion from the camp at parents’ expense.


Youth ministers and sponsors are responsible to see that their youth group (including sponsors and other adults in your group) complies with the dress code for Uplift.  We suggest that you have a meeting with all those participating BEFORE they pack for Uplift and make sure they completely understand our dress code.  The dress code will be enforced. If you have students or adults who are out of dress code, we will come to you or a sponsor to address the issue.  If there are any problems while at Uplift, it will be your responsibility to see that all in your group meet dress code.  (You may need to take your campers to Wal-Mart, Goodwill, etc. to find suitable clothing.)

Modesty is important and, because of this, we have a few rules concerning our dress code:

1. Don’t bring clothing without sleeves (guys and girls). You will not be allowed to wear it under any circumstances, including recreation time. Inappropriate clothing for Uplift includes any sleeveless apparel, (for example, sundresses, tank tops, sleeveless blouses, athletic shirts, and cut-off T-shirts) and clothing that exposes any part of the mid-section when standing, sitting, or bending over. All tops should be long enough to be tucked in.
2. Shorts may be worn, but they must be modest length.  At Uplift, we define “modest” as those shorts that are below the fingertips when standing straight, arms to the side. This is measured from the shortest part of the shorts. This length applies to athletic shorts as well. “Nike” style running shorts are not allowed, even if they are long enough.
3. If skirts or dresses are worn at Uplift, they must come down to the top of the knee.
4. Skin tight clothing (tops, spandex, tight jeans, etc.) halter tops, or otherwise revealing clothing are inappropriate for Uplift and are to be left at home. Young ladies are asked not to bring any low-cut shirts/tops.


We believe that in an age when we spend so much time “connected” by our computers and cell phones, we could all benefit from some time without those distractions. This principle is found in the Bible and demonstrated by Jesus, as he would often go off to a quiet place to pray (Luke 5:16, Mark 1:35, Luke 6:12). We also read in Psalm 46:10 that we need to “be still and know that I am God.”
However, we also recognize that cell phones have their place in society and can even be used to benefit the students and our purpose for Uplift.
Therefore, it is our policy to discourage students from bringing their cell phones to Uplift. We would also encourage parents and sponsors to support Uplift with that decision based on the good that will come to the students by spending some time away from their “normal” life. If you are concerned about emergencies, you can always get a hold of your campers by calling Uplift Central or your youth minister.
However, if you believe it is necessary for your students to have their phones, we will operate under the following guidelines.
1. No cell phones will be allowed during any group session or activity, including, zoo crew, Group Uplift, Encounter Classes, God-Time, Rec-time, Evening worship, or Group devos.
2. Cell phones will also not be allowed in the cafeteria at any time.
3. All phones seen at these times will be collected by the Uplift staff, brought to Uplift Central, put in a plastic bag, labeled and returned to the youth minister or sponsor on Wednesday evening.
4. The only exceptions to these rules are if the student needs to make a necessary call and is accompanied by a sponsor for their church, or a counselor if they are an individual camper.
5. There may be other times when cell phone use will be permitted, such as a group game during Zoo Crew, and the campers will be told when that happens.


1. Bible, notebook, pen
2. Bedding (sleeping bag, pillow, sheets, blanket, etc.)
3. Towel and bathing suit
4. Personal hygiene articles (soap, shampoo, toothbrush, toothpaste, dental floss, deodorant/anti-perspirant, etc.)
5. Clothing appropriate to dress code

Do Not Bring:
1. Computers, laptops, televisions, radios, video games, and jewelry. These items can be easily lost or stolen.
2. Roller blades, skateboards, water guns, water balloons, etc. These items can cause injury to you and others.
3. Tobacco, alcohol, illegal drugs, drug paraphernalia, and weapons of any kind. Any of these will result in your expulsion from camp.