Before committing to join us for Sukkot, please agree to the following policies and campground regulations:
Sycamore Springs Campground Rules:
- 10 mph speed limit. $20 extra charge for speeding.
- You must be 16 or older to operate any motor vehicle, including golf carts, and driver must be licensed to operate street-legal vehicles.
- Passengers must be seated in own seat.
- Register ALL vehicles with the office.
- Non-operational vehicles are not allowed.
- All vehicle lights must work.
- Stay on the road and do not cross into others’ sites.
- All traffic is prohibited from 11 PM to 8 AM.
- Radio volume is limited to 25 feet from vehicle.
- All campers and vehicles must be plated and registered.
- No outside wood allowed. It must be purchased from campground store. ($5/bundle)
- Fires are allowed within fire rings only. These may be requested from the camp office.
- Make sure your fire is completely out before leaving it unattended.
- The pond area is open from 9 AM to dusk only.
- No lifeguard on duty. No swimming by Sukkot attendees.
- No dogs, glass, vehicles, or alcohol on beach.
- No swimming outside swim area.
- No fishing in swimming area.
- No one under 15 is allowed in boats/water without adult supervision.
- Life jackets are required.
- No boats in swimming area.
- No flotation devices allowed outside swim area.
- Clean up after yourself. Trash receptacles are provided.
- Appropriate clothing required.
- No foul language, roughhousing, or fighting.
- Mind all signs and do not stray from trails, paths, or roads.
- Camp staff instructions must be obeyed at all times.
- Pets must be on a least at all times no longer than 6 feet.
- Aggressive pets are not allowed on property.
- Keep your pet quiet. 3 complaints will result in removal of pet from park.
- Clean up after your pet. There will be a $20 charge if the campground staff has to do it for you.
- One registered vehicle per site. All others park by store/rec center.
- Visitors must pay $5 or your site will be charged.
- No foot traffic to the park allowed. You must drive in to register.
- No visitors allowed after 11 PM or they must pay for nightly rate.
- Large groups of 10 or more must be pre-approved with the office.
- Children 6 and under must have direct adult supervision at all times.
- Children 7 to 12 must be on their own site by dark unless accompanied by an adult.
- Children 13 and up must be on their own site by 11 PM.
- Quiet time and curfews are strictly enforced.
- 11 PM to 8 AM is quiet time for everyone. All conversations, noise, etc. must be kept to a low murmur.
- Park gates close at 11 PM.
- Grounds for immediate ejection from park:
- Gross inappropriate behavior
- Drug use
- Repeated violation of park rules
- Loud foul language
- Disorder/drunk conduct in public
- 3 or more complaints lodged against your party
- NO REFUNDS
Basic Feast Rules:
We want the atmosphere of YHVH’s Feast of Sukkot to be inviting to all who come and conducive to their experience of it. Therefore, here are a few simple ground rules, because we all have a profound effect on each other.
- Join in and make it a wonderful time for yourself and others — by offering your heart.
- Treat others during and after the Feast as you would want to be treated — with respect & love first!
- Control your children, control your pets, control yourself — or you will be asked to leave.
- Show up on time to events — out of respect for the presenters and campers.
- Check-in and plan to have your camp set up by sunset on the first day out of respect for YHVH’s High Shabbat.
Please know where your children are at all times. We don’t want them lost in the woods and we also don’t know intimately everyone who is attending. Please be cautious and don’t let your children just have full run of this place. Also, please don’t assume someone else will watch or take care of your children. Your children are your responsibility! Please keep them under control at all gatherings where it is appropriate for them to sit quietly. Feel free to play with them and run them all over the grounds throughout the day as necessary.
Children’s Policy (based upon campground rules):
- Children 6 and under – Must have direct supervision by an adult relative at all times. No children in this age are to be running around the campground unsupervised. No playing at playground, pond, bathroom, etc. without having an adult relative (campground rule).
- Children 7-13 – They may move freely about the campground until sunset. After sunset, they must be accompanied by an adult relative outside of their campsite. If children are not following camp rules, parents will be asked to go get them and keep them supervised the rest of the week per the rules for children 6 and under. If going away from supervision, must have at least 3 people in a group. No 2 people together alone.
- Children 14 and up – They will be treated as adults and expected to act like adults except that they must be back at their own campsites by 11 pm. (This is non-negotiable.) If going away from supervision, must have at least 3 people in a group. No 2 people together alone.
- There will be a warning given for violations of these rules. If it continues, the family will be asked to leave the campground and no refund will be given.
Biblically Clean Food:
Our guidelines are found in Leviticus 11, but in general, here are some pointers to keep in mind:
- We do not eat any pork or shellfish.
- Pork and shellfish are hidden as additives in many foods. For example, gelatin is made from pork, so we don’t eat marshmallows or Jello, unless we can find them from a source that we know is not from a biblically unclean animal.
- Some other foods that sometimes contain unclean food are beef sausage casings, bread, salad dressings, pie crust, pastries and doughnuts, and commercially-prepared drinks.
- When in doubt, bring only foods that have one of these symbols on the package:
- You can learn more about clean and unclean food, according to the Scriptures, by reading this article.
- You can find a helpful food shopping guide here.
- We understand alcohol is often part of the rejoicing at the Feasts. Please keep alcohol at your campsite, and do not bring it to camp gatherings. Also remember drunkenness is not allowed in Scripture nor permitted at the campground. (Please see Deuteronomy 14:24-27, Ephesians 5:18, Romans 13:11-13, Galatians 5:19-26, Habakkuk 2:15, and Proverbs 20:1.)
Videos and Photographs:
- Sukkot often involves pictures and possibly video being taken. Please be sure that you have the permission of all recognizable individuals in the picture/or video you take BEFORE posting the picture/video or sharing it with others or posting it on social media.
- If anyone in your family gets sick, please quarantine them for the sake of others.
- We are so happy to be keeping the feast with you. As always within the greater walk of Yeshua and Torah, any time you have a large number of people together, you also have differing opinions. We encourage discussion, and we hope that all views are regarded with respect. Love is our most important law when interacting with one another. If during Sukkot you become offended with someone, we ask that you employ Matthew 18:15-18 and go to them first before bringing your concern to anyone in leadership. If you do need to confront someone, always do it with a loving, humble spirit. If there is a greater concern or violation of camp rules, please see Sukkot Leadership.
- Please do your best to show up on time to all meetings. We will start on time for the sake of all those attending. If you are involved in an activity, please be on time to anything involved with that activity.
Day Passes/Friends & Family:
- If you have friends or family coming to join you for only one day, please have them register with the Sycamore Springs Staff as soon as they arrive.
- Day passes are $5 per car.
- On Sabbath (October 19) or on the First and Last Days of Sukkot, the Sukkot Leadership will post a sign at the entrance of the campground. Please place your $5/car in the locked box and sign in on the sheet provided.
- As part of our stewardship of staying at Sycamore Springs Campground, we invite you to stay a little longer after Sukkot ends, to help clean up the camp and return the campground to a better condition than how we found it.
Thank you for helping us create a fun and meaningful Sukkot for all the hearts who have come! This is our first time hosting a Sukkot camping excursion. Thank you for your gentle suggestions and your patience as we continue learning how to do this and grow our numbers! 😊
Indemnity and Release Form
I wish to voluntarily participate in the 2019 Sukkot in the Valley event, to commence on or about October 13, 2019, in Vermontville, Michigan. I recognize there may be dangers or hazards inherent in the event, and any related transportation, including personal injury, property damage, or wrongful death which may arise in the course of my participation in the 2019 Sukkot in the Valley event.
I agree to release and hold harmless the 2019 Sukkot in the Valley event leadership and participants from any and all claims, demands or actions as a result of my participation. This discharge includes my heirs, assignees or representatives of the minors listed below.
I have not relied upon any other representation or statement, written or oral. This release supersedes any other previous agreement.