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Student Ministry Summer Camp

STUDENT LIFE CAMP: JULY 3-7, 2023

Students, join us for Student Life Camp, our Middle School and High School Ministries’ weeklong summer camp! From July 3-7, we will travel together to Liberty University for five days of games, worship, teaching, Bible study, and time with friends from The Mix and The Well. It’s one of the best weeks of the summer, and we hope to see you there! 

At Student Life Camp 2023, we are going to unpack one of the world’s greatest mysteries, the Holy Trinity. We will be diving into the identity of God through the Father, Son and Holy Spirit. As we learn about the Trinity, we are going to discover more about who God is, and as people made in the image of God, who we are.

DETAILS

When:  July 3-7, 2023
Where: Liberty University
Who: Students who have completed 7th-12th grade during 2022-23
Cost:  Regular registration after January 29, 2023 – $424/person

DEADLINES

After January 29 – Non-refundable $125 deposit due (space limited, based on availability)
April 28, 2023 – Final payment of $299 and all forms/waivers due

Register for Student Life Camp starting January 1, 2023

FAQs

Should I register directly through Student Life or BCC?
All students and leaders should register directly through BCC, NOT through Student Life.  Our registration ensures that you will be affiliated with our church at camp and provides additional benefits including transportation, a travel meal, and BCC church activities at camp.

Why is registration so early?
BCC has reserved 250 spots for students and leaders.  We must pay for or release these spots by the end of January.

What does the registration cost cover?
This cost covers camp registration, charter bus transportation from/to BCC, and a box lunch on the return trip.  Students may bring extra money for elective campus activities such as bowling, ice skating, all season “snow” activities at Snowflex, campus bookstore, snacks, camp merchandise, etc.  

What is the refund policy?
Our refund policy reflects the financial deadlines established by Student Life Camp and is designed to steward church resources well.  In essence, money that is non-refundable to the church is non-refundable to registrants.

All deposits are non-refundable after January 29.  After January 29, the deposit will increase to $125 and space is not guaranteed.  An additional final payment of $299 is due by April 28, 2023 for all registrants (early and regular deposit.)  In summary, the total cost for camp is $399 if you register by January 29.  If you register after January 29, the total cost increases to $424.  

After May 1, $150 of the final balance is refundable for verified medical emergencies ONLY.  If you have to leave camp early for any reason, we cannot refund any portion of your registration.

When are forms due?
All forms are due by April 28, 2023.  More information about required forms will be available on this page in Spring 2023.

What does a typical day at camp look like?
Breakfast
Morning Worship
Rec Time  (Organized Group Games)
Lunch
Life Group Bible Study
Free Time Options (ie. sports, music/worship workshops, coffee & conversation, bowling, ice skating, Snowflex, board games, hang out time)
Dinner
Life Group Prayer
Evening Worship
BCC Late Night Gathering

What are the housing accommodations?
Students and leaders stay in college dorm rooms (2-3/room.)  Rooms have historically had private bathrooms in the room.  Please note, this camp has more of a conference feel, rather than a rustic camping vibe because of the venue.

While students do not room with adult leaders, our life group leaders lodge interspersed with their group in the same hallway.

What are the dining accommodations?
Students will dine in the Liberty University Dining Hall.  LU offers a wide selection of meal options and can accommodate most dietary needs.  For more information about special dietary needs, click HERE.

What adult supervision is provided at camp?
Our Student Ministry Staff, life group leaders, and additional BCC camp leaders participate in summer camp alongside our BCC students.  Students are not required to stay directly with their leader at all times, but they are asked to always be in same sex pairs of two or more at all times.  Our staff and leaders make every effort to ensure that a student is never left apart from the group.  Leaders seek out and engage with students consistently throughout the entire week at camp.

All BCC leaders complete our regular volunteer screening process including a reference and background check in addition to Ministry Safe Sexual Abuse Awareness Training.  All other adults with Student Life Camp and other churches are required to complete background checks as well.

The Liberty campus is well lit and secure.  While Liberty is a large, open campus which operates other activities during this week, our students and leaders have felt safe and comfortable during our past weeks at camp here.

Can students who do not attend BCC register for camp?
Summer camp is a great time to invite other students to experience church community life and the Gospel!  We encourage BCC students to register early by January 29 to secure their spot.  Students who are not currently part of our ministry will be incorporated into a life group at camp based on grade and gender.  All students must have completed 7th-12th grades in 2022-23 to attend.

Is financial aid available if my student cannot afford camp?
Scholarships are offered individually based on need.  For a scholarship application, please email [email protected].  We want every student to participate in summer camp!  Please do not allow finances to prevent your student from registering by January 29.  Flexible payment options are available by request.

Does the camp have a nurse or administer medication?
The camp does not have a staff nurse and does not administer medication.  If medical attention is required, our BCC staff will contact the parents and secure emergency or urgent care, as needed.  Payment for medical services is the responsibility of the student’s family and the family’s insurance information listed on camp forms will be shared with the medical provider.

Students should plan to carry and administer their own medications/prescriptions.  If a student needs a medication reminder, they should ask the life group leader to help them remember to take medication at the appropriate time.  Students should also make their life group leader aware if they carry a rescue medication, such as an inhaler or Epipen.  While our leaders will make every effort to ensure your student’s well being in a crisis situation, they are not trained to administer medication or as medical professionals.  Be sure to list any prescription medications and allergies on the registration form.

Common over the counter medications and basic first aid supplies are available to BCC students/leaders in our first aid kit.  If you do not consent to these common care supplies, please indicate on the registration.

Is there a dress code?
Yes.  In short, dress modestly.  Don’t show your breasts, butts, bellies, or boxers.  Clothing should cover your undergarments.  Clothing should not be excessively tight, short, low-cut, form-fitting, or see through.  No bare midriffs.  No offensive or obscene pictures or messages.  

The camp also requires no speedos or midriff baring bathing suits.

We expect students to follow these dress guidelines while at all student ministry events, even if personal convictions differ.  A student will be asked to change or cover up if their dress does not meet these guidelines or is a distraction to others.

What are the standards for behavior?
We are at camp to build our relationships with each other and God.  The following guidelines will help us achieve this goal together.

  • Listen first.
  • Value the experiences and perspectives of others.
  • Draw others into community.
  • Don’t gossip.  Don’t slander.
  • No cursing.
  • No bullying.
  • No complaining, although cheerful suggestions in the appropriate context are welcomed!
  • Public displays of affection (PDAs), whether to the opposite or same sex, distract from our purpose at student ministry events.  No “hanging on” others, excessive hugging, cuddling, hand-holding, kissing, sharing a seat, or other obviously “romantic behavior.”
What should I bring to camp?
A packing list will be posted here in Spring 2023.
 
What should I NOT bring to camp?
  • Cell phone or other electronic devices.  Exceptions are made in advance per parent request to student ministry staff for medical necessity or academic needs ONLY.  We desire for students to be fully present and fully engaged with God and others at camp, not distracted by devices.  Leaders will have cell phones and students are free to contact their parents through their leader’s phone whenever requested throughout the week.
  • Tobacco, drugs, vape pens, or alcohol 
  • Fireworks, water balloons, or weapons
  • Skateboards, roller skates or roller blades  
Please direct any questions or concerns to Kim Grindle, Director of Student Ministries, so that we can expand this list of questions that other families are probably wondering as well!  Email [email protected].