Dean Spotlight - Adam Gibson

So, what brings you to camp?  Each year, I enjoy hearing the range of responses to this very simple question. For some, the honest reply is that they had no say in the matter. For others, it’s a week looked forward to all year for a variety of reasons.

For me, the answer is fairly basic. After 12 summers of camp, each year continues to feel like a new experience, and I find that I ask myself the same “What brings you here?” question annually. I never attended church camp as a kid. And to be honest, a week at camp wasn’t always in my summer vacation plans when charting my future. It’s not that I was ever opposed to camp, rather that I never had any experience or knowledge of camp—despite attending church my entire life.   

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It was my wife, Andrea, who invited me to my first week at camp back in 2006, and I’ve been blessed to serve alongside her for each of the last 12 summers.  Over the years, we’ve experience many changes in our lives, but camp has remained a summer destination. Andrea and I married in 2007, and have three wonderful kids who love camp and look forward to returning each year. Macy (nearly 8), Mya (6), and Clayton (4) have all attended camp since birth, and have donated many dirty diapers to camp during our summer stays. A couple years ago, we decided to pass that baton to Mitch and Kaitlin Harrell, who we’ve co-deaned Junior/Senior Week at camp with for the last eight summers.

In addition to a growing family, camp has remained part of our summer despite changing jobs and careers. Andrea has transitioned from full-time employment as a registered nurse in a clinical setting to an educational setting, while also serving as a full-time mom and taking classes toward a doctor of nursing practice degree and family nurse practitioner specialty. I’ve transitioned careers from high school educator, to substance abuse prevention coordinator, and to my current position as an IT systems analyst—and feel that I’ll one day discover what I was made to be when I grow up! Our lives have taken various turns, and we both feel God brings together our former experiences, at just the right time, to use us in ways that we may not presently see.

Along our journey way, Andrea and I have met and served with many great people at camp for whom we are truly thankful, and have witnessed lives changed in the name of Jesus. With the shifting demands in our own lives, making it through a week of camp isn’t always an easy task or one without stress, but each has proven impactful beyond our ability. In what feels like mounting weaknesses in our own abilities to lead camp, we’re reminded in 2 Corinthians that it is in our weakness that His power is made perfect, and we are made strong. And for that, may God receive the glory!

How long will we continue serving at camp? At this point in our lives, the answer to that question is one difficult to predict. My prayer is simply that with each day presented, we’re heading in the direction that God has planned, our steps aligning with His will and purpose so that others may be introduced to the love and saving grace of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.  I could think of many other places to spend a week during the summer, but when I ask myself, “What brings you to camp?,” I find my answer is simply this: God uses church camp to save lives, and at this point in my life, it’s right where He wants me to be.

Dean Spotlight - Carolyn Pool

Meet CAROLYN:

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"Hello my name is Carolyn Pool! I have served as dean of the Primary Camp for the past 3 years.  My husband Steve and I live in Columbus and we are attending First Baptist Church of Columbus. We both help out with Family Camp. We have one son who lives in Columbus Ohio. Two pets: one overweight tom cat named Spooki (who got his name because he is scared of everything, even his own shadow), and one dog named Buster who is a Pointer/Terrier mix rescue and who finally outweighs the cat! 

"Going to church camp as a child was a very fun part of my childhood.  It was at camp that I made my first connection to Jesus and eventually made a decision of faith. 

 

 

"So it comes naturally for me to encourage and be a part of a camping ministry.  The friends and connections made with other followers is life changing and something that has played a huge part in my Jesus journey!

"I will be forever grateful for those leaders and camp directors who gave of their time and personal vacations to be there for me!"

Dean Spotlight - Melissa Giddens

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MEET Melissa Giddens:

    "I've been involved with camp for over 20 years. I live in North Vernon, and I teach Kindergarten at Sand Creek Elementary. My daughter started coming to camp at a very young age, and now we both come as cabin leaders/dean for camps.  I always help out with Family Camp, I am the Dean for Kindergarten Camp, and I help with primary camp. My favorite part of summer is coming to camp! Not only have I made many friends with campers, but with the leaders as well. Some of my dearest friends are my camp friends! 

     "I don't know what my favorite part of camp is...the food? The pool? Order of the forks? Calling "SECONDS"? Putt-putt golf? No, it's definitely the joy I get when I see the young campers listening to stories and testimonies with open minds and eager hearts. I love answering questions and helping campers learn more about the gospel.

     "I could choose about anywhere for my summer vacation...but Southeastern Baptist Youth Camp is ALWAYS my choice of places to be. It's my sanctuary,  and always will be. I am blessed to know Don and Sarah, and all of the staff and campers at SBYCamp!"

 

 

Dean Spotlight - John Todd

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MEET JOHN

John has been married to his wife Lynn for 33 years and they have two children: Matthew and Joseph, along with one granddaughter, Harper. John and Lynn are part of Ryker’s Ridge Baptist Church in Madison where they both have active parts in the church. They both work at Hanover College, where John is the supervisor over the maintenance department.

John has been active with the Boy Scouts: As a youth he earned the rank of Eagle, and as an adult leader he has participated since 1977. He is currently the scoutmaster of Troop 717 in Madison at First Baptist Church. "Since there were many people that took their time to help me as I grew up, I want to have that same impact on kids today!"

 

He began coming to Southeastern Baptist Youth Camp in 1983. Since that time he has taken part in the life of the camp in several ways. He participated early on in Music camp, then several other camp sessions that include; Junior Camp for elementary age kids, Operation Equip for college kids, Family Camp, Wilderness camp, and He has enjoyed helping around the camp in many ways.

John is the Dean for Wilderness Camp, which is in its fourth year. This is a weekend camping experience offered at Southeastern Baptist Youth Camp for those in 5th—9th grade.  Wilderness Camp is a little different than most camp sessions.

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During the weekend, kids camp in tents as well as cook their own meals as a group and then spend time learning outdoor skills. They also spend time looking into the scriptures to see what God has to say to us through His word about things like what a Christian Worldview is and how to have a relationship with Christ.  With the varied backgrounds kids and folks come from today, Church camp is a great place and way to share Christ with people!

Dean Spotlight - Mitch Harrell

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Meet Mitch & Kaitlin Harrell. 

 

They are a fun-loving couple who met at Hopewell Baptist Church while Mitch was the youth pastor there, and they have been married for 6 years! They have a son (Zeke) and a daughter (Laken) who was born on New Year’s Day 2018! Mitch is currently the Pastor of Zenas Baptist Church, and has been for the past 3 years.

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When they’re not busy with church activities, they enjoy trying out new restaurants, playing games, camping, and traveling! They both especially LOVE snow!

But what they love even more than all those things is being at Camp!

“If we have a week vacation, we want to spend it at camp!”

Mitch is co-dean with Adam Gibson, whom he met as a fellow cabin leader many years ago, of Teen Camp at SBYCamp and have been for 8 years now. “Each year is like a family reunion because many of the campers come back!” They love getting to know the kids and being able to really connect with them.

When asked why it’s important for adults to come to camp, Mitch & Kaitlin replied, “Adults should come to camp as cabin leaders! They really learn more than the kids do. And in the one week they are there, they are able to see change in the kids, which is really amazing!”

When Are You Coming to Camp?

Spring is here, and Summer is just around the corner! That means Camp is too!

There are so many opportunities for you, your kids, or your parents to come to camp! We have camps for Kindergarten to 12'th grade! Each Camp Session during the summer (excluding Kindergarten, Primary, & Golf) are from Sunday afternoon to Friday morning. Each day is full of fun, learning, and making new friends! If you're in 7th grade and up, while you're at camp you will have the opportunity to play paintball for no extra fee!

In the fall we have 3 weekend camps (Friday evening-Sunday afternoon). Wilderness Camp (grades 5-9), Family Camp (husband & wife with children), and Paintball Camp (grades 6-12). As it gets closer to time, more information on these camps will be on the website.

On our 2017 Schedule, we have a short overview for each camp, along with the pricing. Registration is quick and easy! You can Register Online, or you can click here to download and print the form to mail to the camp.

If you have any questions about Camp, you can call (812) 591-2515 or email us at sbycamp@gmail.com. We look forward to seeing you at camp this year!

 

REGISTER TODAY!!

February-March 2017 Newsletter

FROM DON

I was asked to make a list of work needing to be done for the continuing maintenance of camp. I knew this list would be large but I never thought it would be 9 pages of 250 some jobs - and that was as of 1/12/17. This list is posted on the website so it can be viewed and action taken.

It would be great if you can help with some of this work or refer people that can. Call the camp or send an email to schedule a day to come and help at camp. Many have stepped up over the years and I'm thankful for their continual support - without their laboring, camp would not be the same.

           Youth Group from Kentucky 2014                        Spring Mission Trip    

         Youth Group from Kentucky 2014
                    Spring Mission Trip

 


EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES

We have some positions to fill and would like you to share the information. Attached are the job descriptions for a year round housekeeper and maintenance assistant, along with the job description for summer staff. These job descriptions and applications can be found on the website under "About" - "Employment". We can also email or mail all the information to someone, just contact the camp.


CAMP TRUSTEES

If you would be interested in serving as a camp trustee for your association or serving on a camp committee, you can make that known by completing a "Resource Sheet" and send it to camp.
Trustees serve on camp boards and committees, but are continually seeking individual expertise to serve with them. You can find more information and the "Resource Sheet" on the website under "About" - "Volunteers & Projects".


CAMP PROMO VIDEO

The new camp promotional video is just over 2 minutes, which makes it ideal for showing during church announcements. If you were at camp last year you just might be in the video!
The promotional video can be found and shown from the website. We are happy to visit churches and share about camp - just contact the camp to schedule a date.


FROM SARAH

Summer Camps are always in need of adults to serve as cabin leaders and helpers. If you have any questions about volunteering for a camp session please give us a call. Adults come for free and get to enjoy daily worship, Bible study, no cooking or dishes, and plenty of opportunity for exercise. They also get to witness young people experiencing a relationship with God.
If you, or someone you know is interested in at- tending camp as a leader/helper, please refer them to the website or contact us. We don't want adults to miss a great opportunity for camp.


IT'S TIME TO REGISTER FOR CAMP

Registration forms may be completed online from the website for campers and leaders; or, you may complete the registration/health form and mail it to camp. Either way you choose, be sure to include the $10.00 deposit per camper. The option to make online deposits and payments from a bank account is available on the website.
Please share the enclosed camp schedule/registration form with someone that might be interested. You may also make copies and refer people to the camp website for more information.


NEEDS LIST

Please make copies of the needs list and share in your church bulletin.
The camp needs list can also be found on the website under "About" - "News & Updates".

2017 Camp Overview


#1 JUNIOR Camp         $125
(entering grades 4-6)
 JUNE 11-16      
DEAN: Priscilla Bushhorn
(812) 662-5242
Check-in Sunday 3 PM
Check-out Friday 11 AM
You’ll have so much fun at camp making friends, playing games, exploring the outdoors, small group lessons, making things, chapel time, singing songs, and maybe just being silly or watching your leaders be silly.


#2 TEEN Camp          $125
(entering grades 7-12)
   JUNE 18-23          
DEANS: Mitch Harrell & Adam Gibson
               (812) 621-0848    (812) 595-4698
Check-in Sunday 3 PM
Check-out Friday 11 AM
You will make friendships that can last a lifetime, learn new things about yourself and the God that loves you! You can play paintball for no extra fee! Have a blast with friends, great worship, life lessons, games, and fun!


#3 KINDERGARTEN-1st GRADE Camp    $25
                     
(entering K-1)        
 JUNE 29-30     
DEAN: Melissa Giddens
(812) 346-7458
Check-in Thursday4 PM
Check-out Friday 4 PM
This is a great way to prepare you young campers for many more fun years of camp. You get to spend one night in a cabin with leaders and friends, eat 3 meals at camp, snack time, fun lessons, singing, swimming games, and more!


#4 MUSIC Camp         $125
(entering grades 7-12)
   JULY 2-7          
DEAN: Myrna Kinney & Karen Hargett
               (765) 364-1181    (812) 344-6799
Check-in Sunday 3 PM
Ends with closing program Friday 7 PM
While you are here, you learn a musical and can try out for special singing parts or drama-but everyone gets to sing. Also the band "En Gedi" from Indiana Wesleyan University will be leading you in worship! And you can play paintball for no extra fee!


#5 GOLF Camp        $125
(entering grades 7-12)
   JULY 4-7            
DEAN: Bryan Gatewood
(812) 614-3366
Check-in Tuesday 10 AM
Check-out Friday 11 AM
As a golf camper, you will travel with the other campers 3 miles to the Wyaloosing Creek Golf Course to sharpen skills and enjoy fun competition. You are at camp for all meals and evening activities!


#6 JUNIOR Camp       $125
(entering grades 4-6)
   JULY 9-14           
DEANS: Robby Kloke
(812) 595-1925
Check-in Sunday 3 PM
Check-out Friday 11 AM
You’ll have so much fun at camp making friends, playing games, exploring the outdoors, small group lessons, making things, chapel time, singing songs, and maybe just being silly or watching your leaders be silly.


#7 JUNIOR-SENIOR Camp     $125
(entering grades 4-12)
JULY 16-21          
DEAN: Pat Lanman
(812) 584-1920
Check-in Sunday 3 PM
Check-out Friday 11 AM
This camp is for a wide age of campers that break into age groups for lesson time and altogether for worship with a live band! You’ll have lots of activities and games to have a great time! If you’re in Jr. High or Sr. High you can play paintball for no extra fee!


 #8 PRIMARY Camp       $90
(entering grades 1-3)
 JULY 23-26         
DEAN: Carolyn Pool
(812) 552-9729
Check-in Sunday 3 PM
Check-out Wednesday 11 AM
This short camp is great for you young campers. Days filled with fun lessons, singing, and activities, you are ready for bed when you get to the cabin at night. Plan to make new friends that you may see each summer when you come back to camp!


 #9 WILDERNESS Camp     $85
(entering grades 5-9)
 AUGUST 18-20          
DEAN: John Todd
(812) 265-4785
Check-in Friday 6 PM
Check-out Sunday
Camping in the great outdoors! You get to stay in a tent, help prepare really awesome meals over a fire, experience many new activities, and learn about God in new ways!
See Separate Brochure.


 #10 FAMILY Camp         $285
(husband and wife with children)
 SEPTEMBER 1-4      
DEAN: Don Snyder
(812) 591-2515
Check-in Friday 6 PM
Check-out Monday 10 AM
Great family time! Kids get to do activities with other kids, parents get to do activities with other parents, and you get to do special things as a family.
See Separate Brochure.


#11 PAINTBALL Camp    $115
(entering grades 6-12)
  SEPTEMBER 15-17     
DEAN: Chris Thompson
(812) 371-3578
Check-in Friday 6 PM
Check-out Sunday
Let’s play paintball! Fun-filled weekend with lots of paintball and other activities too!
Paintball with a Passion and a Purpose!
See Separate Brochure.