Dean Spotlight - Robby Kloke

Robby has been married to Susan for 32 years. They have 2 children, and one grandchild.

Robby has been coming to Southeastern Baptist Youth Camp for almost 20 years now, and has been the Dean of Junior Camp for 8 years. Although he never came to camp as a camper, he brought his son, Ben, when he was a kid. Robby fell in love with camp and has come back almost every year since!

Robby said, “Junior Camp is crazy. I want to let the kids know that being a Christian is fun. You can sing, do the chicken dance, and praise God!”


Robby works in a prison ministry, and this, he says, has given him new perspective. “I see the people on the other side of the prison bars, and I want to help keep the kids that come to camp on this side.” Kids should come to camp to have fun, and get away from the busyness of life. They will get to experience love from strangers who love God. This is why adults should come to camp. Adults have the opportunity to be positive role models and to love on so many kids!

Robby also enjoys woodworking and uses that skill to build games like Giant Jenga, Kerplunk, and more for Camp!

Dean Spotlight- Don Snyder & Jason Rewis


Meet Don Snyder

He has been married to his wife, Sarah, for over 30 years! Together they have been co-managers here at camp for 14 years. Don has been involved at SBYCamp for 34 years as a trustee, cabin leader, Dean, and in work groups!

They have 3 kids: D.J. who is married to Beanita, Dustin who is a strength coach at Indiana University, and Kelsey who is a special needs teacher at North Decatur Elementary School. Kelsey is married to Mitch Slaughter who is the full time maintenance assistant here at camp.

“Over 30 years ago”, says Don, “I had the desire for my son to go to camp and have the experience I never had!” When Don was 10 years old, and his brother was 9, they were going to Camp! They were so excited to get away from home! His mom got all the stuff packed and she even sewed their names in all their clothes!

The day finally came! They loaded up their things into their station wagon and headed to the camp! After what felt like hours to the kids, they finally made it to the camp. But, to their great dismay, there was a cable blocking the entrance and a sign that said “Camp Closed”.

“I never got the chance to go the camp after that, so I don’t know what it’s like to be a camper. This is a memory,” says Don, “that drives me to make sure that campers will not miss the opportunity to experience Camp!”


Meet Jason Rewis


Jason has been married to his wife, Leslie, for 21 years. They have one daughter, Grace, who is 16 years old! Together they enjoy going to theme parks, hanging out with friends, playing board games, riding horses, and reading as a family!

Jason has been involved with camp for 5 years now. He has know Don and Sarah Snyder for 19 years, and they did ministry together before the Rewis Family moved to Florida. But about five years ago, Don reached out to Jason asking him to come lead worship at Family Camp!

“Family Camp is important. God works in children through their family under the father’s/husband’s leadership.


“We bring the family together to seek out and find their identity and purpose in Christ as a family!” says Jason,When we are living together in our purpose and identity in Christ, we bring glory to God!”


Camp is a way to have a marked event in our annual lives to come back to camp and REFOCUS, REEVALUATE, and RECOMMIT to Christ! And it's FUN!

Family Camp is a time for parents to relax, connect with God, with their spouse, and to interact with their kids in ways they would not normally.

At Family Camp, we give tools to families so they can grow closer to each other by growing closer to the LORD! We want to remind them of their responsibilities. The Christian walk is not just while you’re at church, but your obedience in the day to day life.

Family Camp is Fun! There are lots of activities and structure. Families will be together much of the time, but will also  split up for lessons that have been prepared for their age group! The families will also compete in activities such as fishing, canoeing, archery, and many other fun activities! Kids age 4 and under have their own special “Camp” within this camp, and they will have activities that are tailored to their needs!


We hope you can bring YOUR FAMILY to Family Camp this year!

Click Here for more information and to REGISTER!

SBYCamp Summer Staff Highlight-Becky Pfeifer

Hi! I'm Becky Pfeifer! I'm one of the lifeguards at camp this summer, and I'm also a part of the Summer Staff! I have come to SBYC for about 9 years, but this is the first year I am working here on staff!

Here's a little about myself: I'm a part of every swim program in Decatur County! From Tiger Sharks to Pirates Swimming and Diving! I've been swimming since I was 8 years old! I have been lifeguard certified since I was 15 years old, and have been working as a lifeguard for a year and a half!

I'm so excited to work here at SBYCamp this Summer!


Dean Spotlight - Karen Hargett & Myrna Kinney


I have 2 children, 4 grandchildren, and 1 great grandchild.

I came to SBYCamp for the first time in 1961 as a camper. It was the first year I was old enough, and I never missed Camp until I was 17.

I have been a camp counselor since 1974, and I served as Music Camp Dean from 1999-2002 before moving out of state.

SBYC is holy ground. I have seen lives changed, both adults and children over the years. This is a place where we can retreat from all the noise of the world and be still enough to listen for the voice of God.

Music Camp is intense. We learn and perform a musical in just one week! It takes concentration, dedication, and a desire to glorify God by the campers and counselors to bring this testimony to our family and friends at the performance.





I have been involved with SBYCamp for 50 years. I came as a camper in 4th or 5th grade. I have come back as a camper or counselor ever since!

I have been involved in music ministry in every church I’ve been a  part of, and I’ve helped lead youth groups as well. At music camp, we have a theme and learn a musical based on the theme we study during the week.

Our camp is unique because we sing and do drama all day long. We always seem to be in a spirit of worship as we sing and learn the songs.

Camp is extremely important to learn about God and to build relationships that last a lifetime! I love the atmosphere of Music Camp. God is on the move here!  



SBYCamp Summer Staff Highlight


Hello! My name is Emma Ortman. I am excited to say that I am a part of the summer staff team at the Southeastern Baptist Youth Camp! I have come to SBYC for about 13 years now. I started at Kindergarten Camp, on to Primary Camp, to Junior Camp, became a Junior Leader, a Paintball Camper, a Wilderness Camper, an adult leader, and finally STAFF! It's safe to say that I have a soft spot for Camp. SBYC has played a large role in my faith journey, and has been a huge blessing in my life!

Now for a little bit about myself. I am a senior at Columbus East High School, I love 3D art, particularly clay sculpting and throwing. I spend as much time on the potters wheel as I can! I also have a passion for martial arts. I am a black belt in Taekwondo at Ko's Martial Arts Academy, and I plan on taining in different styles in the future.

I live on a farm with my parents, two sisters, and my brother. Living in the country is the root of my love for nature and the outdoors! Some of my other hobbies include cooking, reading, hiking, music, rock climbing, and traveling.

I hope to see you here at Camp!

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



"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

                 Melissa Giddens with a                 Camper at Family Camp

                 Melissa Giddens with a
                Camper at Family Camp

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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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.


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


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.




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 We look forward to seeing you at camp this year!



February-March 2017 Newsletter


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



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.


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".


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.


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.


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.


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.