What is Student Life Summer Camp?
Student Life Summer Camp at Liberty University is Burke Community Church’s summer camp experience for 7th through 12th grade students (2019-2020 school year). It’s an opportunity for middle and high school students to get away from the busy schedule of life to experience time with God in a whole new way. At summer camp, you'll have fun with friends, have amazing adventures, and walk away changed!
Who is it for?
Summer camp is for current (2019-2020 school year) 7th through 12th grade students. Students do not have to attend Burke Community Church to participate in summer camp.
What does it cost?
The early registration fee for summer camp is $325 if you register by April 30, 2020. After April 30, the registration cost increases to $350 until May 31, as space permits. After May 31, the late registration fee increases to $375. Here’s what that covers: all meals and lodging while at summer camp (you are responsible to bring a packed lunch on the way to camp), transportation, and a camp t-shirt. Your student may like to bring a little extra spending money for special activities, camp merchandise, and snacks.
Is summer camp still happening in light of COVID-19?
As of March 19, 2020, Student Life still intends to offer summer camp at Liberty University from July 13-17, 2020. BCC understands that families may be reluctant to commit to camp with so much uncertainty about community health and economic implications. We are extending our early registration discount until April 30, 2020. Until this date, you may cancel your registration with no penalty. Registrations will be accepted after May 1 as space permits. Should your student test positive for or come into contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19 after June 15, please DO NOT send this student to camp. BCC will offer a full refund to protect our community's well-being and your financial interests.
If Student Life or Liberty University make adjustments to their plans, we will notify all student ministry families of the change.
What is the theme?
The theme for 2020 is TAKE HEART: John 16:33.
No one wants to be afraid, to feel anxious or nervous. We believe the lies and fears that the enemy seeks to instill in our lives. We walk into our schools, turn on the news, or talk to our friends and leave feeling unsteady. But fear does not have to be the defining characteristic of our lives. The voice of the enemy does not have to overpower the voice of our Victor, Jesus. Jesus has erased the need for all fear and blocks out the sometimes overwhelming voice of the enemy. At Student Life Camp 2020, students will learn that while the opponent is great, our God is greater. He was and is a God of kept promises, who has good plans for us. He is our stronghold in the midst of weakness, taking our hands in the face of uncertainty and pushing us toward courage, pushing us to take heart.
Day 1: Past Promises, Future Confidence
Our God is good, and He keeps His promises to us. Because God has kept His promises in the past, we can have confidence that He will keep His promises in the future. All of Scripture points to Jesus as the Son of God, and we can have confidence in His plans for us.
Day 2: Stronghold in Weakness
The unknown is terrifying, especially when you don't feel equipped to handle it. Our insecurities can bring inescapable feelings of anxiety and fear. But take comfort and feel empowered in knowing that God uses people's weaknesses and equips them for His Kingdom's work in the midst of fear.
Day 3: Love and Suffering
God promises to be with us. In fact, God sent His Son to die on the cross so that we could be saved and have a restored relationship with Him. But that doesn't mean we will live a perfect life. On the contrary, following Jesus requires suffering. As we grow in our love of Jesus, we grow in the realization that we are sinful - and that is painful. However, this suffering is not at the hands of a malicious God, but rather, a loving God. A God who loves us so much that He wants to see us look more like His perfect Son and become a part of His eternal plan for us.
Day 4: Great Opponent/Greater God
Sometimes the opponent of sin feels like more than we can handle. In those moments, we can take heart and see that God is greater than any opponent of sin or shame because He has already conquered them all. The battle has been won. Our God is greater.
What activities will they have at summer camp?
Students will have a blast with crazy squad competitions that could get a little wet and messy! During free time, students will have the option of participating in basketball and volleyball competitions, creative arts and tech workshops, and field games. The campus also has a rock climbing wall, pool, ice rink, volleyball sand pit, and bowling alley.
What forms do I need?
All participants must complete and return the following no later than May 31, 2020:
1. Notarized Student Life Camp Participant Form
Most banks have a notary. BCC will also provide complimentary notary service on Sunday, April 26 and May 31 from 9-11:30am in the Café. Parents, be sure to bring a photo id and sign your form in the presence of the notary. Students under 18 do need to sign the form, but not in the presence of the notary. It is the parent's signature which is being notarized.
2. Current BCC Medical Liability/Media Release Form
2019-20 BCC Medical Release Forms do not expire until September 30, 2020. For a 2020-21 BCC Medical Release Form, click HERE.
Will we be the only church at Student Life Camp?
No, we are excited to gather with a larger group of students for powerful worship, teaching, meals, free time and squad games! Our life groups, lodging, and late night gatherings will be special times of connection for just our church.
What is adult supervision like at summer camp?
We take a number of adults to make summer camp successful and safe. Our leader to student ratio is no more than 1:10. Student Life also has trained staff that lead recreation times. All adults at Student Life Camp are required to complete a criminal/sex offender background check.
Are there dress guidelines for camp?
Yes! We value modesty; please remain sensitive to others by dressing in a conservative manner at all times. If leaders have concern that clothing may be stumbling to others, you will be asked to change.
Please leave the following clothing at home: any clothing that reveals undergarments, spaghetti strap tank tops, ribbed tank tops, straps on shirts should be at least 3 inches wide, midriffs, halter tops, short shorts/skirts, spandex, any form fitting athletic wear, and other tight fitting clothing. Swimwear must be modest one piece or a fully covering tankini (no bikinis, no speedos, no revealed midriffs, cut out bodices, low cut tops or high cut bottoms.) No clothing that promotes alcohol, cigarettes, or other inappropriate items and no clothing with questionable sayings, slogans, etc.
My child has a food allergy. Will the camp be able to accommodate?
YES! Liberty University dining services offers a wide selection of meal options. Please make us aware of your dietary needs and we will communicate these needs to the dining service. Their staff is well trained in allergens/cross contamination and works to meet the individual needs of each student.