Tuesday, April 7, 2020

What to Pack for Camp

Here is a suggested packing list for Big Kids Camp:
  • Bedding - a pillow and sleeping bag OR a pillow, blankets and twin sheets
  • Rug, for next to your bunk (optional)
  • Towel
  • Clothes for warm AND cool AND wet AND dry weather
  • Underwear :D
  • Swim suit
  • Rain jacket and/or heavier coat
  • Close-toed shoes and/or water shoes
  • Shower shoes, if desired
  • Toiletries
  • Bug spray
  • Sunscreen
  • Flashlight
  • Water bottle
  • Coffee/tea mug (optional)
  • Bible
  • Board games
  • Sudoku, books, word puzzles, coloring books, a journal and/or any other relaxing activities - just for you or to share!
  • Some cash (for extra activities or camp store purchases, if desired)

Now you're all set! See you there!

Monday, April 6, 2020

Need A Ride?

Do you want to join us at Big Kids Camp but you...

don't have a car?
don't have extra money for gas?
don't like driving alone?

Many people carpool to camp! In fact, we have people traveling from all over...

If you need a ride, post on the Facebook event page 

Sunday, April 5, 2020

Something to look forward to

Do you look at the world around you and wonder ...

"I wish I had a weekend coming up where I could
nap in a hammock
hone my 'lounging' skills
network around a camp fire
be like a kid for a couple days
spend some quality time with God"

Well, stop day-dreaming and spend a few minutes (the sooner the better) signing up for BIG KIDS CAMP this Memorial Day Weekend!

Friday, April 3, 2020

Time to Register!

Today would be an excellent day to register for Big Kids Camp. The registration will take place directly through the Bay Shore Camp registration process. We've made the deposit optional to help you do that. So your options include:
  • You can pay the new camper full amount ($75).
  • You can pay the returning camper full amount ($125).
  • Or you can sign up without a deposit! You can pay the remaining balance when you arrive at camp.

Remember, there is ample scholarship money available...all you have to do is let Greg know (gregorywlawton[at]gmail.com) that you need some!

Friday, March 20, 2020

Camp Pricing - $50 off for First Time Campers

Below are your pricing options for attending camp. Most will fall into the full inclusive pricing option but we have some flexibility with meal pricing. As always, don't let price keep you away. We have scholarship money available, just ask Greg Lawton (contact information on the registration page).
  • Option 1
    • Full inclusive cost for camp (lodging and meals)
      •  $125
        • $50 DISCOUNT for First Time Campers
  • Option 2
    • Lodging only plus ala carte meals (A great option if you'll be joining late or need to leave early)
      • $75 for Lodging
      • Price for every added meal
        • $6 for breakfast
        • $8 for lunch
        • $9 for dinner
      • Example: Mary has to work on Saturday so she won't be getting to BKC until after dinner time on Saturday. Mary will pay $75 for lodging +  $12 for breakfast on Sunday/Monday + $8 for lunch on Sunday + $9 for dinner on Sunday. Mary's total cost for BKC will be $104.

Thursday, March 19, 2020

Dietary Needs? - Health Form

If you have dietary needs you will be able to indicate them on the health form during registration.

Wednesday, March 18, 2020

BKC 2020 at Bay Shore Camp in Sebewaing, MI

For those us who need another camp experience, even though we aren't kids anymore.

Big Kids Camp takes place over Memorial Day Weekend (May 22 - 25, 2020) at Bay Shore Camp in Sebewaing, MI. Click on the Register for BKC link above to get registered or the BKC Facebook group link to learn more.

Tuesday, March 17, 2020

Dates Announced: May 22 - May 25, 2020

Mark your calendars now! We are still planning to have camp if we are able. Meet us at Bay Shore Camp in Sebewaing, MI this Memorial Day Weekend, Friday May 22 to Monday May 25.

Monday, March 16, 2020

Sarah's Big Kids Camp

Sarah is a camper-turned-BKC-organizer. She graduated from the University of Michigan a few years ago, after being very involved in the Wesley Foundation campus ministry, and now works in Illinois. She loves Big Kids Camp so much, she even introduced it to her now-husband, Jimmy! Below, she shares what she loves about BKC and why you should join us this year :)

"When I graduated from high school without ever having set foot on a church campground, I thought I had narrowly avoided what I assumed must be an annual week spent alternating between awkwardly trying to turn strangers into friends and feeling guilty for not having a dramatic call story to share around the campfire. Luckily for me, I was wrong on both accounts. It turned out I had not “escaped” the Methodist camping experience; the summer after my second year of college, my Wesley Foundation friends invited me to something called Big Kids Camp for post-high-school-age young adults. It also turned out that Big Kids Camp was nothing to be afraid of...in fact, it’s probably one of the closest things to (young adult) heaven that I’ve ever experienced: the meals are provided, the naps are unlimited, and the people don’t judge you if you eat ice cream three times in one day.

Each time I’m at Big Kids Camp, I like to remember the following words from a campground mission statement, "Our mission is to provide a welcoming Christian sanctuary while removing distractions between our guests and God.” For me, my big distractions are technology and the need to feel “productive.” Coming to Big Kids Camp forces me to put away Facebook for a few days and helps to remind me that sometimes catching up with a friend, meeting a new one, or simply staring up at the stars are the most productive things you can do.

The heart of Big Kids Camp happens every night at sundown, when we gather around the campfire to sing praises and share whatever is on our minds. Nobody is required to speak, but anyone is welcome to. There’s a shared understanding that whoever is speaking will not be interrupted or judged. I’ve often wondered how our lives and world would be different if we could end every day around a fire with our neighbors.

After years of attending Big Kids Camp, it has gotten to the point where I don’t feel like summer has officially begun until I’ve reconnected with my friends and reconnected with God. Luckily for me, Big Kids Camp happens this and every Memorial Day weekend."