What will your children do next summer that will have a positive impact on their souls? What eternally important activities will they be involved in? Will they spend their summer glued to televisions, iPads, video games, and cell phones, or will they take the time to “grow in the grace and knowledge” of God?
Why not encourage your children and the youth of your local congregation to attend one or both of Apologetics Press’s soul-strengthening Christian Evidences summer camps as they fellowship with Christians from around the country?
In previous summers our themes have included "The Existence of God," "The Inspiration of the Bible," "The Godhood and Greatness of Christ," "The Lord's Church," and "The Flood." Lord willing, in 2017, we will be focusing on two great themes: "The Reliability of the Bible" (Week 1--June 4-9) and "Creation vs. Evolution" (Week 2--June 25-30).
Eric Lyons of Apologetics Press directs both weeks of camp at Indian Creek Youth Camp (ICYC) in Oakman, Alabama (approximately 40 miles northwest of Birmingham). The camps are for 4th-12th graders (i.e., for those who have completed the 3rd grade and will be entering the 4th grade). The cost is $160 for each week. (All checks are to be made to ICYC.) You can register your children on-line for one or both of these weeks at www.indiancreekyouthcamp.org beginning January 15. Registration is first come, first serve. (Last year, the first week of camp filled up in just one week.) The camp site will hold approximately 220 campers and staff members.
In addition to the classes, lectures, devotionals, and singings that campers participate in during the week, they are also treated to many other enjoyable experiences.
· For two hours every afternoon, campers have the freedom to play a number of sports, including soccer, flag football, basketball, ultimate frisbee, ping pong, and the ever-popular coneball. Campers can also visit the craft hut and use their imaginations to create a variety of crafts with the help of some very artistic counselors.
· After a hot afternoon, campers can choose to relax and canoe at the creek or head to the pool for a refreshing 45-minute swim. (Boys and girls swim separately.)
· Evening activities include game-time at the gym and friendly competitions between cabins (e.g., tug of war) on the athletic fields.
Miscellaneous Camp Information
· Drop off is Sunday between 2-4 p.m. Pick up is on Friday morning between 9:30-10:30 a.m. (Please do not be late.)
· Campers are not permitted to use electronic devices such as cell phones, iPods, computers, etc. during camp. If campers bring cell phones with them, they will be taken up by the director and returned to the camper on Friday morning.
· In addition to three great meals each day by wonderful volunteer cooks, campers will have access to at least two free canteen breaks (including a coke and at least one snack each day). There will also be a "trading post" open (at least once a day) that will be selling T-shirts, polos, hats, decals, plus candies and drinks. *Campers will only need money if they want something from the trading post.
· Campers are to dress modestly. One ICYC rule to keep in mind: "All shorts must come to the knee when standing up." Also, no tank tops, low-cut tops, or excessively tight clothing is allowed (e.g., skintight yoga pants or leggings with no shorts).
· Boys and girls are separated for swim time at the pool, but not at the creek. If campers choose to swim at the creek (which is a lot of fun), shorts and colored shirts must be worn at all times. Life jackets are provided.
· ICYC has 10 different cabins for campers: five cabins of girls and five cabins of boys. Generally, there are two to four counselors per cabin. Campers are divided up among the cabins by ages. (Thus, 16-year-old campers do not share a cabin with 10-year-old campers.)
· ICYC has a "no PDA" policy.
· All medications (prescription and non-prescription) should be (1) put inside a zip-loc bag, (2) labeled with the camper's name, and (3) turned in to the camp nurse at check-in.
· For precautionary purposes, all campers and staff are checked for head lice upon entering camp on Sunday afternoon. (We highly recommend checking your children prior to camp just to make sure they don’t have to be turned away upon arrival.) ICYC will not allow anyone to remain on campus with lice.
· As much as we would love for your child(ren) to come to camp, we ask that you please not allow them to attend if they are the least bit sick. (Viruses can spread rapidly at camp, like they do at school.) Please allow them to get over their sickness for at least 48 hours before bringing them to camp. (As long as you call us, we can hold their bed open until they arrive--even if it is in the middle of the week.)
Things to Bring:
· A Bible, notebook, and pens/pencils
· Bedding: sleeping bag and/or twin sheets and a pillow
· Toothbrush, toothpaste, towels and washcloths, shower shoes, soap, shampoo, etc.
· Sunscreen and insect repellant
Feedback (from previous A.P. Camps)
· “Another fantastic AP Camp Week at ICYC…. The combination of godly campers, teachers, staff, cooks, counselors and nurses was like a taste of heaven on earth. What a wonderful group of people!”
· “A thousand thanks to…all the members of the A.P. staff who worked diligently to provide an outstanding week [of camp]. My children talked non-stop when they arrived home about their experiences. We will not know the degree of impact on all participants this side of eternity.”
· “I wanted to thank you so much for letting me be a part of last week…. I’ve been struggling so much with my faith, and to be honest I was giving up on it. The lessons taught last week and the examples you all have set have given me so much to think about, though, and have helped me realize I can’t give up on something this important.”
· “Home from Apologetics Press week at Indian Creek Youth Camp. Excellent lessons every day by outstanding men. The boys loved it and had a wonderful time.”
· “I just want you to know that my 14 year old son and my 11 year old daughter talked non-stop to the car, in the car, from the car, through lunch, through the unloading process, through the first load of laundry, about their absolutely awesome week of camp!”
Sample Camp Schedule (from previous A.P. Camps)
· 7:30—Younger cabins meet in Auditorium. Breakfast follows.
· 7:45—Older cabins meet in Auditorium. Breakfast follows.
· 8:30—Clean-up cabins/grounds.
· 9:00—Class 1 (7th-12th—Auditorium; 5th-6th—Dining Hall; 4th—Gym)
· 9:45—Break (Canteen)
· 10:00—Class 2 (7th-12th—Auditorium; 5th-6th—Dining Hall; 4th—Gym)
· 11:00—Assemble in Auditorium for Fun-Sing, announcements, etc.
· 11:30-12:45—Lunch. Etc.
11:30—Prayer. Dismiss younger cabins for lunch.
11:40—Older cabins remain in Auditorium for singing. Lunch follows.
12:15-12:45—Nap time. Free time.
· 2:15-2:35—Canteen Open
· 2:45-4:20—Water Time. Free Time.
· 4:40—Meet at Amphitheater for mail call, announcements, and prayer.
· 4:45—Supper. (*Older cabins eat first in the evenings.)
· 6:30—Worship (in Auditorium)
· 7:45—Canteen and Free Time
· 8:15—Nightly Activity
· 9:00—Younger cabins return to cabins for clean-up/showers and a cabin devotional. Older cabins gather for a devotional in the Dining Hall.
[NOTE: We are asked quite frequently if we can travel to various areas of the country during the summer to conduct church camps. Due to our extremely busy summer schedules and the amount of time it takes to plan, coordinate, and operate a week of camp, we generally (but graciously) turn down invitations to conduct camps elsewhere. We do, however, highly encourage camp directors and counselors to consider using a number of different Apologetics Press materials for their camp curriculum. Some of that material can be found on our Web store at http://www.apologeticspress.org/store/Category.aspx?cid=8. Also, as always, we are just a phone call away. If you are ever in need of any direction regarding camp themes, lessons, etc., please feel free to call us at 334-272-8558.]