BEACH CAMP FAQs
Why should my teenager go to Beach Camp?
The spiritual impact we see in teenagers through camp is priceless. As the high school pastor, it was at camp during my junior year that God called me into the ministry. Each year we see students grow tremendously in their faith or begin a new journey of faith. Also, your teenager will develop friendships that will last well beyond the high school years. When you live with someone for a week, sharing life and struggles, and worshipping together, it creates a bond that is not quickly broken.
What does the price of camp cover?
Camp is all-inclusive in that it covers your transportation on charter buses, lodging at Shalimar Retreat Center, food for the week, and all programming planned. The only extra money needed would be for lunch on the drive to camp and the way home and maybe some optional money for swag from the camp store.
What is the cell phone policy?
In order for students to get the most out of their summer camp experience, we are going to have a no phone policy. Cell phones are great tools and very helpful for so many things, but they can also be a source of major distractions. We desire for students to grow closer to the Lord as well as other students during this week of camp. Without cell phones, students will engage face to face with one another, be less distracted by technology, and be separated from temptations they experience through social media.
Students will have their phones with them while traveling on the buses to and from camp. When we arrive at camp, we will pass out Ziploc bags and sharpies. They write their names on the bags, turn off their phones, and put their phone in the bag. When getting off the bus they will turn their phone in to a leader. Once it is time to leave camp, students will get their phones back before we load the buses to head home. Parents will be given Student Staff phone numbers in case they need to get in touch with their child. Leaders will also be willing and able to take pictures of students throughout the week, and they will share them once the week is over!
What leaders are going?
Beach camp will be staffed with student ministry volunteers and college students who have gone through an application process and a background check. Our goal is to have a 1 to 5 ratio of leaders to students for Beach Camp.
What are the sleeping arrangements?
Students will be placed in a bunk room that sleeps 7-15. Each bunk room will have a private bathroom. Adult leaders will be placed in each bunk room but will have their own bed.
What are the plans for beach safety?
There is an inherent risk any time you enter an ocean. Our staff will monitor the water safety flags and determine whether students can enter the water.
Will students be able to roam freely on the beach or down the “strip” in Panama City Beach?
No, they will not. We will set boundaries on the beach, and students are not permitted to go beyond those boundaries. Also, students will not be allowed to leave the retreat center property to go shopping or eat.
What are the Covid-19 protocols?
FBCH students will be required to wear a mask on the buses to and from camp since social distancing will not be possible. For the current Centrifuge Covid policy, please visit https://www.fugecamps.com/covid-19-updates/. The Centrifuge staff updates this page monthly.
What is the dress code for the week?
The dress code during the week is casual. In the evenings, for worship, students will be asked to not wear athletic-type clothes.
- Swimsuits: Girls wear modest, one-piece bathing suits or two piece suits covered with a colored T-shirt. Guys must not wear a speedo.
Will the students always be in a group?
We will require students to always be with at least 1 or 2 other people. No one should be alone at any time.
What does a day at camp look like?
Each day will follow relatively the same schedule. The schedule will usually include the following:
Quiet Time & Bible Study
Church Group Time
If you have any additional questions, please do not hesitate to contact Kelly McKinley, Student Ministry Assistant, at firstname.lastname@example.org.