Student Camps are co-ed teen camps for 7th grade-college students. Student camp is fast paced and high energy to match the pace and energy of this age group. Worship and Bible studies center on discipleship and relationships.
Tracy McMillen is family and missions pastor at Bethel Baptist Church in Fulton, Mississippi. He has been in youth ministry for twenty years and has served at Bethel for fourteen years. His passion and calling is to see students come to know Christ as Savior then help them grow spiritually through discipleship. In his current role, he trains people for and leads mission trips. He also counsels couples, parents, children and families. He and Michelle have been married twenty-seven years and have three children and a daughter-in-law: Dalton and his wife Keely, Judi-Beth and Madison.
The 2017 theme “Do Something” will focus on how we should show Jesus’ love to others by how we live our lives. Jesus showed love to people not just by his words but by his ministry of service while on earth. Throughout Scripture, there are many examples of Jesus’ servant leadership. To the crowds that followed him, he gave new life (physical and spiritual) to the sick, the crippled, the hungry and the outcast. To those closest to him (his disciples), he invested in them as individuals and as a group by humbly serving and teaching them. Jesus is the ultimate example of the “Do Something” theme: He showed his love through service to others.
Student Camp will take place July 25-28, 2017. Learn more about all of Daniel Spring’s 2017 summer camps here.
BMA churches are in danger of losing one of our most valuable ministry tools. Over the years, Daniel Springs Camp has been used by God as a place where missionaries and pastors have surrendered to ministry and countless young souls have trusted Christ as Savior.
Currently, this BMA treasure is experiencing financial difficulties, and a line of credit has been established with a local bank. This financial strain is not a result of careless spending. Camp Director Jason Prewitt works on a tight budget and makes the most of every dollar.
The problem is simply one of income. Daniel Springs keeps registration fees low so that churches of every size can afford to bring their children and youth. In the past, church offerings helped cover the gap that camp registrations did not cover. However, over the past few years, costs have increased while total registrations have decreased, causing significant losses. If finances do not improve by the end of this summer, the camp trustees will be forced to make difficult decisions.
There are two ways that your church can help. First, take a group of students to camp. If you haven’t been to Daniel Springs lately, you’re in for a treat! Camp Director Jason Prewitt has worked diligently to create a camp that our churches can be proud of. Visit danielspringscamp.com and consider taking a group of kids this summer. You’ll be pleased with the personal staff of college students, coordinated programming, and upgraded facilities.
The second way to help Daniel Springs is to prayerfully consider how your church can support camp through regular giving. Over the years, church giving to the camp has declined. Yet the importance of camp ministry is at an all-time high. In a fast-paced, technology-driven world, students need a place to escape distractions and focus on Christ in a safe environment. For over fifty years, Daniel Springs has been that place for the BMA. Let’s make sure it remains for the next fifty years.
Current projections indicate that the camp will need at least $85,000 to finish the year in the black without any debt. That does not include any money for major improvements. The bottom line is, going forward, the ministry of Daniel Springs needs about $100,000 more income per year to operate and maintain the camp. Based on past giving, this is not an impossible goal.
It’s obvious that we have a problem. Will you and your church be part of the solution? Support for the camp may be sent to Daniel Springs Camp, PO BOX 1749, Conway, AR 72033.