Foundations, connections built at second 'Boot Camp'

Foundations, connections built at second 'Boot Camp'

Nearly 70 junior highers and youth workers participated in a special time of learning, mixing fun activities and spiritual formation for a week on the BBC campus. They were joined by more than 20 staff and counselors.

Baptist Bible College & SeminaryAttendance for the second "Boot Camp: Basic Training for Junior Highers" was up about one-third over the inaugural year, growth co-director Glenn Amos attributes to the unique and powerful focus of the week.

"Youth workers love what we're doing," he said. "It's different from a traditional camp. Though we have a lot of fun, our whole approach is to answer four questions to really equip them. We really believe this age group is struggling with those questions. We work hard to give them practical answers."

Each day is committed to answering four big questions teens are facing today:
- How do I know God loves me?
- How do I know I'm saved?
- What do I do when I sin?
- Can I make a difference?

Baptist Bible College & SeminaryThe 2012 camp, for students entering the seventh and eighth grades and their youth workers, will be July 16-20.

Details on the 2011 camps are online at

See pictures from 2011 here.

A Special Week
Spiritual growth takes place as students gain from general sessions, devotional times, small group meetings, and meeting new friends.

"I like everything about it," said Jarred, 12. "Questions like 'How do I know I'm saved?' and 'What do I do when I sin?' have answers. I'm learning the steps."

Counselor Gavin Gromacki, a 2011 BBC graduate who will begin studies in the Master of Divinity program at Baptist Bible Seminary this fall, said working alongside youth workers and getting to know the students and youth workers is a great experience for counselors as well.

"I'm learning, too," he said. "It's a special week."

Amos said the main approach is to help young people tackle questions and build foundations for a lifetime of growth and service.

"None of this is a guilt trip," he said. "It's a solid application of biblical truth."

More Camps Ahead
More than 4,000 people annually attend camps and conferences at BBC&S. Links to learn more about all summer programs are online at

Events ahead include Teen Leadership Conference and soccer camps.

Learn more about TLC here.

Learn more about Defender sports camps here.

Baptist Bible College & Seminary offers an outstanding Christian education through on-campus, online, and other distance learning options. Students go beyond the ordinary, learning to serve and lead as they gain critical leadership and life skills.

To learn more, go to or call 570.586.2400.

Posted on: 7/14/2011 2:35:46 PM

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