Falls Creek: New for 2011
DAVIS—Falls Creek is both constant and constantly changing. Every year, students and sponsors will recognize activities, events and schedules that are very familiar. They also get a full dose of fresh ideas and opportunities; 2011 will definitely offer some new surprises.
A portion of the High Road entrance to Falls Creek will be reduced to one lane traffic this summer because of road work. There will be traffic lights controlling alternating one way access on the section of the road passing underneath I-35. We strongly encourage all Falls Creek traffic to use the low road entrance to Falls Creek. This will save you time and hassle as you arrive at camp.
There are several changes to our schedule this year. The evening schedule has been moved up by 15 minutes. Instead of the Evening Tabernacle Experience beginning at 7:45 p.m., it will begin at 7:30 p.m. This also means that seat reservations will begin at 6:30 p.m., and the doors will open for students to enter at 7 p.m. However, Evening Cabin Devotions will remain at the established time of 10:15 p.m.
The morning schedule will be much like the last few years, except the high school and middle school are flipping times. Middle school students will start their Morning Tabernacle Experience at 9:30 a.m., with the doors opening at 9:10 a.m. High school students will then join them at 10:05 a.m. for a combined time of worship. At the conclusion of the worship, the middle schoolers will be dismissed and the high school will begin their teaching time in the MTE session.
There are two specialized training times for leaders at Falls Creek: Adult Leadership Investment (ALI) and the Pastoral Leadership Dialogue. ALI is targeted training for youth pastors and church sponsors, and led by the BGCO Student Ministry Team. This year’s topic will be: Please Friend Me—The good and bad of electronic relationships. We will look at everything from Facebook, to sexting, to cyber-bullying. The Pastoral Leadership Dialogue is offered on Tuesdays, 11:30 a.m.–12:15 p.m. at the West End. This dialogue is for senior pastors, and will be led by BGCO Leadership Specialist, Brett Selby.
Ping Pong has long been a staple of afternoon recreation in cabins all over camp. New to Falls Creek this year will be our camp-wide Ping Pong Showdown. It will be held on Thursday afternoon in the pavilion at the back of SwiftSkate Park. Churches will host tournaments in their cabins Monday through Wednesday, and then submit the winner’s name to the office by 7 p.m. on Wednesday night. Cabin winners will be placed into a bracket and will play on Thursday to crown a Falls Creek Champion!
This year at Prices Falls, look for the new Giant Games! There will be Human Foosball, Giant Connect Four, Giant Checkers and Jenga. These Giant Games will be walk up elements on Tuesday through Friday afternoons during rec.
Falls Creek is constantly looking to engage students of varying interests. This summer, students will create a 4-foot by 128-foot-long mural depicting/interpreting our theme passage, Psalm 103. Students involved in this project will be recommended by church leaders for participation, and a limited number will be selected for each of the eight weeks of camp. The mural will consist of 16 panels, with two panels being completed each week of camp.
Andy Harrison is Falls Creek program director and student ministry specialist with the Baptist General Convention of Oklahoma.