Sending your child away to a summer camp at the beach can be hard for parents (especially parents of 6th graders who are new to middle school). In this post, we've taken the time to encourage parents church why it’s a good idea to send their 6th grader to BigStuf.
1. Losing campers isn't our thing (in a room, in a public area, in a crowded space).
When sixth graders are in the mix, the collective we're-not-going-to-misplace-any-person-smaller-than-me radar kicks in for every leader in a five mile radius.
2. No one starves at camp… ever.
3. Students can talk to their parents every day!
Cell phones are awesome. One of the unique things about BigStuf is that parents can watch the main sessions live online. Our parents LOVED this last year. Not only can you see what's happening and have added peace of mind, but you can also interact with your teenager when they get home. Baller.
4. Lifeguards. Are. Everywhere.
5. The water is clear.
We can usually spot and swim away from weird stuff that looks like it could eat us.
6. BigStuf makes sure we get to drink water every now and then.
Water stations are in the rooms, on the beach, on the boardwalk, at meals. Can you say "hydration station?”
7. Leaders don't buy the "my burn always turns into a tan" excuse for not putting on sunscreen.
The sunscreen patrol (a.k.a. his or her room leader) knows a fair skinned student when they see one. We don't fly, until we re-apply.
8. Camp is for campers.
While the beach is public property, everyone pretty much stays out of the area. Who wants to be with 1.2k teenagers on the same beach? (We do! But the world has yet to know our secrets.)
9. It's not an Abercrombie & Fitch sponsored beach break.
Campers wear modest swim stuff. All of the "b's" are mostly covered up with one-piece swimsuits and shorts that aren't speedos.
10. They are probably ready.
They are searching for meaning and asking great questions. The environment has been created with them in mind. There is time set aside for them to experience Christ and each other without the crescendoing noise of the world. There's really no better way to begin letting them try some things on their own–than with trusted leaders in a fun, safe, and spiritually stimulating environment.
We can’t wait to see you this summer at BigStuf! Not signed up yet? Click here!