Big Stuf Student Ministry Camp, Panama City Beach
Bigstuf summer camps are hosted right on Florida’s most beautiful beach: Panama City Beach. This location is the foundation of a fun week-long experience for students to hang out and learn about Jesus. With over 25 Years of experience in ministering through Christian summer camp environments, Bigstuf is a worthy choice providing youth groups with an experience that deepens their relationship with Christ and connects them with new and old friends.
Everything starts somewhere. The greatest movements and the biggest heroes all had a beginning. Before the success, before the fame, before the impact, there was a time when someone dared to be an original. They dared to do something that had never been done, make something that had never been made, go somewhere that no one had gone before.
Those stories are what BigStuf 2018 is about. Because whether we realize it or not, we are originals. And we have a story. And our story not only tells us who we are, but clues us into where we’re headed. This summer, discover what it means to live like an original. We can’t wait because here’s one thing we know: originals change the world.
Camp Dates: Monday, June 4th - Friday, June 8th, 2018
Departure: Loading begins at 7:30am. Departure from Cropwell is 8:30am
Returning: We will be returning to CBC between 3pm and 4pm. Students and adults will text or call parents with a more accurate arrival time while we are enroute.
Cost: $350 if you register before April 4th. Price increases to $375 after April 4th. $150 deposit secures your spot. Registration and payment is online.
Cost includes: 4 Nights Lodging at Boardwalk Beach Resort Hotel, 10 meals, 7 sessions, session materials and transportation by van. Students will need money for 3 fast food meals on travel days, Extra $$$ for 1 additional meal on our own, and any snacks, spending money or BigStuf souvenirs, CDs, t-shirts, etc.
Will I need any additional money on the trip?
Yes. Each camper will need enough money for 3 fast food meals on travel days (lunch on the day we travel to the beach and breakfast and lunch on return day), one meal one evening at a local restaurant and any spending money for snacks, drinks, arcades, and/or souvenirs, etc.
Is there a dress code for camp?
Yes, BigStuf rules are below. Guys and girls, please make sure all attire is modest and appropriate. Guys, here are parameters to follow:
No speedos or anything that resembles a speedo.
Unless at the beach or pool, wear a t-shirt at all times that completely covers the chest and torso.
No sagging of shorts, pants or swim trunks.
Girls, here are some parameters to follow:
One piece bathing suits (no cutouts) OR tankinis that fully cover the stomach (Tankini tops must remain down at all times, if not you will be asked to put on a cover up).
Stomach should be covered at all times.
All shirts and dresses should have a modest neckline
Shorts must have at least a 3" inseam.
Skirts and dresses should keep you fully covered when bending over.
Packing List: What do students and adult campers need to bring?
Students need to bring beach towels, sunscreen, water bottles, flip-flops, bathing suit, a bag for wet clothes and towels, shorts, t-shirts, Bibles and journals. Bed linens and bath towels are provided in the hotel rooms. Students may also want to bring extra spending money for snacks, arcade games and the BigStuf Store (t-shirts, CDs, etc.). Twin size air mattresses are allowed. PLEASE LABEL ALL YOUR PERSONAL BELONGINGS INCLUDING BACKPACKS, BIBLES, etc. If you pack items in plastic bags, remember to pack additional plastic bags for your return trip.
Where are we staying?
Boardwalk Beach Resort Hotel, 9600 S Thomas Drive, Panama City Beach, FL 32408, 1.800.224.4853 *Some weeks overflow lodging is provided at Laketown Wharf Condos and Sunbird Condos, very close to the Boardwalk Beach Resort.
What are the accommodations like at Boardwalk Beach Resort?
Hotel rooms sleep 5 to 6 to a room (leaders and/or students). Not all rooms adjoin, nor can BigStuf guarantee adjoining rooms.
What activities are available for students during free time?
On site there is the beach, pool and games such as triple toss, cornhole, spikeball and kanjam. There are also private vendors on the beach who offer Jet Ski rentals and parasailing. There are optional rec tournaments including basketball and beach volleyball.
BIGSTUF HAPPENS IN SMALL GROUPS
Small Groups allow leaders to directly connect with students after each session. Our hope is that Small Group is a place where students are able to dissect what they learned in session, grow in community with one another and grow stronger in their relationship with Jesus Christ. Small Groups will take place immediately after each morning and evening session and led by our your CBC Group leaders.
BigStuf Camp Rules
Girls and guys are not allowed in each other’s rooms.
Attendance at meals, all group sessions and quiet time are required (This includes the final session closing session party!)
Students must check in with your assigned adult chaperone every 2 hours, or as directed, FACE to FACE.
Students should let their Small Group leader/chaperone know where they are at all times.
NO SWIMMING without a buddy.
Observe flags on the beach and absolutely no swimming when RED FLAG is present.
Curfews will be strictly enforced and students should be in their own rooms by curfew.
Cell phones must be turned OFF during worship, large and small group times.
Respect other’s property at all times, including hotel property and furnishings. If you damage any property of the Hotel, you will have to pay for it. This is strictly enforced by the Hotel.
Each hotel room sleeps 6 and quarters are cozy. Please be respectful of your roommates’ space. NO WET TOWELS OR CLOTHES on beds or furniture. Keep common areas neat.
Before EVERY MAIN session in the BIG ROOM, we will meet right outside the SNACK BAR 30 MINUTES before the sessions begin and enter the MAIN sessions together as a group.
At night, immediately following Main session in the BIG ROOM, we will meet by the pool for our own Small Group time.
Quiet Time – Write your name on your journals as soon as you get them and bring your journals with you to the beach for Quiet Time.
DO NOT LEAVE THE RESORT UNLESS ACCOMPANIED BY AN ADULT. Stay within the boundaries of the resort while on the beach. Violation of these rules will not be tolerated.
HAVE A GREAT TIME!