Falls Creek gets social

DAVIS—Whether you are a group leader or a reminiscent, long ago camper, everything you need to prepare for Falls Creek or just remind you of that great place, is just a click away on your computer. With the first weeks of Falls Creek approaching soon, preparations are in full swing for those churches that will be attending. It takes loads of resources to accommodate camp needs, not to mention what is required for churches in regard to promotion, teaching, release forms and parental information. The production of these resources can be expensive. Thankfully, our day and age have afforded us the ability to place almost all of these resources online. Printed pieces, such as the Lead Sponsor Book, 60 Day Prayer Guide, release forms, church contact sheet, student book and promotional materials are also available for download at the Student Ministry website, skopos.org. Making these resources available online helps us to be better stewards of Cooperative Program dollars and still effectively communicate with and meet the needs of our churches. Be sure and look for our online versions of the sponsor book.  It is a virtual copy of the book in .pdf form. Churches can use this to print the pages they desire to make available to students, parents or sponsors. In addition to the downloadables at skopos.org, student pastors and churches can keep tabs on all the latest information regarding Falls Creek and Oklahoma Youth Ministry on our Facebook pages. At facebook.com/fallscreekyouthcamps, youth ministers and leaders can discuss new ideas, ask questions and get vital info for camp prep. At facebook.com/skopos.org, youth leaders can get up-to-date information on all youth ministry events and strategies employed by the Baptist General Convention of Oklahoma, and even helpful information about area events posted by local youth pastors. Skopos also hosts a twitter account, twitter.com/okskopos. On this twitter account, we post new details about camp, YEC, OKYMA, etc. through tweets. This is great way to never miss an update on our events and other notifications. If you are more visual and enjoy video, you can go to the media page of skopos.org. It offers a variety of videos that individuals or groups can view.  These videos are hosted on Vimeo, and makes sharing them with students on social networking sites a breeze. Finally, throughout the summer, we will stream our evening services live each night at skopos.org/livestream. Parents, friends and church members can watch online to see what students are participating in each night at Falls Creek. The evening services begin at 7:30 each night, Mon.-Fri., each week Falls Creek is in session. These nightly services are archived each week so the summer services may be viewed at your...

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New at Falls Creek for 2013

DAVIS—Falls Creek is constantly expanding and changing its programming to provide venues of interaction with a broad array of student personalities, interests, and giftedness. While it is critical that some elements of programming never change, it is also critical that others do to meet the objective of connecting with and reaching students for Christ. This year will have several new elements. SEAT RESERVATIONS A completely NEW process has been developed for seat reservations. It has been designed with sponsor input, and creates a greater chance for all churches to have prime seating during at least one night of camp. Registered churches for a week of camp will be randomly divided into 5 groups (20-25 churches per group). These groups will then be numbered 1-5. Each group will be ordered as well (1 to 20 . . . or as much as 25, depending on the number of churches in attendance that week). This will all be pre-selected, via a drawing by Falls Creek staff. On Mon., at on-site registration, churches will be given their GROUP number and their ORDER number for Mon. night seat reservations. Your ORDER number will change each day, but your GROUP number will remain the same all week. Sponsors will only get seat reservation information for Mon. night at on-site registration. The GROUP rotations and ORDER numbers for Tue.–Fri. will be handed out Tue. morning at the 9:05 a.m. Daily Sponsor Meeting. (See complete details in the 2013 Lead Sponsor Book) TRAINING There are two specialized training times for leaders at Falls Creek: Adult Leadership Investment (ALI) and the Pastoral Leadership Dialogue (PLD). This year, ALI is targeted training for Small Group Leaders. It will be led by Todd Sanders, Baptist General Convention of Oklahoma (BGCO) Student Education Specialist. The time has changed in 2013, as ALI will meet on Tue. night only, in the Chapel at 7:15 p.m. This will get you back in the service before the preaching part of the service begins.  The PLD is offered on Tuesdays, 11:30 a.m.–12:15 p.m. at the West Counseling Room of the Tabernacle. This dialogue is for senior pastors, and will be led by the camp pastor each week, along with BGCO Leadership Specialist, Brett Selby. STUDENT BREAKOUTS This year, we will offer five different breakouts for students. Daybreak! is a breakout for those who have completed the 10th grade on up. It is a leadership breakout that meets in the Tabernacle from 6-7:15 a.m. each day, Tue.–Thur. On Thursday afternoon, there will be two breakouts: Personal Evangelism, an equipping time for students in regard to sharing their faith led by the camp pastor, and our Worship Conference, led by the worship band. These both meet in the Chapel at 2 p.m. and 3:15 p.m. respectively. Finally, at 2 p.m. on Friday, we will offer breakouts for New Believers and Call to Ministry. They will meet in the Chapel and West Counseling Room, respectively. FALLS CREEK LIVE! Again this year, we are giving an opportunity for musically-talented students to play a two-song set list at the Falls Creek Ampitheater, Tue.–Thur., after the evening service, starting at 9 p.m. We will accept 3-4 groups per night. For sign up and details about Falls Creek LIVE! go to www.skopos.org.  NOTE: Students may not sign up for this event by themselves, church leaders MUST sign up students for them to perform. FALLS CREEK ART PROJECT This summer, artistic students will again have the opportunity to create a piece of art depicting our theme focus. This year, students will interpret our theme, THIRST. Students involved in this project will be...

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Falls Creek: Prepare and succeed

DAVIS—For many years, Falls Creek Youth Camp Programming has conducted several regional Prep Meetings in late April and early May.  Church leaders who are planning to bring students to the youth weeks of camp have been invited to these camp orientation sessions. These meetings were designed to equip youth leaders with vital information for attending Falls Creek and to expedite the Monday registration process for group leaders. Last year, pre-camp orientation became mandatory. It has become increasingly essential that church leaders understand the importance of selecting the proper sponsors, communicating camp regulations to students, and to know the best practices for the preparation of the movement of God in their cabins. Typically, more than 20 percent of the total number of campers attending each week are unbelievers. That means each week at Falls Creek, there are between 1,000-1,500 lost students on campus. It is imperative that church leaders and sponsors fully comprehend their shepherding role at camp and receive meaningful instruction in observing, relating to, guiding, disciplining and ministering to these students. We cannot expect just to show up and let camp do the work for us. God expects more of us administratively, ethically and spiritually. Falls Creek is working diligently to equip leaders for every aspect of camp and provide them with the best information and resources possible. The tricky part of making something that is in advance of camp “mandatory” is making it accessible to leaders and sponsors who have demanding and busy schedules. This is why we have put this content online and tied it to church registration. We will still have two physical meetings for those who prefer face-to-face interaction, but all leaders registering their churches for camp are now required to view a 34-minute video and answer some questions regarding the content. This ensures churches know critical camp preparation information before arriving on campus. The physical Falls Creek Prep Meetings will go a little more in-depth on the following issues contained in the online version: Camper safety and Legal Issues Emergency Procedures New Camp Activities for 2013 Missions Emphasis Information Recreation Updates New Seat Reservation Procedure Daily Schedule Updates These two Prep Meetings are free of charge, and do not require advance sign-up, though it is strongly recommended. There will be door prizes given at each of the Prep Meetings, but only those pre-registering will be eligible for the drawings. Each church’s lead sponsor should plan to attend. There will not be a Cook’s Track at this year’s meetings, but helps for cooks will be posted online at www.skopos.org. The dates and locations of the two meetings are May 7 at Oklahoma City, Southern Hills, and May 9 at Owasso, First. Both meetings will be from 6:30-8 p.m.  Churches may register for these meetings at...

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