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Youth camp slated during Louisville SBC

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (BP)–Students who go with their families to the Southern Baptist Convention’s June 23-24 annual meeting in Louisville will have the opportunity to experience Centrifuge on site.

Churches from the Louisville area (whether sending messengers to the convention or not) and SBC entity employees also are invited to bring their students to Fuge as a day camp.

“The heart of the SBC camp is to create something special for the students who have parents ministering full-time in the local church,” said Kevin Spratt, recreation specialist and student events coordinator for LifeWay Christian Resources of the Southern Baptist Convention.

LifeWay has offered Centrifuge for the past five years as an event for rising seventh-graders through college students to attend while their parents attend the convention.

“Offering Centrifuge at the SBC annual meeting location corresponds directly with the SBC initiative to minister to the whole family,” Spratt said. “We also think it is very important to take advantage of the opportunity to introduce a new generation to the SBC. That’s one reason we opened registration to local churches.”

LifeWay has sponsored Centrifuge and its various spin-off camps every summer for 31 years, offering ministry, fun, recreation and relationships to thousands of students. Locations for the hundreds of Centrifuge camps have included college campuses and LifeWay’s conference centers.

SBC Camp, as the convention Centrifuge is called, will feature Kenneth Bruce, student minister at Porter Memorial Baptist Church in Lexington, Ky., and Jeff Pratt, director of LifeWay student training and events. Drew Causey and Hope Community Church from Frankfort, Ky., will lead worship. Late-night activities will feature “American Idol” finalist Phil Stacey and Christian comedy duo Bean & Bailey.

The theme for SBC Camp is “MOVE — A Faith Journey,” entailing a character study on the life of Moses. Parents and family members are invited to attend worship each night with the students.

Churches and individuals can call 1-877-CAMP-123 for more details and to pre-register. The SBC camp website is www2.lifeway.com/fuge/index.php/centrifuge/sbc. Registration at the SBC will begin at 4 p.m. Monday, June 22, at the Kentucky Exposition Center and activities will begin at 6 p.m.

Worship, Bible study and recreation will run from Monday night through Wednesday night, June 24. Daytime participants also will receive tickets for a Fuge visit to Six Flags Kentucky Kingdom.

Students of parents attending the SBC annual meeting may attend all Fuge sessions for $40. Church youth groups in the Louisville and surrounding areas can attend for a prorated fee of either $40 or $60 depending on which sessions they wish to attend.

“SBC Camp is extremely affordable,” Spratt said. “In the face of hard economic times, we have been able to provide quality camp programming at a reasonable price. We’re happy that we are able to open up this camp for churches in the Louisville area.”
Polly House is a corporate communications specialist and editor of Facts & Trends magazine at LifeWay Christian Resources of the Southern Baptist Convention.

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