Monday, July 22, 2013

Amber Banks Teaser Trailer

From the producers of The Shore Seasons 1-8, comes a startling new series about a young man dealing with guilt, the pressures of a small town, and finding forgiveness & hope in God through all of it. Come to Bay Shore Softball Baseball Camp August 4th - 9th and be the 1st to see the new series Amber Banks.

Lets continue to pray this new series will capture the hearts of our campers and draw them closer to God. To Him be the glory!!

We still have camper spots available for 6th to 10th graders. Contact your past campers, invite your cousins/siblings/teammates, maybe sponsor a camper to come to camp $339.

Camp Scholarships are available. Contact Bay Shore Camp 989-883-2501. Spread the word, to RADIATE God's love!

-The Shore Films

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Retreat Reflections

Reflections from Erica Pitcher....

Hello! Reflecting on this weekend has made me nothing but excited for summer 2013! I have no doubt that this is going to be the best summer yet. But as we all prepare for this summer I want us all to look in the mirror at ourselves and ask “Am I here for the right reasons?” 

I have no doubt that we are all here for one common goal, to bring students to Jesus. But I know it is easy to sidetrack and take our mind off of the main goal. This weekend it was kind of disappointing to hear so many staff members saying “Well I just want to be in the Shore” or “I just want to win the championship game this year!” 

Yes, we all know these are exciting things, but let us not forget what is most important. If you are at camp to see how many times your face comes up on the big screen, to please your boyfriend/girlfriend, or to get a boyfriend/girlfriend, you may want to reflect and do some rearranging of what is most important. 

Let’s get pumped up to bring students to Christ. This is one week where we get to love on these students and bring them closer to God. Radiate means to emit which means to give off. Let’s give off love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control.

1 Corinthians 10:31 “So whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God.”

Colossians 3:23 “Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for men.”

Sunday, July 15, 2012

What a transformation.....

The Family Center - Before Baseball/Softball Camp

The Family Center - After Baseball/Softball Camp got ahold of it. Big thanks to everyone who helped in the transformation of this building. 

Saturday, July 14, 2012

Clear Eyes, Full Hearts, Can't Lose

Hey all, Chad Wingert coming to you after the first night of camp. I know that most of you who would be reading this blog are at camp right now. But, I'm also hoping that those who ARE on staff can look back on the blog after camp is over, to help them rekindle a few memories. Also, for those of you keeping tabs at home...this is where you'll want to check in the most :)

Anyways, what an amazing, open, honest, sobering and just all-around REAL sermon that was delivered by baseball dean Tyler Bader tonight. It definitely opened the hearts and minds of our entire staff, letting them know that each and everyone of them, no matter what paths the Lord has led them down, has something to "Let Go" of this week.

It honestly set the tone for this week, and being that it's only Monday, I think we are in store for a very, very memorable week.

Also, just to sum up the day, we held our annual Staff Slowpitch Softball Game, where the East defeated the West (unsure of the score). Also, for those of you keeping score at home, that now makes me 6-0 in Staff games after six summers of camp. I mean, not to toot my own horn but....beep beep, ya know?
Also, the male and female MVP's of the game are yet to be determined. I'll report those tomorrow after they are voted on.
One last note....big, HUGE shoutout to Brett Baranic for designing this year's T-shirts. I think I speak for everyone when I say, they are down right filthy.

Anyways, it's getting late. Night all. Big day tomorrow.
Please keep us in your thoughts and prayers as the campers arrive tomorrow afternoon.


Tuesday, July 10, 2012

The Last Push...

Hello all. Sorry for the delay on this week's post. I hope that most of you are getting as excited for camp as we are. We've spent the past few weeks bouncing new ideas off of each other and tweaking some old ones, with goals of making this camp the best one yet.

As most of you know, we spend a lot of our first day at camp (Saturday) in prayer. We pray for the camp's staff, your fellow counselors, the deans, the volunteers, the weather and of course, the campers...both ones we know and don't know.
We think it's important that you, as staff, be prepared for what "baggage" the kids may bring to camp. And no, I'm not talking about their luggage.
Kids come to camp from every background, every walk of life and there are always a select few that come to camp seeking help more than others.
However, we have also been encouraging you, as counselors, to use this week at camp for yourselves. Yes, the kids are priority No. 1. But it's ok to be a little bit selfish during this week too. This is also a great time for a personal gut check. So, don't be afraid to take some time to yourself next week as well. This is also where a new member of our staff, Marco Salzar, will come in. We are very excited about what Marco is bringing to camp. You will learn more about Marco on Saturday :)

With all of that being said, I want to encourage each and every one of you to spend a little extra time in prayer this week. Focus on us, as a staff, for these next four days and pray for every aspect of camp that comes to mind. Then, on Saturday, after touching on a few of our own personal struggles, we can begin to focus on the kids who are coming to camp that next day.

I also want to encourage everyone to cut themselves off from life outside of Bay Shore next week. I'm not saying this to drive home Bay Shore's "no cell phones" rule, that rule is there for obvious reasons. I'm saying this because I think, in a time where we are SO dependent on having our phones by our side, every minute of every day, you will be surprised as to how refreshing it can be to go "off the grid" for a few days.

Below in the comments section, I'm asking that you post a few personal goals you have for camp next week. Whether it be for yourself, your cabin, a few kids, or us as a staff...share them. Also, if you'd like to throw out prayer requests or suggested prayer topics for these next few days leading up to camp, feel free.

Monday, July 2, 2012

Make An Impact

There is a saying in life about not caring what other people think of you. I hate this saying. When you think about it as Christians, shouldn't we care what other think of us? I think about all my years counseling at Bay Shore and all the different kids I have met and had personal relationships with, but what abut the kids that I didn't necessarily talk with or share with? Were these kids still influenced by my leadership at camp?

How about the way we live our life? Are the things we do and the way we live pleasing to God and the people who watch us? I think sometimes we forget that others watch us closely. I know when things in my life have happened people have told me later that how I handled something was a true testimate to my faith and I didn't even know it. As we approach camp, think about how we can impact even when we don't know we are. Kids may leave camp not even having a heart to heart with us, but are deeply impacted by who we are and how we acted. That's powerful, influential, and something we should strive for. I guess I am asking for stories about people who have impacted you. What did the person go through and how did they handle it? What about the situation changed your life?

Countdown........two weeks.