Agree to the Five Elements of Participation
There is a great deal of flexibility and personalization for your group at Falls Creek. But, all churches attending the Falls Creek Youth Camp have five elements they must agree to for participation:
(1) attendance in the Morning Tabernacle Experience
(2) attendance in the Evening Tabernacle Experience
(3) adherence to the dress code
(4) adherence to the code of conduct
(5) provide a Biblically focused meaningful morning quiet time, morning in-cabin Bible study, and evening devotion.
Make sure you have a cabin reserved for the week you plan to attend Falls Creek. Every church attending Falls Creek Youth Camp rents their own cabin(s) for their week at camp.
To rent a cabin:
1. Determine your groups cabin need(s) and view all the cabin descriptions through the Cabin Information System online to find options that work well for your group.
2. Check the availability of the cabins that will fit the needs of your group through our list of cabin rentals by week. This list represents the latest information reported to us by cabin owners. Click here to view the Cabin Rental List.
2. Contact the cabin owners (churches or associations) to work out a contract for rental or to get on their waiting list. This contact information is available through the Cabin Information System.
Each church, in addition to securing their own cabin, also provides their own meals, brings their own sponsors, and plans and implements their own in-cabin activities.
Great adult sponsors are essential for a great week at camp. We recommend recruiting at least one adult per ten students. For more information about recruiting/training sponsors, click here.
**NOTE**: Each church should run a background check on all of their sponsors who are 18 years of age and older. For more information about background checks, click here.
Registration for all eight weeks of youth camp is found online and everyone you bring to camp must be registered through our registration system. You can edit your information until you arrive at camp on Monday. Complete your online registration before you arrive at Falls Creek. At the onsite registration, you will receive a final copy of your forms and registration wristbands once full payment is made. A few changes can be made at the onsite registration on Monday, but, before you leave for camp, all campers’ names must be entered and release form boxes checked. To get started with registration, click here.You will not pay for your registration until you arrive at camp. For more registration information, click here.
The cost per person (student or adult) from a BGCO church is $10.00 a day or $50.00 per week for the full-time registrant. The cost per person from a non-BGCO church is $16.00 a day or $80.00 per week for the full-time registrant. Non-BGCO churches also pay a $200.00 programming fee. Registration fees are paid on Monday of your camp week.
Develop a Prayer Strategy
Organize a prayer strategy for the week. Ideas for prayer are listed here.
Publicize Your Week
Use resources sent in the camp promo packet (which includes camp posters, a promo DVD, etc.) as well as your church’s website, facebook (your ministry’s page or the skopos.org page), twitter (@okskopos or your own twitter), or the skoposok Vimeo channel to get the word out to students in your community. We also provide theme logos and artwork for DIY promotional materials.
Organize Daily Activities
Organize recreation, meals, transportation, and sponsors for your group. You should complete the recreation form before coming to registration on Monday.
Please note: Each church needs to either prepare to teach live, or if using the video resource, bring it’s own TV and DVD player or other audio visual set up.
Plan Cabin Wrap-Up/Evening Cabin Devotional
Plan the cabin wrap-up/devotion time in your cabin for each night. The late night cabin wrap-up should prioritize giving students time to process and apply the information they have gained throughout the day, rather than presenting new information. The devotional should also allow students to share their decisions or to make spiritual decisions. Some camp staff will be available each week to teach devotionals if you need assistance. You can sign up for a cabin devotional speaker at registration on Monday, but it is best to come prepared to lead devotionals each night.
Prepare for In-Cabin Spiritual Encouragement
Many of the decisions made at Falls Creek are made in the individual church cabins. Each church is responsible for planning and preparing for the encouragement times that should happen in your cabin each day. The Falls Creek leadership recommends each student, at least once during the week of camp, has an opportunity to meet one-on-one with an adult from their church to talk about spiritual matters. An adult should ask each student about their spiritual journey to see if there is any way that they could help them in their journey. These cards should remain with your group. It is provided as a resource for churches that do not already have a decision card for their cabin times.
Complete Release Forms
Make copies of your completed release forms for each of your students, sponsors, children and cooks. The parent or guardian for each student must sign the release form. All release forms (student and adult) must be alphabetized together by last name and turned in at registration on Monday of your camp week. Only the Falls Creek 2013 release forms are allowed for registration. It is imperative that you make an additional copy of all the release forms and bring them to camp. At registration on Monday, you will turn in your originals and keep your copies. The additional copies of the release forms are for any emergency trips to the hospital and for your trip home. We also suggest you consider making copies to leave at your church, to keep on each vehicle that carries students to camp, and to leave with multiple adults in your cabin to streamline the process in the event of an emergency. To download the release forms (student & adult), Church Contact Sheet, & Background Check Compliance Sheet, visit the resources page
Host a Pre-Camp Parent Meeting
Organize pre-camp prep meetings for parents, sponsors and students. In your pre-camp meeting, pass out the parent information handout, have the parents sign their child’s release form, and distribute a camper packing list specific to your church.
Arrive at Camp
How do I get to Falls Creek? Falls Creek is just outside of Davis, Oklahoma off Interstate Highway 35, exit number 51. Highway and regional signs will direct you to the Falls Creek Baptist Conference Center grounds after you exit I-35. The physical address for Falls Creek is: 6714 HWY 77D, Davis, OK 73030-8002
Monday Arrival at Camp
At the gates, you will be asked to provide the name of your church and the number of people in your vehicle. Church groups should not arrive before 8:00am on Monday. All groups or individuals arriving after Monday at 4:00 pm will need to check in at the office for registration assistance. You may also take part in late night registration after the service on Monday evening if arriving late.
Register Your Group Onsite
Onsite registration will take place in the north side of the tabernacle each Monday from 1:00-4:00 p.m. At onsite registration you will register and pay for your group, schedule recreation options and picture times, have the opportunity to enlist summer or missionary staff to speak in your cabin, receive parking tags, student books, and registration bracelets.
BRING THE FOLLOWING TO ONSITE REGISTRATION:
1. Background Check Compliance Sheet
2. Church Contact Sheet
3. All Registration Forms completed including medical information, and signatures.
4. All forms alphabetized and merged (student forms with sponsor forms)
5. Total payment (cash or check only)/ Checks made payable to BGCO
Tabernacle Seat Reservations
On Monday night, sponsors from your church can reserve seats for the whole group in advance. Please understand that all seating is first come, first served. Groups may save seats only for the exact number needed for their group. Please do not leave an empty row between your group and another group, fill in all available empty seats. Your group should always sit together; please do not allow your students to sit by themselves in the tabernacle. The doors to the tabernacle will not open for students until 7:00 p.m. each night.