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Pioneer 2011, Building Relationships

After several days of gathering footage I realized a lot of it showed campers and staff building relationships. So I decided to put it all together in this montage clip. Although there is no logical progression between images I think collectively they show the beauty in how everyone connects in love and service to one another in a single week. And sometimes children laughing says enough.

Pioneer 2011, Something New

I certainly was not expecting some of the answers I got when I started asking this question. I think this week I might investigate the first comment in this clip in more depth. Does food cooked over the fire indeed taste better?  Is it better than fast food? Perhaps it doesn’t compare to mom’s cooking, but there’s certainly something to be said for it. For the second part of this clip, I must say I was very impressed with the creativity of the kids this week. Everything from saying a bible verse to a rap beat to dancing and 4 square in the pavi made the rainy days seem bright.

Pioneer 2011, Favorite Activities

In the beginning of this second day I went around asking campers what their favorite camp activities are. Instead of getting a slew of different answers, the new GaGa pit and the water trampoline were mentioned again and again. So the next day I investigated these a little more. At that time, I had yet to do either of these activities as it is my first summer here, so I was glad to get some campers to explain them to me.  I loved hearing the excitement as the campers explained the rules…rules!…of GaGa and the pure joy while describing the thrills of the water trampoline.

Pioneer 2011- Pictures

Here are some pictures from Pioneer 2011. What an awesome week! Enjoy!


Pioneer 2011, Why Camp?

So here is the first BBSee clip from last week, Pioneer 2011. Some campers shared about why they decided to come to camp. It seems to be a generational thing. How awesome to come to the same camp your mom went to. I also discovered a lot of long time campers as well as some who have never been to camp before. Plus there are numerous attractions, such as activities unique to BBC, that keep kids coming back.

Review: How have you changed? Staff Orientation

One of the many rewarding aspects of working at a children’s camp is watching the campers change as they learn over the course of the week. It seemed appropiate to ask returning staff and those who went to BBC as a camper how they think they’ve changed over the past year either at college or since working here last summer. It was inspiring to hear many of the staff say how they grew from their interactions with the campers. What a privilege to work in a place where you get to influence a child’s life for God while simultaneously growing along side them.

I had no idea how this clip was going to come together. Last week I just interviewed a bunch of staff and didn’t even consider what the visual while they were speaking would be. When I went to put it together during this first week of camp, I realized I had un-purposefully captured the staff that I had interviewed interacting with campers; I had been watching them live out the words they had spoken. Getting to put these words together with actual footage of the staff pouring out love to the campers has given me so much joy.

At the end I included a clip of Bobbi, one the girl counselors, reading this verse “When you walk through the fire of oppression, you will not be burned up; the flames will not consume you” (Isaiah 43:2). I felt it was fitting for our theme of aglow/fire. May we remember this summer that when we face flames of difficulty we will not be destroyed.

Review: Why Camp? Staff Orientation

Last week was orientation for this summers staff. Some were returning from last summer, others from previous summers and many had never been to BBC before, much less any camp at all. In this clip some of the staff reflect on what they might have been doing this summer, such as other jobs or opportunities that might have paid more and why they chose camp. Others compare BBC to other camp experiences they have had and point out what distinguishes this place. I think everyone agreed on the community that is formed by sharing experiences like cooking over a fire and how as a community we encourage each other to grow closer to God.

For the summer, this is home.


Monday through Friday, 60 seconds of Bethany Birches. One post per day (starting the week of June 27, 2011).

Here’s a longer-than-60-second post from some of our staff on “why camp?”