Summer Events at Bonclarken

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of guests. This month, I want to share more about our summer season and give you information on the events we host. We hope you or folks from your church will be able to attend one or more of these events!

O Over the years, Bonclarken hosted

around 50% of our total number of guests for the entire year during June, July, and August. However, with our increased marketing efforts targeting winter, fall, and spring guests, this percentage in 2018 was 37% (6,525 guests in June, July, and August out of a total 17,471 for the entire year.) Our summer guests on av- erage spend three nights with us, as com- pared to a non-summer guest spending on average 1.6 nights. And our summer guests eat 62% of the over 80,000 meals we serve in a year. Our summer season keeps our staff moving.

Each of our summer events fall into one of four categories: a camp/confer- ence sponsored by Christian Education Ministries (CEM), camps sponsored by Bonclarken, Music Conference spon- sored by Synod’s Committee on Wor- ship, and camps/retreats sponsored by a non-ARP entity.

ur summer season here at Bonclarken is a busy and excit- ing time as we host thousands

• Camp Joy Session 1 (special needs youth and adults) – June 9-14 • Quest (ARP Middle School-age conference) – June 17-22 • Horizon (ARP High School-age conference) – June 24-29 • Camp Joy Session 2 – June 30-July 5 • Camp Joy Session 3 – July 7-12 • Camp Joy Session 4 – July 21-26 • Family Bible Conference – July 29-August 1

CEM Executive Director Dr. Brent Turner and his camp/conference leadership teams do an outstanding job of planning and implementing these events. The amount of time in planning these events is enormous, and our role is to provide the environ- ment for them to happen. In 2018, 1,579 guests participated in these seven events. The two one-week sessions of Camp Bonclarken and the one-week session of Mu- sic Drama Camp are the events that Bonclarken sponsors each summer. These camps are for children ages 8-14 and we are blessed to have Trip McGill and Lynn Grimsley serve in the leadership roles for these wonderful weeks. The schedule this summer:

• Music Drama Camp – July 7-12 • Camp Bonclarken 1 – July 21-26 • Camp Bonclarken 2 – July 28 – August 2

Music Conference is always a highlight of our summer, especially their Friday night closing program. Their dates this year are July 14-19. For over 50 years, Music Conference has provided a great vocal experience for youth and adults. We appreciate Synod’s Committee on Worship and the leadership of Trip McGill and Lynn Grimsley.  that our facilities can meet the needs of our ARP summer guests and yet we still have bed space for few non-ARPs as well. These include:

• Team Church youth camp from Charlotte, NC – July 1-5 • Camp Prism youth camp from various South Carolina Baptist churches – July 15-18 • Joni and Friends Family Retreat Session 1 – August 5-9 • Joni and Friends Family Retreat Session 2 – August 12-16

We are blessed in our relationship with all of these groups, especially with Joni and

Friends. Joni Eareckson Tada is a national advocate for the disabled and her organiza- - sors the two one-week sessions we host each August. All of these events keep our staff very busy during the

summer, but it is a labor of love. We are blessed to be the conference center of the ARP Church and we look forward to our 98th summer of service to our denomination.

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