Be Creative


Dean: Shawn Young
Check-in: June 21 @ 6:00pm
Parent Pick-up: June 26 @ 3:00pm

​Are you a surgeon or a spy? A doctor or a double agent?  This year’s BeCre experience will find out.  It will be an improv extravaganza as the campers role play secret missions and medical dramas. Will the heart transplant encounter an unexpected mayonnaise disaster? Will the top secret documents only be viewable in pudding?  The intensity of the drama will be entirely up to the campers – make it as dramatically dramatic as you can dramatize.  It’s make-believe.  It’s fun. It’s improv.

Be Creative Camp is hands-on camp with lots of media creation and stage time. We do photo and video challenges, homemade game creation, and lots of original music. Worship times are camper-led, and everyone (staff included) join together in a weeklong story arc – with individual roles to play in the overall big picture scripture lesson.  If you’re a high schooler with a passion for out-of-box ideas and imaginative play, bring your instruments and join us for BeCre this Summer!

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About the Dean

Where are you involved at church?
I have served on staff with several Southern Ohio churches. Currently my family is visiting local congregations – meeting and worshiping with different people every week.  Last year, I started a ministry called “Saltvine” to extend the BeCre principles beyond Summer camp – developing curriculum, retreats, and podcasts.
What is your favorite Bible verse?
Therefore, in the present case I advise you: Leave these men alone! Let them go! For if their purpose or activity is of human origin, it will fail.  But if it is from God, you will not be able to stop these men; you will only find yourselves fighting against God.” (Acts 5:38-39)
What does camp ministry mean to you?
I love knowing that I can have a hand in connecting a student to the Gospel, and that quite often it’s in unplanned ways.  We write out storyboards for the flow of a week, create specific lesson plans and learning experiences, but some of the most powerful moments happen in the in-betweens and downtimes.  So as camp leaders, we get the thrill of making a full week of energy and activity – while also getting to experience the mysterious power of God working through us. We get to have fun in the ways we plan, and be awed in the ways we didn’t.
What is your favorite camp memory?
Our camp is designed to socially interact with the other groups with which we are sharing the campgrounds that week. We encourage them to interact – particularly with campers they don’t know.  One year, our campers got so involved with the other groups that they formed small nations of “battling” tribes – complete with flags and anthems. Later in the week, two of the tribes made peace with each other through a wedding ceremony (complete with music, guests, flowers, and homemade outfits) between leaders of the two tribes.
What is your favorite dessert?
Pecan pie, but not if it’s really gooey pecan pie.  Some people make pecan pie that’s 90% goo with a very thin nutty layer on the top.  I’m not a fan of that. The goo-to-nut ratio should be no greater than 3:1.