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Sandy Creek Bible Camp

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ission  Thank You from Sandy Creek Bible Camp
 oment  November, 2017

The Chapel Local Mission committee provides support for Sandy Creek Bible Camp by sending several local children to their Bible camp.  Bob Buckner is the Chapel liaison for Sandy Creek.  You can read their thank you note.



      
ission  Sandy Creek Bible Camp: Summer Camp 2017
 oment  August, 2017

by Bob Buckner

The summer of 2017 is over, and the members of White Bluff Chapel have made it possible again for needy children in the Whitney area to attend Sandy Creek Bible Camp and Camp Hoblitzelle.  This year we sponsored 37 campers ages 8-18, up from last year's number of 26 campers.  Our average cost was approximately $250.00 per camper for one week of camp each. Our total cost includes transportation.

Sandy Creek is a Christian-based camp located just outside of Navasota, Texas, which is approximately 20 miles south of Bryan/College Station, Texas. The stated purpose of Sandy Creek Bible Camp is to teach the gospel of Jesus Christ in a relaxed, rural setting.   The children love Sandy Creek. They enjoy horseback riding, swimming, archery, rock climbing and other activities and camp games. They also attend chapel twice each day. Several of the children make commitments to Christ while at camp. And some children have reached the age where they can serve on the Staff as well.

Since the parents / guardians transport the children to and from camp, they are able to see firsthand the powerful impact Sandy Creek and the Gospel message have on these children. By driving their children, they are able to see the camp, meet the counselors, and experience much more closely the excitement their children experience. Hopefully, it will have a lasting effect on the parents as well as the campers. And this year we had the added pleasure of a group of children who were new campers organized and transported by Fort Graham Baptist Church.

In addition, we sent three children to Camp Hoblitzelle in Midlothian. Camp Hoblitzelle is operated by the Salvation Army. We hope to utilize this camp more in the future. We received good reports from the children who attended.

These campers are typically from broken homes, living with one parent, grandparent or other caregiver. They would not have this type of opportunity to learn about Christ if it were not for you. Thank you for your generous giving that allows us to give these children this opportunity to hear and feel so vividly the message of Jesus.



If you want to learn more about these camps and what they provide, please visit sandycreek.org and hoblitzelle.com or contact Bob.

At the start of service on Sunday August 13 Bob Buckner read a note from SCBC which you can read on the website now.



      
ission  Sandy Creek Bible Camp 2016
 oment  July, 2016

Another summer camp season has ended, and once again the members of White Bluff Chapel have made it possible for needy children in the Whitney area to attend Sandy Creek Bible Camp.  This year we sponsored 26 campers ages 8-18, down from last year’s record number of 33 campers.  We had several who attended last summer but could not this year, and not as many newcomers, but it should increase next summer.

Sandy Creek is a Christian-based camp located just outside of Navasota, Texas, which is approximately 20 miles south of Bryan/College Station, Texas. The stated purpose of Sandy Creek Bible Camp is to teach the gospel of Jesus Christ in a relaxed, rural setting.   The children love Sandy Creek. They enjoy horseback riding, swimming, archery, rock climbing and other activities and camp games. They also attend chapel twice each day.  Several of the children made commitments to Christ while at camp. And since the parents/ guardians transport the children to and from camp, they are able to see firsthand the powerful impact Sandy Creek and the Gospel message have on these children. By driving their children, they are able to see the camp, meet the counselors, and experience much more closely the excitement their children experience. Hopefully, it will have a lasting effect on the parents as well as the campers.   Their comments tell their story.  


“Thank you all for this wonderful opportunity for our children. The kids said they had a ton of fun!”

“The kids had a BLAST!!!!! Thank you again for all you do!!

“Thanks again for another great summer camp. God bless you for this”

“You do a lot for us and we appreciate it.”


These children are typically from broken homes, living with one parent, grandparent or other caregiver. They would not have this type of opportunity to learn about Christ if it were not for you. Thank you for your generous giving that allows us to give these children this opportunity to hear and feel so vividly the message of Jesus. 

One more amazing fact: The storms of late May/early June devastated the camp with flood water when the Brazos overflowed. There was extensive damage to the grounds as well as cabins and other structures. But with the help of the Lord, they pitched in with a lot of volunteer labor and financial support and got the camp up and running one week before our first group of campers arrived.  For more information about this mission you can contact Bob Buckner.

Larry Roskow, Camp Director, offered these words of thanks.

"It was so great, so great last week. I am very proud of the program and staff and what they were able to do. Tons of fun with the Lord Jesus leading the way and teens got to see what REAL enjoyment in Christ looks like. The speaker was solid and the teens listened and learned. I can’t say how thankful we are that Hope McDaniel, Joe, Page, Brittney and Rainey were able to be here.

"Thank you for all you do. I know I say it a lot but I mean it. Without your help these kids would not have this opportunity."



      
ission  Sandy Creek Bible Camp
 oment  February, 2016

Sandy Creek Bible Camp (SCBC) is sponsored through the White Bluff Local Missions Committee. Sub-Committee Chair Bob Buckner reported last August that a change was made in the way SCBC was supported.  Instead of White Bluff members providing transportation, our sponsorship provided the parents expense money so they could take their children to the camp.  This made a tremendous enhancement to the way the children and parents view the activity.  It also kept the parents more involved with their children as it related to church activities following last summer's camp. 

God is working with these teenagers.  When the "Varsity Camp" was offered, both the parents and teenagers were elated, as you can see by Bob's latest report below.

"Each summer, WBC sponsors approximately 30 Whitney-area children for attendance at one of three camps at Sandy Creek Bible Camp.  This past summer we sent 6 high school age campers to "Varsity Camp" at SCBC.

"The weekend of January 22-24 most, if not all, of the "Varsity Campers" attended  a Christian retreat at  SCBC. WBC is helping with a financial donation to the camp to cover costs. It is a real blessing to see the interest of the parents and their children.  The  teenagers and parents now realize that SCBC cares enough about them to help nurture their faith throughout the year, not just for one week in the summer.

"These children would not be able to afford to take advantage of these opportunities if it were not for WBC. Many of them would not be attending church if not for their camp experience. We've also learned that the SCBC staff maintains contact with the campers throughout the year. As Pastor Terry says so often, what we do with our offerings does make a difference in the lives of others all over the world. Please pray for God's blessings on these children, their families, and the staff of Sandy Creek Bible Camp."


      
ission  Sandy Creek Bible Camp, 2015
 oment  August, 2015

Sub-Committee Chair Bob Buckner oversees WBC's mission project at Sandy Creek Bible Camp. He reports a very successful and rewarding summer sending Whitney-area children to camp this year. Sandy Creek is a Christian-based summer camp located just outside of Navasota, Texas, which is approximately 20 miles south of Bryan/College Station, Texas.

The stated purpose of Sandy Creek Bible Camp is to teach the gospel of Jesus Christ in a relaxed, rural setting.  For many years, the members of White Bluff Chapel have paid the tuition of needy children to attend the camp and provided transportation to and from the camp.  This year we sponsored 33 campers ages 8-18, which tied last year's record number of campers.  But we did it in a way we have not utilized in the past.

Rather than providing transportation to Sandy Creek for the Whitney campers, we instead asked the parents/guardians to take their children to and from camp. It worked better than expected, as the good Lord answered our prayers! We helped the drivers with their fuel expenses because these children come from needy families. As a result, the caregivers responded beautifully as they stepped up to allow their children to have this wonderful camp experience, one which includes horseback riding, swimming, archery, rock climbing and camp games. They also attend chapel twice each day. Several of the children make commitments to Christ while at camp.

This year the parents/ guardians were able to see firsthand the powerful impact Sandy Creek and the Gospel message have on their children. By driving them, they were able to see the camp, meet the counselors, and experience their children's excitement onsite. Hopefully, it will have a lasting effect on the parents as well as the campers. 

These children are typically from broken homes, living with one parent, grandparent or other caregiver. They would not have this type of opportunity to learn about Christ if it were not for the White Bluff congregation. And as an added bonus this year, the project was accomplished while staying under budget. The Lord's hand was surely in this!



      
ission  Sandy Creek Bible Camp, 2014
 oment  July, 2014

Sub-Committee Chair Bob Buckner, who oversees WBC's mission project at Sandy Creek Bible Camp, reports that we had a very successful and rewarding summer sending Whitney-area children to camp this year. Sandy Creek is a Christian-based summer camp located just outside of Navasota, Texas, which is approximately 20 miles south of Bryan/College Station, Texas.

The stated purpose of Sandy Creek Bible Camp is to teach the gospel of Jesus Christ in a relaxed, rural setting.  For many years, the members of White Bluff Chapel have paid the tuition of needy children to attend the camp and provided transportation to and from the camp.  This year we sponsored 33 campers ages 8-18, a new record number of campers.  And we did it for a lot less money than last year, thanks to a new program initiated by the camp.

One may ask, why send the children to a camp so far away? For one thing, the camp works with White Bluff Chapel to provide a discount in the cost. But most importantly, they emphasize the Gospel during their week with the campers. The children love Sandy Creek. They enjoy horseback riding, swimming, archery, rock climbing and other activities and camp games. They also attend chapel twice each day. Several of the children make commitments to Christ while at camp. All of us involved have witnessed the praises of the children when they arrive back home in Whitney. As a testament to how much they love Sandy Creek, many of the children have attended camp for several summers.

These children come to our attention through referrals from the after-school program of First Baptist Church and from organizations such as Angel Tree, CASA, CPS, and the Food Bank, as well as from other campers. These children are typically from broken homes, living with one parent, grandparent or some other caregiver. They would not have this type of opportunity to learn about Christ if it were not for the generosity of White Bluff Chapel's Mission program.

Ann and Joe Jackson and Betty Gilden, all residents of White Bluff, and others from First Baptist Church, Whitney, are very involved in this project.  First Baptist has assisted with the use of their vans and the furnishing of drivers for transporting the children to camp, as well as providing a meeting place for pickup and departure, since their church is in a central location for the children and their parents.

And this year, Cedar Creek Baptist also provided much-needed assistance with the use of their vans. Several White Bluff Chapel members made trips to the camp in the Cedar Creek vans: Richard Turner, Patty Turner, Steve Short and Bob Buckner. In addition, thanks are in order for the WBC Sandy Creek Bible Camp Sub-Committee members, Terry Willingham, Becky Watkins and Rose Buckner. Lending consulting and administrative assistance from the budget and financial side were WBC members Aggie Gladbach, Tommy Edgar and Bob Harris.



      
ission  Sandy Creek Bible Camp
 oment  July, 2013

White Bluff Chapel local missions committee, headed up by Bob Buckner, once again had a successful and rewarding summer sending Whitney-area children to Sandy Creek Bible Camp. Sandy Creek is a Christian-based summer camp located just outside of Navasota, Texas, approximately 20 miles south of Bryan/College Station, Texas. The stated purpose of Sandy Creek Bible Camp is to teach the gospel of Jesus Christ in a relaxed, rural setting. 

For several years, the members of White Bluff Chapel have paid the tuition of needy children from the Whitney area to attend the camp. Most of these children are from broken homes; many are in foster care. None could go to camp without financial help. This year WBC sponsored a record number, 31 campers of ages 8-14.  That is almost 50% more than we have ever sent before.

The children love the camp. They enjoy horseback riding, swimming, archery, rock climbing and other activities and camp games. More importantly, it is reported by the camp personnel each year that several of the children make commitments to Christ while at camp. All of us involved have witnessed the praises of the children when they arrive back home in Whitney. Many of the children have attended camp for several summers.

Bruckner reports that he has learned that one little girl in foster care (who just returned from camp on Saturday) asked the family of her only friend if she could go to Church with them on Sunday.

These children come to our attention through referrals from the First Baptist Church after-school program, organizations such as CASA, CPS, and the Food Bank, and from other campers. Ann and Joe Jackson and Betty Gilden of White Bluff, as well as others from First Baptist Church are very involved in this project.  First Baptist has assisted with the use of their vans and the furnishing of drivers for transporting the children to camp, and they provide a meeting point since their church is in a central location for the children and their parents.



Mission of the Month, August 2012

This summer, White Bluff Chapel sponsored a record number of campers to attend Sandy Creek Bible Camp. Twenty-five Whitney-area children, ages 8-14, enjoyed a successful and rewarding summer at the camp. The stated purpose of Sandy Creek Bible Camp is to teach the gospel of Jesus Christ in a relaxed, rural setting.

For several years, the members of White Bluff Chapel have paid the tuition of needy children from the Whitney area to attend the camp. Sandy Creek is a Christian-based summer camp located just outside of Navasota, Texas, which is approximately twenty miles south of Bryan/College Station, Texas.

The children love the camp. They enjoy horseback riding, swimming, archery, rock climbing and other activities and camp games. More importantly, it is reported by the camp personnel each year that several of the children make commitments to Christ while at camp. All involved have witnessed the praises of the children when they arrive back home in Whitney. Many of the children have attended camp for several summers.

These children come to the attention of White Bluff Chapel through referrals from the First Baptist Church after-school program, from organizations such as CASA, CPS, and the Food Bank, and from other campers. First Baptist assists with the use of their vans and the furnishing of drivers for transporting the children to camp. They also provide a meeting point since their church is in a central location for the children and their parents.

A pair of grateful parents of a young camper from this year's program sent a letter to WBC. It epitomizes the excitement and enthusiasm of these children after their week of worship, learning and fellowship at Sandy Creek.

Thank you, White Bluff Chapel, for making it possible.



Mission of the Month, September 2011

Sandy Creek Bible Camp is a Christian-based summer camp for children with the purpose of teaching the gospel of Jesus Christ in a relaxed, rural setting, located 20 miles south of Bryan/College Station, Texas. As in years past, White Bluff Chapel has paid the tuition for 20 needy children from the Whitney area. We have also provided transportation, primarily through the assistance of First Baptist Church of Whitney and White Bluff Chapel volunteers.

The children love the camp! It is reported by the camp personnel each year that several of the children made commitments to Christ while at camp. All of us involved in transporting the children have witnessed their praises of the camp all the way back home to Whitney.

The children come to our attention through referrals from Angel Tree, the First Baptist Church after-school program, and other volunteer organizations. First Baptist assisted with the use of their van, the furnishing of drivers and provided a place where campers could meet before departing.

As far as planning for the future, transportation is a key issue. It is challenging to find enough volunteer drivers from the Chapel. We need your prayers and support as we endeavor to strengthen this part of the program. We are also striving to improve the process of selecting campers, as well as the follow-up with them and their families.

Those of us directly involved with this program believe it is a wonderful mission opportunity. We believe you would, too, if you could see the excitement and enthusiasm of these young children after their week of worship, learning and fellowship. THANK YOU FOR MAKING IT POSSIBLE!

For more information, please visit the Sandy Creek Bible Camp website, email Bob Buckner, or call him at 694-8516.


      
ission Tuition & Transportation Helps Kids
 oment  Summer, 2010

Sandy Creek Bible Camp, in Washington County, Texas, is located not too far from College Station, at a drive of approximately two and a half hours each way from Whitney. The purpose of Sandy Creek Bible Camp is to teach the gospel of Jesus Christ to children (and adults). Each summer there are camp sessions where children engage in typical summer camp activities, such as horseback riding, softball, swimming, archery, etc., as well as experiencing Christian growth and fellowship. Several of the campers we have sponsored have accepted Jesus into their lives and expressed an interest in baptism.

  Volunteer Drivers (l to r) include (back row:) Rich Bassi, Sonny Boatman, Claude Dorman, Charlie Baker, (front row:) Jan Bassi, Mary Boatman, Rose and Bob Buckner

For several years, White Bluff Chapel has provided the tuition for children who cannot otherwise afford to attend Sandy Creek Bible Camp. Volunteers from the White Bluff community also assist in transporting these children to and from camp at their own expense. The children, hailing from the Whitney area, have come to our attention through both the Whitney Angel Tree Program and the after-school program at First Baptist Church in Whitney. The First Baptist Church provides tremendous support and resources in helping us send these children to camp, and White Bluff residents, Ron Quiggins and Ann Jackson, have worked diligently in this effort for several years.

The Chapel's budget this year for Sandy Creek Bible Camp is $7,200, which is sufficient to send twenty-four (24) children to camp. We should be close to reaching that number when we send off the last group of campers on July 18, 2010. On behalf of everyone involved with this project, which functions under the leadership of the White Bluff Missions Committee, we thank the members of White Bluff Chapel for the financial resources as well as the commitment to transporting the children to and from camp.