Gateway Camp Packing List!

Camp 2021 Packing List

Hey all! Here is your packing list for this year!

-All bedding (including sheets, blankets, pillow)
-All toiletries (shampoo, conditioner, deodorant, toothbrush, tooth paste, deodorant, moisturizers, sunscreen, hair brush, deodorant, feminine products, dental floss, deodorant, etc.)
We recommend a few towels (a couple for the shower and one for the pool). There is clothesline’s available (I should know…I ran into one).
-Misc. Items (bug spray, sunglasses, refillable water bottle, hats)
The cabins ARE air conditioned but fans are welcome to bring if your camper wants one.

Most Campers will wear two outfits a day, with a few extra’s just in case there is rain (I would recommend a couple of extras for this reason).
Clothing needs to be very comfortable, for the heat, the athletics and so forth.
T-shirts and shorts for every day. Shorts need to be appropriate length (mainly they need to be seen under the t-shirt). Tank tops that have 1 inch straps and are cut directly underneath the arm pit are acceptable.
Tennis shoes, sandals, shower shoes
Swim Suits (swimming is NOT co-ed)
Rain Jacket (we tend to get daily showers)
Dirty Clothes Bag/Hamper

Special Clothes:
Tuesday Night is a Luau so Hawaiian Shirts are HIGHLY recommended.
There will be TWO nights for black out clothing/camo nights (Monday Night and Wednesday Night). Recommended pair of pants that can be worn both nights but two different shirts (for smell purposes). 

Each teen can bring one plain white shirt for a game.
One (or two) pair of clothes that can get dirty/muddy/covered in paint.

Thursday Night Banquet: This one is going to be fun. We are asking everyone to dress up as their favorite ARTIST/PIECE OF ART/MUSICIAN/ or anything else creative in the artistic world. As you can see, Art can be actual painting/sculpting/music. We do ask that discretion and wisdom is used in what your camper dresses as. For example, we are asking that NO ONE show up as the statue of David. We are looking for clever takes on some things. For example:
Van Gogh (bandage around the head because of the no ear thing)
“The Screaming Man” painting
The Ninja Turtles (named after Artist)
The Mona Lisa.
Or just splatter your face with paint and come as a Jackson Pollack piece. 
If you have questions or need more clarification, let me know.
This is NOT mandatory at all. It’s just some fun we like to have.

Bible Class/Worship:
PHYSICAL BIBLES (we are formulating a limited cell phone situation so we are asking everyone bring a hand held bible. If your camper does not have one, please let us know and we will be happy to provide one)
NOTEBOOK (Each 7-12th grader should have a GSM journal. For 4-6th graders, a standard notebook will be fine)

Gateway VBS 2021

This years VBS is going to be SUPER special and we need the teens help. We are doing a one day VBS at Cold Water Gardens outside of Milton. Our theme is “Destination Dig” and we will be having tons of classes, crafts and amazing adventures OUT IN THE WILD! How fun is it that we get to do a Destination Dig VBS with a natural set! We will also have the opportunity to float the river, all while conducting our own treasure hunt. It’s going to be quite an experience and we hope you will join us.

Here are the details:

It is on July 14 and we are asking all helpers be there at 9:00 a.m. We are working on some carpooling options for our teens helping out.

Breakfast, lunch AND dinner will be provided.

The day will technically be over at 8:00 p.m (see the schedule details below below).

The teens will be helping with:
Nursery care, class rooms, walking around with the kiddos, games, worship, crafts and more. If there is an area the teens want to work with specifically, they can talk with Liz Tomlinson for more details.

Schedule Details:

The teens will be helping with all of the VBS fun until 4:00 p.m. From 4-6 p.m. there is free time, where they can swim/float the river and enjoy time together. We will be planning a river long treasure hunt for the kiddos they can help with this during that time. At 6:00 p.m., we will have dinner and worship and close out the evening, so if your teen needs to leave at 4:00, they can do that. 

The teens will need swimsuits for the free time, clothes they can get hot and sweaty in AND an extra pair of comfortable clothes after the free time for the evening. As mentioned above, all meals and snacks are provided.

If your teen is interested, please let Seth know ASAP.
There is a volunteer form that can be filled out AVAILABLE BY CLICKING RIGHT HERE.

Be listening out for carpooling options as we continue to plan it all out.

If you have any questions, let Seth know! 

Gateway Camp 2021



Gateway CAMP 2021
July 18-23rd
Grade: 4-12th Grade
Cost: $150 per Camper

Hello all!

We are coming up to our time to begin really planning for our annual week at Camp. We are beyond excited to get to have Camp this year and are looking forward to spending that time with your students. Camp is held at Gulf Coast Bible Camp in Lucedale, Mississippi and will be July 18-23rd. Registration begins on Sunday at 5:00 p.m. and pick up on Friday begins at 10:00 a.m. It is open to all students, grades 4-12th, using the upcoming year, 2021-’22 as our gauge.

Camp is a time of focused devotions, engaging bible classes, meaningful worship, and great fellowship. It is a time for students to lead within their own giftedness, a time to run and laugh and play and a time to eat really good food. It is a time to learn how to be patient, to be kind, to be understanding and to practice self control. It is time to challenge our own selfishness, our impatience, our anger and the things that we know lead us down the wrong paths. 

Here are a few details for you to know for planning purposes and also if you are interested in counseling this year:

You are in charge of getting your student to Camp on Sunday and picking them up on Friday. If your student can drive, that is up to you, but once they park their vehicle, it is to remain parked for the week. You can arrange car pools with other families as well. If you are absolutely in a bind, please contact Seth and we can see what we can work out.

The cost is $150.00 per camper. If you have siblings attending, contact Seth so we can arrange the final cost. This money covers ALL food, canteen snacks, t-shirt, a majority of the crafts, games and more. We keep things very busy and entertaining.

Packing List:

Our master Chef, Marcia Wright runs the kitchen and she cooks amazing meals. If your camper has any special dietary restrictions, we have available space in the fridge for pre packaged meals for them. The earlier this is communicated, the more we can plan(picky eater is not considered a special dietary restriction).

Special Schedule:
If your camper needs to arrive late or be picked up early, PLEASE note this on the additional information section of the application. If you have already turned in your application and something comes up, please communicate this as early as possible to Seth so he can put that in the notes.

Visiting Camp:
We welcome parents visiting whenever they would like, but it needs to be communicated so we can make adjustments to the menu and it cannot be disruptive to the scheduled activities.

Special 2021 Camp Wednesday Night Experience:
This year, we are doing something special on Wednesday night. More specific details will be given later, but we are asking all parents that can to plan on attending dinner that night and our evening Chapel service. That is July 21st. We will adjust the times of these events to be a little easier then usual to help accommodate your drive but it will be very meaningful, so please put that on your calendar.

Summer Calendar 2021

It is so much closer than we think! Can you believe it?

If you scroll down, you can download a physical copy of our Summer Calendar for the Gateway Student Ministry.

This calendar reflects our Life Groups on Sunday nights and locations (these will be led by our two interns), our Wednesday Night Bible Classes (mostly in the month of June), as well as our three major Summer Trips.

This calendar does not reflect various plans that are a little more spontaneous and nature and put together by our interns but all of those will be communicated in good time.

We are very excited about this Summer and are really praying our teens connect with God and with each other and the Body of Christ at Gateway. Be praying for our teens, our Interns and everyone else involved.