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Theme shapes Falls Creek experience

By Carla Hinton Published: June 10, 2006
DAVIS -- Ever watch a potter at work?

Updated guide on what to wear greets campers

He molds and shapes the clay spinning around the wheel, and soon the misshapen lump begins to take on form and purpose.

A heavenly Potter wants to shape the lives of young people heading to Falls Creek youth camp this summer.

That's James Lankford's "Spin" on Falls Creek 2006.

"We will have heavy emphasis on God as our Father, the Potter," camp director Lankford said of this year's theme based on Isaiah 64:8.

"We're going to tell kids, 'Don't fight against Him. Allow Him to shape your life.'"

The pottery theme is among the new aspects that await teens flocking to the camp near Davis. Owned and operated by the Baptist General Convention of Oklahoma, the camp expects about 5,000 people each week of the seven-week season, Lankford said. More than 70 Southern Baptist churches have signed up, and more are registering, he said.

Camp begins Monday and runs through July 28.

Changes for 2006 include:

  • Relocation of some recreation areas, including sand volleyball, due to construction of an enclosed tabernacle.

  • The tabernacle's exterior is almost complete, and crews will be working on the exterior over the summer.

  • The launch of Sumphero, an interactive Bible study program.

  • More cabins.

  • A new triple-digit numerical system for cabins.

  • An updated dress code.

    Taking change for a spin
    Lankford said the construction of the 7,056-seat tabernacle caused the removal of various recreation areas. The $22.9 million project, which includes a conference and training complex plus other improvements, spurred leaders to specifically move sand volleyball areas, so there are 12 new sand volleyball courts.

    Like last year, campers will attend evening worship services in an amphitheater that was built after the old open-air tabernacle was dismantled. The new, enclosed tabernacle is expected to be completed in May 2007, Lankford said.

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    A look at the numbers

  • 45,523 students and sponsors attended Falls Creek camp during summer 2005.

  • 42 percent of Baptist General Convention of Oklahoma congregations participated in Falls Creek youth camp.

  • Churches came from more than 335 Oklahoma communities.

  • 74 churches came from nine states other than Oklahoma.

  • 3,682 people made decisions to give their lives to Christ at Falls Creek in 2005.



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