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June 23, 2017


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Spencer Lake Christian Center
N1385 County Hwy E, Waupaca, WI 54981

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Open to all 6th – 12th Grade Students

A note from our Youth Pastors

Every year Summer Camp is the most impactful thing that the youth of our church take part in. Incredible things happen when middle and high school students leave home and their everyday surroundings to set apart 5 days in the summer to pursue Jesus. Something clicks when your environment shifts, it provides opportunity for growth, change, new friendships, new experiences, and most importantly hearing from God.

We have a lot of fun, partying is a core value, and we make sure NO ONE is left out. We sincerely believe in what God is going to do on June 19th – June 23rd and INVITE YOU to come(youth) or send your young person (parents) to Summer Camp 2017.

Garret Balcitis
Middle School Youth Pastor

Jon Rush
High School Youth Pastor

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For regular updates on Summer Camp 2017 make sure to also check our YOUTH BLOG –

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Encounter God
Worship Experiences

Do you want to experience God in a REAL and tangible way? Do you want to dance so hard you can’t breathe and sing so loud you lose your voice? Do you want to become a better and stronger person? Do you want to break free from some of the things holding you down? Do you want to FEEL the love of Jesus?

Summer Camp Worship Experiences are unlike any other. Every night we gather, we see God do amazing things. Whether it’s through worship, the message, creative storytelling, or a quiet moment at the altar, you will have a chance to encounter God in a FRESH way.

Our nights are specifically designed to blow your mind, get your hands in the air, and pursue God. We party the night away, lifting up the name of Jesus and thanking Him for everything He’s done in our lives. At every experience we use creativity and energy, focused on one central theme from the Bible, to grow closer to God. After a Summer Camp worship experience, your relationship with God will never be the same and there is a very high chance you’ll have confetti in your hair.

Make Memories
Life Groups

At City First Church we believe that CIRCLES are better than ROWS and that NO ONE should do life alone. How we do Summer Camp is NO EXCEPTION! You’ll spend almost every part of your time on Summer Camp 2017 with your LIFE GROUP! Sitting in service, at the beach, your cabin, late nights at the SNACK SHACK, and even the BLOB you’ll be surrounded by some of your best friends and have a chance to make new ones!

Life Groups will meet every morning at camp to TALK and ASK QUESTIONS about who God is and the truth we’ll be diving into at our evening worship experiences! We believe in the VOICES of students and that as a middle or high school student you shouldn’t just be TALKED TO but that you should get a chance to SPEAK.

If you’re not in a YOUTH life group, DON’T WORRY, we have NEW students from across the Stateline Area joining every week. Ask one of your friends you go to YOUTH with about their life group OR click here to Circle Up.

click here to Circle Up.

Run Free
Free Time

Summer Camp is an important part of ANYONE’S Summer Vacation experience. Everyday you will have time set aside to do WHATEVER YOU WANT! Ok, not really WHATEVER you want BUT there’s some really great options for how you can spend your FREE TIME:

  • Tanning or swimming at the Beach
  • Launching sky high on the Blob
  • Throwing down at Gaga Ball
  • S’mores at a Bonfire
  • Late nights at the Snack Shack
  • Shooting hoops
  • Skating the skatepark
  • Volleyball
  • and SO MUCH MORE!

Summer is for FREEDOM and Summer Camp is no exception, we provide time everyday where you get to CHOOSE what you do. We guarantee, you and your friends will create some memories that you’ll never forget!

Compete For Glory
Camp Wars

CAMP WARS is where battle is waged, alliances are forged and broken, tempers are tested, and GLORY is won.

Camp Wars 2017 will be featuring a BRAND NEW – format of competition to see which team has what it takes to be CHAMPIONS – to see which middle schooler or high schooler will rise through the Coliseum and crowned VICTOR.

Stayed tuned for the release of what will be the biggest, baddest, most intense Camp Wars in Summer Camp history.

Do you have what it takes?

Spoiler Alert: Lip Sync Battles + Tank Wars + Jumpman are a LOCK.

An average day at Summer Camp

8:30am – 9:30am Breakfast
10:00am – 10:45am Morning Session
10:45am – 12:30pm Life Group Discussion
12:30pm – 1:30pm Lunch
2:00pm – 3:30pm Camp Wars
3:30pm – 5:30pm Free Time
5:30pm – 6:30pm Dinner
6:30pm – 7:00pm Pre-Service Prayer
7:00pm – 9:00pm Service
9:00pm – 11:00pm Snack Shack/Bonfires
12:00am Curfew

Have a Question?

We want to help make your Summer Camp experience as easy as possible! Check out some answers to frequently asked questions. And if we still haven’t answered your question, just contact us, and we’d be happy to help!

Check out the Frequently Asked Questions


What is Summer Camp?

Summer Camp is our annual youth summer getaway, a week of fun, friendship, competition, freedom, and experiencing God!

Where and When is Summer Camp?

Summer Camp takes place every year at the Spencer Lake Christian Center in Waupaca, Wisconsin. This year’s Summer Camp will be from June 19-23rd.

We will depart from Rockford First (5950 Spring Creek Rd.) at 3pm on Monday the 19th and return at 3pm on Friday the 23rd.

How much does it cost to go?

Our pricing options are as follows:
$255 – Early Bird Rate – Available until 5/22
$270 – Regular Registration – Available until 6/12
$290 – Late Registration – 6/12-6/20

We offer the $255 rate at all times for First Time Campers (including all 6th grade students). Email to secure your discounted rate.

How do I register for Summer Camp?

  • Register online here.
  • Come to our Summer Camp booth in the Youth Amphitheater Lobby during our Youth Services (5950 Spring Creek Rd. facing Mulford) – Wednesday Nights 6:30pm – 8:30pm and Sunday Mornings from 10:30am – 12pm for FUSE or Sunday Nights 5:15pm – 8pm at Venue.
  • Visit our Summer Camp booth on Sunday Mornings in the City First Church lobby. (Starting in May)

How do we/the students get to Summer Camp?

Great question! We rent busses driven by professional bus drivers that take us to and from Summer Camp.

We do not permit students driving up separately.

We do permit parents to drive students up if they would like, must confirm with our Staff.

If you have more questions on travel make sure to call or email us!

When should I register for Summer Camp 2017?

Due to the rapid growth and high demand of Summer Camp you need to register AS SOON AS POSSIBLE to ensure that you have a spot. Once the spots are filled, they are filled. We do our best to accommodate as many people as possible.

How many people attend this event?

Summer Camp 2017 is projected to have 400+ attendees.

Space is limited so register ASAP to make sure you have a spot and secure the cheapest rate.

What if I am new or have never been to Summer Camp before?

If you’re new to City First Church and are planning on attending Summer Camp 2017 then we highly suggest attending our youth services before Camp and allow our staff and leaders to introduce you to people!

Fuse Service (6th – 8th grade)
Wednesday Nights: 6:30pm – 8:00pm
Sunday Mornings: 11:00am – 12:00pm

Venue Service (9th – 12th grade)
Wednesday Nights: 6:30pm – 8:00pm

If you are a part of Fuse or Venue but have never been to Summer Camp before, we promise you’ll have a great time! You’ll spend most of your time with your friends and life group, they’ll show you the ropes. Summer Camp is the BEST WEEK OF OUR YEAR!

We offer the $255 rate at all times for First Time Campers (including all 6th grade students). Email to secure your discounted rate.

Lastly, at City First Church we don’t let people stay lonely, we reach out, take care of, and welcome in EVERYONE!

How do you know who is bunking with who on Camp?

Middle School will bunk by grade and gender. (example: 6th grade – boys cabin)

High School will bunk by Life Group and gender. (example: Phalanx Life Group – girls cabin)

What if I don’t have a Life Group?

Not a part of a Life Group? No problem! If you’re not in a Fuse or Venue life group, DON’T WORRY, we have NEW students from across the Stateline Area joining every week. Ask one of your friends you go to Fuse or Venue with about their life group OR click here to circle up

Will there be a nurse available on Camp?

Yes! On Summer Camp student safety is one of our top priorities! If your student(s) have any medication they need to be taking, accidentally get injured, or anything else of this nature we have our own certified nurse that we bring on camp.

All medication must be checked in during registration (June 19th).

What kind of food will they have on Camp?

Spencer Lake Christian Center provides us with AMAZING(for Camp Food) food for breakfast, lunch, and dinner every day! It can be anything from ham sandwiches to cheeseburgers.

When you’re registering you will have a space to declare any allergies or special requests for food – the Camp and our Staff will do our very best to accommodate every need.

We will pass this along to the Camp Kitchen Staff who is VERY accommodating to all requests.

How much free time do the students get?

Students will have free time as a part of the daily schedule and will have adult supervision at all times.

What should I pack Summer Camp?

Here is a list of items we highly suggest packing and we kindly ask that there be ONE SUITCASE per person.

  • personal items, soap, toothpaste, and deodorant
  • Spending Money for exclusive Summer Camp apparel and the SNACK SHACK
  • towels, washcloths, pillow, your own bedding
  • Bible and journal
  • modest swimwear, for example a one pieced swimsuit, tankini, or a dark tank top to cover up a two-piece
  • sports equipment; There is a place for basketball, volleyball, soccer, swimming, canoing, and paddle boating. Skateboarding is also allowed.
  • bug spray and sunscreen
  • enough clothes for 5 days, plus clothes for Camp Wars (athletic clothing)

What isn’t allowed on Summer Camp?

There are a few things that we do not allow on Summer Camp: weapons (of any kind), drugs, alcohol, headphones, or gaming devices. This is to ensure that all the students are focused, making relationships, and are having the most fun they can using the facilities that are provided to them!

We are not responsible for any broken or lost property and encourage to only bring NECESSARY items.

What activities will students be participating in?

  • Tanning or swimming at the Beach
  • Launching sky high on the Blob
  • Throwing down at Gaga Ball
  • S’mores at a Bonfire
  • Late nights at the Snack Shack
  • Shooting hoops
  • Skating the skatepark
  • Volleyball
  • and SO MUCH MORE!

In addition to all of this, Venue High School students get to participate in our team based games called Camp Wars, where each day Life Group Teams will play different games in order to accumulate points. The team with the most points by the end of the week wins the GLORY of being this year’s CAMP WARS CHAMPIONS!

What’s a typical “message” like?

We generally speak out of the NIV, NLT, or Message Translations of the Bible. The communications will be roughly 35 minutes in length. They will be highly relatable, easy to understand, humorous, and creative.

Once at camp do the students stay at camp?

Yes. Everything we do when it comes to Summer Camp is done on the camp grounds, from our Camp Wars to going to the beach everything we do is located in one central area.

Exiting the camp grounds will result in students being sent home.

What housing accommodations are being provided?

Cabins are provided by the camp grounds for use of the students. Each cabin is air conditioned and has beds for the students to sleep in.

Students are required to bring their own bedding.

How many adults will be at Summer Camp?

On average we have at least 1 adult leader to every 4 students.

Every adult volunteer is a member of our church and has a state filed background check to ensure that we have the best people influencing our students.

We will have close to 100 adult Staff and Volunteers.

What safeguards do you have in place to ensure personal safety of students?

The safety of students is our number one priority. At all times students are required to either have a leader with them or will be in an area being supervised by Spencer Lake Camp Staff members.

Students are not allowed at any time to be going into the cabins of opposite genders, any student caught doing this or caught being alone with a student of the opposite gender will be sent home from camp immediately.

Students are also not allowed to be alone with leaders of the opposite gender and vice versa, this is something we put into practice on a regular basis in both Fuse and Venue.

What is the procedure for sending students home from camp?

We don’t have many years where students have to be sent home.

Here are the guidelines that all students must sign their name and agree to as a part of registration – this allows everyone to stay safe and get the most out of camp.

  1. I understand that weapons, air-soft guns and shaving cream fights are NOT allowed.
  2. I understand I need to respect the people around me, as well as their personal belongings.
  3. I understand I need to abide by the curfew set by leaders every night.
  4. I understand the need for gender-appropriate sleeping arrangements and I will not enter the room of a person of opposite gender.
  5. I understand I need to be in view of a chaperone at all times or have them know where I am at all times.
  6. I understand that I am not allowed to possess or use tobacco, alcohol, or any type of drug at any time during the retreat.

If Guidelines 1-5 are violated, Students will be given one warning, and if it persists, Students will be sent home at the Parents expense.

If Guideline 6 is violated, Students will be immediately sent home at the parent’s expense.

Do you require my child’s insurance info?

Yes. There is a spot on the registration form to leave that information.

Is there an number I can call in case of an emergency?

Yes, you can text the Youth Hotline which goes directly to our staff at 815.205.0400 or call the Spencer Lake Camp phone line at: (715)258-5707 and they will radio our staff immediately.

If I have any other questions about Summer Camp or need to let someone know something about my child (ex. allergies, medications, etc), who should I contact?

You can text the Youth Hotline at 815.205.0400 or you can call our offices at 815.639.0500.

You can also email us at