By Russell Klinner
Executive Director, Shocco Springs
Summer 2020 was certainly not “business as usual” for Shocco Springs.
The campus was beautiful as always, but it was quiet. We missed the usual sounds of the constant multitudes of children splashing around in the water park on the lake and the cheering of the students as they prepared for team activities.
Groups are coming back
It was strange not to see groups of children lying on the grass in front of the chapel or on the rock faces by the stream, working on their daily Bible studies.
But they are coming back this year, and we can’t wait to see them again!
This summer can quite possibly be the biggest and best we have ever had in Shocco, and we are very grateful to God for his provision.
In addition to our loyal and long-term groups like CentriKid, Student Life, Christway, Golden Acres and many more, we are welcoming new ministry partners this summer: Generate YM360, Victory Church Leadership Retreat, Victory Christian School Football Camp , Rabun County High School Football Camp, Morningside Baptist Church, Crosspoint City Church, The Bridge Ministries Youth Camp, Launch Point Church College Summer Retreat, Tullahoma FBC Family Retreat, to name a few.
Returning campers who did not make it to Shocco last summer will find the first floor of the Bagley Center beautifully renovated. Our reception desk has been moved across the lobby from its old location and combined with the gift shop and snack shop into an “all-in-one” location called THE STATION.
The beautiful cabinets, worktops and many light fixtures inside LA STATION were designed and handcrafted by some of our maintenance staff.
Do you remember the yellow tables and benches from the old snack bar? They have been replaced with beautifully handcrafted tables with chairs and sofas in a new living room.
And new this summer, you’ll find two arcade games and carpetball games for your viewing pleasure.
More campus upgrades
The driveway and parking lot in front of the Gilbert dining room at our adventure camp has been redone with new concrete and looks amazing. We have new signage on campus that matches the rustic feel of our wooded environment. The old staff house that was located between the Bagley Center and the chapel has had its day and has been demolished to make way for much-needed parking.
And when students are looking for a place to relax in their free time, they will find a new sand-filled beach volleyball court installed outside Bagley, as well as a new Gaga ball area.
God has been faithful to Shocco, and we are committed to serving him faithfully as we welcome the thousands of people who will visit our campus this summer.
Please pray for us as we continue to hire staff and complete our summer preparations. If you’re within commuting distance of Shocco and want to be part of all the excitement, we still have part-time positions open (shocco.org/employment).
As always, we are grateful for God’s blessings on Shocco Springs and for the support of our guests, funding partners, and prayer partners.