The Jefferson County Auxiliary Board is hosting a yard sale to benefit the camp on Saturday September 16th. Money raised goes directly to the camp. 5445 Birmingport Rd in Sylvan Springs in the parking lot. If you are interested in setting up an auxiliary board of your own in your area, send us a direct message. ... See MoreSee Less
Dear friends, Earlier today Indian Creek Youth Camp published their 2018 summer camp line-up. It’s a great-looking schedule with some exciting changes, including three of our excellent senior guys’ counselors from AP Week 2 (John Mark Stephenson, J Hall, and Will Sharp) becoming directors of their own week of Bible camp—Week 8. (Congrats to these brothers, whom I greatly appreciate.) You probably also noticed that AP Week 2 is no longer on the schedule…. After much thought and prayer, we decided that it was best to try to focus our complete attention on running one great week of camp, rather than attempting to direct two weeks of camp within a four-week period. With extremely busy spring and summer schedules, and the amount of work it takes on the front-end to prepare properly for camp, it became increasingly difficult to run two weeks of camp in such a short period of time. With the help of God, we will do our very best to pack future AP weeks of camp at ICYC with as many 4th-12th graders as possible. This will require decreasing the number of staff members. We will still have ample staff, but more of a lean, “mean,” hard-working machine (…again, for the purpose of trying to approve of as many campers, and especially teenagers, as possible). Although this was a difficult decision, the following factors helped make it a little easier: • We can now house 253 campers and staff at ICYC, rather than the 225 in previous years. (Due to the new cabin on the boys’ side.) • Many of our campers during AP Week 2 were repeats from AP Week 1. • At least 40 of the AP Week 2 campers and staff will be shifting to the new ICYC week directed by John Mark, J, and Will. These good brothers would welcome others to their week, which I’m confident will be a great week of Bible teaching, fellowship, and fun. • There will still be a great week of camp at ICYC (directed by long-time directors Clark Sims and Bryant Evans) during the last week of June (formerly AP Week 2) that campers can choose to attend. • Churches who may not be able to attend AP camp in early June, always have the option of scheduling an AP seminar by one of our speakers sometime throughout the year. (Some churches schedule different seminars with us every 2-3 years as they seek to immerse the youth and families from their congregation and surrounding community with foundational, apologetics material.) Many, many thanks to all of those who have made AP camp such a great, edifying experience for everyone involved. We have had 10 great AP camps at ICYC over the past 7 years, and Lord willing, we’ll have many more to come. Brotherly, Eric Lyons Apologetics Press ... See MoreSee Less
A note from our week nine director. ICYC thanks you!
Dear ICYC staff,
It is with mixed emotions that I inform you I have decided to retire from being director of my week at Indian Creek Youth Camp. For thirty years Denise and I have planned our year around camp week. It has been one of the greatest works and greatest privileges of our lives. To have the opportunity to mentor and motivate the next generation of servants in the kingdom has inspired us and enriched our lives. We travel all over the country with speaking engagements and so often see active Christian adults in the congregations we are visiting who were once campers our week of camp. They often identify their time at camp as having been an important spiritual influence in their life.
Denise and I did not share our decision with you while we were at camp because we did not want the focus to be on us. We have always desired for the focus and efforts to be about the young people who were entrusted into our care.
It has been a true blessing to have been surrounded by such dedicated Christians like you who selflessly serve in whatever capacity you are asked to serve. Your commitment, labor of love, and friendship is recognized and treasured. Denise and I are truly indebted to those of you who made up our staff over the years. I have always told the young people that I have attempted to surround them with some of the finest Christians I know and that is an accurate description of each of you. Only eternity will truly measure the influence you have wielded on the youth we have trained over the years.
The Board has decided to take my recommendation to allow Scott Cain to assume the directorship of my week. Scott has experience as a director, having previously directed a week at camp Leatherwood in Tennessee. Scott and Melissa are already connected with most of my staff so the transition should go smoothly. Scott desires to maintain the current staff and hopes each of you will commit to working with him.
Denise and I feel like the time is right for this transition to take place. We have had thirty great years. We have a strong and unified staff. We have attracted a fantastic group of young people that provides a solid base on which the new director can build. Indian Creek Youth Camp is overseen by a dedicated and supportive Board who will see that the new director has the guidance he needs.
Thank you from the bottom of our hearts for sharing this treasured part of our lives with us.