How excited are you for Bible Camp? Your church youth will be gathered together – having fun, making friends, and learning about God’s Word and the meaning of our Christian faith. It’s an event that can have a lasting impact in young people’s lives, and of course you want it to be perfect. So let’s think about this… Are you using all the church management tools at your disposal to make your church’s Bible Camp the best it’s ever been? With more than 45 years of experience in helping churches bring the best of technology to their most important ministries, Shelby Systems can share four essential church management resources that you can put to work for this year’s Bible Camp. Let’s get started… Volunteer Management: Summer kids’ programs like Bible Camp are powered by your hardworking volunteers, and you can make their lives easier and their service more rewarding with church management tools. The right volunteer management platform lets you keep track of which volunteers have signed up for specific camps and individual responsibilities like sign-in, snacks, crafts, music, first aid, and other tasks. You can set automatic alerts for your individual volunteers, so they’ll remember where they need to be and when. The more valued and efficient your volunteer team feels, the more successful your Bible Camp will be. Your Church Website: This is where lots of people will be looking to find out what your Bible Camp will be like, when it’s happening, and how to sign up. And if you’re talking to individual members about how their families can become more involved, you’ll want to be able to direct them to your website for information and for registration forms. So make sure your website is up-to-date; it’s best to have a page dedicated to Bible Camp, and Shelby Systems makes it easy for your team to create it (and you can then share the link on your social media channels and via email). It’s also important for your site to be mobile-friendly, since so many people browse the web from their phones. Worship Planning: You might think it’s only for Sunday services, but worship planning is the perfect resource for organizing a big event like Bible Camp. With the right software you can organize every detail of your camp, like who’s speaking when, what songs will play on which cues, and how you will engage your young attendees throughout the day. A special feature of Shelby Systems’ platform is that you can turn your worship plan into a presentation – so for example, you can visually demonstrate your Bible Camp service flow with team members and volunteers to provide even more clarity about what you have planned and get everyone excited about the program. Live Streaming: Even as restrictions are lifted, there will still be families in your church who are not ready for their kids to go full blast back into big groups. Some children are more vulnerable, or they may live in close proximity to an older family member who must take precautions – there are still so many variables where COVID is concerned. (And of course, after two years of limited travel, many of your church families have big trips planned this summer and may be out of town during Bible Camp.) Live streaming programs like Bible Camp is a way to keep kids connected, no matter where they are. The children who are attending in person would NOT be on camera, of course – you’ll keep the focus on adult leaders who are instructing a Bible lesson or demonstrating a craft. And access to live streams can be password protected or controlled by a staff member for security. Shelby Systems partners with ChurchStreaming.tv for live streaming capabilities; it’s a safe, fun way to let kids be part of your Bible Camp, even if they can’t attend in person. Shelby Systems is the most trusted provider of premium software solutions to churches and faith-based nonprofits, with over 45 years of experience in helping churches like yours strengthen key ministries. With all that experience, we know what works. Reach out to us here to learn more about how Shelby Systems helps over 3,000 churches in the United States, and how we can help your church with your summer programs and beyond!