JULY 24-31, 2020

Welcome To Family Camp!

Greetings from the Root Family!

We are so excited to serve you this year as Family Camp Deans. Bay Shore, and Family Camp specifically, has been an integral part of our lives for many years. Jennifer first came to Bay Shore in 1987, and has fond memories of Family Camp, various youth camps, and counseling over the years. Kendall married into the Bay Shore family and began attending Family Camp with Jennifer in 2001. Our kids, Aubrey (19) and Jeffrey (16) have grown up at Family Camp, and we have hailed our week at camp as the highlight of our year. Bay Shore has blessed us with countless fun memories, life-long friends, and rich spiritual heritage. Both Aubrey & Jeffrey committed their lives to Jesus while part of the God Squad program, and we have all been challenged and strengthened in our faith journey while on the grounds of Bay Shore.

We celebrate with you the traditions of Family Camp and anticipate a great week filled with all your favorite Bay Shore activities. Yet we also look forward to a fresh encounter with God as only He could design. Please join us in prayer as we commit this week to Him. We ask that He would work in each person’s heart, that by building on a solid foundation – including an awesome week at Family Camp!

APP Passphrase: “perspective”

$34 RV Camping

Registration Form

Download the kids registration form.

2020 Brochure

Download the 2020 print brochure and share it with a friend today!

Sunday Night to Friday Night Evangelist

Joel DeSelm

Joel DeSelm was led to the Lord by Dr. Kent Fishel in 1971 and made a Lordship commitment to Christ at Bay Shore Camp in the summer of 1972. He has served the Lord as a teacher/coach in the public schools and then as a pastor for over 30 years. He has taught as an adjunct professor in the graduate school at Bethel College and served on the Bethel College Board of Trustees.
Joel has an extensive teaching ministry, having spoken in hundreds of camps, conferences, churches, seminars, and retreats both in the United States as well as overseas. He has served as vice-president of the Missionary Church and has co-authored three devotional books with Kent Fishel. His undergraduate degree is from Ball State University and he holds master’s degrees from Indiana University and Huntington University. He is an ordained minister in the Missionary Church. He and his wife, Judy, live in South Bend, IN and have three married sons and five grandchildren.

Featured Guests


Saturday Night Evangelist

Eric Mulanda

Eric Mulanda Nduwa is from the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), a country that was formerly known as Zaire. Eric is married to Corinne Mafo who is also a Congolese and she is a nurse by profession. They have two boys name Blessed and Jossiah Mulanda. He is an ordained Pastor serving as an associate pastor at Mount Hope United Methodist, which is a multi-ethnic Church in the Lansing District. Prior to coming to the U.S, Eric served people in the community and beyond the community for Jesus Christ in different countries such as Congo-Kinshasa, Zimbabwe, Zambia, and Germany. Eric is God’s servant who is driven through this scripture from the book of Acts 1:8 “to go and be witnesses…to the end of the Earth”. So, I am going and witness the love of Jesus Christ through preaching about Jesus Christ for Jesus Christ to God’s people. “God does not define himself based on our experiences. God is God before, during and after our own experience”. – Rev. Eric Mulanda Nduwa

Sunday Morning Evangelist

J.D. Landis

J.D. was born in Smoketown, Pennsylvania, just 5 miles east of Lancaster in the heart of Amish and Mennonite Country. His family has been Mennonite since the early 1600s however he grew up in the United Methodist Church. In high school, he was active in St. Paul’s United Methodist Church in Lancaster. J.D. says, “I had a number of moments in my childhood and youth years where I felt the Holy Spirit calling me to give my life to Jesus Christ. During Vacation Bible School, at revival meetings and during a lay witness weekend I could feel Christ drawing me to Himself. It was not until I invited Jesus into my heart one night in October of 1972 that I found peace”. From serving in college ministry God called J.D. into seminary. He was not certain about the calling but God continued to confirm that he was called into pastoral ministry. Since then, he has been involved in many ministries: being a guest revival speaker, leading seminars on evangelism for District and Conference events, spoke at Spring Arbor University Chapel, and on the radio and television through broadcasts at Midland First UMC, as well as at Emmaus Events.

Bible Studies & Leaders

9:00AM - 10:15AM

Significant Surrender: Learning To Let Go

Our natural tendency is to hold fast. To hang on and grasp things tightly. However, the central theme of a relationship with God involves significant surrender. In these biblical character studies, we will re-discover some principles in how to let go of our guilt, our marriages, our kids, and our dreams. It’s especially relevant for those of us who want to be in control and keep a firm grip on what matters the most... which includes pretty much all of us!

Revelation Survey

This class is a study of Eschatology (End-times) incorporating books, such as Revelation, Daniel, Paul’s letter to the Thessalonians, and various other texts, to get an overall grasp of the framework of Eschatology. This is not a class that will dogmatically focus oncertain end-times philosophies or belief systems, but instead, will look at the structure and direction the Scriptures have gone in shaping where we are today in various belief systems. Ultimately, this class will leave interpretation up to the student’s individual study. The ultimate goal of this class, however, will rest on reminding Christ’s church that we don’t want to become so heavenly minded that we are no earthly good.

10:30AM - 11:45AM

Warring Well: Fighting The Battle In The Spiritual Realm

As believers in Christ, we know that our battle is “not against flesh and blood” (Ephesians 6:12). But what does that mean in the practical day to day war we face? How do we battle against something unseen? Join us as we study five Biblical characters who learn to fight their battles in the spiritual realm as they partner with God. You will come away with a deeper understanding of the spiritual war we are in and a stronger battle plan for you as a believer, your marriage, family, church and community.

The Book Of Daniel

This week we will be doing a flyover of the book of Daniel. We will be looking at wisdom principles in the life of Daniel as well as some of the prophetic aspects of the book.

Creative Reflections

What does it mean to read, mark, learn, and inwardly digest Scripture? What might it look like to linger longer in the Word by using sketches, illustrations, and color to help dig deeper into a Biblical passage? Join Visual Faith Coach Valerie Matyas as she unpacks 1 Peter 5:6-10 in an intentionally creative and engaging way. No artistic ability needed, all supplies included. Simply bring a willingness to try.

Weekday Meals


(All you can eat. Beverages included.)
$7 / person
  • $3 Kids 5 to 11
  • Free Kids 4 and under


(All you can eat. Beverages included.)
$8 / person
  • $4 Kids 5 to 11
  • Free Kids 4 and under


(All you can eat. Beverages included.)
$9 / person
  • $5 Kids 5 to 11
  • Free Kids 4 and under

Kids Programming

Registration Form

Download the kids registration form.

All kids newborn to 18 years old must be registered.

FULL-TIME: $40 for the week
PART-TIME: $9 per day
MAXIMUM FAMILY FEE: $150 for the week

God Squad, JR. High, & SR. High

Infants to First grade

Note: Group divisions are made according to the grade your child will enter in the fall

  • PINK BANNER – Infant to Tykes (ages 0-2 years)
  • LIGHT BLUE BANNER – Toddlers (ages 2-3 not yet potty trained)
  • PURPLE BANNER – Lord’s Lambs (3 year-olds)
  • YELLOW BANNER – Kiddie Kampers (4 year-olds)
  • BLUE BANNER – Joyful Juniors (Kindergarten)
  • RED BANNER – King’s Kids (1st grade)

Daily Schedule

Tentative daily schedule is subject to change due to weather and availability. Please download the APP to stay up-to-date.

8:00am ……… RV Check-in Starts
2:00pm ……… Housing Check-in Starts
5:00pm ……… Dinner
6:30pm ……… Pre-Service Prayer
……… Nursery Opens
6:45pm ……… Worship Service
9:00pm ……… Ice Cream Parlor


  • Bookstore opens @2PM
  • Museum open (Look for the open sign in front of the museum – times vary by staff availability)
  • Inflatables
  • The Amazing Family Race
  • Archery
  • Canoeing
  • Pontoon Boat Rides
  • Water World (Weather Permitting)
  • Mini-golf
  • Laser-tag
  • Paintball

**Activities will be announced as they are available between the times listed. Download the APP for details and to see when each activity is announced. Not all activities will be available everyday. 

MORNING: 7:15am – 2:00pm
7:15am ……… Prayer Room
8:00am ……… Breakfast
8:45am ……… Nursery Opens
9:00am ……… Bible Study/
……… Children’s Programs
10:15am ……… Cookie/Coffee Break
10:30am ……… Bible Study
12:00pm ……… Lunch
1:00pm ……… Camp Wide Rest Time
……… Adult Swim
1:30pm …….. Instrumental Concert (SUNDAY)
2:00pm ……… Camp Activities (SEE LIST per day)
 ……… Bookstore opens

AFTERNOON-EVENINGS: 5:00pm – 9:00pm
5:00pm ……… Dinner
6:30pm ……… Pre-Service Prayer
……… Nursery Opens
6:45pm ……… Worship Service
9:00pm ……… Ice Cream Parlor (Except MON.)
……… Young Adults Group (SUN., TUES., & THURS.)