JULY 24-30, 2021

Welcome To Family Camp!

Greetings from the Root Family!

Root Family

We are excited once again to serve as your Family Camp Deans! And we are particularly excited about this year’s theme “Choose Joy!”. When we met for our Family Camp planning meeting in the fall of 2020, the theme of joy was unanimously chosen. In the craziness that was 2020, and in the craziness of 2021 so far, it is a timely reminder to all of us that we can indeed choose joy.  We might not be able to choose happiness, or comfort, or stability, or ease. But in the midst of whatever life brings, we can choose to focus on the joy that comes from knowing Jesus Christ personally.

Nehemiah 8:10 says “the joy of the Lord is your strength”. When we have the joy that comes from Jesus alone, we can be strengthened in Him, and empowered to share that joy with others. It is our prayer that this year, from whatever circumstances you come, you will find a place at Family Camp to experience the joy of the Lord anew and be strengthened in Him.

Kendall and Jennifer are in their 3rd year as Family Camp Deans. Their daughter Aubrey is planning to spend her second summer on Summer Staff at Bay Shore in 2021 and will likely be a familiar face around the grounds over the week.  Her fiancé, Jesse Stark, is also a long-time Bay Shore staffer and we plan to put him to work this week as well! Jeffrey will graduate from Midland High School this spring and we hope he will be able to join us at Family Camp for at least part of the week (depending on summer employment) before he gets married this fall to fiancée Haley Samborn, and joins the U.S.Navy. There are many big changes for our family in the near future; we are thankful for the traditions and fun of years spent at Family Camp together. We hope your family experiences those as well!

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$36 RV Camping Site
$19 Tent Camping Site

Registration Form

Download the kids registration form.

Sunday Night to Friday Night Evangelist

David Gyertson

David Gyertson

Dr. David Gyertson has a broad and varied background in higher education, publishing, consulting, executive coaching, ministry and media. He has held senior leadership positions in religious, charitable and business environments, including international and cross-cultural settings. Most recently he was Associate Provost, Dean of the Beeson School of Practical Theology and Professor of Leadership Formation and Renewal at Asbury Theological Seminary (KY). Previously he was Distinguished Professor of Leadership Formation and Renewal at Regent University in Virginia.

He taught Doctoral level courses in the School of Education as well as the School of Global Leadership & Entrepreneurship. He continues to teach in the Doctor of Ministry program at Asbury Seminary in the Organizational Leadership track and is Affiliate Professor of Leadership and Distinguished Leader in Residence.

Gyertson has been a senior executive in several settings including as President of Regent University, as well as Asbury University (Kentucky) and Taylor University (Indiana). He holds a Ph.D. from Michigan State University with a concentration in higher education administration and management. He is an ordained minister and is published in the fields of Biblical Studies, applied theology, colonial and church history, higher education, Christian education and leadership studies.

Worship Leader

To Be Announced

We are working on putting together a team to lead worship for family camp. Nonetheless, we will be worshiping together and having a great time of teaching and singing!

Featured Guests

To Be Announced

Saturday Night Evangelist

Bryan Williams

Bryan Williams

Bryan is the campus pastor at the Cardinal Square of Aldersgate Church in Kochville Township, north of Saginaw. He has been married to his wife, Tammy, for 20 years and they have six kids. Bryan is relatively new to the Saginaw area, having previously lived in Asia for 10 years where he taught English. This means that Bryan is a go-to guy locating good Asian food, and if you ask, he just might share his favorite places and favorite menu items.

Sunday Morning Evangelist

George Lewis

George Lewis

Rev. George Lewis received his call to ministry in his twenties. He quit his job as an accountant and headed south to attend Asbury College and Asbury Seminary. He was ordained and appointed to United Methodist Churches in Kilmanagh, Unionville, Carleton, Cheboygan and Howell. Just this past year George officially retired and he is enjoying the transition. His history with Bay Shore spans the decades. He has served in many capacities and feel’s that Bay Shore Camp is one of the bright spots of God’s kingdom work. George’s first wife Patty died 13 years ago and he is now remarried to Rev. Dr. Sherry Parker-Lewis. They enjoy spending time with their families which include three sons, one daughter and their spouses and children.

Bible Study Leaders

Ellen Harbin

Josh King

David Gyertson

Jason Duncan

9:00AM - 10:15AM

Wander Well

Ellen Harbin

How to walk by faith through missteps, mishaps & mistakes. Most of us stumble or even fall on our faith journey. How do we get back on track? As the Israelites walked out of Egypt and headed toward the Promised Land, they landed in the space in between. Ingratitude, irritation, inconsistency, idleness, and idolatry tripped them up. This study in Exodus will teach us how to live well throughout our individual wilderness experiences.

United Kingdom

Jason Duncan

Following Jesus in a Fractured Society. Perhaps at no point in recent history has the Christian community been more divided than it is right now, but the challenge is not new. Nearly 2000 years ago, unity between Jewish and Gentile Christians was a constant theme in most of Paul’s writings, but his letter to the Ephesians took it to a whole different level. We’ll explore Paul’s teaching to the Christians in Ephesus and discover how every church and family can give a faithful witness to Jesus our fractured society.

10:30AM - 11:45AM

The Highway to Wholeness and Holiness

Dr. David Gyertson

Studies in the Psalms of Ascent 120-134. Based on approximately two dozen teaching missions to the Holy Land, Dr. Gyertson provides a series of reflections on the key insights the ancient Hebrews considered as they prepared to present their offerings at the yearly feasts in the Temple at Jerusalem.

Learning Through the Life of Gideon

Josh King

The story of Gideon is fascinating! Just when Gideon felt alone, trapped and overwhelmed, God showed up and called Gideon in a greater purpose than he could have ever imagined. As we dive into his story we will reflect on our own stories and wrestle with some the same things Gideon wrestled with: Identity, Purpose and Belonging. God had big plans for Gideon and I believe He has big plans for us as well.

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.

Waiver Form

Download the Waiver 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)

Typical 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

7:15am ………Morning Prayer
8:00am ……… Breakfast
8:45am ……… Nursery Opens
9:30am ……… Sunday School
10:30am ……… Morning Worship Service
12:00pm ……… Lunch
Afternoon ……… Camp Activities (SEE LIST per day)
5:00pm ……… Dinner
6:15pm ……… Pre-service Prayer
6:30pm ……… Nursery opens
6:45pm ……… Evening Worship Service
9:00pm ………  Ice Cream Parlor
9:30pm ……… Young adults group
9:30pm ……… Campsite/Cottage Christmas lights/decoration contest judging. Prizes to be awarded during the Monday evening worship service

MORNING: 7:15am – 2:00pm
7:15am ……… Morning Prayer
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
2:00pm ……… Camp Activities (SEE LIST per day)
 ……… Bookstore opens

AFTERNOON-EVENINGS: 5:00pm – 9:00pm
5:00pm ……… Dinner
6:15pm ……… Pre-Service Prayer
6:30pm ……… Nursery Opens
6:45pm ……… Worship Service
9:00pm ……… Ice Cream Parlor (Except Wednesday –  Campfire at Kally’s Stage)
9:30pm ……… Young Adults Group (SUN., TUES., & THURS.)


  • Bookstore opens @2PM
  • Museum open (Look for the open sign in front of the museum – times vary by staff availability)
  • Inflatables
  • *NEW Crazy Kickball!
  • 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.