We are connected. 

Thanks to our SPEC apostle Barb Carter for sharing this with us! 

From Henri Nouwin….Connect….

“To become neighbours is to bridge the gap between people. As long as there is distance between us and we cannot look in each other’s eyes, all sorts of false ideas and images arise. We give them names, make jokes about them, cover them with our prejudices, and avoid direct contact. We think of them as enemies. We forget that they love as we love, care for their children as we care for ours, become sick and die as we do. We forget that they are our brothers and sisters and treat them as objects that can be destroyed at will.

Only when we have the courage to cross the street and look in one another’s eyes can we see there that we are children of the same God and members of the same human family.”

We can’t wait to connect with all of you tomorrow and start this amazing journey called SPECTACULAR! 

App Updated

app 1The SPEC yapp app has been updated for 2016.

If you downloaded it previously, it will automatically update with the 2016 info.

If you want to download the app, please go to http://my.yapp.us/SPEC. It will instruct you to download the yapp app (available on iOS and Android devices) and then the SPEC app is hosted inside the yapp interface.

If you have any trouble or questions, please contact us at spec@CofChrist.org.


We have some amazing opportunities this year for campers during the Adventures classes.

Check out all this amazingness!


Classes —5 Days of Fun So Be Here Every Day!

Double Session (11:10-1:00)

Amateur Radio (Ham) Licensing Class  Terry Redding, Harvey King (103 Resch—Limit 30)  Earn your amateur radio license during Spectacular!  This course presents and teaches the knowledge needed to pass the entry level Technician Class amateur radio license examination.  Books and materials provided.

Celebration & Worship  Daniel and Emily Harmon (104 & 105 Resch)  Do you sing, dance, speak, lead, emcee, act, plan, pray, have a testimony, read, or anything else? We want YOU! This class is for everyone who has a desire to share their gift in a worship experience this week. We will be putting together each Morning Celebration as well as other worship experiences. See you there!

School of Rock! (179 Shaw) Jammers Unite! Do you play the guitar? What about drums? Keyboards? Bass? Do you like rock music? What about blues? Country? Want to play in a band with other Spec campers? If you answered yes to any of these questions, THIS is the class for YOU!

SPEC Presents:  SPACE PIRATES! Todd Davison and Crew (Shaw Auditorium) Come be part of the cast and crew of this year’s show.  The first day of class we’ll go over parts before auditions and talk through set design and lighting/sound needs.

11:10 Session Only

Drawing Naomi Barlow (Drawing Studio Helene—Limit 25) Increase your drawing skills through direct instruction on drawing skills and specific exercises.  Bring your own picture to draw or pick one from the provided pictures. Teacher instruction to complete a finished piece you can amaze your friends with!

12:10 Session Only

Stone-Carving (3D) Mike Nelms (Sculpture Studio Helene—Limit 15) Carve alabaster stone into amazing 3D creations—large and small projects available. Extra instruction available in the afternoon if needed.

Classes—Drop in for Some, Stay for Others!

Double Session (11:10-1:00)

BEYOND High School: Everything You Need to Know About Getting into College  GU Admissions (G04 Admin. Bldg) Come learn about the application process, careers and class selection, managing test scores and grade points, scholarships and financial aid, athletic eligibility, and a lot more!

SPEC Sports Clinic GU Coaches (Meet @Sports Desk Closson Gym—Limit 30) Looking for an opportunity to work on fundamentals, get in extra practice, and get expertise from a university head coach? Each day we’ll offer a different sport so choose one or more that interest you. All skill levels welcome!

Sunday:  Tennis (Joel Loving)
Monday:  Baseball/Softball (Brady McKillip) or Volleyball (Jake Mattern)
Tuesday:  Basketball (Craig Doty)
Wednesday:  Wrestling  (Zack Mullins) or Cheer (Julie Rivera)
Thursday:  Soccer (Bryan Courtney)

Zion’s League Gamers  Kyle Logan (106 Resch) Join us as we embark on the path of the disciple.  We will be playing Dungeons and Dragons-type of game called “Disciple.”  You’ll create your own character and go on a journey across the world helping people.  Are you ready?

Choose a Session (11:10 or 12:10)

Acrylic Painting Greg Schieszer (Painting Studio Helene— Limit 25) Enjoy the experience of teacher instructed painting to produce a picture reflecting the Spec theme: Connect. Independent painting option, with teacher guidance.

Beginning Golf and Golf Tournament  Kevin Brunner (Meet @ Quad Tent—Limit 14. SUN-WED)  Come learn and play golf for a few days, then join the tournament on Tuesday!

Ceramics Jim Olsen, Carol & David Birks (Ceramics Studio Helene—Limit 25) Learn the basics building techniques and try your hand at the potter’s wheel. Projects must be started by Tuesday and daily attendance may be necessary for project completion.

Chime In Delores Dorland (Student Gallery Helene—Limit 15) TUES/WED only. Make a Joyful Noise-Construct wind chimes from glass on Tues. or plastic/aluminum pipes on Wed.

Counted Cross-stitch Thea and Randy Shelton (S. Walker Lounge—Limit 12) Stitch patterns from Christmas to birds to samplers. You will get a kit that has everything you need to complete your pattern and display your finished product. 

Disc Golf  Bob Kelly & Adam Morrison (Meet @ Quad Tent—Limit 50)  This intro to Disc Golf will work on throwing techniques, rules of fair play and courtesy, making new friends, and enjoying God’s creation.

Fairy Gardens Delores Dorland (Student Gallery Helene—Limit 10) THURS only. Create your own miniature garden to take  home.

Gadets Hip Hop Mares Persall (151 Shaw Movement/Dance Room—Limit 30) This class is open to anyone that wants to have fun and learn a Hip Hop dance. All level of dancers welcome, guys and girls! Performance at SPEC’s Got Talent!

Glass Fusion Donna Fletcher (E101 Helene—Limit 15) It’s HOT! You could make a glass pendant necklace, earrings, magnet, ceiling fan pull, or a small medallion for wall or mirror.

Improv Class Steve Hensley (JR Theater Shaw) Improv class will be a blast! We’ll be learning how to act on the spot through a series of fun games. Later we’ll learn more complicated things like long form improv. Be prepared to participate and laugh really hard.

Just Hangin’ Around Sandi Boyd (N. Walker Lounge) Even if you’ve never crocheted before, come learn just how easy it is to make your very own crochet hangers.

Pyrography Lynda & Alan Roberson (Tent on the Quad—Limit 36) Learn the ancient and unusual art of “fire writing.” Originally created using steel tools heated over a charcoal fire, today’s pyrography is created with the precision of hot electric pens. Work one day or all week, but only ONE project per person.

SPECial Stassi Cramm & Special Guests (Heritage Chapel) Bishop Cramm will host this session with different guests each day. Come for open discussion and Q&A with our Stassi and our SPECial guests.

SPEC Book Club  Julie Clinefelter (107 Briggs)  ) If your favorite book was made into a movie would you be stoked or would it be the worst thing ever? What directors did it well and who made a complete mess? Come to book club and see what your fellow campers think!                                                                                                             

Spec’s Kitchen Chef Tito (S. Americas Room – MSC—Limit 30) Join Chef Tito as he teaches the fundamentals and the secrets associated with being a good cook.  There will be food and of course, FUN!

Stamping Class Deborah Adams (Art Gallery Helene—Limit 15) –Not only can you stamp on paper, we’ll be stamping on wood, leather, canvas, dominoes, and cigar boxes. We’ll be making a small picture journal.

Telamadera Delores Dorland (Student Gallery Helene—Limit 10) SUN/MON only. Tell a ma what? This is an art form that combines wood, fabric, paint and varnish to create an amazing design that’s hard to believe that it is made from these materials.

The Ring’s the Thing Deanna Foss (E101 Helene—Limit 15) Create a unique ring for yourself using copper wire and glass beads. Limit one class session per person.

Want To Be A Superstar?  Straight Talk — How To Make It Happen Brent Graef (218 Zimmermann) Come to this round table discussions with special guests at the top of their field and learn how you can begin defining and achieving success, outlining the keys to success, how to make your own luck, and thinking outside the box for careers

Watercolor Jeanne Davis (Printmaking Studio Helene—Limit 20) Basic instruction will include composition, value and color theory along with watercolor techniques like washes, glazing, dry-brush and lifting.

What’s The Buzz Delores Dorland (Student Gallery Helene) We aren’t talking about the latest news flash–Come to class and learn how to use wooden objects, create a design, and create your own buzz.

Yoga Amy Black (Fitz Center—Limit 30) Enjoy some time to connect with and strengthen your mind, body and spirit in this soothing, sometimes playful, and, perhaps, even a little challenging vinyasa flow yoga class. All levels are welcome!

11:10 Session Only

#GirlStrong Ginelle Sakima Roberts, Kara Vojcsik (201 Zimmermann—Limit 25. GIRLS ONLY) A class about how to be a strong woman and how to bravely be that at home, at school, at camp, on a team, and in the world.

International Fun w/World Service Corps Emily Penrose McLaughlin (S. Tess Morgan Lounge) WSC volunteers will share games, art, music, food, and other activities from around the world to highlight our wonderful diversity! Activities will vary so come learn something new each day and find out how you can get involved!

Stone-Carving (2D) Mike Nelms (Sculpture Studio Helene—Limit 20) Sand and polish your stone, draw and trace your design on a flat piece of alabaster, then engrave your final 2D masterpiece. Extra instruction available in the afternoon if needed. 

Waterfall Matt Frizzell & Ben Byrne (Student Lounge Helene 2nd floor) Didn’t want your SPEC Today class to end? Come continue the conversation and dig deeper into the daily theme/topics. This is a safe environment where everyone is welcome to share and listen. Every voice is heard.

Women Empowered  Kery Nelms (MSC Main—Limit 40. GIRLS ONLY)  Come to this women’s self defense program and learn techniques designed to neutralize the 15 most common attacks.  No previous martial arts or self-defense experience needed.

12:10 Session Only

Asking Sacred Questions Katie & Zac Harmon-McLaughlin (301 Zimmermann—Limit 20) Who am I? What do I believe? What should I do with my life? How can I make a difference in the world? Throughout life, we wrestle with tough questions and make significant decisions that impact the future. Join us as we explore sacred questions and spiritual practices for important life decisions.

Drop-In Drawing Naomi Barlow (Drawing Studio Helene—Limit 25) This session is for drop-in drawing with teacher instruction to improve pencil skills through some directed exercises.

Jiu-Jitsu Self-Defense Kery Nelms (MSC Main—Limit 40) Come learn the basics of this style of self-defense for protection, health, and self-confidence.  No previous experience needed.

Robotics Jacob Belmore (131 Resch) Build and program a Lego robot.  Robots will be created with a competition at the conclusion.

More Performing Arts!

The performing arts program at SPEC is expanding!

If you have a talent (playing an instrument, singing, theater, dance, improv,) we have a place for you!  We would love to have as many campers participate as possible so bring your gifts to the stage and participate in the awesome performing arts program at SPEC!

The Musical—–SPEC Presents: Space Pirates!

(Auditions: Sunday)

This fun musical tells the story of Gabby, a kid who gets picked on during a school trip to the museum. Everything quickly changes when an alien space ship accidentally beams Gabby and her classmates up to outer space. Things go from bad to worse when the alien space ship is suddenly attacked by SPACE PIRATES! A whirlwind of fun and adventure that connects us across the galaxy.

Talent Showcases—Extravaganza, SPEC Recital, and new this year…SPEC’s Got Talent

(Auditions: Monday afternoon)

Come audition for a spot in one of these talent showcases that will be held on various evenings throughout the week. Singers, dancers, jugglers, concert musicians, comedians, etc. Bring your act and share it on stage at SPEC!

Connect – Daily Themes

This year’s theme, “Connect” has led us down all kinds of paths that have intersected at interesting points along the way. Current events and the 24/7 media cycle can make it seem like everything is coming apart at the seams.

Fear, worry, and a desire to separate ourselves from that which make us uncomfortable can shape our daily interactions in subtle ways. As we explore ways to “Connect” this week, we’re taking a stand against fear and hate and bigotry.

The only way forward… to peace… to love… to community is by connecting to God and to each other to form real, lasting relationships.

  • Sunday: Connect
  • Monday: Have Courage
  • Tuesday: Show Compassion
  • Wednesday: Live Authentically
  • Thursday: Embrace Vulnerability
  • Friday: Connect