2017 Adventure Class Options

ADVENTURE CLASSES – These are wonderful opportunities to try something new or experience something different.  Campers attend both sessions and get to choose the classes they want.

Commitment Level—All 5 Days

Double Session (10:30-12:20)

Amateur Radio (Ham) Licensing Class  Mike Thayer (103 Resch—Limit 6)  Earn your amateur radio license during Spectacular!  Fast Track License class with exam on Friday. Books and materials provided.

Celebration & Worship  Daniel Harmon & Emily Rose (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:  Musicville! 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.

10:30 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!

11:30 Session Only

Stone-Carving (3D) Carving Crew (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.


Commitment Level—Attend 1 class each session. Some classes might take more than one session to complete a project.

Double Session (10:30-12:20)

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!

Beginning Golf and Golf Tournament  Kevin Brunner (Meet @ Quad Tent—Limit 15) SUN-WED  Come learn and play golf for a few days, then join the tournament on Tuesday!

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.

ENACTCUS Jared Doty, Tara Sheehy, Melissa Sherer, Karl Bradford (TBD) THURS ONLY. Are you a wannabe entrepreneur interested in changing the world or are you looking for new ways to bring about positive social change?  Join us for a session on how you can become a Social Entrepreneur!

Movies and Media Emily Munter (PC3 Lab – Library) Walk together this week as we use different forms of media to spark discussion on harmony and living life peacefully with one another.

SPEC Sports Clinic GU Coaches (Meet @ Gym Sports Desk—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 & Todd Verwers

Jake Mattern & Pono Yin

Tuesday Basketball Craig Doty
Wednesday Wrestling


Zack Mullins

Julie Rivera

Thursday Soccer Bryan Courtney & Ozzie White


Choose a Session (10:30 or 11:30)

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.

Ceramics 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.

Counted Cross-stitch Thea and Randy Shelton (Walker Lounge South—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.

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

Free Listening Movement Benjamin Mathes (Quad Lawn) MON-THURS. Join Urban Confessional founder, Benjamin, in open discussion about this incredible movement that is sweeping the planet. Learn listening skills that you can model and share in your community.

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 & Megan 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.

Harmony and Our Current Political Environment Philip Gully (N. Americas Room) WED-THURS. Join popular author Philip Gulley as he facilitates discussion on what has become a contentious political climate by exploring ways to build bridges by listening and reasoning.

Hula – Wanna Dance? Trudi Gunderson (JR Theater Shaw) Learn steps and dance in both traditional and modern Hula styles. A hula has been written and choreographed as a special tribute to strong youth….YOU! No experience necessary. Be prepared to dance, sweat and enjoy the culture. Performance at SPEC’s Got Talent!

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

Just Juggling Marcus Monroe (Shaw Lobby) MON ONLY Join Master Juggler, Marcus Monroe as he teaches some of the key concepts in the art of juggling. Fun and laughs, guaranteed!

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

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.

Sun Prints Delores Dorland (Student Gallery Helene) WEDS only. Using light sensitive paint, cotton cloth, and select objects, make a design that will reveal itself when placed in a sunny spot to dry.

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

So You Want To Be A Superstar? 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.

10:30 Session Only

Let’s Sing-HARMONY The Sacrys (Cheville Chapel) Join us for a fun-filled class focusing on various styles of acapella singing.  Through vocals and rhythm, experience the harmony we create by working together. Come ready to share–your voice!

#GirlStrong Ginelle Sakima Roberts, Kara Vojcsik (106 Resch—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) Travel to the places where WSC volunteers have served and explored through games, art, food, music, and more from around the world

Residing in the Rhythm Tyler Horringa (Library View Room) What music do you most resonate with? Is it possible to find the Divine in the music you love? Come to class willing to both share music that is deeply important to your heart while also intentionally listening to meaningful songs chosen by your peers.

Stone-Carving (2D) Carving Crew (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.

Telamadera Delores Dorland (Student Gallery Helene—Limit 10) SUN-TUES 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.

Waterfall Matt Frizzell & Katie Heinrich (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.

What’s Going on in Your Brain? Marilee Martens & Aimee Wagner (201 Zimmermann) Are guys and girls brains the same or different? Is it true that some people can’t recognize themselves in a mirror? Come find these answers and more!

Women Empowered Kery Nelms (MSC Main—Limit 25. GIRLS ONLY) Building confidence in yourself, learning to defend.No previous martial arts or self-defense experience needed.

Yoga Amy Black (Amphitheatre) Come stretch, build strength, play around with fun poses, and learn a little about meditation and breathwork. Each day we will explore different themes/styles and end with relaxation time to unwind and destress. Campers and staff welcome!

11:30 Session Only

Chime In Delores Dorland (Student Gallery Helene—Limit 15) SUN-TUES only. Make a Joyful Noise-Construct wind chimes from colored glass.

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 Kery Nelms (MSC Main—Limit 25) Come learn the basics of this style of self-defense for protection, health, and self-confidence.  No previous experience needed.

Men of Steel Ryan Pitt (Cheville Chapel—GUYS ONLY) The world places various expectations on men, but does it mean we’ve got to agree with them? Movies, books, TV, and video games tell us who we are supposed to be (or look like) but maybe we are so much more…Be part of the discussion as we explore the challenges and opportunities facing men today.


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