More About Harmony

As SPEC 2017 gets closer, we’ve been working hard to develop the theme Harmony and how that might shape our week together. Here’s a sneak peek: 


The clamoring of our lives prevents us from hearing where God is leading us. From day-to-day expectations to worldwide events, we sometimes find ourselves drawn to those who are most like us. We take solace in the familiar and the comfortable. We know God is urging us to build bridges between ourselves and others. But what if God is urging you to go beyond? To live in thoughtful consideration, “harmony,” with others?

We will invite exploration of listening to others, we will honor your voice while joining in with the voices of countless others, and with those voices, we will sing and shout together.

Our focus scripture comes from Romans 15:5-7. We’re using two versions in our planning.

The Message: May our dependably steady and warmly personal God develop maturity in you so that you get along with each other as well as Jesus gets along with us all. Then we’ll be a choir—not our voices only, but our very lives singing in harmony in a stunning anthem to the God and Father of our Master Jesus! So reach out and welcome one another to God’s glory. Jesus did it; now you do it!

The NRSV: May the God of steadfastness and encouragement grant you to live in harmony with one another, in accordance with Christ Jesus, so that together you may with one voice glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. Welcome one another, therefore, just as Christ has welcomed you, for the glory of God.

Daily Themes

  • Sunday: Listen to the Song
  • Monday: Join the Choir
  • Tuesday: Sing in Harmony
  • Wednesday: Shout your Anthem
  • Thursday: Welcome Others
  • Friday: Harmony

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 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


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.

2016 Dates and Fees

We’re getting really excited about SPEC 2016 this summer! We had a planning meeting last night via video conference and there are some really great things emerging around our theme this year.

Some basic info that will be helpful for all of us! 

Dates: July 23-30

Fees: All fees remain the same as 2015. See detailed info on the Registration page.

Theme: Connect

If you have questions or need more info about a specific topic, please contact us at

Get Ready…Get Set…

by Sarah Steinberg

Stores have been preparing for months. Children start scoping out toy catalogs and lists are being made. In my house the day after Thanksgiving is the day that the boxes come out of the basement and the decorations start going up. Christmas is coming!

Last Sunday was actually the start of the advent season. Advent is the few weeks before Christmas that we start preparing for the birth of Jesus. There is a lot of preparing that happens at Christmas. We prepare decorations and gift lists, for parties and festivities we only do once a year. These are all things that mark the season. They are a big deal and we spend time getting ready. But recently I keep thinking, am I really prepared? Not just for the decorating and parties but am I really ready to say yes to this amazing thing- when the Christ comes a little closer to this place again this year.

What do you do to start getting ready for the birth of Jesus? Do you think about mangers and sheep and what it would have been like to be born in a stable? Kinda gross probably- not my first choice. Do you think about what a dangerous time it must have been? All those people with such great expectations? Some who want Jesus to save them- be their king and yet they stare into the face of a child and are confused and doubt. I think I would too.

I often think about the already but not yet-ness of Christ. We know he’s come and is coming and will come again. That he’s here with us now and will come again, both in our celebration and remembrance of the gift of the Christ child born in a manager but we also prepare for the coming of Christ in the future as we continue to prepare his kingdom here on Earth.

It’s all a little confusing and yet- I sometimes wonder if I just go through the motions of Christmas. If faced with the same challenges as Mary and Joseph- would I let go, and say yes?

There’s Something about Mary

So… here we have a girl, likely 13-15 years of age. She’s a peasant and she’s engaged to a pretty religious guy. An angelic figure visits her saying that she’s found favor with God and is going to conceive a son by the Holy Spirit.

I’m not sure about you but I think I’d be a little freaked out. We don’t think a lot about Mary until it’s time to dust off the little figurine for the nativity. This week I started thinking about Mary and what she had to say ‘Yes’ to and what she had to let go of.

I think Mary deserves our attention for at least a moment because in her we see what casting our lot with and being blessed by God really looks like. Namely that being blessed means seeing God in the world and trusting that God is at work even in things we can’t see, or understand, or imagine.

Mary saying “God, I’m yours. Let’s do this thing.” She said yes.

She didn’t say yes because she thought by doing so God was going to shower her with cash and prizes. No. Here’s where this girl had some serious chops. She got something I really struggle to understand: that getting a blessing is not the same as getting a present. She said yes not based on the expectation of things being awesome for her but based on the expectation that God can create something out of nothing.

“Ok, I don’t understand what’s going on and I know that my life isn’t going to end up looking like one I would choose out of a catalogue but I trust that God is at work in all of it.”

Blessedness is being used for God’s purpose more than it’s getting what I want or things being easy.

That yes she gave was fierce!

Christmas itself isn’t about getting what you want, or making sure you’re giving others what they want. To experience Christmas is to trust that God can do this thing again. God can again be born in me, in you, in this broken mess of a gorgeous world.


A Meditation Moment

Shane and Shane- Yearn


Try Out A New Mantra

This week I will say YES! I am being used by God.


Sending Forth

May the God through whom nothing is impossible help you to be like Mary….saying a fierce, or timid, or quiet, or confident yes.