Registration for Summer 2020 will open on 09/26/2020. If you have questions or need help logging into and/or creating your group account, please reach out using our contact form.
The way BigStuf works is that students attend our camps with a church or group. We register churches who then fill their registered spots with students from their church/in their area. We truly believe that when students come to camp in a group, camp is a far better experience. Another huge reason for designing camp this way is so that students can grow with other students from their area to strengthen their relationships for when they return back home. We want BigStuf to be a place where students can develop & strengthen relationships in a youth group or church that they can stay involved in for the rest of the year.
Check with your church to see if they are already planning to register for BigStuf & have a spot available for your student. If your church is not going to registered for BigStuf, let them know that you’d love for your student to go to BigStuf! Your church’s student ministry staff/volunteers can contact us for more information. Our required minimum group size is only 5 people, so it’s pretty easy to get a group together to come to camp!
Yes, your *group has the option to be added to a waiting list if the camp you would like to attend is full. No deposit is required to join the waiting list. As spots become available, we will contact you to confirm your taking those spaces. You have 24 hours to verify if you would like to take any open spots & once you do, deposits will be due immediately to secure them. To be added to the waiting list, once registration is open simply go to the home page of your online group BigStuf account and select “Join our Waiting List.”
If your group is already registered and you would like to add more spots, please go to the homepage of your online group BigStuf account and select “Join our Waiting List.”
*If you are a parent/guardian and the camp that you would like your student to attend is listed as “full” on our website, do not fret! Your church may already have registered for that week and have a spot available for your student! Please contact your church student ministry staff/volunteers to find out if they are registered and have available space.
BigStuf is for students aged between a graduated 6th grader & a graduated 12th grader. All camps are for both middle & high school students.
Students need to bring beach towels, sunscreen, water bottles, flip-flops, bathing suit, shorts, t-shirts, Bibles & journals. Bed linens & bath towels are provided in the hotel rooms. Students may also want to bring extra spending money for snacks, arcade games & the BigStuf Store which you can check out here.
We believe you know your students better than we do so please use your discretion as to how many leaders you need to bring. Each group is responsible for its own students. A good rule of thumb is one leader per ten students or enough leaders to have at least one leader in each hotel room.
To learn more about room set up, see faq>location>what will our rooming situation be?
A $60 deposit per spot is due within 15 days of the initial registration date. The deposits must be paid in order to secure your spots at the price at which you registered. All deposits count towards your total balance & are nonrefundable & non-transferable to another group.
Deposits can be paid by credit card or check.
The price for 5-day camps includes 4 nights of lodging, 7 session, session materials & 10 meals.
The price for the 4-day camp includes 3 nights of lodging, 5 sessions, session materials & 8 meals.
Yes, the price for BigStuf is the same for youth leaders/adult volunteers & students. Youth leaders/adult volunteers DO count toward your total number of registrants.
Children under age 10 are allowed at camp. They will have a special rate & are not included in the total number of registrants. Please contact us to notify BigStuf of any children coming as well as to request meals (if needed) for them.
Boardwalk Beach Hotel
9600 S Thomas Dr
Panama City Beach, FL 32408
You are responsible to enter information for each camp attendee (students & leaders) on your Rooming Form. From this completed Rooming Form, we will have your female to male ratio in order to complete your rooming assignment for your group. Your 2019 Camp Rooming Form is due approximately 30 days before the start of your camp.
**There will be a $100 LATE FEE for Rooming Forms completed late. If you have any questions or concerns about your Rooming Form, please contact us.
We block each group’s rooms based on our discretion. The need of additional rooms for any purpose (i.e. safe sanctuary, extra room for youth pastor & spouse, etc.) is subject to availability, & there will be an additional charge of $178 per night. If you require a safe sanctuary room, please contact us with this request immediately.
*Note: Our hotel rooms sleep 5 to 6 to a room (leaders &/or students). Not all rooms adjoin, & we cannot guarantee adjoining rooms.
BigStuf does not reserve rooms for bus drivers; however, we can provide you with a list of nearby hotels that provide charter bus parking for your bus drivers:
Sleep Inn & Suites
9201 Front Beach Rd.
Panama City Beach, FL 32407
850-249-2501 | 1.5 miles away from camp
Fairfield Inn & Suites
7718 Front Beach Rd.
Panama City Beach, FL 32407
850-249-1225 | 3 miles away from camp
La Quinta Inn & Suites
7115 Coastal Palms Blvd.
Panama City Beach, FL 32408
850-234-3133 | 4 miles away from camp
More information about speakers & artists for summer camp 2020 coming soon!
Day in the Life Series of Past Speakers
If this is your first year at camp, we want you to feel confident & prepared to lead your students well during camp. Before Leader Lab Session 1 at 6:15pm CST we will have a tour of the property that will help you navigate where you need to be throughout camp.
It is mandatory for at least one leader from each group to attend Leader Lab Session 1. This meeting is a time for us to cast a vision for camp, pray over your students & leaders & kick off camp. It will also provide you with all of the info you need to know for camp. Even if you have attended camp before, it is extremely important that you are at Leader Lab Session 1 as info is updated every year.
You & your students won’t want to miss Beach Worship! Before one of the evening sessions, we are able to step out of The Big Room & onto the beach to worship without all the lights, cameras & production. Something powerful happens when we all come together & worship the Creator in His creation!
On site there is the beach, pool & games such as triple toss, cornhole, spikeball & kanjam. There are also private vendors on the beach who offer Jet Ski rentals & parasailing. BigStuf hosts optional rec tournaments including basketball & beach volleyball.
Have your teams forms ahead of time so you can sign-up at check-in, leader orientations or immediately following the first session before small groups. All teams must sign-up for rec tournaments by the end of night one before small groups.
After lunch on day 4 the afternoon is yours to do with your group as you please. There are no rec tournaments this day. You can stay on site during the free afternoon & enjoy the beach of you may go off site with your group. There are several options for activities off property such as arcades, bungee jumping, miniature golf, Pier Park outdoor shopping center, Shipwreck Island Water Park & Ripley’s Believe It or Not Museum. For more activities in the Panama City Beach area, check out Visit Panama City’s website here or visit our Activities & Restaurants FAQ tab.
There is an optional dinner that will be served by the Boardwalk Beach Resort on Night 4. If you are interested in this option, please contact julie.dunkin@RAbeachgetaways.com to discuss meal & price options. The Boardwalk Beach Resort will need to know if you are planning on taking advantage of this meal option no later than one month out from the start of your camp.
If you choose to not take the Night 4 meal option, dinner is on your own. Take a look at our Activities & Restaurants FAQ tab for an extensive list of restaurants in close proximity to camp. You can choose to eat dinner on site as well, but with hotel policies the food cannot be served in common areas. Food has to be kept & eaten in your hotel rooms.
Yes. The reason for our dress code is so the focus of camp will not be altered. We want to keep camp with as little distractions as possible.
Guys, here are some parameters to follow:
Girls, here are some guidelines to follow:
It is of great importance that church leadership properly guides the focus of camp. If students do not follow dress code, BigStuf staff & interns hold the right to ask students to change into appropriate clothing. Leaders will be contacted if necessary.
Adventures at Sea | Pontoon boat rentals, jet skis, parasailing & snorkeling
Airboat Adventures | Air boat rides
Alvin's Big Island Tropical Department Store | Live sharks & alligators, shopping & food (no admission fee)
Aquatic Adventures | Electric Cars, pontoons, wave runners, snorkel trips, fishing boat rentals, moped rentals, bicycle rides & parasailing
Blue Dolphin Tours | Dolphin boat tours
Capt. Anderson III - Glass Bottom Boat Cruiser | Cruises to Shell Island
Coconut Creek Mini Family Fun Park | Bumper boats, 2 18-hole mini golf courses, giant human maze
*Dave & Busters | Restaurant & arcade
Edgewater Cinema 10 | Movie theatre
Emerald Falls Family Rec Center | Bumper boats & cars, go karts, mini golf, bungee bounce & arcade
Emerald Coast Mirror Maze | House of mirrors & laser tag maze
Fun Land Arcade & Snack Bar | Arcade & snack bar
Goofy Golf | Mini golf
*Grand Imax | 3D & Imax theater & game room
Gulf World Marine Park | Performing dolphins, sea lions, tropical birds & laser light show
LOCO Bubble Soccer | Bubble suit soccer rentals
Mr. Surf's | Surfing, skim boarding, stand-up paddle boarding, surf kayaking & more
Museum of Man in the Sea | Aquatic museum
*Pirate Quest Lazer Tag | Individual, team, & tournament style pirate-themed laser tag
*Pier Park Shopping Center | Dillard’s, J. C. Penney, Marshalls, Ron Jon Surf Shop, Target & many more
Pirates Island Adventure Golf | Mini golf
Race City | Go karts, sky coaster, arcade, bumper boats & laser tag
Ripley's Believe It or Not | Museum & 4D theater
Rock'it Lanes | Bowling, roller skating & pool tables
Shipwreck Island Waterpark | Water park
St. Andrew's State Park | State park
Wild Airboat | Airboat rides
*XD Darkride Experience | Full motion interactive Dark Ride with 7D
*Located at Pier Park Outdoor Shopping Center
*located at Pier Park Outdoor Shopping Center