A new beginning—August 17–23, 2013
God has blessed OCBC with a beautiful venue—Camp Starlight, Starlight, PA. The 385-acre campus includes its own private lake and is surrounded by the "endless mountains" of Pennsylvania. The setting seems perfect for OCBC’s new beginning and your opportunity to start a new family tradition and create a lifetime of memories.
The Ontario Christadelphian Bible Camp combines the beauty of God’s natural creation with a focus on our families. The natural and peaceful setting serves as an inspirational backdrop as members of the school enjoy family fellowship in the Lord Jesus Christ.
OCBC encourages a spirit of family unity for parents, teens, children, and elders alike. We invite you to join us in a week of prayer, singing, Bible study, fellowship, and worship in the midst of God’s handiwork.
“Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit by itself, unless it abides in the vine, neither can you, unless you abide in me.”
intermediate and senior education
We are blessed and very thankful to have the following brothers and sisters serve as teachers this year.
Grades K through 1
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Grades 2 through 3
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Grades 4 through 6
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senior Spanish-language class
schedule and focus
OCBC fosters an environment of learning in an atmosphere of a loving extended family. The school tries hard to distinguish itself by serving families with young children.
Registration will begin at 1:00 on Sunday, August 17 with dinner served at 6:00. Evening program will include a memorial service and will commence at 7:30. Checkout the following Saturday will be after breakfast.
The daily schedule is typical of any Bible School, with 3 classes in the morning, afternoon recreation time, and an evening assembly. Afternoon activities are planned to encourage us to enjoy each other’s company as a spiritual family.
The evening program begins with Bible games for the children and concludes with a lecture geared toward the teens and adults. Meals are served family style, of course.
Each evening is wrapped up with cold refreshments, a young-people’s devotion, and a campfire.
The Bible school will conclude with breakfast and good-byes on Saturday, August 23.
Camp Starlight offers cabins or "bunks" that incorporate the comforts of home with the rustic nature of camping. Each bunk, which is designed to house 8–12 campers and 2–3 counselors, is equipped with beds and dressers in the main living room, closets for clothes and gear in the back room and cubbies for toiletries in the bathroom. Each bunk has a hot water heater, smoke alarm, front and back entrances, outside clothes line, loft for storage, windows, electric outlets, two toilets and 1–2 showers. The front of each bunk faces inward towards a semi-circle with a view of the lake, designed to promote cohesivenessThere are 48 modern cabins each with as many as 8–10 bunk beds. Each cabin has full washroom facilities.
We will be able to accommodate families together and we will be able to have some same-sex cabins for those traveling without families. To keep registration costs down, and accommodate everyone who would like to attend, we will share the cabins in this way where possible.
We will make every effort to accommodate our elderly, infirmed, and those with special needs who wish to attend, by obtaining “deluxe” housing (availability is limited).
Breakfast and dinner are served family style with the addition of bagel/cereal bars at breakfast and salad/pasta or potato bars at dinner. Lunch is served buffet style and also features an extensive salad bar, homemade soups and fresh fruit.
With our focus on our larger family, every attempt is made to provide activities which involve everyone. It is wonderful to see inter-generational games, hikes, pool events, and this year so much more, including activities at the lake.
There is truly an endless list of things to do during afternoon activities. Hiking, swimming, team sports, watersports, etc. Afternoons can be enjoyed at the swimming pool or the lakeshore, perhaps after a game of volleyball, softball, basketball, soccer, inline hockey, tennis, or tetherball.
Depending on registration numbers and interest, we may be able to experience team-building ropes courses, a climbing wall, zip-lines, kayaking, sailing, canoeing, waterskiing or banana boating. Tell us what you think.
what to bring
- Bible, Hymn book, paper, and pens
- Normal ecclesial attire for Sunday service
- Business casual for meetings Monday to Friday
- Bedding, towels, toiletry items
- Appropriate swimming attire
- Sun screen and towels
- Hiking shoes
- Tennis racket, inline skates, mountain bike
- Evenings may be cool so a sweater or light jacket is advisable.
Camp Starlight is ideally located in the Moosic range of the Appalachian Mountains, in beautiful northeast Pennsylvania. Starlight is approximately 5.5 hours from from Hamilton, 3 from New York City, 5 from Boston, 4 from Kingston, 6.5 from Richmond, and under 12 from Chicago.
Visit Google Maps and plan your best route.
Starlight’s web site has great directions too.
2013 online registration is open
Be a part of OCBC’s new beginning! We are so excited about the new opportunity God has provided for us. The facility is ideally to suit our mission and the needs of young Christadelphian families in particular.
One of the greatest blessings is that we are no longer limited to 150 people, so please spread the word. This is a great opportunity to start a new family tradition.
We happen to think that OCBC is ideal for families with young kids—families who are perhaps least able to afford a Bible school. So, in an effort to ease the financial burden on young families, we hope to be able to subsidize the tuition according to the following table:
Under 6: FREE
6–12 yrs: $125
13–17 yrs: $175
You might choose to send payments periodically to our registrar over the course of time so that you are not faced with difficulty when Bible school rolls around. And if you can contribute to the OCBC "Adopt-a-Family" program, please send a check to our treasurer:
22 Crest Road
New Providence NJ 07974
A contribution of $200 covers the subsidy amount for a young child.
Please register early so we can plan accordingly. All OCBC attendees must register by completing the following form. Please note that a signed OCBC Sponsorship Form is required for those under 18 attending without their parent. Thank you in advance for volunteering in some capacity to help make OCBC 2013 the best ever.
Please fill out one form for each person you are registering.