by Public Relations
Most kids have been to camp. For many, it’s not summer without macramé bracelets and mosquito bites. But what if camp were different? What if students could choose a camp where they could sharpen their music skills from the best teachers, those who do it for a living? Cedarville University welcomes Camp Electric to its campus for the second year this July.
That’s exactly how Camp Electric began. Gabe Dunlap and John Sanders traveled and performed together in a band called Brother’s Keeper. “We would always get asked the same questions,” said Dunlap. “‘How do I get a record deal?’ ‘How did you guys start?’” They realized that sports camps were a dime a dozen, but music camps were hard to come by. And even if you could find one, it was secular, with nothing to do with Christian music or a Christian lifestyle. And so, in 2007, Camp Electric was born.
TobyMac, a successful Christian recording artist, has adopted Camp Electric as his own. “I came to camp the first year and did a performance,” he said. “When I got there, it just hit me how amazing this concept was. How it’s just so matched up with where I am in life, wanting to mentor artists. I’ve always done it through my label, Gotee Records, but taking that and opening up even a little more to speaking into their lives. Sharing how important it is to use your gift wherever you are, not just for a national record deal, maybe it’s in your hometown.”
Camp Electric is an opportunity for young musicians to develop their skills and learn to serve God through music. Instructors from top Christian bands will provide students with tools and resources to help them progress toward a high level of musicianship and God-honoring ministry.
Each day, students will meet for morning worship, group classes and nightly concerts. In recent years, bands like Gungor and The Museum have led worship, and artists like TobyMac and Jamie Grace have performed.
Camp Electric is open to students ages 13-19 and registered according to their instrument. The available tracks are electric, acoustic and bass guitar, keyboard, vocals, drums, sound and songwriting. Reserve a spot by calling 800-755-0242 or register online at Camp Electric.
Located in southwest Ohio, Cedarville University attracts 3,300 undergraduate, graduate and online students to more than 100 areas of study. Celebrating 125 years of education excellence, Cedarville is a Christ-centered learning community recognized nationally for rigorous academic programs, strong graduation and retention rates, accredited professional and health science offerings and leading student satisfaction ratings. Visit the University online at www.cedarville.edu.