What is Camp NBC?Camp NBC is a product of the partnership between Cabela’sand the National Baptist Convention, USA Inc. It is funded bythe Cabela’s Outdoor Fund’s commitment to a four-year grant,awarded to the National Baptist Convention. Through thispartnership, Cabela’s seeks to diversify its workforce, broadenits outdoor education efforts and expand its customer base.Through this program, we hope to provide the children andyouth of our churches with fun and enriching outdooreducation experiences that challenge them to dream bigand “envision the future exceptionally”.How this partnership came about Strategic leadership meetings began in 2014 andhighlighted the importance of outdoor educationprograms and additional employment opportunities inAfrican-American communities. After discussing thealigned vision of Cabela’s and NBC, and with the approvalof National Baptist Convention President, Dr. Jerry Young,Camp NBC was initiated to expose children and youth toGod’s great creation and challenge them to experience theworld outside of their neighborhoods.Why Cabela’s is involved Cabela’s sells fun. Being the world’s foremost outfitter,the hope of this experience is that as youth and childrenare engaged in positive learning, it will increase theirconfidence in learning new things while allowing themto experience the outdoors in new ways. Cabela’s and itsleaders are deeply passionate about engaging andinvesting in children and youth, so that it impactstheir lives and the future of the world.
The Cabela’s customer is also continuing to evolve. By developing a relationship withthe National Baptist Convention, Cabela’s has the opportunity to gain new and youngercustomers as well as future outfitters who share the same love for the outdoors.?NOISSIHOW DOES THIS FIT WITH NBC’S MEducation is a core component of this program’s foundation.There are two purposes of the Convention that are directly supported by this initiative: To encourage and support Christian Education To engage in endeavors deemed fitting and proper in order to advance the causeof Jesus Christ throughout the world.In addition to supporting the local church, this program challenges participants to experience God’screation in new ways and have an openness to learning new things, dreaming big and engaging the worldand its opportunities.
What are the goals and vision for this program?The overarching goal of this program is to continue to support and invest in the local church byreaching children and youth of NBC through life-changing, spiritual outdoor learning experiencesthat counter the growing violence epidemic and negative influences of gangs and drugs onU.S. neighborhoods.Cabela’s Company Goals (as outlined by CEO, Tommy Millner, in 2012): We will contribute good things in the communities we serve We will touch diverse audiences in a brand new wayCabela’s Vision: Initiate a national program to expose the outdoors to tens of thousands ofyoung African-American men, women and families and improve their lives in the process.Camp NBC Structure and Activities Camp NBC requires the collaboration of the Partnership Director, Cabela’s Outdoor Fund management, StateConvention leadership, churches in designated regions and Cabela’s outfitters. The Partnership Director meetsweekly with corporate and store management, as well as other corporate partners, to coordinate the logisticsand program planning. The Partnership Director also meets regularly with the point persons designated by StateConvention leadership, to coordinate church volunteers and registration. Activities and instruction includedin the Camp NBC program are: Fire starting, Tent set-up, Camp cooking, Casting Lessons, Fishing instruction,Archery, Camp Gear Relay Races and Face Painting.Criteria for Location Selection In order to have a Camp NBC event, there must be a Cabela’s store located in the vicinity of participatingchurches. While members from NBC churches are welcome to travel across state lines to attend, the actualCamp NBC event must take place in a state where Cabela’s has a retail store. This is due to legal reasons and toensure adequate staff and resources are within close proximity to efficiently execute an event. Please also notethis bulleted summary of selection criteria: Cabela’s Store: Assessment of Store Readiness to include General Manager, Retail Marketing Manager,Outfitter selection and retail calendar Network/Cluster of NBC churches within a certain radius of the store/venue: To ensure interest andregistration of youth groups State Convention President: Committed to ensuring the success of the event by assigning lead point-personto ensure marketing, active registration of church youth groups and volunteer engagementChurch volunteer requirements For each event, 40-50 Adult volunteersare needed to help in some or all of these areas: Registration/Group Check-In Group Leaders/Chaperones Security Leading activities Safe Archery S’mores Station Photography Crowd Control Lunch Distribution Fishing support Camp Gear Relay Race Face Painting
LOUISIANADate: Saturday, May 30, 2015Venue: Lamar Dixon Expo Center in Gonzales, LARegion: Baton Rouge area churches under the State Leadership of Dr. Leo CyrusParticipants: 120 children and 25 adults participatedNote: Each child was given fishing rod, t-shirt, hat, lanyard and educational materialAdditional Giveaways included: tents and tackle bagsStore Support: Rodney Davidson (GM), Tori Waite (RMM) and 30 outfittersMISSISSIPPIDate: Saturday, June 6, 2015Venue: Greenville High School in Greenville, MSRegion: Greenville, MS and churches in the Mississippi Deltaregion under leadership of Dr. Tom MorrisParticipants: 150 boys and 45 adults participatedNote: Each child was given a t-shirt and lanyardAdditional Giveaways included: awards and trophiesStore Support: n/aKANSASDate: Saturday, August 1, 2015Venue: Big Eleven Lake in Kansas City, KSRegion: Kansas City area churches under the State leadership of Dr. Jimmy BanksParticipants: 175 children and 25 adultsNote: Each child was given fishing rod, t-shirt, lanyard and paracord bracletAdditional Giveaways included: tackle bags, tents and camping gearStore support: Joshua Little (GM), Larry Boswell (RMM) and 20 outfittersSOUTH CAROLINADate: Saturday, September 12, 2015Venue: Lake Cooley in Inman, SCRegion: SC churches under the leadership of Dr. James Cokley and Dr. Toney ParksParticipants: 190 children and 25 adults attendedNote: Each child was given a fishing rod, t-shirt, paracord bracelet and bag of goodiesAdditional giveaways included: tackle bags, fishing gear and tentsStore support: Jimi Williams (GM), Tori Waite Bourgeois (RMM) and 25 outfittersMICHIGANSUMMARY OF 2015 CAMPS Date: Saturday, September 26, 2015Venue: Pointe Mouillee in Rockwood, MIRegion: Detroit area churches under the State Leadership of Dr. Tellis ChapmanParticipants: 250 children and 35 adults attendedNote: Each child received fishing rod, t-shirt and lanyardAdditional giveaways included: tackle bags, camping gear, fishing gear and tentsAdditional note: over 400 registrants were turned away because of caps on attendanceStore support: Joe Ross (GM), Chad Andrus (RMM) and 20 outfitters
OKLAHOMATEXASLOUISIANASummary of 2016 Camps .Date: Saturday, March 5, 2016Venue: Lamar Dixon Expo Center in Gonzales, LARegion: Baton Rouge area churches under the State Leadership ofDr. C.S. Gordon, Jr. and Dr. Leo CyrusParticipants: 276 children and 40 adults participatedNote: Each child was given fishing rod, t-shirt, lanyard and educational materialAdditional Giveaways included: tents, camp chairs, cooler bags and tackle bagsStore Support: Rodney Davidson (GM), Tori Waite (RMM) and 30 outfittersDate: Saturday, April 9, 2016Venue: Ray Roberts Lake State Park in Pilot Point, TXRegion: Texas churches under the State Leadership of Dr. Bruce Datcher, Dr. Stephen Nash and Dr.Charles FaulksParticipants: 259 children and 40 adults participatedNote: Each child was given fishing rod, t-shirt, lanyard and educational material from TX State Parksdepartment. Additional Giveaways included: tents, camp chairs, cooler bags, cinch sacks and tackle bagsStore Support: Tracy Doty (Retail Marketing Manager, Fort Worth), Parker Street (Retail MarketingManager, Allen) and 30 outfittersDate: Saturday, April 23, 2016Venue: Lake Thunderbird State Park in Norman, OKRegion: Oklahoma churches under the State leadership of Dr. Charles W. WhittlowParticipants: 151 children and 40 adults participatedNote: Each child was given a fishing rod, t-shirt and lanyard. State Parks representatives were presentthat stocked the pond and brought an aquarium onsite for education.Additional giveaways included: cinch sacks, cooler bags and camp gear backpacksStore support: Eric Carter (General Manager, OKC) Alma Moore (Retail Marketing Manager)and 25 outfitters
MISSOURISummary of 2016 Camps . (continued)Date: Saturday, May 14, 2016Venue: Busch Memorial Conservation Area in St. Charles, MORegion: Missouri churches under the State leadership of Dr. Jimmy BrownParticipants: 115 children and 27 adults participatedNote: Each child was given a fishing rod, t-shirt and lanyard.Additional giveaways included: cinch sacks, cooler bags and camp gear backpacksStore support: Elvir Tabakovic, Larry Boswell (RMM, Kansas City) and 25 outfittersILLINOISDate: Saturday, July 23, 2016Venue: Pointe Mouillee in Rockwood, MIStore Support: Dundee, MIUTAHDate: Saturday, July 9, 2016Venue: Blackwell Forest Preserve in Warrenville, ILStore Support: Hoffman Estates, IL and Hammond, INMICHIGANAdditional 2016 Camp NBC Dates scheduled Date: Saturday, August 6, 2016Venue: Payson Lake in Salem, UTStore Support: Lehi, UTPlans are developing for 2017 Plans are currently in development for 2017 CampNBC events. If you would like to have a Camp NBCevent in your area, please contact the Partnership Director.