What is Summer Beach Project?

Summer Beach Project (SBP) is an 8-week spiritual investment. SBP is an environment that is designed to produce spiritual leaders. Throughout the summer, your son/daughter will work a full time job, build relationships with college students from other campuses, and attend regular teaching and trainings. The seminars will include workshops on Bible study, prayer, evangelism, and overcoming temptation. In addition, students will participate local churches, discipleship groups, and project wide socials.

What kind of oversight will my son/daughter have for the summer?

The staff of Campus Outreach will oversee SBP. These men/women are trained to create a Project that is safe, fun, and spiritually enriching. During the school year, these staff minister full time at campuses in Georgia or Alabama. Campus Outreach will also employ a group of Team Leaders. These are student leaders who will provide ongoing direction and support throughout the summer.

Why Panama City Beach?

Each student is required to work a full time job. Local employment provides students a way to make money, apply what they are learning in a real life environment, and impact their coworkers. In order for all 250 students to obtain jobs, SBP needs to be in a high tourism location that offers seasonal work. Every participant over the past 5 years has received full time employment.

How will students find jobs?

SBP students have a reputation for hard work and positivity in Panama City. For that reason, local businesses will coordinate with SBP Your son/daughter will already have a employment opportunity available when they arrive to SBP.

Can my son/daughter take summer class or find an internship while attending SBP? 

Yes! Students are allowed to take classes online. Depending on the course load, we can adjust the amount of hours they work. Career specific internships are also allowed as long as they align with the SBP schedule and job policies. The SBP Director must approve internships.

Why is SBP 8 weeks long?

Campus Outreach staff believe that 8 weeks is the perfect length of time for a summer project. This allows for students to spend quality at home before and after project. During SBP, it provides ample time for sustained leadership and spiritual growth. Often times following church camps, retreats, and mission trips, a person may return home on an emotional high. We desire for students to make long-term gains in character, leadership skills, social aptitude, and responsibility. We believe that 8 weeks is enough time for a student to take substantial steps in these areas. 

Is SBP just a summer at the beach?

Absolutely not! Don’t get me wrong, SBP is a lot of fun. There will be weekly socials, free time at the beach, and on site games. You will make life long friends and create unforgettable memories! At SBP, the goal is to develop Christlike leaders. It is not designed for the student who wants to take it easy.  The schedule is full with work, small group interaction, and trainings.

Am I able to visit for my son/daughter during the summer?

Yes! Parent's Weekend will be June 14-16 this summer.

What of the threat of hurricanes?

Campus Outreach staff members keep a careful watch of the developing weather that could affect Panama City Beach. Procedures have been established to ensure that students are in a safe location in the event of a threat.  

WHO WILL BE THERE?

There are two projects divided by campuses:

SBP Area 1 (Samford University, University of Alabama, University of West Georgia)

SBP Area 2 (Berry College, Miles College, Troy University, University of North Alabama, University of South Alabama, Others)

Where will it be located?

SBP Area 1 - The Ark, 12902 Front Beach Rd, Panama City Beach, FL 32407

SBP Area 2- Palm Grove, 14513 Front Beach Rd, Panama City Beach, FL 32413


If you have any further questions please contact:

Campus Outreach Birmingham Office: cobirmingham@campusoutreach.org 

Kevin Wilkie (COB Operations Director): kevin.wilkie@campusoutreach.org