About

Summer Beach Project is an investment of eight weeks that will pay dividends throughout the remainder of your life! You will grow in your relationship with Jesus Christ by learning more about studying the Bible, praying, building relationships with other college students, working a full-time job, sharing your faith and attending a local church. Project will be located at the Cottages Christian Retreat in Panama City Beach, FL.

may 20 - July 14, 2023

Grow

Grow a deeper relationship with God through large group training sessions, small group bible studies designed, and time alone with God.

connect

Connect and develop deep friendships with other college students from your campus and across Georgia, Alabama, and Mississippi.

LEAD

Learn to lead and impact others by learning how to share your faith and help other growth in their relationship with God.

Testimonies

“Project equipped me to walk with Jesus and impact others in my everyday life.”- Ben, Troy University
"Project gave me the opportunity to grow in my faith in more ways than I could imagine and make life long friendships" Olivia, JSU
"The Lord taught me that faith should not be fitting into my life but that my life needs to be fitting into my faith, and Project was such a help in teaching me how to do that well." -Andrew, Samford University
"Project was the most life-changing summer because it taught me how to have a personal relationship with Christ and impact others by living out my faith." -Sarah, Berry College
"Project gave me the opportunity to not only learn how to continue to walk with God after college, but also play a part in helping others do the same". -Koby, University of West Georgia
"The Lord used project to teach me how to use my own walk with him to lead other women." -Abbie, University of Alabama at Birmingham

cost

The cost will be approximately $2200. This cost will include room and board for the summer, books and training materials, weekly social events, and a weekly project meal.

FAQ

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Parent testimonies

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A day in the life

Summer Beach Project (SBP) is an nine-week spiritual investment. Project 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.

The staff of Campus Outreach will oversee Project. 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, Alabama, and Mississippi. Campus Outreach will also employ a group of Team Leaders. These are student leaders who will provide ongoing direction and support throughout the summer.

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, Project needs to be in a high-tourism location that offers seasonal work. Every participant over the past five years has received full-time employment.

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

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 project schedule and job policies. The Project Director must approve internships.

Campus Outreach staff believe that nine 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 Project, 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 nine weeks is enough time for a student to take substantial steps in these areas.

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 project schedule and job policies. The Project Director must approve internships.

Yes! Parent's Weekend is June 10-12. We would love to have you come visit Project and see what your son/daughter is doing. During this weekend, as well, students are allowed to stay with their visiting families, as long as the Project Director is notified.

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.

There are two projects divided by campuses:
Project 1 - (UAB, Samford University, University of West Georgia, Berry College, and Jacksonville State University)
Project 2 - (University of North Alabama, Southern Miss, Troy University, and University of South Alabama)

Project will be located at The Cottages Beach Retreat
22026 Front Beach Rd
Panama City Beach, 32413