58th Annual Campus Ministry Pre-School Conference Sponsored by the Office of the University Chaplain and Campus Ministry
Welcome to Wake Forest!
Life at Wake Forest is a series of opportunities, crises and adventures. New people, places and ideas. As you begin this new adventure, in many ways you will be starting over again. Choosing a major. Facing your first college mid-term exam. Exploring relationships and changing the way you feel about yourself. Living in a residence hall. Growing up in totally new, amazing and frightening ways!
Your relationship with God will probably change, too. The God your parents and youth group counselor taught you about is alive and well and traveling to Wake Forest with you. In fact, God is already on campus anxiously awaiting your arrival. Maybe in some unexpected places … maybe in some unexpected ways, and amid some unexpected situations. As you begin to make decisions about your life’s path, remember that God is ever present and walking beside you.
Welcome to Wake Forest! God is here, too!
What is Pre-School?
Pre-School, an informal orientation to Wake Forest, is held at nearby YMCA Camp Cheerio, atop the Blue Ridge Mountains. Students, faculty, administrators and campus ministers lead a variety of programs and activities which introduce students to one another and to campus life. For the past 57 years a significant number of new students have chosen to attend; we hope that you will join us this year.
Our Theme: “TAKE HEART!”
“For surely I know the plans I have for you, says the Lord, plans for your welfare and not for harm, to give you a future with hope. Then when you call upon me and come and pray to me, I will hear you. When you search for me, you will find me; if you seek me with all your heart.” (Jeremiah 29:11-13, NRSV)
Coming to college brings many changes, which can be both exciting and a little scary! In the first few weeks, you will be asked a thousand times, “What is your name? Where are you from? What’s going to be your major?” As your college career continues, other questions arise. “What do I want to do with my life? What do I really believe? How can I serve God in my vocation?” TAKE HEART! You are not alone! You will find numerous chaplains, campus ministers, professors, staff, and fellow students who care about you and will help you along the way.
New students are assigned to small discussion groups under the leadership of two upperclass students. Several discussion group sessions are designed to help you voice your hopes and fears about the coming semester. In particular, you will be encouraged to talk about your faith and examine resources that might strengthen you for the days ahead.
Wake Forest faculty and staff will offer two sessions of informal presentations on a variety of topics. This provides an excellent way to meet some amazing professors and staff and learn more about academic life at Wake Forest.
Panel Discussion: Life at Wake Forest
Get a behind-the-scenes look at what life is really like at Wake Forest from students. You’ll hear about the interplay of academics, religion, athletics, the arts, Greek life, study-abroad opportunities, traditions, etc.
If you can sing, dance, play an instrument, read poetry, do standup comedy, tell stories, do magic tricks, etc., come prepared to participate in the talent show. Otherwise, join us in the audience.
Our special musician for Pre-School is Ben Alston. A 2002 graduate of Wake Forest, Ben was active in campus ministries during his undergraduate days. A member of the men’s Christian a cappella group, Chi Rho, Ben also served as a Pre-School Discussion Group leader. From 2003 – 2005, he was a member of a Christian band called Watershed. Ben currently serves as worship leader at his church in Maryland and spends as much time as possible with his wife, Jess, and their three beautiful children, who will be with him at Camp Cheerio.
I know. It sounds corny, but it is one of the most fun things ever!
More Information & Registration
Schedule Plan to arrive on Monday, August 19, between 9:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. Report to Room 17 of Reynolda Hall to check-in and receive information on residence hall move-in and transportation to Camp Cheerio, located about one hour from campus. After you place your “college stuff” in your room, return with your “camp stuff” to the buses located in front of the gymnasium ready to depart at 2:00 pm. After several fun-filled days, we will return to campus on Thursday, August 22, at approximately 11:00 a.m.
Registration and Cost The total cost for the program is $300 which includes early move-in fees to the University. A minimum deposit of $150 is due with registration. To register, print both the application form AND the medical form and return it to the address on the form as soon as possible, along with the deposit of $150 (made payable to Wake Forest University)). Deadline to apply is July 31. Registration is limited to the first 200 students who respond. Limited scholarships are available. For more minformation, please call the Chaplain’s Office at 336-758-5210.
What to Bring Students are housed in comfortable cabins with attached bathrooms. Bring a sleeping bag or sheets and pillow, towel, toiletries, informal clothing, flashlight, water bottle, rain gear, swimsuit, light jacket or sweater, money for snacks and your Bible.
Religious Life at Wake Forest
As part of fulfilling its mission and achieving its goals, Wake Forest University seeks to encourage students, faculty, administrators and staff to “explore the spiritual dimensions of self and perceptions of the world.” The religious and spiritual components of the University’s programming are intended to encourage the pursuit of meaning through spiritual reflection and free inquiry, enabling a wide circle of inclusion and identifications, advancing mutual understanding and respect among differing traditions, while at the same time fostering Wake Forest’s Baptist history and traditions in real and tangible ways.
Christian Campus Ministry Thirteen Christian student groups representing Protestant, catholic, and Orthodox denominations, as well as non-denominational groups, make Wake Forest University a rich and more diverse environment to the extent that our leanring deepens mutual understanding on one another’s beliefs. The Campus Ministry staff represents:
- Christian denominations (Baptist, Lutheran, Episcopal, Catholic, Orthodox, Reformed University Fellowship, Presbyterian USA (Presbyterian Student Fellowhip and Emmaus) and United Methodist)
- International Campus Ministries of the Triad
- Intervarsity Christian Fellowship
- Campus Crusade for Christ
- Athletes in Action