Masterpiece came out of a need seen by Gordon and Sherrie Rogers and Tim and Nancy Botts. They have some very creative kids. When those kids were in high school, there were church camps and sports camps but there were few arts camps. So, eventually, they came up with the idea of a summer arts camp called Masterpiece.
Our main program is the Masterpiece Summer Projects, which are our week-long summer camps, which are currently held in June and July each year.
The orthodox beliefs of the Apostle’s Creed and a deep commitment to the life-transforming power of the gospel of Jesus Christ is the foundation of every aspect of Masterpiece. Our daily schedule is a reflection of our desire to honor our Creator God and to see the gifts he has given to his children to be cultivated to flourish and to point to his goodness, creativity and love.
Depending on the year we may or may not need volunteers to help at camp or on various aspects of our ministry. Please contact Sherrie Rogers if you are interested in serving with Masterpiece.
Our camp is offered to high school students who have just completed the 8th grade through students who have just completed the 11th grade and are going into their senior year.
June 14-20, 2020 at Wheaton College in Wheaton IL and June 21-27 and July 12-18, 2020, at Cumberland University in Lebanon, TN. Registration opens December 1, 2019!
Online registration for 2020 Masterpiece Camps is open!
Registration is open for 2020 camps! Camps fill up fast, so the earlier you register the better.
The cost for camp including a $100 registration fee before February 1, 2020 is $650. The cost after February 1 is $700.
Yes. We use part of our funding to help families with various levels of financial support when needed. Please contact Sherrie Rogers with your specific need.
We enroll only 40 students per camp. Group dynamics, the size of the facility that we use, but most importantly, the quality of relationships we nurture within our camp community have influenced this decision.
For a student’s perspective of a day at camp, please read the thoughts of our recent alumnus, Emily Trowbridge.
Our camp is a one week experience—Sunday afternoon through Saturday noon. Our camp schedule includes many activities, but the students choose one primary Studio in which they will spend approximately 15 hours. With only 40 students we have chosen to offer 5 studios per camp week. Studios could be Drawing/Painting, Songwriting, Drama/Improvisation, Creative Writing, Dance, Animation or Photography. Read below for more on what studios we offer each year and how a student decides which to take.
The rest of camp is filled with our wonderfully unique Collaborative Project experience; several visiting speakers on the integration of Art & Faith; afternoon workshops; community & personal worship; Open Mic opportunities; and a host of other fun opportunities with friends.
Drama/Improvisation, Songwriting, and Visual Arts (Drawing/Painting) are our core studios. To these we add Creative Writing, Dance and additional forms of Visual Arts like Photography, Film and Film Animation – varying through the years. So each year the offerings look a bit different depending on our students and our staff.
Students are asked their preference before camp but do not actually commit to a Studio until they meet staff and hear more about the studio content on the first night of camp.
June 14-21 camp will meet on Wheaton College campus, 501 College Ave., Wheaton, IL 60187. June 21-27 and July 12-18, 2020 camps will meet at Cumberland University, 1 Cumberland Square, Lebanon, TN 37087.
Students may fly into either Midway or O’Hare airports on the Sunday the June camp in Wheaton, IL begins or fly into the Nashville airport in June and July, for the camps at Cumberland University – where staff will pick up students, or parents may drive their student to camp for Sunday registration. Registration begins at 2pm on Sundays.
Camp ends on Saturday. Family and friends are invited to come to camp on Saturday at 10am to participate in the final day of camp. It’s a day of celebration as families will be able to see what their student accomplished at camp in the Collaborative Project and hear a little more about their week at Masterpiece. Afterwards, we have a lunch for everyone. If you are unable to attend, that is ok. Your student will be taken to the airport for their flight home on Saturday evening.
At Masterpiece Summer Project we always make every effort to accommodate food allergies. We always have someone in the kitchen who is familiar with cooking with food allergies, and we always have a staff member who works with students to make sure that they are getting the food they need. Please indicate your student’s specific dietary needs on the registration form or contact Sherrie Rogers if you have questions.
Packing Lists for camp will be posted as we get closer to camp season.