Camp, July 
13, 2013

Theme: “Geology, Reptiles, and Amphibians”

“But now ask the beasts, and let them teach you;
or speak to the earth, and let it teach you” (Job 12:7a, 8a).

This year, our teachers will be Dr. Gene Sattler and Dr. Marcus Ross, both from Liberty University.  We will be studying:

  • Geology from a Young Earth perspective, including field trips to view some formations that debunk an old earth model
  • Reptiles and amphibians

There is a specific emphasis on hands-on scientific inquiry. This emphasis grows out of two realizations:

  1. During those years, there is an interest is the world about them, which rivals their interest as toddlers. The difference is that now they desire a better intellectual understanding, are starting to think logically, and are able to make a connection between disciplines. Nurturing this interest is part of the reason for this camp.
  2. There is considerable confusion in our modern world as to how God and His Word mesh with science. The media portrays science to be at odds with faith, and people of  the faith to be unscientific thinkers. At this camp the goal is to help the campers understand  that God created the world with intricate and precise detail, and that He created us in His image with minds that can understand this design and see His glory revealed in it.

Science Camp at the Machen Center is especially designed for those between the ages of 10 and 16. The timetable is Monday through Saturday and students are grouped according to age level for rigorous scientific study with professionals from each field under concern.

There will be daily Bible Study and Chapel with an OP pastor,  as well as plenty of time for fellowship and games.  July’s changeable weather in the mountains of Virginia can bring some challenges, but that just adds to memorable camp stories. There is always a need for more staff, so be sure to contact Organizer Diane Ippolito ( if you would like to volunteer.


Gene Sattler, Ph.D.

Gene Sattler, Ph.D. is Professor of Biology at Liberty University. From Dr. Sattler’s profile at Liberty University: “He grew up in Toledo, Ohio, his first love is birds, and he listens to classical music. He has worked as a summer naturalist and as a zookeeper at the Toledo and Cincinnati Zoos. His doctoral research at the Smithsonian Institution used molecular markers to examine the genetics, behavior, morphology, and ecology of hybridizing Black-capped and Carolina chickadees. In the fall he spends time on the “Bald Spot” documenting local hawk migration, and also bands migrating Northern Saw-whet Owls in the area. His wife, Christy, formerly worked as a children’s nurse, and now home schools their twin daughters Katherine and Hannah.”

Marcus Ross, Ph.D.

Marcus Ross, Ph.D. is Associate Professor of Geology at Liberty University and Assistant Director of the Center for Creation Studies. From Dr. Ross’s profile at Liberty University: “Marcus Ross has loved paleontology (especially dinosaurs) since he was a kid growing up in Rhode Island.  He has continued pursuing this passion, currently researching about a group of extinct marine reptiles called mosasaurs.  He is greatly interested in issues surrounding the creation-evolution controversy and the intersection of geology with the Biblical events of creation and Noah’s Flood.  He and his wife Corinna live in Lynchburg, Virginia.”

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