If you’ve kept up with my blog for a while, you probably “heard” me talk about Bible Bee Summer Study. But what exactly is the Bible Bee Summer Study?
The Summer Study encourages anyone between the ages 7-18 (age as of November 13 of the current year) to learn more about the Bible by reading, memorizing, and studying the Bible. The Summer Study last 8 weeks (from June 7 to August 12 this year) and at the end of the study, Summer Study participants can take the qualifying test if they wish. If they rank top 120 in their division, they can advance to Nationals (unsure if this year’s Nats will be in-person).
So how does the Summer Study work?
The Summer Study uses the Discovery Journal (DJ), which is a PDF or hardcopy book that tells you what your daily reading is, what passages you need to memorize, Greek and Hebrew words (if Junior/Senior), and has activities and other exercises related to your Bible work. Bible Bee uses the following Bible translations: NASB, NIV (’11), ESV, NKJV, and KJV. The DJ uses a mix of these versions, however, most of the verses in the DJ will need to be looked up in the version of your choice.
Summer Study participants have the option of joining a host group. Host groups are located almost everywhere. (Click here to see if there’s one near you.) Due to the fact the nearest host group is in another state and my mom isn’t up to the idea, I haven’t joined one. However, I’ve heard great things from the people who are in host groups. If host groups aren’t an option, you can join the Online Participant Community (you can join even if you’re in a host group). I highly suggest you join the OPC as you will find many resources, tips, and contests. (You may also find a new pen pal through the Community like I did.) You will probably find a lot of inside jokes there too and a few Bible version wars.
Last year (2020) was my first year doing the Summer Study. I’m so thankful I did the SS. I “met” a lot of amazing people (like Grace, Sierra, and Susanna A.). I learned how to actually study the Bible and I got motivated to memorize more Bible. I learned so much about TRUST, which was definitely needed during 2020.
I asked some Bible Bee friends to write out how Bible Bee has helped them. Here’s what they said:
Bible Bee has given me life experience. I applied for a job recently and noticed all the NBBC related experience on my resume. It wasn’t only directly contest related – there were clubs and programs I started, plus organizational projects I helped with. These provided experience for the clerical job.
– By Macy C.
Bible Bee has impacted my walk with God more than I could imagine. From memorizing Scripture on my own to starting a Bible study with non-BBers at my church, the Lord has used Bible Bee to bring His Word to life and equip me for His work.
– by Rachael E.
Bible Bee has helped me truly love the study of God’s word. It has spurred me on to store truth in my heart, and the times that God’s word has sprung to my mind and helped me are countless.
– Josie P.
Bible Bee has given me a greater understanding and love for God’s Word, teaching me how to study it more effectually. I’ve also developed many friendships. But most of all, Bible Bee has taught me how to trust the Lord for every day, every moment, and in everything I do.
– Alanna B.
This year’s theme is WITNESS. I’m very excited to find out what the Study Passage will be.
Still not sure convinced? Click here to see a post by a fellow Bible Bee-er! I hope you consider doing the Bible Bee Summer Study this year!
Are you interested in the Summer Study? Are you a Bible Bee-er?