Renovations to the first floor of Shocco’s Bagley Center include The Station, a one-stop snack/gift shop and hospitality desk.
Photo courtesy of Shocco Springs

Shocco Springs open for summer retreats, camps, day programs

Shocco Springs Baptist Conference Center in Talladega is once again open following weeks of closure due to the coronavirus pandemic.

“Our first camp that’s still on the books is for June 18–22,” Shocco executive director Russell Klinner told TAB Media during the May 19 TAB Talks podcast.

Shocco staff members made the most of the unexpected downtime by gutting and renovating the first floor of Bagley Center. The renovations resulted in The Station, a space that combines the hospitality desk, snack shop and gift shop all into one location.

Other changes include an updated mini-golf course and a new activity called the Adrenaline Jump, in which participants step into a harness and leap from the lakeside Wet Willie tower in an “exhilarating” free fall, said Laurie Mullinax, Shocco’s public relations coordinator.

The cancellation of all LifeWay summer camps for children and students means lots of openings for groups who want to plan their own camps or retreats, Mullinax said.

“In the past we’ve always had to turn away groups because we have been full to capacity during the summer months,” she said. “It’s exciting that we now have available space and an unprecedented opportunity for churches, schools and companies to bring their own groups to experience Shocco, even in the summer.”

Klinner said Shocco has experienced no layoffs or job cuts, but the financial losses sustained over the past few months due to event cancellations has necessitated putting some planned construction projects on hold.

Those funds will instead be used to sustain Shocco amid the losses sustained during the shutdown.

“As always, looking through the rearview, I can see His hand guiding and providing for us at every step,” Klinner said.

Klinner added that many have asked, “How can we help Shocco?” The answer, he said, is to plan an event.

“Let us do what we do best — serve you,” he said.

To schedule an event at Shocco for your group, call 256-761-1100.

Hear the full TAB Talks episode with Klinner at