FCA camp to be held

Published 7:18 pm Sunday, June 8, 2008

By By Adam Robinson – Sports Editor
The third annual Brewton FCA camp for grades first through sixth will be held June 23-26 at T.R. Miller High School and the Brewton YMCA.
The FCA Camp is designed to help give children who have completed 1st grade through those who have completed 6th grade an opportunity for a Christian camp environment that balances both athletic competition and character/integrity development with the message of Jesus Christ.
The camp is staffed by high school athletes and coaches who have a love for athletics and children.
Cost for the camp is $35 and will begin at 8 a.m. on Monday June 23 and 9 a.m. on the remainder of the days.
FCA has been touching millions of lives since 1954. It has been challenging coaches and athletes on the professional, college, high school, middle school and youth levels to use the powerful medium of athletes to impact the world for Jesus Christ. FCA is the largest Christian sports organization in America.
Locally, Randy Winton at First Baptist Church heads up the camp for the week.
The camp is two-fold as it gives the kids that opportunity, but it gives our teenagers the opportunity who are Christian teenagers and the ones trying to do the right thing to be examples to younger kids Winton said.
We have kids who are using gifts they didn't know they had until they got in a group with sweaty first through sixth graders. We expect excellence in our kids. In this community we expect great athletics, we expect them to be great academically and musically. But in all these areas in our lives and the success that this community has seen and what has brought the spotlight on this community, what I worry about is that we don't expect excellence in their spiritual life. So this is an opportunity that challenges us and by the end of the week it's great to watch that development.”
Winton says that the number one goal is through this athletic focused event, some kid is to come to know Christ and to know that he is valued.
During the camp, each age group has a camper of the week and that means that they have been a great camper, teammate for that week.
Huddle leaders are assigned to the age groups during the week and serve as coaches to the kids.
Six stations are played daily on a 15 minute rotation and accumulate points due to win, lose, or tying.
A lot of people help pull the weeklong camp off.
Winton said the ultimate goal is for kids to come to Christ but the next goal is that they have so many kids involved that the high school will hold 3-6 grades and the YMCA have 1-2 grades.
Winton said its not about where you're from but about where we are going and that's the focus.
The week's schedule for the FCA camp is as followed:
MONDAY JUNE 23:
8 a.m. Final registration
9:15 a.m. Opening assembly
9:30 a.m. First huddle group meeting
9:45-11:15 a.m. Lunch (Provided)
11:45 a.m. Huddle devotion
Noon-1:30 p.m. Worship/Challenge with Kevin Jordan, W.S. Neal football coach
2 p.m. dismiss at TRM gym
TUESDAY-WEDNESDAY JUNE 24-25:
9 a.m. Arrive/stretch/pep talk
9:15-10:45 a.m. Station competitions
10:45-11:15 a.m. Lunch (Provided)
11:15-11:30 a.m. Huddle devotion
11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Station competitions/Olympics
1:30 -2 p.m. Worship/challenge with Steve Dickey, YMCA director
(Tuesday) and Cary Lowery, FCA area director (Wednesday)
2 p.m. Dismiss at TRM field house
THURSDAY JUNE 26
9-11:30 a.m. Same schedule as above
Noon-12:40 p.m. Daily Olympics
1-1:30 p.m. Wild Tiger Relay
1:30-2 p.m. Worship/challenge with TRM coach Jamie Riggs
2 p.m. Dismiss at TRM gym
Contact Randy Winton, First Baptist Church youth pastor, at 363-0429 or T.R. Miller football coach Jamie Riggs at 867-8436 for more information.
The FCA camp is run complety by volunteers who give of their time and effort without pay.