FCA Camp time: Brewton, TRM to have annual FCA camp
The fifth annual Brewton FCA camp for grades first through sixth will be held Monday, June 28 through Thursday, July 1 at T.R. Miller High School and the Brewton Area 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 $40 and will begin at 8 a.m. on Monday June 28 and 9 a.m. on the remainder of the days. Money for the camp is due by Tuesday, June 15.
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 with Brewton’s First Baptist Church heads up the camp for the week.
Winton said 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.
“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,” Winton said. “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 winning, losing, or tying.
Winton said its not about where you’re from but about where we are going and that’s the focus.
Last year, the camp started the Jim Hayes Award with Jones Manning being the first winner of the award.
In 1988, Hayes attended a Fellowship of Christian Athletes sports camp in Black Mountain, N.C.
The T.R. Miller football player told his family and friends the camp changed his life.
Just two weeks after the camp, Jim was killed when a car hit him while he was riding his bike in Destin. He was just 16 years old.
Jim, the son of Dr. Bob and Ellen Hayes, was honored at the fourth annual Fellowship of Christian Athletes camp last year in Brewton with an award named for him.
The Jim Hayes Award will be given again this year to a sixth-grade camper at the end of the camp.
Dr. Hayes will present the award on the last day of the camp to the sixth grader who has been to camp at least three years and exemplifies the pillars of being a Christian athlete and what FCA stands for.
Winton said locally the camp averages 80 kids and it’s growing and is starting to come full-circle now heading into its fifth year.
The local FCA camp is run completely by volunteers who give of their time and effort without pay.
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 speakers of the worship/challenge will be announced at camp.
The week’s schedule for the FCA camp is as followed:
MONDAY JUNE 28:
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. Station competitions
11:15 a.m. Lunch
11:45 a.m. Huddle devotion
Noon-1:30 p.m. Station competition/ Daily Olympics
1:30-2 p.m. Worship/Challenge
2 p.m. Dismiss (pick up children at TRM Field house)
TUESDAY-WEDNESDAY JUNE 29-30:
9 a.m. Arrive/stretch/pep talk
9:15-10:45 a.m. Station competitions
10:45-11:15 a.m. Lunch
11:15-11:30 a.m. Huddle devotion
11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. Station competitions/ Daily Olympics
1:30 -2 p.m. Worship/challenge
2 p.m. Dismiss at TRM field house
THURSDAY July 1
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