Fellowship of Christian Athletes Sports Camps and Power Camps Train Body, Mind and Spirit
For Nearly 65 Years, FCA Camps Have Helped Young Athletes Reach Their Full Potential Both On and Off the Field
KANSAS CITY, Mo.—The goal of most sports camps is to get that batting average up a bit, hit the soccer goal a little more accurately or shave a few seconds off the race time.
But beyond these skills, Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA, www.fca.org) Camps aim for eternal impact as well. And while athletic skills are built through training and competition, FCA Camps also immerse student-athletes in life lessons that help them grow closer to Christ.
For more than six decades, FCA has focused on building up coaches and athletes around the world through its successful and impactful Camps program each summer. Those who love both sports and Christ can choose from several different types of Camps that serve as a time of “inspiration and perspiration” for coaches, athletes and teams.
“We can’t wait to see what God has in store this summer for the tens of thousands of FCA Camp participants who will not only work on their athletic skills with dedicated and committed coaches and staff, but also spend time getting closer to Jesus and making lifelong Christian friends,” said FCA President and CEO Shane Williamson. “There is nothing in this world more important than initiating and strengthening our relationship with Christ. What an amazing blessing to see young athletes make this a priority early in life!”
Sports Camps and Power Camps—just two types of FCA Camps—focus on intense training in a specific sport, which help young athletes not only improve their game, but their everyday interactions as well.
Sports Camps specifically focus on “Training the Total Athlete” and develop athletes mentally, physically and spiritually. Sports Camps are for athletes and coaches who want to develop their athletic skills through outstanding instruction, skill development and intense competition.
Power Camps develop young athletes in their faith and their sport. Power Camps are typically for young athletes ages 8 to 12 who want to develop their sports skills. These Camps provide excellent instruction and competition through sports-specific and multi-sport focus and are normally day Camps that involve the local community.
FCA Camps truly change lives, as evidenced by the feedback of campers year after year:
- “FCA Camp really showed me to just keep an everlasting relationship with the Lord, because He’s always gonna be there even when you feel no one else is.”
- “The [Camp] experience was life-changing, and I made life-long Christian friends. I had such a great time that I didn’t want to leave. Going to camp was the most rewarding experience I’ve ever had. I grew stronger in my relationship with Christ, and I cannot wait to share the gospel with my peers.”
- “Because of FCA Camp, I now know that simply praying to God isn’t enough. In order to have a relationship with Him, I need to connect with Him through scripture, accountable people and prayer.”
This month, tens of thousands of coaches, athletes and teams are prepping for their potentially life-changing time at more than 700 FCA Camps, as they focus on the theme of “Let’s Go,” based on the Bible verse from Matthew 28:18-20, in which Jesus says, “I have been given all authority in heaven and on earth. Therefore, go and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit. Teach these new disciples to obey all the commands I have given you. And be sure of this: I am with you always, even to the end of the age.”
Meant to be said with emphasis, “Let’s Go” is not only the rally cry for many athletes, coaches and teams, but it also should be the goal of Christians when they consider Christ’s call to the Great Commission.
Last summer, more than 88,000 campers participated in 771 FCA Camps in 43 states and 50 countries. FCA takes the best attributes of an athletic-focused camp and a spiritual-focused camp and combines them into an athletic/spiritual experience like none other. FCA Camps remove athletes and coaches from the routine of their sport, friends, co-workers and community, and place them into an exciting, healthy, athletic environment that allows them to pursue their passion for sport and clearly see and hear Christ’s passion for them.
To find FCA Camps in specific areas or to inquire about volunteering at an FCA Camp, visit www.fcacamps.org. Read more about Fellowship of Christian Athletes here, visit FCA’s website at www.fca.org, its Facebook page at www.facebook.com/fcafans or its Twitter feed @fcanews.