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ACU offers summer camps for spiritual and athletic growth

For immediate release
May 28, 2004

Many of the college students have left for the summer, but the campus of Abilene Christian University will be home to thousands of elementary through high school students this summer with 13 summer camp opportunities.

Children entering 1st grade through high school graduates will take part in the camps. Five of the camps are a part of ACU's Leadership Camps program, a group of camp programs calling campers to respond to God with their hearts, minds and lives.  The other camps are part of ACU's athletic program, and offer both day and overnight opportunities for student athletes to build and improve their skills. 

LEADERSHIP CAMPS

Kadesh Life Camp is designed for high school students to experience faith with their heads and their hearts at a turning point in their spiritual journey. The curriculum is focused on a single theme and students are challenged to work out their faith in small group discussions and interaction, group presentations, service projects, and devotionals.  Camp sessions are June 6-12, June 20-26, July 11-17 and July 25-31.  Kadesh is for students entering 10th grade-high school graduates. 

MPulse offers a response to the growing need for a bridge into the faith community for middle school students and encourages the building of Christian community through times of worship, small group interaction, service projects and a challenging curriculum based on New Testament accounts of Christian community.  Camp sessions are June 13-18, June 27-July 2 and July 18-23.  Mpulse is for students entering 7th-9th grades.

Learning to Lead is a faith-building week for upper elementary students. Times of worship, small group interaction and a variety of projects are integrated with recreation and learning to encourage the camper’s ability to lead by serving others. Campers seek to identify, question and apply principles of leadership to their own lives.  Camp sessions are June 13-18, June 27-July 2 and July 18-23.  Learning to Lead is for students entering 4th-6th grades. 

KidQuest Day Camp is designed to provide summer fun and games through learning activities and physical challenges that are child-centered, relying on interest and enthusiasm to motivate youth toward both independent and cooperative development. Who? What? Where? When? and Why? serve as the basis for discovery of new insights on God, one another, and the world around them.  Camp sessions are July 7-11, June 21-27 and July 12-16.  KidQuest is for students entering 1st-3rd grades.  

Cross Training, ACU's newest Leadership Camp (in its third year), is a one week session in the mountains of Sipapu, New Mexico challenging the mind, body, and spirit. Small group Bible studies focus on the call in Luke 9 to follow Jesus, and intense discussions focus on what it means today to deny yourself, take up your cross, and follow Jesus.  Days include hiking, mountain climbing, river rafting, or a challenge course, as well as service to others and times of uplifting praise, prayer, solitude, reflection, and celebration.  Camp session is July 31-Aug. 7.  Cross Training is for students entering 8th grade-high school graduates.

For more information visit the ACU Leadership Camps website at www.acucamps.com, email leadership.camps@campuslife.acu.edu or call 1-888-266-CAMP.

SPORTS CAMPS

Camp Wildcat
Session 1:  A day camp June 21-24 for students entering 2nd-4th grade with a schedule emphasizing spiritual and character development, athletic skill development, fun and safety.  Campers will participate in five sports daily.  Girls:  cheerleading, basketball, soccer, softball and bowling.  Boys:  football, basketball, soccer, baseball and bowling.
Session 2:  A one-week camp June 27-July 1 for students entering 5th-7th grades emphasizing athletics, leadership training and spiritual development.  Campers will participate in six sports each day:  basketball, football (boys only), softball (girls only), baseball (boys only), soccer, cheerleading, bowling, volleyball (girls only) and tennis.  For more information about Camp Wildcat contact Jared Mosley, Camp Director, at 325-674-2287.

Advanced Baseball
An intensive three-day camp June 18-21 for boys ages 13-18 designed to teach baseball skills and provide campers an opportunity for spiritual development through nightly devotionals and a Christian atmosphere.  For more information contact Britt Bonneau at 325-674-2325.

Boys Basketball
A day camp to improve basketball abilities and leadership through drills, small competitions, conditioning stations league games and motivations and lectures in a Christian atmosphere. 
Boys Youth Camp:  A day camp June 1-4 for boys ages 5-9. 
Session 1:  A day camp June 14-17 for boys ages 8-15.
Session 2:  A day camp June 28-July 1 for boys ages 8-15.
For more information contact Clayton Bissett at 325-674-6086 or Josh Graves at 325-674-2889.

Girls Basketball
Camp sessions are designed to give girls the opportunity to develop and improve basketball skills, gain a greater knowledge of the game, receive personalized instruction in small groups for maximum attention from a coaching staff who will lead the campers in physical, mental, social and spiritual growth opportunities.  For more information contact Shawna Lavender at 325-674-2841.
Youth Camp:  A day camp June 1-4 for girls entering 1st-5th grades.  Instruction will be geared to age groups and will focus on the introduction of basic skills through drills and modified games as well as enhance each camper’s personal growth and self-esteem.
Fundamentals Camp:  An overnight camp June 5-8 for girls entering 5th-8th grades.  Campers will be grouped according to age and skill level with teaching sessions featuring the understanding and development of basketball skills as well as the essentials of teamwork and work ethic and daily competitions and personal growth and self-esteem building activities.  
Elite Camp:  An overnight camp June 9-12 for girls entering 9th-12th grades providing instruction at a high level of competition and execution.  Instruction is designed to equip athletes for success on the high school level as well as exposure to collegiate skills.  Each day will include various competitions such as skills games, 1-on-1, 3-on-3 and 5-on-5 league play. 

Track and Field
An overnight option camp June 6-10 for college athletes (excluding entering freshman) and all boys and girls ages 10 and older with a program designed to help athletes improve technique, learn event specific drills and proper conditioning, and event and equipment advising in order to reach their potential while emphasizing Christian values.  For more information contact Jon Murray at 325-674-2711.

Volleyball
Camps sessions are designed to help each participant develop physical and mental skills necessary to excel in volleyball with the basic objectives of skill improvement, developing a “champion” heart and character and using scripture and devotionals to relate God and volleyball.  For more information, call Brek Horn at 325-674-2590
Intermediate Camp:  An overnight camp July 5-9 for players entering 8th and 9th grades to develop basic skills for beginner to intermediate players.
Advanced Camp:  An overnight camp July 11-15 for players entering 10th-12th grades to develop more advanced volleyball skills.  

Softball
Fastpitch softball camp is designed to help participants develop a Christian perspective toward competition, improve physical and mental skills and to develop the character and heart of a champion.  For more information contact Chantiel Wilson at 325-674-2721.
Session 1:  May 31-June 3, morning day camp (9 a.m.-12 p.m.) for girls ages 8-12; afternoon day camp (2:30 p.m.-5:30 p.m.) for girls ages 13-18
Session 2:  June 7-June 10, morning day camp (9 a.m.-12 p.m.) for girls ages 8-12; afternoon day camp (2:30 p.m.-5:30 p.m.) for girls ages 13-18

Tennis
The Road Less Traveled:  An overnight camp May 30-June 4 for recommended ranked players entering 9th-12th grades, designed to prepare players for the intensity tournament play by applying the principles of scripture to athletics to awaken a spirit within players that enables them to play consistently and compete with the right attitude and for the right reasons.  For more information contact Hutton Jones at 325-674-2591.
Tennis Camp:  An overnight camp June 13-18 for students entering 7th-12th grades designed to improve physical and mental skills necessary for tennis, develop a champion heart and character as well as a healthy perspective toward competition.  For more information contact John Walker at 325-674-2218. 

For more information about sports camps or for online registration information visit www.acu.edu/sports/summer_camps.html or call ACU athletics at 325-674-2287.

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