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ACU summer camps offer programs for spiritual and athletic development

For immediate release
May 31, 2005

With many of the college students gone for the summer, the campus of Abilene Christian University will soon become the home of 13 summer camps for children first grade through high school graduates. 

Thousands of campers will come to ACU to attend one of the five ACU Leadership Camps designed to call campers to respond to God with their hearts, minds and lives or attend one of the eight day and overnight sports camps offered through the Department of Athletics and designed to develop and improve athletic skills while integrating faith into competition and individual athletic growth.     


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 5-11, June 19-25, July 10-16 and July 24-30.  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 12-17, June 26-July 1 and July 17-22.  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 12-17, June 26-July 1 and July 17-22.  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 6-10, June 20-24, July 11-15 and July 25-29.  KidQuest is for students entering 1st-3rd grades.  

Cross Training, ACU's newest Leadership Camp (in its fourth 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 30-Aug. 6.  Cross Training is for students entering 8th grade-high school graduates.

For more information visit the ACU Leadership Camps website at, email or call 1-888-266-CAMP.


Camp Wildcat
Session 1:  A day camp June 20-23 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 July 10-July 14 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, as well as daily devotionals and Bible studies.

For more information about Camp Wildcat contact Lee Fletcher, Camp Director, at 325-674-2817 or 325-674-9679 or email

Session 1:  Junior Slugger Day Camp is for boys ages 14 and under to teach and build basic baseball skills through three-hour sessions June 8-10
Session 2:  Silver Slugger Advanced Camp is an intensive three-day camp July 17-20 for boys ages 14-18 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
Boys' basketball camps are day camps designed to improve basketball abilities and leadership through drills, small competitions, conditioning stations league games and motivations and lectures in a Christian atmosphere.
Session 1:  Held June 3-5, this camp is designed for high school varsity and junior varsity teams.
Session 2:  Boys' Youth Camp is a day camp June 6-9 for boys ages 5-9.  Registration deadline is June 3. 
Session 3:  A day camp June 20-23 for boys ages 8-15.  Registration deadline is June 17.
Session 4:  A day camp June 27-June 30 for boys ages 8-15.  Registration deadline is June 24.

For more information contact Clayton Bissett at 325-674-6086 or email at, or contact Brian Thrift 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. 
Session 1:  Youth Camp is a day camp June 6-9 for girls entering 1st-5th grade.  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.
Session 2:  Fundamentals Camp is an overnight camp June 11-14 for girls entering 5th-8th grade.  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.  
Session 3:  Elite Camp is an overnight camp June 15-18 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.

For more information contact Shawna Lavender at 325-674-2841.

Junior Wildcat Football Camp
Junior Wildcat Football Camp are day camps conducted by Chris Thomsen, head football coach, and his staff on the basic fundamentals of the game of football.   Campers will be grouped together by age and skill level.  The camp is designed to help campers learn the basic skills needed to excel in athletics.
Session 1:  A day camp June 6-8 for ages 8-13. 
Session 2:  A day camp June 13-15 for ages 8-13. 

For more information contact Cody Farrell, Camp Director, at 325-674-2888 or email at, or contact Chris Thomsen, head football coach, at 325-674-2042.

Track and Field
An overnight camp June 5-9 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.  Registration deadline is June 1.  

For more information contact Jon Murray, Camp Director, at 325-674-2711 or email at

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. 
Session 1:  Intermediate Camp is an overnight camp July 5-9 for players entering 8th and 9th grades to develop basic skills for beginner to intermediate players.
Session 2:  Advanced Camp is an overnight camp July 10-14 for players entering 10th-12th grades to develop more advanced volleyball skills.  

For more information, call Brek Horn at 325-674-2590

Session 1:  The Road Less Traveled is an overnight camp May 29-June 3 for recommended ranked players only entering 9th-12th grades.  This camp is designed to prepare players for the intensity of 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 or John Walker at 325-674-2218. 

Session 2:  Tennis Camp is an overnight camp June 12-17 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, Camp Director, at 325-674-2218. 

For more information about sports camps or for online registration information visit or call ACU athletics at 325-674-2287.