Category Archives: Camp Reports

2015 Team Football Camp

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Volleyball Camp 2014

The first ever FCA Volleyball Camp in Charlotte was a huge success due to the commitment of coaches to bring their athletes and to our leaders who did an exceptional job of sharing their lives and Biblical truth with the campers.

High School athletes were instructed by college coaches and former college players.  Each athlete had the chance to receive excellent instruction while also receiving “ALL IN” devotional messages from our leaders.  In addition to the testimonies, the ladies were divided into huddles and met with a leader for discussion and sharing that was the highlight of the day.

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A surprise highlight was our “guys panel” where three young men shared their thoughts and answered questions that girls always want to know about how guys feel, act, and relate.  Our guys did an awesome job and were authentic, honest, and hilarious.

This camp will prove to be a springboard for Vance, Stuart Cramer, and IMG_3826Lake Norman Charter to experience spiritual growth and outreach through their teams.

Winter Blitz College Conference 2014 a Tremendous Success


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Words can’t begin to describe all that happened this past weekend at the FCA Winter Blitz College Conference.  There were 155 students and athletes from 18 different universities across North and South Carolina.  We took 51 of the 49ers from UNC CharlotteThree of our students surrendered their lives to Jesus while we were there.  Pictures and some powerful testimonies are below – I strongly encourage you to read them!  Love y’all. Much love from the Niner Nation.

2014 FCA Winter Blitz - 49er crew*We received this from a freshman girl we have been praying for since August:

I can’t thank you enough for giving me the opportunity to attend Winter Blitz this year.  This was going to be my first time at a Christian camp and I didn’t know what to expect, but you would be happy to know I went to Camp Thunderbird with an open heart.  Friday was an eye opener, for the first time in my entire life during worship I felt Christ in my presence. It was the most amazing feeling.  The words in the Bible weren’t just words; they were the Word of God.  They finally had a meaning to me.Saturday I felt something in my heart that was different from anything I’ve ever felt. I knew I was ready to follow Him and I did just that on Saturday night. If I had not been given this opportunity I would not feel the way I do today and I really can’t thank you enough for your kind heart. God bless you. Love always, your sister in Christ. [UNC Charlotte female athlete]

 I just wanted to say thank you. You changed my life this weekend. I felt something different this year and I loved it. You not only helped me but as I changed I told my girlfriend about it and she was wanting to change awhile back but I wasn’t there yet so she didn’t. But as I changed so did she. I just want to thank you again sincerely. I feel like a different man now. [UNC Charlotte football player]

 

The message on the first night is one that hit home for me personally.  The theme 2014 FCA Winter Blitz - guys prayingof the message was that “God’s power is made perfect in our weaknesses”.  I have read that scripture several times but it had a whole new meaning for me.  I struggle with insecurity, anxiety, and not feeling qualified enough to share Christ. This weekend I learned that my struggles are not an accident and that God uses our struggles and weaknesses to glorify Himself! This weekend left me in complete awe of who God is. It left me with a greater desire to know Him more and to make His name known in all that I do. [UNC Charlotte student]

 I made a lot of new friends and we came together as brothers and sisters. I was especially heart warmed that the athletes took me under their arms even though I am technically not a college athletic competitor. [UNC Charlotte student]

 PRESS ON

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UNC Charlotte Campus DirectorRyan Pic

Fellowship of Christian Athletes

 

2014 Charlotte Area Camp Dates Announced

FCA.allin.logo.reverseThe theme for this year’s FCA Camps will be “All In” from Colosians 3:17

“And whatever you do, in word or in deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through Him.  
We are so excited to double the capacity for our Team Football Camps and offer two girls camps for team volleyball and team basketball.  Here are the dates and let us know how we can help get you or your team to camp.
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FCA Charlotte Team Football Camp 2013 Participant info.

relentlesslogoFCA Team Football Camp is designed for a high school football team to attend as a group along with their own coaches and trainers.  FCA staff and volunteers will facilitate the logistics of the camp and the coaches will be responsible for their teams both on and off the field.  Our goal is to provide an atmosphere where relationships build between players and coaches in an environment that encourages their spiritual growth.

We are fortunate to be working with UNC Charlotte and their fabulous facilities.  UNCC_Logo_1cHousing will be in one of the High rise dormatories, meals will be in the cafeteria, football will take place on the new intramural fields which are all turf, and our meetings will take place in the Student Union.

Additional Info:

This is a Non-Contact Camp.  Athletes will be required to wear helmets at all times while participating.

Cost:  $160 per athlete, includes all meals, lodging, athletic events, and programing.

Campers will receive a camp T-Shirt, lanyard, and Study Bible.

Each team will be housed together with their coaches. Two beds per room with each team on a separate floor.  Security will be provided at all times.

Personal Items to bring:  Twin bedding, pillow, towels, all toiletries.

Waiver Forms:  All forms must be completed prior to camp.  No athlete will be allowed on the fields until forms are submitted and approved.  Please notify camp staff of any food allergies prior to camp.  If any camper carries EPI pens or Inhalers they must be registered with the Camp Trainer and should be noted on the student waiver form.

Camp Store:  UNCC will have a mini store (located in the cafeteria) open at various times during the camp.  Drinks and snacks will be available for a charge.

Here is the tentative schedule for the camp.camp schedule pdf

Here is the student/athlete waiver Student Permission Waiver1-1

Here is the campus map UNCC Campus Map Dorms – Labeled

For additional information or questions respond to mtalbot@fca.org

FCA Team Football Camp announced for Summer 2013

As part of the continued ministry growth in the Greater Charlotte area, The Fellowship of Christian Athletes has announced an agreement to hold Team Football Camp at UNC Charlotte June 27-29.  Image

This is a tremendous opportunity for coaches to spend quality time with their teams during the summer focused on Football, Fellowship, and their relationship with Christ.

FCA Camp takes the best attributes of an athletic-focused camp and a spiritual-focused camp and combines them into an experience like none other. FCA Camp removes athletes and coaches from the rut and routine of their sport, friends, and community and places 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.

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FCA Leadership Camp

Recently I had the opportunity to participate in a FCA Leadership Camp at UNC Wilmington with over 100Image high school and middle school athletes. I was a huddle leader (FCA lingo for small group leader). At the beginning of the week each huddle leader is assigned 6-8 athletes. It is the huddle leader’s responsibility to watch over these athletes and enhance their spiritual growth throughout the week.   I was blessed with seven wonderful young men to mentor for the week. We had a great time getting to know one another through competition, corporate worship, small group discussion, and just hanging out with each other.

Each morning of the camp started with a devotion and quiet time. After that, everyone met for a morning worship session that consisted of great music and a daily challenge that our speaker presented to the athletes, coaches, and staff members. After morning worship, everyone participated in camp wide competitions that consisted of volleyball, football, basketball, and kickball. Each huddle played one another and I believe this was the biggest contributor to the camaraderie that was developed among my huddle. As we have all seen before, there aren’t many things that bring a group of people together more than competing as a team. These competitions were a great time and an even better learning experience for the athletes. After each event, the huddles would come together and pray with one another. Some of the athletes mentioned how powerful it was to see opponents come together in prayer after they finished competing against one another. I think this opened the eyes of a lot of the athletes present that it is possible to participate in fierce, healthy, and Godly competition against opponents.

Image           In the afternoon, athletes attended small group sessions that equipped them to be FCA student leaders on their campus. These sessions consisted of teaching student leaders the principles of FCA campus ministry as well as the process that is required to start and sustain an active FCA ministry on their campus. To cap off each night of camp, everyone attended a Spirit filled corporate worship session. These worship sessions consisted of music, skits, testimony, and a powerful message from the speaker. During the first night of worship, six athletes received Christ. This was a powerful night as everyone rejoiced and praised God for moving so greatly. The Spirit of God was so thick during that night of worship that everyone could feel it move.

I am thankful that God allowed me to be a part of this camp. It is powerful to see what God is doing on campuses in our area through the lives of athletes and coaches. Having the opportunity to pour into young people’s lives is one of the most rewarding things I could ever do. Thank you for your continued support because stories like these would not be possible without you.

Lincoln Lawing

FCA Staff – Gaston County, NC

Report from FCA Girls Camp at Black Mountain, NC

Report from Bethany Trouville, Future FCA Charlotte Staff 

I got a chance to spend a week at our FCA Girls Multi-Sport Black Mountain Camp June 25-29th and it was amazing!  We had 89 campers (ranging from middle school thru high school girls), 12 huddle leaders (consisting of female college athletes) and 17 camp staff.

Black Mountain is a breathtakingly beautiful place located near Asheville N.C. and is the perfect location for camp.  The huddle leaders and I arrived on Saturday morning for 2 full days of training, fellowship and prayer before camp.  The campers arrived on Monday around lunch time and after checking-in and getting settled in their rooms, camp began.  The daily routine consisted of morning devotions, breakfast, sports competitions, huddle group time where they got deeper into God’s Word, lunch, sport specific clinics, free time, dinner, evening chapel and finished the night with another huddle group time to reflect on the day and again dig deeper into God’s Word.

Throughout the week, God did a mighty work in the lives of many of the campers through the chapel speakers and huddle leaders.  All in all, we had 17 girls accept Jesus as their Savior for the first time and about 27 of them re-dedicated their lives to Christ! For those of you who follow me on Facebook, you saw my status that I was humbled to get a chance to speak to 4 girls after an evening chapel as 3 of the girls made the decision to re-dedicate their lives and 1 girl gave her life to Christ for the first time!  I was blown away by the stories of these young ladies and what they were dealing with at such a young age but rejoiced with them knowing that they can rest fully in the Father’s loving arms and He will be their everything!!!  It was an AWESOME week of camp and I give all glory and honor to God for His mighty works!  I also want to Thank You for being a part of His ministry with FCA and pray you also rejoice with me in knowing that we now have more sisters in Christ and more Christian athletes growing in their faith and making an impact for Christ in their schools and on their sports teams!!! I have attached a few pictures for you! The first is the view from our cabin, second is one of our huddle groups and third is of some of our campers during a worship song!  Enjoy!

Prayer Requests:

– For the girls who made commitments during camp to grow in their faith and really live it out and impact their communities for Christ

– FCA camp staff as they continue to minister to student athletes all summer

– For God to raise up more support/donors as I’m only at 32% and need to be at 90% to be on staff full time

His Servant,

Bethany Trouville