During the week of June 24, 385 elementary school kids gathered in Mooresville to go on special ops missions, make music videos and eat Chick-fil-A sandwiches.
They enjoyed this taste of kid-heaven at WinShape Camp for Communities, a day camp sponsored by Peninsula Baptist and Chick-fil-A on River Highway.
Leaders organized the campers into tribes, and all week the kids sported their tribe colors, shouted their tribe cheers and tried to earn tribe points.
Each kid also got to choose three skill tracks for the week. In addition to secret ops and music videos, their choices included wacky science, cooking and digital photography, along with the more typical sports and craft options.
The cost per camper was $189, but 143 of the kids received full scholarships. These kids are part of the Food for Days weekend food program through the local schools. Individual members of Peninsula Baptist funded most of the scholarships.
Other local partners included Papa John’s, Sweet Dreams Mattress, Teri's Kidz Consignment, Brusters, St. Mark Lutheran, The Bridge Church and Eastside Baptist.
S. Truett Cathy, founder of Chick-Fil-A, started WinShape Camps in 1985 to offer young people life-skills, adventure and a deeper understanding of God. Initially, WinShape offered only overnight camps, but in 2008, Ken Thomas launched the day camp program “to impact communities with the message of Jesus Christ.”
This summer marked the second year Peninsula Baptist has hosted WinShape on its campus.
According to Peninsula Baptist children’s director Katrina Dorrah, the 70 volunteers and 27 WinShape summer staff strove to “over-deliver.”
Judging from the joy on the kids’ faces, they seemed to have succeeded.