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N.C. Wesleyan hosts summer camps

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The Connect: Youth Theology Institute hosted two weeklong camps this summer at N.C. Wesleyan College.

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From Contributed Reports

Thursday, September 20, 2018

N.C. Wesleyan College recently wrapped up its summer full of camps just in time to welcome students back to campus.

Every summer, the college opens its campus to a wide variety of camps, each hosting anywhere from 20 to 250 students.

Teach for America kicked off the summer camp season, returning for its tenth year. This year, Teach for America moved all program training from Alabama to Wesleyan, extending their stay from five days to two weeks. While here, these teachers graciously performed clean-up service projects throughout campus. Along the same time, the Cub Scouts of America held day camps for area scouts where they could have fun while testing their skills. Nonprofit organization, Activate Drama, held theater camps for K-12 students, performing three productions throughout the summer.

Connect: Youth Theology Institute hosted two weeklong camps for rising 10th- through 12th-grade students. The institute is designed to help high school students deepen their faith journey and equips them with the tools needed to discern and answer God’s call in their lives. One goal of the program is to shed light on ministry opportunities where young people can serve in their communities. Students participating in the program are eligible to receive a scholarship opportunity from Wesleyan.

“I love Connect because it brings people together under one name, Jesus Christ! This year we saw barriers broken down and masks taken off as teenagers and staff members reveled in God’s love for them and others,” said Mikah Brondyke, N.C. Wesleyan director of the Youth Theology Institute. “We hope to see more and more students from local churches come and experience God’s love for them.”

The largest group of the summer was the United Methodist Church Youth Breakaway camp, which brought almost 250 students to campus. The goal of this year’s camp was to model the importance of choices, the very real consequences of decisions and the need to live a life that benefits others. After a brief break for Independence Day, the Shelton Leadership Challenge, based on Gen. Hugh Shelton’s five cornerstones of value-based leadership, returned to Wesleyan for its eighth year. Shortly thereafter, the Northeast District 4-H held its Agriculture Science Camp for rising sixth- through 10th-grade students.

“What is unfailingly communicated from summer camps is how Wesleyan can be trusted as a home away from home — a place filled with kind, efficient and supportive staff,” said Wesleyan Summer Camp Director Kimla Brandt.

Athens Drive High School band camp returned for its 23rd year, filling campus with the sound of music. Rounding out the summer was Kipp Pride High School, which brought over 160 students to Wesleyan to give them a feel for what college life is like.

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