N.C. Wesleyan hosts variety of summer camps


N.C. Wesleyan College plans to host more than 20 summer camps this summer.


From Contributed Reports

Sunday, June 23, 2019

N.C. Wesleyan College’s campus is bustling with activity this summer as the college plans to host more than 20 summer camps, including academic and athletic camps.

Every summer, N.C. Wesleyan opens its campus to a wide variety of camps, each ranging from 25 to 300 students.

Teach for America, returning for its eleventh year, recently kicked off the N.C. Wesleyan Summer Camps. The group significantly extended its stay this year beginning with a 14-day induction phase, followed by an additional 36-day stay later this month. The East Carolina Council Cub Scouts, supported by the United Way Tar River Region, and the Thompson NCWC Basketball Camp held half-day and full-day camps the week of June 10 as well.

The UMC Youth Breakaway is expected to be the largest camp of the summer with 270 students in attendance, followed by the Ed Joyner Mission Camp to wrap up the month of June.

Wesleyan’s Connect: Youth Theology Institute will host two week-long camps for rising 10th- through 12th-grade students for its fourth year in a row on the college’s campus. Connect exists to help high school students connect to Christ, community and the church. The program’s goal is to encourage, empower and equip students to live out their faith wherever God places them.

The Youth Theology Institute presents many opportunities for students to draw closer in their faith and their peers through daily devotionals, small group exercises and prayer. Following students’ week-long experience, students will be placed with a mentor who will help guide them throughout the rest of the year. Students who participate in YTI will be eligible to receive a scholarship opportunity from Wesleyan.

“Connect is a one-of-a-kind experience. To see students from such diverse backgrounds and churches come together in the name of Christ is truly beautiful to witness each summer,” said Mikah Brondyke, director of Connect. “My hope is that students will continue to grow in God’s love for them and others. Love is what it’s all about.”

The Shelton Challenge will return to N.C. Wesleyan’s campus for another six-day residential leadership experience. The Shelton Challenge builds ninth- through 12th-graders’ leadership skills through retired Gen. Hugh Shelton’s five cornerstones of values-based leadership: honesty, integrity, compassion, diversity and social responsibility. Students will participate in team-building activities, service projects and fun activities to get to know one another throughout their experience. A $1,000 scholarship will be offered to students who complete the Shelton Challenge and plan to enroll as a full-time undergraduate student at N.C. Wesleyan.

The Christian Cheerleaders of America camp will bring about 150 cheerleaders to campus at the end of June. Christian Cheerleaders of America is a sports ministry that aims to use cheerleading as a means to disciple young people for Jesus Christ. Campers will be taught fundamental cheerleading techniques along with how to maintain Christian standards in their daily lives.

“Each summer, Wesleyan welcomes approximately 2,500 campers who depend on us to provide detailed customer service and the concentrated attention of a ‘home away from home’ atmosphere,” Wesleyan Summer Camp Director Kimla Brandt said. “It is our goal to provide a partnership that can be trusted year after year to provide excellence in every facet of every day for every camp. If you bring your camp to Wesleyan, we will take exceptional care of you.”

Returning in July for its 24th year at the college is Athens Drive Band, an award-winning high school band from Raleigh.

For a full list of activities and Wesleyan summer camps open to the public, visit the college’s main Facebook page at facebook.com/NorthCarolinaWesleyanCollege/events.