The following blog is written by Elevate Intern, Anna-Murphy Martin. Anna-Murphy is a Public Relations major at the University of Georgia with a minor in human development and in religion. Continue reading for her perspective on a recent Elevate event activation.

With Fourth of July right around the corner, pool parties, barbecues, hot weather, and flip-flops are in full swing. For kids it also means no school, sleeping in, spending time with friends and…summer camps.

FCA Power Camps

 
Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA), in partnership with the Chick-fil-A Foundation and Morehouse College, hosts a summer sporting camp for kids in the Westside of Atlanta who otherwise would not likely have an opportunity to attend camp.
 
But this camp is in no way “traditional.” Mid-lunch dance parties, lip sync battles, and an inflatable obstacle course make this camp impossible to miss amid books and students taking summer classes at Morehouse.
 
Andre Rose, or ‘Dre to the kids, uplifts the energy of 8am mornings making sleepy eyes quickly transform into eyes squinting with laughter from the moment camp begins with the Camper Pledge.
 
The Camper Pledge varies slightly each day, but always includes three important rules:

“I pledge to try something I haven’t done before.”

“I pledge to have fun!”

“I pledge to be a kid!”
 
Where the pledge and the campers really get to shine is at the different sporting stations they get to go to each day. Rather than playing football, basketball, or soccer, kids at FCA Power Camps get to interact with non-traditional sports such as archery, yoga, and lacrosse.
 
With these different activities, plus Chick-fil-A for lunch, guest speakers, dance parties and enthusiastic high school and college-aged leaders, achieving the Camper Pledge goes without much effort.
 
Power Camps are an absolute blast, but their impact stretches beyond a single week and can stretch beyond just those who were there.
 
The best part about the Camper Pledge is that it doesn’t just have to be for camp!
 
How can you try something you haven’t done before, have fun, and be a kid today?