ETBU Campus Hosting Various Camps Over the Summerby Mike Midkiff
MARSHALL, Texas (6/11/13)- One would think a visit to the East Texas Baptist University campus in June would find a deserted campus. After all, May Term has concluded and students have checked out of residential halls to return home for the summer. A visit to campus Monday afternoon changes all that as over 400 junior high and high school aged students arrived for week-long Super Summer camp.
Super Summer, conducted by the Youth Evangelism Department of the Baptist General Convention of Texas, is a five-day leadership training experience for Christian young people with leadership qualities. Arriving campers were greeted by team leaders waving flags, dressed in costumes and high fives inviting them to participate in a carnival type atmosphere with various games and activities as they picked up their registration packets.
"Students come from all over Texas to attend Super Summer,” said Mandy Meeker, Assistant Camp Director and a staff member of the BGCT Youth Evangelism Department. "The ages are eighth graders through graduating seniors.”
"We ask the local churches to send us their students who are actively involved in their youth group as leaders and we enhance what the youth ministers are all ready doing in their churches. Our team leaders give them a week of solid teaching, instruction and guidance,” she added.
Super Summer of Texas has been going strong for 40 summers. Camps have been held each year at various other Texas Baptist universities. Since 1991, ETBU has hosted a session for these young Christian leaders.
The Bible study sessions, small group and worship times are mixed in with recreation activities for the campers. The fun and games are planned and provided by the ETBU Rec Team, who are current students.
According to ETBU Admissions Counselor and supervisor of the ETBU Rec Team Kyle Brewer, these games are uniquely fun. "One of the traditional Super Summer rec games is human foosball. The campers will link arms with each other and the intramural field becomes like a foosball table and they play human foosball,” Brewer said as he passed out water to arriving campers on a hot East Texas afternoon.
Serving on the ETBU Rec Team are: Anna Alonzo of Marshall, Taylor Brent of New Caney, Greg Gaston of Marietta, Lacey Lasater of Mabank, April Leonard of Quitman, La., Jeremy Rhodes of Bullard, Annaleise Schuler of Murphy, Madeline Tinney of Waco, Lauren Turner of Spring, Shelbie Welk of Caddo Mills, and Ben Wilson of San Antonio.
After Super Summer leaves on Friday, ETBU will also host other camps during the summer. ETREYS, which is a leadership camp for high school sophomores and juniors, is sponsored by nine East Texas electric cooperatives, to be held June 24-28. Cross Camp, which is a youth Christian Camp, will hold two sessions on the ETBU Campus, June 24-28, and July 1-6. Cross Camp is planned by a group of churches in Louisiana. The Texas Speech and Debate Camp, which helps students and debate coaches improve their skills for University Interscholastic League competitions, will be held July 15-20th.
ETBU Football is hosting The NFL High School Player Development Program on June 13-14 at Ornelas Stadium. This free football camp focuses on character development, life skills, and football fundamentals. ETBU Softball is hosting three different camps for various age groups, June 17-18 (10th-12th grade), June 19-20 (7th grade-12th grade), and June 24-26 (1st-6th grade). ETBU Women’s Basketball will hold Advance Skills Clinic for basketball athletes who want to fine-tune their basketball skills and reach their full potential.
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