FCA Power Camp draws big numbers
by Galen Shelton
Jul 01, 2014 | 704 views | 0 0 comments | 25 25 recommendations | email to a friend | print
The Southern Illinois Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA) puts on five “power camps” during the month of June. This year’s menu included the flagship camp at Carbondale, Union County at Anna, Perry County at DuQuoin, Massac County and a new one in Saline County at Eldorado.

Chaplain/coach Roger Lipe had nothing but high praise for the Massac camp, which concluded last week.

“Carbondale is our longest running and usually our largest camp, but this one here in Metropolis is a close second, and it may have been our best run camp this year,” he said.

FCA camps are free to kids who will be entering fifth- through eighth-grades in the fall. Kids are also provided breakfast and lunch and, if needed, transportation.

Instruction is provided by area coaches along with area high school athletes. Participants can choose a couple of sports for instruction.

Lipe commented that sports, as important as it is to young athletes, are still just a ways to a means.

“We want to provide the best instruction we can, but let’s face it — how many of these kids are going to make a living with sports? We want more than anything to instill or stimulate a love of God in these young people and for that to carry on the rest of their lives,” he said.

Lipe praised the staff that helped conduct the camp.

“The coaches, the high school kids that helped, the administration, Mr.. (Lewis) Bowles — this is just a great group of folks to work with,” he said.
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