Monmouth College All-Sports Camp
The Monmouth College All-Sports Camp is a total camp experience. Designed to provide children an opportunity to develop skills in a wide range of sports, it also teaches them to have a Christ-like attitude in their relationships, both in sports and in life. In other words, to glorify God on game day and every day. What a Day!™
Psalm 139:13-14: For you created my inmost being I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well.
The Monmouth College All-Sports Camp is a sports camp designed to provide children between the grades 4-9 (completed 3rd grade – entering 9th grade) with an opportunity to have a fun, exciting camp experience where they can explore a wide range of sports and begin to play sports for God’s glory and for their own spiritual growth. We believe that each child has been created by God and for His glory (Isaiah 43:6-7). We also believe that all talents and abilities are gifts from God and should be used to glorify God (Psalm 139:13-14). Through the use of sports, we diligently seek to instill in each child a desire to play sports and live everyday life in a way that glorifies Christ.
The focus of the Monmouth College All-Sports Camp is for children to develop athletic skills in a wide range of sports, rather than concentrating on the competitive aspects of a specific sport. Through participation in a variety of sports, Huddle group times, counselor-to-camper counseling, Paddle™ talks throughout the day and evening, a child’s heart begins to be prepared to pursue God’s calling to serve Him and others with humility and courage. The camp encourages the development of close camper-counselor relationships by keeping all groups and Huddles as small as possible.
Each of the eight letters in the acronym, M-C-P-A-D-D-L-E (Monmouth College Paddle), represents a characteristic of Christianity and sportsmanship. The first award is the paddle itself. To earn the paddle, the camper must follow the Four Golden Rules of the camp, which are:
- Be a good listener.
- Follow instructions.
- Try hard.
- Have fun.
Once the paddle has been awarded, the camper can then earn a brand representing one of the characteristics of Christianity and sportsmanship. The camper’s goal is to earn all eight brands during his/her years at camp.
The Paddle Award™ signifies Christian values learned
“Do everything you say or do in the name of the Lord Jesus. Always give thanks to God the Father through Christ”
Paddle Awards™ help Monmouth College All-Sports Campers develop Christian values and sportsmanship during the week’s activities and during Huddles with counselors. At the end of the week, a council fire is held where campers are recognized as having improved themselves in one of the symbolized areas.
An overview of all of the Christian values and brands: M-C-P-A-D-D-L-E
Ephesians 4:32: Be kind and tender to one another. Forgive each other just as God forgave you because of what Christ had done.
James 1:12: Blessed is the man who keeps on going when times are hard. After he has come through them, he will receive a crown. The crown is life itself. God has promised it to those who love Him.
Philippians 2:3-5: Don’t do anything only to get ahead. Don’t do it because you are proud. Instead, be free of pride. Think of others as better than yourselves. None of you should look out just for your own good. You should also look out for the good of others. You should think in the same way Christ Jesus does.
1 Corinthians 15:58: Always give yourselves completely to the work of the Lord. Because you belong to the Lord, you know that your work is not wasted.
Philipplians 3:13-14: But here is one thing I do. I forget what is behind me. I push hard toward what is ahead of me. I move on toward the goal to win the prize. God has appointed me to win it. The heavenly prize is Christ Jesus Himself.
Hebrews 13:5: God has said, “I will never leave you. I will never desert you.”
Romans 12:11: Never let the fire in your heart go out. Keep it alive. Serve the Lord.