FCA SUMMER CAMPS
Every 5 to 7 years FCA members attend a summer camp. This year the Lady Comets and Lady Dogs from Lutcher joined together to attend the all girls FCA sports camp in Black Mountain, North Carolina. This camp stresses the importance of keeping their faith strong during athletics. A regular day at camp consists of waking up at 6am to get ready for a fun filled day of morning devotional, morning worship, outdoor athletic competitions, huddle time, sports clinics, and free time. Every night, the whole camp participates in an assembly that includes worship, skits, testimonies and an inspiring message by the main speaker. To conclude the night, after worship, the girls would gather in their huddles for a time to wind down and talk about what they learned. The girls nights would end at 11pm in their rooms, for a silent time to reflect on their day.
Every year the camp has a theme; this years theme was “Let’s Go”. The words “Let’s Go”, comes from the bible verse “I have been given all authority in heaven and on earth. Therefore, go and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit. Teach these new disciples to obey all the commands I have given you. And be sure of this: I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” (Matthew 28:18-20).
The graduates from class of ’19 that went to camp this year were Brooke St. Pierre and Kelsie Willams. The seniors were Kelly Campbell, Mallory Fernandez, Estelle Heinold, Cassie Remondet, Morgan Willams, Emily Hotard, and Olivia Keating. The juniors were Destiny Ducote, Sydnie Sims, Taylor Perilloux, Riley Monica, Alyssa Hooge, Lauren St. Martin, Blakely Heltz, and Logan Falgout. The sophomores were Madison Hebert and Azaiyah Moll. The freshman was Jenna Bosco. The chaperones of the trip were Maddie Roussel (class of ’16), Coach Ty Monica, and Coach Kim Lacombe from Lutcher.
Here are some quotes from some of the campers :
“FCA Camp at Black Mountain was one of the best experiences of my life. This opportunity was so great because I was able to grow in my faith and grow to closer to God while surrounded by the mountains and streams, which constantly reminded me of the Lord’s goodness and beauty. Aside from the scenery, I loved participating in the various sports competitions and sports clinics with my friends from school and with new friends I made at camp. Each day in the mountains was filled with competition, prayer, great worship, inspirational talks, and so much more. I believe that all of us who attended FCA Camp in Black Mountain were truly moved by the Lord, and we took what they learned from camp to come back home to spread God’s love and faithfulness in our communities.” said Kelly Campbell.
“FCA Camp was a life-changing experience that helped me grow my faith life tremendously. Being at camp brought me closer to God and helped me engage more into my spiritual life. This camp was one of the best weeks of my life.” said Destiny Ducote.
"My Black Mountain FCA trip was an unforgettable experience shared with great people. God was calling on us, and going was really life changing" said Madison Hebert.
FCA Camp Belhaven Mississippi
Every summer the Fellowship of Christian Athletes(FCA) attend a co-ed leadership camp in Belhaven Mississippi. The camp makes it a point to stay loyal to your faith through athletics. The normal day there consists of a morning meeting with huddles, worship time, athletic activities, and leadership classroom training sessions where they learn how to properly lead people into the faith.
The camp has a new theme each year. This year’s theme was “Let’s Go.”This is from Mathew 28:19-20 where it says “Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.” This past summer 22 senior athletes attended camp, which includes Evan Roussel, Kaile Levantino, Noah Hymel, Jack Chapman, Arjun Iyer, Marcus Forest, Collin Cedotal, Justin Dumas, Dominic Boesen, Jonah Raiford, Anna Guidry, Caroline Roberts, Taelen Jacomine, Emily Hotard, Katelyn Decker, Kelly Campell, Madeline Wilkie, Valerie Perilloux, Mallory Fernandez, Kirstin Wilson, Olivia Keating, and Estelle Heinold.
Quotes From The Student Athletes :
"FCA camp helped me find a deeper connection with God and my friends. I was able to praise the Lord along side my classmates.” said Noah Hymel.
“Camp made me realize how powerful God is and just how important his love can be. I truly believe FCA camp saved me.” said Dominic Boesen.
“The bonds you form in such a short time are unforgettable and everlasting” said Kirstin Wilson.
“Having been to my second year of camp, I knew what was expected and the system of the camp. I have learned that God has done so much for my life and that he continues to bless me and my family.” said Justin Dumas.
“After camp, I not only left with a stronger relationship with God but with others around me as well.” said Anna Guidry.
“It changed my life, Im eternally grateful” said Dwight Berlin.
“The camp was an extremely transformative experience life that deepened my relationship with God.” said Marcus Forest.