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Camp lets kids explore track events, Bible

When a friend asked Rob Craig to train his daughter in the summer of 1998 for track and field, the two men decided to start a running camp through North Wake Church.

The first year, 43 kids came to the camp. It has grown each year and will serve more than 650 kids this year during two weeklong sessions.

Over the years, the camp has made a lasting impact on many of the campers’ lives. Some have been brought to faith, and some have gone on to excel at a collegiate level in track and field.

“Kids are so excited about the camp and want to come back each year,” said Craig, who serves as camp director. “They love the activities and the variety. It is truly a track and field camp that exposes them to all kinds of events.”

Each day the campers, ages 6 to 12, have devotional time using a curriculum designed especially for the camp. This year they will focus on the Book of Acts.

The rest of the morning is spent with the kids divided by age and gender rotating through different stations, including high jump, long jump, discus, javelin, hurdles, running, sprinting, pole vault and water games.

“If a child doesn’t like the hurdles, it’s fine because in 30 minutes, they will be doing a totally different activity,” Craig said.

The highlight of the week is an Olympic-style track meet on Saturday complete with uniforms and team flags.

Katelyn Bissette, 11, has been attending since she was 6 and her favorite event is the shot put.

“The Bible study is also a lot of fun, and the camp really helps you grow in your relationship with God,” Katelyn said.

Space is available for 12-year-olds in the first session from Monday, June 11, to Friday, June 15. Registration is also open for most age groups for the second session from Monday, July 2 to Saturday, July 7.

The camp meets at the park behind Wake Forest-Rolesville Middle School, and the cost is $65 per session for one child with sibling discounts available. North Wake Church is still looking for volunteer coaches and volunteers to help with set up and tear down every day. For more information, visit www.runnerscamp.org or email robc@northwake.com.

Raleigh Moravian Church barbecue

Raleigh Moravian Church will be serving barbecue plates with the fixings from 10:30 a.m. to 7 p.m., Friday, June 1, at the church, 1816 Ridge Road, Raleigh. Plates are $8.50 for adults and $3 for children ages 6-12, with no charge for children under 6. All proceeds benefit the youth missions of Raleigh Moravian Church. For more information, call 919-787-4034.

Handbell concert

Good Shepherd Lutheran Church and Christ the King Lutheran Church in Cary are performing a handbell concert at 3 p.m. Sunday, June 3, at Good Shepherd Lutheran, 7000 Creedmoor Road, Raleigh. A freewill offering will be collected to help purchase more handbells for the choir. For more information, call 919-848-1573.

Wilson Temple UMC movie outing

Wilson Temple United Methodist Church is meeting at 9 p.m. Friday, June 8, to see the movie “Red Tails” at the N.C. Museum of Art. Tickets are $4. For more information, call 919-828-9989 or visit www.wilsontempleumc.org.

Southbridge Fellowship buys land

Southbridge Fellowship Church recently purchased more than 10 acres of land at 10931 Glenwood Ave., Raleigh, to build a permanent building. The congregation plans to move into the new facility in the spring of 2014.

Each Sunday about 800 people worship together during the 9 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. services at the Regal Brier Creek Stadium 14 movie theater, 8611 Brier Creek Parkway, Raleigh. For more information, call 919-789-9955 or visit www.southbridgefellowship.com.

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