What is Bethany's Bible Soccer Camp?
Annually in the summer, Bethany hosts this free event that's offered to the community on a first-come, first served basis. All participants must be pre-registered through our online registration process (or by pre-registering in person at the church office). Registration opens after the Independence holiday.
The 2018 Bible Soccer Camp is shifting to a Mon-Tues-Wed schedule,
and will held on July 23-24-26.
There's no cost to attend, in order to illustrate Christ's unearned love. (Instead of paying us a fee, please spend time reinforcing the daily Bible lessons that highlight how Jesus paid the price to freely forgive our sins. Ephesians 2:8-10
Please be sure to check out the photos from this camp and previous camps, posted in our Photo Galleries.
Below is the advertising used for our 2017 Camp. It is archived here to give people new to our camp an idea of what our camp offers and how it is held.
Details mentioned below from 2017 may not be identical for our 2018 Camp.
Bible Soccer Camp 2017
Tues - Wed - Thurs
July 18 - 19 - 20
5:30 to 7:30 pm*
*Check-in for pre-registered campers begins at 5:00 pm on opening night.
Sorry, but historically we fill to capacity and cannot accept walk-ins.
Gifts (Free Stuff!) Soccer camp T-shirts will be provided at no cost for each participant. Likewise, the soccer ball each participant will individually use throughout the camp will be provided at no cost. The T-shirt needs to be worn daily while participating in the camp, just as each participant daily needs his/her soccer ball for participating in the camp. As mentioned earlier, this soccer camp is free of charge-- we simply ask that you spend some quality time with your child(ren) discussing the night's Bible lesson.
Who's Leading this Main Camp? Our head coach was a former collegiate All-American soccer player who now coaches youth soccer. She's joined by a variety of varsity players on both the collegiate and high school levels who will share their skills, enthusiasm, and Christian character with the youth. Our support staff includes pastors, professors, teachers and various professionals from the business world. All this talent and character is brought together for the benefit of your young athletes, because of the forgiving love and powerful peace of the crucified and risen Savior Jesus.
We Offer Two Age Groups
Main Camp: for boys and girls, ages 5-12
Preschool Camp: for boys and girls, ages 3-4
The Main Camp not only offers age-appropriate group setting for youth to learn and practice athletic skills specific to the sport of soccer, but it also provides a time for youth to socialize and learn about teamwork. Every few minutes the athletes rotate to a different station to learn and practice different skill sets. One of these six stations provides a Bible lesson. The camp aims to help each participant by strengthening body, mind, heart and soul.Main Camp (ages 5-12)
How is the Preschool Camp different? The Preschool Camp is a beginner's camp. The 3 and 4 year old participants in this camp will have their own separate recreation area (they will not participate on the same field with older children). Preschool Camp can be described as an activity-oriented "Vacation Bible School" that combines soccer skills, social games, singing, exercise and Bible lessons. We ask that the children wear tennis shoes (no sandals or cleats, please)… and they are not required to have shin guards. We will happily teach your child soccer skills and Bible truths in an atmosphere especially adapted to this age group. Note: parents frequently use this program to prepare their child for entering the preschool environment.
First Day of Camp begins at 5:00 pm for Check-In When a child is brought to his/her first day of camp, a responsible adult will need to sign in each pre-registered child. Do this at the check-in tables at our Welcome Center (positioned at the entrance to our athletic fields). At this time, we also need to receive for each child a signed Sports Concussion Information Sheet (explained in the following paragraph).
- Please help us speed up the check-in process by printing off this form and completing it at home, and bringing it with you to the check-in tables. However, we will have forms available for parents to fill out at the check-in tables, if necessary. Check-in begins at 5:00 pm on the opening day.
Completing and Submitting the "Michigan Sports Concussion Information Sheet"
Per state law, parents need to read and sign the Sports Concussion Information Sheet in order to participate in our Bible Soccer Camp. Presenting us with a signed sheet for each child will be part of the check-in process on opening night
. As part of the registration process located at the bottom of this page, we provide you with a link for downloading a copy of this document. If you would like to visit the state's website about this law, you may access it here: Michigan Sports Concussion Law website
Drop-off and Pick-up
For the welfare of our children, we require that a responsible adult personally accompanies the child(ren) from the vehicle to the Welcome Tables / Entrance. Likewise, at the end of each day's camp, a responsible adult needs to come to the Welcome Tables / Entrance to reclaim and to accompany the child(ren) back to the vehicle. Thank you sharing our love for keeping a fun time fun!
Camp participants in the 5-12 age group will need to have their own shin guards to participate; cleats or tennis shoes appropriate for running on a grass field are also required. (Those participating in the 3-4 year old "Beginner's Camp" do not need to have shin guards, but they do need to wear tennis shoes.)
Watching from the Sidelines Parents and family members are invited to bring lawn chairs or blankets for sitting along the sidelines while watching the camp in progress. We'll have complimentary bottles of water in ice chests.
During our Soccer Camp, random photographs and video will be taken, some of which may be used in our church publications and on our web site. Note: A participant's registration acknowledges acceptance of this practice.
Class sizes are limited to assure a wonderful experience for each athlete, so please help us to help you and other families by registering beforehand by using our online registration (below) or by personally visiting our office during office hours.
Enrollment Is Closed.
Sorry, but we cannot accept walk-ins.
By law we cannot allow a child to particpate in our camp without
a parent or guardian signing a Concussion Information Sheet.
We do provide these sheets at our registration tables,
but you will speed up your registration by bringing
a signed sheet for each child.
Here is the link:
Michigan Sports Concussion Information Sheet
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