WinShape camp coming to Oxford

By Errol Castens/NEMS Daily Journal

OXFORD – WinShape Camps C3 will start Tuesday at the Oxford Activity Center for kids who are rising second-graders through rising seventh-graders. The four-day non-residential camp will also include activities at the Stone Center and the Boys amp& Girls Club.
WinShape is a non-denominational camp ministry supported by the WinShape Foundation and partner churches in the local community. Its staff trained at Walt Disney World to create a high-energy, high-impact camp experience, and arrives in Oxford immediately after a session in Ocean Springs.
“WinShape Camps exists because S. Truett Cathy, founder of Chick-fil-A, wanted to impact the lives of children,” states the camp website. “He wanted to create a unique camp experience that challenges the body and nourishes the soul.”
While WinShape Camps holds residential sessions at Berry College in Rome, Ga., it started adding daycamps across the country in 2007. The activities offered range from traditional camp staples like archery, crafts, music and flag football to fast food (not the drive-through kind, but a chef-directed effort at culinary creativity) and digital photography, secret ops (learning how to serve people secretly), wacky science and much more.
“Whether your kids like soccer or science, there is something for everyone,” the website states. “WinShape Camps C3 combines sports, recreation, arts, bible study and worship into our unforgettable week.”
Tuesday through Thursday the camp will run from 7:45 a.m. to 5 p.m. The camp culminates Friday with a Family Fun Day from 7:45 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. Cost for the four-day event is $119 per child, but many scholarships have been granted among the 170 children already registered. (Parents whose kids are not yet registered can ask about availability Tuesday morning at Oxford Activity Center.)
Laura Parkinson, who first encountered WinShape Camps while living in Rome, Ga., is one of its Oxford coordinators.
“My husband Ken and I … have seen firsthand the amazing impact of the WinShape Foundation through its many ministries for children and families,” she said. “I can’t say enough about the quality and excellence of what they do for so many people across the country. This camp is going to be so great for Oxford kids.”
For more information, go online at winshapecamps.org.
Contact Errol Castens at (662) 281-1069 or errol.castens@journalinc.com.