‘Over top’ church camp set

A brand new, over-the-top church camp is coming this summer, thanks to Christ Covenant Presbyterian Church in Farragut.

The church will host the high-energy “Camp in the City,” on the front lawn of the church, 12951 Kingston Pike, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., June 26-30.

Like most church camps, there will be Bible study, worship and time with counselors, but “Camp in the City” will offer some unexpected bonuses: a bungee trampoline, waterslides, a rock climbing wall, slip ‘n slides and much more. Registration has started, so interested campers are urged to sign up right away.

“We had been praying about what to do this summer,” said Ginger Forbes, director of children’s ministry at Christ Covenant.

“I’m really excited to see how the joy of this camp is going to impact Farragut and surrounding areas,” she said. “We were looking for a way to reach out to the community. There are only

two other Camp in the City in Tennessee this summer: Nashville and Johnson City.”

The camp is limited to 176 and is open to kids who have completed kindergarten-through-fifth grades. The cost is $260, but sibling discounts are available for a limited number of campers.

Camp in the City is produced by Pine Cove ministry based in Texas. This summer the organization will go to more than 70 day camps, also including Dallas, Houston, Atlanta, Nashville and Baton Rouge, said Forbes. She and Susan Horn, elementary education coordinator for the church (Knox Board of Education District 5 representative), will be coordinating registration and working with camp staff when they arrive.

“We’ll have inflatables,” Forbes said. “A hydraulic climbing wall with a web of straps on the back to simulate a spider web. There will be a Euro bungee with a trampoline and safety cables. They’ll also be doing laser tag and scooters and will have a lot of different games and water activities.”

“Were excited about the energy they’re going to bring,” Horn said.

Last summer Village Green resident Alex Long worked as a counselor for Pine Cove Camp in the City. “He had a great, life-changing experience,” said his mother, Debbie Long. “He worked for seven weeks, traveling each Saturday to a different city in the Southeast to set up camp at a host church. I had an opportunity to visit camp one day in Greenville, S.C., and was overwhelmed with the way the counselors interacted with the children, led during the big group times and small group times, played with and encouraged the children and truly shared God's love. They made camp a great experience.”

For more information, call the church office at 865-671-1885.