How It Works & FAQs

How it works:

The first step is to sign up for a UW Sports Ministry camp. Filling out an application does not commit you to doing this, it only gets the process started. Our 2022 team camp application can be completed in less than ten minutes! You can choose the week and the time you want (morning or evening time slot) and the UW Sports Ministries office will contact you to confirm your choice.

Once the application has been accepted and confirmed by the UW Sports Ministries office, you will be given your own Staff Representative at UW Sports Ministry. This staff representative will walk alongside you to help prepare you and your team for your summer sports camp. They will get you all the promotional materials you need, set up training calls, and be a sounding board throughout the months leading up to camp.

Our team of trained coaches will arrive in their own transportation on the Saturday of the weekend before your camp. On Sunday our team will meet with your volunteers for about an hour to train them on their roles during the week.

Monday through Friday our high-energy coaches will lead camp from beginning to end. Here is what the team will provide for your church’s camp:

  • Godly Leadership
  • Biblical Truths
  • Relevant Theme
  • Energetic Songs
  • Sports Instruction
  • Fun Games
  • Connection to Church Volunteers
  • Sports Stories
  • Follow-up Materials

On Thursday our coaches will proclaim the gospel to the children at camp. If decisions are made for Christ, you and your volunteers will be involved in the follow-up and spiritual mentoring of those children.

On Saturday morning the team will depart for their next week of camp.

FAQ:

Q: What sports will the UW team coach?
A: Basketball, Cheerleading, Ultimate Frisbee, Soccer, and Team 45 (a motor skills program for 4- and 5-year-olds). Each church can choose any combination of these five sports to offer at their camp.
Q: What’s the difference between having a morning camp or evening camp?
A: The responsibility of hosting our staff. The morning camp provides host homes, breakfast, and lunch for the UW team while the evening camp provides their dinner. To check availability of morning and evening camps, email Tim.
Q: What facilities are needed to run a successful sports camp?
A: We can do camp at your church, at a park, or a nearby school. Call our office at 843-540-3312 to discuss if the facilities your church has can make this happen. You may be surprised what works, as you do not need as much space or land as you may think!
Q: What if our church is small or we serve an economically challenged demographic in our region?
A: UW wants to serve the whole body of Christ and we have designed financial programs for those churches that are unsure whether they can reach the 80 kids or the $4,560 minimum. Give Tim Conrad a call at 843-540-3281 to discuss the particulars.
You can also purchase our materials and run camp on your own. Check out the Resource Camps information or call 843-540-3312 for more information.
Q: What is the hiring process for your summer staff?
A: All summer staff go through multiple interviews, reference checks, and a background check before they are sent to a church. They also receive a week-long, hands-on training of the curriculum and their responsibilities as a summer staff member.
Q: How much does it cost?
A: We require all summer staff to raise $450 to offset travel and ministry costs. You are paid at the end of the summer, but we ask that the $450 is submitted before the summer begins to cushion our budget that will help you and other teams to have better travel and ministry experiences.
Q: Do I have to provide or pay for my own food?
A: No! UW will cover your food expenses on travel days between your camps. The rest of your meals will be provided by a combination of your host home, morning church, and evening church. The only time you would have to pay for your food is if you want more food beyond your allotted food allowance on travel days.

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