Are you looking for quality activities for your kids this summer? If you have children in grades 3-8, the Sports Camp, sponsored by Fellowship Baptist Church in Billings, is a great opportunity. The camp is being held June 21-24 at Lockwood High School and is FREE of charge.
This will be the sixth year that Fellowship Baptist has hosted the sports camp. Since its origin, the camp has grown considerably each year. Because of Covid, the camp was canceled last summer, but in 2019 there were 205 kids attending and over 60 volunteers helping. Beginning with football, basketball, soccer, and baseball, the camp now includes softball, wrestling, and cheerleading, as well. Each activity has highly qualified coaches who are skilled in their sport.
While the camps are geared toward teaching sports to the students, the main goal of those leading is to show the love of God and be a Christ-like witness to the kids, parents, and everyone around them. Ray Willis of Fellowship Baptist Church, who is the lead contact for the sports camps, says there were 42 professions of faith at the last camp. There were even custodians of the school who came to know Christ through the camps.
Coaches from Montana, Missouri, Texas, Alabama, Florida, and Georgia will be volunteering their time and talents at the camp. Among them, University of Missouri Wrestling Coach Tyrell Todd, originally from Bozeman, is planning his family vacation around the camp in order to be here to coach. Travis Carpenter is the Montana USAW women’s director and has been involved in wrestling for over 40 years as a competitor, coach, and official. Dan Dale is a former Montana pastor and a former football coach at Glasgow High School. He is now pastoring, coaching, and teaching in Texas. Ngoni Mahosi, currently living near Jacksonville, Florida, played professional soccer for the nation of Zimbabwe and has been here several times to lead soccer at the camps. Omar Segovia, of the Missouri Baptist Convention, is passionate about sports and will be travelling from Missouri to help. Omar’s goal is to not only witness to and teach the kids, but to connect them and their families with a church and keep them involved.
As an added blessing this year, OG Gear Company, owned by Travis Carpenter, is donating wrestling shoes to all the students in the wrestling camp. Travis’s parents, who both passed away suddenly this past year, were long-time members of Fellowship Baptist Church.
To register for the camp, you can go to www.fellowshipbillings.com. Registration is required by June 13 to guarantee a free T-shirt and by June 9 to guarantee wrestling shoes. If you would like more information, have any questions, or have skills in any of these sports and would be willing to volunteer, please contact Ray Willis at 406-855-4265.