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Mega Camp Focuses On Skills, Devotions
Nearly perfect weather conditions greeted campers for the annual Mega Sports Camp hosted by Trinity Church in Escalon, with temperatures hovering in the low to mid 90s all week for the Vacation Bible School with the sports theme.

Choosing between soccer, cheerleading, baseball and basketball, the morning camp provided instruction in the camper's sport of choice along with some Bible-themed lessons.

"We have a morning rally, get up and sing songs, then we break out at 9 a.m. for our sports," explained Tracey Miller, Director of Children's Education at the church. "They do their drills, have devotions, there's also some Bible learning."

The VBS ran Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., with the sports portion of the camp taking part between 9 a.m. and 11 a.m., the VBS closing with another rally as all campers came back together. There was also a snack break worked in to the schedule. Cheerleaders stayed at the Trinity Church for their training, those involved in other sports headed to the nearby Dent Elementary campus to take part in their activities. The focus was on learning the fundamentals of each game, as well as displaying good sportsmanship and learning to be a team player.

Helper Jacob Mendez, who celebrated his 13th birthday on Thursday, said he was glad to be a part of the program.

"It's fun with these kids, they get so excited and everything," he noted of the youngsters learning the fine points of soccer. "I just love coming out here and teaching them the wonderful game of soccer. I've played it since I was five years old."