Lake Norman & Mooresville

Mooresville to host camp

For the first time, Mooresville will be a stop for WinShape Camps for Community, a day camp for grade-school children initiated by S. Truett Cathy, founder of Chick-fil-A.

Peninsula Baptist Church at 687 Brawley School Road will be Mooresville's host site this year for the camp, which will run June 11-15.

The camp is for kids who have completed any grade first through sixth. Campers get to choose from a list of 19 different activities, including things like wacky science, flag football and photography. Kids will get to work in three activities each day of camp.

WinShape Camps for Community has its roots in an overnight camp that began in 1985 at Barry College in Rome, Ga. Five years ago, WinShape began branching out and commenced a week-long day camp in four different communities.

The purpose of WinShape camp is to sharpen or form positive character traits in children, while at the same time providing a fun experience.

To make the camps a success, the WinShape Foundation partners with a local Chick-fil-A restaurants in a community and looks for a site - often churches or community centers - to volunteer to host the camp. This year, 65 communities nationwide will host WinShape Camps; the farthest from Cathy's native Georgia is in Yukon, Okla.

Friday is a fun day, and the local Chick-fil-A provides free lunch for campers and their families.

"The kids are not a number, and the Winshape staff is committed to building a relationship with the kids," said Katrina Dorroh, director of preschool and children's ministries at Peninsula Baptist Church.

Scholarships are available for children who need them.

The goal for this year's WinShape Camp in Mooresville is to have 500 kids sign up, and 200 of those kids to attend on scholarship. Local schools have identified which children may need scholarships. Chick-fil-A is looking for business partners in the Mooresville community to help provide scholarships to kids that need them.

The cost of camp is $184, and siblings get a 10 percent discount. A $50 nonrefundable deposit per child is due at registration. Registration is being taken now through the first day of camp, provided spaces are still available. Dorroh said the WinShape Foundation does not profit from the camp, and the cost per child offsets the overhead that makes the camp possible.

The Mooresville Chick-fil-A hosted a Spirit Night on Feb. 15, and 10 percent of the proceeds from 5 until 8 p.m. went toward scholarships for local children to attend WinShape's day camp. The restaurant is planning more Spirit Nights in the future.

"We had a great turnout for Spirit Night, and we are very excited about WinShape Camps coming to Mooresville," said Chick-fil-A employee Gloria Morrison.

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