Sports Camp FAQs
What kind of space do I need?
Each sport has its own needs for space. If you have questions about whether or not your space will work please contact us and we can walk you through it.
You need an area in which you can kick a ball. This can be on a field outside, in a gym, on carpet, or even in the church parking lot. The space needed for soccer is VERY flexible.
You should have at least one hoop for every 8 children. This is the only requirement. Basketball can be done outside or inside, based on what you have available.
Cheer needs space either inside or outside. The only other need for cheer is some type of audio equipment for the cheer dance.
For the mini-sports camp they also need space, inside or outside. A location that can easily access a bathroom is highly encouraged.
What volunteers do I need?
Sports camp allows your entire church to be a part of the volunteer team. Yes, this means everyone from that former World Cup champion that attends your church to the grandparent who can't kick a soccer ball straight to save their life. Here is a quick overview of the volunteer team you will need if you do not have a Base Sports team come to your church:
The Camp Director is the key player for a smooth-running sports camp. The director does everything from handling the initial planning, to training the volunteers, to overseeing the daily activities. You’ll find all you need to know in the Camp Director's Guide.
This person oversees everything that happens in their sport. He or she gets the field and equipment ready for the day and directs the skills and games. The head coach trains the other coaches on the field when they need it.
The coaches are the backbone of a sports camp. They are the first connection to your church for many children and help mentor other campers. They lead the small group discussions about the Bible lesson, coach a small team in their sport, and build the best relationships. If you don't know anything about sports, never fear. Our sports curriculum has been designed to be usable by ANYBODY.
The Zone Leader coordinates all activities during large group times. Everything you need to plan and teach can be found in the Zone Leader Guide.
What is the difference between a two-person and a four-person team?
Even though both two- and four-person teams are prepared to train your volunteers for long-term ministry while reaching kids through the wonderful avenue of sports, we have designed two unique avenues in which you are able to lead your congregation. A four-person team (available within eight hours from Portland, OR) is designed for our athletic coaches to join you in your mission and run a successful sports camp, training your leadership as they go.
A two-person team has a more intentional approach to helping your church being responsible for and effectively running camp. From training ahead of time for you and your leadership to on the ground training, our teams are ready to get in the game with you for the entire sports camp season. The two coaches who come to your church will be able to run all of the camp elements, but will strive to work alongside your volunteers in order to increase your congregation’s involvement for long-term impact in your ministry.
What kind of training is available?
Base Sports is prepared to train your church. We have fully trained summer staff teams that are prepared to come and help run the camp at your church. This helps train your entire church body to better serve your community through sports.
We also offer training for youth groups that is coupled with a missions experience through Base Missions! This option is great for getting your youth more involved and ready to serve at your camp!
If you are running camp on your own and would like for somebody to come and teach your volunteers how to successfully run a sports camp, we can set up a hands-on training specifically for you. Please contact us and we can set you up with a qualified trainer.
If you have a question or need some advice on your camp, we are always here to answer questions and help you with your camp. Give us a call at (866) 238-0163 or fill out our contact form below.