News + Events

COVID19 Forces Changes to FHU Summer Camps

Henderson, Tennessee - Jun 29, 2020

This summer has seen the cancellation of two of Freed-Hardeman University’s most popular on-campus activities for young people, Mid-South Youth Camp and Horizons. However, both have gone to the Internet to maintain contact with their followers.

To take camp beyond the gates, MSYC is offering devotionals by camp counselors for various age groups, and they have hosted a virtual bonfire on Zoom, a “crafternoon” where participants were asked to send photos of their creations and a lights out singing.  Camp can be followed on Instagram and Facebook.

Virtual Horizons is set for July 5-7. Organizers say they are committed to making this event “biblical, fresh, transformational and fun.” Campers may participate individually, with their families or with their youth group.

The online event will begin Sunday, July 5, with a livestream presentation of “reACTION: Come and See" by keynote speaker Kyle Butt of Columbia, Tennessee. Monday and Tuesday’s activities will begin at 10:00am with the Jerry and Webb Morning Show, followed by a devotional focused on “The Intergenerational Church.” Father and son Horizons duos will help teens see how they can more effectively connect with the older generation. Classes will follow throughout the day, culminating with keynote speeches at 7:00pm. In addition to Butt, FHU alumnus T.J. Kirk and FHU president David Shannon will speak.

Keynote speeches will be live streamed. Other sessions will be pre-recorded and posted at the designated times. Discussion guides will be emailed to participants. For those who cannot attend July 5-7, content will be available online throughout the month of July. Those who plan to participate should register online by July 3. Individual registrations are $25 and group registrations are $300.

In addition, FHU’s intercollegiate athletics program has canceled all boarding camps. Day camps have been altered to meet CDC guidelines including smaller, shorter sessions lasting three to four hours each and wearing masks when not engaged in activities.

Softball will offer a one-day cub camp for girls aged 8-12 Monday, July 13, 9:00am - 2:00pm. The cost is $40 per camper. Prospect Camp for 8-12 grade girls will be offered 9:00am - 4:00pm on the following days for specific positions: infielders, Tuesday, July 14; infielders; pitchers and catchers, Wednesday, July 15; and outfielders, Thursday, July 16. The cost is $70 for Prospect Camp. Lunch and T-shirts will be provided for both camps.

FHU athletics is offering a one-day girls basketball camp Aug. 1. Campers will be divided by expected graduation year for three hours of instruction. A maximum of 20 campers will be accepted for each session. Cost is $50 including the T-shirt. Three-hour sessions are set for the following times:  Session 1 - 9:00am - noon, classes of 2022 and 2023; Session 2 - 1:00pm - 4:00pm, classes of 2021 and 2022; and Session 3 - 5:00pm - 8:00pm, class of 2021. Each camper should bring her own basketball, water bottle and mask.

Volleyball will follow a schedule similar to the one used by softball. A cub camp is scheduled for Monday and Tuesday, June 22-23, for 4th-6th grade girls. It will run 9:00am - 4:00pm. The cost is $60. Hitter camp for 9th-12th grade girls is Wednesday, June 24, 9:00am - 4:00pm. The setter/DS/Libero camp for 9th-12th graders is Thursday, June 25, 9:00am - 4:00pm. The junior high fundamentals camp is Friday, June 26, 9:00am - 4:00pm.

The fee is $70 for the junior high and high school camps. Lunch and T-shirts are included for all camps. Girls may come to more than one camp; however, visitors are not permitted.