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June 19--  For the third year in a row, WinShape Camp is coming to Vidalia.

The camps were founded nine years ago when Chic-fil-A founder Truett Cathy wanted a camp to "Shape Winners."  This year the week-long day camps are being held in nearly 100 communities across the country with Vidalia's camp starting Monday, June 26th at Sally Meadows Elementary School.

Marissa Brown helped get the first camp started in Vidalia in 2015. It attracted more than 500 campers and turned out to be the biggest camp in the country that year.  She first was a WinShape Camp counselor as a student at Brewton-Parker College.

"WinShape Camps are just different from every other camp.  Most camps you go off and get excited and you get to learn about Christ and build relationships.  When WinShape comes to town, we have local volunteers who are with these kids and who get to continue to invest and disciple and develop these kids who will be our future leaders one day. It also allows kids who wouldn't be able to go off to camp to have the same experience here in their hometown," she said.

This year the camp is seeking 550 campers from the first through ninth grades and Marissa believes it can change lives, "They get to be a part of villages which is all the kids in their age groups.  They can really ask questions and dig deep into who they really are and feel apart of something," she said.

The cost is $209 per camper and scholarships are available.  Preregistration is available online at  or campers can register in person the first day of camp.

For info, contact Tracy Todd with the local WinShape Leadership Team at 293-5327.