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Camp/Sport Leadership

Camping and sports have a tremendous impact!

11 million kids in America will attend summer camp this year.

Parents send children to camp because:

  • Camp helps build self-confidence and self-esteem
  • Camp is a safe environment
  • Camp is a place to build social skills and make lifelong friends
  • Camp helps their children become more independent and develop leadership skills
  • Camp helps children become more adventurous and willing to try new things
  • Camp is where significant and lasting spiritual decisions are formed

Kids go to camp because … IT'S FUN!

35 million kids in America will play in sports leagues this year.

Parents encourage sports participation because:

  • Sports encourage physical activity and healthy habits
  • Sports provide social interaction with peers and adults
  • Sports teach teamwork, sportsmanship, and how to control emotions
  • Sports promote self-discipline and the value of preparation
  • Sports help develop skills for handling success and failure
  • Sports show kids how to play within the rules

Kids play sports because … THEY'RE FUN!


The Camp and Sports field is a serious career choice and growing industry:

According to the American Camping Association:

  • Camping is a $15 billion dollar industry. (2012 ACA Business Operations Report)
  • More than 12,000 day and resident camps exist in the U.S. 7,000 are resident (overnight) and 5,000 are day camps. (2011 ACA Sites, Facilities, Programs Report)
  • Since 2002, the number of ACA day camps has increased by 69% and resident camps have increased by 21%. (CRM Camp Statistics Report, June 2013)
  • Each year more than 11 million children and adults attend camp in the U.S. (2010 ACA Camp Compensation and Benefits Report)
  • Nonprofit groups including youth agencies and religious organizations operate approximately 9,500 camps, and 2,500 are privately owned independent for-profit operators. (2011 ACA Sites, Facilities, Programs Report)
  • Camps employ more than 1,500,000 adults to work in various camp positions. (2010 ACA Camp Compensation and Benefits Report)

Youth Sports Leagues alone account for billions of dollars in national economic impact, including fees, travel, facilities, leagues, apparel, and many other ancillary industries … all of which need capable, prepared leaders.

A Professional Degree for a Career in Camp/Sport Leadership

The Camp/Sport Leadership degree at Dallas Baptist University was developed with the extensive input of industry leaders and camp directors. The Colleges of Christian Faith, Education, and Business at the University came together to develop an interdisciplinary curriculum designed to provide a top-tier education for students pursuing a career in camping, or the sports and recreation field.

This is not a degree for those who just like to play with kids or play games. It is designed to be a challenging course of study that emphasizes entrepreneurship; business principles including management, marketing, finance, and accounting; facilities development; and programming and educational principles—all of which are transferable to a wide-variety of career choices. And this degree, like all others offered at Dallas Baptist University, integrates our faith in Christ and emphasizes servant leadership for those who go from here to launch new, or lead existing, ministries and organizations.

The degree is also flexible enough to allow integration with other programs for students who wish to pursue it as a minor, or to lead into a Master's degree.

Dallas Baptist University and Camp/Sports – A Winning Combination!

Dallas Baptist University has a well-established reputation in the world of camping and sports ministries.

  • A leading recruiting destination for camps from across the country
  • Hosts annual Camp Day to encourage student employment and camp participation with the University
  • Sends out well-trained and equipped “Rec Teams” to support camps throughout Texas
  • Provides course credit for approved professional experience and internships
  • Offers bi-annual Mission Trips to lend an international component and help establish or support camp ministries in other parts of the world
  • Hosts "ServantU," a weeklong camp on the DBU campus
  • Maintains memberships and professional relationships with organizations such as Christian Camp and Conference Association and Upward Sports


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