Sports are meant to be fun and no one understands that better than the Stokes Family YMCA. On Monday morning they kicked off a weeklong sports camp aimed to help children understand the fundamentals of a variety of sports while meeting new friends and playing throughout the morning.
“I think they enjoy getting the chance to play a number of sports. In this camp they’re able to play the games they love and not be stuck to one particular sport,” explained associate sports director, Patrick Whitbred.
During the five-day camp that runs from 8 a.m. until noon Whitbred said counselors introduce two sports each day and set aside Wednesday for pool and water games.
“I think kids generally love sports. They may have a favorite, but they like to play everything and that’s what we offer.”
For younger children coming to camp for the first time the YMCA held an open house for families and offered an opportunity to tour the facility and meet this year’s counselors.
“It can be intimidating on the first day, and I think the open house really lessens that,” Whitbred said.
His hope is for campers to leave with a positive perception of sports and develop new friendships.
“Sometimes camp can be a building block in a kid’s life so we just want to give them an opportunity to develop and grow. We enjoy being a part of that journey,” he said. “I believe parents know we’re here to develop the next generation while having fun. We feel that responsibility as counselors and take it seriously.”
The Stokes Family YMCA sports camp will be offered again Aug. 8-12.
Other camps available at the Stokes Family YMCA this summer:
Speed and Agility Camp on July 11-15. Available to ages 8-16 and runs Mon-Fri 8 a.m. – 12 p.m. Personal training camp that engages athletes trying to reach the next level of their potential. Works on speed and agility exercises and techniques that can be used at home or at the gym on your own year round.
High school coaches will be here volunteering their time to assist in the training during this camp and to see potential future athletes.
Camp Jump Start on July 18-22. Available to ages 8-16 and runs Mon-Fri. 7 a.m. – 6 p.m. A camp that is for beginners or those wanting the extra push to get in shape, lose weight or just to become more healthy. Will work out each day, have daily nutrition class, cook or prepare a daily healthy snack, stretch and learn the basics of exercise and how your body loses fat and gains muscle.
Traditional Day Camp throughout the summer. Available kindergarten-5th grade and runs Mon-Fri 7 a.m. – 6 p.m. Summer session themes include: Super Hero Week, Holidays, DIY, Olympics, CSI, Ninja Warriors, Decades, Top Chef, Water Week, and Animals.
Teen Camp throughout the summer. Available to rising 6th graders to 9th grades and runs Mon-Fri 7 a.m. – 6 p.m. Summer session field trips include: Airbound, Horse Stables, Laser Tag, Bowling, Emerald Pointe, The Wooden Ladder, Ice Skating, Tanglewood, Celebration Station, and Movies.
Leadership 101 is a four-week camp beginning July 11 available to ages 13-16. Mon-Fri 8 a.m. – 4 p.m. Spend your summer learning to lead younger campers, growing as a role model, assisting day camp groups, experiencing field trips, and giving back with a community service project during this four-week session. Build the foundation to become a future counselor and show you have what it takes to be a responsible young leader in your community.
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