Choose a sport- everybody gets a chance to play at summer camp
Choose a Sport: Everybody Gets a
Chance to Play at Summer Camp
Glorious games are the big, wildly fun highlight of
summer day camp, and the best part is that
everybody gets to play. From relay races to water
balloon battles and traditional sports like
basketball, everybody participates at summer day
camp for kids. There's no reason to sit around
indoors with a video game controller in hand when
a fun-filled world of games, crafts and field trips
is waiting, maybe just around the corner.
Summer is a time to let loose and enjoy the great
outdoors, and sporting activities are perfect for
getting kids accustomed to healthy exercise, lots
of fresh air and some new athletic skills.
Along the way, they'll be building happy memories
with old friends and new ones. Kids find that being
on a team, even for the day, with campers they
don't know can foster great opportunities for
making new friends.
No one expects you to be anyone except who you are
at camp, and it's great to be free of the social
hierarchy of school. Kids who may have been
afraid to try a new sport or activity will do so
more willingly at camp because there's no
Camp counselors are experts at being sure
everybody gets a fair chance to play and that
nobody is ignored, teased or "not chosen". Summer
camp is a place to get a fresh start, and for the
kid who's always picked last in gym class, this is a
chance to get into the game and maybe along the
way find he's really not too bad at running relays,
whacking balls or sliding into base.
Counselors know how to help youngsters get along,
encouraging positive behavior and stepping in to
prevent teasing and bullying. Summer camp is a place
to try new things, make new friends and have loads
of good, old-fashioned fun.
Sportsmanship is big at summer camp, and counselors
are well-trained in promoting fair play and gracious
athletic behavior. It's just as important to be a
good" winner" as a good " loser", and kids can carry
these lessons with them for a lifetime.
And it's not just the less athletic campers who get a
chance to learn some valuable sports-related lessons
at camp. Youngsters who are used to only playing with
kids at their level of skill learn how to function as a
team with kids of all abilities, providing valuable
lessons in the age-old saying "there's no "I" in TEAM".
They learn to be helpful and supportive and maybe even
a little empathetic, how to cheer on a fellow camper
for making that amazing basket or the game-saving
There's a never-ending variety of athletic activities at day
camp, with daily schedules are usually set up by age group.
Traditional sports run the whole gamut from tennis lessons
to high-spirited softball games and fast-paced basketball
Kids can learn a new sport, pick some pointers on a favorite
or just get out there and work up a healthy sweat.
Campers especially love games they associate just with
camp; big, boisterous all-inclusive activities like ga-ga ball
often come to be one of the high points of the day.
Of course, since it's summer, any sport in the water is wildly
popular, from swimming classes to contests and games.
Depending on the camp, kids will be diving for pennies, having
water balloon battles in canoes or enjoying mini-regattas
out on the lake. And along the way, they'll be learning new
skills, making memories and having a summertime blast.