Luckily, all four kids can run, jump and kick to their hearts' content at any one of nearly two dozen sports camps being offered by the St. Charles Park District this summer. Whether a child is into Frisbee or football, there's a wide array of specialty camps-- enough to give every budding or accomplished athlete a sporting chance.
"The underlying thing about sports camps is that everyone can have fun," said Melissa Caine, Athletics Supervisor. "Kids can experience something new or continue with something they already like to do."
There are more sports camps than ever this year, according to Caine. Hockey fans have their choice between Floor Hockey and Roller Hockey camps. Baseball players can opt for the Baseball/Softball camp or the Baseball Tune-up camp - or both. Basketball stars can learn everything about the sport at one of two camps devoted to all things hoop. Lacrosse, too, has two camp sessions to choose from. Soccer stars can choose a Developmental Soccer Camp and work their way through the innovative curriculum offered through British Soccer or Chicago Fire Soccer Camps. There are even camps for Volleyball and Frisbee fanatics.
"The camps are set up as a introduction to the sport," said Caine. "They are skill-based and introduce basic concepts but they also can further the skills of players who have some experience with the sport."
The park district partners with several athletic organizations whose coaches and instructors are high school and collegiate athletes who excel at their particular sport. Joining returning providers such as All Star Sports, Skyhawks Sports Academy, River City Lacrosse, Serve City Athletics and Challenger Sports are coaches with both the Chicago Fire Soccer Club and the Chicago Bears football team.
"Our partnership with the Chicago Bears is new this year," said Caine. Participants in the Youth Football Camp will learn non-Contact football skills, athletic skills development, fitness and agility training and will get a chance to meet a Chicago Bears hero such as Adrian Peterson, Al Harris or Johan Asiata.
"We won't know for certain which member of the Chicago Bears will come out to the camp," said Caine.
And for the well-rounded athlete who wants to enhance her or his game-playing skills, the park district offers a number of classes that let players mix it up. The Speed and Agility Boot Camp for kids ages 6 to 11 helps children improve those two essential aspects for any sport, while the Skyhawk Mini-Hawk Sports Camp teaches the essentials of baseball, basketball and soccer to children ages 4 to 7. Kids ages 7 to 10 who love to be active and soak up the sun will want to sign up for the 100% Outdoors Camp, where they can play multiple sports including sand volleyball, ultimate Frisbee, kickball and wiffleball.
"The camps are great ways for kids to meet new people, to learn from someone new," said Caine. "And it's a perfect way for kids to just play some outdoor games or work on keeping their sports skills in shape over the summer."
For more information on sports camps sessions, locations and registration, contact Melissa Caine at 630-513-4336.