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Youth Sport Camps: Fun, friends, and physical activity

August 7, 2013

Youth Sport Camps sponsored by the Department of Health and Exercise Science continue through Friday, August 16. Register online, complete a registration form and mail it in, or register your child in person at 201 A Moby B Complex.

A Youth Sport Camp participants scales the climbing wall at the Campus Recreation Center.Sponsored by the Department of Health and Exercise Science in the College of Health and Human Sciences, CSU Youth Sport Camps offer activities for kids from kindergarten to eighth grade with every ability and interest.

In addition, counselor-in-training opportunities also are extended to youth who are 14-17 years old.

Variety of offerings

“It’s a great camp,” said Department of Health and Exercise Science Assistant Professor and Camp Director Brian Butki. “It’s well attended; kids love to be here; parents are happy; and there’s a variety of offerings.”

Youngsters can hone their skills in a particular sport like hockey, soccer, volleyball, tennis, or basketball, or try an array of sports in one week. This summer has seen the additions of:

  • lacrosse,
  • a redesigned FunLIFE,
  • expansions of the Music and Movement and Field Sports camps, and
  • a new Colorado Adventure Camp (pictured) for campers ten years old or older, which features biking, hiking, rock climbing, geocaching and other outdoor adventures.

Counselors: 'It's the greatest job in the world'

The camp counselors, made up of primarily health and exercise science students at CSU, teach technique, rules of the game, and skills and tips for healthy living with a big dose of encouragement for each child.

Erin DeYoung, a junior with a concentration in sports medicine, has worked at the camp every summer since her freshman year. She said she loves interacting with campers and seeing how fun it can be with them. “You get to hang out with campers and play sports all day; it’s the greatest job in the world,” DeYoung said.

Senior health and exercise science major Derek Ellingsworth said, “It’s great to come out here with the kids and enjoy the sun, have some fun with them, and play some games.” Ellingsworth said he loves creating relationships with the kids and seeing some of the same faces each week.

Eight-year-old Phillip, who participated in the camps this summer, said his favorite part about camp was “Hanging out with Derek!” whom the children had affectionately given the nickname “Pickles.”

Learn more

Every week from now through Augist 16, camps are available with more than 60 sessions in 12 different sports and activities.

Camp schedules, camp descriptions, a printable registration form, fee information, and a slideshow of camp activities also are available online.

Movement: An important part of healthy living

“The camp is a lot of fun. We strive to get these kids moving. It’s better than them being in front of a screen all day,” Butki said. “We want them to make some friends, strengthen bonds, and learn that movement is an important part of healthy living.”

The Youth Sports Camps are a part of the Department of Health and Exercise Science in the College of Health and Human Sciences at Colorado State University.

Contact: Gretchen Gerding
Phone: (970) 491-5182