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This is the latest in an ongoing FCN series on educational school camps for children this summer.
Her time on the “L” drill wasn’t a record breaker, but for Emma Symonds the recent speed and agility camp at Lambert High School wasn’t about setting personal bests.
“We’re all friends,” she said of her fellow campers. “It’s fun and we can exercise and stuff together.”
Camper Anna Halloran agreed. A soccer player, she said the camp will help improve her skills, but it’s also about having a good time.
“It’s really good for me and it’s really fun when I met some more people,” she said. “And the coaches are really nice.”
Justin Cox, a Lambert football coach, said it’s a fine line between working to teach and still making the camp fun for the more than 80 participants.
“With the little ones, it’s all about fun,” he said. “It’s a camp for everybody. It teaches them movements, it teaches them exercise and how to properly do it in a productive way.
“It also lets them be competitive. That’s what they look forward to the most ... the last half of camp is competitive games and relay.”
During one of the sessions, students were divided into age groups and took turns at four different stations aimed at improving their speed and dexterity. There were timed runs, the “L” drill, basketball toss and the long jump activities.
According to coach Aubrey Moree it’s a way for athletes to improve, but the biggest takeaway is learning how to be active and healthy “even though they may not want to follow the athletic line.”
“It’s about movement and speed,” he said. “We show them little things they may not learn in P.E. class, things they can take home and help them get better.”
Xavier Means, who has signed up to play football at Riverwatch Middle School, enjoyed the camp a lot “because it helps me get faster.”