While summer may be a time for relaxation, the Marist School campus is still alive with energy as the school continues with 10 action-packed summer camps. Ranging from music technology to baseball, each camp is designed to be both entertaining and instructional. Recently, Soccer, Music Technology & Production, Boys Lacrosse, and Boys Basketball Camps took place on campus all during the same week.
For 16 years, the War Eagle Soccer Camp has aimed to improve campers’ abilities and sprinkle a healthy dose of fun into the mix. The goal of the camp according to Coach Chandler Yount is to “throw gasoline on the fire of every camper’s passion for the sport.” Daily, campers participate in activities such as running drills, scrimmages, and games that aim to hone their technical and tactical skills in the sport. “Everyday we focus on a different ability like passing and dribbling,” says counselor Caroline Furin '20. “We scrimmage for a long time and even go to the pool afterward to cool off,” she continues. Whether the students are there for training or fun, the camp provides a space for campers to do both. “At the end of the day, our goal is to help them have fun and gain a better understanding of the game,” concludes Caroline.
In addition to soccer camp, War Eagles Lacrosse Camp is a great opportunity to instill and foster an interest in lacrosse. Headed by Varsity Coach and Physical Education Department Chair Scott Mandy, the camp’s main goal is to teach the fundamentals of the sport in a lively and instructional way, whether that be through fun games, drills, or modified scrimmages. The boys are separated by skill level and age in order to promote the greatest learning potential. Every day, campers enthusiastically participate in activities and meet new friends along the way. For an hour during the camp, the boys are even allowed to cool off in the pool. The goal of War Eagles Lacrosse Camp is to both instill a love of the sport and cultivate the campers’ abilities as well.
Led by Varsity Coach Kevin Moore '04, the War Eagle Basketball Camp provides a space for boys to grasp a greater understanding of the sport. In the morning, campers work defensive stations and, in the afternoon, they work offense. They have 5-on-5 and 3-on-3 leagues to promote teamwork and hone their ability on the court in game-like circumstances. The camp also provides individual competitions like 1-on-1, hotshot, and free throw as a fun way to improve their skills in the sport. With daily and weekly award winners, Basketball Camp balances out personal achievement and teamwork through drills and tournaments. “The ultimate goal is to get the kids better at basketball and have fun,” says Coach Moore. “We hope that they leave this camp with a love of the sport and a new friend.” The opportunities to not only learn the sport but also to make friendships in an energetic environment make this camp such an incredible place for boys to master basketball.
Straying from the topic of sports, Music Technology & Production is a camp designed to help students create music through different forms of technology. They construct original songs through digital loops, put sound effects to videos, sing and play instruments, and more. The class, according to Fine Arts Teacher Mr. Tim Johnson, is “a survey of different musical activities of using music software to make music products.” He continues, “The ultimate goal is to let them explore the music world and find out what is out there on a professional level.” Assisted by Robert Grimes ‘19, Mr. Johnson hopes that students will be able to get their feet wet in the field and possibly spark an interest in music production as well. By the end, campers will have finished portfolios and are encouraged to share them on social media. This camp is more than a summer experience as participants will leave with the knowledge to create their own music.
Additional camps taking place this summer at Marist include the following: Baseball, Lady War Eagles Lacrosse, Volleyball, Tennis, Fun Camp, Personal Essay Start-up, and ACT/SAT Boot Camp.
No matter what camp students attend, they all will hopefully come away with new friends, knowledge gained from their experience, and a love for Marist School. The ultimate goal of every camp is for participants to learn and have fun, and it is the hope of Marist School that campers will have learned to strive for their own goals after they exit the gates of campus.
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