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Sports and leisure camps plentiful around Port Orchard

"School is finally out, which means parents are rushing to keep their children busy this summer.If parents play their summer right, the words I'm bored will cease to exist in their child's vocabulary.All summer long, children have the opportunity to participate in a plethora of sports and leisure camps.Between South Kitsap High School, the SK Community Pool, Olympic Fitness Club, Five-Star Sports Academy, Skyhawks, and Givens Community Center, the choice is there for parents to find the right activity for their child. Most of these camps are affordable, though it depends on the number of children in one household and the number of camps parents decide they want their children to participate in.South Kitsap High School has annually offered camps in basketball, baseball, football, and soccer for elementary and junior high students.The camps are run by varsity coaches with assistance from varsity athletes, which gives all parties involved a chance to establish relationships.SK boys basketball coach John Callaghan said running his basketball camp is an opportunity for campers to improve their skills, have fun, and plant their seed into the SK program.We teach a lot of fundamentals and play some games, Callaghan said. We will also videotape each part of their game so they can evaluate. I think (the camp) is good for them and we make it fun. The kids always enjoy it.Callaghan said it's never to early to introduce defensive and offensive schemes.It gets them familiar with the coaching staff and they get to know the terminology, Callaghan said. Of course we get to know them too. It's just a fun atmosphere.Callaghan said he's never been hurting for campers.Last year he had 35 kids in the grades 4-6 camp, and 57 in the junior high camp.SK baseball coach Elton Goodwin has utilized his camp to reinforce fundamentals and evaluate the talent of the future.It's huge for young kids in junior high to get in the camp, Goodwin said. That exposure gives them a better chance of making our team.SK girls basketball coach Mike Allen is living by the philosophy no elementary student is too young to start playing basketball.He is the only coach holding a camp for children going into grades 1-3.Fundamentals and fun is the universal theme in all the camps being run this summer.It doesn't have to be sports for all children. Givens Community Center offers one of the more popular camps called Camp Yadda Yadda.Here is an all-day camp that allows children to build friendships, participate in arts and crafts, and go on fieldtrips.Skyhawks sports camps, which works in conjunction with Givens Community Center, offers soccer and a mini-hawks camp (a potpourri of many sports).Swim lessons are offered all summer at the SK Community Pool, which is at the high school. Five-Star Sports Academy and Olympic Fitness Club have sports camps and leagues for all pre-school, elementary, junior high, teenagers, and adults.The options are there. The choice is yours.Here are the contacts for each organization:SK High School: 876-7318SK Community Pool: 876-7385Olympic Fitness Club: 871-3433; Five-Star Sports Academy: 440-5997; Skyhawks--337-5743 ext. 2; Givens Community Center: 895-5743. "

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