Camps week of July 17th: Soccer skills (ages 3 and up); debate skills (with a green focus); and more

Southborough Recreation is continuing to offer a variety of camps throughout the summer.

You can still sign up for the half day camps at Finn and Woodward next week. But that’s about it. So, I’m focusing on the following week.

Offerings exclusive to the week of July 17th focus on soccer and the environment. But they also have their regular kids camps, and several specialized camps and clinics.

(Registration for these classes close this week or next, and some fill up – so act quick.)

BEST soccer camps are available for tots aged 3-5 and for kids 5 and up (grouped by age):

FIRST KIX BEST Soccer Summer Camp (ages 3-5, 9:00 – 10:00 am @ Neary)

A friendly and FUN introduction to dribbling, stopping, and controlling the ball. First KIX is purposely designed to be FUN, silly, age appropriate and a high energy experience for children. Our soccer program features exciting games and activities to teach the fundamental skills of soccer. Your child will learn to participate in a group, follow simple instructions, cooperate with peers, develop gross motor skills, and let’s not forget…the obvious benefits of having them burn off some of that energy! First KIX coaches are highly experienced in dealing with this age group of children and are brilliant at what they do! ($100 fee)

SKILZ BEST Soccer Summer Camp (ages 5+, 9:00 am – noon @ Neary)

Throughout the week, all players will continue learning the proper way to dribble, pass, control, and finish then they will transfer these skills into game situations. Each camp day, players will extensively cover a new technical skill. Our goal of each topic is to introduce, refine and master the skill. Furthermore, tactical knowledge will be developed. All players will be assessed by their coach continuously throughout the camp week. Players are divided by age and ability. ($150 fee)

If you’re looking for something more mentally stimulating – you may want to sign kids up for “Green Power”. As the name implies, it focuses on the environment. But, kids will be challenged to debate and defend positions, including ones given to them: 

Green Power! (grades 5-7, 9:00 am – noon @ South Union Building)

In this debate and social studies program, students discover that they have just been named the new Director of the EPA (Environmental Protection Agency)! As they are briefed on clean water laws, pollution, car pool lanes, endangered species, overpopulation and other environmental issues, students will begin to prepare a report and presentation to the President, outlining the EPA’s new policy in each area.

Debating skills will also be featured in Green Power! As students debate each environmental issues alternating between arguing their own point of view and being asked to represent a given stance. They will also “reports from the field.” fictitious letters from citizens in which challenging environmental problems are raised for the consideration of the EPA Director. Students will be challenged to think critically and creatively in this informative and contemporary class. ($195 fee)

For more on that program, including a sneak peak, check out the instructors’ website.

For the morning camps at Finn and Woodward, the week of July 17th is the popular Carnival Week:

This is the most anticipated week of camp. We will spend this week preparing a carnival palooza that all will enjoy! In addition to regular activities, extra highlights will include fun carnival games, crafts and face painting. Frolic in the bubbles from the giant bubble machine. Special snacks will include snow cones, cotton candy and popcorn! We will also include a fun inflatable amusement slide.

The CIT program at Finn and Woodward is full for that week. But there is another CIT option:

CIT Farm Camp (ages 13-16, 8:00 am – 4:30 pm @ Willow Brook Farm, Holliston)

CIT Program will not only be a fun experience for campers but will be doorway into actually working on the farm during camp week and learning what being a leader of youth activities is all about. CIT’s are provided leadership training to assist them in developing the skills and knowledge needed to teach, guide and provide a role model for younger campers. CIT’s will also be responsible for helping with camper activities and barn responsibilities. Staff Tshirts will be provided. CIT Farm Camp deals directly with Junior Farmers. Campers interested in enrolling for this program will need to have the desire to learn the details of caring for animals and working with and guiding younger campers. ($275 fee)

One of that week’s golf camps still has a couple of slots:

Junior Golf Camp at Juniper Hill (ages 7+, 9:00 am – noon @ Northborough)

Children will enjoy a fun week of golf to develop correct swing mechanics, and they will become better players. A combination of instruction, imitation and fun exciting games will keep their interest level high. Putting, chipping, full swing, on-course instruction, etiquette and rules of golf will be covered. Program includes individual attention, video analysis, short game instruction, full swing instruction, flexible schedules, fun games and refreshments. Golf clubs will be provided if needed along with golf balls, snacks, refreshments and prizes. 
Philosophy: Goal is to make sure campers enjoy themselves playing golf. If they enjoy golf, they will keep playing. As the keep playing, and develop correct swing mechanics, they will become better players. Juniper Hill Golf instructors will combine instruction, imitation, and fun exciting games to keep their interest level high.  ($260 fee)

For more camp options for other weeks, visit the Southborough Rec programs page.

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