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Minnesota Sport Schools
This program provides campers with the opportunity to gain a new appreciation for sports in a non-competitive environment. Learn and practice the basics through drills, skill progressions and light competition. Beginning to intermediate sport instruction and daily recreation activities combine for a balanced full day experience. Two and a half hours each day will be spent learning and playing a specific sport while the remaining time is spent playing games, rock climbing, swimming, and discovering the many opportunities available at the University of Minnesota.
2017 MN Sport Schools Summer Camp Schedule
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Aim, shoot, BULLS-EYE! Learn discipline and marksmanship from the challenging sport of archery. Develop your technique with a keen eye at a ‘game oriented’ facility, where participants will practice on artificial animals at times. Parents, please speak to your child about this possibility. In addition to targeting game animals, youth will practice their skills on conventional targets and balloons.
Spend the week on the Minneapolis Chain of Lakes learning from an instructor with over 30 years of experience! Do you know the feep history of the lakes? By week's end, you will. Along the way, you will develop a love for paddling and the skills to go safely on the water. You'll learn how to do rescues , about the micro-climates of the lakes, and the Dakota history of the area as you bring out the leader within you! Friday brings and extended expedition to paddled, completed with portage of Lake Harriet and Minnehaha Creek! Plan accordingly for the water with a cap, sunscreen, water bottle and rain gear.
Experience the excitement of football in a non-contact format. Learn plays and strategies and practice the core skills of passing, catching, and de-flagging or defensive positioning. This camp also teaches good sportsmanship, teamwork, and the importance of fair play in a fun and positive environment. The week ends with the YP Bowl, giving participants a chance to showcase their skills on the gridiron!
Whether you are an experienced gymnast or a beginner, this is the camp for you! With state of the art facilities and a fully qualified staff, get ready to learn and develop your acrobatic skills and tricks in a fun, safe environment with excellent coaches. Students will gain strength, flexibility, muscle coordination and gymnastics techniques that will give them an added edge in their physical and mental development. Grab onto this opportunity to tumble your way through an exciting week!
Played with a likeness to tennis, racquetball, and squash; handball is an easy to learn sport that will keep you physically active while having fun. Handball enhances agility, speed, quickness, reaction time, coordination and endurance. And it’s a great balancing act — developing both sides of the body and brain as campers learn how to strike the ball with both hands!
Jump on to this opportunity to have fun—get your feet wet with log rolling! This unique sport dates back to the 1800s, but recently has been growing in popularity, even being featured on ESPN’s Great Outdoor Games. A sport that improves balance, agility, footwork and concentration, logrolling can be safely enjoyed at any age. Participants must have and demonstrate intermediate swimming skills to participate. To prevent skin irritation, which may occur from getting up onto the log frequently, longer style swim shorts or fitted, knee length athletic or biking style shorts are required. Basic water shoes or barefoot style shoes are also recommended.
Outdoor Adventure Skills
Are you ready to learn what it takes to be an Outdoor Adventurer?! Spend the week learning how to pack a backpack like a pro, work as a team to navigate using map and compass, cook over an open fire you built yourself, and basic shelter construction using a tarp and Para cord. You’ll spend time learning how to meal plan and what equipment is needed for a trip, as well as how to read the weather. The Outward Bound staff will help you escape to nature and survive with ease. This camp includes two field trips to put all of your new skills to the test! An additional waiver is required with registration.
Outdoor Adventure Skills: Canoe
Join us as we embark on this brand new adventure camp! Have you ever wondered what going into planning for a Boundary Waters canoe expedition? Here's your chance to spend the week planning your very own adventure! Along with learning how to canoe and portage, you'll navigate with a map and compass, cook over an open fire, practice the ethics of Leave No Trace, discover the rules of the wilderness, and the master of fire making! The final day of camp will put these skills to the test, as you and your team paddle to make camp and prepare your own meal! Plan accordingly for the weather with a cap, sunscreen, water bottle and rain gear.
|July 31-August 4||12-15||7663||$334|
Experience an outstanding way to get active while developing hand-eye coordination and movement skills - all while having a great time and building endurance! This camp includes activities and games that will teach the basics of racquetball play, safety tips, and strategy. Come make new friends while learning a fun, fast paced sport! All equipment, including goggles, is provided.
Take your YP experience to new heights by learning to rock climb! With an emphasis on safety and fun, this camp will provide opportunities to develop climbing skills in a supportive environment. Campers will learn how to manage the ropes for their climbing buddies, tie some basic climbing knots, identify different types of climbing holds, and gain an understanding of basic climbing movement techniques. In addition to fun-filled games and activities, campers will take a field trip to the University of Minnesota Climbing Gym on the Minneapolis Campus and to a local Indoor Climbing Facility. (For 8-10 year olds.)
Come continue the vertical adventure with Rock 2! The camp will help climbers develop confidence in their skills and encourage progress by learning climbing specific movement techniques. Technical instruction is interspersed with fun-filled activities and games to provide climbing challenges in a fun, constructive environment. As young climbers learn new skills, they will also have new climbing opportunities with field trips to the U of M Climbing Gym on the Minneapolis Campus and Vertical Endeavors Indoor Climbing Facility. Previous climbing experience is highly encouraged. (For 11-14 year olds.)
|July 31-August 4||8-10||7512||$339|
Fast action and teamwork are the name of the game in this popular, worldwide sport. Learn and improve your skills in dribbling, passing, shooting and ball control in a non-competitive setting. Please bring shin guards if you have them.
Rated as one of the healthiest sports, squash camps are not only a great way to build skill and learn a new game, they are a great way to have fun and form new friendships! This lifetime sport camp will help players improve hand-eye coordination by focusing on forehand and backhand techniques. Focus will also be on footwork, drills, game strategy, etiquette, safety and sportsmanship all while having fun. Squash is about coordination rather than strength and therefore is enjoyed equally by all. Equipment, including goggles, is provided.
Tae Kwon Do
Get ready for action as you learn and review the various elements of Tae Kwon Do and how it developed through Korean history and culture. Find out more about self-defense and the choices and consequences involved. Be prepared for physical activity each day including warm up, skills practice, conditioning and cool down all in a safe and fun atmosphere.
Tennis is for everyone! Have fun learning this lifelong activity under the guidance of an experienced coach with curriculum based on the USTA guidelines. Learn and practice all of the basic skills such as ground strokes, volleys, lobs, and serves. Tennis shoes are required each day. Younger children will use equipment provided. Ages 10 & up may bring a racquet if they have one.
|July 31-August 4||6-8||7650||$274|
|July 31-August 4||9-11||7651||$274|
Track and Field
Track and Field, or Athletics as it is known in many countries, is an athletic event in which contestants compete in various running, jumping, vaulting, hurdling, and throwing competitions. It is also an ancient sport that is commonly practiced today; especially in the Olympics! Campers will spend the week learning about the different events, forms, techniques, and history of Track and Field through fun activities; and then participate in a track meet on the last day.
Ultimate Frisbee is one of the fastest growing team sports in the country. Played with a flying disc, it combines elements of soccer, football, and basketball; resulting in a fast-paced sport enjoyed by people around the world. Your instructor will mix instruction with fun games so you can practice your new skills, improve your hand-eye coordination and athleticism, with the emphasis on Spirit of the Game. The unique flying options of the disc mean that no two throws look alike and the options are limitless!
|July 31-August 4||9-11||7606||$279|
Bump, set, SPIKE! Boys and girls will both enjoy this lifetime sport by learning the proper techniques for serving, passing, setting and hitting on the hard court. At the end of each day, new skills are applied in a game setting, and effective teamwork and good sportsmanship are emphasized. Campers should wear comfortable clothing for movement, tennis shoes, and knee pads (optional).
The favorite backyard game is back! Organized wiffleball is the perfect comination of fun and competition for all ages. Learn the rules of the game, enhance your positive sportsmanship, and explore how to make the ball slide, rise, sink and spin from a national Strikeout King wiffleball pitcher!