With over 70 kids registered in the first year, it’s clear the Boundary Youth Soccer Camp was a big success.
“This is the first camp we’ve ever run,” said Tracy Davies, technical director for Boundary Youth Soccer Association. “We had a really good turn out. We had room for 90 kids and we ended up with almost 80. We even had kids coming along the way in the middle of week and joining up after hearing about it.”
The camp featured plenty of soccer instruction from top-notch coaches but also had a variety of different activities ranging from California kickball to frisbee to tennis to swimming at the lake.
The camp was split into three different age groups, ranging from six years to 14 years. Older youth were recruited as counsellors, along with local area coaches.
“We’ve got awesome counsellors here that are working with the kids and our professional soccer instructor Dylan Tooby who has shown our kids lots of great skills,” she said. “I think everyone had a great time.”
Davies said the main idea behind the camp is to let the kids come out and have fun in a healthy environment and to also try out different sports.
Even with an impromptu thunderstorm on Wednesday, July 17, camp counsellors were able to adjust and move everyone inside for indoor soccer and other games.
“With the rain, we went to Plan B and everyone seemed to like that,” she said. “We watched a movie and did some crafts for awhile. We really got to know each other that way.”
For nine-year-old Paris Hastings of Grand Forks, the soccer camp was a great way to spend a week in July.
“It’s been good,” she said. “I liked all the activities like soccer, swimming and beach volleyball. I like that they have a bunch of fun activities that you can go out and do so you don’t have a boring summer.”
Hastings, who has played soccer for one year, also enjoyed getting the chance to meet new people at the camp.
The camp wrapped up Friday afternoon with a beach party at Christina Lake with parents and siblings.