All of the kids are back home now, either in school or getting ready to start school right after Labor Day. But we had another great camp with 122 program participants and their mentors from 7 states and Canada! Here are some highlights from last week:
We'll share a full recap next week, but I wanted to share this final thought on this Friday when all our kids are headed home from the last overnight camp of 2016. On the last night of #CRSFcamp, we ask campers to vote on a camper of the week from their team. There is only one from each team, but there are usually many nominees. One chaperone remarked that it was neat to see that the kids all saw different things in each other, despite having only known each other for a few short days. Usually they just write names, but one camper wrote a reason:
It is our final week of Cal Ripken, Sr. Foundation summer camp before the last of our kids head back to school, and we’re going to make it another great one! This week, we have program participants and their mentors coming from New York, New Jersey, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Virginia, Washington, Wisconsin, and even from Canada!
Another excellent week of #CRSFcamp is in the books, thanks to an uncommon group of campers, mentors, and Badges for Baseball coaches from as close as Baltimore and as far away as Nicaragua!
We stayed in cabins on the Chesapeake Bay:
We are excited to kick of our first August camp with 186 campers and their mentors, who flew and drove in from Connecticut, Delaware, Illinois, Massachusetts, Maryland, Maine, Minnesota, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Texas, and Virginia. On top of that we had a group fly internationally all the way from Nicaragua! The kids are geared up and excited for a week full of baseball, rope lines, team building and many more fun experiences. Not only that but they will have presentations throughout the week from our Badges for Baseball partners and inspiring guest speakers.
We're ending the summer on a high note with two last weeks of Cal Ripken, Sr. Foundation summer camp! Kids and their mentors will be coming in from across the country, and this time we will even have a couple groups from other countries. We are busy preparing, but we want you to know that you can follow along right here on the Coaches Forum blog and also on Twitter!
After a week full of camp activities, demonstrations, and inspiring guest speakers, it is safe to say our campers had an experience of a lifetime. With the wonderful opportunity to hear presentations from our public safety partners as well as former University of Maryland basketball player Ernie Graham, Rachel’s Challenge, and our very own Brooke Austin, our campers left inspired to live a positive life. Even in such a short time, we could see that our campers were taking all they learned throughout the week and applying it into their final games.
The time has come again for our first #CRSFCamp of the summer! We had 145 campers and their mentors come in from all over the country: Arizona, California, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Mississippi, Missouri, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, and Texas. A huge thank you goes to Southwest Airlines for helping us fly in many of our campers.
Juwan N., a former member of the Boys & Girls Club of Metro Baltimore and Cal Ripken, Sr. Foundation camper, has received acceptance letters to two colleges, University of Maryland-Eastern Shore and West Virginia University! Congratulations, Juwan!