Marysville Parks offers Wacky World of Sports
By LAUREN SALCEDO
Marysville Globe Reporter
July 3, 2012 · Updated 9:07 AM
MARYSVILLE — The Marysville Parks and Recreation Department has no shortage of sports activities scheduled this summer and that includes their daytime summer camps.
The Parks and Recreation day camp recently held a Wacky World of Sports week, to kick off the beginning of the summer season.
For five days, campers received an introduction to a variety of sports, both common and rare. Campers were able to compete in relay races, hockey, Frisbee competition, basketball, bowling and more.
“It’s fun to exercise and have competition,” said camper Crystal Hagen, 10. “I’d have to say that my favorite sport we played was dodgeball.”
Fellow camper Taylor Maak also felt that the Wacky World of Sports camp was fun.
“When I’m at home, I don’t have anything to do,” said Maak, who went bowling for the first time during the camp’s field trip to Strawberry Lanes.
“I love it. I’ve never been bowling before and I’ve never been to any camps before,” said Maak. “I just like it.”
The Wacky World of Sports culminated in the All-Camp Olympics on Friday, June 29, when campers divided into three teams and competed in a number of events with overall team scores determining the winner, much like the upcoming Olympics.
“We played kickball, putt-putt golf, bowling — our field trip to Strawberry Lanes was popular,” said Chelsea Sowards, camp leader. “I think it’s fun to play basketball and soccer, but it’s also fun to teach them new skills.”
Fellow camp leader Rob Christiansen agreed. “Kids always seem to respond well to getting outside and having fun,” he said. “And everybody seemed to love Strawberry Lanes.”
William Brown, a 10-year-old camper, definitely had a great time learning to bowl. “Normally I have to use bumpers, but this time I didn’t,” said Brown, who also said he really enjoyed the summer day camp. “It’s really fun. I really loved the sprout ball and bowling. It was really, really awesome.”
Although the first week of day camp is over, spaces are still available for campers who wish to attend other weeks.
“We are always looking for new campers,” said Christiansen.
Parks and Recreation is hosting six more weeks of themed day camps including Outrageous Outdoors, Wild Wacky Water Week and Blast from the Past, which includes a trip to the skating rink. To sign up for the summer camp visit www.marysvillewa.gov or call 360-363-8400.
Contact Marysville Globe Reporter Lauren Salcedo at email@example.com or 360-659-1300, Ext. 5054.