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Kids Get "Schooled" this Summer at Sports and Scholar Camps

Tennis camp This summer, more than 550 kids spent a portion of their day learning how to play a sport or extending their academic learning – all through summer camps sponsored by the district.


Through the district-run community education program, eight different sports camps were offered. With full and half day sessions, the PE and Sports camp provided the most variety in a day with sports, activities, swim and games.


Four of the camps focused on the sport of basketball and were geared to different age groups and skill levels. The Future Tigers Basketball for grades K-2, Tigers Basketball for girls in grades 2-8, Tigers Basketball for boys in grades 3-9 and Summer Basketball for boys and girls in grades 2-7 all focused on teaching how to shoot, pass, rebound and defend. In each of the camps, the character traits of teamwork, self-discipline and respect were put into play during drills, practices and games.


Introducing kids in grades 3-8 to the sport of wrestling, the summer camp helped teach strategies of the sport and included some matches. Most of the middle and high school kids that attended the tennis camp plan to try out for a junior varsity and varsity tennis teams. Pictured are the tennis campers.


Nearly 30 kids in grades 1-6 were part of the running camp.


The district also offered an academic program this summer for kindergarten to fifth graders. Nearly 200 campers were part of the Amherst Summer Scholars program that combined academic programming with field trips during three themed sessions. The July session theme was “Fun in the Sun.” August session themes were “Full STEAM Ahead” and “Animal Planet.”