Kids will enjoy afternoons of movement-centered learning and fun!

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Several changes to Camp PLAY for Summer 2010

Camp PLAY is in its second year, and for those of you returning from last year, there have been a few changes. We had such an amazing time last summer with your children, and we hope to share another summer of fun again. We will still be using the dance studio for some of our favorite activities, including yoga, scarves, balance beam, dancing, and more. Many of our excellent staff will be returning and can't wait to have some fun with your kids! We will also be adding water games one day each week, in addition to the pool. We will still have PE style games each day on Cannan Green or in Doremus Gym. There will be a daily snack provided by Camp PLAY during our "learning" time where we will focus on making healthy choices, positive influences, fitness, our bodies, nutrition, and games. We are working with FAIR again, so if your child plans to attend both, we will see to it that your child makes the connection between the two programs. A few things have changed for this summer:
  1. We are now accepting applications for ages 4-11. The 4 year olds will have extra staffing and will focus more on learning to move the body, developing coordination and cooperation.
  2. Campers (and parents) will have the option of attending one, two, or three weeks of camp. Weeks do not need to be consecutive.
  3. Lunch will be provided for those attending FAIR, otherwise you will need to plan to arrive to PLAY ready to get moving (and full)!
  4. There have been some changes to the registration process. Multiple child family discount is $15/week for each child after the first full payment. A non-refundable tuition payment of 50% is due at the time of registration.

We continue to work to improve what Camp PLAY offers. We truly believe in what we represent and hope that you do to. Please spread the word about your experiences with us!

Registration deadline has been extended

We have extended the registration deadline to June 28, but space is limited! Get your registrations in now to reserve your spot for Summer 2010.

Registration is Underway for PLAY 2010

We have begun to receive our first registrations for Camp PLAY for Summer 2010 and are so excited about the actities that we have planned. We're hoping for another great group of campers again this summer. We are committed to updating this website more regularly and soon to come are:
  • a line up for activities for this summer
  • an outline of our summer curriculum
  • pictures from last year
  • a link to our registration (still trying to figure out the logistics of linking this)

So, if you haven't gotten your registration mailed yet, please do so now! Plans are underway for staffing and we need to know who is coming to camp for the summer. Stay healthy and happy!

Friday, May 8, 2009

Camp PLAY Staff

Wendy Orrison, associate professor of Physical Education and Head Field hockey coach at Washington and Lee University, is a certified group fitness instructor and is certified in American Red Cross First Aid and CPR. Wendy is a competive runner and has competed in the Charlottesville 10-miler the past two years. Wendy's focus of instruction for camp will be centered around stretch, dance, balance, and coordination activities. She will also be leading hikes and group fitness games.

Holly Snyder is a licensed certified Athletic Trainer, a certified strength and conditioning specialist, a certified personal trainer, and is certified in American Red Cross First Aid and CPR for the Professional Rescuer. Holly is a competitive runner, competing in the Baltimore half-marathon two years ago. Mrs. Snyder is also a licensed and practicing elementary school teacher in the Commonwealth of Virginia. Holly will be focussing on nutrition education, leading hikes, leading group games and exercises, and leading balance and coordination activities for Camp PLAY.

Kris Hoey has been in the Lexington community for six years and is one of the running coaches at W&L. Kris is an avid runner herself, in addition to being a successful coach at W&L. She competed in the U.S. Olympic trials for the steeplechase in 2001. She has a degree in health and physical education. She will be working with nutrition education and group fitness activities and games for Camp PLAY.

Joel Shinofield has lived in the area for the past six years, after graduating from Washington and Lee in 1994. He has had great success as the director of aquatics and men's swim coach at W&L. Joel has had to retire as a swimmer, but has competed in several competitive running events since graduating from college. His activity with club swimming has given him an abundance of experience working with school aged children of all swimming abilities. He will be leading aquatics sessions and directing water games, in addition to working with group skills sessions and games for Camp PLAY.

Kami Gardner has been in Lexington for two years and is the women's swim coach at W&L. She is an experienced and successful swimmer with success at the national level, including participating in the 1991 US Olympic Trials. She will be leading aquatics sessions and leading water games for Camp PLAY.

Holly, Wendy, Kris, Joel, and Kami are all members of the local community and have young school aged children.

Friday, May 1, 2009

Camp PLAY Facilities

Camp PLAY will take place in and around the Warner Center and Doremus Gymnasium at Washington and Lee University. We will begin each day with an all-camp warm-up in historic Doremus Gymnasium and the Warner Center.

We will also utilize the both gyms to play games, such as four square, pickle, scooter tag, team handball, and indoor hockey in order to promote teamwork and coordination.

The racketball and squash courts on the first floor of the gym complex will be used for games like racketball, wallyball, jump-rope, dodgeball, agility skills sessions, and footwork drills.

We are fortunate to have use of the state-of-the art dance studio located in the Warner Center. We will focus on activities that teach the children about stretching, promote balance, strengthen the core, and improve coordination.

Our outdoor activities and games will take place on Cannan Green, located outside Doremus Gym. We will play games such as kickball, red rover, bocce, croquet, frisbee, and parachutes.

The aquatics program will take place in the Cy Twombly Pool, located on the first floor of the Warner Center. Programming will accomodate all skill levels. Joel Shinofield and Kami Gardner will oversee the aquatics programming for Camp PLAY.