With the approach of Memorial Day, summer will be here. Schools will be vacated, buses will be parked, and kids will invade the streets and neighborhoods.
I can remember the anticipation of sleeping in and no homework and how excited I was to have free time to do the things I wanted to do, ride my bike, skateboard, and in my later years work out and get ready for football season.
Now is the time to encourage your kids to get active, not just for the summer, but hopefully for the rest of their lives. Ramona is a great family-centered community with numerous activities that your kids from elementary to high school can get involved in. The following are some of the camps and activities going on this summer that you need to take a look at:
Basketball Player & Team Development Camp
Camp Dates and Times
June 18 - 21 Ages 12 - 18
June 25 - 28 Ages 6 - 11
Presented by the Ramona High School Bulldogs
Directed by Head Coach David Reichner 760-787-4000
At the Ramona High School Gym
The Basketball Player & Team, Development Camp will focus on proper stance, ball handling, form shooting, stationary moves, shooting off the dribble, screening, cutting, pivoting, how to read your defender, defense, passing, attacking the basket with one dribble, agility, quickness, jumping, and endurance. Players will learn how to practice the way they play. Ramona Fitness is partnering with Coach Reichner with the addition of its Sports and Fitness Conditioning Program to the camp. Visit: ramonabulldogbasketball.com.
Football Youth Speed, Agility & Conditioning Camp
June 19 - July 19
Every Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday
6 to 7:30 p.m. for boys and girls ages 5-15
Includes 2012 Bulldog Combine & Gridiron Challenge (two-day football camp at RHS)
Athletes will learn football fundamentals, how to become quicker, more agile and condition their bodies for the demands of the gridiron. Ramona Fitness is partnering with Ramona Pop Warner to aide in instruction to help kids guard themselves against injury and promote flexibility. Visit: ramonapopwarner.net.
Boys and Girls Club of San Diego Ramona Branch
The club will offer a variety of summer camp programs that include healthy snacks, theme weeks, weekly field trips, games, sports, arts and crafts, and much more. Registration begins in May at the Boys & Girls Club at 622 E St. in Collier County Park. Summer camp programs are open to children going into kindergarten through eighth-grade graduates. For costs and schedule, visit sdyouth.org and click on “locations” to find the Ramona home page, or call 760-789-1416. Space is limited.
Cub Scout Day Camp
Pacific Crest Cub Scout Day Camp, “Camp Nuevo! Ramona’s Past, Present & Future,” will allow boys entering first through fifth grade the opportunity to explore the history of Ramona, create sand and beaded artwork, saddle-up for horsemanship, try archery, experience old-fashioned games and learn Indian lore, first aid and robotics — all in one fun-filled week. Boys do not have to be registered Cub Scouts to attend, but must fill out a BSA membership form along with day camp registration. The fun-filled week is scheduled for June 18 - 22 at the Ramona Junior Fairgrounds on Aqua Lane. The cost is $110 for Scouts or $125 for non-Scouts, and includes camp T-shirt and hat, water bottle, program materials, crafts, snacks, and awards. Registration is ongoing. Adult and Boy Scout volunteers are welcome. To learn more, visit pacificcrest.sdicbsa.org.
Sports And Fitness Conditioning Program
This program is for youth ages 12-18
July 8 - Aug. 15
3:30-4:30 p.m. on Mondays and Wednesdays
Cost: $99 for 6 weeks
Held at Ramona Fitness Center
Athletes will be taken through a complete workout just like the pros do in preparation for the season. Dynamic warmup, plyometrics, agility drills, and strength and power training, athletes will walk away from the camp knowing how to improve on their own at home or in a gym environment. The camp is recommended for all sports and will educate and motivate the athletes to be better in all facets of sports. For more information, contact us at 760-789-3500 or visit ramonafitness.com.
Cyclone Sports Camp
This camp is for youth ages 5-11
4 - 5 p.m. on Tuesday and Thursdays
Cost: $99 for 6 weeks
Held at Ramona Fitness Center
Each day the young athletes will participate in age appropriate activities that will help them improve their sports performance regardless if they are playing a sport or not. The key at this age level is fun and this is done by the use of various tools that improve swinging, throwing, kicking, jumping, and total body movement. For more information, contact us at 760-789-3500 or visit ramonafitness.com .
There are numerous more activities that your kids can get involved in, so do some research for yourself. Keep FUN in mind when you’re looking for something for your child 5-11. For the older kids, make sure that they are on board and that they will truly improve at their given sport through the camp. Good luck and check my website ramonastrainer.com for articles, workouts, videos and how you can get started on your path to you — only better!
Peter San Nicolas owns Ramona Fitness Center at 544 Main St.