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Summer youth sports and fitness camp to be held in Turlock
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Monte Vista Chapel and Calvary Baptist Church of Turlock are co-sponsoring a Sports and Fitness Camp for boys and girls that will run for two weeks, starting Monday and concluding on June 17.


The first camp will begin on Monday and end on Friday with the time running from 12:30 p.m. to 5:15 p.m. and the second camp will run from June 13 to June 17 from 8 a.m. to 12:45 p.m.


The cost of the camp will run $30 for the week. Camp T-shirts and water bottles are also available for an additional $8, and, $2, respectively.


“I really appreciate our community and this is just a way to get kids involved in sports and activities during the summer when they don't have much to do,” said camp Director Doug Anderson, who has been in charge of the event for its 16 years of existence.


The event will offer young kids from the ages of 9 to 13 years old or in grades 4 through 8, an opportunity to compete in a wide variety of sports and activities.


Some of the sports and activities at the camp will include basketball, kickball, volleyball, golf, baseball, softball, team handball, soccer, swimming, football and street hockey.


Campers will also have a chance to participate in circuit training, disc golf, pitch and putt golf, badminton, cup stacking, jumping rope, relays, dodgeball, horseshoes, and new activities like archery, Gaga ball, and  Bocce ball.


“We hope to encourage them to get fit, eat right and get activity in and we will have sports that people might not have played before,” said Anderson.


The camp will be supervised and staffed by trained adult and high school leaders and each camp will be divided into younger and older age groups.

All campers will be encouraged to participate in new sports to develop skills in individual favorites.


“Hopefully it will inspire and teach our staff, who are some high schoolers, on what to do. We like to use John Wooden's building of character,” said Anderson. “Not just on court but off court, and to try and encourage like that. To know it’s not about beating someone but being the best you can be and being a great teammate and person.”


Activities will include instructional clinics and games and each day camp will include snacks and awards.


Also, special events this year include a Trophy Home Run Derby that will take place on June 14 for the girls and boys division.


There will be daily discussions each day on success, faith, confidence, team spirit, friendship, self control, cooperation, enthusiasm, honesty and reliability.


Training in the physical fitness attributes of balance, flexibility, speed, quickness, strength and endurance will also be conducted.


There will be two Circuit Training courses setup and available, one outdoor and one indoor to music for speed, strength, quickness, and endurance.


Camp brochures can be obtained at MVC, Berkeley and Monte Vista Avenues, 634-4935, CBC, 700 E. Monte Vista Avenue, 632-2391, or, by calling Doug Anderson at 632-8492. Those interested can also visit online at