Are your kids getting on your nerves? Maybe you should have sent your kid to camp.
There are a ton of sports camps in the U.S. focused on a single sport and an excellent resource for every sport under the sun is KidsCamps where our baby boomer kids and grandkids can learn the basics, hone skills and refresh rules of sportsmanship. Another excellent all sport resource is Nike’s USSportsCamps. Many cities offer camps through their parks and recreation departments, girls and boys clubs and YWCA and YMCAs. If you want to take it a step beyond, there are camps where the pros provide their time and expertise to budding young athletes.
Maybe your kid’s favorite sport is tennis. A great place to start is a membership in the USTA and enroll in a Youth Tennis program. Does she hope to become the next Venus or Serena Williams or Bethanie Mattek-Sands, Melanie Oudin, Varvara Lepchenko, the new young kids on the march up the ranks. Does he aspire to become the next Andy Roddick, Mardy Fish, John Isner, James Blake or Sam Querry? Along with Nike’s tennis camp, the adidasTennis Camps is another “ace” choice to get your tennis hottie U.S.Open and Wimbledon bound. While you’re at it, baby boomer parents and grandparents better book tickets early for both venues as they sell out fast. There are many tennis academies in the U.S. where the focus is on building future champions. Some of the best are the Bollettierri Tennis Academy, the Evert Tennis Academy, and the Austin Tennis Academy.
Is there a budding Steve Stricker, Phil Mickelson, Cristie Kerr, Paula Creamer or Michelle Wie in your house who hopes to be on the PGA or LPGA Tour someday? We’ve reviewed some resources we think are the best-of-the-best, like the Stanford Golf Camp and the PGA Tour Camps. An excellent golf academy is the David Leadbetter Golf Academy. If you’re more in the mood for a family spa/resort with golf thrown into the mix, check-out www.theheritage.com.
A great resource is the MLB Kids Club if your kid is baseball mad and wants to be a major league player someday? It’s equally important to build character along with the skills. If he wants to go to a camp, a super resource is www.usbaseballacademy.com. Our choice is the Dusty Baker Baseball Camps where Dusty is personally available and involved with the kids. Many of the major league teams hold sports camps and another of our favorites is the Red Sox Camps. Just think of participating in Camper Family Reunion Night at Fenway Park during the season, and experience the thrill of being recognized on the field prior to the game!
It’s time to start planning and book ahead for summer sport camps now. We’d love to hear about your experiences with sports camps so we can share them with other baby boomer parents and grandparents. Send us photos and videos to share too!