For the two weeks after school was officially out for the summer, more than 100 Plymouth Whitemarsh High School (PWHS) students were still on campus — making a difference for younger students with similar interests.
Summer camps serve as fundraisers for the programs and sports teams, but more importantly, they give the young students coming up through the system a chance to bond with the older kids, build their skills and get a taste of the opportunities they'll have as they get older.
"We're showing them how much fun it is to play volleyball," said Lily Acquaviva, a senior at PWHS. "It's been such a big part of all of our lives, so being able to share that with the kids, teach them the basic fundamentals and get them comfortable with the sport is really cool."
For the younger children interested in sports, PWHS teams offered clinics in baseball, basketball, soccer and volleyball.
"I like seeing them grow during the camp," said Megan Peuser, a PWHS senior who was helping with the volleyball camp. "Even in that time, they get the fundamentals and key skills down. It's amazing how into it they get."
The PWHS Mock Trial club also offered a camp, and the music department brought in Colonial Middle School and PWHS students to help with Singfest, a choral camp for first through sixth grade students.
"I like that we sing and dance and collaborate in a group with people who are from all around the community and the school district," said Alyssa Avery, a Colonial Elementary fifth grader at Springfest.
While the goal of the camps is for the younger children to have fun and build their skills, many of the older students also ended the week having learned new things.
"You have to teach someone to complete a task and be successful in it," said John Palmer, who helped with Singfest and will be a freshman at PWHS in the fall. "You definitely gain a new sense of responsibility."
There is still one week of sports camp left this summer. The PWHS Boys' Basketball team will be hosting a second week, July 16-20. Click here for more information and to register.