For the first week of summer break, the fields were filled with soccer players from second grade through alumni for Soccer Camp. More than 30 Plymouth Whitemarsh High School (PWHS) students from the boys and girls soccer teams, along with a handful of returning graduates, served as counselors, overseeing 145 campers from grades two to eight.
“The camp focuses on skills, game play, teamwork and cooperation — but most importantly on having fun,” said Ryan Zehren, Head Coach for the PWHS Girls Soccer team and camp coordinator.
Much of the time, the counselors work with grade level groups to take them through a variety of drills.
“My favorite part is learning new things about soccer,” said Parker, who’s going in to second grade at Plymouth Elementary School.
“My favorite thing is the drills we do,” added Reese, who’s going into second grade at Ridge Park. “They help you be better at soccer.”
By keeping the activities moving and engaging, counselors noticed that campers stayed focused on developing their skills.
“We never have issues with listening or bad behavior,” said Vicky O’Malley, a PWHS Girls Soccer player and counselor who worked with some of the youngest campers. “They’re so good. They listen, and they’re so cute.”
By the end of the week, the campers get to apply their new skills by playing games against each other.
“My favorite part is watching the kids playing big scrimmage games at the end,” said Devon Skiles, a counselor who’ll be a junior at PWHS in the fall. “They all want to win, they all want to play, and they’re all really nice to each other.”
There are two sports camps left this summer. The PWHS Boys Basketball Team is hosting a week of co-ed basketball camp July 22-26 (click here for more information), and the PWHS Cheerleaders are hosting a two-day camp on August 8-9 (click here for more information).