The summer has been rolling along and we have kept busy. We recently finished three weeks of camp. There were a little over 200 campers here during the three weeks. Those numbers are pretty good, considering across the nation most camp enrollment has declined. Part of the decline can be connected to our nation’s current economic state, but I also believe (at least in our sport) that high schools and local clubs are becoming more active during the summer. This is great for the sport, but it also can keep a lot of kids from attending summer camps.
Like I said our numbers were good, so I cannot complain. I look at camps as a way to impact three areas.
1. Help young wrestlers enjoy the sport, improve their skills and learn to have fun.
2. It’s a great tool to give campers a small taste of what life would be like as a Terp. We have many kids that consider Maryland as a possible college choice after HS and if they come to our camps, they get to interact with current coaches and wrestlers, as well as using our facilities.
3. The coaches and wrestlers will benefit financially. We all know not many people get “rich” with camps, but it does provide a little supplemental income for the coaches and gives the wrestlers an opportunity to make a little to help with expenses related to “the college life”.
Now that camps are over, we have a little time to slow down and enjoy ourselves. We are still working to keep the program moving forward, but the pace is a little slower. We are on the recruiting trail every day. Between phone calls and contact planning (on and off campus visits) we stay pretty active.
We are also planning our Golf Outing. It’s the 5th year for this event, and every year it gets better. I am really looking forward to it.