Summer Camp is OPEN for 2021! We are super PUMPED!! Some sessions already FULL!
CAN YOU BELIEVE IT?! REGISTRATION IS OPEN!! LETS GET YOUR 6th-8th GRADERS OUT OF THE HOUSE AND OFF TO CAMP!
An UPDATED (post June 15th) note from our founder...
It’s been a long, grueling process of contemplating safety and strategy to make sure we can effectively execute a first class summer camp amidst the many challenges at hand. Through careful consideration we have come up with a completely revamped Bald Eagle Sports Camp program for the summer of 2021!
New guidelines were released by the CDC saying that unvaccinated children do not need to wear masks outdoors in summer camps or while playing sports. It is recommended to wear them for indoor activities. There is some speculation or flexibility to differentiate rigorous vs distanced non-active movement indoors. Vaccinated individuals do not need to wear masks at all. Although 95% of our camp activities are outdoors and indoor spaces are well ventilated, please send your child with a mask daily to be used as regulations dictate.
This will be the new policy we follow for campers, coaches and parents coming on campus to pick up their kids. If you are not comfortable with this policy please let your child know that you want them to wear their mask at all times or as you deem appropriate. Obviously we will be respectful of and support everyone's personal preferences while we adhere to CDC guidelines.
Here is an article to support this change if you need it. The title of the article does NOT do a good job communicating what the message of the article is when you read it. https://www.nbcnews.com/health/health-news/unvaccinated-kids-still-need-masks-summer-camp-cdc-says-n1268847
Looks like it's time for kids to run and play like the days of old! I'm excited for them!
Let me know if you have any questions or concerns.
Founder & CEO
SPORTS LEADERSHIP CAMP OVERVIEW
Our Sports Leadership Camp concept is "built for the big kids"! The return from COVID forced us to REVAMP this entire camp program since historically it is laden with tangible leadership experiences working with younger campers. Obviously that format isn't possible this year, but we see challenges as an opportunity to grow so we got CREATIVE! This year Sports Leadership campers will get to take TWO fun Field Trips each week! On Monday, Wednesday and Friday they will be on campus in our highly engaging team sports activities and leadership development programming. On Tuesdays campers will be taken by professional shuttle service to a Santa Cruz area beach for an AMAZING team and leadership laden day of fun in the sun. On Thursdays they will take that same shuttle to Great America where the team will stay together all day and enjoy everything the famous theme park has to offer, including the South Bay Shores Water Park located inside the gates. All groups will be supervised by their usual weekly coaches and an additional Director level staff member.
WHAT WON'T CHANGE THIS YEAR
Incoming 6th-8th graders don't want to be at the little kids camp any more. They are longing for more choices, more responsibility, more flexibility, deeper interactions and exciting opportunities to take charge of their day. They want to learn leadership skills through hands-on experiences, not lectures. They still enjoy playing camp games, but are transitioning from "recess games". They want to engage in challenging, intense, well organized and competitive game activities. Our non-traditional Sports Camp games are the perfect fit as they include and motivate the "not-so-athletic" but also challenge the gifted athlete!
Bald Eagle couples our unique games with a hands-on curriculum of leadership experiences and choices that the pre-teen is starving for. We are confident that "leadership through a sports experience" is a powerful tool to prepare children for adulthood. With a different leadership theme each week that instigates new discussions and obstacles, incoming 6th-8th graders can get a refreshed experience even if they attend every session or come for multiple summers.
The Sports Leadership Camp is also a lead-in experience for those campers looking to transition into a coach at Bald Eagle once they've aged out of our camp (entering 9th grade). For youth entering 9th & 10th grade, we offer the premier leadership volunteer experience in the Bay Area called the Coach In Training Program (CIT).
It's hard to fathom sometimes, frightening in fact, that our incoming 6th-8th grader is on the "cliff of adulthood". Regardless of the emotions that dwells in the parent, is your child ready for that leap? Countless life-threatening situations that mandate sound decision making skills are just around the corner. It's important that they are fully prepared, and the days of telling or doing it for them are long gone. Sadly, at the time when they need to listen the most to their parents, part of their transition to adulthood involves not being as "attuned" to the voice of mom & dad. It's in this pre-teen period where parents need to associate their child with quality peer mentors or mentors who are worth looking up to, and Bald Eagle provides the best role-models around with hand-picked, certified Positive Coaches (see our PCA page).
More than ever before preteens need a compass, a guideline, a clear picture of what it means to be a successful teenager and adult. They can get that picture here at Bald Eagle Camps, framing a clear target on how they can be their best in every area of their life. Please watch the videos on this page of the Sports Leadership campers being interviewed.
The Sports Leadership Camp is designed to be highly active and fun, not a lecture based venue. Campers make choices about what they want to do throughout the day from a menu of activity choices. They are given duties/responsibilities to manage daily with their fellow Sports Leadership campers and offered opportunities to create or lead different events across the camp day. Each sports event is an opportunity for them to enhance their leadership skills and social development in a positive environment with exceptional peer models. It's powerful.
Incoming 6th-8th graders need something more than the traditional options that are out there for their age group such as sport specific camps or academically focused summer choices. The reality is they are aging-out of a lot of things, but that makes this transition that much more important. Bald Eagle is addressing that need. Pre-Teens thrive when allowed more freedom, opportunity, choice & inclusion with the coaching staff. We offer all of this value and depth of programming wrapped in a highly active, hands on & super fun summer camp sports experience.
Does your 6th-8th grader have a "Team Captain Mentality"? They are more apt to make good decisions in all aspects of life if they do. Every youth, no matter where they are on the spectrum of being ready to be a leader can benefit dramatically from our popular Sports Leadership Camp concept.
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Coach Bob is the Founder & CEO of Bald Eagle Sports Camps. He has taught Special Ed and PE since 1995, currently at Los Altos HS. Coach Bob has over 25 years coaching experience from youth to collegiate, is a Certified Positive Coaching Alliance Trainer and holds two Credentials along with a Masters in Special Education. In his 4 years as the Head Varsity Boys Basketball Coach at Los Altos High School he led the Eagles to 2 SCVAL titles ('13,'14) and the schools first ever Central Coast Section Championship (2015). Recently named by PCA as a Development Zone Leadership Fellow, Coach Bob believes children should have a place to feel encouraged, included, cared for, safe from bullying, free from negativity and expected to have as much fun as possible. At the same time, children need direction on how to be their best person in every given moment.View all our coaches
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