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Our Sports Leadership Camp concept is "built for the big kids" with TWO FUN FIELD TRIPS packed into every week! This is a completely revamped camp program designed specifically for incoming 6th-8th graders! Campers will experience tangible leadership experiences throughout the week while staying super active and highly social. Every week the Sports Leadership campers will get to take two field trips depending on the week! Every Tuesday is a visit to Rio Del Mar beach in Santa Cruz where team challenges, relays and group tasks teach the importance of working as a team and that everyone's contribution counts. Every Thursday is a trip to Great America or Top Golf & Pinstripes Bowling. These fun group events offer a depth of social skills teaching, challenges and teamwork. On Monday, Wednesday and Friday campers are on-site in our highly engaging team sports activities laced with hands-on leadership development opportunities with the younger campers.
PROGRAM FOR TUESDAYS
Every Tuesday campers will be taken by professional shuttle service to Rio del Mar Beach near Santa Cruz! We have an outstanding leadership development program designed around "sand competitions" that the campers can't get enough of! We form them into teams and they rotate from event to event while deepening their connection throughout the day. They have the option of swimming in the waves because we pony-up right in front of the lifeguard station and we chose a beach known for safe waves. We also have our Director and coaches keep an extra eye on campers while they boogie board and body surf the waves. Our Beach Program is such a huge hit that we do it every week all summer long and it never gets old for our vast numbers of repeat campers!
PROGRAM FOR THURSDAYS
This is where we mix it up!
Thursdays 6/22, 7/13 & 7/27 - Campers will be taken by professional shuttle service to California's Great America. They will have supervised time with their peers to enjoy the rides and all that the theme park has to offer! Campers will have time to stop and buy lunch and snacks of their choice (not included in camp fee) inside the park and spending quality time together!
Thursdays 6/29 & 7/20 - Campers will be taken by professional shuttle service to TopGolf in the morning THEN over to Pinstripes Bowling & Bocce Ball in the afternoon! They will compete in teams through all of these fun events, and lunch is INCLUDED! What a day!!
Regardless of the event, the SLC team will stay together all day and enjoy everything these awesome venues have to offer! All groups will be supervised by their usual weekly coaches and an additional Director level staff member.
PROGRAM FOR MON & WED
Incoming 6th-8th graders don't want to be at the little kids camp anymore so we give them leadership responsibilities and off-campus field trips. While they get pumped about the field trips, they still love to play and be active. 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 Leadership 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. They will also have small segments of being an assistant coach for younger campers and officiating the coach's game. 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, not to mention a variation in Field Trips, 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, the Coach In Training Program (CIT). Check out the camper videos on the CIT page that give you the inside experience of our leadership development camp system.
PROGRAM FOR FRIDAY
Campers will now be in a leadership position by creating their own game/challenge & running their own station for the younger TK-5th grade campers during our GO BALD Festival! This will be their chance to take charge and create positive energy all on their own. To cap off the final day, they will take part in our end-of-session GO BALD Awards Ceremony!
COVID PROTOCOLS: We will follow all current county guidelines and more specifically follow protocols issued by the Los Altos School District. Since there are ongoing changes in regards to COVID regulations, specific protocol flow charts for summer camp will be issued closer to camp kickoff.
VIDEOS BELOW - SPECIAL NOTE
The SLC Overview Video has not been updated to include our new FIELD TRIP FORMAT! All other aspects of the video are still included in our camp program design, only now we have TWO FIELD TRIPS! New updated video is in the works!
It's hard to fathom sometimes, frightening in fact, that our incoming 6th-8th grader is on the "edge 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. Healthy confidence, wisdom and maturity are paramount.
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 worth looking up to and Bald Eagle provides the best role-models around who are also PCA Certified Positive Coaches (see our PCA page).
More than ever before preteens need a compass (besides TikTok & Snap Chat!), a guideline, a clear picture of what it means to be a successful teenager and adult. At Bald Eagle Camps Sports Leadership Camp our goal is to help frame a clear target on how they can be their personal 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. Tuesdays are always our famous Bald Eagle Beach Day where the campers bond and compete in leadership building events. Thursdays they take field trips to different exciting venues to deepen the bond with peers and coaches.
During Mondays & Wednesdays, both on-campus days, SLC campers make choices both as a team and individually 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 are 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. On Fridays they are put in a leadership position to run a station for the younger campers all on their own during our Go Bald Festival. It's a engaging and empowering process to build character, connection and confidence.
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. Coach Bob is a Co-Founder of TRUSALUS, a tech platform specializing in peak performance and injury recovery in youth athletes. Lastly, he has served for nearly 2 decades as a Board Member of the largest youth recreation league in the region, Foothill Youth Basketball.
As the previous Head Varsity Boys Basketball Coach at Los Altos High School, Coach Bob led the Eagles to 2 SCVAL titles ('13,'14) and the schools first ever Central Coast Section Championship (2015). Bald Eagle Camps has been profiled in PCA's books and Coach Bob was 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