Country Club youth sports camps get kids out the door and on their feet

Tanner Cook • Updated Jun 13, 2018 at 8:53 PM

Admit it: the kids have already said they’re bored at least once this summer.

There are plenty of camps throughout the summer to help get kids out the door and off the couch, and the Johnson City Country Club’s youth sports camps throughout the summer set themselves apart by offering a variety of games for kids of all ages, regardless of if they are members or non-members.

Brad Pippin and staff at the JCCC put together the camp during the summer.

This week is the second camp and is a bit smaller than usual, but Pippin expects the camp to be large during the final week of July 10-13.

The camp was forced inside on Wednesday afternoon due to the rain during the tennis portion. However, the kids got to play several games throughout the day.

“We have everything at these camps,” Pippin said. “We start them off with golf in the morning and some of these kids have never played golf before. By the end of the day, they love golf and want to keep playing. We even have arts and crafts to slow the pace down a bit during the day and provide even more variety.

“We like to cool them off in the middle of the day with swimming after lunch. Of course we have to make them wait before they can get in the pool. We’ve been doing the camps here for about four years and they’ve steadily grown each year. I’m just trying to get the word out that everything we do with the youth sports camps os open to the public.”

The camp runs from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. each day and offers different sports like tennis, golf, swimming, baseball, bowling, soccer, capture the flag, dragonfly (an advanced version of tag) and tchoukball.

Tchoukball is a popular sport in Europe developed by the Swiss in 1970 as part of an educational study that had reduced injuries, was not typically aggressive and enabled people of all shapes and sizes to take part.

The cost for camps is $175 for members and $200 for non-members for all three days. Lunch is included for the kids.

For more information, contact the Johnson City Country Club and ask to speak to Brad Pippin.

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