Wow…We just ended our first summer track camp last week! Let me start off by saying, “What an experience for both myself (founder/coach) and each of the runners.” Few of the runners have never experienced a running camp and neither have I, let alone hold one. To be honest, I didn’t think I would have anyone signup. I was extremely nervous for many reasons like me doing this by myself and not failing the parents. It’s a big responsibility to watch other people’s children, especially if they’re eight. Nevertheless, I was very surprised at the runners that came, how awesome my curriculum worked and most importantly, that each runner was safe and having a blast.
I’ve learned a lot, but the greatest lesson I learned… NOT do a camp from 9 – 3pm, ALONE! EVER! LOL.
Perhaps next year, I’ll break it up into two sessions and have help. The other areas, I’ve learned was making sure that I’m covered with permits (for city parks and pools), and renting out an indoor location (based on inclement weathers). Ultimately, it was a great test of character towards myself and for the business.
Moving forward, I most definitely, look to expand further with next year summer track camp and drawing in more interest. The idea of starting my own track camp wasn’t to expand my track club, though it wouldn’t hurt! It’s the idea of expanding what Track and Cross Country is to New Yorkers. It’s not a popular sport like the rest of the core sports (basketball, baseball, soccer, etc…) but I would love nothing more than to change that.
So if you’re liking what you’ve read and seen based our runner images, keep us in mind for next year. Benswic Track Camp is the future for New Yorkers and we need as many voices as possible in letting parents, schools and businesses know we are the real deal. We end the summer with 17 runners between the ages of 8-15yrs old. Each of our curriculum was broken down with-in an hour or less, covering morning warmups, drills and stretches; followed by fitness and a track workout. We included pool time as another form of a workout but on certain days as a form of cooling the body down. And towards the end of camp we had free play with a different sports themes (i.e. flag football, kickball, volleyball, soccer, etc…).
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