TOLEDO—Remember when there was a knock on the door and a neighbor would ask your mom if you could come out to play? Or when eenie, meenie, minie, moe determined teams or having “ghost runners” or playing hide and seek, king or the hill and other pick-up games?
Laffalot Summer Camps owner and director, Pat Nymberg remembers and tries to recreate those summer moments through a series of programs.
Floor hockey is one of the many games campers at Laffalot enjoy playing. (Photo courtesy of Laffalot Summer Camp)
“When we started running camps almost 24 years ago, the micro-organizing and specializing of kids’ sports was in full swing,” says Ms. Nymberg. “So we took a new (actually it was quite old) approach and decided our camp would emphasize campers having fun, and keeping active through a variety of activities and sports.”
With years of camp experience, a degree in physical education and health, 16 years in teaching and more than 30 years of coaching, Ms. Nymberg created a program that uses games, sports and activities to give kids the a variety of experiences.
“All kids have a natural desire to play,” she says. “They see a game in progress and they immediately want to join in.”
That is the mindset that Laffalot: to give campers variety, make the games fun and let them play. The program includes a blend of traditional sports and non-traditional games like scooter basketball, crazy ball and base chase.
“My background in physical education taught me that kids up to 12 or 13 years of age should be working to develop large motor skills such as balance, agility, spatial awareness and locomotor movements. Six- to 12-year-olds are also the best ages to work on the child’s confidence, self esteem and social skills including respect, fairness and good sportsmanship,” Ms. Nymberg says.
Laffalot Summer Camps are being offered during three different weeks in Toledo:
• June 11-15 at Toledo Central Catholic High School,
• June 18-22 at Toledo Blessed Sacrament School, and
• July 16-20 at Toledo St. Ursula Academy.
The cost is $106 a week per child. Camps are from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. each day.
For more information and registration, visit www.laffalotcamps.com.