The boys and girls of summer are on the baseball diamonds, but now is the time to get ready for football. Thunder Mountain High School Coach Bill Byouer is starting a new tradition at the new school — a four-day, three-night series of intense clinics and drills for pre-high-school athletes as young as the fifth-grade level.
The first-annual Falcon Camp at Thunder Mountain High School is an all-football, all-the-time (except for lunch and a free hour at night) on-site regional program designed as a total immersion course for incoming fifth through eighth graders for the 2011-2012 school year from all of the Southeast schools.
“We want to give the youth of this community more activities,” said Byouer. In that spirit, Byouer said any kid in the state ready for four days of intense teamwork under the tutelage of school and youth league coaches and Thunder Mountain seniors can participate.
“The seniors are going to be running the show,” Byouer said, because this is their fund raiser to raise money to defray sport participation fees. Seniors will mentor and hang out with the campers, and be among those supervising the sleepover camp.
The food is provided by the volleyball team, and Byouer said he’s getting help from the Peregrine Club boosters as well.
Comparing the cost to standard day care rates, the camp’s $125 fee breaks down to $31.25 per day, with meals, lodging and four days and three nights of football and fun included. The campers will be housed in the Thunder Mountain High School and will be fed three meals a day.
The campers will be supervised 24 hours a day, Byouer said.
The campers will be involved in football activities from 7 a.m. until 10 p.m. This camp can only take the first 40 participants from each grade level, so space is limited, but there’s still plenty of it, the coach said.
Registration forms can be picked up locally at Malia Hayward’s State Farm office in Mendenhall Valley and Reuben Willis’ State Farm office downtown.
Forms can be dropped off to Byouer by calling 500-2381 or, if space is available, attendees may register the first day of camp, June 20 at 10 a.m. in the TMHS Commons.
Campers will not be permitted to leave camp unless with a parent or parent-approved individual.