In Hoops4Life Basketball/Life Skills Camps, each camper experiences at least one classroom session per day which is led by a camp director. Classroom sessions focus on building social skills, but also include other themes and points of emphasis which differ each session. While the structure of our classroom sessions are similar in nature, the curriculum for each week does not require multiple week attendance- each session starts assuming most of the campers are in their first experience- yet is varied to provide a unique and fresh experience to our many returning campers who attend multiple sessions. Hoops4Life Basketball/Life Skills Camps now has four unique courses which are scheduled in different areas throughout the summer (see full course schedule below). Campers are encouraged to attend multiple sessions, and will not repeat courses unless they travel to a camp at a different location.
Hoops4Life Basketball/Life Skills Course #3: ”Education and Grade-Level Preparedness”
Campers will be coached on academic success strategies which they can use in their upcoming year of school. The emphasis in this course is how being successful in the classroom can create greater opportunities in one’s life. Campers will hear the perspectives of coaches or sometimes campers that are slightly older than them to help them be prepared for their next school transition (elementary to middle school, middle school to high school). They will receive academic tips and success strategies from camp staff and be able to hear or participate in a camper panel of older campers providing coaching on academic success strategies. The social skills addressed in this course will address specific situations that students often encounter in a school setting.
A Typical Classroom Session Looks Like:
A review of the daily quotation related to the course theme
Short video clip connected to the course theme
A participatory thinking activity or partner talk
A review of the social skill, and an interactive skit which we call “theatre sports” with directors and staff to highlight the skill
Take home extension of the day’s learning/homework assignment (short, verbal, connected to the day’s lesson)