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 #1: ”Dealing With Challenge and Adversity”
Campers will learn new approaches and ways of thinking for how to deal with adverse situations and challenges in sports, school, and life. This curriculum deals largely with how successful athletes, students, and people approach challenge and adversity with the right approach and mindset that allows them to be successful. The emphasis of this course is to help campers understand that dealing with adversity is inevitable in sports and in life; and that there are positive and productive ways in which successful people respond in overcoming adversity. The social skills addressed in this course teach campers how to deal with challenging social situations involving others and gives campers strategies they can use to approach challenging conversations or social interactions to be able to reach a positive outcome.
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)