Our last stop on our summer road trip was dropping Hallie and Hunter off at BYU sports camp – the perfect end to an already awesome summer. They participated last year for the first time and they were so excited to come back. We have family and friends in Utah so it was easy for us to hang out for the week while they were at camp.
Hunter participated in the soccer camp with several teammates from Arizona (and this picture is missing two of the players) – and just dropping them off in their dorm rooms across the hallway from each other we knew there was not going to be a dull moment. And probably very little sleep. Hunter’s report confirmed both to be true. In fact, at one point there were four boys sleeping in a room made for two which I can only imagine smelled fantastic. 🙂
Every day they worked hard. And somehow, they had enough energy to then play hard every night, late into the night. Jamba runs. Dance parties. Lobby hang outs with the volleyball players. They laughed until they cried. They had the best time and they’re already planning next year’s camp.
Hallie participated in the tennis camp with three teammates from her school team, a girl (her good friend) and two boys. I think last year when they attended camp for the first time, they didn’t know what to expect. But this year, they knew what they were getting into and were much better prepared. (And they knew where every round hallway mirror was because based on Hallie’s camera roll they must have taken a photo every time they walked by one!)
As a junior in high school, going to these camps makes Hallie a little more excited for the college phase of life; meeting new people, having more freedom and having fun with new experiences.
The tennis camp at BYU is a day longer than the soccer camp and the last day is a tournament where family can come watch. Hallie had the best support crew with both of Steve’s sisters who live in Utah and Steve’s parents who had just arrived in Utah for a an extended stay.
Of course she had her biggest fans there as well – her brothers! Who are great at entertaining themselves but sometimes forget they’re at a tennis match and have to be reminded to use their tennis voices. They’ve been to plenty of matches and know the drill.
As you can see from the picture below – Hallie didn’t make any friends. 🙂
I mentioned that the group looks a little lopsided – to her favor of course – to which she pointed out that she made friends with the girl, and all the boys were a package deal since they all came from the same high school. These people were the highlight of her week – they made everything so fun.
I love these camps because they’re a great balance of sport/workouts, matched with fun activities to foster friendships. My kids love camp week and count it as a highlight of their summer. Bennett is already asking when he gets to attend!