The camp format traditionally offers physical activities along with educational and enrichment activities.
Enrichment activitiesNYSP incorporates educational lessons within a nurturing learning atmosphere. The program allows campers access to university facilities and resources providing personal development that may foster future dreams and aspirations. NYSP is more than just a sports camp. It offers positive role models, builds self esteem and develops lasting friendships. Many campers return and participate several summers because of the camaraderie and fun experiences they have each year.
The NYSP experience includes career education to teach children about career choices and job responsibilities. WVU Career Services staff present workshops highlighting career planning and engage the campers in fun activities to think about their future. Guest speakers educate campers about different career paths and opportunities, such as careers in law enforcement, engineering, theater, medical fields and military units.
If available, the Mountaineer Mascot visits on the last day of camp to have fun with campers. He plays trivia games and provides opportunities to win a variety of incentive prizes for perfect attendance and good sportsmanship. Some examples of the prizes gathered each year include bicycles, autographed sports memorabilia pictures, t-shirts, gift certificates and more. The camp ends with the firing of the Mountaineer's musket followed by lunch with the mascot.
WVU librarians visit camp on NYSP Book Day and spend time talking about the importance of reading, even during the summer. Every year the librarians select 4-5 age-appropriate books featuring a variety of subjects. The books are described and then each child chooses a book of interest. This day provides a fun way to emphasize reading during the summer months and gives children a book of their own to read.
Last summer the campers enjoyed a tour of the Monongalia County Baseball Stadium and met West Virginia Black Bears players. While at the stadium, campers learned about sports administration, marketing, sales, community outreach, facilities management and corporate sponsorships and what it's like to have a job in the baseball industry.
Physical ActivitiesPhysical activity is one of the components of acquiring a healthy lifestyle and NYSP emphasizes participation, trying new sports and friendly competition. Sport instructors provide lessons on basic skills and techniques on how to play various types of sports and games. Campers never know what activity they may like, until they try it.
We encourage swimming to become an activity children learn and use for a lifetime. NYSP places a special emphasis on swimming because it is an important skill that can save lives; active participation is required by all campers. Certified lifeguards and instructors provide daily swimming lessons that teach basic through advanced skills. No matter the skill level of the camper, everyone can participate in pool activities. Swimming activities include time to splash and have fun in the pool.
Sport instructors teach the fundamental skills of each activity; campers have the opportunity to learn and practice each skill. Traditional team sports taught at camp include basketball, softball, soccer, flag football and volleyball. Other instruction may include badminton, tennis, track and field, tchoukball, kickball, frisbee, martial arts and lawn games. The NYSP experience focuses on being part of a group or team within the sports culture.
Sports and Games
Friendly competition can keep kids active, healthy and improve self esteem. We want everyone participating in NYSP to have a positive experience. For the safety and well being of all NYSP participants, rules are explained and enforced, not just while playing a sport, but throughout the entire camp. The NYSP Creed was established to encourage respect for one another and being a good sport in life.