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National Youth Sports Program

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The National Youth Sports Program started in partnership with the NCAA, higher education, governmental agencies and the community to give youth the right start and enhance the quality of children's lives throughout the country. While the government funding has ended, the model program is going strong as we get ready to celebrate 32 years of NYSP on the campus of West Virginia University.

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Governor Justice Declares July 5th As State Holiday

Gov. Jim Justice today (July 3) issued executive orders declaring July 5, 2019 as an official holiday for State employees, this includes Monongalia County Schools. Unfortunately this means there are no buses running on Friday, July 5th. 

With an overwhelming majority of campers riding buses to camp, we will not have NYSP Camp on Friday. We look forward to seeing everyone at the WVU Mountainlair on Monday, July 8th. 

It is important to note, WVU will operate on a normal schedule, including Lifetime Activities Child's Swim classes on Friday, July 5, as well as regular WVU classes for students and faculty.

2019 NYSP Dates: June 17 – July 12, 2019.

No camp June 20 or July 4

We encourage participants to attend all four weeks of the program. Individuals who miss less than three days of camp during the four week program will have his/her name entered in a drawing for a special incentive prize. We do understand if your child cannot attend every week and are delighted to see our campers when they are available. We are looking forward to seeing your child at camp this summer.

For all children ages 8-15

The National Youth Sports Program is for children ages 8-15 (must turn age 8 by August 31, 2019 or still be age 15 when camp starts on June 17 -- no exceptions).

Featured Activities

I will be a good sport at all times and will conduct myself with decency and honesty. I will do my best to get along with others and will have pride in myself. I will put forth my best effort in all competition and always compete fairly.
— The NYSP creed

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Book Day

Morgantown Public Libraries will 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.   

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Career Education

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.

photo of nysp camper with mountaineer

Mountaineer Day

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.

Photo of nysp camper swimming


We encourage swimming to become an activity children learn and use for a lifetime. Past NYSP Camps have placed a special emphasis on swimming because it is an important skill that can save lives.  This year we have found it difficult to find certified lifeguards and instructors for everyday. We currently have swimming on Tuesday and Thursday's for the remaining camp days. Active participation is required by all campers. 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.   

Students learning to play a steel drum

Music Enrichment

Music enrichment provides a positive outlet for expression and emotion. It is known to help with hand-eye coordination, memorization, pattern recognition and craftsmanship. Music provides our students with an opportunity to express themselves outside of sports and recreation. Music integration promotes individual growth while encouraging team building to develop beautiful music. 

Encourage sportsmanship

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.    

Highlighted Services

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