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.