For some of our campers, sports have been an area of frustration, embarrassment and tension. Some campers simply find sports difficult from the point of view of coordination and dexterity; for others, it is the crucible in which their impulsivity, distractibility, low frustration tolerance or immature social skills are glaringly exposed.
Summit's staff of highly trained full-time instructors' help our youngsters overcome these problems, fears, and insecurities and help them to enjoy and excel in sports activities.
Each camper participates in Athletic Instruction ("A.I.") or recreation for one period daily.
A.I. is conducted on a unit basis. Four or five cabins arrive at the instructional area where groups are divided by skill levels so that youngsters with common skills are playing and learning together. Those who are ready for participation in traditional sport, whether it is soccer or tennis or basketball, may receive instruction in that sport during that period. Other youngsters who may be at a "readiness level" are provided instruction in the lead-up skills associated with a particular sports activity.
Thus, camper frustration is kept to a minimum while enjoyment is encouraged to the maximum. Instructional periods are divided so that half the period may be spent in acquiring or practicing a new skill, and the other half of the period in actually implementing that skill within the structure of a game.