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Five for Friday: Summer camps for young Prince George athletes

Make sure your skills don’t waiver off by sitting inside all day
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The end of the school year is in less than two months and Prince George students of all ages will be looking forward to what Summer 2019 has to offer.

However, planning on being inside all day is likely not the best option, especially if you have a young budding athlete in the family.

So, how can they keep up with the skills of their respective sport this summer?

Local sports teams and facilities have a number of summer camp options for kids wishing to grow further in their development, some beginning as early as the May long weekend next week.

Here are five camps we found around Prince George by notable organizations, listed in chronological order, to consider enrolling the star athlete of your family.

NORTHERN CAPITALS TRY-OUT CAMP

Got a girl who loves hockey and wants to take it to the next level?

The Northern Capitals Female Hockey team is hosting open try-outs for three of its affiliated clubs, including the Midget ‘AAA’ squad that finished third in the B.C. league this past season.

The camps are also for the Under-16 and Under-18 teams.

More information can be found on B.C. Hockey’s website.

SCHEDULE = May 17 to 19 at Elksentre Arena (4833 Heather Rd)

GIRLS GOLF CLINIC

If you have a little Brooke Henderson in your family, or if your daughter is interested in taking up the game of golf, this camp is for them.

The Prince George Golf and Curling Club (PGGCC) is putting on a two-day, four-hour golf clinic for girls between five and 12 years old.

Haven’t pick a club a day in their life? No problem as no experience is required as the camp describes this as a special development program for learning and fun.

The clinic also includes crafts, snacks and prizes; the cost is only $10 per session.

More information available on the PGGCC’s website.

SCHEDULE = May 31, 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. and June 16 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.

 

PRINCE GEORGE BASEBALL CAMP

It’s baseball season across North America and if you’re looking to up your game on the field, then a Prince George-based program has got something for you.

Northern Baseball Training is putting on a summer camp for players of all ages, claiming they offer quality camps by local experts.

For $125 each, kids will be taught the basic skills of the sport and receive cool swag that includes custom Shorts, Under Armour Shirt, and Sac Pack.

More information is available on Northern Baseball Training’s website.

SCHEDULE = June 8 to 9 at UNBC’s Northern Sport Centre

UNBC TIMBERWOLVES SPORTS CAMP

Basketball and soccer stars unite!

UNBC Athletics is hosting a pair of summer camps for players in the respective sports wanting to up their skill level before the Fall.

The sessions are specific in terms of age; students in Grades Two to Seven will be together while those in high school (Grades Eight to 12) will have their own meet.

Each sport is offering two weeks of training at $160 each week, but if a kid attends both weeks, the cost is reduced by $20.

Details are up on the UNBC Timberwolves’ website.

SCHEDULE = July 15 to 19, Aug. 12 to 16 at UNBC’s Northern Sport Centre

PRINCE GEORGE COUGARS HOCKEY SCHOOL

The fact Prince George has a Western Hockey League (WHL) franchise is a big plus for young hockey players.

The Cougars Hockey School will be back up and running late in the summer for kids ages seven through 12 and will be split into three categories depending on how old they are.

A number of the sessions will involve training experience on and off the ice, as per popular demand, and each participant will receive a daily hot lunch, rides on the Cougars team bus to off-ice sessions, a jersey, and a membership into the 2019 Prince George Cougars Kids Club.

The camp costs $399 each and is first-come, first-serve as it only takes 24 players and four goaltenders per age group.

The Cougars' website has more information for interested families.

SCHEDULE = Aug. 19 to 23 at the CN Centre




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About the Author: Kyle Balzer

Kyle Balzer graduated with distinction from BCIT's Broadcast & Online Journalism program in 2016. Since moving to Prince George, he has covered a variety of stories from education & Indigenous relations, to community interests & sports.
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