DUBLIN — The 2016 West Bladen Mini Cheer Camp wrapped up on Thursday with an outstanding performance put on for all the families and friends of the campers.
The Mini Cheer Camp was held from Monday, June 27, to Thursday, June 30, allowing the campers plenty of time to make new friends, learn new cheers and dances, and even learn stunt basics like building strong stunt groups and how to properly and safely do a stunt.
The West Bladen varsity cheerleading team took on the role of working with more than 90 youth at the camp.
“This is one of the biggest and best years I have seen at camp,” stated senior cheerleader Sydney Jackson.
The camp took place from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. each day, during which campers made their way from station to station and took the opportunity to learn something new at each one.
Coach Mary Todd explained that the camp went “exceptionally well,” and also added that the turnout they had was “great and not expected.”
The money raised from the camp goes to the West Bladen Varsity Cheerleaders’ fund, which helps provide T-shirts and warm-up clothes over the season, as well as helping provide new cheer equipment like stunt safety mats. Money is also used to buy supplies such as T-shirts for the cheerleading camp.
“With part of the money from last year’s Mini Cheer Camp, we were able to buy a new speaker and amplifier set with a microphone to help us with practices and at the camp,” explained Todd.
This year’s varsity cheer team had many new faces, so not only was this a new experience for some of the campers but it was a new experience for some of the teachers as well.
First-year varsity cheerleader Katie Ezzell said, “My first cheer camp experience was wild, crazy and fun all at the same time. It was amazing to see just how fast the campers caught on to what we were teaching them.”
The campers as well as the varsity cheerleaders spent hours preparing for Parent Day and making sure they each had their dance routines and cheers perfect.
Parent Day, which was Thursday, started out with the captain of the cheerleading team, Tyrionna Dockery, giving a small speech to the audience telling how their week went and thanking them for allowing their children to be a part of their special event.
Then, each age group got to go out in front of the crowd and show everything that they have learned from the camp.
Dockery added that the camp turned out just as she had hoped and prepared for, and she was glad that it, being her last camp as a varsity cheerleader, went so well.
Todd also asked for help from a few of her previous alumni cheerleaders with the camp throughout the week.
Marie Ezzell, 2014 graduate stated, “It was an honor and a privilege to get to come back and share this amazing sport with these campers, it makes me want to go back in time and it really feels great being able to be a part of that special cheerleading family bond again.”
Overall, the 2016 West Bladen Mini Cheer Camp was a huge success, and the campers were jumping with joy as the cheerleaders had already been discussing plans for next summer’s camp.
Madison McLamb can be reached by calling 910-862-4163.