Area youngsters are encouraged to get in the spirit with a cheerleading camp offered by Rend Lake College this month.
“Cheerleading Camp” will be held for grades K-8 (1-4 p.m.) and middle school squads (9 a.m.-noon), Monday, June 26, through Thursday, June 29, at Waugh Gymnasium. Camp cost is $35. The camp will be led by RLC Cheerleading Coach Bobbi Shadowens and the RLC Cheerleaders. Girls and boys are welcome.
During this four-day camp, participants will discover cheers, chants and spirit dances while earning prizes. Squad cheerleaders will receive advanced instruction on floor cheers, basic stunting, dance and voice projection, and will compete for best all-around squad, most spirited and much more. Jumping and yelling are more than okay at this camp.
Since Shadowens took the reins of the squad in Fall 2000, RLC Cheerleaders have become eligible for partial tuition waivers and are now classified as an athletic team rather than a school activity. The team began with 10 participants in the 2000-2001 season, and now has 16 members on the 2006-2007 team.
One of the team’s volunteer projects this year will be “Adopt-A-Squad,” in which the cheerleaders will instruct and mentor an area cheerleading squad.
“The Warrior Cheerleaders have been the host of this summer camp since 2001. For many of the girls, this camp is the highlight of their summer, so we strive to make them feel special for those four days,” said Shadowens.
“They are taught that cheerleaders aren’t ‘just another pretty face.’ They all go to school full-time, work part-time, put in volunteer hours and give 100 percent to their sport,” she said.
The campers are reminded every day that whether they go on to be cheerleaders or not, they should listen to their parents, do their best in school and treat others as they wish to be treated. They will perform for their parents to conclude the camp and awards will be presented. The “Awesome Attitude” Award, the top award given in each category, has nothing to do with ability but how they have conducted themselves throughout the camp.
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