Children in one popular Fit Kids summer camp — Out of This World — are having a blast, said Coach Rone Tempest.
Tempest said although the name may suggest a space theme, the camp is actually focused on fun and games.
“We play a lot of different kinds of gym games,” he said.
“Instead of it being more of an astronomical theme or anything like that, it’s more like “Out of This World” is what we declare is fun — fun games.”
The class includes swim lessons which, Tempest said, came in handy during a recent trip to Earlywine Family Aquatic Center.
“A lot of them have been taking swim lessons all summer long and some of them weren’t able to swim before,” he said.
“So now [they have]confidence about going on the water slides and doing some of the fun things that come along with aquatics.”
Tempest said the activities in the camp are fairly flexible.
On the day the U.S. played Belgium in the World Cup, he said, the class had a soccer theme and watched the game.
Out of This World is an all-day camp, lasting one week.
However, campers can sign up at any time.
“You can sign up the day of (a camp),” Tempest said.
“Even if you’ve missed a day and you sign up on Tuesday, that’s fine — with the exception of setting up the swim lessons. If you’re going to do swim lessons, that needs to be established the week before.”
Tempest said all campers get involved.
“It’s a fun camp, but at the same time, the kids are required to play and participate,” he said.
“A lot of times, the kids will be reluctant (to join in on a game) at first. But after they start to play it, it becomes their favorite game.”
Campers agree that the class is fun.
Kendall, 12, said he is having a great time.
“I basically do fit stuff like soccer, basketball, catch a flag — all those fun games,” he said.
“What I like about it is, it’s fun, it’s creative, and it’s very active. My favorite part is my teammates.”
Zach, 12, also is enrolled in Out of This World.
“The things I like about it is, you can meet new people, play games and not be bored,” he said.
Zach said the camp is better than staying at home. He said he especially was excited about the trip to Earlywine.
The next all-day camp — Summer Extravaganza — is Aug. 4 through 8 and costs $100. It includes a field trip to Andy Alligator’s Water Park in Norman.
For a list of summer camps, visit www.occc.edu/rf/fitkids.html.
To enroll, visit the FACE Center located at 6500 S Land Ave. or call 405-686-6222.