Seven expert guest speakers added healthy topics to five days of fun and intense basketball highlighted the “Health and Hoops Basketball Camp” held at the Villa Augustina Academy in Goffstown over April school vacation.
The healthy topics included stretching, heart disease prevention, nutrition, bike safety and skin care. The 25 campers all improved their basketball skills, and played in fun scrimmages while being coached by area youth coaches, and high school varsity athletes. Girls, grades 4 through 7 attending the camp from 7 surrounding towns including Goffstown, Dunbarton, New Boston, Weare, Merrimack, Bedford and Manchester.
Other special features from the camp included healthy snacks, and a camp t-shirt. Proceeds from the camp are being donated to charity, and in addition the campers brought in canned goods which are to be donated to the Goffstown Food Network, and ‘mildly’ used shoes to benefit the poor in Haiti.
The camp was put on and directed by Rosalie Edmonds, a Girl Scout for 12 years from Troop 22628 in Goffstown. She attends Goffstown High School in her Junior year and is a 3 sport varsity athlete playing field hockey and track and field, in addition to basketball. Rosalie is an “Ambassador Scout” and the “Health and Hoops Basketball Camp” was a project as she works towards her “Gold Award”, which is the highest award granted to a Girl Scout.
To qualify for a “Gold Award”, the project must be for the good of the community and needs to involve people in the community to carry it out. The Health and Hoops Basketball Camp Program addressed the important issue of healthy living and helped to show young girls the importance of living a healthy life. It also tied in healthy living with being an athlete, and how living a healthy lifestyle can also improve your athletic ability.
The girls went home each day tired, happy and with new friends. They all improved their basketball skills and some commented, “it was well organized”… “ I met many new friends, and also got to play ball with some girls I already knew”…. “The coaches were nice and I also enjoyed learning about nutrition.” Many also agreed with the statement of one player, “I liked the camp and think that it should be put on again and again.”