Trinity Lutheran hosts a fun week at the Joy Camp
SGirls and boys in the eymour area who wanted to learn more about cheerleading got this opportunity when they attended a camp at Trinity Lutheran High School.
The campers were divided into two age groups, with 35 girls and boys from Kindergarten to Grade 4 attended one session, while six girls from Grade 5 to 8 attended another session.
Brooke Plummer, a former Seymour High School cheerleader, said they taught young children the basics of tumbling.
âWe use our cheerleaders to get them to do stunts there so they can do a little more advanced skills and be in the air. They always like to do that, âshe said. âWe also learned from three of our side cheers what we’re actually doing. They learned three side cheers at camp and a little dance.
The camp lasted for four days last week.
“We don’t do any competitions, but what we did on the fourth day when the parents came to pick them up, they arrived 30 minutes early and we had them give a little presentation of everything they learned”, Plummer said. “Parents got to see the cheers they learned, the tumbling they learned and some of the stunts.”
One of the Trinity College cheerleaders who helped out at camp was Ally Russell, who will be in her final year of school this fall. She has been applauding since she was in fifth grade at the Emmanuel Lutheran School.
Russell said she enjoyed working with the young girls at the camp.
âI like knowing them a lot better,â she said. âSome of them have been there for previous years. I like to connect with them and show them the basics of cheerleading and I hope when they get older they want to come to Trinity and cheer with us because we can still use cheerleaders, and a lot. of them have very different abilities to be flexible, to fly and to be loud.
The camp made it possible for the entire Trinity cheerleader scene to come together at the same time, which is paying off next season.
“We can also all bond together and see who can do what, like tumbling, base, back-spotting, because they’re smaller people so when we have to cheer on basketball games and everything. that, we know what they can do, we can put them in positions where they really need to be, âsaid Russell.
For older children, Plummer said they teach more advanced skills.
âWhen it comes to cheering, we actually teach them touch sets. Our Trinity cheerleaders work with those same movements, âshe said. âWe teach them the same real cheers that we put on. We also teach them a little more advanced dance.
They also work on the basics of stunting.
“So whatever position they want to try, we’ll replace it with our cheerleaders to be safe, but actually teach them the accounts and procedures and how we do everything, and the same with the tumbling, âPlummer said. âWe’ll teach them exactly how to tumble and we’ll work on skills. Many of these girls are already mastering some skills, so we’ll just work on improving and advancing their skills and give them some great tips and tricks to take back to their home schools.
Emma Mellencamp was one of the camp participants. She was cheerleader at Emmanuel last year and is entering sixth grade.
âI learned a few new tricks with tumbling, and we learned a few new dances and side cheers, and it was really fun,â she said. âI like being able to scream as much as I want, and I can still do all the rounds, show off and do dances. I can do a ton of different things.
She plays basketball and volleyball at Emmanuel in addition to being a cheerleader. Mellencamp also attended two volleyball camps and a basketball camp, went to Camp Lakeview for a week, and also plays tennis.
Plummer said the camp was a fun week for everyone.
âIt’s also a fun week for our cheerleaders,â she said. âIt’s sunny and early in the summer. so for our new first graders it’s a good reminder, and it’s a good learning experience for them too, every time we teach those cheers and moves and everything like that. It’s also a good fundraiser for us.