Upcoming camp something to cheer about

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Bust out those pom-poms and get ready to show some school spirit. The city of Craig is about to host its first National Cheerleaders Association Summer Cheer Camp.

The camp, which will be held July 26, 27 and 28 at the Moffat County Fairgrounds, came about through a coalition between Dawn Rader's Northwest Colorado Wildkat program, Craig Middle School and Moffat County High School. The National Cheerleaders Association (NCA) sanctions the camp.

"We have decided we would like to host our own camp because there is becoming a huge interest in cheerleading again," said Moffat County High School head cheer coach Susie Lord. "So we just all kind of formed together and thought it would be nice to try to host a camp here."

Lord said along with the local squads, teams in Baggs, Wyo. and Hayden have agreed to attend the camp. Soroco High School also may send participants to Craig for the event.

Consequently, Lord is expecting between 75 and 80 cheerleaders. The NCA will provide a trained staff.

Lord also is opening the camp up to everyone and is encouraging individuals to attend as well.

Lord said cheerleading camps typically cover a variety of cheer-related topics, from sideline chants all the way to advanced stunts.

"The camp will start around 9 a.m. and usually there will be a warm up," Lord said. "From there, they start right away teaching the kids sideline chants."

Lord said camp trainers will run through some of the chants, break them down and then teach participants.

Then cheers will be presented.

Camp participants also will have the opportunity to pick up a few new 45-second dance routines as well as basic, intermediate and advanced stunts.

"They'll probably have all that going on this year because there are different levels that will be coming," Lord said.

Lord and Rader said such camps are valuable to their squads.

"We learn from each other and others at these camps," Rader said. "The competition has a way of taking our team to a higher level. It is an opportunity to learn and observe new moves, stunts and techniques."

"It's really helpful to come to a camp every year," Lord said. "Every year we pick up something new and we come home with lots of great material."

Lord said she is in the process of planning a Saturday night sleep over for all cheerleaders that attend.

The event will take place at the fairgrounds pavilion and picnic

area.

"Just bring your sleeping bag and we'll crash out at the pavilion and have a big pizza party," Lord said. "It should be a great chance to meet a lot of other cheerleaders and a chance to just have fun."

The cheerleading coalition hopes that the camp will become a yearly program.

"We would like to turn this into an annual event," Lord said. "There isn't anything in Northwest Colorado like this. Grand Junction doesn't even host a camp there."

The camp cost $100 per participant and registration is due by July 1.

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