Cheerleaders off to camp |

Cheerleaders off to camp

Amber Breslin

Last year, Angie Jenkins was preparing for her first time at cheerleading camp when her appendix ruptured. Now, in her second year of coaching, she’s eager to actually attend the camp.

Jenkins and Susie Lord are very interested to see how the cheerleaders will come together as a team at camp Tuesday to Friday.

“I hope all the girls are able to develop team spirit, trust and work off each other’s strengths,” Jenkins said.

She said that she has more of an idea of what to do as a coach because she has a year under her belt.

One issue the coaches foresee going into camp is the ability of the upper- and underclassmen to bond. Both coaches agree that they would like to see the incoming freshmen look up to the girls with experience for knowledge on bettering their skills.

“It’s always interesting and a challenge to see how the team will pull together,” Lord said. “It gives the incoming freshmen a chance to bond with the older cheerleaders before the season starts.”

The cheerleaders share the same excitement as the coaches. Many cheerleaders can’t wait to get out of Craig and to their cheerleading camp.

“Camp will really help the underclassmen to improve, and we will all learn how to work together as a team,” junior-to-be Catherine Compton said. “Camp will also show what strengths we will have as a team.”

Upcoming freshman Steph–anie Balderston is very excited to go to camp and have a chance to bond with the older cheerleaders.

“This camp will be different than the camps held in Craig. We will have more time to spend with fellow cheerleaders,” she said. “We also have the chance to learn the material better because all the older girls are there to help.”

The camp will take place at Mesa State College in Grand Junction. There will be 20 girls going to camp, with almost half the team made up of freshmen. With those numbers, the Bulldogs will be the largest team at camp.

The camp is run by the Universal Cheerleading Assoc–iation, which sends two or three instructors to the camp to teach all the cheerleaders various cheers, chants, stunts and dances.

Participants also will do teambuilding games, and captains will receive advice about how to help get the crowd more involved.

At the end of the second day, the cheerleading squads will be evaluated as a team. The UCA instructors will give advice to the teams about how to improve certain areas they are struggling with.

The camp also has an All-Star tryout. The coaches will select who will tryout or the girls will say they want to do it. The UCA instructors will look at attitude, presentation, jump skills and the level of confidence the cheerleaders have.

The coaches also will pick captains for the team during the camp.

“I am always excited this time of year, going to camp,” Lord said. “The chemistry is fun. It’s exciting and it gets everyone pumped and ready for the fall season.”

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