Summer Sports Camps Bless Community

In a long standing tradition of opening up the school’s state-of-the art athletic facilities to the community, Oaks Christian School once again hosted a summer-long sports camp program which saw 1,170 campers flock to the OCS campus to enjoy 10 different co-ed camps for boys and girls ages 5-14.

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Oaks Christian School began offering summer sports camps in 2003 with just soccer and since then has enjoyed a steady increase in enrollment and offerings. This year’s numbers jumped from 720 registered campers last year and 430 the year before.

While the rising numbers are definitely a reason to celebrate, Sports Camp Director Dave Barra is also proud of the positive impact the camps have on families.

“The most satisfying part is achieving our main goal of providing a safe and fun place for kids to spend their summer. Our amazing coaching staff, combined with great facilities, has really helped us achieve this goal. The positive feedback from parents has been overwhelming,” he shared.

That sentiment is echoed by OCS parent Christian Wood, whose daughter Sophia is entering sixth grade. One of the highlights of Sophia’s summer was the two weeks she got to spend at volleyball camp, honing her skills and making new friends.

Besides the local communities of Westlake Village and Thousand Oaks, the camps draws non-Oaks Christian families from all over Ventura County and parts of Los Angeles County, including nearby Calabasas and Agoura.

The camps included the popular football, basketball, baseball and lacrosse, but also featured soccer, soccer specialty, softball, swim camp, volleyball and speed, strength and agility.

The success of some of our smaller camps was a pleasant surprise. The swim camp went so well the first two weeks of summer that parents requested a third week be added, and that week went well.

“Softball and lacrosse, both in their first year, also had a great turnout and great camps,” Barra added.

And on those scorching days when the mercury shot past 100 degrees, campers were thrilled to cool off in the Sotelo Family Aquatic Center, an internationally-rated pool which features lap and recreational lanes, diving board, waveless drainage and wiring for electronic touch.

“The kids love the pool! Thankfully we are blessed with a really large pool with the over 200 kids we have had on campus each week. The five and six year olds love the little pool and the older kids can’t get enough of the diving boards. Even with three diving boards, there was still always a wait,” Barra said.

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