Summer vacation brings many camps, activities

FISH-EYE VIEW’Briana Ramon posed for a picture under the water at the Brady Municipal Swimming Pool on Wednesday. The photo was captured through the circular window located on a wall in the deep end of the swimming pool. With the close of the school year comes the season for vacationing’a season that many times leaves parents wondering what activities are scheduled in Brady to keep those busy minds and bodies occupied during the long, hot days of summer. Several Vacation Bible Schools, camps and activities have been planned to keep the youth of Brady off of the couch and up on their feet. The First Christian Church, First United Methodist Church and St. Paul’s Episcopal Church will join efforts once again to hold a Vacation Bible School June 18-22 from 9 a.m. to 12 noon. The camp is entitled “Way To Go” and will be held at the First Christian Church and First United Methodist Church. Children from ages four through fifth grade are invited, and there is no charge. The First Baptist Church of Brady will hold their Vacation Bible School at the Heart of Texas Bible Camp June 11-15 from 9 a.m. to 12 noon. The camp is offered for grades kindergarten through fifth and the theme for the event is “Truth Trackers and the Secret of the Stone Tablets.” A Master’s Camp will also be sponsored by the First Baptist Church and is scheduled for July 16-20 at Alto Frio Baptist Encampment. Contact Mike Telford at 597-2956 for more information. Another First Baptist Church event scheduled for this summer includes a youth mission trip scheduled from June 25-29. The group will travel to Winters to help with the Vacation Bible School in that area and will help remodel the Baptist church in Winters. For more information on the youth mission trip, contact First Baptist Church of Brady. The Sunset Ridge Church of Christ is having a Vacation Bible School July 16-20 at the church which is located on U.S. Hwy. 190 West. Children in grades kindergarten through fifth are invited to participate in the free event. Times have not yet been scheduled. Thursday Night Teens (TNT) is a youth rally sponsored by Sunset Ridge Church of Christ this summer. The events are hosted by several Hill Country Churches of Christ. Held every Thursday night through Aug. 2, the next available youth rally will be held June 14 in Burnet. The TNT youth rally is free to all students in grades three through 12. For more information, contact the Sunset Ridge Church of Christ at 597-1365. The Brady Municipal Swimming Pool has splashed back into action for the 2001 summer break. Pool hours are from 1-6 p.m., Tuesdays through Sundays (closed on Mondays). Family nights will be offered on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 7-9 p.m. Senior citizen nights are reserved for Wednesdays from 7-9 p.m. To book the facility for a special occasion, contact Jeff Hurta at the pool at 597-4022. All nightly parties must be attended by a certified lifeguard. Parties will be booked on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays from 7-9 p.m. 4-H The McCulloch County 4-H has scheduled their County Camp for June 19-21. The deadline to submit a registration form is slated for Friday, June 15 at 5 p.m. A medical release and minor’s release will also be required. The camp will be for grades three through 12 and will cost $25. The camp will feature activities such as arts and crafts, swimming, games, leadership and much more. For more information, contact the McCulloch County Extension Office at 597-1295. Track Kids looking to improve their personal athletic performance are encouraged to enroll in the first annual Heart of Texas Track Clinic scheduled June 28-30. Organized and directed by Brady head track coach Doug Holtzclaw and coach Larry Hoelscher, the clinic will feature individual instruction for athletes in many different disciplines. Coaches and accomplished athletes from across Central Texas will be instructing at the clinic giving one-on-one attention to clinic participants. “We have coaches who have had state champions in several different areas coming to instruct at the clinic,” said Holtzclaw. “This clinic is designed to spark some interest in the track program here in Brady and give those students a chance to improve on their skills.” The three-day clinic is designed to give athletes a chance to participate in several different disciplines. Thursday’s Clinic I is designated as the Junior Camp and is open to all students who were in grades 1-5 during the 2000-01 school year. The camp will focus on both running and field events and will be held Thursday from 8 a.m. until 12 noon. The cost will be $20 per individual. Clinic II on Friday as well as Clinic III on Saturday are designed for persons who were in grades 6-11 in the 2000-01 school year. Friday’s clinic will feature field events and the camp will be held from 8 a.m. until 4 p.m. In Clinic II, participants will be asked to choose two sports in which to learn. The list includes high jump, long jump, triple jump, pole vault (all day) and shot put/discus. Clinic III on Saturday focuses on speed training. The clinic will be from 8 a.m. until 12:15 p.m. Students may participate in Friday’s Clinic II for a fee of $40 or both the Friday and Saturday clinics for $55. A $10 deposit is required for a Clinic T-shirt. For more information about the clinic, contact coach Holtzclaw or coach Hoelscher at Brady High School at 597-2491. Send registration forms and checks to their attention care of Brady High School, 100 W. Main, Brady, Tex. 76825. Basketball Brady Junior High and High School coaches will once again sponsor a youth basketball camp this summer at Brady High School. The camps are available to third through eighth grade girls and third through ninth grade boys. The basketball camps will be held from June 4-27, and the girls’ camps will be broken up into three separate age divisions. The first camp for girls in grades three through five was held June 4-8 from 9 a.m. to 12 noon. Emphasis in the younger division was placed on the basic fundamentals of basketball such as shooting, dribbling, passing, ball-handling, pivoting and defense. The second week of camp will be held June 11-15 and is designated for girls in grades six and seven. This camp is also offered from 9 a.m. to 12 noon each day but will be taught at a higher level to prepare the girls for the upcoming junior high basketball season. The third and final girls’ basketball camp will be held from June 18-22 from 9 a.m. until 12 noon. This camp is designed to introduce, instruct and prepare next year’s freshmen class to the Brady “Lady Dawg” high school program. Drills, offenses, defenses, expectations, etc., will be covered through this camp. The cost for each girls’ camp is $25 per student. Contact Coach Epley at Brady High School at 597-2491 for more information. The boys’ basketball camp will be held from June 25-27 from 8-11:30 a.m. with registration scheduled to begin at 7:15 a.m. on Monday, June 25. The boys basketball camp is for grades three through nine, and cost to enter is $25 per camper of $40 for two. The goal of the camp is to instill the fundamental instruction of shooting, passing and dribbling. Emphasis will also be placed on the three step approach to shooting, live ball moves, shooting games and creating a shot off the pass and the dribble. Instructors for the boys’ camp are head boys basketball coach Shawn Dalbert and head assistant basketball coach Larry Hoelscher. For more information, contact coach Dalbert at 597-7597 or coach Hoelscher at 597-1464.

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