Lake Oswego Community School offers summer programs ranging from basketball camps to Spanish classes.

by: REVIEW PHOTO: VERN UYETAKE - Camp assistant Cory Coombe, center, talks with a group of basketball players during a break in the action.Summer vacation may be under way, but the Lake Oswego Community School is making sure students have plenty of options to keep them busy during the long recess.

The school is offering a wide range of educational enrichment classes, sports camps and adult programs, with lessons in everything from Spanish to swimming. There are even driver's education courses for students hoping to get their license. by: REVIEW PHOTO: VERN UYETAKE - Mike Mercep drive to the basket during basketball camp at Lake Oswego High School.

One of the more popular programs is the Pride of the Lake basketball camp. Mark Shoff, head coach of the Lake Oswego High School basketball team, recently kicked off his eighth year hosting the camp. About 100 boys, from first-graders to ninth-graders, attended the weeklong camp.

“Over the years, I’ve built the camp to make it where the kids will have a great time and want to come back,” Shoff said.

Basketball fundamentals are taught through practice games and drills. However, 11-year-old Gilbert Smith said he took away much more from the camp than basketball skills.

“It teaches not only skills, but teamwork and support for other teams,” Smith said.

Shoff had plenty of help in making the camp a learning opportunity for young basketball players. College basketball and football players also offered tips for ways kids could improve their game, and they shared their experience playing college-level sports. Many of the college students had participated in the camp for several years. A few were even coached by Shoff when they were younger.

“For them to start as campers, play for me, play in college and come back to help out for the camp — it’s a pretty neat deal,” Shoff said.

Elliot Babcock-Krenk is one of the longtime college-level coaches. He started coaching for the camp as a sophomore in high school and is still coaching nine years later. He said this year’s camp was the best.

“This year, we had a lot of good coaches,” Babcock-Krenk said.

The coaching staff saw improvement in the kids’ basketball skills and overall attitudes in just five days.

“The first couple days were a little shaky, but as the camp went on, the kids got into the flow of things and learned how to play together,” said Elliot Babcock-Krenk. “It was a good experience for them to play with different kids and have to adapt to new teammates.”

Besides scrimmages, the camp featured activities such as a three-point competition. Players also got the opportunity to shoot from half court, which was 15-year-old JR Schilling’s favorite part of the camp.

“I think it’s fun just giving it your all,” said Schilling.

An award ceremony concluded the last day of camp. Coaches acknowledged select players for their hard work throughout the week, and sent them home with a candy bar of their choosing.

Lake Oswego Community School offers a long list of camps and classes throughout the summer. Spanish classes are open to all experience levels. A Spanish review class is also available for students who would like to continue practicing conversations in Spanish when classes are finished. Forty-minute swimming lessons are held at the district pool. And for students who recently turned 16, there are driver’s education courses available.

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