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Tramp camp delights kids

GLENWOOD SPRINGS- It looked as if the sky was falling and made of kids Friday morning at Sunlight Mountain Resort.

The 26th annual RMI Gymnastics Summer Trampoline Camp was filled with children 7 to 15 flipping, flying, and generally having a good time on six large and three smaller outdoor trampolines.

The five-day camp, held June 22-27, started as a pure gymnastics camp. Over the last 26 years, however, it has evolved to become more of a trampoline and adventure camp.



“We’re not a hard-core gym camp,” said co-director Ron Crescentine. “We run a fun-times camp.”

A typical day starts with breakfast, followed by work on the trampolines.



“I’m really into them,” said Amber Beserra, 10, of Boulder, nodding toward the big trampolines.

“I did my first backflip,” said Zach Nichols, 12, of Aspen. “It’s a lot of fun.”

The camp included outdoor adventure activities in the afternoons, after time on the trampolines and tumbling in the morning.

“The rapids were really fun. And big,” said 14-year-old Alyssa Bunling of Boulder, of the afternoon she spent rafting on the Colorado River.

After a full day outside, the campers were eager to hit the hay each night. Some stayed with roommates at the Brettelberg Inn, while others headed home with their parents.

“It’s great. We can stay up till really late,” said overnight-camper Beserra. “We eat junk food and put weird stuff in the freezer, like banana peels,” she said.

Even though the camp is centered around having fun, co-director Cathy McNice of Carbondale said kids learn much more than just gymnastics skills.

“The undertone is `attitude is everything,'” she said. The kids learn self-esteem, respect, team building, and how to trust people, she said.

Though the camp attracts gymnasts, many nongymnasts attend as well.

“If they are gymnastics-oriented, we’ve got something for them. If they’re not, we’ve got something for them, too,” said Crescentine.

Many kids come back year after year, said Crescentine.

Teddy Benje, 9, of Carbondale, would love to come back after learning backflips this year.

“I’ll fight my dad for it,” he said, “I love it.”

Contact Ryan Graff: 945-8515, ext. 535

rgraff@postindependent.com


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