With schools out, there’s plenty of summer fun for your young one to enjoy, from improving their athletic skills by learning from players and coaches, to staying healthy and active with plenty of exercise.
Among the programs taking place in Greater Pittston are:
Stan Waleski Basketball Camp
The Stan Waleski Basketball Camp is a fundamentals and play camp for boys and girls in kindergarten through eighth grade. It will be held at the Greater Pittston YMCA from 9 a.m. to noon June 24 to Aug. 2.
Waleski explained the camp stresses “skills, fundamentals, competition, team play and fun with all players receiving a camp certificate and T-shirt.”
Waleski, the former head basketball coach at Pittston Area High School, is assisted by Charles Lobrutto, former assistant coach at Pittston Area.
Camp attendees will have different drills for each day, from shooting, ball handling and dribbling, to stretching and game play.
“Each day we build on the fundamentals and skills of the game with progressions associated with each skill in addition to the skills built daily into the half court and team play games,” said Waleski. “It is very important that the boys and girls have a positive experience at the camp, along with building on their basketball abilities and skills along with playing with their friends and meeting new friends.”
Admission for the program is $60 per player and $55 per player with more than one family member attending.
The following days are for kindergarten through fourth grades: June 24-28, July 8-12 and July 15-19. Grades three to eight will attend camp July 22-26 and July 29-Aug. 2.
For camp information, call Waleski at 570-457-1206 or LoBrutto at 570-654-8030. Interested players also can email firstname.lastname@example.org for registration information. Complete scheduling and registration information is available at stanwaleski.com. Interested players can mail completed registrations and checks to Waleski at 717 Main St., Avoca, PA 18641 or drop their registration in Coach Waleski’s home mail slot. Interested players also can walk in and register at the YMCA 30 minutes prior to camp.
Sky Zone’s Sky Camp
If basketball isn’t your thing, hop on over to Sky Zone for its Sky Camp
Kids can have a fun time staying active during summer with age-appropriate exercises like ultimate dodgeball and plenty of more activities throughout the day.
“Sky Camp is five half days of instructor-led activities, open jumping, and 3-D dodgeball, all incorporating the fun and excitement of Sky Zone,” said Alicia Haduck, sales and community outreach manager at Sky Zone.
The first session will run Monday, June 17, through Friday, June 21. Session two is Monday, July 15, through Friday, July 19. The final session is Monday, Aug. 12, to Friday, Aug. 16.
The cost for one full week session is $125; a one-day pass is $40. Each session runs from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. with drop-off beginning at 8:30 a.m. Lunch will be provided.
Sky Camp is designed for kids entering third to eighth grades,
Children can expect a wide range of activities such as open jumping, dodgeball, SkyZone’s warrior course, arts and crafts and outdoor activities.
“The schedule will change somewhat every day, but children will still get an ample amount of time on the trampolines,” said Haduck. There also will be special guest appearances by Tux and members of the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins staff during the June session.
Register by phone at 570-316-0500 or visit in person or log onto www.skyzone.com/pittston/programs/skycamp.
Planet Fitness Teen Summer Challenge
Planet Fitness offers teens the opportunity to stay in shape for free this summer.
“It is a nationwide initiative that started last year in the New Hampshire region, and what it is designed to do is give teens a safe and comfortable environment to get away this summer versus being outside where sometimes trouble lurks” said Mike Robinson, Pittston club manager. “Our initiative is to get as many teens as we can.”
The Planet Fitness Teen Summer Challenge is for 15- to 18-year-olds. By opening its doors to teens across the state, Planet Fitness hopes to help teens be healthy and to assist parents who want to make sure their kids are staying active.
Included with the Teen Summer Challenge, which began May 15 and continues until Sept. 1, are summer fitness classes along with access to the entire Planet Fitness facility.
“We have two designated classes for the Teen Summer Challenge, we have a Teen Orientation, where if teenagers have never been to the gym before, our instructor, Valerie, just takes them around the gym to show them everything that we have to offer. Then we have a Teen Challenge Workout, which is full-body fitness so what they will do is sporadic different things, burpees, mountain climbers, things like that,” said Robinson.
To help motivate teens to be active, Planet Fitness will award one $500 scholarship in each state, and one grand prize of a $5,000 scholarship at the end of the summer. These scholarships can be used for academic or athletic activities or programs.
To sign up, teens can stop by the Pittston Planet Fitness with their parent or guardian.
Wyoming Area athletic camps
• Wyoming Area Baseball Camp: Wyoming Area’s Baseball Camp is scheduled from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Monday, July 22, to Thursday, July 25, at the Atlas Baseball Field, 130-198 Erie St., West Pittston.
“The second annual Wyoming Area Baseball Camp is an opportunity for all boys and girls to come out and enjoy a week of baseball before the summer ends,” said Rob Lemoncelli, head baseball coach at Wyoming Area. “The camp benefits the WA baseball team for the 2020 season. It is an opportunity for us to get involved with the community and keep local kids interested in baseball.”
Join Lemoncelli as he teaches the basics of baseball and sportsmanship with different activities daily such as hitting, bunting, catching, throwing, defense, games and competition.
“The camp was a huge success last year, and we anticipate the same this year. It is a great opportunity for the surrounding communities to come out and enjoy learning the game of baseball while meeting new friends,” said Lemoncelli. “My varsity team does a great job of participating in the camp and interacting with the younger players. It is a great opportunity for all.”
Campers can bring their own lunch or purchase lunch from the baseball field’s food stand.
The camp is for 6- to 14-year-olds, and the cost is $99 with a deadline for registration on Friday, July 19. The camp is open to all boys and girls, not just Wyoming Area students. Each camper will receive a free T-shirt after signing up.
For information, email rlemoncelli@Wyomingarea.org. For online registration go to mikeguy.typeform.com/to/EC04dQ or mail completed registration forms to Rob Lemoncelli, 252 Memorial St., Exeter, PA 18643. Make checks payable to Warrior Baseball Fund.
• Wyoming Area Soccer Camp: If soccer is more your game, the Wyoming Area girls and boys soccer teams are holding a Junior Warriors Soccer Camp from Monday, June 24, to Thursday, June 27, at the Wyoming Area Soccer Field on Tenth Street in Wyoming.
The soccer camp is for students entering kindergarten to sixth grade. Kindergarten to third grade will meet from 5 to 6:15 p.m. and grades four to six will attend camp from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Call 570-851-9380 or 570-362-1680 to check for remaining openings.
• Warrior Pride Camp: Wyoming Area will have a non-contact football camp from 6 to 9 p.m. Wednesday, June 26, at the Wyoming Area Football Stadium. The camp is free of charge and for ages 6 to 14 years old. Parents are welcome to observe during the camp.
To register for the camp, fill out an application at wyomingareafootball.org. For information, contact Wyoming Area Head Coach Randy Spencer at 570-407-3057.
Pittston YMCA/Wilkes-Barre YMCA/Camp Kresge
The Greater Pittston YMCA is no longer offering summer camp programs locally, but have partnered with Wilkes-Barre YMCA to showcase the 1,100-acre Camp Kresge located in the Pocono Mountains. A variety of types of camps are offered for different age groups, from 6 to 16 years old. Day, overnight and weekend camps are available. Activities include archery, boating, hikes, photography and zip lining.
For information, call 570-443-2267 or visit wbymca.org/camp-kresge.