For many young adults, there is no better way to spend the summer than being outdoors on the beautiful campus of Colorado State University while staying active with new friends and camp advisors. For health and exercise science students like Arianna Bagley, being a consultant can offer experiential learning opportunities to shape a career path.
This summer, the Department of Health and Exercise Science at CSU hosted 52second abbreviation annual youth sports camps, It targets children between the ages of 5 and 13. The 2022 season was from May 31 to August 12, with a range of campground options offered from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.
The camps help young participants build knowledge of a healthy lifestyle, such as strength, resilience, and specific skills, in a fun-focused social environment. Activities enhance both physical activity and social skills, building friendships and trust.
This learning extends to counselors as well. Bagley, a senior entering her final year at CSU, found that this opportunity not only gave her a great summer job, but also enhanced her leadership skills and boosted her desire to work with people and be active.
YSC is the ideal place for camp counselors, such as Bagley, to get a taste of being in the workforce in their field of study. Bagley has a concentration in sports medicine within the department and has found that “tAll the basics kids in the sports they love and why exercise is so important is so rewarding.”
Although Bagley works with children, these experiences can be applied to her future career working with clients of all ages. “I learned a lot of people and leadership skills,” said Bagley, who aspires to become a personal trainer.
These rewarding experiences are amplified given that for the past two years, YSC has been limited by COVID-19. Bagley admits that although summer camp was more challenging due to the increased capacity, “this really helped the two campers socialize and learn how to interact with different kids.”
Bagley and other YSC consultants have combined their ambitions with an innate desire to help others discover the benefits of a healthy lifestyle, even at a young age. Bagley discovered that children at YSC love games and activities and express their enthusiasm for learning every day. YSC allows children to experiment with different activities to find the ones they love, which can prepare them for a life full of joy in a healthy lifestyle.
“The biggest lesson I learned from working at YSC is that children learn a lot from an early age,” Bagley said.
Bagley has been able to apply her knowledge from her major in health and exercise science to a camp setting this summer where she educates children about why.
Important to maintain the level of health and activity.
“Being a HES major, the majority of our classes are about exercise, Healthy lifestyle and nutrition. With this background, we can apply these concepts and teach them to children with the hope that they will learn a healthy lifestyle that is important in life,” Bagley said.
Throughout the eight-week program, Bagley and YSC advisors work hard to maintain expectations of fun and learning.
“Every day is always a little different but usually in the morning we move around and expand. After that, we either do workouts or games in small groups specific to camp sports,” Bagley said. “Next, we’ll swim, and before the kids are picked up, we’ll either brawl or play in larger groups to help simulate the actual gameplay.”
Bagley’s work as a camp counselor reflects a great dedication and love for helping others, teaching children that even at a young age, a healthy lifestyle is important and enjoyable.
“I love seeing the smiles on their faces knowing I made a difference,” Bagley said.
The Department of Health and Exercise Sciences It is part of CSU’s . program College of Health and Human Sciences.
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