Camp Kelly took a group of boys, 9-15, last week for five days to help them sharpen their basketball skills.
Scranton Prep junior David Blake - in his fourth year at camp, this time as counselor - said he keeps coming back “because it’s a week of basketball.”
“You’re outside for a week with no cell phone service and you’re in a cabin,” he laughed. “It doesn’t sound fun, but you’re able to spend more time with your friends and focus on basketball, so it’s a great time.”
As the boys dribbled down the court, did crossovers over the cones, and shot baskets, their new-found friends both teased them and cheered them on, revealing how much the camp brought them together.
While friendship was a big factor in the camp’s appeal, the opportunity to play basketball was also a large draw.
Tunkhannock’s Shane Macko, 13, described what the schedule was like, and it was clear that everything revolved around basketball.
He said they woke up around 7:45 in the morning and then ate breakfast at 8:15. After a quick break, the boys dove into their sport.
Macko said that they went to drills until lunch break, which was followed by more basketball drills. The players had two and a half hours of free time before dinner. After dinner, they had a mini break and then played 5-on-5 basketball games until the end of the day. Lights out for the camp was 10 p.m.
There was a lot of basketball, to be sure, so it certainly helped that Lackawanna College Asst. Coach Chad Pettus loved the sport as much as the boys.
Pettus said his favorite part of coaching at the camp is “Making the kids better, teaching them things they don’t necessarily know, and then watching them get
He explained that it was more than just a basketball camp where boys had opportunities to swim, go on the ropes course, climb the rock wall, and even shoot at the archery range during breaks.
Also, it was a great experience for the boys to stay in a cabin together and get a chance to enjoy the outdoors.
Scranton High freshman AJ Dinterman, 14, confirmed that the camp was a big hit.
“(Guys) should go because of the memories you make with the people you like,” he said.