Middle Schoolers Sharpen Athletic Skills at Milo’s Sports Camp

December 07, 2015 | Kathy Hernandez

Milo Adventist Academy in Days Creek recently welcomed 106 students middle school students and their 27 sponsors to Milo’s fourth annual Sports Camp. The young people represented nine Adventist elementary schools in the Oregon Conference and four home-school families.

At the first meeting on the evening of Sunday, Sept. 27, Milo’s new athletic director, Justin Braman, introduced the young guests to the 32 academy students who would be their counselors and instructors for the next two days. Groups of seven or eight middle schoolers followed their academy counselors through seven different sports rotations. At each station, two academy instructors gave the students tips on improving their game and helped them practice some drills before allowing them to put their newly acquired skills to the test in an actual game. The rotations included basketball, floor hockey, softball, soccer, volleyball, flag football and lacrosse. As a bonus on Sunday and Monday evenings, students enjoyed games of capture the flag and dodgeball.

A much anticipated highlight of Sports Camp is the annual waterslide. Facility manager Jeff Miller and his team created the slide with double lanes, so that two children could safely slide at a time, splashing into the pool at the bottom of the slide.

After drying off after sliding, the youngsters were off to the gym to cheer for Milo at a women’s varsity volleyball home game.

Chad Reisig, chaplain, and his student chaplains led out in morning and evening worships for the camp, inspiring students to put God first in everything we do. Senior chaplain Sarah Ayon shared her story of how God led her to Milo even though it meant leaving her beloved roller derby team behind and of the blessings she received as a result of following His lead.

The fifth- through eighth-graders are already excited about returning for Arts and Technology Camp in February. For more information, email kathy.hernandez@miloacademy.org.