Summer at Delphi Intensive Camps Roll On: Soccer, Volleyball, Tennis, Horse, and Filmmaking
The promise of Delphian summer school is enhance or rekindle each student’s love of life and learning. One by one. Student by student. Students might be returning for yet another summer – one student is here for her seventh summer! – or coming to handle a math problem or arriving stateside for the first time for our wait-listed English-as-a-second-language program. Regardless, this deep into the summer, the Delphian School has usually delivered that promised enhancement or rekindling. So it is time to ramp up the sheer fun and get intensive with soccer, volleyball, tennis, horses, and filmmaking.
George Bernard Shaw wrote an oft repeated, if inaccurately, line, “Anybody for a game of tennis?” spoken by Johnny Tarlton in the play Misalliance (1910). This is not Johnny Tarlton but Maad AlKadhim on the courts at the Delphian School. The offer, however, remains the same.
Intensive camps fill the afternoons at the end of summer.
All summer long, afternoons are packed with fun activities. Choices of activities include archery – on the archery range build by one of Delphian’s Eagle Scouts – soccer, flag football, basketball, volleyball, softball, computers, pottery, art, music, drama, horseback riding, and crafts. Once we get toward the end of the summer, it gets intense with the camps.
We offer three intensive sports camps in soccer, tennis, and volleyball. Our tennis facilities include four lighted courts. Soccer and volleyball are taught by state-level varsity coaches and former varsity players.
Soccer and volleyball camps are taught by state-level varsity coaches and former varsity players. Yamil Morales Nacif directs this kick past unseen defenders of an imaginary goal.
Delphian Athletic Director Mitch Neuhauser coaches both Delphian soccer and basketball programs and was recently recognized by the Oregon Athletic Directors Association with its Leadership Award. In his tenure 37-year tenure at Delphian, he has had soccer teams in district playoffs for 25 of the past 26 years, coaching some 10 all-state players along the way.
Students who participate in these camps can successfully increase their skills, stamina, and ability to compete. Similar to Delphian’s scholastic enhancement, these camps take students’ game to a new level of ability!
Horse camp is more than just riding. We teach taking responsibility, muzzle to tail.
After attending Delphian’s horse camp where they learn how and are expected to take responsibility for these 1000-pound animals, students have been known to come home cooking their own oats, cleaning their own stalls, and washing their own blankets! Siena Schofield hopes you will not tell her mom!
In horse camp, students learn horse anatomy, basic horse care, the tack or bridle/saddle/riding gear, trail riding, arena riding, and simple drill team actions. There is nothing like having real knowledge and understanding of a horse and taking full responsibility for that 1000-pound animal to enhance control in the stall, arena, or on the trail. It will come as no surprise to any educator or parent that such skills translate directly from the stable and trail to life. Delphian summer school students have been known to come home making their beds (handling tack), able to confront cleaning a bathroom or garage (cleaning stalls), and remembering to feed their dog (and horse)! All this on top of enhanced or rekindled love of life and scholarship!
More to come on filmmaking camp . . .
The final camp of Summer at Delphi 2012 is intensive filmmaking. But what would a story on filmmaking be without a film to introduce it? So, rather than the old television saying of “Film at 11:00” – since we don’t use film anymore – we’ll just say, “More to come.”
Jem Schofield, Delphian School graduate and sought-after filmmaker and teacher, ran this summer’s film making intensive camp.
For more information about next Summer at Delphi, go to www.summeratdelphi.org.