Ginger Reeves, CHS cheerleading coach and event organizer says the camp has been a tradition in Calhoun as long as she can remember, and a summer staple for the 18 years she has been involved in the cheer program.
“These girls love it and they are learning cheers and chants and other skills,” Reeves said.
The girls in attendance learn basic cheers and will be able to cheer along at football games and basketball games.
Reeves said that many of the girls in attendance will grow up to be Yellow Jackets cheerleaders just like Morgan Massey, a CHS junior who attended the camp when she was five. Massey is now a cheerleader for CHS and was on hand to assist with the three-year-old class.
“They are having a lot of fun,” Massey said.
Reeves said the cheer team hosts the event as a fundraiser, but it also gives the girls a chance to get involved with the community.
“It teaches my girls patience and responsibility,” Reeves said.
And Massey agrees that the classes have been a lesson in patience.
“Some of the little girls are scared and you have to be really gentle to get them involved,” she said. “I’ve had to use a lot of patience because the attention span of a three-year-old is really short.”
The camp runs for four days each year and ends with a parent’s day. This gives the students an opportunity to show off what they have learned.