Sports and Adventure Camp, based in Potomac, MD, offers unique outdoor activities that build self-confidence, leadership, trust, teamwork and responsibility. Whether the camper is completing a 40-foot climb or performing their first “wet exit” they will experience many new challenges that utilize problem solving skills and collaboration. These challenges, along with sports and games that improve cardiovascular fitness, help develop the child as a whole.
“Your camp allows the camper to experience day to day varieties of activities in nature and to daily achieve personal triumphs of climbing small mountains (child perception), kayaking, and hiking difficult hikes. These personal achievements will stay with the camper forever. And they get a camping night complete with ghost stories and s’mores. Moreover, the small size of your camp creates a closeness where real friendships are more likely to occur. All this, plus your camp’s home base is close in the DC area with after care. These elements and more put your camp head and shoulders above all others of which I am aware.”
Kira – Session 2 Parent – Summer 2011
“My two sons adored Harrington’s Sports & Adventure Camp and came home every day tired, slightly muddy – and smiling. Just the way kids should be in the summertime. We’ve recommended this camp to everyone we know, and we’ll be coming back again summer after summer.”
Sarah- Session 1 Parent – Summer 2011
I started Sports & Adventure Camp as a hybrid program that blends adventure activities (mountain biking, kayaking, rafting and rock climbing) with traditional sports and games (soccer, dodge ball, basketball, capture-the-flag and ultimate). My coaching and teaching career started at summer camps where I was a counselor for a variety of sports. From the time I was in 9th grade I worked with multiple soccer leagues and summer camps including Daryl Gee’s Soccer Academy, Hill School Soccer Camp, W.Y.S.C., F.C.S.C., and Lil’ Kickers.
During college, I began to participate in many outdoor adventure activities such as white water rafting, kayaking, rock climbing, mountain biking and hiking. Such pursuits led me to become a lead instructor at an adventure camp. It was a great experience to see the different challenges that are offered and unique values that are instilled by adventure activities. Students develop deep levels of trust and teamwork while they are conquering fears and rising to challenges, more so than in traditional sports. It also gave me the opportunity to see where adventure activities are lacking compared to sports, primarily in the area of aerobic activity and cardiovascular endurance. I firmly believe that a great summer camp should have a daily balance between the two.
A soccer coach for more than two decades, Pierson has coached successful teams at the adult amateur level in the NoVa/Metro Hispanic Leagues, youth travel, youth rec, high school boys, high school girls, and more recently has served as a Volunteer Assistant for the Howard University Women’s Program. Coach Pierson maintains a website for “all things soccer,” found at strikepartner.com. A lifelong player, Pierson competed in college for the nationally ranked, University of the South “Sewanee” Tigers. Coach Pierson holds a NSCAA Advanced National Diploma as well as a USSF C License.
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