Photos: PorterCamp - It's not just for gymnasts anymore. CHEER

... a long time ago in a campground far, far away... OK while it was a long time ago it was only about 20 miles... Porter Camp had both gymnastics and soccer.  It made for a fun camp with a lot of soccer boys running around and rounding out our co-ed facility,  but as times changed so did Porter, and for a long time Porter only had gymnastics as it's primary sport. A few years ago we noticed a change happening in many of the gyms in the area.  As an addition to their existing gymnastics teams a number of gyms were getting involved in other areas; extreme sports requiring crash mats, dance and tumbling classes, martial arts classes and also CHEERLEADING.  It really is such a simple transition when you think about it.  Here we have a facility that is built for tumbling, landing and occasionally falling.  A place that has high ceilings, landing mats and padded floors.  Gymnastics clubs are built for Cheerleading, without those very hard wrestling mats to have to setup every day.

The transition for Porter Camp was very much the same.  We have the tumbling facilities, the trampolines for training, the landing mats for landing (and crashing), the dance hall for ... dance,  but what if it rains.  Enter a 3rd circus tent in the other sports field and a Cheer program is born.

The Cheer program runs exactly as the Gymnastics program with 4 hours of training and 4 hours of traditional camp activities each day.  Cheerleaders like the gymnasts have 1 hour of dance in their training as well as stunting, cheering and tumbling sessions.  A wonderful addition to the Porter curriculum and a great energy boost to the camp (Cheerleaders know how to be loud which is strongly encouraged) we look forward to another great year of Cheer at Porter Camp

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Many of our returning staff moved from Gymnastics to Cheer, as natural a progression for people as for gyms and camps adding cheer programs... If you look closely at your favorite local college team you may see a cheerleader with a Porter Camp water bottle on the sidelines.