Kids Tee-off for Life Skills

BAR HARBOR — ¾ Hitting the greens for an early start, junior golfers teed off this past week at the YMCA golf camp.

The camp was held at Kebo Valley Golf Club and provided the youngsters, aged 6 to 13, with instruction in basic golfing techniques and etiquette. The 18 participants learned how to drive, chip, use “irons,” as well as basic mechanics of the swing and rules of the game.

Kebo Valley instructor Pieter DeVos, who taught the one-and-a-half hour morning sessions from July 22 to July 26, said the benefits of golf instruction were more than a fit lifestyle. “It’s an honorable game,” he said. “And it’s a game you can play your whole life.”

He added, “Later in life, it can even help you make connections in the business world or network in college.”

While there were fewer participants in the camp than last year, Mr. DeVos said the attendees where among a growing group of junior golfers on Mount Desert Island that has increased since the camp’s inception, six years ago. “There are now close to 30 kids playing at the junior high level and 16 at the high school level,” said Mr. DeVos. “That’s pretty good.”

At the end of the four days, campers were awarded medals for their effort. “The kids learned a lot and had a great time,” said Mr. DeVos.

Other YMCA summer camps are scheduled to run through Aug. 24, and include activities such as sailing, fishing, soccer, running and arts. Registration beforehand is necessary; financial assistance is available.

The YMCA focuses its camps on its core values of respect, caring, honesty and responsibility.

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Fenceviewer Staff

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