A group of three dance squads say Camp Casey was an ideal choice for their summer camp. Recently, 30 dancers came from Mount Si, Bonney Lake, and Cedarcrest high schools.
“We found it economical and had an incredible time,” said Jen Stokes, coach for Mount Si’s dance team. “We were a little nervous that the girls would not get any sleep because they were all in the same room. But they found a way to make it work and slept great.”
The barracks work well because students can be near all of their friends and not be assigned to specific sleeping rooms. This camp was set up so the adult chaperones were housed in nearby officers quarters. This allowed privacy for the coaches, yet still provided close proximity for supervision.
“We loved that we could rent the gym at such an affordable price,” Stokes said. “It was really nice to have a dedicated practice space indoors. It rained during our stay, but since we weren’t outdoors, we didn’t have to scramble to come up with an alternative venue.”
Summer camp is a time when dancers learn choreography for upcoming community, school, and event performances. They bring in special instructors and work hard learning new techniques.
“We do jumps, leaps, turn techniques, tumbling, and tricks to help the girls progress in their skill sets, and hopefully incorporate those into our choreography for competition,” said Stokes, whose team qualified for the WIAA State Championships last year, the first time since 2004. “We also took time to explore the property and make s’mores at the fire pits on the beach. We had a great time.”
The camp worked so well, in fact, that they’re already booking their stay in 2020 and hope to add more squads.