This summer, the Piscataquis Regional YMCA held their first swim camp for boys and girls ages 6 through 18. The camp was held Tuesday, June 18th, through Friday, June 21st. YMCA swim coach Britney Gallagher was the director and instructor of the camp. Helping alongside her were Foxcroft Academy’s Hunter Kemp and Emelia Grant, who both work at the YMCA. Both Grant and Kemp work as a lifeguard and swim instructor at the YMCA, and Kemp is also on the FA swim team.
Before jumping into the pool, Gallagher began each afternoon session with outdoor activities to get the campers blood pumping. She would also teach them land exercises to prepare them for their workout in the pool. Once in the water, the campers were split by skill level and given specific exercises and strokes to practice.
Despite it being the first year of this swim camp, Gallagher was impressed with how smoothly the week went. Gallagher said she “saw improvement” in the younger children who were introduced to techniques over the week that they have never seen before. However, she was more “happy to hear from parents” about how much the kids had learned and that they had fun.
Gallagher is hoping that with the news of this year’s camp, more swimmers of all skill levels and ages, specifically high school students, will be interested in attending the swim camp next summer.
Summer swim team practices start on Monday, June 24th and run through the end of July for those that want to continue working on their skills and strength through the summer. Practices are open to FA swim team, YMCA Waves swim team as well as new swimmers that want to try it out for the summer.