Summer camp offers tennis, music instruction to South Routt youths |

Summer camp offers tennis, music instruction to South Routt youths

Alexis DeLaCruz

— When 11-year-old Oak Creek resident and aspiring musician Jessica Miller writes a song, it comes from the heart.

“This week, I wrote a song about an ex-friend who was being a total snob,” she said. “All my songs come from past life situations or things I have experienced. I never write songs that are fake.”

Miller, who has been involved in music and acting since she was a toddler, is participating in a new two-week camp designed to expose and encourage South Routt youths to learn tennis, music theory and music composition.

South Routt Elementary School music teacher Don Williams and co-founder Din Golden began the camp as a way to combine their shared talents in tennis and music to share with others.

“We put our talents together and created the camp,” Golden said Wednesday as a group of seven South Routt and Steamboat Springs youths whacked tennis balls. “We want to provide an affordable, fun and educational camp for kids in an area that doesn’t necessarily have the opportunities to do these things.”

The Racquets, Acting and Music Camp began its first session June 18. A second session begins July 9, although there are only a handful of spaces available for interested third- through eighth-graders. The camp is designed to offer alternating sessions of music instruction and tennis instruction.

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Miller said she would recommend the camps to her friends.

“It’s really, really fun,” she said. “I love to act. I love to sing. I love to play tennis. I like it all so much.”

Williams, a professional tennis player and pianist, said he has been glad to spend the time with his students and a few new faces, too.

“It’s been a riot,” he said. “We’ve all been going home laughing and telling stories. It’s been as fun as we’d hoped for.”

Several of the students participating in the first session of the camp received scholarships from local South Routt businesses including Bonfiglio Drug, Spiro’s Tradin’ Post, Select Super, Montgomery’s General Merchandise, Colorado Bar and Grill, Dinty Moore’s Family Restaurant and Wells Fargo bank in Steamboat Springs.

“We really appreciate those businesses making it possible for the kids to come out,” Golden said. “It’s really nice to be able to offer this for them.”

Golden said the benefits of having a local camp in South Routt are numerous.

“It’s about the exposure, but also giving them a little bit more of what they are getting during the school year,” she said. “We’re trying to help them foster their own creativity.”

If you go

What: Racquets, Acting and Music “R.A.M.” Camp

When: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Thursday, July 9 to July 19

Where: South Routt Elementary School, Yampa

Cost: $300

Call: For more information or to enroll, call Don Williams at 736-8567

Note: There are only a few spots

available for the upcoming R.A.M. Camp