If you're looking for a summer camp for your children that will not only allow them to walk away with new skills and confidence but also lasting memories, I highly recommend Julian Krinsky Camps & Programs.
For those who attended our April Girls Night Out, you might have had a chance to chat with some of the lovely ladies of the JKCP team who joined us that evening. I was super excited to connect with their team, as I was a camper myself.
When I was in 8th grade, I got my first taste at a Krinsky program. I had recently picked up tennis as a sport, and my parents enrolled me in the Canyon Ranch program with a focus in the tennis program during the day (their Canyon Ranch partnership has since retired, but I can't say enough good things about it). At that age, I was not one to step outside of my comfort zone and I felt intimidated by the idea of attending a 'sports camp' with a bunch of athletes when I was walking in with a passion for a sport that was more of a hobby.
I was wrong, and the Krinsky program was able to show me that.
I remember taking a bus from the Bryn Mawr College campus (not too shabby for an 8th grade summer camp dorm, eh?) and heading to the JKCP Headquarters in King of Prussia where their tennis courts are housed. We were able to train and learn from some of the best instructors I'd ever met. Not only were these folks talented, but they interacted so well with us which was important because we were at that age where being personable made a huge impact in our relationship with them overall.
Even though I was a beginner and some of the others in my group were more advanced, I didn't feel like I had to compete to keep up. Though the instructors pushed us, it was only to show us what we were capable of and they worked with us individually to make sure that our experience was personalized based on what we might have been struggling with.
In addition to the daily tennis program, I had an opportunity to to get one-on-one lessons with coaches at the courts on the Bryn Mawr campus. I remember being exhausted, because I wasn't used to that much athleticism; however, it was so empowering to start seeing improvements in my game even over the course of a two week program. What I think really set the program apart was that it wasn't solely sport focused. Movie nights, cooking demos, nutritional classes, etc. (Canyon Ranch was a wellness/health-oriented program) allowed me to still bond with my roommates even though they weren't a part of the tennis program themselves and gave me time to relax.
Though I was hesitant going in, I remember crying on the way home at the end of my two weeks because I'd had such a wonderful experience. In the 10th grade, my parents surprised me with another summer at JKCP.