Chaparral holds many camps for the community’s youth throughout the year. On September 30th, Chaparral Cheer hosted kindergarten through 8th graders at the Cheer Mini Clinic. This clinic gives these little girls a chance to become a cheerleader alongside the varsity cheerleaders of Chaparral. “The mini clinic is a long standing tradition that allows cheerleaders from Chaparral to connect with children of the community and build a bond with future Wolverines,” cheer coach Heather Saunders stated. This is also beneficial to the children at the camp because they get a feel for what the cheer program is like at Chaparral as well as the Chap Family itself. This clinic gives the children the opportunity to practice tumbling, flying, and other cheer skills with the members of Chaparral cheer. There are different groups led by different cheerleaders based on the skill set level of the younger kids. This is very similar to the break down at tryouts for JV and Varsity. The children spent the entire day at Chaparral practicing their skills and getting better. They even made a routine that they performed for their parents at the end of the day. The camp included lunch and t-shirts for the girls, along with other fun activities in order to make the children feel part of the cheer teams. Although most of the camp is about having fun, there are a few challenges when it comes to teaching the girls. “The most difficult part about the camp is keeping the girls focused,” junior Morgan Sprinkle explained. “Some things take a little while to teach, such as the dance they perform, and they want to move on to the cool stuff like stunting so they get distracted.” The goal that Chaparral sets out to achieve with this camp is “to get [the kids] involved in the community and support the community,” said Sprinkle. This camp has been a popular event among future Chaparral Wolverines because “most of the girls love to cheer and think it’s the coolest thing ever. When I was little I absolutely loved these camps and begged my mom to sign me up,” Sprinkle explained. This trend seemed to carry through to the attendees of the camp this year. “My favorite part of the camp is the cheer at the game on Friday,” attendee Ali explains. This camp sets out to embody the spirit of Chaparral as a school and community while getting the younger children involved.
Story by Lauren Collins and Paige Wiebelhaus