So how exactly do you run activities at a summer camp for 21st century skills? How do you teach and coach sports while also focusing on character building? In last Tuesday’s blog I profiled Andrew Disbrow, who has been the head of our ceramics program for the last 18 years. In it Andy outlined how he balances a camper’s need for learning both soft and hard skills (e.g., learning how to throw on the potter’s wheel while also becoming more creative and more independent). But how exactly do we teach skills like executing a pick and roll while also making sure that our campers learn resilience, critical thinking and collaboration?
Well, this week it is my pleasure to introduce you to Coach Chris Straker (@CoachStraker on Twitter and Instagram), the longtime head of our basketball program. Chris is the consummate Kenwood and Evergreen coach. He’s exciting, he’s passionate, and he’s incredibly nurturing. He’s an amazing sports coach, both for how he imparts technical knowledge about the game, and how he tries to help our campers grow.