SCHOOL COMMITTEE NEWS: Wildcat Summer Camps Have Best Year Yet, 500 Kids Participate

WILMINGTON, MA — This summer’s sports camps offered by the Wilmington High School’s Athletic Department had the highest participation rate, total revenue and total profit since the camps began in 2009. Assistant Superintendent Paul Ruggiero announced the news to the Wilmington School Committee at their meeting last week.

In its tenth year, the camps brought in $85,185 in total revenue and $48,395 in profit, an increase of more than $4,100 from last year.

501 children participated in the camps, an increase of 5 students over last summer.

Wildcat Summer Camps

Nine camps were offered this summer: Boys Basketball, Girls Basketball, Field Hockey, Flag Football, Volleyball, “All Sports,” Boys Soccer, Girls Soccer and Track.

Two additional camps — Boys and Girls Lacrosse — were cancelled due to low enrollment.

“Because of the number of no school days this past school year, there was a delay in the start of all the athletic camps. As a result of the delay, these two camps were scheduled to run into early August which likely was the cause of the low enrollment,” explained Ruggiero.

The cost of the camps were $175 per week for each sport, with the exception of Track and Volleyball, which cost $150.  Additional camp enrollment was discounted $25 per clinic.

All funds generated by the camps are designated to the Athletic Department.

“As we look to the future, we will continue to make some modifications/betterments to the camps and we are sure they will continue to grow,” added Ruggiero.

Several School Committee members offered praise for the program and complimented Wilmington Athletic Director Tim Alberts and his predecessor, Ed Harrison, for organizing the camps.

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