Thomas Kirkham, left, dribbles the ball around Bodie Garda Thursday at the PC MARC. Christopher Reeves/Park Record
Thomas Kirkham, left, dribbles the ball around Bodie Garda Thursday at the PC MARC. Christopher Reeves/Park Record

The Park City Soccer Camp has been around for 36 years, so there's not much organizer Randy Farris hasn't seen over the years. But this year, during the first of three sessions, the campers did have a unique experience snow.

The June snowstorm made for a couple of cold days at the camp, which is held on the North 40 fields in Park City.

"That was a tough one," Farris said. "The kids had a blast, actually. It was freezing cold and the kids were sliding around and kicking up snow. It was cold, very cold."

But now, in the midst of the second of three sessions, Farris said things are getting back to the way they usually run.

"Everything's good now," he laughed. "The field is in good shape and we're returning to a little bit of normalcy."

With one more full session remaining, from July 7 to July 11, Farris joked that he's hoping the winter weather stays away.

"We just kicked off the second session today," he said on Monday afternoon. "We're off next week for the Fourth of July, then we come back that Monday, the 7th."

Because of World Cup fever this week, the campers took Thursday morning off to watch America take on Germany to try to advance past the group stage of the tournament. Farris said the coaches at the camp have been working some World Cup-related activities into the daily activities.

"They basically get a name of every team from the World Cup and represent their various countries and play a scramble game in front of the goal where the first 'country' that scores wins," he said. "The kids are very fired up about it."

The first two weeks of the camp averaged about 35 campers each, Farris said, but he's hoping a fixed website problem will nearly double that number for the final week.

"We could take up to 60," he said. "It was hard for people to get signed in on the website. It really screwed us up this year, which bums me out. But we got it fixed and are hoping to have more campers for week three."

The third and final week of the camp has always proven to be the busiest, Farris added.

Members of the Park City Soccer Camp watch anxiously as the U.S. plays Germany in the World Cup. Christopher Reeves/Park Record
Members of the Park City Soccer Camp watch anxiously as the U.S. plays Germany in the World Cup. Christopher Reeves/Park Record

"We expect a lot of sign-ups now," he said. "We get lots of returners from the previous weeks and add in the people they bring. We should get big numbers for the final week."

A portion of the proceeds from the camp benefit Here For Kids International, a nonprofit of which Farris is the president. Here For Kids International provides assistance to at-risk children across the globe.

Farris said the Park City community has once again blown him away with its generosity toward his charity.

"We're still doing our service trips," he said. "We already got loaded down with donations the people in Park City are so generous. They brought complete sets of uniforms for the kids in the Dominican Republic."

To sign up for the third week of the Park City Soccer Camp, visit the Park City Recreation website at www.parkcityrecreation.org . The cost is $95 for a half-day camp (9 a.m. to 12 p.m. each day) or $170 for the whole 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. camp.