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PC Recreation Soccer Camp returns

Starting Monday, June 15, the Park City Recreation Soccer Camp will start its first session of the summer.

The series of three one-week camps, running June 15-19, June 22-26 and July 7-11, will be held at the North 40 fields in Park City.

Randy Farris, the camp director, said he expects this year’s numbers to be on par with past years.

"I think we have around 40 registered for the first week," he said. "We’ll be doing a similar program that brings [campers from previous years] all back. We get such a high rate of returners."

And, he added, once a camper comes for a week, they usually stick around for the other sessions, too.

"Interestingly enough, it always seems to happen," he said. "The kids that come the first week sign up for the second two weeks because they had such a good time."

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In addition to Farris and a team of coaches he brings in to help, some local high-school athletes will assist with the camp.

"Claire West will be helping out and Kailer Spangenberg, he helped out last year and will be back this year," Farris said. "His brother was in the camp last year. I think [the coaches] have as much fun as the campers, so a lot of them come back, too."

In addition to soccer instruction, drills and scrimmages, the camp features other activities, like swimming and a spelling bee, Farris said.

"Full-day campers will have time to swim in the afternoons at the PC MARC," he said.

A portion of the proceeds from the camp will benefit Farris’s charity, Here for Kids International. Here for Kids International, according to its website, "partners with international organizations in the Dominican Republic, Peru and Costa Rica to send college students to serve thousands of impoverished at-risk children."

Farris, who just got back from Peru, said his organization’s mission trips are becoming more frequent as the nonprofit grows.

"This year already, we’ve taken 10 different teams, college teams, down to the Dominican Republic and Peru," he said. "It’s growing — it’s amazing."

Campers in Park City are encouraged to donate new or gently-used soccer footwear, which Farris said is always a big hit wherever Here for Kids International visits.

"That’s what the kids love down there and they’re expensive," he said. "Youth soccer shoes are really valuable. We take warm-ups and jerseys, too, but I prefer to stick to shoes when possible. We also take black school shoes for both boys and girls."

Farris said Park City has been a great help to his charity and that’s a big reason his camp keeps returning to the area year after year.

"Park City’s been ridiculously generous," he said. "It’s incredible."

Overall, Farris said he’s excited to get the three weeks of soccer camps underway. He added that excitement always increases during World Cup years such as this year.

"It’s an exciting year with the Women’s World Cup coinciding with the camp," he said. "It’s always cool to have the camps during a World Cup year."

The camps run from 9 a.m. to noon for half-day campers, at a cost of $85 per week. Full-day camps are available and run from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. and cost $160 per week. All campers receive a camp T-shirt with their registration fees.

To sign up for the Park City Recreation Soccer Camp, visit http://www.parkcityrecreation.org or call 435-615-5400.