Summer camps returning to Twin Hills

Twin Hills camps

Shoal River Middle School boys basketball coach Mitch Buckelew watches as a player shoots a left-handed layup during last summer’s basketball camp at Twin Hills Park.

RANDY DICKSON / News Bulletin
Published: Tuesday, May 14, 2013 at 06:50 PM.

CRESTVIEW — Plans are in the works for another busy summer at Twin Hills Park in Crestview.

The park will host a variety of youth sports camps ranging from fishing to volleyball.

All of last year’s instructors will return for another year, except for soccer instructor Phil Rose, whom Crestview High School boys soccer coach Scottie Milton will replace.

Parks and Recreation Department supervisor George Hillsman said Milton’s selection arose because they want to use local high school or middle school coaches whenever possible.

"With coach Milton doing our camp this year, you will have someone from the city helping these kids, as opposed to someone outside eventually trying to be pulled out of the city," Hillsman said. "From what I've been told, quite a few players that went through the other camps are now down in the south end (of the county) playing for the other guys. So we want to keep our home-grown (athletes) home."

Hillsman said the number of camps give aspiring athletes numerous opportunities to find sports they enjoy.

"You may have a kid that has been playing a team sport all of their short life and then they may go into something like tennis, which is an individual sport, and find out they excel more at it than they do in a team sport," he said. "I think the more things a child can learn the better they are. It will give you a shorter period of time to find out if that's what they really want to get involved in and if that's what they are going to try and excel in.

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