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Oswego Campers Reach 1,000 Mile Walking Goal

Jul 18, 2015 07:08AM ● By Steven Jack

Monday Miles isn’t the only program making strides this summer in Oswegoland. The Park District’s Summer Camp Connection program is also working toward a goal: walking over 1,000 miles at each site.

Summer Camp Connection is the Park District’s all-day recreational camp program run in conjunction with School District 308. The program serves children 4 years old through those entering sixth grade, and is hosted in four locations throughout the community.

At the beginning of the summer, the four sites each established a Walking Club to engage their campers in a challenge that would rally the children around a common goal and help staff and participants to stay active all summer long.

Since campers arrived in June, the participants have been pounding the pavement to log over 1,000 miles. The campers work together to achieve their site goal, with each participants’ steps counting towards the site total.

Daily walks have helped the sites to rack up the miles, and indoor activities and movement videos have added to the step count despite the rainy days. The sites track their progress individually using smartphone apps to help calculate the distance traveled, and share their ever-growing totals with each other.

A bit of friendly competition has grown from this challenge, and the Camp Connection site at South Point is proud to announce that during the week of July 13 their site was the first to have reached their goal of walking over 1,000 miles.

The South Point location is home to the Junior Camp Connection program, for those participants ages 4-6 years old. Staff and campers celebrated reaching their goal with cheers and a banner to commemorate the milestone.

The Camp Connection program runs through Aug. 14, giving the remaining three sites plenty of time to reach their goal as well. The South Point site will continue to log their miles and encourage the other sites in the remaining weeks.

PHOTO AND INFORMATION PROVIDED BY THE OSWEGOLAND PARK DISTRICT