CORPUS CHRISTI - The staff of the Texas A&M - Corpus Christi baseball team finished its fourth and final youth camp of the 2011 season on Thursday. Over the five groups, the Islander Baseball Camp saw over 150 youngsters take part in the event.
"What a great turnout we had this year," head coach Scott Malone said. "I think the kids really had a good time in addition to learning a lot about baseball, and I know the staff had a blast. It is always a rewarding and enjoyable experience for our program."
The campers faced an obstacle that was all too common for residents of the Coastal Bend in the summertime - the heat. Staff helped keep campers cool through a number of avenues, from mandatory hydration breaks to spending some time inside watching movies.
"The heat is something we always have to deal with for our summer camps," Malone said. "But after four summers doing this, we are used to having to overcome that. Safety is our number one concern, and finding ways to mix that with showing the kids a good time is one of the challenges, but it's one we embrace."
The final camp, which ran from Monday, July 18, through Thursday, July 21, saw over 50 campers enrolled, the most for a single camp in Malone's tenure.
"It seems that every camp we have, more and more kids sign up," Malone said. "I think that speaks to the improvement we have shown as a program and the excitement in the community about Islanders Baseball. We want to become a major part of this community, and I think seeing the number of 'Little Islanders' that attend our camps, this program has a bright future in Corpus Christi."
The Islander Baseball Camp still has a High School Showcase Camp later this summer, scheduled for July 28. For details, go to islanderbaseballcamps.com.