My summer entering Sophmore year was the best ever! I finally get a chance to visit the most spectacular summer camp that you could ever imagine. That summer I got to visit Woodward Camp in Pennsylvania. I had never traveled by myself before and this was my first time without my parents. I knew it was a sacrifice for my family. My grandmother had just recently passed away from cancer. I really outdid myself that year with my grades and that became my motivation for success. BMX is the sport I have a great passion for.
My trip started in Tampa Intl Airport. It took 2 planes and the Woodward transportation service in a beautiful midnight black Range Rover HSE to complete my journey to Woodward. The tour included a vivid splendor of the Amish country along with passing by the Penn state University football stadium. It was a new experience to me watching the Amish people driving in their horse & buggy. The geography of the Amish country is absolutely beautiful! After a relaxing 35 minute ride from the airport, we finally arrived to Camp Woodward! The entrance had a yellow Woodward logo that teased my eyes. All I wanted to see was what was awaiting me on the other side of the front office. I’ve only seen pictures and videos of this wonderland but I wanted to see it for myself.
Once I signed in, we were told to wait for an instructor to take us to our assigned cabin. As the instructor found his way to the front office I realized that he was very well known pro that I had just seen in X-Games! His name is Zack Warden and he has sponsors that include Levis Jeans, Rockstar Energy Drink, & Hoffman Bikes. I was psyched that the first person I met there was a pro! Well I got into the golf cart and we started our way to the cabin. That’s when I got a taste of heaven. Once we passed the office and cafeteria, we rode by the first section of Skate Park which was the outdoor street course. Then to my right was their famous slick go cart track which I dominated during my stay there. Along side of the race track was the mini dirt jumps which were sculpted very creatively. As we took a left starting up the hill we suddenly stopped. Zach looked at me and said “here’s your home for the next week, see you at instruction!” I got my things together and moved in to the cabin. All the other campers were just as excited as me! They all introduced themselves respectively and everyone bonded like brothers almost instantly. I’ve never felt so comfortable away from home.
Next morning we all woke up early for breakfast. Following our meal would be an hour of instruction with pros that I have only seen before in magazines! They took us threw all 8 of the different skate parks that Woodward had to offer. Every park had its unique features that catered to each riding style. After instruction, we had the rest of the day to ride where ever we wanted. Mind you that this camp is Gigantic.
This epic schedule went on for the next five days. After each day I was sore from all the adventure but it was more than worth it. Between riding BMX, playing paintball, racing go carts, and relaxing with other campers, My week at Camp Woodward East was hands down the best week of my entire existence! A week never to be forgotten.
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