Kelly Bevers and Jada Barker say they want to be cheerleaders at Immanuel Lutheran School this coming school year.
To help prepare for that role and to improve their cheerleading skills they were two of 26 young ladies who attended the cheer camp at Trinity Lutheran High School earlier this week.
Both incoming fifth-graders said they attended the camp in the past and had so much fun they decided to attend again this year.
“I like that I get to know different motions, and when I go to my school I know a couple motions to get started,” Bevers said, adding that this is the third year she has attended the camp.”
Barker said, “Cheerleading gives you a really good chance at having fun, and being able to move your muscles and have a great time at doing it,” and mentioned she has been attending the cheer camp since she was in kindergarten. “I want to improve my skills.
“My favorite part is doing the lifts, and I like stunts. I like to do a little bit of everything. It’s a really fun thing to do and I recommend it.”
Brooke Carlin, cheerleader coach at Trinity Lutheran was the camp director. She is a former cheerleader at Brownstown Central High School and Indiana University and said she is beginning her third year as cheer coach at TLHS.
The camp was divided into two age groups, age 3 through kindergarten and grades 1-6. There were 13 girls in each group.
Carlin had the Trinity Lutheran cheerleaders come in on Monday and she worked with them on things she wanted them to teach at the camp.
“The high school (cheerleaders) come in on Monday, and the camp started on Tuesday,” Carlin said. “They learn everything that they are going to teach the youth girls. We learned a motion drill, which is the basic cheer motion. We learned probably six sideline chants that they taught the youth girls, and jumps and stunt technique.
“We teach them how to change the chants to their school colors so they can take it back to their school and do it for their cheer squad. We talk about when they might do these chants during a game. We also teach them sign work such as when there is a time out this is something they might do during a time out.”
Carlin said with the younger group, “We teach them basic motion. We teach them basic jumps and sideline cheers. We stunt with them and we put them in the air, and we teach them sign work.”
Bevers, who said she also attended camp at Lakeview, said she plans to run cross-country and play volleyball, in addition to her cheerleading at Immanuel.
Barker said she also attended band and volleyball camps, and plans on playing volleyball and being a cheerleader at Immanuel.
Carlin said there will be nine or 10 girls cheering at the Trinity football games this fall, and 11 cheering at the basketball games.
“We’re very excited about the numbers,” Carlin said. “With higher numbers we’ll be able to do more, such as stunting, and we have more tumblers this year.”