A camper flies with style from point A to point B.

YouTube sensation parkour—the art of traveling from point A to point B as efficiently and fluidly as possible—has made it to Utah gyms, including cheerleading and gymnastics school Utah Peak Academy. “Developing your own style and making the movements your own really makes parkour unique,” says instructor Daniel Brown, noting parkour depends on flips, jumps and other extreme movements. “Everyone’s style is different.” Though kids at UPA won’t be doing backflips off walls or scaling buildings, the idea behind parkour—from the French word parcours, or course—is to use movement and mental fortitude to overcome any obstacle. Brown, who has been teaching the sport at UPA for three years, discovered it through gymnastics when he was a high school freshman and got hooked on the idea of doing something completely different. The three-day beginner camps start with safety, the most critical component, Brown says. He’ll teach kids good form and the art of falling—basically how to roll and splay the body out to spread the force of the impact. Then they’ll begin to learn the seven essential vaults and tricks, including diving from 5 feet into a push up and kicking their bodies over large, padded obstacles. Intermediate students, who have mastered the basics taught in level one, add in flips, develop vaults and begin to tackle the artistic dynamic of the sport. Certainly a departure from swim and tennis camps. 

Registration: Opens May 1, open to ages 6-18
Dates: Two beginner sessions, June 3-5 and June 10-12, both from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.
Cost: $100
Location: Utah Peak Academy, 14548 S. 980 West, Bluffdale
Contact: Emily Matheson, 801-870-2533

Pick a sport, any sport: 10 great camps for your athlete

Flying High

Kids can learn new tricks with AXIS Freeride’s ski camps at the Utah Olympic Park. Three-day camps run June 15-Aug. 18, $395, Park City, 435-655-5366, axisfreeride.com


Sports FUNdamentals Summer Camp offers gymnastics, tennis, soccer and bobsled lessons. June 17–Aug. 1, ages 7–10, $235–$255, Utah Olympic Park, Park City, 435-729-0350, utaholympiclegacy.com

On the rise

The Front Climbing Club calls itsrockwall camps a “superhero training program” as kids spend the  week defying gravity by climbing. June 11–Aug. 13, ages 6–13, $175, 801-466-7625, frontslc.com

More than 20 sports

BYU Sports Camps have everything from baseball to swimming. June 3–Aug. 9, ages 6–18, $105–$895. Brigham Young University, Provo, 801-422-5724, byusportscamps.com

First down!

The Utes offer six football camps, ranging from fundamentals to training for kickers. June 1–22, grades 2–12, $40–$240. Spence Eccles Field House, SLC, utahfootballcamp.com

All that and more

Dimple Dell Recreation Center’s Summer Super Sport Camp includes flag football, soccer, softball and more. June 10–Aug. 16, grades 1–6, $72–$100, Sandy, 801-495-1480, recreation.slco.org/dimpledell

Griffin Lacrosse

Westminster College has lots of sports camps, but the one you won’t find elsewhere is lacrosse. June 10–29, grades 7–12, $120–$450, SLC, 801-832-2338, westminstergriffins.com

Basketball basics

Former Jazz player Matt Harpring  is passing  on that knowledge to kids at Back to Basics summer camp. July 29–Aug. 8, ages 7–15, $165, the Park Center, Murray, 678-925-4146, mattharpring.com


Whether you’re kid is kicking the ball for the first time or on the varsity team, Real Salt Lake has it covered. June 3–Aug. 23, ages 3–18, $85–$200, 801-727-2714, realsaltlake.com

On the Rocks

Rockreation’s instructors give kids an early start at rock climbing at REACH camps. June 10–Aug. 16, ages 5–12, $159 ($10 discount when you register before June 1), 801-278-7473, rockreation.com

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