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Bend Summer Camps Keep Kids Active


Now that school is out, parents might be wondering how they’ll keep their child active this summer. On Wednesday, one summer camp was underway, focusing on keeping kids healthy and fit.

“I like doing this way better than video games, because it’s in the outdoors, and I love playing in the outdoors,” said summer camp member Ethan Mawdsley.

Fit Kids America and the Center Foundation have joined forces to create a summer camp that keeps kids active, focusing on playing sports.

“You know, the habits they get into — just sitting on the couch, unhealthy eating, video games — is just kind of isolating,” said Fit Kids America Director Jason Lawrence. “The programs that we provide really let the kids get together and interact with each other.”

With one-third of children considered obese in the U.S., organizers say they want to make a difference.

“Our youth, unfortunately, are leading some more sedentary lifestyles,” said Center Foundation Director Andrew Traut. “The food choices that they’re making are not always the best. So we’re doing our absolute best to give them the opportunity to be out here, playing in the sunshine, having a good time and being active.”

The kids also learn about stretching and protective gear in order to exercise safely. They also have several lessons about healthy eating.

“Making sure that you’re eating before an activity, so you have the energy you need to perform,” said Traut. “And eat after the activity, so you have that energy and those calories you need.”

Many of the kids say they’re excited to keep playing.

“It’s a lot funner than sitting inside and playing video games and watching TV,” said camp member Seth Sween. “It’s an outdoor sport. It’s really fun to be playing with other people.”

To sign a child up for summer camp programs, it costs about $119 a week. People can check out the schedule at

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