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Dear Takoma Sportscamps Families,

I hope you and your families are doing well during these difficult times. I am trying to figure out if I can safely run camp this summer, and at this point I feel I am unable to make a decision. MCPS has not opened schools for in person learning, and they are not renting out their facilities. I have been running this camp since 1996 and I truly missed it last summer. To hold camp I need to feel it would be safe for campers and staff, and to find a suitable facility to rent. I would like to run our normal 5-week summer schedule (see potential dates below), but I need more time to make a decision. I will update this message at the end of February with the hope that I will have a clearer understanding of whether I can hold camp this summer.

Louis Hoelman

2021 Summer Schedule

Baseball Session 1: June 21 - June 25
Baseball Session 2: June 28 - July 2
Basketball Session 1: July 6 - July 9  (no camp July 5th)
Basketball Session 2: July 12 - July 16
Basketball Session 3: July 19 - July 23
Softball Session 1: July 12 - July 16 (Girls Only)

History

Established in 1996, Takoma Sportscamps provides a full day of summer fun and skills instruction to boys and girls ages 6 ½ to 15. We welcome campers of all skill levels and abilities. Takoma Sportscamps began as Takoma Park Babe Ruth Baseball camp. In response to parents' requests for a local sports camp that offers quality instruction at affordable prices, camp director and founder Louis Hoelman added sessions for basketball and softball. We now offer six one-week sessions of camp that provide kids with a safe, fun, instructional way to spend their summer days.

 

Camp Director

Louis Hoelman teaches Physical Education and is the Varsity Softball Coach at Montgomery Blair High School. He has built one of the strongest Fast-Pitch Softball programs in the state and was awarded coach of the year by the Gazette in 2006, 2011, 2014, by the Washington Examiner in 2006, by Montgomery Blair High School in 2017, and by the National Federation of State High School Association (NFHS) in 2020. Louis has also coached Basketball, Cross Country, Field Hockey, and Team Handball at Blair. He taught Physical Education at Piney Branch Elementary School from 1993-1999 and was the Athletic Director for the Silver Spring Boys and Girls Club from 1987-1993. He has been an integral part of Takoma Sportcamps since its inception and is responsible for management, staffing, and daily operations.

 

Camp Staff

Our camp is staffed by coaches and teachers from area public and private high schools, elite college athletes, and high school athletes who have graduated from Takoma Sportscamps and want to give back to the program. We ensure that our staff is knowledgeable about the sports they coach and are trained to make sure campers of all levels have fun and get the most out of camp.