CHHS Summer Standouts: Ariana Bagley Teaches the Importance of a Healthy Lifestyle at Annual Youth Sport Camps

For many teens, there’s no better way to spend the summer than being outside on Colorado State University’s beautiful campus and staying active with new friends and camp leaders. For health and exercise science students like Ariana Bagley, working as a counselor can provide experiential learning opportunities for career development.

This summer, the CSU Department of Health and Exercise Science hosted the 52ndnd annual youth sports camps, aimed at children between the ages of 5 and 13. The 2022 camp season ran from May 31st to August 12th, with a range of camp options offered Monday through Friday from 8:30am to 4:30pm.

The camps help participating youth build healthy lifestyle knowledge such as strength, flexibility and specific skills in a fun social environment. The activities encourage physical activity as well as social skills and build friendships and trust.

This learning extends to the consultants as well. Bagley, a senior starting her senior year at CSU, found that this opportunity not only got her a fantastic summer job, but also strengthened her leadership skills and fueled her desire to work with people and be active.

The YSC is the perfect setting for camp counselors like Bagley to get a taste of the work in their field of study. Bagley has an emphasis in sports medicine within the department and has found that “tIt is very rewarding to teach every child the basics of the sport they love and why exercise is important.”

Bagley listens to and coaches one of the campers at the Glenn Morris Field House
Bagley trains a camper at the Glenn Morris Field House

Although Bagley works with children, these experiences can be applied to her future career working with clients of all ages. “I learned a lot about people skills and leadership,” said Bagley, who wants to be a personal trainer.

These rewarding experiences are amplified when you consider that YSC has been restricted for the past two years due to COVID-19. Bagley admits that while this summer’s camp was more challenging due to the increased capacity, “it really helped the campers to socialize and learn how to deal with different kids.”

Bagley and the other YSC consultants have combined their ambition with an innate desire to help others discover the benefits of a healthy lifestyle, even at a young age. Bagley has found that the children at YSC love the games and activities and are eager to learn new things every day. YSC allows children to try different activities to find the ones they love, which can bring them a lifetime of enjoyment from a healthy lifestyle.

“The biggest lesson I took away from working at YSC is that kids learn so much from an early age,” Bagley said.

Bagley has been able to bring her knowledge from her Health and Exercise Sciences major to the camp setting this summer, where she educates the children about why

important for maintaining a certain level of health and activity.

“As an HES major, most of our courses are about movement, a healthy lifestyle and diet. With that background, we can apply these concepts and teach them to children in the hope that they will learn that living a healthy lifestyle is important,” Bagley said.

Throughout the eight-week program, Bagley and the YSC advisors work hard to maintain expectations of fun and learning.

Bagley stands in front of the Glenn Morris Field House wearing a green CSU tank top and a white hat.
Bagley is smiling outside the Glenn Morris Field House

“Every day is always a little different, but we usually take attendance in the morning and stretch. After that, we do either drills or small-group games specific to the camp’s sport,” Bagley said. “Then we go swimming and before the kids are picked up we either do scrimmages or play in larger groups to simulate actual gameplay.”

Bagley’s work as a camp counselor reflects his great dedication and love of helping others by teaching children that living a healthy lifestyle from a young age is important and fun.

“I love seeing the smiles on their faces because I know I’ve made a difference,” Bagley said.

That Department of Health and Exercise Science is a member of the CSU College of Health and Human Sciences.

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