Wednesday, March 8, 2017
Day 7: Boy's Gymnastics Camp
When Caleb was younger, we used to load up and go to Norman, Oklahoma for the Bart Connor Boy's Gymnastics Camp. It was always in June, and lasted for 3-4 days.
We'd go a day early and make a stop in Oklahoma City. We'd alternate our stop on a three-year rotation cycle. Year one: Frontier City, year two: White Water, year three: Bricktown. We'd spend the day having all kinds of fun, then drive on to camp in the early evening. Stopping for amusement was always a big deal to kids from Webb City!
The camps were limited in the amount of campers so as to keep the training more personal. With small groups, Bart Conner himself was able to spend a little bit of time with each camper! At the end of the first night of camp, he always made each camper stand up and introduce himself. When it was Caleb's turn, he told his name, age, home gym, level, and home town. When he got to the "Webb City" part, Bart stopped him and got all excited. Seems both Bart's parents graduated from Webb City. Turns out his great-grandfather built our then-house and his other grandmother lived just a block over from us. Caleb found a friend for life!
The second night of camp, Bart brought out his Olympic Rely Torches and Olympic Medals (two gold medal - one for team all around and one individual for parallel bars) and let the kids hold them and pass them around.
Now, whenever we see Bart at a gym meet, he always makes sure to come over and say "Hi!" to Caleb.