I want to begin by thanking Noblesville Schools and Noblesville Township for partnering to offer free recreational summer day camps again this year.

It's the first year that we've gotten to take advantage of the camps, and we loved them.

Usually, I don't find out about the camps until the offerings are already full, but this year when Facebook friend and fellow mom Tiff Whitaker in March gave us a heads-up that the camps were posted on an eventbrite.com link on the school district's website, I quickly maneuvered my way there.

And I am glad that I did. There were so many choices. Kids could sign up for track and field, tennis, softball, swimming, cross country, dance, football, synchronized swimming, soccer, basketball and more.

My 11-year-old daughter said she wanted to stay busy this summer. So she signed up for track and field camp that would meet bright and early at 8 a.m., to run, jump hurdles and compete in the long jump. A newby, she learned hand positions that would help her run faster with less stress on her body, she learned to watch what's in front of her, not who's coming up behind her, and she learned when to stride and when to give it her all. The first week of break, we had an hour break before tennis camp, during which the kids learned the basics of swinging the racket to make contact with the ball. My daughter also learned how to strategically pick up all of the tennis balls all over the court when they were done.

The second week, she had a softball camp and learned how to pitch and catch with a mitt, how to swing the bat, and how to field a softball. It was a really hot week in the sun with lots of water breaks. But we were kind of sad the last day because we were going to play a game and had a rainout. That week, we also had swimming camp at Noblesville High School pool with student instructors that were so wonderful with the kids. Campers of all skills enjoyed the week, learning better swim techniques and how to be more efficient in the water.

The third week, we had cross country camp. The first day, camp was called due to a storm on its way. The rest of the week, the kids did a lot of long-distance running and played some fun games.

Going into camp, my daughter was a swimmer. Coming out, she loved swimming even more. Plus she learned about some sports she'd never tried before and found that she liked them all. While we're done with the recreational camps for the summer, there are still camps going on, including a softball camp this week.

And while the Boys & Girls Club's Camp Crosser is full for the 2017 season, Noblesville Parks still has openings for morning preschool camp in July by visiting www.cityofnoblesville.org, for those still looking for things to do this summer.

-Contact me at betsy@thetimes24-7.com.