Eastern Oregon University football coach Tim Camp brings more than 80 campers to a stop during drills Tuesday. (Brad Mosher/The Observer)
New football skills, fun stressed with 8-man teams
For Giovane Rojas, it is the best of two worlds. He gets to camp out in a tent and spend most of the day playing football.
Rojas will be starting his junior year this fall at White Swan High School near Toppenish, Wash.
But today, he’ll finish a four-day football camp at Cove High School.
“I love it,” Rojas said Tuesday. “It’s fun.”
He was one of more than 80 football players from three states who have been learning new skills and trying to improve their techniques since Sunday. The campers arrived Saturday, then began a two-workout daily schedule Sunday morning.
Rojas said he wants to return next summer to a camp where Eastern Oregon University football coach Tim Camp and members of his college staff and players help work with high school football players.
In addition to White Swan, there were other players at the camp from schools in the Evergreen State — including Rosalia, Sunnyside Christian and Wilbur Creston, a co-op team from Wilbur.
The Council Lumberjacks came from Idaho, joining with Oregon players from Cove, Echo and Powder Valley.
The tents gave some players a place to sleep, while others lined the hallways with sleeping bags.
The camp also gave the chance for the high school athletes to shop for football shoes from a company that deals in surplus shoes from college sports and professional teams.
For Camp, it was just the latest stop in a busy summer of camping — football-style.
Just a week earlier, Camp and his crew of coaches and players were in the small Nevada towns of Winnemucca and Fernley for a weeklong camp.
“It was 105 and 103 (degrees) down there,” Camp said as he watched teams scrimmage at Cove.
The hot weather took something out of the coaches, Camp said.
“When we were done each day, I was like 10 toes up,” he said.
The weather created slightly different problems this week in Oregon as the campers in Cove went through several heavy
The EOU staff and players help to keep the size of the camp down to the point that is easy to work with, the coach said.
“If we got really bigger, we’d have to hire other coaches to help,” Camp said.
The players at EOU sign up for the camps as counselors quickly, Camp said. “This spring, we were full in less than two days.”
In upcoming weeks, Camp and his camp crew will be returning to Enterprise for another high school camp.
The Cove camp has been running for six years and the EOU coach thinks that it could be expanded to handle between 12 and 14 schools with more than 120
“You got to like to camp out. You got to like the outdoors,” the EOU coach said. “This is a good camp, but not a lot of people know about it. Once they come, they tell me this is awesome.”
Camp will feel right at home, with his staff and some of his players on the football field with him.
“I love it out here,” he said, looking at the football field.