Singin’ & Dancin’
Norristown campers cap off summer with talent show
Talented youths in the Norristown Recreation Department’s Summer Camp took to the stage of the Fire Chief Memorial Band Shell in Elmwood Park July 30 to cap off a summer of learning, activity and fun with a talent show.
“We really let the kids display themselves,” said John Moore, camp director of the Gotwals Elementary School camp location. “They have a lot of fun with it.”
The six- week camp, called the Summer Playground Program, offers a variety of activities for campers ages 5 to 12 at three different locations, including Gotwals, Hancock Elementary School and Elmwood Park. Bill Plichta, recreation director for 30 years, has run the program for that same amount of time.
Kids enrolled in the camp go on several trips to different locations, including Dorney Park, French Creek State Park and Splash Zone in Wildwood, N.J. Additionally, campers participate in athletic activities like taekwondo, basketball and other sports.
But most importantly, according to Moore, children spend the summer learning.
“We try to keep their minds fresh during the summer months,” Moore said, describing the tutoring program he implements at Gotwals. On top of an array of math and reading activities for all campers, the tutoring program gives extra help for anyone that needs it.
On July 30, campers took some time off from their summer studies to try their hand in performing arts.
“They’ve been practicing for about three weeks,” Moore said. “I know a lot of the children take their acts home and practice outside of camp too.”
The group of cheering campers and their parents that gathered for the show was evidence that the practice paid off.
After three parents from each camp location volunteered as judges, the lead- off, six- piece “Diamond Divaz” took to the stage. With the help of a group of older girls that stood in front of the stage to help with their choreography, the girls danced along to music that reverberated throughout the park.
The Divaz were followed by another choreographed dance performed by the fivepiece “Let It Go Girls.” The three- piece “Shining Stars” enhanced their performance with vocals, while “LOL” had a multi- song choreographed dance routine that had the entire camp clapping along and cheering.
Norristown Recreation campers perform a dance routine during the camp’s annual talent show in Norristown July 30.
Norristown Recreation campers participate in the camp’s annual talent show in Norristown July 30.