Sugar Land, TX News (July 28, 2014) - On July 24th, the nine YMCA youth outreach summer camp sites across Fort Bend County converged on Bates Allen Park (YMCA Camp Cloud) in Kendleton, TX for their annual “Campapalooza” field day and picnic. Almost three hundred fifty Fort Bend County youth participated in a variety of activities and competitions. Thanks to the assistance from six local supporters and donors that participated as celebrity judges for the day; the kids also competed in a talent show. “The event provides a great opportunity for all of the youth involved in our nine Fort Bend County programs to come together for food, fun, and fellowship,” stated Brian Haines, YMCA District Vice President.
The YMCA “Campapalooza” event was created in 2009 by YMCA volunteers and staff in an effort to broaden the life experiences of the youth in YMCA summer outreach programs and to instill a sense of pride for the community that they represent. During the one day event, participants represented their Y sites through a variety of individual and team competitions, as well as a talent show. The children also participated in canoeing and other outdoor activities that they learned at Y Camp Cloud during the summer. The day culminated with a barbecue lunch served up by YMCA volunteers and staff.
Each year, the highlight of the Y “Campapalooza” event is the talent show. During the talent show, each YMCA site presented their best talents through a variety of singing and dancing performances. Judges for the talent show were represented by local organizations and businesses that support YMCA programs throughout the year. The celebrity judges for the 2014 contest included Marshall Whichard, Y Camp Cloud Co-Chair; Mike Flory, Y Camp Cloud Co-Chair; Mike Davis, Fort Bend County Parks & Recreation Director; Monica Rusch, Houston Astros and Y Camping Services Board; Swatson, Sugar Land Skeeters Mascot; and John Willett, Y Camping Services Board. After scoring all of the tremendous talent, the judges awarded first place to a team from the YMCA’s Taylor Ray Elementary outreach site from Rosenberg, Texas.