Summertime is not only meant for vacation. Kids also have an opportunity each summer to grow in skill, knowledge and ability at the Junior Golf Camps on the Naval Air Station Jacksonville (NAS Jax) Golf Course.

Assistant Golf Professional Angello Collins spent a total of nine years, with the past five being here at NAS Jax, teaching children and youth between the ages 6-17 the art of the game.

“We cover the basics. They’re going to learn G.A.S.P (Grip, Aim, Stance and Posture),” Collins explained “That’s the main core of everything. Along with that, they’re going to learn putting, golf rules and they will even get some on-course experience to apply what they have learned throughout the week.”

Collins personally understands the benefits of learning to play golf at an early age, having fallen in love with the game when he was 13-years-old. “Golf teaches kids mathematics, honesty and integrity. It’s the only sport where there are no officials, so you have to learn to be responsible enough to police yourself.”

The weeklong camps run throughout the summer and are broken up by age group. Children and teens learn and practice Monday through Thursday, and then play the course on Friday, with an awards ceremony to celebrate their achievements.

Are you interested in learning more about golf? Lessons are available for all ages! For more information, call the NAS Jax Golf Course at (904) 542-3249.