Category: Camp

All-American Journey

Seventeen-year-old, school-wide favorite, Layne Redeagle proves her strength through her unwavering character and exemplary attitude. The Bella Vista High School Varsity Cheer squad does not recognize her for her Down Syndrome, but for her bright personality that leaves everyone with a smile. Poised, resilient, animated and fun, Layne Redeagle goes the extra mile just to get the crowd involved, all while keeping her teammates energetic and optimistic. “DIFFERENT IS OK” Coach Karen Van Tassel has been the cheer coach at Belle Vista High School for the past eight years, sharing that Layne is their second special needs cheerleader. Coach Van ... Read more

Plan Your Work, Work Your Plan

As we begin another new season, it’s the perfect time to reevaluate and reset your goals. Just as you have grading sheets with clearly defined objectives and guidelines for school projects, applying that same thought and definition to your cheerleading agenda will help clear a cluttered mind and direct your focus. Get Going Write down the big, important items your team will need to prepare for in the next three months, six months, nine months and year. This should cover summer camp, football season, basketball season and competition. Think of runners when they sign up for a race; they have ... Read more

DON’T Drop the Spirit Stick

“GO LIONS!” The routine ended with a solid Heel Stretch pyramid and an impressive tumbling pass across the front. The room erupted with applause from the campers seated on the ground in front of them. One team in particular was especially supportive, standing up and jumping with excitement. “Next up – let’s hear it for the Bulldogs!” the instructor announced. The beaming group of girls who had been celebrating the Lions’ performance bounced to their places. “READY!” Their cheer began with jumps and a short motion sequence that transitioned into a basic pyramid, ending a few beats off count. Despite ... Read more