I spent a good portion of last night recalling the time I got hired on by the administrators of a parkour camp to give the kids a sort of farewell party before the summer break ended. Without getting too much into the sport itself, for the uninitiated, parkour fits somewhere between a sport, an art and a mode of transportation. If you love Assassin’s Creed as much as I do, you’ve likely picked up on what I’m talking about. Essentially, it seems to primarily revolve around overcoming obstacles in an efficient way, like running up and over a wall as opposed to walking around. As it turns out, there are actually (day) camps available wherein teens will go and practice the sport while receiving some instruction on a daily basis. Anyways, here’s my experience with the whole situation.
For the short time amount I spent there, and given the circumstances, I don’t think I can truly tell you what the camp was like. Sure, I saw and spoke with both some of the kids and many of the instructors and even got a tour around the joint, though something tells me DJs and lights aren’t usually on the menu for these guys. As far as I know, everyone stayed late that day by not leaving until well after sundown, which was rather atypical for the camp (as a day camp, the kids would go home every day). Either way, the atmosphere was very energetic, likely due to the fact that it was filled with young athletes of all different skill sets. While some of the kids gathered in small groups to engage in their sport of choice, most of them were sitting or standing around picnic tables, eating food and talking or off at the little store they had on the grounds, buying some last-minute parkour equipment before they left for good. They also asked me to check out the best parkour shoes: comparison chart & reviews , so i did!
As you can guess, I mostly relied on the use of fast-paced techno. While perhaps not my sort of thing, it certainly set the proper tone for the evening, which was rather energetic. It wasn’t the most enjoyable event I’ve attended purely from a musical standpoint, though that was fine by me.
If I’ve ever been a source of background music, this was it. And, honestly, I sort of liked it. While a few kids stayed focused on me and even came to talk to me after everything was said and done, it was nice getting to hide in the corner for once. It was refreshing to say the least.
Would I Do It Again?
Sure, though I’d prefer to go to a different type of camp next time. Up until I went there, I had no idea parkour was actually a sport with a large following that didn’t just take place in video games and Bruce Willis movies. While I’d have no problem playing the same camp again, I think seeing the sport for the first time was the best part. If I could go to a similar camp which revolved around another sport I had never heard of, I think I’d jump at the opportunity. It’s not often you learn something from DJing or by watching those significantly younger than yourself. This occasion; however, was the exception. Make sure to check out their website, Traceurzone.com .