Parent Testimonials

Thanks to so many parents. Your kind words are greatly appreciated.
I just wanted to let you know that Rohan had yet another enjoyable summer thanks to Decathlon Sports Club. He can't stop sharing all the stories and the games he played all summer and is excited to start school and show his friends the cool things he learnt at camp.
His interest and joy for playing sports has grown even more this year and he is already excited about next summer and the time he will spend at Decathlon. Kudos to you and your team for doing a fabulous job of keeping the kids happy and active all summer long.
Thanks again! Look forward to seeing you again next summer.
Regards,
Maithili Rairkar (Rohan's mom)


Alex and I just wanted to say thank you for another wonderful month of camp for Tommy and Topher!  The boys got in the car on Friday and said, "we're so sad camp is over; I wish it was next summer already!"  Thank you for everything all of you do to create such a fantastic and special experience for all the campers.  We don't how you do it, but it seems as though every summer is even better than the last!  Have a great year and we will see you Summer 2014! 
Best,
Emily and Alex Sah


My first year of college at UC Santa Barbara is coming to a close, and it's been great. As I applied for work in Santa Barbara for the summer, it made me reminisce on the amazing experiences I've had at Decathlon Sports Club. Everything from Phenomenal Friday's, Raging Waters trips, putting up shade tents as a JCIT, to leading groups as a Junior Counselor has truly been a blessing. I can easily say that your camp has had such a positive impact on me.

Obviously, sports have always been a passion of mine. Ever since I was 5 years old, I could be found shooting a basketball or tossing a baseball. But it's not just about playing the sport, it's about respecting the sport itself and those who play it with you. Decathlon has not only groomed me into a great athlete, but a great human being. Early life lessons of sportsmanship have impacted all aspects of my life. Your camp, from a young age, taught me how to work well with others, listen to others, and have fun in a competitive environment. I will utilize these lessons in the classroom, my next job venture, and the ups and downs of my career.

I want to thank you for all you two have done for me. You've provided me with a family away from home, and summer memories that will last forever. It brings me to tears knowing I won't be around Decathlon this summer, because your camp is the happiest place on earth. I hope all is well.
Sincerely,
Nate Bills
Camper, JCIT, Junior Counselor


I received an on-line survey and am looking forward to providing you with great feedback regarding your camp. We love that William has had such a positive experience there year after year.  William is always a bit apprehensive on the first day of camp session but at pick up, he's had such a good time that he's ready to go back the next day!  Your counselors really seem to care about their campers and that makes such a tremendous difference.  I love the emphasis on sportsmanship and the games are so creative.
We'll see you next summer and thank you for all that you do for your campers!  It is much appreciated.
Take care,
I-Han Liang
(William's mom)


Thanks so much to all of you for making this summer so terrific for Izzy.  You run a great operation.  I cannot tell you how much Izzy enjoyed this summer and how much better (from both her and my perspective) her summer was this year as compared to other camp's attended last year.  Izzy will definitely be back next year, as will her little sister.  Samantha (Counselor) was wonderful as well.
Thanks again.
Robin Colman


Thank you for all the pictures you sent and for once again showing the kids a fabulous time.  Aidan's first experience on a Decathlon field trip Friday was one he will not forget.  He and Tommy LOVED fishing.  Thanks for hanging out on the dock with them, Scott.  The picture is terrific!
Aidan was also thrilled to be chosen as Sportsperson of the week last week.  I'm sure you know how special it makes the kids to receive that recognition.  Thanks for giving our quiet, sensitive boy that much needed boost!  :)
Thanks for everything.  :) 
Your very satisfied customer/ parent,
Catherine  Bannon


I have to thank you for an amazing camp experience for my son, Winn! His buddy Devon convinced him to sign up. I am so glad we did!
From the very beginning, I felt a very personal touch with your camp. My welcoming email started off with "Winn and Devon are together in the same group," which is exactly what I wanted to hear! Then Linda took lots of time with me discussing the week's field trip change (from the beach to Raging Waters).
We felt SO welcome on our first day of camp with a bunch of counselors coming up to us and making us feel at home. Our conselor Ryan Auerbachh is AMAZING. He quickly figured Winn out, telling me that Winn really IS a decent athlete but lacks confidence. And then Ryan made sure that he built up Winn's confidence all week long. Ryan is excellent at that! And the personal phone call midweek was so unexpected and GREAT!
I cannot tell you how much it meant to Winn to get the Sportsman of the Week award. He was "over the moon" excited about that!! And I SO enjoyed the picture you sent of that!! Our Jr. Counselor, Nate was excellent as well!
The closing ceremony was fantastic, with Nate and Ryan saying so many wonderful personal things about the boys. They really got to know each and every boy!
In sum, we cannot wait for next year (last year Winn can do it!) and I'm very sad that we did not try your camp many years ago!
You have developed a wonderful camp experience for kids! Thank you thank you!!
Best regards,
Laurie Hartford


Mattias had the time if his life last week and can't wait to get on the bus tomorrow!
Thank you for making this wonderful childhood memory happen :-)
Greet Hamnendorp, Mattias' mom.


Thanks so much for the bio's.  Every summer since he was 5, my son, Colin Chow, idolizes his camp counselors.  Last year it was Rafael and this year it is Danny and Yonah.  With the lack of male teachers in the elementary school system, Decathlon Sports Camp gives him the chance to model how young men should act.  I am grateful for the role models you provide for younger boys to emulate.  It is now Colin's goal to be a future counselor and have a bio himself one day:)
Thank you for all you do for the kids and for providing a fun, non uber-competitive place for them to enjoy sports and the outdoors. Gratefully,
Ellen Szeto


Thank you for once again creating such an incredible experience for Louie (Kane) this summer! I always know he is in good hands and having fun during his summers with you and that means so much to me. (5 years at DSC)
Ruth Stein


This has been such an amazing experience for me! I’ve learned so much from this awesome camp!  How to make lanyards, an improved way to shoot a basketball, but most of all sportsmanship.  Coming to this camp has truly changed my life!  I will never forget it.  My first year as a camper has been awesome!
Grace Descourqoez (age 12)


I wanted to say Thank You for another great year at camp! You all make it so easy for parents and the kids love it. I don't know how you do it, when other camps can't seem to, but you are friendly, accommodating and you are so helpful to parents, like when we forget to do something (like bring lunch forms by x day), you cover for us busy, crazy families! It is never "too late", and I really appreciate that!  Great job, keep it up!
Lia never came home sunburned ( a little just can't be helped as she is very fair) and I really thank you for that too! Wow! You are the best!!
Kate Evard, and family


The all time best camp ever according to the Kramer Kids! BTW - Caitlyn is 3 now... how old does she have to be to start camp... 5?!
Jody Kramer (DSC Campers for 7 years)


My boys love Decathlon and I’ve been impressed by the level of organization and how easy you make it for us parents!
Michal Shalon


Nate just had his tenth season at your camp (this past year as a JCIT) and enjoyed himself as always.  Thanks for running such a fabulous program year after year.  He is hoping to see you next summer as a junior counselor!
Sincerely,
Janet Jacobi


My Favorite Summer Activity
Decathlon Sports Camp is like recess for 6 hours a day.  For the last 5 summers I have been to this wonderful camp called Decathlon Sports Club.  At Decathlon we have basketball, baseball, high jump, swimming and oodles and oodles of more sports.  We also have fun every Friday.  Swimming is fun and at the end of every day we get popsicles.  But, the best parts of summer camp are the field trips.  We get to go to Santa Cruz beach, bowling, and best of all Raging Waters.

Every Summer I really enjoy going to Decathlon Sports Camp.  The field trips and games are really great.  There are so many sports you can play with your friends and your friends don’t rub it in tyour face if you lose.  They just say “good game” and the losing team is back on their feet and ready for a rematch.  Maybe the best part of Decathlon are the friends you make.  You get to see your pals again and again and make new friends every year.
Sean Scott age 11


Your camp is terrific. My son has attended for 3 years in a row now and really likes it. I always appreciate the individualized attention you give to each camper and your timely communications on what is going on at camp. Keep up the great work!!
Darcy Kiefaber

 
Simply best run camp I have ever seen - from logistics, to food, to sunscreen, to variety, and the best part - kids loved it.
They came home exhausted but tons of fun! Thanks - looking forward to next year.
The Stalder Family


I have never seen a camp more organized. I was worried about my son going everyday and having to get up earlier in the summer. But he was always happy and excited to go and had a great time. That was such a gift! We love this camp and will be back next year!
Laurie Rinenbach

Thank you so much for providing such an amazing, positive camp experience! Both my sons really enjoyed their experience at Decathlon as a camper and as a JCIT this summer. You run an incredible program! We hope to see you next summer. Thanks so much.
Amy Connolly


Thanks for a great camp experience! The operational aspect was great but all the counselors, JC’s and JCIT’s made it truly spectacular. We’ll definitely be back next year.
Lynette Liu


Thank you for a wonderful summer camp. We were first time campers this year and loved every aspect of the camp. Anjan absolutely loved Decathlon! He came home happy every day. We are seeing a visible difference in his attitude, speech, and sports skills. We will definitely be returning next year.
Roopam and Akhish Bhattacharya


Seth had another great time at your camp! Thanks for providing a great place for kids to practice good sportsmanship while having safe, clean, fun and exercise.
Paul Moke


My two girls had an incredible experience and look forward to the upcoming year! You do a magnificent job and I appreciate all your hard work. You all made my daughters so happy and involved!
Amanda Schroeder


I just wanted to thank you for another great summer at camp. My girls loved every minute of it. This was my daughter's 4th summer - she's "Hall of Fame" bound next year. This was my younger daughter's first year. They both just loved camp! I think the real difference maker is what the young man said of your philosophy at the awards - "there are no boring activities - only boring counselors and JCs." And your counselors and JCs are fantastic!! I have sent my kids to many, many camps over the years and yours is the best by far. I not only love the outdoor nature of the camp, but you have the whole thing down to a science. I am so impressed by everything - from drop-off and pick-ups to after-camp care to communications to the food options to the activities. It is a well-oiled machine. The kids just love it and as a parent, I love it too. Thank you! See you next summer.
Linda Reed


Thank you very much for another great summer. This is the only camp that my son looks forward to every summer. Your organization and communication make it so easy for parent's to stay in the loop with their happenings at camp and their children while at camp. And my son always raves about his day every single day I pick him up from camp and has so many positive things to say about the activities he's involved in and absolutely enjoys the staff. They are all a great bunch of people - very friendly, very personal with each kid and parent, very encouraging and motivating to the kids....all of which makes a significant difference in his enjoyment at camp. Thank you so much! I can't thank you enough for the amazing experiences you've given my son and his friends these past 4-5 years!
Tiffani Yee Yanagishita


We have planned our summers around Decathlon Sports camp for years. The camp has created such happy, summer memories for our children. They love the fun atmosphere, kooky games and traditions associated with the camp. . My boys play sports during the school year and in the summer we don’t sign them up for competitive league play. Instead they attend Decathlon Sports camp where they continue to stay active, get a break from the competition and have fun. The activities in the camp support their overall athleticism and expose them to new sports. I thought I had died and gone the heaven the first time I picked up my kids from Decathlon Sports Camp. They offer drive through pick up. I am tired after work and was so happy that I did not need to park and spend 10 minutes trying to find my children and collect their belongings. This camp is a parent’s dream come true. One day I had to pick up my son during lunchtime from camp. The director was pitching a Wiffle ball baseball game with a large group of kids. To my amazement, he knew the name of every child that came to the plate. His personal touch and commitment to quality make this camp stand out above the rest.

Maureen Bligh


Thank you, Thank you, Thank you!! ...for enabling our daughter to attend camp for the past two weeks. She's had a blast, loved all the activities, the staff...everything. She'll definitely be back next year..and has already mentioned her desire to become a counselor when she's age appropriate. Just wanted to let you know how good a job you do and how you've impacted our daughter's summer. As a mom who works full time, all of the information and reminders you send really help me keep on top of things. You guys are the BEST!!!
The Bondar Family


I have been telling other parents for years how much I love your camp.. Every day when I pick my son up he is happy - he has had a great day, and has many things to tell me. He has fun with the other campers and his counselors.. Even in this hot weather he still has energy when I pick him up because you keep the kids hydrated, covered with sunscreen and in the shade when appropriate.
You run a wonderful array of activities from traditional sports to Ro-Sham-Bo tournaments, ping-pong and traditional camp games like Capture the Flag. You keep track of an amazing array of "camp records" including unusual ones like the tallest Jenga tower. You find ways for all kids to be included and have a chance to shine. You find the best counselors around which enables you to run a camp where the kids have fun, feel special and stay safe.
You truly run a world-class operation. I am so pleased that I have been able to send my children to your camp for the last 9 years. Thank you for all you do to provide an outstanding summer experience to so many children!
Judy Mendelsohn


In case I do not have a chance to chat with you this week, I wanted to thank you for another fabulous season. It is hard to believe my son has been at your camp since he was five and we had to go and play handball with him to get him integrated, to now in the blink of an eye, it is "mom do not get out of the car please" and he is a young man. He loved the summer, the home run derbies and The Dollar run are highlights, and this is the first year he has noticed there are girls at the camp. He is talking about being a JCIT, so hope we see you next summer too. Many thanks for the great experiences,
Wendy Lazerson


Never fails; every summer you make me wish I were a kid again. Thanks for all of your efforts to make this camp such a fabulous experience for the kids.
Michelle Rhyu

I'd like to say just how much my daughter is looking forward to camp this summer, and my wife's over the top
feeling that your organization is the most organized and efficient she has ever dealt with. Well done.
Craig Johnson


First let me say that this is an incredibly well-run program: very organized and well planned and your communication with parents is fantastic. Thank you! Secondly, my son has never enjoyed a camp as much as he is enjoying Decathlon. Each day this week when I have picked him up he has told me "what a blast camp is!!" and he has thanked me NUMEROUS times for paying the money to send him. Thank you for doing such a wonderful job and for providing my son with such a marvelous experience.
Karen Hill


You are a business person's dream come true! Buttoned up on process, flexible to a degree not often found, and oriented to make me feel as though I'm the paying client as opposed to enrolling my kids in a process that's doing me a big, fat favor!
Thank you, thank you!
Wendy Fess


We are truly grateful for the camp you have created and how well it is run. My husband and I were just talking
earlier this morning about the full spectrum of experiences and life lessons for campers, JCITs and JCs. DSC is a real community service. This will be my daughter's last year as a camper :( She hopes, of course, to return as a JCIT!
Decathlon has been a fantastic experience for her. She shas grown to see herself as an athlete, which includes many facets: overall fitness, team player, positive attitude, diet (healthy and balanced vs. minimal)...Your program has suported all these aspects, and more. Lauren has also made a number of meaningful friendships through camp. See you again in June!
Michelle Giurata


I know we only have been at camp for two days but I have to say I'm very impressed with how well everything runs. The drop off and pick up are a piece of cake, it is very easy to add lunches and most importantly my kids are having a blast!
Thanks for all your hard work!
Kim Harris