Summer 2012 Camps Guide

From sports to cooking and academia to overnights, here are the standouts from the Main Line's summer camp scene.

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Treatman knew there were plenty more like him. They weren’t athletic or skilled enough to make their varsity sports teams, but they craved involvement.

Eleven summers ago, Treatman’s first broadcasting camp was a three-day mini version at Bryn Mawr College. That year, Sixers’ broadcaster Marc Zumoff spoke, Saint Joseph’s University men’s basketball coach Phil Martelli did a mock press conference, and campers attended a Phillies game, doing play-by-play in the stands. The program attracted 71 youngsters. By the second year, attendance was up to 124.

Treatman sought help, enlisting Steven Goldstein. The co-owners decided to expand to other cities, spending a week in each. Adam Balk is also part of the administrative team these days. “It seemed like a winning formula,” Treatman says. “We’ve been adding and expanding ever since.”

Riding out the economy, Play by Play will be in seven cities this summer, between mid-June and the first week of August. In their first decade, the camps have drawn 3,900 kids ages 10-18. A typical summer attracts 500-550 campers. A week of camp provides interactive instruction and chances to do a mock sports-radio show, radio updates and mock interviews. Among 60 or 70 kindred sports talkers, you develop your own on-air personality.

This summer, Treatman will bring in an Eagles player, or maybe Martelli or Temple University men’s basketball coach Fran Dunphy for a mock press conference. “They appear as if after a game, a win or a loss, and answer questions for 15 or 20 minutes,” Treatman explains. “The kids also have a chance do to one-on-ones, then get autographs and pictures.”

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