GIRARD — Children exercised their brains and their minds in equal measure during a fitness-based spring break camp at Greenbush this week.

The camp ran from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. from Tuesday through Thursday. Each day hosted a different age group: the Tough Tykes group for kindergartners through second graders, the Fuel Up for Fitness camp for third through fifth grade, and the Greenbush Gauntlet for students sixth through eighth grade.

“It’s been a lot of fun,” Greenbush Camp and Enrichment Coordinator Emily Roth said. “Some of our kindergartners’ legs were not quite long enough to get through those tires on the obstacle course, but they are resilient and determined so they worked right through it.”

Roth emphasized the importance of teaching children as much of what it means to be fit as possible.

“The kids are learning that fitness is not only about your body, but also your mind,” she said. “It’s about making sure you get enough sleep and you’re eating the right kinds of food.”

Along with an obstacle course, the students took part in a variety of fitness-based activities. From making fruit cups and hydration cards to workout routines and relays, this camp ran the gamut.

“For spring break camps, we want students to walk away with the fact that they’re having fun while they’re learning,” Roth said. “We want them to go away saying ‘I want to learn something because learning can be fun and it’s not just about sitting in a classroom and listening.’”

— Brandon Schmitz is a staff writer for the Morning Sun. He can be reached at