We presented our 7 th Annual BOSS Camp, COVID notwithstanding. While we were forced by COVID to do so virtually, we were able to re-create the excitement and learning that has taken place over the years in our in-person camps.
Our annual BOSS camp is an intense 2-week experience where we begin our year-round and multi-year engagement with area student-athletes and, through them, their non-athlete peers. Highlights included our annual Math Madness competition, design and build of robots, and a Good to Great series led by Dr. Marvin Bishop of Dynamic Thought Institute.
We started our annual Math Madness (middle schoolers) competition, a takeoff of March Madness where boys compete by solving increasingly more difficult math problems. At the end of Week 1, Jakob Brannon (Newcomb), Angel Cervantes (Jackie Robinson/LBUSD) and David Caldwell (Lifeline Education/Compton) were leading the way. We also kicked off our first robotics program, led by LBUSD’s Tarquinn Curry and including a special presentation by Cisco engineer Jeff Freeman, founder and leader of Innovos Robotics , with a view towards developing a competitive BOSS robotics team. The youngsters made great progress towards building and coding race cars that will compete on Day 10 of the camp. We closed out Week 1 with an amazing basketball clinic presented by the Lakers Youth Foundation.
Our Camp MVP was BOSS veteran London McCAll. London was join on the All-Camp team by BOSS newcomer Angel Cervantes is our Math Madness MVP, setting a record with 8,000 points. DJ Orr, London McCall, Memphis Stover, Jason Tillman, David Caldwell and brothers Dylan and Emile Ballard joined Angel on our All-Math Madness team.
With our 2-week camp behind us, we’ve once again transitioned to the year-round component of our year-round and multi-year BOSS “process” that includes mentoring, real world experiences and opportunities for advocacy and service.