Reporter Staff Report

Teaching life through golf.

That, in a nutshell, is why The First Tee program was established in 1997.

More than a decade later, the program made its Glen Rose debut at Squaw Valley Golf Club last year. Organizers are now preparing for a second First Tee Golf Camp June 21-23 at Squaw Valley, and are hoping this camp has an even larger turnout than the first.

According to its Web site, thefirsttee.org, The First Tee is an initiative of the World Golf Foundation and operates under the mission: "To impact the lives of young people by providing learning facilities and educational programs that promote character-development and life-enhancement values through the game of golf."

The primary objective is to provide young people of all backgrounds an opportunity to develop, through golf and character education, life-enhancing values such as honesty, integrity and sportsmanship.

This led to The First Tee Life Skills Experience, which has five general requirements - core lesson exposure, life skills application, golf skills application, life skills knowledge and golf knowledge. Players can not participate simply to play golf and opt out of the Life Skills Experience because the lessons are integrated into the physcial lessons.

First Tee camps are open to youth ages 5-18 and costs $50 per child, not to exceed $100 per family. The organization's Web site says "No child will ever be turned away from the program for financial reasons," and financial aid applications are available on the The First Tee Web site.

Participants are encouraged to bring their own clubs. If any youth don't have clubs, some will be made available each day.

For more information on The First Tee program, call the Fort Worth chapter at (817) 420-9370 ext. 1, or e-mail info@thefirstteeftworth.org.

For more information on the local camp, call Squaw Valley Golf Club at (254) 897-7956.