The very first, First Tee Camp is coming to Somervell County this summer. Beginning June 22 through June 25, 9 a.m. until 11:30 a.m., golfers five years old and up can sharpen their skills, no matter what their ability level.

The camp will take the first 60 children who are registered at for the Squaw Valley Camp at the Squaw Valley Club House. Parents can visit the Web site to learn more about the program and then register their golfer for the Squaw Valley Camp under the Programs and Instructions tab.

The cost is $40 per student with a $20 discount for children in the same family. The fee will be collected on the first day of camp and also gives the camper membership into the international organization.

Campers can bring their own clubs if they have some; if not, clubs will be provided.

Summer Camps are offered at area golf facilities to provide an introduction to golf and to the basic elements of the The First Tee program as well as to acquaint families with accessible public golf facilities. Many summer camp participants ultimately enroll in the Life Skills program.

The First Tee Life Skills Experience teaches character education through specific life skills. Participants discover how the skills essential to success on a golf course can help them flourish in life. These skills include self-management, interpersonal communication, goal-setting, mentoring and effective conflict resolution. The Life Skills Experience sets The First Tee apart from other junior golf and youth development programs.

The program has grown from serving 375 youth in 2004 to nearly 5000 in 2008.

For more information on the Squaw Valley Camp, call Karen Stepp at (254) 396-5633.