All Grown Up – Seattle Bridge Day Camp

All Grown Up – Seattle Bridge Day Camp

The Word Is Out. Thanks to articles in the ACBL Bulletin & local Bridge newsletters & websites, our little 3-camper day camp secret in 2011 exploded to 20 this year! The 4th annual day camp teaching Standard American Bridge just ended on July 12, but we’re still glowing with excitement & pride in the program we love & the campers & parents we’ve met! Three of the 20 campers actually arrived from out-of-state, specifically to attend Seattle Bridge Day Camp! New features this year were a 6-day program (not 5) & a newer, roomier facility centrally located between Seattle & Bellevue, WA. Though our program will add more “levels” as we grow, we’ll always feature short, focused presentations followed by prepared hands on those topics just taught. Excellent, ACBL-certified teachers (Alan Tesler & Nick Tipton) & devoted coaches- all Bridge nuts who love kids- assist each 4some, as needed, with their practice hands. But it’s not all fun & games learning to play Bridge. Sometimes we make the kids do construction work & take food breaks… (Life is tough at Day Camp!)

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The last day of camp is Our Grand Finale Bridge Bash/Show-Off  for Family Day! It’s no coincidence that new camper buddies were encouraged to sit together with their parents in the mix. (YES, we’re hoping the parents become friends so their kids can play Bridge together between annual camps!) The final event of the day was a mini duplicate tournament, where campers partnered with a new buddy, family member, or coach. As usual, all hands were prepared to cover only the topics studied. It was fun watching the pairs gather around Director Nick as the computer posted the results.  (It was also the quietest 30 seconds in 6 days!)  Big Congratulations to Daniel He (a 4th yr camper)  / his dad Shidong He with 73.81% (SCORE!!!) AND Jeff Tu (a 3rd yr camper) / coach Ruthie Bunin with 66.07%, the 1st place winners in each direction! We’re so very proud of all of you who played in this fun event.

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Special thanks to the ACBL & Seattle Bridge Unit 446 for their generous support & encouragement. We intend to repay you with some fresh, bright players who will one day knock your socks off!

To learn more about our program OR to be added to our mailing list for 2015’s day camp, please contact Larry Li at larry@pacgal.com or 206-353-7220.