About Us 2023
Last Summer (2022) Silver Lake Summer Hoop Basketball Camp hosted 3 weeks of SLAM DUNK fun and excitement at two separate locations, Halifax Elementary School (Halifax, MA) and Silver Lake High School (Kingston, MA). All campers were given a free camp t-shirt and basketball and we provided free unlimited "Bug Juice" during the three camp weeks. Bug Juice is our signature drink that all of the kids love and helps to keep them hydrated! Campers are welcome to bring their own packed lunch or they can purchase lunch from us! We served (everyday) Pizza $2.00 per slice, Gatorade $2.00 each, Bottled Water $1.00 each, and as mentioned above, our famous "Bug Juice" is always free. In addition to the free items for campers, both locations (Halifax Elementary School and Silver Lake Regional High School) featured indoor and outdoor courts, unique awards, perfect practice tips, experienced coaches and counselors who are CPR and First Aid Trained, Medical Trainers on site at both locations, and of course games, games, GAMES!!! It was a great summer!
Dick Steele, Former Girls' Basketball Coach at Silver Lake Regional High School, is the director of the camp. Dick has over 31 years of experience coaching boys and girls at the high school level. Dick's camp experience is second to none. He has worked Red Auerbach's Camp, Celtic Rookie Camp, Dave Cowen's Camp, Larry Bird's Camp, Sarah Behn's Camp, Coordinator of Championship Basketball Camp and has been a guest lecturer at many of the local camps in the Eastern Mass area.
For those not familiar with the Silver Lake Summer Hoop Program, it actually began 31 years ago in Weymouth, Mass with Dick Steele and his longtime friend (and former BC High Basketball Coach) Jerry Morelli. Dick and Jerry began what many consider to be the longest, continuous, running day basketball camp in Eastern Massachusetts, it is called "Weymouth Summer Hoops". The idea was to create an affordable day camp that provided the same level of basketball player training and had the "feel" of an overnight camp. The Camp was structured like an overnight camp without the late afternoon and evening sessions. Many of the staff hired is the same staff (coaches and counselors) that work the overnight camps in our area. The camp was a hit right away and still is today.
A few years after starting Weymouth Summer Hoops Camp, Dick was hired as Girls' coach at Silver Lake Regional High School. He and Jerry Morelli decided to start a second camp, Silver Lake Summer Hoops Camp and for the last twenty years the camp has been running strong. Jerry has since retired from directing the camps and although we all miss seeing him we know he is busy enjoying his family and we are so happy for him.
As for the Summer Hoops Program (Weymouth Summer Hoops Camp and Silver Lake Summer Hoops Camp), it continues to run strong year after year and many parents feel the instruction at the camp is outstanding. The Camp's structure is similar to an overnight camp. Campers are grouped by ability as well as age. Parents should not worry about their children becoming overwhelmed, we assure you that all of our Directors and Counselors are very experienced in coaching children. This camp meets the needs of the inexperienced as well as the experienced player. All campers will be challenged through drills, instruction, games, games, and more games. Most importantly they will have FUN! This year at Silver Lake Summer Hoops Camp, we have what we consider to be an "all star line up" scheduled to work alongside Dick. We have Silver Lake's Head Boy's Basketball Coach Sean Donovan and Silver Lake's Head Girls Basketball Coach Tony Pina. All three coaches will provide invaluable knowledge, preparation, education, and training regarding our favorite topic: the Game of Basketball.
The Summer Hoops Program was also the first to create a camp for First Graders to the Grade Three age group. Initially this camp was called Biddy Basketball Camp, the name however has been changed to "Future Stars Camp" because the younger campers did not want to be associated as "Little Biddies". This camp is run in conjunction with the all day camp which is hosted at the same locations. Each week , the Future Stars Camp is divided into 2 sessions (A.M. and P.M.). Parents can sign children up for one or both sessions. Portable baskets that can be lowered and smaller sized basketballs make this camp a real hit. Grade 3 can sign up for Future Stars OR All Day camp.
Another quality of The Silver Lake Summer Hoop Camp that we are proud of is our ability to provide scholarships to youth basketball groups. These scholarships help raise money for their basketball program(s). In the past, (we hope to continue to do so) the camp has made donations to many groups including the High School Boosters Club.