Wedgefield, SC – The Lake City Boys Soccer teams elected to begin their Spring Break with a camping trip at Poinsett State Park in Sumter County. Chaperoned by coaches Matt Luna and Josh Jennings, thirteen young men spent the weekend learning various survival skills and camping etiquette
With former eagle scout and coach Matt Luna heading up the trip, the student-athletes got to experience firsthand just what the woods had to offer them. The Panthers set up tents, started fires, roasted marshmallows, and played soccer between activities. They also had the opportunity to go hiking, canoeing, kayaking, and fishing.
“When Coach Luna brought up the idea of taking the guys camping, I was ecstatic,” coach Josh Jennings said. “Many of these athletes had never camped before so getting an opportunity to experience something new really was an exciting proposition for both the athletes and the coaches.”
Senior captain Felix Lazo agreed, “It was my first chance to go camping, and I had an amazing time. I intend to go again whenever I get a chance.”
At the trip’s conclusion, the Panthers decided to give back to the woods that had housed them for the previous weekend. Partnering with the local park ranger, the student-athletes and coaches participated in a cleanup session following a wedding that was hosted by the park. The team totaled thirteen community service hours when the weekend concluded.
The soccer teams will continue their community outreach this Saturday by assisting with the ArtFields 5k.