Youth Events and Activities

HALITO!

The Choctaw Nation Youth Events & Activities Department (YEA) offers a wide variety of activities, hosting over 40 events for Choctaw youth every year. From athletic clinics and STEAM camps to field trips to see your favorite NBA team play, YEA offers something for everyone. Through partnerships with college coaches, professors, and even NASA engineers, this department knows how to learn while having fun. Come join Youth Events & Activities for a year full of excitement and knowledge!

SUMMER CAMPS

All camps are offered to participants 8-18, except for Golf and Wildlife Camps, which are geared to participants ages 10-18.
Camps will begin in late May and run through the end of July.
Because the safety of our tribal members and associates is priority, we are determining whether camps will be in person or virtual. Please watch for more up-to-date information as it develops by checking Choctaw Nation’s Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.

BASEBALL

Join collegiate coaches as well as current and former players to refine your skills. Students will be instructed on offensive and defensive fundamentals. The focus of the camp will be placed on giving each participant precise instruction that will guide them towards improving their level of play.

BASKETBALL

Improve your basketball skills, leadership abilities, and overall confidence while taking your game to a higher level. Conducted by high school coaches and former collegiate players, campers will learn fundamental skills of basketball, including ball handling, shooting, and defense.

CHEER

Come learn all the essential skills to lead the crowd and support the home team. During this camp, athletes will be instructed in areas of tumbling, lifts, performance routines, and cheer basics by qualified regional cheer coaches.

CULTURAL ENRICHMENT

Join us for an exciting opportunity to learn more about Choctaw language and culture. The focus of the camp will be on traditional archery, arts and crafts, storytelling, and the Choctaw language.

FOOTBALL

Experience innovative coaching strategies that encourage the overall development of an athlete. The camp will be conducted by Day of Champions football staff as well as current and former collegiate players and coaches. Participants will receive instruction in areas of offensive drills and defensive drills that are sure to improve any player’s game.

GOLF

Expand your knowledge on the fundamentals of golf while receiving guidance from experts. The camp will be instructed by former ESPN Golf Schools Director of Instruction, Ed Bowe. The staff and instructors are motivated and excited to instruct each participant, whether they are new to the sport or an advanced golfer.

SOFTBALL

Come together with college coaches and former players to enhance your softball skills. Students will be instructed in areas of hitting, pitching, and fielding. The emphasis will be placed on giving each participant proper instruction that will help them improve their level of play and decrease the potential for injury.

STICKBALL

Come experience this traditional Choctaw sport in action. Instructed by coaches from the Choctaw Nation stickball team, and assisted by skilled local players, students will be taught the fundamentals of the sport. Participants will be taught how to throw, catch, and score a goal in traditional Choctaw style.

WILDLIFE CONSERVATION

Come learn about firearm safety, wildlife identification, fishing, and hunter responsibility. During this camp, students will have the opportunity to participate in a hunter education course. Upon passing the test, students will receive their hunter safety card. Students will also be given the opportunity to shoot firearms, fish, and participate in several other outdoor activities throughout the course of the camp.

Sign Up At:

choctawnation.com/chahtaachvffa
800-522-6170

2021 Schedule

SUMMER CAMPS
All camps open to children ages 8-18 with the exception of Golf and Wildlife (ages 10-18)
South Camp: Districts 1, 2, 7, 8, 9, 10 | North Camp: Districts 3, 4, 5, 6, 11, 12
All camps located at Tvshka Homma unless otherwise noted
Golf Camps location: South - Idabel Country Club, Idabel, OK. North - Arrowhead State Park Golf Course, Canadian, OK.
Transportation available for all Summer Camps with the exception of basketball camps
 
Golf (South May 24-25
Golf (North) May 26-27
Stickball (South) June 1-2
Stickball (North) June 3-4
Baseball (South) June 7-8
Baseball (North) June 5-10
Softball (South) June 14-15
Softball (North) June 17-18
Cheer June 21-22
Football June 23-24
Cultural (South) June 28-29
Cultural (North) June 30-July 1
Wildlife Conservation (South) July 6-7
Wildlife Conservation (North) July 8-9
Basketball  
     McAlester High School July 12-13
     Talihina High School July 15-16
     Carl Albert State College July 19-20
     Wilburton High School July 22-23
     Broken Bow High School July 26-27
     Southeastern Okla. State Univ. July 29-30
 
FUTURES SHOWCASE
Open to competitive athletes currently in grades 9-12  |  Athletes will receive instruction and evaluation from regional college coaches  |  All Showcases take place in Durant, OK
Futures of Football March 7
Futures of Basketball (boys & girls) September 19
Futures of Softball October 17
Futures of Baseball October 17
TECH IKBI CAMP
Open to children grades 6-8 interested in learning to program and code
Tech IKBI Camp March 15-17
NASA ASTRO CAMP
Open to children grades 5-12 interested in high-quality STEM learning experiences using NASA resources
NASA Astro Camp TBA
DRONE CAMP
Open to children grades 7-12 interested in a hands on learning experience with piloting drones
Drone Camp TBA

REMINDER

All participants must have a Choctaw CDIB & Membership Card or be a child of an employee of Choctaw Nation to attend.

All children must be pre-registered before each camp. Children will not be allowed on buses without approved registration. There are no overnight camps.

Because the safety of our tribal members and associates is priority, we are determining whether camps will be in person or virtual. Please watch for more up-to-date information as it develops by checking Choctaw Nation’s Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.


 

futures of football

Futures of Football Showcase
March 7, 2021   |   Virtual Event
Grades 9 - 12
Registration Deadline March 3, 2021
To sign up; begin survey
Please complete and submit participation waiver, recent headshot and Choctaw Nation Tribal Membership card to YOUTHEVENTS@CHOCTAWNATION.COM

Required: Internet and ZOOM access. This is an online, virtual event.

Parent Workshop (9am-11:30am)

  • Financial Aid Information
  • Choctaw Nation Scholarship Information
  • Recruiting Process
  • 3-H Model
  • 10-Step Roadmap

Player Workshop (11:30am-3:15pm)

  • Highlight Video
  • Breakout Sessions
  • Support/Resources Mentoring
  • Communication/24-Hour Rule
  • Levels/Scholarships/Aid
  • 10-Step Roadmap
  • Data/Waiver/Information
  • DOC/Attack the Room
  • Recruiter Introductions
  • Player Interviews

Contact: Keeley N. Cauthen kncauthen@choctawnation.com

 

Tech Ikbi Camp

Coding/Tech Camp
March 15th-17th, 2021

The students will be instructed on the following: coding, digital storyboards, game design, digital design, and virtual environment creation. Registration through completion of the attached forms. This camp is virtual. Must have access to internet and ZOOM.

March 15th-17th, 2021
Each day 9:30am - 2:30pm; lunch break from 11:30am - 12:30pm

Grades 3-5
30 participants

Grades 6-8
30 participants

Grades 9-12
30 participants

Contact: Chelsea Cox ccox@choctawnation.com Ext. 4410

 

 

Art Ikbi Camp

Virtual Art Ikbi Camp
March 18th-19th, 2021

Registration through completion of the attached forms. This camp is virtual. Must have access to internet and ZOOM.

March 18th-19, 2021
Each day 9:00am - 2:00pm; lunch break from 11:30am - 12:30p

10-13 Year olds taught by Janie Semple Umsted. (30 Seats Available)
Janie Semple Umsted, professional artist and art instructor will be teaching students the Basics of drawing and also a Beginning Class of Acrylic Painting on Canvas, using Nature themes

14-18 Years old taught by D. G. Smalling. (30 Seats Available)

Art supplies will be provided and mailed to each participant

Contact: Marlo Hill mhill@choctawnation.com Ext. 4281

 

800-522-6170    YOUTHEVENTS@CHOCTAWNATION.COM