Giggling children tumble into pits filled with foam cubes, bounce on trampolines, swing on ropes, or roll around mats shape like doughnuts and cheese wedges. Across the room, older kids twirl, flip, and pace on Olympic-grade bars and balance beams. When designing Cartwheels Inc., founders Katherine Campbell and Lisa Lacamell wanted to provide a space for serious gymnastics and cheerleading training as well as a place for children to have fun. They employed expertise from a lifetime of gymnastics training, and roles as the national course conductor for Gymnastics Canada and board director for Gymnastics BC, respectively. They hold their staff––many of whom come from yoga, dance, and fitness backgrounds––to high standards: each holds at least a level-one NCCP certification, child-safety-focused Respect in Sport certification, and first-aid certification.Cartwheels Inc's instructors coach children as young as 18 months in classes taught to the standards of the National Coaching Certification Program, giving them stylish ways to climb into bunk beds. Beyond tumbling and gymnastics classes, girls also combine gymnastics, dance, and stunting formations to hone cheerleading skills in recreational and competitive all-star cheerleading programs. In the summer, gym staffers lead day camps that combine gymnastics and arts-and-crafts instruction with off-site field trips, allowing children to visit water parks or meet the man who invented water. Recognizing that their gym spaces can also serve as a playground, Katherine and Lisa also organize birthday parties and kids'-night-out events to host hours of unstructured play.
The instructors at Sky Valley Academy help children build confidence and self esteem through gymnastics, cheerleading, and stunting classes geared toward students of all levels. School-year classes let kids blow off some academic steam with afternoon and evening sessions, while summer camps can keep kids busy and engaged all day long. In cheerleading and stunting classes, kids learn positions, jumps, hip-hop moves, and tumbling before integrating all their new skills into a routine sure to make nearby sports teams instinctively win their games. Party packages are also available for active kids and their guests to frolic on such attractions as trampolines, a tumbling pit, and bouncy castles before digging into a themed birthday cake.
Staff Size: 11–25 people
Average Duration of Services: 1–2 hours
Brands Used: USA gymnastics
Pro Tip: Be sure to call and register for the correct level of class ahead of time, as space is limited.
Handicap Accessible: Yes
Parking: Parking lot
Most Popular Attraction/Offering: Gymnastics
Recommended Age Group: All Ages
When and how did you first develop a passion for your work?
I started gymnastics when I was young and then started coaching, as I loved the sport and didnt want to leave it. I opened my own gym 11 years ago and have loved working with children. We are a non-competitive gym because I feel, after competing myself as a child, that too many hours in the gym isn't healthy. But gymnastics is a great sport. It helps in every other sport and is fun.
What is one fun, unusual fact about your business?
That we are a non-competitive gym with seven Exhibition teams that perform at schools. The teams ... range in age from five years old through High School.
What special training do you or your staff have?
Myself and several staff members are USA gymnastics members and have been to USA national congress several times. [We are] also first aid and CPR certified.
Is there anything else you want to add that we didn't cover?
Our gym is a fun, and we teach in a loving and fun atmosphere. We love all children regardless of their age, size, or skill level.
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