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After one of the whitest winters the Northeast has seen in many years, the trees are once again beginning to bloom, the grass is turning green, birds are chirping the sounds of spring, and heralding the onset of summer.

That can only mean one thing: Packer Soccer Camps once again is gearing up for another fun-filled two weeks of "kicks for the fun of it," in Rowayton. This will be the 37th years of operation of good old-fashioned healthy competition and lots of fun for boys and girls headed by former US Olympian soccer player, Dick Packer (1956 Melbourne Summer Olympics). An outside right, Packer was one of 16 players on the U.S. Summer Olympics team, and the U.S. Armed Forces European Soccer team.

And what an exciting summer this is shaping up to be with the 2015 FIFA Women's International World Cup set to take to the national stage on May 25. The first of the U.S. matches will be against Australia on Monday, June 8, at 6:30 p.m. ET.

The Packer Soccer Camps were organized in 1978 in response to the growing popularity of the world's favorite sport. Despite the number of schools and camps already in existence, longtime Rowayton resident, Dick Packer, and Darien's Peter Gogolak, perceived the need for an environment in which young soccer enthusiasts could truly enjoy the game of soccer.

This year, both weeks of camp will be held at Rowayton Elementary School. Week 1: June 22-26; Week 2: June 29 - July 3.

The program has been singled out and described in the The New York Times, Sports Illustrated, on TV and in the media as a program unlike any other to which campers return week after week, year after year.

Staff members are carefully selected, and many are former campers now involved in collegiate soccer. As a result, the Packer Soccer Camps provide continuous individual attention, lots of group exercise and frequent intra-squad scrimmages. Packer himself is on site every day and supervises each and every camp session. Along with a staff of outstanding coaches, he helps campers of every age and ability learn to play and love the game of soccer.

"It is about having fun, exercising, learning to share, listening and knowing what it is like to be a team player," Packer said.

As in past seasons, a portion of this summer's proceeds will be donated to Haiti Lumiere de Demain, a non-profit organization which provides textbooks and solar flashlights for the children of Haiti. For more information, visit

Camp registration is in full swing and spots go very quickly. To register, visit the camp's website at, or call the camp office at 203 866 4830.