• by Anna Culver

Optimist Training, Fort Mill's adventure gurus offering camps, kayaking, soccer training & more



Summer is around the corner, and locally-owned Optimist Training is here to help you get outside, explore, and stay active!


This family-operated mini-outfitters not only provides kayak rentals, guided tours, and shuttles, but also offers customized summer camp, private soccer training, and activities for corporate events and birthday parties.


It's clear that owners Billy Wilken and Stephanie Vendrell are passionate about the outdoors, wildlife, and teaching kids skills for adventure and sport. Billy has three decades of experience as a soccer coach, environmental educator, trip leader, paddling instructor, staff trainer, team building guru and mentor. Learn more about them here!


KAYAK RENTALS & GUIDED TOURS

It's time to explore the beautiful water around you! Optimist Training provides shuttle service on Lake Wylie and the Catawba River. They offer guided river tours, paddling instruction, and boat rentals for small groups, families, and kids. Already have a boat? Take advantage of their kayak shuttle service!


Leave the guesswork to Optimist Training and enjoy a guided tour! Billy’s experience in paddling, nature and environmental science makes for a richer adventure. He's enthusiastic, knowledgeable, has decades of experience, and looks forward to helping you create memories to last a lifetime. You get to relax and soak in the beauty of our rivers, lakes and wildlife, while they wrangle the boats and gear.


SUMMER & AFTER SCHOOL CAMPS

Are you searching for the perfect summer or after school program for your child or group of friends? Billy has 30 years of experience designing, developing and implementing camp fun! Take a break from the big groups and give your child and their closest friends a private, personalized experience with specialized sports training and outdoor adventures.

Within their equipment and insurance parameters, Optimist Training can create a personalized camp experience. They currently offer soccer and multi-sport training, fishing, kayaking, canoeing, swimming and disc golf, which includes equipment for up to six campers.


Custom Camp Example

Four school friends' families commit to a week of camp together and have three activities in mind: soccer, disc golf, and kayaking. Start at 8:30am with soccer; head to the disc golf course at 9:30am; later, put kayaks in the water, then finish with more soccer training before pick-up at 4:30pm. After School Camp may include time for schoolwork if desired.


PRIVATE SOCCER TRAINING

Hone your soccer skills this summer with private or group training! All standard sessions are 60 minutes and start at $50. The programs are developed around the player's needs. Billy can focus on technical striking, ball control, first touch development, footwork, balance, big picture strategy, individual and small group game tactics, movement off the ball, finishing, fitness, resilience, composure, intensity, spirit, sportsmanship, attitude, work ethic, commitment and hard work - all important aspects of the game.


They can come to you or meet at an agreed upon location nearby.


TEAM BUILDING PROGRAMS & BIRTHDAY PARTIES

Whether you seek to develop a positive work culture or host a backyard party, Optimist Training designs your special day with you.

Billy is a renowned ropes course and team building expert. He's a seasoned Program Event Developer having worked with small and large groups of all ages and energy levels, from school-aged youth to high-end corporate groups. Read the many accolades he has earned over the years.


Make Optimist Training your local outdoor and adventure go-to! Contact them at 803-616-1568 or info@optimisttraining.com to arrange your next event.

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