Summer Skate & Art Camp

Solid Foundation is proud to present its first annual Skate and Art Summer Camp, a 4-week program that includes skateboarding lessons and art workshops all in one place. Our instructors Ryan Banach and Roberto Celis will guide the campers through a vast array of programs involving skateboarding and art, ranging from skateboarding lessons to skateboard creation to designing the artwork on a skateboard and everything in between. Lessons are available to all skill levels, so don’t fret if it is the camper’s first time on a skateboard. Having fun is the top priority here, so there is no skill level required to join us!


Here’s the schedule.  All sessions will be held at

Franklin Lakes Baptist Church

649 Franklin Ave, Franklin Lakes, NJ 07417.

Week 1:

July 10-14 from 9am to 12pm

Week 2:

July 17-21 from 2pm to 5pm

Week 3:

July 24-28 from 2pm to 5pm

Week 4:

July 31 – August 4 from 2pm to 5pm


Every morning will start with individual and group goals for the day and week. Our skate camp will focus on the 6 Core Values of Solid Foundation Youth Mentoring:

1) Mentoring is awesome
2) Hard work is awesome
3) Caring for others is awesome
4) Generosity is awesome
5) Making stuff is awesome
6) Every house needs a foundation

We will foster Perseverance, Creativity, Confidence, Self–Esteem, Building Friendships, and above all having fun!!!

Day-to-Day Activities

• Skateboard Games

• Beginner Skateboard Techniques

• Parts of the Skateboard

• Art Project

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RYAN BANACH – Camp Director
Our Camp Director is Ryan Banach. Ryan has been actively riding a skateboard for 17 years, his love for skateboarding starting as a 6th grader in Midland Park. That love progressed throughout the years, fueled greatly by SFNJ. This was the primary influence in his desire to earn a Bachelor of Science degree in Parks and Recreation Management with a concentration in non-profit organizations from East Carolina University in 2012.

For the past 5 years, Ryan has been working with children in the capacity of an action sport’s coach and camp supervisor. His passion for skateboarding and teaching has brought him all over the country from New Jersey to North Carolina, Colorado, and Los Angeles. Ryan has gained tremendous experience in programming and planning by working for such organizations as:

• Solid Foundation as a college intern and coach
• The Outerbanks YMCA by serving a the lead skate coach
• Eagle County Recreation’s Department as the skateboard programmer and supervisor
• Vail Resorts as a fully certified private snowboard instructor
• Stoked Mentoring as a skateboarding coach and after school teacher for inner-city youth
• Star Education as an after school recreation coach and mentor.

Ryan’s journey has brought him full circle. It all started with a simple and undeniable passion for skateboarding and, after getting his professional experience, he has come back home to do what he does best: share his passion for skateboarding with kids.

As the director and instructor, he will bring a fun, positive, and safe, learning environment to the skateboarding program so that students will foster relationships and enhance personal growth. Throughout the program, he will focus on enhancing perseverance, creativity, confidence, self-esteem, and building friendships, while having fun and staying true to our core values!!!

ROBERTO CELIS – Art Director

Our art instructor is Roberto Celis. Roberto has had an extensive career in the arts, first receiving his Bachelor of Fine Arts in Crafts/Material Studies at Virginia Commonwealth University and then continuing to receive his Master of Fine Arts in Studio Arts from the University of Texas at San Antonio. He has taught after school art programs to elementary and middle schoolers and has also been a professor of art at the collegiate level. His work has been shown throughout the Unites States as well as internationally in Germany, Argentina, and Uruguay.

We are so excited to be kicking off this new annual skate camp for all the young skaters out there and cannot wait to see you all this summer!

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