While many of the hundreds in attendance might have similar reasons for attending the camps, there are also plenty of unique motivating factors spurring the volleyball development of the athletes.
Entering her final year of high school, Paige Shank of Massey would love to see her Espanola Spartans team crack through this year with a trip to OFSAA come February. Returning for her fifth year with Kabuum, Shank has witnessed the gradual growth of her game over the years.
"I would say that my passing and the strength of my hits have really improved," she said. "I think it's really important to focus on passing. Without the pass, you cannot get the hit. It's definitely one thing I have been getting better at."
Competing in the North Shore loop with the likes of Elliot Lake Secondary School, Central Algoma Secondary School and Manitoulin Secondary School, Shank and the Spartans enjoy the fact that volleyball has maintained a fairly high profile in the papermill town.
"It's a pretty popular sport, but it's always the same people that play most of the sports (at Espanola)," conceded Shank.
Busy with her figure-skating training five days a week, Shank is thankful for the help provided by the senior boys team at Espanola High, one of the premier A teams in the north in recent years.
"They help us with our practices," she said. "They definitely motivate us to be better. I really like playing with the boys — it's more challenging. If they're over six feet, it's tough to hit against them, but I try my best."
No practising with the boys for Marika Moskalyk. Having just completed her first year at Marymount Academy, Moskalyk and her teammates would be hard-pressed to find male counterparts to drag on to the courts at the all-girls school.
Instead, Moskalyk looks to the benefits provided by both the Kabuum camps, as well as the instructions that she receives from Regals' coaching staff to better her game — with a focus on one area in particular.
"I really want to master my serve," she said with a smile. "I couldn't even serve in Grade 6 and now I can serve overhand. I need to work on technique and power. I need a lot more strength in my arm to really hit that ball."
Taking part in her third Kabuum camp this summer, Moskalyk has no trouble whatsoever identifying key reasons to return, year after year.
"The coaches are amazing," she said. "All they want is for you to learn, and they're so excited to have you here.
"It's just so welcoming."
The Kabuum Volleyball Camp will run through the end of the week, with the tryouts for the Northern Chill Volleyball Club scheduled to commence in September.
For more information, visit the club website at www.northernchill.org.