Fort Bragg youth interested in ice skating have previously had the option of enjoying free skating at Cleland Ice and In-Line Skating Rinks.

But, another option has become popular, as well — Camp Freeze.

The weeklong, day camp, designed to introduce the sport of skating to beginners and to improve the skills of intermediate skaters, is open to youth ages 4 to 8.

Angie Riffle had a myriad of reasons for taking her daughter, Dakota, 7, to Camp Freeze, June 25.

Riffle said ice skating improves Dakota’s balance and coordination, helps build her confidence and gives her something to do while her father, Air Force Master Sgt. Joseph Riffle, is assigned to Korea.

Camp Freeze appeared to be a good fit for Dakota.

“It’s fun. You get to skate on ice and it’s fun to play with your friends,” Dakota said.

Even for youth volunteers, being a part of the camp offered the opportunity to socialize.

“(I like) just being out with my friends and BFFs (best female friends),” said Gloria Cadet, 10, a rising sixth grader at Overhills Middle School in Spring Lake, N.C.

Cadet said she has been skating for four and a half years and wanted to help “children enjoy ice skating as much as she does.

“I was trying to teach him how to skate today,” Jackson said.

How did those lessons progress?

“Bad,” said Jackson, who is home-schooled.

But, for his part, Jackson said he enjoyed Camp Freeze and will make him a “better skater.”

In addition to skating, the camp, which ran from June 25 to 29, also offered other activities such as crafts, games and snack time for skaters.

Liz Egetoe, skating director, said she would encourage more customers to pay Cleland Ice and In-Line Skating Rinks a visit.

“(The rink is) here to give Soldiers and their Families and the community a great outlet for the kids,” Egetoe said.

In order to continue providing a great outlet for its customers, the rink will be closed through July 29 for scheduled maintenance to improve skate conditions. It will reopen July 30.

For more information about Cleland Ice and  In-Line Skating Rinks, visit www.fortbraggmwr.com or call 396-5127.