Ninja Fest teaches campers to become ninja warriors

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CROSSVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT) -- Summer camps come in all forms.

There are music camps, sports camps, science camps and the list goes on and on.

There's even a ninja camp in Crossville, Tennessee.

Ninja Fest is a summer camp where kids from all over the country jump, climb and swing their way to being ninja warriors.

"I have never done anything of its kind," said Kyle Mann, a camper from South Carolina.

"There are great movements going across the country with parkour, ninja and free running. So, we decided we got to get ahead of this and start a camp, and it has taken off. The kids just love it," said owner of the camp, John Macready.

Macready is an Olympic gymnast. Along with John Roethlisberger, another Olympic gymnast, Macready started up Ninja Fest last year as a way to supplement his gymnastics camp, Flip Fest.

"I think in our society we have sports that are so mainstream - football basketball, baseball - and not every kid is set up for those, and so it leaves a lot of kids out early because they think, 'I'm too short or I'm really fast but I don't have the size.' Things like parkour and ninja are set up to where any body type can do something in it," said Macready.

Mann traveled from South Carolina for the camp.

"It's kind of like pushing yourself. To complete the course, you have to do it. There's nothing else you can do. You can't walk around an obstacle. You have to do everything," said Mann.

For these campers, whether they become ninja warriors or not, they aren't letting anything get in their way.

"It's cool to see the kids get it and love it and do things they never thought they'd be able to do," said Macready.

Ninja Fest is sold out for the rest of the summer. You can register for next year by visiting: http://www.ninjafest.com/