Buff Buddies is located on the campus of the former Foothill Intermediate School on Cornishon Avenue. There are two large rooms, each with a variety of equipment, a large bounce house and a fort-building room in which kids can make obstacle courses and forts out of foam materials. Buff Buddies also has access to two fields where kids can play dodge ball, soccer, flag football, water balloon tossing and other games.
“The main idea behind Buff Buddies is that the kids are constantly moving, exercising. The whole place is designed so that [the children are] pushing and pulling their own weight,” said Cain.
Dax Gutshall, 9, has been attending Buff Buddies for several years. “The whole point of it is to have fun,” Dax said. “We get to say, ‘What am I going to do today?’ There’s so much to do.”
Because the economy has been so hard on small businesses and families, Cain offers a Summer Camp Heroes sponsorship program. The program allows a person or business to sponsor children to attend camp for a week. Cain will produce and air a 30-second television commercial with the sponsored kids thanking the business for sending them to camp. He plans to air it on local cable, he said.
Linda Taix, who owns Taix Workout Studio in La Cañada, chose to sponsor 10 children for a week of fun at Buff Buddies last year because she believes in the program and in Cain’s approach.
“Buff Buddies is original and well structured and David has a passion for kids and fitness. He’s put so much thought and money into it. I wish I could have gone to a place like that when I was younger,” Taix said.