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Ten Things You Should Look for in a Camp

Finding the right camp for you in all of the hundreds you have to choose from can be daunting. Here are a few tips to find one that's a good match for your needs.

  1. Staff – experienced in running a camp, successful in coaching, good reputation, low camper to staff ratio. Camp endorsement by an athletic company is a plus.
  2. Planned Runs – trails should be safe, supervised by staff at critical places, varied, aesthetic and ability grouped.
  3. Planned Educational Activities – sessions that teach you about all aspects of training with competent instructors.
  4. Planned Recreational Activities – activities with supervision that are fun.
  5. Planned Team building Activities – supervised activities that are challenging, build a sense of team, and allow for leaders to emerge.
  6. Scheduled Free Time – this should be included but limited if they are doing their job.
  7. Inspirational Speakers – Accomplished collegiate or professional runners that will inspire the campers to push themselves to the next level.
  8. Venue - facilities should be safe and adequate for the climate. They should have separate supervised dorms for boys and girls. Heat and air conditioning in the rooms is a plus. A college campus is the standard with many other good options. Night and day security is preferred.
  9. Cafeteria – an all you care to eat is preferred. Menus should be healthy and palatable. Good luck with this one, opinions on this are all over the board.
  10. Cost – check the price per day. Some go for a full 7 days others less for the same fee.

 

 

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