McCracken Basketball Camp at Olivet College

McCracken Basketball Camp at Olivet College
McCracken Basketball Camp at Olivet College

Olivet College is the perfect opportunity for players in areas such as Kalamazoo, Battle Creek, and Jackson to have a true McCracken Basketball overnight camp experience. Extended day options are also available for commuter campers.

McCracken Basketball Camps is beginning its 54th year of operation, and in that time over 125,000 players have attended. The Complete Skills Program offers detailed instruction and drills in all the skills necessary to be a complete basketball player; suitable for players of all abilities from the most advanced high school player to the younger player who is just learning the game. We look forward to the opportunity to help you become the best you can be!

Highlights Include

  • McCracken Basketball Camp's 54 year program of detailed and personalized instruction
  • Skill-appropriate drills for each player and drill group
  • Top competition in daily league games and scrimmages
  • Individual and group contests for awards
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Dates & Prices

Meet Camp Coaches

Todd German
Camp Director

Todd German

Coach German has been involved with The McCracken Basketball Camp for 41 years, first as a camper, then as a counselor, next as the assistant director, and now as the Director.

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German was a standout high school and college athlete from Bronson, Michigan. He played basketball at Kalamazoo Valley Community College and at Manchester College. At both schools he was the leading scorer, rebounder, and MVP. He received his master's degree from Western Michigan University.

CAMP GOALS & IDEALS

A high school coach once told us, “Do you know why I like your camp? It’s because you teach – you don’t just throw out the ball and say ‘play’.” The two long-stated goals of The McCracken Basketball Camp are that each camper should 1) have fun; and 2) learn to become the best player that he or she can possibly be. We work toward both of these goals in every camp activity. 

I think that basketball must be fun, and that players should look forward to going to the gym. We work to make learning how to play basketball interesting and enjoyable. Making things fun doesn’t mean not working hard. Hard work can be fun, if approached with the right attitude (just ask any former camper about our Defense Day or Stations). We also feel that being positive and offering encouragement when teaching basketball is very effective in improving a player’s confidence and interest in the game. 

Our second goal is that campers work to be the best they can possibly be. We have been saying this for 50 years. To do this, it is important that players learn how to play the game correctly, and that they practice those techniques. Playing games is good for improving reactions and decision-making in game situations, but there are limits to how much improvement can be made if all a developing player does is play games. Our program will give an advantage to the individual player looking to improve.  In competition, players tend to shy away from their weaknesses (off-hand, outside shooting, etc.) or parts of their game where they’re simply not as confident yet, as it might lead to a turnover or missed shot. In a game situation, the next thing the player knows, he or she is sitting on the bench.  At camp we give detailed instruction along with repetitive drills that will give campers the ability and confidence to become more complete players. We also show drills and practice techniques that can be used to continue to improve individual skills. Those individual skills (both basic and advanced) can be mastered and, only then, blended with those of other players so that a team may have success.

Coach German
Phone: (260) 432-0099
E-mail: todd@mccrackencamps.com

P.S. to Parents: 

Parents ask me why they should send their son or daughter to our camp. What makes our camp so different from other camps? It’s no secret. Our philosophy is that we believe in personal attention for each player, both on and off the courts. We are not an assembly line, stuffing kids into slots. The individual is the most important part of our camp and always will be.

We would appreciate the opportunity to work with your son or daughter. If you have any questions about the camp program, supervision, safety, staff, etc., please call me at the number on this brochure and I would be happy to answer any questions you might have.

Camp Details

Complete Skills Program: For all abilities. Detailed instruction in skills necessary to become a complete player.
Gold Program: For advanced high school players.
Junior Gold Program: For advanced middle school players.

BOYS CAMP: JULY 10TH-13TH

All Campers Check-in: Sunday, July 10th between 1PM-2PM at Kirk Center, Olivet College.
All Campers Closing Ceremony: Wednesday, July 13th at 3:30PM. Check-out following at 4:30PM.

GIRLS CAMP: JULY 17TH-20TH

All Campers Check-in: Sunday, July 17th between 1PM-2PM at Kirk Center, Olivet College.
All Campers Closing Ceremony: Wednesday, July 20th at 3:30PM. Check-out following at 4:30PM.

Click the "More Details" button below for a sample daily schedule and information on meals, dorming, supervision, and facilities.

More Important Camp Details

CAMPER EVALUATION

Upon arrival, all participants are evaluated by the staff so that their own instructional needs can be addressed throughout the week. In addition, campers will be evaluated and then split up into smaller groups according to age and ability.  Parents are invited to attend the closing ceremony! Departure immediately following. 

 

OVERNIGHT CAMPERS

WHAT TO BRING

Basketball gear – shorts, shirts, socks, basketball shoes.  Casual wear – jeans, shorts, T-shirts, jacket or sweatshirt, pajamas.  Miscellaneous articles – towels, sheets pillow, two blankets or a sleeping bag, toiletries, and a fan.  PLEASE MARK YOUR CLOTHING FOR IDENTIFICATION.  We are not responsible for articles lost or stolen at camp.  Please leave all jewelry at home. All meals are provided and water is available, but you are also welcome to bring bottled water, sports drinks and snacks.

ROOM KEYS

Available upon request at check-in time for a $20.00 deposit.  Deposits will be returned at checkout when the room key is returned. The deposit is forfeited if the key is lost.

CAMP MAIL

If you wish to receive mail while at camp, please address as: Camper's Name, c/o McCracken Basketball Camp, Olivet College, Olivet, Michigan  49076

SUPERVISION

Campers are supervised 24 hours a day. The staff live in the dormitories with the campers and participate in all camp activities, both on and off the court.

 

EXTENDED DAY CAMPERS

On the first day of camp, all extended day campers should arrive between 1PM-2PM dressed and ready to play. Drop off and pick up locations will be given out at registration.

Sunday:
♦ Commuter Campers stay until 9:45PM.
♦ Dinner is provided.

Monday-Tuesday:
♦ Commuter Camper Hours are 9AM-9:45PM.
♦ Lunch and dinner provided.

Wednesday:
♦ Commuter Camper Hours are 9AM-4:30PM.
♦ Lunch is provided. Check-out immediately following closing ceremony.

Daily Schedule: SUN 2PM-9:45PM, MON-TUES 9AM-9:45PM, WED 9AM-4:30PM

 


CELL PHONES

Campers are allowed to bring a cell phone to camp.  Cell phones must be kept in the dorm room and can only be used there (not in the gym, cafeteria, etc.). Please talk to your child prior to arrival about using cell phones only to communicate important camp information (pick-up time, game schedule, etc.). We would also hope that you, as parents, keep calls to your child to a minimum. Part of the camp experience is giving your child the chance to get away and to be on their own. Cell phones are not necessary as there are pay phones available. Should an event arise, the Site Director will have a phone available for campers to use and/or will personally contact the parents.

PICTURES

A group picture of the campers may be ordered at check-in time for a fee of $7. The group picture will be handed out before the end of the camp session.

CAMP BANK

Spending money may be turned in to the camp bank at the first meeting following registration. The bank is open each day so that money may be withdrawn.

MEDICAL CARE

Complete first aid facilities are available. A hospital with 24-hour emergency service is located nearby.

TRANSPORTATION

Transportation is not provided by the camp to or from any airports. If you are flying to or from camp, we recommend using an airport shuttle service. Please schedule flights as close as you can to the check-in times on the first day and check-out times on the last day.

REGISTRATION PACKET

A detailed camper registration packet containing check-in location, health/release forms, emergency contact numbers, and a checklist of things to bring will be emailed to all registered campers prior to the start of camp. The health and release forms do not require a doctor's signature and they will be collected on the first day of camp. DO NOT MAIL.  If you have special medicines to take, bring them with written instructions on the reverse side of the health report.

Group Discounts

If five or more campers register together, each camper is eligible for a $20 discount. If 10 or more campers register together, each camper is eligible for a $40 discount. Teams can register online or via mail/fax.

  • To register your team online: Please have a team contact reach out directly to the USSC office at 1-800-645-3226 to receive a discount code to identify your group. Campers may then register individually through the website at their convenience and apply the coupon code during check-out.
  • To register your team via mail/fax: Click "Get Brochure" above and print the application. All applications must be received at the same time via mail or fax. If all members of your group pay with a Visa or MasterCard, feel free to fax your applications to 415-479-6061 to expedite processing.

*Please note, this information is subject to change.

Facilities

Olivet College is located in Olivet, Michigan, just 30 miles south of Lansing off of I-69. Campers will room 2 per room in the Olivet College dorms. All meals will be served in the school cafeteria. Basketball instruction and play will take place in Upton and McKay gymnasiums.

Sample Daily Schedule

  • 7:30 AM Wake-up
  • 8:00 AM Breakfast
  • 9:00 AM Lectures/Demonstrations
  • 9:45 AM Drills/Stations/Scrimmage
  • 12:00 PM Lunch
  • 1:00 PM Rest
  • 2:00 PM Lectures/Demonstrations/Contests
  • 3:00 PM Drills/Stations/Scrimmage
  • 4:30 PM Individual Instruction/Swimming
  • 5:30 PM Dinner
  • 6:30 PM League Games
  • 9:00 PM Night Program
  • 10:30 PM Lights out

Camper Reviews

Jim H.Parent

  • 5/5.
Our daughters' first real camp.

July 27, 2016: Everyone was EXCELLENT!! This was both of our daughters first real camp other than what our local school provides. The Camp Director and her team of counselors were AWESOME! My kids loved the camp and want to come back next year! Thank you!

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Laura M.Parent

  • 4/5.
Great seeing the same McCracken traditions from 25 years ago.

July 27, 2016: I used to be a camper myself (25 years ago) and it was great to see all of the same traditions. I would like to see the camp run a little longer like it used to be. 

Jennifer W.Parent

  • 5/5.
Loved when everyone sang songs.

July 27, 2016: My daughter had so much fun and made so many friends. She loved when everyone sang songs in the cafeteria.

Kristine S.Parent

  • 5/5.
My daughters third year at Olivet College.

July 27, 2016: My daughter has attended the McCracken Basketball Camp at Olivet College for three years and has absolutely loved her time there. According to my daughter, the food is one of her favorite things about camp. And she loves D-day.

  • 4/5.
I made memorable friendships at camp.

July 27, 2016: The relationships/friendships I made at camp were the most memorable parts. The counselors were great and the drills were really helpful.

Logan K.Camper

  • 5/5.
The best part was the campfire.

July 27, 2016: The best part about camp is getting to know everyone and the campfire at the end. Thank you!

Chloe E.Camper

  • 5/5.
I loved everything.

July 28, 2016: I loved everything...the instruction of drills and games, activities in the gym and at night time. I felt safe and had fun.

Ella D.Camper

  • 5/5.
I love staying in the dorm and making new friends.

July 29, 2016: This camp was great. I loved being able to have the freedom of staying in a dorm room and being away from my parents for a while. I love basketball and this camp let me express that in a great way. I loved making new friends at this camp too. The camp was very intense, especially on "D" day. It made me feel like I was working really hard and every second I felt like I was improving in something. There were many memorable experiences at this camp that I had but one place that was very memorable to me was the cafeteria. A memorable moment for me was when, after "D" day, everyone took off their shoes and ran into the pool area and jumped in. Everyone was so sweaty and hot and the cool water felt really good.

Lori E.Parent

  • 4/5.
My daughter won the Hustle Award.

July 29, 2016: The trophies were great. My daughter won the Hustle Award which has made her want to work harder yet. Would be neat to quit giving out ribbons, and give away a trophy to each camper for a specific "skill" they are great at.

  • 5/5.
"I learned so much"

I learned so much about basketball during my week at camp -- and also some things about teamwork. I probably could not have made it completely through Defense Day and Stations without the coaches and the team that I was with.

  • 5/5.
"Kudos to McCracken organization"

As a parent of a two-time camp attendee, I'd like you to let other parents know a couple of things. First of all, this camp is not for the lazy or unmotivated. My daughter comments all the time about how challenging she found camp and how much she loved it. She's remembering and using what she's learned from camp in her regular season play. Second, if you’re looking for a basketball camp that is truly worth the "price of admission"...THIS IS IT. You as a parent get the satisfaction of knowing your money isn't being wasted but more importantly, the skills and lessons your child will come home with are priceless. The McCracken Organization employs terrific coaches for the camps. Coaches who can communicate and teach, while promoting good sportsmanship and FUN. Kudos to the entire McCracken Organization !

  • 4/5.
"I had so much fun"

I had so much fun. I have improved tremendously on my post moves. I am now shooting around the paint and outside of the paint because of your camp. If you had seen my shooting before, you would know that I have made a big improvement. Thanks to you and your staff for helping me develop my skills as a leader and as a player.”

  • 5/5.
"Just wanted to say thanks"

I just wanted to say thanks for the opportunity to be a counselor for the last two summers. I made so many friends and taught children a sport that they and I both love. But teaching them about basketball was not the most important thing. The most important thing your camp does is to teach these kids about life. McCracken Camps provide campers with discipline, motivation, sound skills, and leadership, but most importantly self-esteem and friendships. I feel extremely special to be a small part of this wonderful camp.

  • 5/5.
Very pleased with the individual attention

We are very pleased with the camp counselor provided for Devin. Chase provided valuable feedback and instruction for improvement which we have yet to find at other camps. Thanks to the staff for the attention to detail!! 

Camp Dates & Prices

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For additional camp information and dates call us at 1-800-NIKE-CAMP we would be happy to help you.