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

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.


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

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.


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.


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.

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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. 




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.


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.


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


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.



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.

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

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

♦ 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



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.


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.


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.


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


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.


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.

*Please note, this information is subject to change.


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

  • 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.

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  • 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

Programs: Complete Skills,, Gold,, Junior Gold,
Age Group: 8 - 18
Gender: Boys
Extended 9AM-9PM $320.00
Availability: Open

Overnight $440.00
Availability: Open

* Please note, times may vary on the first and last day of camp.
Programs: Complete Skills,, Gold,, Junior Gold,
Age Group: 8 - 18
Gender: Girls
Extended 9AM-9PM $320.00
Availability: Open

Overnight $440.00
Availability: Open

* Please note, times may vary on the first and last day of camp.
For additional camp information and dates call us at 1-800-NIKE-CAMP we would be happy to help you.