Maryland Nike Swim Camp

Maryland Nike Swim Camp
Maryland Nike Swim Camp

After 15 successful summers in College Park, we are pleased to announce that the 2017 Maryland Nike Swim Camp will be hosted at Johns Hopkins University this coming summer! Situated in the north Baltimore neighborhood of Charles Village, competitive swimmers from DC, Maryland, Virginia and beyond can train and improve their strokes at the O’Connor Recreation Center, a 25 yard x 6 lane pool located adjacent to the AMR II Dormitory where overnight campers reside.

Just minutes from the Inner Harbor, Oriole Park and Camden Yards, the JHU Homewood campus is a peaceful place of green grass, wide-spreading trees, brick residence halls and classroom buildings. The interconnecting walkways create a comfortable country atmosphere in the heart of a major city. 

The Maryland Nike Swim Camp has leased or rented facilities from the Johns Hopkins University. However, the Maryland Nike Swim Camp and any programs operated by US Sports Camps are not related to or affiliated with the Johns Hopkins University in any way. The Maryland Nike Swim Camp is an entirely separate legal entity with no connection to the Johns Hopkins University aside from the temporary use of facilities for the specified program. This program is open to any all entrants. For your safety and benefit, we recommend you have competitive swimming experience (e.g. U.S.S. age group, national qualifiers, high school swimmers, or summer league swimmers) and can swim at least 50 meters in all four competitive strokes: fly, back, breast and freestyle.

Highlights Include

  • Stroke technique refinement for competitive swimming
  • Low camper to staff ratio and 24 hour supervision
  • Fun evening social activities
  • Every camper receives a Nike Camp T-shirt and Nike Swim Cap
  • Every camper is eligible to receive merit-based prizes during camp
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Dates & Prices

Meet Camp Coaches

Scott Armstrong
Camp Director

Scott Armstrong

Directing camp this summer, is Scott Armstrong, the head coach of the Johns Hopkins men's and women's swimming teams.

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Scott Armstrong was named the head coach of the Johns Hopkins men's and women's swimming teams on May 26, 2016. He becomes just the fourth head head coach of the Johns Hopkins swimming program since the 1968-69 season. Armstrong returns to Baltimore after serving four years as the assistant men's swimming coach at Stanford. He also had coaching stints at Johns Hopkins, the North Baltimore Aquatic Club (NBAC) and USA Swimming.

Armstrong is a 2003 graduate of the University and was inducted into the Johns Hopkins Athletic Hall of Fame in 2015. He will be the fourth active member of the Blue Jay coaching staff that is a graduate of Johns Hopkins, joining Bob Babb `77 (baseball), Jim Margraff '82 (football) and Dave Pietramala `90 (men's lacrosse).

Armstrong joined the Stanford coaching staff in 2012 and worked daily with head coach Ted Knapp on all aspects of team operations. He was instrumental in compiling top-five recruiting classes in the nation in each of his years in Palo Alto. He worked primarily with the distance and IM groups and mentored standout student-athletes Maxwell Williamson (Pan American bronze medalist), Abrahm DeVine (400 IM school record holder) and David Nolan. Nolan won three individual NCAA titles and in 2015 set the NCAA, US Open and American record in the 200 IM. Armstrong's distance and IM group has impressed at the PAC-12 Championships, placing 18 swimmers in the championship finals of the 200 IM over the last four years and claiming three titles each in the 1650 Free and 200 IM. His swimmers have also competed at the World University and Pan American Games.

In the storied history of the Hopkins men's swimming program, Armstrong ranks among the all-time greats as he dominated the distance events. He led the Blue Jays to four top-five finishes at the NCAA Championships, including runner-up finishes in his junior and senior years. He earned All-America honors 18 times, which ranked 10th in school history when he graduated and is still tied for 13th more than 10 years after his career ended.

Armstrong accumulated 10 top-three finishes in individual events at the NCAA Championships, including six runner-up finishes. He was also a member of five relay teams that finished second at NCAAs. When he graduated, he held school records in the 500 Free, 1000 Free and 1650 Free. Armstrong's record in the 1000 and 1650 Free stood until 2014, while his record in the 500 Free stood until 2015.

Armstrong joined the Blue Jay coaching staff after his graduation and helped the Hopkins men to an ECAC Championship as well as a fifth-place finish at the 2004 NCAA Championship. The JHU women finished in sixth place at NCAAs, at the time it was the second highest finish in program history. Armstrong joined the staff at NBAC and spent eight years coaching with Olympic coaches Murray Stephens, Bob Bowman and Paul Yetter. He assisted and implemented daily and seasonal plans for the Elite training groups, which included Olympians Michael Phelps and Katie Hoff. Armstrong was also coach of the USA National Junior Team from 2007 to 2011, before moving to Stanford.

Camp Details

This year, we are offering two sessions of overnight and extended day camp (8:30am-8:30pm) for ages 9-18. Instruction takes place each day at the Ralph S. O'Connor Recreation Center. Our goal is to maximize swimming potential by helping swimmers to create a winning mindset and provide ongoing and constructive feedback in the pool to improve stroke technique.


• 3 nights lodging • All meals
• Nightly recreational activities 
• Nike Camp T-shirt & Nike Swim Cap


• Lunch & dinner
• Nightly recreational activities 
• Nike Camp T-shirt & Nike Swim Cap
• Camp hours: SUN 3PM-9PM, MON-TUE 8:30AM-8:30PM, WED 8:30AM-12PM 

More Important Camp Details

A detailed camper registration packet containing check-in location, health/release forms, emergency contact info, and a list of things to bring will be emailed to all registered campers prior to camp. Our health and release forms do not require a doctor's signature and they will be collected on the first day of camp. Upon arrival at camp, campers are placed in groups with other swimmers having similar abilities and goals. Our camp staff will do their best to accommodate your needs, keeping in consideration your experience and desire to improve.


  • Check-in for ALL CAMPERS takes place between 2:00pm-3:00pm
  • Extended Day Camp hours: SUN 3PM-9PM, MON-TUE 8:30AM-8:30PM, WED 8:30AM-12PM
  • Overnight and Ext. Day Campers need to be picked up between 11:00am-Noon


  • Check-in for ALL CAMPERS takes place between 2:00pm-3:00pm 
  • Extended Day Camp hours: SUN 3PM-9PM, MON-TUE 8:30AM-8:30PM, WED 8:30AM-12PM
  • Overnight and Ext. Day Campers need to be picked up between 11:00am-Noon


Housing & Roommates
Campers stay 2-per room and are assigned by age and roommate requests. Boys and girls are housed on seperate floors with gender specific counselors on them.

  • Dorm: AMR II Dorm 
  • Bathrooms: shared
  • Linens: Not provided
  • Air Conditioning: Yes, dorm has AC - No fan needed
  • Suggested spending money: $40
  • Medical facility: a certified trainer will be on staff at all times.

Campers are supervised 24 hours a day. The staff live in the dormitories with the campers and participate in evening activities. Drugs, alcohol and tobacco are strictly prohibited, and constitute, along with general misconduct, grounds for dismissal from camp without a refund.


Team Discount: If five or more campers register together, each camper is eligible for a $25 discount. 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 through the website at their convenience and apply the coupon code during check-out.


O’Connor Recreation Center pool 

The O’Connor Recreation Center pool houses various groups, activities and events such as varsity swimming, varsity water polo, recreational lap swimming, swim lessons, lifeguard classes, kayak clinics, club swimming, club water polo, and more.

General Information:

  • Six-lane, 25-yard lap lane pool with depths from 4 ft. 5.5 ft.
  • 1,800-square-foot separated deep water well with depths 8 ft. to 13 ft.
  • Temperature: 79o-81o F

Sample Daily Schedule

  • 7:30 AM Breakfast (overnighters)
  • 8:50 AM Extended Day Campers arrive, stretch
  • 9:00 AM Opening Comments and Discussion
  • 9:15 AM Pool Session 1
  • Noon Lunch
  • 1:00 PM Dry Land Exercises
  • 1:30 PM Pool Session 2
  • 5:00 PM Dinner
  • 6:30 PM Pool Session 3 or Evening Activities
  • 9:00 PM Extended Day Campers depart
  • 9:30 PM Supervised free time in Dorm
  • 10:00 PM Lights out!

Camper Reviews

A.G.Parent of Univ of Maryland Camper '17

  • 5/5.
What an amazing program!

We cannot say enough about the swim camp at Johns Hopkins. My son has severe anxiety and made it through with the encouragement from his coaches. Coach Scott and his staff were amazing with the kids and accessible to the parents. They found a way to balance fun, with intensive instruction. My 11 year old cannot say enough about camp. We are ready to go back next year!

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C.P.Parent of Univ of Maryland Camper '17

  • 5/5.
The best time!

My daughter had so much fun and enjoyed a different perspective from a new coach. She made wonderful friends who all share her passion for swimming. She also loved the food! It would be wonderful if the camp were 4 nights, rather than 3 nights. My daughter had the best time and really wished she could have had one more day of instruction and one more day of spending time with new friends.

A.M.Parent of Univ of Maryland Camper '17

  • 5/5.
Extremely helpful!

Although they swam a lot, I think the messages/videos/demos were extremely helpful...even for reinforcement.  I know my daughter really appreciated the small tokens of encouragement, she won goggles for most improved....meant a lot!

C.T.Parent of Univ of Maryland Camper '17

  • 5/5.
Great experience!

After finishing the camp, my daughter went home with much more confidence then I expected. She mentioned she now can actually glide in the water effortlessly after learning new techniques from her coach at Nike Camp. Very important for a competitive swimmer! Thanks to all the coaches and special thanks to Scott for making this a great experience.

Parent of Univ of Maryland Camper '16

  • 5/5.
Great quality camp.

My son had a fabulous time at camp. The whole experience reinforced his passion for swimming. It was an experience that will stay with him for a long time to come.

Univ of Maryland Overnight Camper '16

  • 5/5.
Quality instruction.

Really enjoyed the quality of instruction, one on one attention, and the location.

Tyler C.Univ of Maryland Overnight Camper '16

  • 5/5.
I hope to go back every year.

The Nike Swim Camp at Xavier University was a great experience. The coaches and staff were extremely helpful and professional, and I look forward to attending next year.

Univ of Maryland Overnight Camper '16

  • 4/5.
Improve your technique.

I highly recommend the Xavier Nike Swim Camp. It was a great learning experience and really helped me to focus on my problem areas. I can't wait to come back next year. 

Parent of Univ of Maryland Overnight Camper '15

  • 5/5.
Very impressed!

I was very impressed with the personalities and expertise of the swim counselors. The sessions were well planned out and they were a great influence on my daughter.  She came home raving about the experience.

Parent of Univ of Maryland Camper '15

  • 5/5.
Thoroughly enjoyed camp.

My son and daughter thoroughly enjoyed the Nike Swim Camp at Xavier. I was very impressed with the knowledge and expertise of the camp staff. They were a great influence on my children and provided a fun, positive learning experience.

Univ of Maryland Camper '14

  • 4/5.
Lots to take away

The camp environment was very fun and energetic. I took away a lot from the pool sessions and coaching that week! 

Parent of Univ of Maryland Camper '14

  • 4/5.
We're coming back!

My son had a great week at camp. Lots of stories every day when I picked him up. We'll definitely sign up next year!

Camp Dates & Prices

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