UC Santa Cruz Nike Tennis Camp

UC Santa Cruz Nike Tennis Camp
UC Santa Cruz Nike Tennis Camp

This Northern California summer tennis camp in Santa Cruz delivers the ideal combination of athletics and fun. UCSC and Stanford tennis coaches direct the camp, offering match play, drill work, strategy sessions and extra social activities.

Our UC Santa Cruz tennis camp, just south of San Francisco, offers general, high school and tournament training programs to address the technical, tactical, physical, and mental aspects of tennis. 

Highlights Include

  • Instruction from UC Santa Cruz and Stanford Tennis Coaches
  • All Skills, Tournament Training and High School Programs
  • 5-6 hours tennis training daily with low student to teacher ratio
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Dates & Prices

Meet Camp Coaches

Amy Jensen
Camp Director

Amy Jensen

Jensen comes to UCSC after spending last season as Mills's Head Coach and Director of Tennis while also providing Pac-12 Network commentary. Before Mills, Jensen found success as the women's head coach at the University of Denver.  

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Amy Jensen is the Head Coach for the UC Santa Cruz Banana Slugs. In her first year at the helm the Slugs were conference champions and earned a berth into the NCAA Tournament. Jensen is also a Tournament Director for USTA NorCal, and she is also a part time analyst for the Pac-12 Network. 

Before UC Santa Cruz Jensen's experience includes Head Coach and Director at Mills College, Player Development Manager at USTA NorCal, and also Head Coach at University of Denver where she accumulated a 63-18 overall record and was named consecutive Conference Coach of the Year. 

Jensen also served as Associate Head Coach at UC Berkeley from 2001-2006. While at Cal she helped facilitate the development of 9 All American players, 2 final four teams, and 2 NCAA Champions. 

As a player, Jensen was a 5-time All-American at the University of California as well as a NCAA record holder, winning 3 consecutive NCAA doubles titles in 1998, 1999, and 2000. She was inducted into the Cal Athletics Hall of fame in 2011. She was also recently named to the Pac-12 All Century Team, as well as named Pac-12 Double Team of the Century (with Amanda Augustus). 

As a junior Jensen played at the Aussie, French, and US Opens,  as well as Wimbledon. As a professional, Jensen held WTA rankings in singles and doubles and played in both the US Open (1998, 1999, 2000) and Australian Open (2001).

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Paul Goldstein
Camp Director

Paul Goldstein

Former Cardinal standout, Paul Goldstein, introduced as Stanford Head Men's Tennis Coach on June 24, 2014, became the 10th head coach in school history, following a successful 10-year stint by John Whitlinger.

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In just his first year as a Stanford head coach, Paul Goldstein led Stanford to one of its best seasons in recent memory, with the Cardinal displaying continued progress in all phases throughout a campaign filled with milestones.

Goldstein was introduced on June 24, 2014, as Stanford’s first Taube Family Director of Men’s Tennis, the latest generous gift from longtime tennis benefactors, Tad Taube, ’53, MS ’57, and Dianne Taube.

The 10th head coach in school history, Goldstein followed a successful 10-year stint by John Whitlinger, who announced his retirement in May 2014 after guiding Stanford to a 160-85 overall record and nine NCAA Tournament appearances.

Goldstein made an immediate impact, recognized as the ITA Northwest Region Coach of the Year and Stanford’s first Pac-12 Coach of the Year since 2006. The Cardinal also notched its first NCAA Tournament victory since 2012, defeating Tennessee 4-2 in the first round in Durham, N.C.

Despite showcasing a lineup that routinely featured three freshmen, the Cardinal flourished under Goldstein, clinching a share of the Pac-12 regular-season championship for the first time since 2010 while also reaching the Pac-12 Tournament final for the first time in school history. In addition to its surprising Pac-12 regular-season finish, the Cardinal swept UCLA and USC for the first time since 2009 and pocketed two victories against California. Stanford’s seven losses all came against teams ranked among the top-30.

“I am humbled, honored, but most of all inspired by the opportunity to lead a program with such a strong intergenerational legacy of athletic and academic excellence,” said Goldstein. “I have been a proud member of the Stanford tennis family since I first arrived on campus in 1994 and am thrilled to be returning to The Farm. I look forward to working with our student-athletes and the broader Stanford community to drive success both on and off the court.”

A native of Rockville, Maryland, and a 1994 graduate of Sidwell Friends School in Washington, D.C., Goldstein was ranked among the top-10 juniors in the world and made USTA history by becoming the first player to capture three consecutive national championships (Boys’ 16 in 1992, Boys’ 18 in 1993, Boys’ 18 in 1994) in Kalamazoo, Mich.

Goldstein then enjoyed a stellar collegiate career from 1995-98, leading the Cardinal to a 104-6 overall record while becoming the first player in NCAA history to compete as a starting member of four consecutive national championship teams. Goldstein was honored as an All-American in each of his four years.

Goldstein capped his career with a Pac-10 Player of the Year honor in 1998 after winning 33 of his 35 overall matches. A team captain during his senior campaign, Goldstein and his teammates surrendered just three individual points the entire season while going undefeated and winning the NCAA title. Goldstein finished his career with 84 dual match victories, ranking fifth overall in program history.

The first-ever two-time recipient of the ITA’s Arthur Ashe, Jr. Sportsmanship and Leadership Award (1997, 1998), Goldstein was also recognized as the ITA’s Rafael Osuna Sportsmanship Award recipient in 1997. Goldstein was inducted into the ITA Collegiate Tennis Hall of Fame in May 2013 and currently serves on the ITA Hall of Fame Committee.

Goldstein received his B.A. in human biology from Stanford in 1998 before embarking on an impressive 10-year professional career. After moving into the world’s top-100 in one year on the professional circuit, Goldstein’s ATP world rankings eventually reached as high as No. 58 in singles and No. 40 in doubles. A US Open doubles semifinalist in 2005, Goldstein also boasts career singles wins over current world No. 1 Novak Djokovic, James Blake, Mardy Fish, Lleyton Hewitt and Patrick Rafter. Goldstein was the highest ranked player in the world with a college degree for the majority of his professional career.

During his tenure as a professional athlete, Goldstein was elected by his peers to serve on the 10-member ATP Player Council for a two-year term, representing the interests of 1000+ professional tennis players while acting as a liaison between the ATP Board of Directors and senior management.

Since 2008, Goldstein had served in sales and business development roles at Bloom Energy, a Silicon Valley-based clean energy fuel cell company.

Following his retirement from professional tennis, Goldstein remained active on both a local and national level within the tennis community, serving as a USTA Nominating Committee member and member of the ITA Steering Committee on Dual Match formats while also coaching aspiring juniors in the Bay Area.

Goldstein also served as a Pac-12 Networks color analyst in 2006-07.

Goldstein resides in Menlo Park with his wife and fellow Stanford alum, Abbie, and their three children: Sadie (8), Maggie (6) and Charlie (2).

Brandon Coupe
Camp Director

Brandon Coupe

Brandon Coupe enters his sixth year as Assistant Men's Tennis Coach at Stanford University. During his time as an assistant coach on The Farm, Coupe has helped guide the Cardinal to a 102-52 record, five consecutive NCAA Tournament appearances and four straight 20-win seasons.

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During his time as an assistant coach on The Farm, Coupe has helped guide the Cardinal to a 102-52 record, five consecutive NCAA Tournament appearances and four straight 20-win seasons.

Coupe's recent contributions were highlighted with All-Americans Bradley Klahn and Ryan Thacher anchoring the Cardinal's singles lineup during their four-year careers. Under Coupe's tutelage, Klahn and Thacher flourished at the top two spots of the lineup. Klahn produced a career record of 130-34 and captured the 2010 NCAA singles title, while Thacher won at least 20 matches in every season en route to compiling a 94-46 career mark.

Coupe joined the coaching staff following a six-year stint as the Head Professional at the Tiburon Peninsula Club, which he first joined in 2001. He was also a professional coach from 2004-06 and the Tournament Director of the Esurance Tiburon International Tennis Challenger from 2003-04.

From 1994-2003, Coupe played on the ATP Tour and participated in 14 Grand Slam events, including the 2002 U.S. Open where he was a quarterfinalist. During his professional career he played with and against some of the world's greatest players, including Roger Federer, Andy Roddick, James Blake, Andre Agassi, Lleyton Hewitt and Boris Becker. Coupe achieved an individual doubles ranking of 61 in 1999 and teamed with Mark Merklein to rank in the top-20 that year.

In addition to playing on the ATP Tour, Coupe coached Justin Gimelstob to the third round at Wimbledon in 2004.

A former All-American, Coupe played at San Jose State from 1990-94 under the tutelage of respected coach John Hubbell. As a senior, he earned All-America honors and received the National Von Nostrum Most Improved Player Award and the Rafael Osuna Senior Player of the Year Award. Coupe also earned All-Big West Conference honors all four seasons of his career.

As a freshman, he played No. 2 singles while losing only four matches during the year and winning the regional Arthur Ashe Sportsmanship Award. Over his next three seasons, Coupe played No. 1 singles and doubles and holds the school record for most victories. He was a three-time NCAA Championship competitor and a semifinalist at the 1994 NCAA Indoor Championship.

A native of Granite Bay, Calif., Coupe began playing tennis at the age of 10 and entered a number of junior tournaments, including the Kalamazoo National Tournament. In the U-18 division, he was ranked as high as No. 35 in the country.

Coupe currently resides in Menlo Park with Natalie, his wife of 10 years, and their nine-year-old son Max and 18-month-old twin sons, Owen and Oliver.

Camp Details

We offer Overnight, Extended Day (8:30am-9:00pm) and Day (8:30am-5:30pm) tennis camps for boys and girls, ages 9-18, with All Skills, Tournament Training, and High School programs.

2017 Camp Dates, Programs & Directors

  • June 25-30 (All Skills & Tournament Training | Jensen)
  • July 9-14 (All Skills & High School | Goldstein/Coupe)
  • July 16-21 (All Skills & Tournament Training | Goldstein/Coupe)
  • July 30 - Aug 4 (High School Only, ages 13-18 | Jensen)
More Important Camp Details

Camp Program Offerings

Upon arrival, all participants are evaluated by the staff so that their own instructional needs can be addressed throughout the week.

All Skills Program

All sessions are open to players of all abilities unless otherwise noted. The All Skills program is designed for tennis players of any skill level and background. Campers will learn fundamentals and improve upon their game.

Tournament Training Program

The Tournament Training Program is geared towards tournament level and ranked players looking to improve their tournament results, learn winning strategies and work on mental toughness.

High School Program

The High School Program is provided for players currently on their high school team and wanting to move up the ladder or those planning on making the high school team.

Check-In/Out

Check-In
  • All campers check-in Sunday between 12:30 - 2:30pm at the Cowell dorms. (All Day and Extended Day Campers will depart that evening after dinner and evening activities at 9:00pm.)
Check-Out
  • Graduation: 4:30pm at the dorms. (Parents invited to attend!)
  • Check-out is immediately following graduation at 5:15pm on the last day of the session.

Extended Day & Day Camper Schedule

  • Sunday: Day campers & Extended Day campers arrive at 12:30-2:30pm and depart at 9:00pm.
  • Monday-Thursday: Day campers arrive at 8:30am and depart at 5:30pm.Extended Day campers arrive at 8:30am and depart at 9:00pm.
  • Friday: All campers have a graduation at 4:30pm. Check-out for all campers is immediately after the Graduation at 5:15pm.

Meals 

All meals are provided for Overnight Campers. Lunch and dinner are provided for all Extended Day campers. Lunch is provided for all Day campers. Meals start with dinner on the first day and end with lunch on the last day.

Courts

The campus offers campers the opportunity to play in a perfect environment with 12 ocean view outdoor courts, playing fields, a gymnasium, and Olympic-sized pool. In the event of rain, campers will watch tennis videos and do off-court conditioning. 

Dorms

2017: TBD | 2016: Campers live on-campus in the Cowell Dorms and the courts and dining facilities are an easy walk from there. Campers stay 2 per room and are assigned by age and roommate requests. Some triples may be available, but not guaranteed. There is no A/C in the dorms. Campers may bring fans.

Evening Activities

2017: TBD | 2016: In addition to the Davis Cup competition during the week, evenings give the campers a chance to relax and enjoy fun off-court activities like a sports night with a climbing wall, Casino Night, a trip to the Beach and Boardwalk and concludes with a camp dance on the last night.

Weekend Stayovers

2017: Weekend stayovers are available between weeks 1 & 2 and 2 & 3 only. Campers attending multiple sessions, and those who stay over the weekend will be fully supervised. They'll also enjoy fun activities like movies and ice cream, visiting downtown Santa Cruz, the beach or the Mystery spot in Santa Cruz. There is a charge of $300/weekend. Additional spending money is required.

International Camper Options

International campers seeking a Sport and Language program can find a list of camp sessions and a detailed description of our new programs by clicking this link. International campers seeking a Sport Only program, a multi-week sport camp experience, can easily combine any of our individual Tennis Camp sessions together with a weekend stay over to create the right camp program to fit your needs!

Designated Airport

San Jose International Airport

Airport Transportation

Nike Tennis Camps does not provide transportation from airports, train stations, or bus depots. Transportation services can be arranged from the San Jose Airport or San Francisco International by using the service below:

Early Bird Airport Shuttle: 831.462.3933 | www.earlybirdairportshuttle.com

  • Call and mention UCSC Nike Tennis Camp for discounted rates of: 
  • $76.50 each way to/from San Jose Airport before driver tip (1-3 passengers)
  • $112.50 each way to/from San Francisco Airport before driver tip (1-3 passengers)
  • Recommended to book at least 3-4 days in advance of travel.

Please schedule your arrivals and departures to provide plenty of time to get to/from the SJC or SFO.

Let us know your plans! Please call 1-800-645-3226 two weeks prior to camp to provide camper’s flight and shuttle information so we know when to expect your child's arrival to camp.

Adult Tennis Camp at UC Santa Cruz

We're excited to also bring you an Adult Nike Tennis Camp at UC Santa Cruz! Click the link for details.

Registration Packet

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 in the Spring. Our health and release forms do not require a doctor's signature and they will be collected on the first day of camp.

Camp Code: TNXRSC

Sample Daily Schedule

  • FULL WEEK CAMPS
  • 8:30am Stretching, Camp Meeting at Courts
  • 8:45am Tennis Instruction
  • 10:00am Break
  • 10:15am Tennis Instruction and Drills
  • 11:45am Lunch, Rest, Optional Tennis
  • 1:15pm Tennis Program, Match Play
  • 2:45pm Break
  • 3:00pm Tennis Program, Doubles and Drills
  • 4:00pm Conclusion of Daily Tennis Program
  • 4:15pm Groups or Private Extra Help, Optional Tennis, Swimming
  • 5:00pm Rest, Shower, Dinner
  • 7:15pm Evening Activity
  • 9:00pm Extended Day Campers Depart
  • 9:30pm Overnight Campers to Rooms
  • 10:15pm Lights Out

Camper Reviews

  • 5/5.

This is the best run tennis camp of any camp my kids have ever attended. The coaches and staff are outstanding -- full of energy, enthusiasm and caring for all of the campers. That is what makes this camp so great! My son and his cousins attended last year and this year and had a blast. They chose the high school week since preferred only being around high school age kids. That worked out great. They have been improving so we weren't sure if there would be enough competition for them, but there was plenty of competition! The high school/tournament training week attracts some very good tournament/college level players, as well as high school level players. Overall a fantastic experience! Again, what makes this UC Santa Cruz camp special is the coaches, assistant coaches/counselors and directors!!! Most of them have been working together at this same camp (as well as college coaching together) for multiple years!! They are not only top notch and knowledgeable tennis coaches, but more importantly positive and caring people. They set the tone for a happy, productive, and positive week for all!!

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  • 5/5.

Everything about the Santa Cruz camp has been amazing. The instructors at this camp are what make it this way.

  • 5/5.

Bird is an outstanding coach and overall role model for the boys. His leadership brings the high quality experience. We hope he will be back next year.

  • 5/5.

Jake always comes home completely stoked about tennis after camp. I'm very pleased about his time at your camp, without a doubt it was money well spent, wish we'd known about it sooner. Hopefully he can come again next year one last time if he chooses to try to try to play at a JC. We will spread the word to the other kids on the team.

  • 4/5.

Thank you for a wonderful camp experience! I met some amazing people and my overall love for the game has grown.

  • 4/5.

Jake had a wonderful time in all regards. He's dabbled in tennis for years and what we hoped for, happened: he loves tennis!

  • 4/5.

The staff was terrific and the other campers were fun and respectful. they boys are hoping to attend next year and hope that Bird and the rest of the staff returns! thank you --

  • 3/5.

Thank you for a wonderful week-plus of tennis camp!

  • 5/5.

This camp far exceeded my expectations as a parent. My nephews went last year and loved it so this year my son joined in. He has had on and off enthusiasm about tennis for years. Well he absolutely loved the camp and now feels totally passionate and enthusiastic about tennis. He has been telling me everything he learned and practiced and wants to keep practicing. The coaches were highly energetic and knowledgeable and seemed to really care about the campers. Plus they had lots of fun with off-court activities. Maybe one way to improve would be to include more stretching and fitness activities -- more stretching and injury prevention than hard core fitness. Otherwise the camp is ideal and Jake will be back!

  • 5/5.

Maya thoroughly enjoyed camp and grew as a tennis player at UCSC Nike Tennis Camp. She found her instructors to be positive and encouraging. While at camp she was introduced to new techniques that she'll continue to build on and utilize to improve and strengthen her game. Overall, the camp for Maya was a great blend of learning, competition, and fun...perfect for her age and level! Thank you Nike Tennis Camp!

  • 4/5.

Great tennis camp experience year after year! Our three kids have attended UC Santa Cruz over the past 8 years and every year, the counselors, tennis instruction, and fun activities anties are simply outstanding! We could not recommend it more highly. Thanks Bob, Bird, Ben, and your amazing staff!

  • 5/5.
Positive Player

Bob Hansen and the entire staff were PHENOMENAL! – Very enthusiastic, competent, and fully engaged with the kids. My daughter left with extremely positive feelings about the state of her tennis game after the camp.

  • 4/5.
Veteran Camper Still Impressed

I had an awesome time at camp this summer, and though it was my fourth summer there, everything was still fun and exciting. I learned a lot while I was at camp and made some awesome new friends, as well as seeing old friends. Also, I got really close to some of the counselors and that was awesome. Thanks and keep up the good work!

  • 4/5.
Overcoming Nerves

I didn’t know what to expect coming to this camp. I was slightly worried because I didn’t go with any other people I knew. However, the counselors and staff were very nice and made it so I was not nervous to play. Although my week had its ups and downs, I improved greatly, and had a wonderful overall experience. When I got back home I signed up for a tournament and ended up taking second place in 16 and under Doubles. Without going to camp previously, I don’t think I would have taken a chance to play in a tournament like this. Because of this I would like to say thank you to all of the staff that made my week so memorable, and helped me to better my game.

  • 5/5.
Time of My Life!

When I first got to the camp, the director told us campers that he wanted to make this "the best five days of our lives" and at first I laughed because I thought, "well this is just a tennis camp"... I was completely wrong! Those five days were the BEST five days of my life! I have never had so much fun and the people I met were amazing. All the counselors were awesome and also very helpful. I improved so much especially from just those little pep talks we got everyday. I am so happy I could share my experience in this comment box because it has only been five days since I was there and I CANNOT stop talking about what an amazing time I had. I asked my parents to let me go back every day! The staff couldn't get better, the tennis playing couldn't get better, the atmosphere just could not get any better than what it is. Next year, I am coming back for three weeks AT LEAST! I have made life long friends and the memories I have from that camp will never fade. Not to mention, everything was clean and the people in the kitchen were sooooo considerate to those with dietary issues. I was so impressed. They truly did do everything to make it the best experience of my life. I cannot wait till next year. I LOVE UC SANTA CRUZ NIKE TENNIS CAMP!!! I wish I could express my love for this camp more!!!! Now, I am SO in love with tennis I just want to play everyday for hours and hours, so I do! Every time I play a match, I will never forget that one thing Ben told everyone that helped me become undefeated in camp... "Stay in the present. Don't think about winning. Don't think about losing. Just play out that one point." I learned so many new formations and my friend and I came up with our own which worked! AMAZING! I would give just about anything to be back there right now! I already got 6 of my friends to come next year smile Well done Nike Tennis Camp! Thank you for giving me the most outstanding time of my life. DON’T CHANGE!!!! Long story short... UC Santa Cruz Nike Tennis Camp was the best 5 days I have ever had and NOTHING, absolutely NOTHING, could top that camp. THANK YOU!
Love, Camper of the Week (which was also pretty awesome receiving that award)

  • 3/5.
The Perfect Balance

My daughter had a great time. A good balance between independence and supervision. She felt trusted so could be trustworthy. The tennis was great and the friends wonderful. Amazingly, no food complaints. 

  • 5/5.
Coaches Take the Cake

The best sports camps I’ve ever been to. The counselors were awesome. Had such a great time… Bird and Coach Hansen are fantastic coaches and know what they are talking about. 

  • 4/5.
Great staff!

Great counsellors! Couldn't be a better balance between fun, funny and amazing tennis coaching. Go Chris and Bird and Bob! 

  • 5/5.
Most fun!

Santa Cruz Tennis camp was one of the most fun weeks that I've spent this summer. It highly helped me improve as a player and now I am way more eager to play and to practice the game. The counselors were kind and the college campus layout was nice. I can't wait to come back next summer for my second experience, and to show everyone how I have improved.

  • 4/5.
Amazing!

Amazing camp experience on and off the court. Bob's the best!

  • 5/5.
Highlight of summer!

Loved this camp so much!! It was the highlight of my summer!!

  • 3/5.
Great experience!

The food could have been better, but otherwise great experience!

  • 5/5.
Highly recommend!

Everything was great as expected for my daughter. I am sending both of my kids next summer. Great camp highly recommend to my friends!

  • 4/5.
My son never wants to leave!

My son had an awesome time. He was nervous going in, as he was a less experienced player and a first timer at the camp. The counselors and other campers made him feel totally welcome and he made so many friends. He loved it all and, even though we live nearby, he will probably do the overnight camp next year so he never has to leave. Thank you.

  • 5/5.
Awesome time!

I had an awesome time and all the counselors/directors make the camp great and help you improve while having a blast!

  • 4/5.
Passionate!

I really appreciated the passion our counselors had for the game of tennis and how helpful and kind they were while helping us become better tennis players.

  • 5/5.
Fabulous instructors!

Fabulous instructors, and great mix of tennis and fun activities. My two girls attended, and their passion for the sport has increased considerably. We will definitely come back next year. Thank you!

  • 4/5.

Great tennis camp experience year after year! Our three kids have attended UC Santa Cruz over the past 8 years and every year, the counselors, tennis instruction, and fun activities anties are simply outstanding! We could not recommend it more highly. Thanks Bob, Bird, Ben, and your amazing staff!

Camp Dates & Prices

Programs: Jr Camp - All Skills,, Tournament Training,
Age Group: 9 - 18
Gender: Co-Ed
Extended Day 8:30AM - 9:00PM $775.00
Availability: Open

Overnight $1,175.00
Availability: Open

Day 8:30am-5:30pm $625.00
Availability: Open

* Please note, times may vary on the first and last day of camp.
Programs: Jr Camp - All Skills,, High School,
Age Group: 9 - 18
Gender: Co-Ed
Extended Day 8:30AM - 9:00PM $775.00
Availability: Open

Overnight $1,175.00
Availability: Open

Day 8:30am-5:30pm $625.00
Availability: Open

* Please note, times may vary on the first and last day of camp.
Programs: Jr Camp - All Skills,, Tournament Training,
Age Group: 9 - 18
Gender: Co-Ed
Extended Day 8:30AM - 9:00PM $775.00
Availability: Open

Overnight $1,175.00
Availability: Open

Day 8:30am-5:30pm $625.00
Availability: Open

* Please note, times may vary on the first and last day of camp.
Programs: High School,
Age Group: 13 - 18
Gender: Co-Ed
Extended Day 8:30AM - 9:00PM $775.00
Availability: Open

Overnight $1,175.00
Availability: Open

Day 8:30am-5:30pm $625.00
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.