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The Tradition Continues

Directed by USA Basketball Coach Don Showalter, Sports Illustrated recognizes Snow Valley Iowa as one of the nation's top basketball camps. Improve your fundamental, positional, and team play skills in a high-energy environment with players of similar skill sets.

Snow Valley Iowa Basketball Schools is committed to helping campers improve their individual basketball skills in all areas of the game. Train with dedicated, highly-qualified basketball professionals from across the globe.

Highlights Include
  • All coaches are USA Basketball Licensed
  • A minimum of 19 individual and team fundamental clinics per week
  • High-level instruction, daily scrimmages, discussions, and more
  • Receive a camp t-shirt, personal evaluation and report card
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Camp Coaches

  • Don Showalter

    Camp Director Don Showalter

    Nine-time USA Basketball gold medalist head coach Don Showalter, who was hired by the USA Basketball Youth Division as the Director of Coach Development in May 2016, was announced as the head coach of the 2017 USA Men's U16 National Team on March 2, 2017 and was recently named 2017 USA Basketball Co-Developmental Coach of the Year.

    View Don Showalter's Bio
  • Jerry Slykhuis

    Co-Director Jerry Slykhuis (1943-2016)

    For 40 years, Jerry Slykhuis coached through a philosophy based on fundamental development and individual growth. He instilled values of hard work and dedication and transformed the lives of players from all over the world. After the tragic loss of Jerry, we dedicate this camp season to him, a dear friend and one of Iowa's greatest coaches.

    View Jerry Slykhuis (1943-2016)'s Bio
  • Dick Peth Snow Valley Iowa

    Coach Dick Peth

    Dick Peth enters his 21st year as head coach of the Wartburg College men's basketball program. He has compiled a 321-214 mark with the Knights, while his overall career record, which includes a strong 221-123 run at the University of Denver from 1985-1987, is 542-336. 

    View Dick Peth's Bio

Camp Details


2018 DATES 

Boys I: July 6-10
Boys II: July 11-15
Boys III: July 18-22
Girls: July 23-26


Check-in: First day at 9:30AM in the Cardinal Commons, between Grossman and Lohe Residence Halls
Closing Ceremony: Last day at 11:30AM

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If you have a roommate request, we ask that you please check-in together. All roommate requests will be accommodated. After check-in, campers and parents will have the opportunity to browse campus, grab lunch and return to campus for the first on-court camp session at 1pm. Please come dressed ready to play.


Campers attending both Boys I and Boys II have the option to stay the night between sessions (July 10th) for a fee of $15. This fee includes supervision and lodging. By purchasing the extra night stayover, it is not required for parents/guardians to attend the Boys Session I check-out on July 10th or the Boys Session II check-in on July 11th.


At Snow Valley Iowa, we expect each and every camper to arrive prepared and bring a positive attitude. A Personal Player Profile Report Card will be kept on each camper throughout the week and given to him or her on the last day of camp. This Report Card will note particular strengths and weaknesses and offer suggestions for individual improvement once your son or daughter has left Snow Valley.


A minimum of nineteen clinics concerning individual and team fundamentals will be presented during the week long session, with drills being part of each clinic. Daily game competition against campers of the same age and ability level will be scheduled. Every participant will play a minimum of one half of every game. We design our program to have a ratio of eight players to each coach. We guarantee and excellent week of basketball involvement.


Campers will reside in the dorms on campus and stay two per room in suites with 2-4 double rooms and a common living area. 

Campers are assigned by age and roommate requests. If you have a roommate request, we ask that you please check-in
together. All roommate requests will be accommodated. If you don’t have a roommate request, you will be placed in a room with someone near your age. It will be a great opportunity to meet someone new!

Bathrooms: Shared
Linens: Not provided
Air-conditioning: Yes
Pool: No
Suggested Spending Money: $50


Campers can purchase camp shorts and various camp shirts at check-in, during one night at camp and at check-out. Pizza is sold in the evenings. We also suggest that you do not bring anything to camp of high value.


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.

*Please note, this information is subject to change.

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Sample Daily Schedule

  • 6:30AM Report to gym Clinic # 1
  • 7:00AM-8:00AM Breakfast
  • 8:15AM-9:00AM On the floor warm ups
  • 9:00AM-11:00AM Clinics
  • 11:00AM-11:30AM Team practice or position work
  • 11:30AM-12:30PM Lunch
  • 1:15PM Back on the floor
  • 1:30PM-4:00PM Clinics
  • 4:00PM-4:45PM Team practice or position work
  • 4:45PM-5:45PM Dinner
  • 6:30PM-7:00PM Back on the floor (warm ups)
  • 7:00PM-8:00PM Clinics
  • 8:15PM-10:30PM Games

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Wartburg College is centrally located between most of the major metropolitan areas of the Midwest in Waverly, Iowa. Located on “The Avenue of the Saints” (Highway 27/218) that connects Minneapolis/St. Paul to St. Louis, Waverly is easily accessible.


Camp Reviews

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Overall Average Rating 4.75 / 5 Stars
    • 5/5.
    Great Job Snow Valley

    August 20, 2017: Coaches took her focus away from the 1 on 1 game and made her focus on her problem areas. She gets physical in the post now and realizes the importance of working as a team and positional responsibilities. Before she knew what you were supposed to do, now she understands the why and when. For example fast break defense, spacing, boxing out, defender position in relation to shot selection, and not to force the pass. 

    — Sean T. Parent

    • 5/5.
    Best camp my son has ever been to

    July 31, 2017: Great coaches. Great instruction. Best camp my son has ever been to and we would recommend it to anyone who is serious about the game of basketball!

    — Gary B. Parent

    • 5/5.
    He loved meeting new friends

    July 26, 2017: My child loved the fundamentals taught by the caring coaches. He loved meeting new friends from across the U.S. and the international campers. It was a challenging camp with so much time devoted to basketball, but rewarding when completed. Thanks again Snow Valley Coaches!

    — Ray P. Parent

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    • 5/5.
    Can't beat the athlete/coach ratio

    July 25, 2017: The highlight of camp was being part of a team and meeting new teammates. The staffs positive energy was great. Can't beat the athlete/coach ratio!

    — Brady S. Camper


Snow Valley Iowa Basketball Schools at Wartburg College

Don Showalter, Camp Director
Wartburg College - 100 Wartburg Blvd.
Waverly, Iowa 50677


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