Five-Star Cross Country Camp
2024 DATES & PRICES NOW AVAILABLE!
2024 Dates Announced!
Celebrating over 40 years!
The Five-Star XC Camp invites XC runners of all ability levels to its fabulous location in Rock Hill, NY.
Located in the southern Catskill Mountains, on the campus of Iroquois Springs, runners run over country roads and have the opportunity to train at a nearby state park with awesome running trails.
- Outstanding Venue with Excellent Facilities
- Training with the Country's Best Coaches
- Individual and Group Instruction
- Instructor/Camper ratio 1:5
- Specific Training Programs for Every Experience/Ability Level
- Post-Camp Goal Setting and Training Tools
- Event-Specific and Speed Building Programs
- Camp Open to Ages 12-17yrs
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Co-Director Justin Van Dyk
Justin Van Dyk has spent over 25 years being involved with XC running camps, with camp being one of the year's highlights for Coach JVD, who has been a key member of Five-Star XC Camp as a counsellor, senior staff member, and most recently, its Director in 2023.View Justin's Bio ⟩
Co-Director John Kenworthy
John Kenworthy enters his first season as the Brown University's Head Women's Cross Country and Assistant Distance Coach in 2023-24. Kenworthy brings over a decade of head coaching experience at the Division I level to College Hill, previously serving as the head coach for men’s and women’s cross country and track & field at Siena College.View John Kenworthy's Bio ⟩
Coach Tom Cuffe
Coach Tom Cuffe has been a successful athlete, coach, director and administrator in the sports of track & field, cross-country and road racing. Coach Cuffe recently teamed up with Chicago Event Management, which puts on the Chicago Marathon and other world class races in the Windy City. Prior to becoming the Medical Logistics Coordinator for CEMView Tom Cuffe's Bio ⟩
Coach Maria Reagan
Coach Reagan is the head varsity boys and girls cross country coach at Fabius-Pompey High School. She first attended Five-Star as a camper in 2005 and has been going every year since.View Maria's Bio ⟩
Guest Speaker (2023) Doug Soles
Coach Soles built Great Oak High School into one of the best combined boys and girls XC programs in the nation. His teams won 14 California Division 1 State Titles, and his boys won Nike Cross Nationals in 2015. Named the USTFCCCA Boys National XC Coach of the Year in 2015. His 2022 Herriman Boys team finished 3rd in the nation at NXN. Author of Building Championship Cross Country Programs.
Guest Speaker (2023) Emily Cole
Duke T&F athlete, social media influencer, author of The Players' Plate: An Unorthodox Guide to Sports NutritionView Emily's Bio ⟩
Guest Speaker (2023) Gary Martin
University of Virginia Track & Field Athlete, contributor to Citus MagView Gary's Bio ⟩
Guest Speaker (2023) Meg Waldron
Sports Psychology and Mental Health Coach and authorView Meg's Bio ⟩
SECURE YOUR SPOT!
Please Note: This camp SOLD OUT in 2023. You can expect a high demand on these first-come-first-serve camper spots, so please be sure to register early.
Each day at camp you partake in a rigorous and exciting daily running schedule that keeps you busy from dawn until dusk. You begin each day with a 24 minute shakeout jog. This helps prepare your body and mind for an eventful day of training ahead.
Back in camp, you'll enjoy hearty breakfasts and guest speakers. Group activities include ultimate Frisbee, beach volleyball, talent shows, and KT (Kirk Thomas) cross-training sessions.
The evening program marks the conclusion of each day. You watch movies, play games, have talks with your new friends before heading off to bed.
- Dates: August 11-16, 2024
- Age group: 12-17
- Gender: Co-ed
- Camp type: Overnight, Day
- Meals: All meals are provided at the camp dining facility
- Check-in (all campers): Sunday 9:30AM - 1:00PM (lunch is provided from 12:00PM-12:30PM)
- Check-out (all campers): Friday 11:45AM-1:00PM (all campers must be off camp grounds by 1:00PM)
- Day Campers: Check-in Monday-Friday, 8:30AM; Check-out Sunday-Thursday, 6:00PM
All Campers should arrive at camp, prepared to run on Sunday, the 1st day of camp.
PREPARE FOR CAMP: COMPLETE YOUR PRE-CAMP CHECKLIST
To view your customer account, complete your mandatory forms, pay balance dues, and review important camp information, visit Pre-Camp Checklist.
All necessary camp information is on this page. If there are any imperative changes prior to camp start, registered campers will be notified via email and this webpage will be updated!
- Dorm: Assigned at check-in
- Campers Per Room: 12-16 cabin-style
Roommate requests must be included on registration, before 6/1. Teams are given priority. Due to cabin size, all other requests will be handled to the best of our abilities. All specific concerns/requests should be included in the director’s notes or emailed to [email protected]
- Bathrooms: Shared in bunk
- Linens: Not provided
- Air Conditioning: No
- Key Deposit: We do not require a room key or meal card deposit. However, if you do not return your key or meal card on the last day of camp, you will be responsible for all replacement charges from the host facility. US Sports Camps will charge the camper credit card on file for all costs due.
Staff members reside in campers’ quarters and participate in all activities.
WHAT'S INCLUDED IN THE FEES:
- Overnight Campers: Features several instructional sessions per day, three hot meals, and lodging in residence halls. An evening recreation program is also included.
- Day Campers: This option offers the same features as the resident camp minus lodging & breakfast/dinner (Day Campers should eat breakfast before daily check-in).
INSTRUCTION, EQUIPMENT & FACILITY
- Ratio: 1:10
- Grouped by: age, ability, current mileage, and XC experience
- Equipment needed: Campers should bring at least two pairs of broken in running shoes. Racing flats/spikes are optional. Please be sure to properly mark your equipment, so that it can be easily identified.
- Facility: Iroquois Springs Camp, Catskill Mountains, State Parks, local roads and trails
Transportation is not provided. Campers are responsible for getting to and from camp on their own. There is no supervision before or after camp hours so please make arrangements to pick up your child on time.
CHECKLIST OF THINGS TO BRING:
Below is a suggested list of clothes, equipment and personal items. US Sports Camps is NOT responsible for lost or stolen articles or money.
- Extra Athletic clothing
- 1-2 pairs of broken in running shoes/ event spikes
- Non-running shoes
- Water bottle
- Small gym bag/backpack
- Extra spending money (suggested $40)
OVERNIGHT CAMPERS ONLY:
- Athletic clothing mentioned above
- Comfortable non-running clothing
- Underwear and socks
- Sweatshirt (temperatures drop at night)
- Flip flops (for showering/cabin use only. Open-toed shoes are not permitted outside of cabins)
- Personal items & medications
- Washcloth and bath towel
- Alarm clock
- Swimsuit and towel
- Pen and paper for notes during guest speakers
- Cell phone (if you have one) + cell phone charger
- Fan (optional)
- Pillow, pillowcase, bed sheets, comforter or sleeping bag (linens are NOT provided)
GEAR UP FOR CAMP
All Nike Cross Country Campers receive a Nike camp t-shirt as part of their tuition. Additional Nike Camp gear is available for purchase at check-out or can be purchased at any time on our storefront.
Most camps have an athletic trainer on-site to help with illness or injury. In case of an emergency, campers will be transported to the nearest hospital.
For information regarding our cancellation policy and all other company policies, please visit USSC Policies.
NIKE CROSS COUNTRY CAMP FAQ
For general questions about our Cross Country camps please see our FAQ page.
Each year we are proud to award one camp scholarship in memory of Five Star Running Camp Founder Steve Lurie. We have opened the application process for this summer. Tell us about yourself, what you are doing, why you are interested in receiving the award. Please submit in writing you request by February 21st! You can simply send your request via email to Coach Justin Van Dyk at [email protected]. We will award the scholarship for camp on March 1st.
The Five Star Cross Country Camp is pleased to announce the launch of its new camp website. To view, click the link above.
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Sample Daily Schedule
- 7:10 am Wake Up and Morning Runs w/ Cabins
- 8:00 am Breakfast
- 8:30 am Cabin clean-up
- 9:00 am Morning Announcements
- 9:30 am Game or Skit Prep
- 12:00 pm Lunch
- 12:40 pm Leadership Academy Mini Talk (optional)
- 2:00 pm Afternoon Announcements & Educational Stations
- 3:15 pm Snack
- 3:45 pm Warm Up and Drills
- 4:15 pm Main Run
- 7:00 pm Dinner
- 7:45 pm Evening Announcements
- 8:00 pm Evening Speaker
- 9:15 pm Evening Activity
- 10:15 pm Everyone in Cabins
- 10:30 pm Lights Out!
Surrounded by miles of almost never traveled roads and running trails, Five-Star XC Camp has found a truly five-star facility at Iroquois Springs Camp in Rock Hill, NY.
We have a small lake on campus for boating and canoeing, two swimming pools, and a modern, quality field house. The modern cabins have knotty pine walls, ceiling fans, and hot showers. We hold activities, lectures, and other programs in the field house.
Iroquois Springs is located about two minutes from exit 110 on Route 17. It is a short ride to Stewart Airport in Newburgh and less than two hours from the major NY airports.
Camp Questions & Answers
When and where will the check-in and check-out take place for the 5Star Running Camp?
All campers check in to camp between 10am-noon at the Boys HC on Sunday, first day of camp. Follow the signs on campus to registration.
Check-out takes place after a closing /graduation ceremony at 12:30pm, on the last day of camp.
How are runners placed in their running groups?
The Staff has created a formula that determines running groups. Groups are based on a combination of recent mileage, season best 5k and long runs. A change in groups can be accommodated if staff members leading those groups feel it is needed.
What happens if it starts to rain during camp?
All campers receive their full running program each day weather permitting. In the threat of severe weather, we will adjust our schedule for the outdoor training runs.
What are some of the evening activities that are planned for the campers?
Fun and exciting after evening activities are an important part of the camp experience and are carefully planned by the staff. Evening activities include Commercials, Flashlight sing, Scavenger hunt, Human anagrams, Skit presentations, Last will, and more!!
Does the Health & Release Form need to be signed by a doctor?
Our Health & Release Form does not require a doctor’s signature.
This form is required to be completed accurately and submitted online before camp arrival.
Can you accommodate special dietary needs?
Campers are offered a variety of different meal options that are sure to accommodate most campers’ dietary needs. In the case that a camper possesses extreme dietary restrictions, please reach out to school’s Dining Services to make the proper accommodations.
Does this camp have medical personnel on staff?
We have a certified athletic trainers on-site and a doctor on-call at all times in case of a training injury or medical ailment/emergency.
How many campers are placed in a dorm and do you accommodate roommate requests?
Campers stay in bunk-style cabins. When you register for the camp, you have an option to submit a roommate request. If you would like to add a roommate request after registering for a camp, please feel free to give us a call or send us an email. We accommodate all roommate requests, made before 2 weeks before the start of camp. Campers who do not submit a roommate request will be placed in a cabin with other runners, similar age and same gender.
Are the campers supervised throughout the camp?
Yes, campers are supervised by the coaches and staff. Staff members reside in the same cabins (2 each) as the campers and provide supervision during instruction, dining times, evening activities, and in the fieldhouse.
All staff members complete criminal and sex offender background checks before working the camp.
Is swimming offered at camp?
We have a pool on campus and a lake beach.
Do the dorms have air-conditioning?
Cabins are not air-conditioned, however they have ceiling fans.
Can I come to camp alone or do I have to be a member of a team?
We welcome individual campers and teams. If you come to camp by yourself, we place you in a cabin with another single camper, similar in age. Every year we have campers from at least three countries and 12 states.
It's a great place to meet new friends who share your enthusiasm for the sport and to have FUN!
August 13, 2023: Friendliness of entire staff and other youths who attended. Improvement in running skills after completion.
August 17, 2023: The games and activity groups set it apart from all other running camps.
August 21, 2023: My daughter has attended for 2 years. She loves meeting the guest speakers and running in the Shawangunk Mnts with her friends.
August 12, 2023: Noah said the counselors were great-amazing instruction!!
August 14, 2023: My son was able to receive feedback and instruct on his running skills.
August 12, 2023: Being with teammates in the same cabin. Bonding as a team was a huge plus!
August 15, 2022: Becoming great friends with the people in my cabin, activity and running groups.
August 13, 2022: The smile on my son's face when he came home-he learned a lot & had the best time!!
August 12, 2023: Seeing the smile on my sons face and hearing about the life long experiences he will never forget!
August 14, 2023: Aiden really enjoyed the runs, meeting new people, the counselors and having exposure to new experiences running.
August 16, 2022: The overall experience, from the training to social aspects, were fun. To many fun things to choose just one highlight.
August 13, 2023: Great blend of running and other activities. Good tutorials of various aerobic and anaerobic runs, tempo runs, Fartlek
August 13, 2022: Everything! Colin loves this camp- this year there and looking forward to coming back next year as a counselor. He's made lifelong friends there.
August 14, 2023: Just the overall professionalism of the camp and how it impacts the way my daughter views Cross Country and the way she now prepares for the season.
August 15, 2022: My daughter was very nervous when she got there and almost did not make it, but Coach Furst talked her through her anxiety and helped her get on her feet.
August 15, 2023: The fun non-running experiences were great, but the exposure to different training methods and the important of stretching and recovery runs was critical for our son.
August 14, 2023: My son really enjoyed himself at camp. This was the first time he's done an overnight camp, which I was initially nervous about, but he said the staff was great and he met some new friends. He also felt like the training he received helped him get in shape. We are all really pleased with this camp.
Jayden loved each and everyday!
I really enjoyed how wonderful the coaches and counselors were. The hills really made my legs stronger. They gave me plenty of time to run the distance I wanted. Also they taught the proper form of dynamic exercises which I had no idea I was doing wrong. Also the scavenger hunt was a lot of fun. It was a great experience.
— Parent of Attendee from This Camp in 2022
SECURE YOUR SPOT – CAMPS SELL OUT!
Last year over 650 Sports Camps sold out, leaving 7,000+ campers on the waitlist. Due to high demand, early registration for our first-come-first-serve camps is strongly recommended.