Nike Cross Country Camp West Chester University
TRAIN. COMPETE. IMPROVE.
We will NOT be back at West Chester University in 2023 - You can find LIVE Nike Running Camps here or check out one of the links below to find a XC camp near you!
2023 Camp locations closest to West Chester University:
- Nike Clark Family Running Camp at The Pennington School
- Five-Star Cross Country Camp
- Green Mountain Running Camp
- Nike Cross Country Camp at Alfred University
- Nike Cross Country Camp Oberlin College
- Nike Smoky Mountain Running Camp
- Nike Cross Country Camp at Emory & Henry College
The goal of the Nike Cross Country Camp at West Chester University is to educate young athletes in the fundamentals of cross country while giving them a sense of what it is like to compete at the collegiate level.
This camp offers expert coaching and instruction from college coaches and student-athletes, as well as the opportunity to experience a variety of training concepts.
Classroom lectures on current running issues include exercise physiology, aqua running, plyometrics, strength training, injury prevention, establishing goals, visualizing success, racing tactics, training shoe and racing spike selection, training technique and nutrition.
*This is not a West Chester University-affiliated event.
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- Outstanding venue with excellent facilities
- Top-notch training under college level coaches
- Individual and group instruction
- Camp open to High School XC Runners entering 9th-12th grades (ages 13-17)
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Camp Director Melissa Ferry
Coach Ferry begins her first season as the Director of Track & Field and Cross Country and her fifth season as a collegiate head coach. The B. Reed Henderson High School graduate who was a 7-time PIAA state medalist, comes home to West Chester from Virginia Union University where she spent the last four years running that Division II Track & Field and Cross Country program.View Melissa's Bio ⟩
In four years at Virginia Union, the Panthers' men qualified athletes for the USA Indoor National Championships and the NCAA Division II Indoor Track & Field Championships, collected a Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association (CIAA) Championship team title, earned 17 individual CIAA championships, earned an NCAA All-America award, collected 58 all-conference honors (41 individual, 6 relay, 11 cross country), a pair of CIAA Athlete of the Year honors, NCAA Atlantic Region Men's Indoor Athlete of the Year, 19 NCAA all-region plaudits, 26 NCAA Championship provisional qualifying marks and set 31 school records. The men's team reached the podium every season (XC/I/O) for 10 straight campaigns.
The women also churned out excellent performances, including seven school records across five different event specialties, a pair of NCAA Championship provisional qualifying marks and collected multiple All-CIAA honors, highlighted by Jamara Watson being ranked 25th nationally among all NCAA Division II hurdlers by DirectAthletics in the 60-meter hurdles that also set a new school record.
In October 2019, the men's cross country squad captured the CIAA Championship team title, individual title, and Athlete and Coach of the Year honors. Micah Kipruto captured four wins in five races for the individual title and AOY honors, with three teammates also earning CIAA all-conference.
In 2018, Virginia Union was represented at the USA Indoor Track & Field National Championships in Albuquerque, N.M. in the men's 60-meter dash by Justin Hunter. Ed'Treon Wilcox was named USTFCCCA Atlantic Region Men's Indoor Track Athlete of the Year, after being the first man to win both the 60m and 200m dashes at the CIAA Championships. He was the only individual in the Atlantic Region to be ranked No. 1 in two events, and his time in the 200m of 21.38 stands as the fastest time in school history. Additionally, Devin Simon was named the CIAA Men's Indoor Track Athlete of the Year just one year after walking-on to the program and lowering his high school best in the 400m by 56 seconds to 47.39.
Both the women's and men's programs received USTFCCCA All-Academic accolades from 2018 to 2021 and are eight-time recipients of the CIAA Highest GPA Award. In the fall of 2019, the men's CIAA champion cross country team was the only HBCU to be awarded USTFCCCA all-academic honors for cross country.
Coach Ferry, who holds certification in IAAF Elite Coach/USATF Level 3 – Sprints/Hurdles, Level 2 - Sprints/Hurdles/Relays, Level 2 – Youth Specialization, and has been a grant recipient to attend the USATF Podium Education Project in Las Vegas, serves on the USTFCCCA Executive Committee. She was elected the 2021 CIAA Coaches Association President as well as a USA Track & Field (USATF) Coach Education Instructor. She also serves on the USTFCCCA Women in Coaching Committee an dhelps run the USTFCCCA Female Coach Mentor Program.
She was honored in December 2018 with the USATF Terry Crawford/Distinguished Female in Coaching Award, selected for the 2019 US Emerging Elite Coaches Camp in Sprints and named the 2019 CIAA Men's Coach of the Year for cross country.
Currently, Coach Ferry is completing her doctorate in Health and Human Performance with a focus in Biomechanics from Concordia University–Chicago. Previously she completed a master's in Education from Virginia Commonwealth University in 2012 and a bachelor's in Education from George Mason University in 2008. She spent seven years as a Health and Physical Education teacher for Fairfax Country Public Schools. Previously, she served on the Virginia High School League (VHSL) Coach Education Committee. She has twice presented at the US Coaches Conference, sponsored by the US Olympic Committee, NCAA, and NFHS, as well as at other national conferences on sport leadership, such as the North American Society for Sport Management (NASSM), and the National Association for Women Athletic Administrators (NACWA).
As an athlete, Ferry qualified for the 2004 U.S. Junior Outdoor Track & Field Championships in the 800m, and co-captained NCAA Division I George Mason University's women's track & field program.
You can expect high demand on these first-come-first-serve camper spots, so please be sure to register early.
In addition to running, this camp focuses on supplementary exercises to keep distance runners strong, flexible, and healthy. There are morning and afternoon workouts, with our afternoon session typically reserved for guest speakers & weight room work-outs (if available).
Specific strength and mobility sessions to help teach our runners how to train their body to handle the mileage and how to avoid injury. Additional breakout topics include nutrition, prepping for your season, goal setting and race strategy planning.
- Dates: 2024 Dates Coming Soon. Join Priority List!
- Age Group: 13-17 (high school/entering high school)
- Gender: Co-ed
- Camp Type: Day
- Check-in: 8:30am, daily
- Check-out: 4:30pm, daily
- Meals: Campers should bring their own lunch and snacks
- Ratio: 1:10 staff to camper ratio
- Runners Grouped by: age, ability, weekly mileage, and XC experience
- Evaluation: verbally by coaching staff
- Equipment: Campers should bring at least one pair 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. Please review the Camp Information Packet for a detailed checklist of items to bring.
- Facility: West Chester University track stadium & cross country trails
The staff will provide supervision between camp check-in/check-out hours (8:30am - 4:30pm); there is no supervision provided outside of camp hours.
Drugs, alcohol and tobacco are strictly prohibited, and constitute, along with general misconduct, grounds for dismissal from camp without a refund.
HEALTH & RELEASE FORMS
All registered campers are required to have a parent or legal guardian fill out US Sports Camps’ mandatory Health & Release Forms online before arrival at camp. This camp does NOT require a doctor's signature on the forms.
CAMP INFORMATION PACKET
A detailed Camp Information Packet containing check-in location and address, on-site staff contact information, a checklist of things to bring, site-specific forms, and more will be emailed to all registered campers prior to camp. To check if your Camp Information Packet is ready, click here.
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.
Sample Daily Schedule
- 8:30am Arrival & Check-In
- 9:00am Morning workout
- 12:00pm Lunch (Campers Bring Own Lunch)
- 1:00pm Interactive lecture or workout
- 3:30pm Cool down exercise
- 4:30pm Check-Out & Departure
Located just outside of Philadelphia, West Chester University provides a convenient, top-notch location for camp this summer. Campers have several options for training, including the track at John A. Farrell Stadium, the wooded trails of the Gordon Natural Preserve, and the rural roads of WCU’s South Campus.
Camp Questions & Answers
How are runners placed in their training groups?
Training groups are based on a combination of current/recent weekly mileage and fitness level, season & personal best(s), and home geographical location. A change in groups can be accommodated if staff members leading those groups feel it is needed.
Can I come to camp alone or do I have to be a member of a team?
We welcome individual campers and teams.
It's a great place to meet new friends who share your enthusiasm for the sport and to have FUN!
How many miles do we run each day?
Athletes will run 1-2x per day, depending on schedule and campers current fitness level, with morning session being a distance run and the afternoon session being either a 2nd run or active recovery/training activity.
Actual distances vary based on runner’s current mileage and fitness level.
Are the campers supervised throughout the camp?
Yes, campers are supervised by the coaches and staff. All staff members complete criminal and sex offender background checks before working the camp.
How and when will I receive my information packet with important camp details?
Well before the start of your camp (at least 3 weeks), you will receive a Information Packet which will include all the important details about camp: directions to camp, when to arrive, what to pack/ bring, camp address, and camp contact numbers and the Medical/Release form, etc.
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 filled out accurately, and completed online prior to camp arrival.
I loved the scrimmages!
My daughter was able to try different events that she never would have tried before.
— Parent of Attendee from This Camp in 2022
Best coaches to offer
If you enjoy running cross country or track and field, this camp is the right fit for you. The camp offers countless ways to improve your abilities, and has the best coaches to offer. The camp will help understand where you are as a runner/fielder, and where you hope to be, guaranteed.
— Mandy W., West Chester University Camper
Get better as an athlete
This Nike running camp in West Chester, PA is a fun and educational running camp that helps you get in shape and meet other fellow runners that have the same passion as you. i would recommend this camp to anyone who loves to run and is looking to get better as a athlete
— Shaun L., West Chester University Camper '16
Option to have private room
My roommate turned out to be horrible. She wanted to share my clothes, she tried on my shoes, she took my snacks. She would not share room in the bathroom or vanity for toiletries. She had a complete fit if I took a shower before her.
— Miranda S., West Chester University Camper '16
No individual coaching/feedback
Advanced runners attending are doing so in order to get better. Individual coaching and feedback is crucial. Unfortunately that component didn't exist
— Patricia J., Parent of West Chester University Camper '16
Great guest speakers
I was definitely in better shape by the end, which was great. Also the counselors got us out of the really bad thunderstorm quickly. I felt really safe at camp. Also it was really cool to meet a bunch of kids who share the same interests as me, so I'm glad the nike camp made that possible. Also, I learned a lot from the speakers. They were great.
— Gabriel V., West Chester University Camper
Memorable and growth oriented
I applaud the Nike Running Camp for their ability to differentiate between the various ability levels of runners while ensuring a magnificent learning and growth experience for each child. I have two boys, one who is an advanced runner and the other who just began running this year, they both loved it! Thank you Nike for making camp memorable and growth oriented regardless of skill level.
— Gina M., Parent of West Chester University Camper '16
Fun and challenging
I liked this camp because it was a lot of hard work. I had a lot of fun with the coaches and staff there. The food was also very good and there were plenty of options for vegetarians or even vegans. Overall this camp was fun but hard.
— Logan O., West Chester University Camper
Learned new techniques
Had a great experience - will definitely come back again! Both the staff and the other campers were super friendly, and I learned a lot of good techniques that I can't wait to apply next track season!
— Ryan R., West Chester University Camper '16
I would definitely come back!
This camp was a great experience. The coaches and counselors were very attentive and helped teach new techniques. It was a fun time and I would definitely come back!
— Patrick H., West Chester University Camper
2022: The overall experience was amazing. My child came home and couldn't stop taking about all of it.
The workouts were great and it was really cool to see what running at the college level would be like.
— Holly M., West Chester University Camper
Definitely would recommend this camp. Teens on any running level would enjoy the instruction along with the new friendships.
— Justin G., West Chester University Camper
Overall a good camp with a good balance between level of intensity and level of fitness. The coaches were very passionate about what they do and you could tell they really took an interest in every camper. I would definitely reccomend this camp to anyone looking to boost their confidence and ability.
— Leonard G., West Chester University Camper
She enjoyed every workout and said she learned a lot about her favorite sport all while having a great time with her friends.
— Lisa C., Parent of Camper 2017
I really like the coaches and the atmosphere that was provided. I also learned many exercises and information.
— Sydney S., West Chester University Camper 2017
He really enjoyed the runs
My son really enjoyed the classroom setting of learning about running. He enjoyed running with the older kids & learning what he needs to do to better himself. He really enjoyed the runs.
— Angelique B. Parent
The workouts were hard, but not unreasonable
The workouts were hard, but not unreasonable! The coaches were genuinely passionate about running and encouraging! I liked talking about nutrition and running mentality! It was really interesting learning about and talking about running and things related to running!!!
— Delaney D. Camper
TJ was very excited to tell us everything he learned not only about running but also about the people, both his peers and his coaches, he met. It was clear that he felt he was in a safe, structured and positive environment. Overall, he felt challenged as well as very encouraged!
— Susan and Mark F. Parents
My son enjoyed the group experience as he trains daily during the summer by himself. He learned about the recruitment process during the class session.
— Amy V. Parent
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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.