Xcelerate Nike Minnesota Girls Lacrosse Camp at St. Olaf College
Celebrating 15 Years of Boys and Girls
Lacrosse Instruction and Summer Camp Fun!
St. Olaf College’s picturesque 300-acre campus is located in the historic river town of Northfield in the southeast part of Minnesota, just 45 minutes south of the Twin Cities and 1 hour northwest of Rochester.
Our 2018 camp will provide focused instructional field sessions for all positions and all playing levels. Camp Director, Mo Dunnigan, will lead an experienced coaching staff ready to give each camper a true sense of what it feels like to be a collegiate athlete, while experiencing summer time fun. Everyone will stay in safe, comfortable dorms a short distance from the playing fields. At night, its time to relax, hang out in the student center, participate in coaching Q&A sessions, or sit with friends around the Thorson fire pit. It's going to be a Great Camp!
- Free NIKE Lacrosse Head given to the FIRST 20 registered campers!
- The BEST Topnotch Lacrosse Instruction; 10 to 1 Camper to Staff ratio
- Girls ages 10-18: All Positions - All Levels of Play
- Specific Position Training
- Clean & Comfortable Dormitory Rooms
- St. Olaf Olympic Size Swimming Pool
- Healthy Meals
- Outdoor Fire Pit
- Xcelerate Nike Reversible Jersey & Lanyard
- Special Goalie instruction
- Xcelerate Nike Competition Prizes and Raffle on the last day of camp!
- St. Olaf Boys only camp also being offered July 10-13
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Camp Director Mo Gaitan
Mo Gaitan was named the first head coach of the Concordia women’s lacrosse program in June of 2015, joining the Golden Bear sidelines after serving as the top assistant coach for two seasons Augsburg College (2013-15) and as head coach at Lakeville North High School (2012-15).View Mo Gaitan's Bio & Lacrosse Tips ⟩
The athletics department announced the addition of NCAA Division II varsity women’s lacrosse earlier in April, 2015 to become the first scholarship-offering NCAA lacrosse program in Minnesota.
In her first season at the helm for the Golden Bears, Gaitan led the squad to an impressive 8-8 mark. CSP registered their first ever win in the season opener at the Concordia Dome with a 23-0 win over Northland College on February 10th, 2017. The victory was the first of four at the Concordia Dome as the team collected a winning record (4-3) on their home field. The team's first road win came in the form of a 16-12 victory at Rockhurst on March 3rd, 2017.
With Augsburg, Gaitan was instrumental in building the first NCAA women’s lacrosse program in the state.
In her two years with Augsburg, Gaitan was able to gain experience as a recruiter, targeting prospective student-athletes in Minnesota, Wisconsin, Illinois and Colorado. She was also involved in coordinating team itinerary for all 16 games including transportation, lodging and meals and was in charge of managing the team’s equipment, inventory and apparel. Aside from day-to-day program operations, Gaitan worked with team fundraising and volunteer events for the program.
While at Augsburg, she served as a graduate fellow in addition to her coaching duties, earning a master’s degree in in leadership.
In addition to her assistant coaching duties at Augsburg, Gaitan also completed her third year as head coach of the Lakeville North High School girls lacrosse team in 2015 where she oversees the academic and athletic success of 48 prep student-athletes, leading the Panthers to a 2013 MSHSL Runner-Up finish, becoming the third team to reach the state championship since the MSHSL began the state tournament in 2007.
Before taking over the Lakeville North program, Gaitan was head coach at St. Cloud Technical High School during her college years (2009-12), and was a varsity assistant coach at Rosemount High School (2012-13).
She is also an assistant coach and United States Liaison for the Colombia U19 National Lacrosse Team, has previously served as co-head coach for Minnesota Lakers Select Club Lacrosse and is a head coach in the Lakeville Lacrosse Youth Association. Additionally, she has served as the youth program coordinator with the Minnesota Swarm professional lacrosse team and as the assistant director of Girls’ Lacrosse at the 2011 Star of the North Games.
The Lakeville, Minn. native completed her undergraduate coursework at St. Cloud State University, earning a degree in recreation and sport management with a marketing minor. But it was her lacrosse experience that paved the way for her first college head coaching position at Concordia. She was the SCSU women’s club lacrosse founder, president and coach where she gained her first experience in recruiting, budget management, scheduling, event planning, marketing and fundraising.
Under her efforts, SCSU’s club program became a top-10 team in the North Central Women’s Lacrosse League in three years.
She has remained actively involved in the North Central Women’s Lacrosse League, serving as vice president and Division II rankings chair through the WCLA.
Lacrosse Tips by Mo Gaitan:
Our goal, at Xcelerate Nike Lacrosse Camps, is to bring out the very best in every player we coach. We focus our energies on building self-confidence and improving skills through innovative drills, position training, small-sided games, and team driven competition. We encourage our campers to play hard, be creative, and have fun! At the end of the week, our campers leave with a higher lacrosse IQ, an enhanced skill set, new role models, new friends, and a true love of the game.
Sunday, August 5th to Wednesday, August 8th
Overnight & Commuter (Extended Day Camp 9:00AM to 9:00PM) options available.
OVERNIGHT CAMP AMENITIES
• 3 nights lodging • All meals
• Reversible Nike practice jersey
EXTENDED DAY CAMP AMENITIES
• Lunch & Dinner
• Reversible Nike practice jersey
• Camp hours: SUN 4:00PM-9:00PM, MON-TUE 9:00AM-9:00PM, WED 9:00AM-11:30AM
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.
Check-in Sunday, August 5th
Check-in between 3:00-4:30pm at Kittelsby Hall. Camp will begin with an orientation at 4:45pm, followed by dinner and our first field session.
Check-out Wednesday, July 8th
Check-out between 11:00am-12:00pm at Kittelsby Hall.
HOUSING & ROOMMATES
2 campers per room. If you have a roommate request, and have not already given it to us, please do so as soon as possible. Roommate requests are not guaranteed. 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!
- Dorm: Kittelsby Hall
- Bathrooms: shared
- Linens: Not provided
- Air Conditioning: No - No A/C in dorm; please bring a fan
- Suggested spending money: $40
- Medical facility: a certified trainer will be on staff during field sessions
The staff reside in the dormitories with the campers and participate in all activities. Drugs, alcohol and tobacco are strictly prohibited, and constitute, along with general misconduct, grounds for dismissal from camp without a refund.
EXTENDED DAY CAMPERS
- Sunday, August 5th: Check-in between 4:00-4:30 pm, at Kittelsby Hall. Camp will begin with an orientation at 4:45 pm, followed by dinner and our first field session. First Day pick up time and location will be provided at check-in.
- August 6th & 7th: Drop off and pick up locations for extended day campers will be provided on the first day of camp. Lunch and dinner provided.
- Wednesday, August 8th: Last day drop off and pick up locations for extended day campers will be provided on the first day of camp. No meals provided.
- Daily Schedule: SUN 4:00PM-9:00PM, MON-TUE 9:00AM-9:00PM, WED 9:00AM-11:30AM
Campers have the opportunity to pre-order an Xcelerate Nike t-shirt in the camp registration process throught May 1st. You will receive items purchased on the first day at camp check-in.
- Xcelerate Nike T-Shirt - Price: $25 (SOLD OUT!)
- T-Shirt Sizes Available in Adult Small, Medium, Large and X-Large
Early Bird Discount: $50 - Offer Code: XLR818. (Available until January 31, 2018). You can call 1-800-645-3226 to receive the early bird discount over the phone or you can enter in the offer code XLR818 when registering via our secure website. The early bird discount cannot be combined with any other discount.
Goalie Discount: $100 - Offer Code: XLGK18. To ensure each session has enough goalies for drills and scrimmages, all goalies automatically qualify for a special $100 discount. You can call 1-800-645-3226 to receive the goalie discount over the phone or you can enter in the offer code XLGK18 when registering via our secure website. PLEASE NOTE: Once we’ve reached our quota of registered goalies the discount will no longer be available. The goalie discount cannot be combined with any other discount.
Team Discount: $25. 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.
Note: If qualified, you may choose ONLY ONE discount
We have three sessions per day. A great deal of instruction takes place in the early part of the day, demonstrations and instruction mid-day, and games during the evening session. We also like to throw in a number of ‘fun’ activities like our fastest shot contest, freestyle/skills competition, swim time, rec time, and camper vs. coach game. Below is a template and is subject to change.
Sample Daily Schedule
- 7:30 AM Breakfast (Overnight Campers)
- 8:45 AM Extended Day Campers Arrive
- 9:00 AM Station Work, Drills, Position Work
- Noon Lunch
- 12:30 PM Rest Hour / Camp Store / Swimming
- 2:00 PM Demonstrations, Position Work
- 3:00 PM Small Group Scrimmages, Team Play
- 5:00 PM Dinner
- 6:15 PM Team Instruction / Games
- 8:45 PM Extended Day Campers Depart
- 9:00 PM Free Time / Camp Store / Pizza
- 10:45 PM Lights Out!
ST. OLAF COLLEGE
Northfield is a historic river town of 20,000 in the southeast part of Minnesota, just 45 minutes from the Twin Cities and Minneapolis/St. Paul (MSP) international airport. Known as “The Hill,” St. Olaf College’s picturesque 300-acre campus is home to 10 athletic facilities. Adjacent to campus are 325 acres of restored wetlands, woodlands, and native tallgrass prairie owned and maintained by St. Olaf.
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July 19, 2017: I loved the fun collegiate coaches who create nicknames, creative "punishments" and created great team/camper commradary.
— Erin N. Camper
Learn new skills!
July 14, 2017: Playing in the games, learning new cuts and improving my stick skills were just some of the highlights of camp!
— Georgia A. Camper
Coaches were friendly and eager to help!
August 2, 2016: The Nike Xcelerate camp was great at incorporate multiple skills into drills. They were also great with working with different skill levels. The camp had a wide range of levels and they put it all together seamlessly. The coaches were also very friendly and eagar to help.
— Clarissa G. Camper
I definitely recommend this camp!
July 27, 2016: I definitely recommend this camp, it was so much fun. It's a great learning experience and you have the opportunity to meet a lot of other great lacrosse players. Can't wait for next summer!
— Amanda A. Camper
July 28, 2015: I would recomend this camp because I met really good friends there and it was an amazing experience for young girls. If you love lax it's perfect and if you love fun times it's also perfect!
— Amber C. Camper
This camp was amazing!
July 25, 2015: The coaches at this camp make long hard lacrosse days feel fun. I really playing with other people my age that shared my passions for lacrosse. I wish it was already summer 2016 so I could go back to camp tomorrow. This camp was amazing!
— Elena M. Camper
We will be sending her next summer!
July 23, 2015: My daughter is very new to the sports and this was just what she needed to get excited about it. All of the coaches and campers were so welcoming and nice to her. when she didn't understand a certain move or drill the coaches were always easy to talk to and good at finding another way to explain it. This camp had great coaches and nice people. We will be sending her next summer!
— Rose C. Parent