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Join us at Stanford's Camp of Champions!

The 2019 Nike Cross Country Camp at Stanford University is called the “Camp of Champions” for good reason - Stanford enjoys international recognition for its ability to turn talented young athletes into world-class runners.

The Camp of Champions offers campers the rare opportunity to experience first hand the life of a Stanford student-athlete. Runners are placed in small compatible groups based speed, fitness and ability. Each running group is assigned an experienced counselor, for specialized training and individual attention. Instruction is given by Stanford coaches & staff.

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  • Our camps are open to any and all entrants.
  • Any athlete who has sufficient preparatory education to be academically eligible to enter college in the fall following the camp date will not be permitted to attend the camp.
  • Drugs, alcohol and smoking are strictly prohibited and constitute grounds for immediate dismissal from camp.
Highlights Include
  • Specific training programs for all skill levels
  • Nike Running Camp T-shirt
  • Knowledgeable & inspiring guest speakers
  • Open to Ages 12-18
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Camp Coaches

  • Stanford Coach Chris Miltenberg

    Camp Director Chris Miltenberg

    In six seasons, Franklin P. Johnson Director of Track and Field and men's cross country coach Chris Miltenberg has built Stanford to where it can contend for national championships in both cross country and track and field.

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    Assistant Coach Elizabeth DeBole

    Head Women’s Cross Country/Assistant Track and Field Coach- Elizabeth DeBole coaches Stanford's women's distance runners, and in her first two seasons as head women's cross country coach she led the Cardinal to a pair of top-five NCAA finishes, including a podium-finish of fourth in 2017.

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    Assistant Cross County/Track & Field Coach Dylan Sorensen

    Assistant Cross Country/Track and Field Coach- Dylan Sorensen, a two-time steeplechase All-American and professional triathlete, was named assistant coach for men's distance runners and completed his first season, in 2018, with Sean McGorty's NCAA outdoor 5,000 title.

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Camp Details

Stanford has earned a national championship 19 times, including nine national team championships. Campers engage with Stanford’s impressive coaching staff that consistently produces NCAA All-Americans, national champions and Olympians. The camp counselors include current and former Stanford distance athletes who work with campers in small groups and offer their advice on training and racing as elite student athletes.

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SESSION INFORMATION

Training and instruction are provided in breakout sessions led by the Stanford Camp Counselor Staff, including current Stanford coaches and student athletes. The camp also employs counselors from other collegiate institutions, providing campers with a broad range of insight and experience from coaches and athletes from around the country. The week will also include speakers and panel discussions with counselor staff including topics such as training, competition, balance, motivation, sleep and nutrition.

Check in/Check Out

Overnight Campers
Check-in: 3-5 pm, Sunday
Check-out: 9 am, Thursday

Extended Day Campers
Check-in: 3-5 pm, Sunday.
Check-out: 9 pm, Wednesday.
*Monday - Wednesday are full days.

Early Check Out Policy

All requests for an early check out (excluding medical withdrawals or emergencies) must be submitted through US Sports Camps than no later than 48 HOURS PRIOR TO PICK UP. Pick up requests must include a contact information for the parent/guardian of the camper, a signature approving the early departure, as well as the method of pick up (parent/relative will pick up, Uber, car service, etc).

INSTRUCTION

Ratio: 1:10
Players Grouped by: speed, ability, age and conditioning
Facility: Stanford Track & campus. Campers are also bused to local parks for trail running.

Sample Daily Schedule

  • 7:00 am Wake up: Meet in Counselor Groups for Check In
  • 7:10 am Breakfast
  • 8:00 am Day Campers dropped off & check in.
  • 8:30 am Meet in Counselor Groups for Check In
  • Cross Country: Morning Session - Depart for Morning Run
  • Track and Field: Morning Session - Walk to Cobb Track and Angell Field
  • 11:30 am Return to dorms - Free time
  • 12:30 pm Meet in Counselor Groups for Check In.
  • 12:30-1:30 pm Lunch
  • 1:45 pm Meet in Groups in front of Dorms - Walk to Band Shack
  • 2:00 pm Guest speaker
  • 2:30 pm Track and Field: Afternoon Training Session - Event-Specific Training
  • Cross Country: Afternoon Training Session - Secondary Run, Drills and Strides
  • 4:30 pm Return to Dorms * Free Time
  • 6:00 pm Meet in Check In Groups Outside of Dorms
  • 6:00-6:50 pm Dinner at Wilbur Dining Hall
  • 7:00 pm Meet in Groups in front of Dorms - TBA
  • 7:15 pm Guest speaker
  • 7:45 pm Free time: ice cream run, tours, games
  • 800 pm Free Time at Dorms
  • 9:00 pm Day Camper Pick Up/Check Out
  • 10:00 pm CURFEW - ALL CAMPERS IN DORMS!
  • 10:15 pm ROOM CHECKS - ALL CAMPERS MUST BE IN ASSIGNED ROOMS!
  • 10:30pm LIGHTS OUT!

Nike Cross Country Camp Stanford Campus

The beautiful Stanford campus and hills surrounding the University offer cross country runners miles of challenging and pristine trails.

Campers train at the Cobb Track and Angel Field as well as participate in choreographed runs through the beautiful Stanford campus. Campers are also bused to nearby Huddart Park for longer distance runs. The forested slopes and steep cool canyons provide campers with a picturesque and challenging terrain.

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Camp Questions & Answers

What is the difference between track and field and cross country camp?

Stanford Track and Field/Cross Country Camp operates as two camps in one and offers the best of both worlds for any budding athlete! While we meet together for check in, meals, and guest speakers, we will separate cross country and track and field campers for all of our “training” sessions. Cross Country includes longer mileage runs and some track workouts. Cross Country also does two off-campus, longer distance runs that will take place on local trails and jogging paths. Track and Field offers workouts/training in the following disciplines: sprints/hurdles, jumps (pole vault, high jump and horizontal jumps), and throws (shot put, discus, hammer, javelin).

I run the 800-meters, which camp should I register for?

Great question! Cross Country Camp features more distance-based training, with athletes running approximately 3-8 miles per session. The sprints group will focus more on drills, form, block starts, and shorter-distance, speed-based workouts. If you are unsure of which group you belong, please speak to your counselor and we will ensure that you have the BEST POSSIBLE training experience.

Will a campus tour or admissions information be included for interested campers?

No. Campus tours or admissions discussions will not be conducted as part of Stanford Track and Field/Cross Country Camp. Campers interested in a campus tour should visit the Stanford Visitors’ Center website for more information - http://visit.stanford.edu/basics/visitor_center.html. Please note: Tours should be scheduled AFTER camp has concluded. Campers will not be released to participate in any outside activities during the duration of camp.

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I am interested in running in college; will there be information about this process be provided to campers?

Stanford Track and Field/Cross Country Camp will feature both coach and student-athlete panel discussions. Campers will have the opportunity to submit questions to be answered during the discussions. Our coaching staff features both coaches and current student athletes from all levels of collegiate track and field (Division I, Division II, Division III, NAIA, etc.), and we are confident we can offer a broad insight to all athletes interested in competing at the next level.

How and when will I receive my Registration packet with important camp details?

Well before the start of your camp (at least 3 weeks), you will receive a Registration Packet which will include all the important details about camp: directions to camp, when to arrive, what to pack/ bring, camp address (for mail) and key camp phone 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, signed by the parent (guardian), and brought with you to the first day of camp. PLEASE DON’T FORGET TO BRING THIS TO CAMP CHECK IN!

When and where will the check-in and check-out take place for the Camp of Champions?

All campers check in to camp between 3:00 and 5:00pm on Sunday, June 23. Follow the signs on campus to registration.

Our final scheduled activity will be breakfast on Thursday, June 27. Campers should plan to depart between 8:00-9:00 a.m.

Final check in location and instructions, as well as directions and a parking map will be provided prior to camp.

Can I depart early from camp?

All requests for an early check out (excluding medical withdrawals or emergencies) must be submitted through US Sports Camps than no later than 48 HOURS PRIOR TO PICK UP. Pick up requests must include a contact information for the parent/guardian of the camper, a signature approving the early departure, as well as the method of pick up (parent/relative will pick up, Uber, car service, etc).

Can you accommodate special dietary needs?

Campers dine in the school cafeteria which offers 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.

Are the campers supervised throughout the camp?

Yes, campers are supervised by the coaches and staff. Staff members reside in the same dorms as the campers and provide supervision during instruction, dining times, evening activities, and in the dorm. All staff members complete criminal and sex offender background checks before working the camp.

How many campers are placed in a dorm and do you accommodate roommate requests?

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 dorm with other campers, similar age and same gender.

Do the dorms have air-conditioning?

Dorms are not air-conditioned. Bring a fan.

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 dorm room with another single camper, similar in age. 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?

In order to keep up with the general rigor of runs/workouts, we recommend that athletes are able to run AT LEAST three miles consecutively before attending cross country camp. Cross country campers will run between three and eight miles per session, with two sessions a day. A typical day includes a longer distance run during the morning session, and a workout/track session (fartlek, interval training, hill repeats, etc.) in the afternoon. Distances and paces for each session will be based on runner mileage and ability.

How are runners placed in their running groups?

The staff will determine running groups based upon age, experience, and summer mileage. We will start most runs in groups based on mileage for the day (e.g. 4-mile group, 6-mile group, etc.). Track workouts will be based on prescribed paces.

What activities are available during evening hours or “free-time?”

Campers will have free-time during the afternoons and evenings and have the opportunity to participate in various games in the dorm courtyard (outdoor volleyball, kickball, basketball, frisbee). Campers will also have the opportunity to walk (with counselor supervision) to the Stanford Bookstore each day where they can purchase souvenirs, snacks, toiletries, etc.

Does this camp have medical personnel on staff?

We have a certified athletic training on-site and a doctor on-call at all times in case of a training injury or medical ailment/emergency. If you have a medical issue that may affect your performance or participation in certain activities while at camp, please be prepared to speak to the athletic training staff at check in.

Camp Reviews

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Overall Average Rating 4.82 / 5 Stars
    • 5/5.
    The coaches were phenomenal

    August 13, 2018: Working with the Stanford athletes and coaches gave him an appreciation for what it will be like running in a top D1 program. The coaches were phenomenal

    — Brett M. Parent

    • 5/5.
    The workouts and speakers were amazing

    July 9, 2018: She really loved everything about it! The workouts and speakers were amazing. They covered everything. It was an awesome camp

    — Vivian S. Parent

    • 5/5.
    My kids are now hooked on Cross Country

    July 19, 2018: My kids feel much more prepared going into their second year of XC. They loved the coaches and enjoyed learning about their experiences as well as meeting other kids from around the world. They thought Stanford was beautiful and liked running on different routes each day.

    — Heather S., Parent

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    • 5/5.
    The “fountain run” was “the best run of 2018”

    July 5, 2018: He talks about how much fun he had running. He also really liked the student/athlete perspectives. The “fountain run” was “the best run of 2018”. He was also amazed at the level of running and the wide geographical range. Met lots of new kids

    — Nicole D. Parent

    • 5/5.
    Such a positive experience

    The coaching staff provided a positive and energetic environment for campers. Athletes, at every level of ability, were encouraged and received one-on-one interaction with coaching staff. The guest speakers connected well with the athletes and gave them additional insight. My daughter continues to talk about the experiences and information the guest speakers shared.

    — Eileen W., Parent 2017

    • 5/5.
    Encouraging, Motivating, Demanding

    Camper writing this- I loved the encouraging, motivating, and demanding atmosphere at the camp. The coaches were incredibly knowledgeable and pushed me to become a better runner. They were all amazing to work with. Definitely one of the best running experiences of my life!

    — Danielle B., Camper 2017

    • 5/5.
    Incredible

    This was an incredible experience. My daughter received excellent, individualized instruction and learned valuable skills on how to prevent injuries. She loved every minute of it! Parent of Camper

    — Josefina C., Parent 2016

    • 5/5.
    Immersed in the running culture

    This was my first year of camp, and unfortunately it will be my last as I am going to be a senior this year. However, I wish I had started going earlier, as I learned so much about running and really got immersed in the running culture. I wanted to go so I could be the best runner and best captain I could be, and I feel that Stanford cross country camp gave me the skills to do that. I highly recommend it for runners of all levels!

    — Mitchell F., Camper 2016

    • 5/5.
    Runners are challenged

    The training runs are difficult. The runners are challenged, and taught many things they can use forever in their running career.

    — Clay W., Camper 2015

    • 5/5.
    Friendly staff

    The coaches teach very well whether it may be involved with technique or any other questions you may have about cross country. The counselors were really helpful as well and super friendly. The workouts were intense and they seemed to help a lot.

    — Tyler S., Past Camper

    • 5/5.
    Best camp experience for any runner

    Stanford cross country camp is by far the best camp experience for any runner. You meet many runners from across the world and you learn from them as they learn from you. The coaches are extremely helpful as well as the counselors. The insight provided throughout the camp was excellent whether it may be about running or the Stanford campus itself. I would highly recommend it! Have fun!

    — Lydia L., Past Camper

    • 5/5.
    Very informative

    This camp was great. Very informative on everything you need to know about Cross Country, and I would highly recommend it to anybody.

    — Nicholas E., Past Camper

    • 5/5.
    Can't miss this opportunity!

    Stanford "Camp of Champions" is an opportunity that you can't miss to meet other runners like you and train in a college setting. It gets you excited for the upcoming season!

    — Jacob H., Past Camper

    • 5/5.
    Become a better athlete

    There are many opportunities kids are exposed to at this camp, especially at Stanford. Camp helped me get one step farther to fulfilling my college/athletic dreams, and helped me become a better athlete overall. I hope everyone who attends Stanford Running Camp(s) explores these opportunities to the max, and come home exhausted but smiling.

    — Rose J., Past Camper

    • 5/5.
    Staff were excellent role models

    My young kids had great exposure to what it takes to be a premier runner. The coaching staff and older kids were excellent examples for my kids.

    — Hazel F., Parent

    • 5/5.
    Amazing campus

    My experience at camp was really great! The campus was amazing and I can't wait to return.

    — Catherine B., Past Camper

    • 5/5.
    Pushes Runners to the Next Level!

    "Sets a high standard and pushes the runners to do things they weren't exactly sure they could before. Also has an excellent balance of activities and down time and keeps runners engaged and interested with a variety of activities."

    — Colin H., Past Camper

    • 5/5.
    Exceptional Training

    "The Nike CC Camp of Champions upholds exceptional training led by some of the fastest runners in the country, while providing advice and the information necessary to prepare a high school runner for a career as a collegiate athlete at any level."

    — Greg M., Past Camper

    • 5/5.
    Amazing Experience!

    "The camp was an amazing experience to meet other runners just like you from all over the country and world! I cant wait to participate in the camp again."

    — Jamie S., Past Camper

    • 5/5.
    Inspiring!

    "This camp gave me a future to look forward to and a staff of inspiring people to look up to. There really isn't an experience like this out there for people passionate about this sport."

    — Jennifer H., Past Camper

    • 5/5.
    High Quality

    "These camps give athletes of all ability levels the chance to receive quality instruction from great runners and great coaches. Terrific week."

    — Rafael L., Past Camper

    • 5/5.
    Great!

    "Provide good informational lectures for runners. They also are a great way to meet new people from all over the world that share a passion for running."

    — Theresa A., Past Camper

    • 5/5.
    Well Organized

    "Everything was very well organized which allotted for the right amount of free time. The staff, particularly the student athletes, and coaches were very friendly which made me feel at home. Also, I really enjoyed the speeches by the coaches, olympians, nutritionist, admissions officers, etc because the topics were very relevant. The way groups were established based on fitness was similarly appreciated. The best part of the cross country camp however, was how we got to run off campus and see the area, especially having come from very far away."

    — Alyssa N., Past Camper

    • 5/5.
    Eye Opening

    "As an incoming freshman, this camp really opened my son's eyes to the potential opportunities ahead of him. The exposure to high-level training is invaluable as he begins his high school years and the interaction with college athletes was truly inspiring. He loved every minute! Thank you so much - we'll be back next summer!"

    — Eleanor E., Parent

    • 5/5.
    Unforgettable

    "Nike Cross Country Camp is a chance to meet people from all over the world who have a passion for running. You learn new drills, stretches, and you have a chance to ask the counselors, coaches, and guest speakers questions. This camp is so much fun and it leaves an impact on your life that you will never forget."

    — Megan W., Past Camper

    • 5/5.
    Great Coaching

    "My daughter was inspired and educated during her 5 days at the Nike Cross Country Camp of Champions at Stanford University. I loved the integration of the coach and team members with the campers. They clearly communicated their performance evaluations, strategies for improvement and specific goals to my child during the camp. When my daughter came home, she said, 'I wish that I had started going 3 years ago.'"

    — Michelle F., Parent

    • 5/5.
    Take your training to a different level

    This would definitely be a camp to go to if you want to take your training to a different level and have an excellent experience overall. The councilors are there to help each individual and there is opportunity to get as much out of the camp as you want. I would recommend this camp to any runner looking for a new experience with their training.

    — Gabriel G., Past Camper

    • 5/5.
    Very professional

    I went to the Stanford running camp this year because I wanted to have the opportunity to train with other runners who were as dedicated to the sport as I was. Not only did the camp challenge me physically, but it also inspired me and gave me the mental tools to have a successful cross-country season. Everything is run very professionally and the coaches/counselors are very positive, knowledgeable, and enthusiastic about the sport. Out of all the camps I have attended, this has been the best one!

    — Victoria M., Past Camper

    • 5/5.
    Wish I had started going sooner!

    The Nike Cross Country Camp was a lot more...intense than I expected it to be. I went into it thinking "I might not get as good workouts while I'm here as I do normally, but it'll be nice to run in new places." Was I ever wrong! We were placed into groups based on our skill level, so I was among 10-12 girls that were almost at my exact fitness level! Every workout was new, exciting, fun, and best of all, challenging! Not overly-rigorous, but certainly not the piece-of-cake jog that I thought we'd be doing. Additionally, the supplementary exercises, stretching, motivational speakers, and group activities made the camp unforgettable. I'd go back in a heartbeat - I wish I had started going sooner!

    — Carla G., Past Camper

    • 5/5.
    Left with a greater passion for the sport

    Stanford Running Camp was an amazing experience for my daughter. She was one of the youngest and smallest, but was treated as if she were a star-athlete. The coaches were engaging, the lectures were informative, and she left with a greater passion for the sport, new friends, and positive role models. It's important for young kids to feel connected with hard work and dedication. My daughter CAN'T wait to go back next summer. Thanks NIKE/STANFORD!!

    — Becky J., Parent

    • 5/5.
    Campus is amazing

    Nike XC camp at Stanford is an awesome week of running, learning and meeting fellow runners from all over the country. It is very well organized and the campus is amazing.

    — Matt L., Past Camper

    • 5/5.
    Truly remarkable experience

    Nike running camp at Stanford University was a wonderful experience and is essential to the development of any cross country runner. With the opportunity to meet many new people on runs and during other activities, Nike running camps provide you the opportunity to nurture friendships that can be drawn across the globe. At Nike running camps, you learn what it means to be a runner; the run isn't necessarily about winning, but rather, it's about advancing as an individual and striving to be the best YOUR best. Again, Nike running camps are truly remarkable experiences that every runner deserves.

    — May C., Past Camper

    • 5/5.
    Made new, like-minded friends

    Nike running camp was great! I loved it! The coaching staff provided so much information and help. It was lovely to be able to run with our leaders and talk with them. I also made some new, like-minded friends that I still keep in contact with.

    — Danny H., Past Camper

    • 5/5.
    No doubt, we will be back next year

    Best experience ever! No doubt, we will be back next year. Fantastic coaches. Learned a tremendous amount from the informative staff.

    — Lillie H., Past Camper

    • 5/5.
    Immersed in the running culture

    This was my first year of camp, and unfortunately it will be my last as I am going to be a senior this year. However, I wish I had started going earlier, as I learned so much about running and really got immersed in the running culture. I wanted to go so I could be the best runner and best captain I could be, and I feel that Stanford cross country camp gave me the skills to do that. I highly recommend it for runners of all levels!

    — Ian H., Past Camper

    • 5/5.
    Running is only half of the experience!

    When you come to this camp, running is only half of it. The friends you make, the chance to be on the Stanford campus, to meet college runners, and so much more, is the other half. Both halves are great!

    — Sandra O., Past Camper

    • 5/5.
    Physical and mental side of running

    Nike Cross Country Camps is a great camp for runners. They make sure the athletes are training in a group that is just their pace. This camp is a big help on the mental side of running as well. You will have fun here and improve. It's hard to think of any negatives at this camp. There really is no better way to start off your Cross country season or end your Track season.

    — Ana A., Past Camper

    • 5/5.
    The mentor staff is outstanding

    My son attended this outstanding camp at Stanford for cross country & track this summer. His performance and motivation has improved to a much higher level in sports and academics. The mentor staff is outstanding. Anthony will return for both camps next summer

    — Courtney P., Parent

    • 5/5.
    Demanding

    The camp hired some great coaches this year: everyone I worked with was encouraging and willing to help me improve. The work outs were demanding and I was sore a lot, but it was definitely worth it. I learned a ton of new drills and tips to utilize in my upcoming seasons.

    — Tyler B., Past Camper

    • 5/5.
    Truly remarkable

    Nike running camp at Stanford University was a wonderful experience and is essential to the development of any cross country runner. Nike running camps provide you the opportunity to nurture friendships that can be drawn across the globe. At Nike running camps, you learn what it means to be a runner; the run isn't necessarily about winning, but rather, it's about advancing as an individual and striving to be the best YOUR best. Again, Nike running camps are truly remarkable experiences that every runner deserves.

    — Alice M., Past Camper

    • 5/5.
    Invaluable

    This camp was an amazing experience for my son. The staff was knowledgeable, experienced, and very approachable. If your child is serious about running track this camp is invaluable.

    — Judith H., Parent

    • 5/5.
    So much information

    Nike running camp was great! i loved it! The coaching staff provided so much information and help. It was lovely to be able to run with our leaders and talk with them. I also made some new friends that I can say i am keeping in contact with. I actually met some people who are in my league.

    — Stacey G., Past Camper

    • 5/5.
    Fantastic coaches

    Best experience ever. No doubt, we will be back next year. Fantastic coaches. Learned a lot.

    — Neal M., Past Camper

    • 5/5.
    No better way to start your season

    Nike Cross Country Camps is a great camp for runners. They make sure the athletes are training in a group that is just their pace. This camp is a big help on the mental side of running. You will have fun here and improve. It's hard to think of any negatives at this camp. There really is no better way to start off your Cross country season or end your Track season.

    — Charlie B., Past Camper

Nike Cross Country Camp of Champions Stanford University

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Chris Miltenberg, Camp Director
641 Campus Drive
Stanford, California 94305
Questions? Call 1-800-645-3226

Camp Dates & Prices

Programs: Jr Camp
Age Group: 12 - 18
Gender: Co-Ed
All 2019 registrations go through Active.com
Overnight $995.00
Availability: Yes

Ext Day $795.00
Availability: Yes

* Please note, times may vary on the first and last day of camp.
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