Girls Power Camp
Got Girls? Sign them up for a summer sports camp like no other
I know, I know—summer feels like it is impossibly far away. BUT, for one of Vermont’s most popular sports camps, sign up time is nearly upon us. ELITEAM summer camps in Waistfield, VT, have been an institution amongst young ski racers in the Upper Valley for the past 25 years. The camps, run by Olympic skier Doug Lewis involve training, games and all the outdoor activities you can imagine in the Green Mountains, but also give kids a basic education in things like nutrition, teamwork, goal-setting, injury prevention and sports psychology. This information is all key to ELITEAM’s ultimate goal of developing healthy, confident, “complete” athletes in all sports.
As a parent of two boys who went to ELITEAM every summer from age 9-14, I can’t recommend the camp enough, but the real testimony is in how quickly it fills up. Even in February—after the open registration period Feb 1-5—there is often a waiting list for all Europa Cup (ages 8-11) and World Cup (ages 11-14) sessions. In recent years that list was especially long for girls. Starting last year, however, ELITEAM added Girls Power Camp, led by Doug’s wife Kelley, herself a World Class ski racer and avid multisport athlete. The 4-day camp, based at Burke Mountain Academy, grew out of Kelley’s own experiences as a young athlete, as well as things she has learned from girls and their parents at ELITEAM over the years.
Strong Girls, Happy Campers
As with ELITEAM, Girls Power Camp features agility workouts, circuits, leg routines, obstacle courses, relays, slacklining, yoga, slalom, hiking, cooking and things like the ever popular jello drop. It also includes “Power Hour” Workshops, specifically aimed at women and girls, on topics like self awareness, stress management and the female athlete’s body. Girls learn about building a support network and creating and maintaining a positive mindset. Roommates get acquainted by interviewing and then introducing each other to the whole group; campers deposit anonymous compliments to each other in the “Kindness Cup” in each dorm, which then get sorted and delivered at the end of camp; the girls learn how to make overnight oats, then enjoy them atop Burke Mountain after a sunrise hike.
As for girls drama? “There was none!” says Kelley, herself surprised at that. “Relaxed, positive, supportive and peaceful are all words I would use to describe it.”
The Enrollment period for both ELITEAM and GirlsPower Camp is Feb 1-5. Spots are filled by lottery, and then campers are put on the waiting list. Want more? Here is an interview with Kelley about Girls Power Camp, and how it got its groove!