How old does my son or daughter need to be to attend the camp?
This is for middle school athletes. There have been exceptions but most of the campers are entering the 6th, 7th, or 8th grade this fall.
BECAUSE THE CAMP IS CALLED "ELITE" SHOULD I BE CONCERNED THAT MY ATHLETE MAY NOT BE FAST ENOUGH FOR THE CAMP?
The camp does attract some top athletes. However, if your child has the passion and desire to improve, just spending the time at camp is sure to give them the tools they need. Plus, they'll be running and learning from elite athletes during the week. You'll also be running with some former college runners and some top level high school runners who will be leading runs and hanging out at the camp. Any motivated athlete is sure to get enough passion and memories to last.
How will I reach my camper if they don't have their phone during the day?
At check-in we'll provide emergency phone numbers for the counselors.
How many campers to a room?
Campers will be staying in a one story lodge style dorm like you'd find if you've attended outdoor school or a church summer camp. There are 2-3 bunks in a room. The location of the Camp is called Camp Arrah Wanna, we'll be in Judson Lodge.
What's the ratio of campers to staff?
One coach or camp staff person for every five campers.
My camper has some special dietary needs.
There are medical questions in the registration form but if there is anything you missed or that you didn't alert us in your registration please let us know well in advance of the camp so we can take care of your camper. For special meals the camp kitchen needs at least a three week notice.
What shall I pack for camp?
• water bottle
• running shorts
• plenty of socks
• running shirts
• running pants
• sweatshirt, warm clothing (it can get cold, especially at night)
• light running jacket
• 2 pair of running shoes (regular training shoes + a pair suitable for trails)
• sunscreen, chap stick, hat
• jeans/"Regular" clothing (not required) but if runner feels like getting out of running gear
• notebook and pen
• coin-operated laundry units available (no one has ever used them but they exist)
Flashlight and batteries
Personal items such as toothpaste & shampoo
Light backpack for our trail runs if you have
Optional - Sunglasses
Sleeping Bag - There is NO BEDDING provided at this camp. If you're flying in we can provide a sleeping bag & pillow for you. Please let us know ahead of time.
Mosquito Repellent (hasn’t been much of a problem in past years)
Light rain jacket.....it's August and we don't expect any rain but hey, it's Oregon and sometimes mother nature lets a few drops fall down just because she can.
*Spending money-if your camper will be at the airport and needing snacks they will probably need some money. We’ll have some YR Gear for sale on the last day of camp.
What About Mileage and Workouts?
This is not a “high mileage” camp but we do have one day trip to the mountain trails, elevation 3227’, with a 9-mile run on Wednesday. It’s 4.5 miles out and 4.5 miles back. We split the campers into three groups so they have an option of going 2-3 miles or all the way out and back. They start the day with a 30-45 min run with the option for the hard chargers to put in more if they want to, then drills and breakfast, with another run or activity in the afternoon. Some of the campers have already had a long track season so instead of running their legs off we’d rather give them a refreshing break in the mountains to get them ready for cross country.
What not to bring
iPads, laptops, computers
What about cell phones?
At check in we’ll ask for phones but there is plenty of time to call home after dinner each night.
We don’t want you to lose a phone during run or workout and…..sleep is an important part of training for a runner and you'll need your night time rest during the camp.
About Paying for Camp
We realize that with travel and the registration fees it all adds up. To make it easier you can now split the camp fee into payments when you reach the checkout page at registration.
Will you pick up our camper from the airport and get them back for the return flight?
Airlines will be asking you for the name of the person picking up your camper so once you're ready to go be sure to email us for the contact info. Important to make sure you get all the details from your airline up front. Requirements are constantly changing and we want to make sure your camper is covered on both ends of the trip. In the case you have to cancel for any reason trip insurance when you book your flight is always a good idea.
What hotels are in the area?
The Mt. Hood Resort is within minutes of the camp in Welches, Oregon if your camper is a commuter and you want to be close by. You can also search for lodging in Welches or at Government Camp 13 miles away.
For all ranges of hotels Sandy, Oregon is 19 miles west of the camp and Gresham is 28 miles west which is on the way back to the airport.