The Maine Cross Country Running Camp is a balanced week of intense training, core mileage, information sessions, and proper recovery, stretching and injury-prevention drills. The camp stresses the character-building aspect of running, bolstering runners' spirits of self-reliance and work ethic. We see distance running as a way of life that can help campers achieve healthy bodies, tough minds, and lifelong friendships in addition to important achievements and trophies.
The camp will emphasize base mileage and strength workouts for summer training. Most of the miles will be run on the soft surfaces of forest trails. Campers include runners of all abilities from all-star high school runners to runners who are just getting started in the sport. We have seven different levels of training groups available during every session. Runners will also have the option of participating in a hill workout and a tempo run during the week.
The nature of the activities at camp allows campers to practice resolving disagreements and navigating a variety of social situations on their own. Counselors are skillful referees of camp life, but campers learn to experience and make their way through a variety of responsibilities, duties, opportunities, and activities.
Daily lectures from current high school and/or college runners will include topics such as cross training, core strengthening, warming up for races, and race tactics.
Cross-training options will include jump rope, medicine ball drills, swimming, kayaking, core exercises, splitting wood with an axe, volleyball, and swimming 400m to an island in the lake (optional and must pass a swim test first). Camp staff members will also teach campers how to run in the water.
Campers will also have the opportunity to develop skills and participate in activities such as Sailing & Windsurfing, guitar & ukulele, dodgeball games, and capture the flag.
Slovenski camps is a coed campground. Girls' cabins are separate from boys' cabins, but most activities, free time, and meals are coed.
Read more about our old school camp philosophy below. Check out our "experience camp" page to see what a day in the life of a camper can look like or to go on a virtual tour of our beautiful campus and rustic accommodations. The FAQ page has a wealth of commonly sought answers. If you still have questions, you can get in touch with us using the contact info at the bottom of each page, or chat with a counselor instantly using the chat box in the bottom right. We'd love to hear from you!