Best Summer XC Training
Individual runners and teams will have a great summer training experience at
our Old School Running Camp. Campers will build a solid
mileage base on beautiful lakeside trails, and develop a more efficient stride
with the help of technique drills.
Daily lectures from current college runners will
include topics like navigating the recruiting process and
juggling academics and athletics.
The camp will
emphasize base mileage and strength workouts for summer training. Most of the
miles will be run at moderate paces to help
high school runners increase their summer training volume. We have a wide array
of abilities at camp, from beginners to veteran runners, and we make sure to offer training
groups for all levels. Runners will
also have the option of participating in a hill workout and a
tempo run during the week.
Top-notch coaches and counselors
The daily program will be
directed by Bowdoin College
cross-country Coach Peter Slovenski and a staff that includes current and former
college runners from schools like Bowdoin, Tufts, and Haverford.
Coaches will combine traditional and old-fashioned exercises
with modern exercise science to help runners improve technique,
efficiency, and running economy. Runners will do daily stride
drills on the field and sandy beach. Runners will also learn a series of warm-up drills
designed to improve running technique and speed.
The 90 acre peninsula is criss-crossed by trails
that run through an oak, birch, hemlock, and white pine forest. The forest
trail system follows the shore of the lake
before connecting with miles of trails in the beautiful Sebago lake
region of Maine.
will improve their strength and power through our Spartan outdoor exercise
curriculum that starts every morning with a morning dip in
Fun cross training
Cross-training options will include jump rope, medicine ball drills, swimming, splitting
wood with an axe, and swimming 400m to an island in the lake (optional and must pass a swim test first).
Recreational activities that
enhance strength & conditioning will include tug-of-war and beach volleyball. Every run will be followed by
optional periods when campers can elect to swim, kayak, canoe,
play beach volleyball, or
enjoy other summer activities by a lake in Maine.
All waterfront activities are monitored by our professionally trained Red Cross Certified Lifeguards.
Experience a real Maine summer camp
Outside of the activity and
coaching sessions the campers
will participate in an old-fashioned
summer camp experience with a mandatory one hour reading period after lunch for
summer reading. Other recovery periods during
the day will feature card games and board games, and exclude cell phones,
texting, and computers. Each evening will conclude with a campfire that features
contests and readings that contribute to the intellectual and character growth
of the athletes.
Campers will be closely supervised at night by counselors in the
cabin who read the campers
to sleep. Counselors also patrol between the girls' cabin area and the boys' cabin area
and throughout the peninsula.
Include 2 hours of SAT Prep/day
for $400. Campers who select this option will attend two
hours per day of SAT instruction in addition to their distance
training. See our SAT camp page
for more information on the SAT prep curriculum.