Cheer Camps: The 4 Essential Elements to Look for in 2017
One of the most important things you can do to set your squad up for a strong and competitive year is to find a cheer camp that embodies strength and creativity without sacrificing team bonding and character building. And it’s not as easy as you might think. Anyone with a little cheer experience can provide you a camp on the cheap but to really reap the benefits of a stellar camp experience, you need to know what to look for. These four elements of a successful cheer camp will help you make sure you get the most out of your cheer camp.
Element 1: A Tailor-Made Program
One of the smartest decisions you will make will be to find a camp program that is customized to fit the needs of your team regardless of skill level. If a team is just beginning to stunt and tumble, they’ll want a traditional program that helps them learn those beginning skills and build the confidence to take it out on the floor. If you have an elite team, you want to make sure you’re getting camp leadership that can match your team’s skills at that level. If you’re beyond elite and just need more rigorous training to take your team to the next level, you’ll also want to make sure your cheer camp instructors can cater their program to fit your team’s needs.
Element 2: A Certified, Professional Staff
There is no replacing the skill level of a dedicated and professionally trained cheer staff. You want to make sure your camp leaders are certified in cheer and have the knowledge of all the new rules, techniques and new trends in the cheer field. The safety and well-being of your squad are of the utmost importance so that you don’t start the year with any injuries. You can think of professionally trained staff as mentors or teachers for your squad. They’ve been trained not only in the techniques they will teach but also on how to foster a positive environment that lets your team bond as a group.
Element 3: A Focus on Building Confidence
Your team can have the most exquisite technique known to man, but if they don’t have the confidence to take those techniques and make them relatable to the audience, your team will never rake in those first-place wins. A professional camp experience will give your squad the confidence that they are doing the stunts or tumbling passes the right way. Building confidence means when football, basketball or competition season starts, they’ll have the confidence to throw up their stunts and make them look flawless. You need a staff that works with their mental preparedness as much as their physical skills.
Element 4: An Emphasis on Team Bonding
At the end of the day, one of the strongest lessons learned at cheer camp is the ability to form a family through teammate bonding. A week of working through mistakes and falls while learning to communicate as a team will give the squad a head start to their new season. When a team has been through a camp experience together, it’s often noticeable by the crowd as early as the first game as opposed to a team that’s just beginning to learn to work together.
Selecting the right cheer camp is essential for beginning the season on a positive note. You want to make sure to find a caring, professional camp team that can build your squad up, set profound goals for the week and help them take their strengths to the next level.