Doug and Kelley's Eliteam Blog

Since 1991, ELITEAM has been teaching kids about Sports Physiology, Sports Psychology and Sports Nutrition. But more importantly, it’s about having the kids discover their limits, and then try to push through them. Here is where you'll find our blog entries of daily activities, challenges, photos and fun in the height of the summer camp sessions.

WC1 Thursday: You can't always follow the rules

Today at ELITEAM we… were VERY busy. We started the day with a rainy jog followed by french toast and fresh berries that fueled us into the next hour of testing. Campers made it count on things like the; vertical jump, flexibility, the broad jump, a push up test, sit up test and 40 yard sprint on spin bikes. The rain kept us inside but there was no digging deep to be spared, circuits helped us build our cardio and aerobic base. Campers spent thirty seconds at stations like Med Ball Slam, Bear Crawls, and Wall Sits. They ended their busy morning with an intense game of dodgeball. Grilled cheese on the best Red Hen bread left everyone with smiles and excited to take on the afternoon rotation. Campers got creative with workouts on the TRX bands, cooked up a pumpkin storm and ended with a muddy woods obstacle course.  After, everyone sprinted back to their dorms to throw on their 70’s attire. We disco-ed the night away and treated ourselves to pumpkin pecan pie and ice cream! After a quick change campers headed to the theatre to sit back, relax and watch Sandlot. 9:00 lights out!


1. The Top 3 moments of your day...

Will: The TRX bands, stretch and testing. 

Max: The TRX bands, cooking and dodgeball. 

Lily K: The TRX bands, cooking the pie and the wall-sits during the circuits.

Annie: Eating a sugar cube, celebrating my birthday and circuits.

Ellie: Baking, dodgeball, berg und tal. 

Aiden: Obstacle course, baking, dodgeball.

Connor:  The TRX bands, the obstacle course, Berg Und Tal.

Luke: Doing flips on the TRX bands, the obstacle course, making the pie!

Lawton: The TRX bands, obstacle course and testing. 


2.   How did today’s training help you become a better athlete (mentally or physically)?

Will: I really pushed my limits during the testing and this helped me mentally because I lived the moment of trying my hardest, and what I felt like afterwards (tired, sore). 

Max: It taught me how different muscles can be used and how to better train them.

Lily: I pushed through when I thought I couldn’t do it any longer especially the push-ups and the bikes during testing.

Annie: It helped me mentally because today’s training put me in a good mindset.

Ellie: It helped me to become a better athlete and helped me focus more on what i’m doing before a race or game. 

Aiden: It helped me to become a better athlete physically by making me faster and stronger.

Connor: I get stronger so I can set my edge better.

Luke: The TRX improved my strength and the obstacle course improved my endurance.

Lawton: It made me a better athlete because it made me stronger and it helped my mind set with pain and exercise.


Coaches Highlights:

Coach Tasha: I laughed when I saw Lilly using cucumber from lunch on her eyes for “relaxation”.

During cooking I overheard Zander, Tommy and Cortland say: “we gotta have the best pie crust. Ours has to be better than the girls!

Counselor Connor: When talking amongst the campers today I overheard Tyler (who has very curly hair) say “I don't really need much more for the 70’s theme, because I have my hair”.

Coach Livy: It was awesome to see how psyched Casey was when she and Ellie went from a 1.18 to a 1.11 on the woods obstacle course. 

Coach Zack: I added additional segments and challenges to the obstacle course, like the quick feet tires and an added push up challenge. I didn’t think any camper would successfully complete it, and I was amazed when Shane did it perfectly.
Coach Doug: At cooking, Avery and Maddie G added just a little more honey and pecans because "sometimes you can't always follow the rules, you have to make it count."

WC1 Wednesday: What a Super Bowl parade feels like!

Today at ELITEAM we... hiked a big mountain! Along the way each team made a cairn, sang a song, wrote a poem and made a hat. It was a long hike with several steep sections that definitely pushed everyone's limits. However, the chairlift ride down was well worth the effort... cool breeze, beautiful views and a much needed rest for our tired legs. (Thank you Sugarbush Resort!!!) This afternoon we had a Fencing lesson! First time ever at ELITEAM, and it was a huge hit. We started with "the basics" and ended with one on one matches "to the death". A big thank you to Viveka Fox from the Vermont Fencing Alliance for the introduction to the sport of fencing. Thanks also to her helpers Justin and Ryan who gave us an exhibition match after dinner. No one understood the scoring, but everyone had fun watching the action!




Poems penned on the hike...

We are the best

We don't need rest

When we eat, we chew our food ten times

In the relay, we always have straight lines

There is no doubt

We’ll make it count. 


This week at camp

Our shoes became a little damp.

Leg routine made our quads sore

So then we did a little more core.

It may be hot

But we’re sure are doing a lot!

Today we’re gonna make it count 

When we hike the mount!

What was the best part about the hike today?

Pippa: The views and listening to music as we hiked. 

Ellie K: My favorite part was all the challenges, making the hat, building a star. I really enjoyed getting to the top. 

Ellie S: The best part was the chairlift ride down!

Casey: I liked the views from the traverse, where we could see all the mountains.

Lindsay: The chairlift ride down, the views were sweet. 

Sophia: When we stopped at a lookout point, I could see for miles!

Donatella: The traverse, because the scenery was really beautiful.

Avery: The flat parts, but only because I could really enjoy the view. 

Sara: The best part was getting to the top, because I felt incredibly accomplished and strong. 

Ashley: Making it to the top, because it was so satisfying to see all that we had climbed. I felt strong and proud.

Brayden: I really liked pushing through the pain, and the relief I got when I made it over the steep hills. 

Jackie: I liked pushing myself even when I was one of the last people, I ran to the summit and everyone was clapping. It was awesome!

Lily M: My favorite part was definitely the Long Trail because the views were so beautiful I didn't even want to move. 

Quinn: Building the Cairns, because it was really challenging to balance the rocks. 

Tyler: My favorite part was the long trail, because it was much cooler and really rocky. The chairlift ride was also awesome because it was a different perspective — it was crazy seeing the mountain snow-less. 

Aiden: I liked the long trail the most because it was so peaceful. 

Zander: The chair lift ride down was very fun……..  but a little scary. 

Luke: My favorite part of the hike was arriving at the summit because everyone was cheering!

Teddy: Having Zack as a guide so we didn’t get lost!

Paul: The chairlift ride down because I got off my feet and got to talk to my friends.

Reilly: My favorite part was getting to the summit because it was so beautiful. 

Tommy: The chairlift ride was SO cool… you could see everything!
Carter: The most memorable moment was eating lunch at the top because we saw cloud up close, misting through the trees and all the activities were so fun.

Sam L.: The chairlift ride felt like how I think it must feel to ride in a parade float after winning the Super Bowl!!


On a scale of 0 to sufferfest, how hard was the hike? 

Ellie K: Three, but it was awesome!

Pippa: Four!

Ellie S: Six, but I loved every minute of it. 

Casey: a hundred! Wait… just kidding a five haha. 

Lindsay: Six, you know what I mean?

Donatella: Sufferfest level!!

Avery: Like an 8, I would say. 

Sara: It was harder than sufferfest in my opinion, but it was awesome!

Ashley: I don’t know! It wasn't quite sufferfest level so maybe 7. 

Brayden: Hmmm I am gonna go with a 6.

Lily: Definitely a level 7. 


What was your make it count moment?

Casey: My make it count moment happened when we had to turn around because we went the wrong way. I was already really tired but I pushed through it. 

Lindsay: My make it count moment was right before we stopped for lunch and the incline got really intense and I felt like stopping, but I convinced myself to keep going. 

Donatella: When we were getting to the steep incline and I really had to push myself and make the hike count! 

Sara: During the final stretch before lunch it became super steep and I had to keep telling myself to keep going and reminding myself that it would be worth it.

Brayden: When we were having lunch, my legs started to get sore and I wasn’t sure if I could go much farther. But I convinced myself to keep going, and the views were so worth it.

Luke: My make it count moment came when we were heading back down because I could see all that I had climbed and I felt so accomplished.
Cal: I made it count on every steep section because it was really hard. 



Coaches Corner:

Coach Zack: I enjoyed the entire hike because I had such an incredible group. Each one of us: Ella, Ashley, Lindsay, Thomas, Teddy, Aiden, Max, Coach Livy and myself all pushed each other to finish stronger than we started. We left no one behind, we all worked together on the challenges and shared the literal weight and responsibility of the water jugs. It was all positivity all around. 

Coach Conor: I absolutely loved watching my group sing All Star by Smashmouth perfectly in sync without a single error. It was EPIC! They then took it one step further by writing a poem comprised of three haikus about making it count, pushing limits and digging deep. 

Coach Tasha: It was super cool seeing Paul sprint the steepest part of the entire hike, while carrying a full gallon water jug.
Coach Doug: My favorite moments out of many were the poem presentations from each group at the top of the mountain... athletes with brains too!



WC1 Tuesday

Today at ELITEAM we... were grateful the rainy forecast brightened up allowing us to hit the ropes courses! Half the group conquered the ropes in the morning while the other half were treated to an ultra leg-burning workout on the field and in the gym. We switched in the afternoon and finished our day off with some acro-yoga. In between there were puppy sightings, fun, fear, challenges, wipe-outs, blindfolds, water balloons, smiles, new friends and messy tacos.




What was your favorite activity today and why?

Ellie S: I liked all of the activities today, especially the duck duck goose/ telephone game. 

Casey: The Tango because it was fun trying to carry a water balloon to the other side and throw it into the bucket.

Ashley: The ropes course. I liked it the most because it was fun and I became closer with people I didn’t know so well before. 

Lily K: I loved the vertical playpen because I got up the fastest I ever had and I was able to squeeze the chicken at the top!

Quinn: The ropes courses because they were a challenge!

Courtland: The launch pad because it was fun to fly through the air and have a very defined goal.

Will: The ropes courses because you can set a defined goal and once you accomplish it  you can take it further and set another.

Reilly: The ropes courses, because they were so thrilling.

Lawton: The ropes course because it was active, fun and challenged my fears.

Jabes: My favorite activity was the leg routine. But I also really liked the ropes course.


What was your most challenging moment in the ropes course?

Ellie S: The Dangle Duo because Maya and I had to work together a lot due to being so short, so we had to rely on one another. 

Casey: Making it to last section of the dangle duo.

Ashley: Definitely climbing the rope on the vertical playpen. Once I finished, I still had a long way up so I became very tired.

Lily K: Doing the Tango ropes course blindfolded.

Quinn: The Vertical Playpen.

Courtland: The top of the Vertical Playpen was very hard!

Will: Getting one foot tied behind me on the Dangle Duo. 

Reilly: The 7th bar on the Dangle Duo.

Lawton: Probably the vertical playpen because it was very taxing.

Jabes: Sitting in the beam with no hand holds as my partner used me to climb up. 


Which ropes course element was the most fun?

Ellie S: The Tango. 

Casey: The launch pad was the coolest element. It was cool trying to catch the water balloons too. 

Ashley: The vertical playpen. I loved going so high up and squeezing the chicken.

Lily K: The launchpad was my favorite because I caught the water balloon in the air.

Quinn: The diving board!

Courtland: The launchpad!

Will: The Vertical Playpen.

Reilly: ALL OF THEM!

Lawton: The launchpad because it was super fun.

Jabes: I liked the Vertical Playpen the best.


How did you “make it count” today? 

Ellie S: By not giving up during the balance activity, even after falling several times. 

Casey: I made up the vertical playpen for the first time.

Ashley: By trying the Burg Und Thal a bunch! I kept doing it and I got a lot more comfortable with it, which was awesome. 

Lily K: By setting goals and accomplishing them in the ropes and making sure I did the exercises to the best of my ability. 

Quinn: I accomplished the Tango, even though I was scared.

Courtland: Today I tried to make it count by using everything I had and pushing it to the limit.

Will: No matter how much I wanted to quit I kept going.

Reilly: I made it count by working my hardest. 

Lawton: I really pushed through pain, fatigue and fear. 

Jabes: I tried to make the most of all the stuff we could do!

WC1 Monday: Core de France

Today at ELITEAM we... started the week off with a pledge to “Make It Count” and proceeded to do just that with a 150 tire obstacle that definitely got the campers’ hearts thumping and the legs burning. Our afternoon focus was on Strength, Core, Agility, Cardio and Mobility - the five elements of sports physiology at ELITEAM. That included carrying rocks, a few hundred more tires, a 20 minute core routine and a flexibility test. Nothing like jumping right into it full steam! After a huge dinner of spaghetti and meatballs with lots of roasted brussels sprouts, it was back to the field for more agility work. Craziness ensued at the relays and the laughter on the field was loud enough to drown out the drone flying overhead. A special shout out today... Happy Birthday to Connor & Coach Livy!!!


 Livy and Connor Birthday



Memorable Moments...

Coach Zack: When Madelyn exclaimed “My rock's name is Sherri because she’s a soccer rock”. 

Coach Molly: I loved seeing the double meaning the campers took on our theme "Make it count". They were literally counting the exercises/movements and also taking the meaning and purpose of the theme and bringing it to life. 

Coach Sami: When the campers ran through the muddy tires with only one shoe and one sock, but kept going!
Coach Jake: I laughed when Jabes said during the core circuit that “this is the Core de France”.

Coach Conor: When all the campers seemed to be faster than me in the tires… it inspired me to work a little harder and up my game. 
Coach Kelley: Watching the campers beat the coaches in the tire competition.
Coach Doug: Coach Conor's shoes were white and bright, but no match for the campers fast feet today!



What activity did you like best today and why?

Cole: I liked the stretching because it felt good.

Thomas: Stretching because it got muscles loose, that I haven't stretched in a while.

Luke: The tires because it required agility, which is something I’m working on.

Max: I liked the strength with Zack, because I can do it at home. Rocks are everywhere.

Connor: The tires because they made it into a race!

Teddy: The rocks station because we got to choose the difficulty.

Sophia: The high knee butt kicks in the relays.

Lindsay: The relays!

Annie: Mind games, because we had to work together. 

Clara: The activity that I liked best today was the relays, because I enjoy dynamic exercises like that. 

Calabria: I liked the core station because although core can be hard I enjoy doing it. Its a great feeling when you power through a hard exercise.



What was your most challenging moment, and how did you push through it?

Cole: My most challenging moment was going up the hill with a rock, I pushed through it by just believing I could. 

Thomas: Most challenging moment was the rock climb because I kept slipping and it was hard.

Luke: The core station, because it was really really hard, I made through the struggle by working hard. 

Max: Stretching because I was so tight, but I just struggled through.

Connor: The flexibility station was really hard, but I pushed through it by digging deep.

Teddy: My most challenging moment was the stretching, and I pushed through it with Doug’s motivation!

Sophia: Walking up the hill with the rock. I pushed through by not trying to focus on the pain. 

Lindsay: The rock walk. I pushed through when I saw the top and just told myself to keep going. 

Annie: My most challenging moment was the rock lifting. I pushed through by just thinking of finishing it. 

Clara: My most challenging moment was the end of the tires and I pushed through it by digging deep. 

Calabria: My most challenging moment was on the last round on the tires, because I was so tired and my legs were burning. I powered through by making sure I had correct form and reminded myself I was close to the finish.


If you could tell your mom one thing right now, what would it be?

Cole: That ELITEAM is very fun.

Thomas: That I am having fun!

Luke: That camp is awesome!

Max: ELITEAM is awesome!

Connor: The tires are fun.

Teddy: I got some sick pictures. 

Sophia: That camp is super fun already.

Lindsay: I forgot my laundry bag. 

Annie: I Miss YOU!

Clara: I’m having fun. 

Calabria: I would tell her thank you for bringing me today and helping me pack and for putting up with my music in the car. Love you mom.

EC Sat- And the skies cleared, yet again

The rainy skies cleared just in time (as they have for the past 26 years!) allowing us to host the "ELITEAM Olympics" outside. We finished up our first camp of 2017 with exciting and heated competitions in the GMVS gym, woods and field. I was especially amazed at the amount of support and cheering from both the parents and campers. With such an enthusiastic crowd, you could see the athletes raise their game and really go for it!

We hope you heard many stories about camp on your way home, although some parents reported their kids fell asleep before they even left the Valley!

We'd like to give a big shout out to our staff... Thank you all for working so hard to make ELITEAM such a great experience for so many kids. And extra kudos to our counselors Teddy, Corriann, Abi and Ned for who volunteered their time, excited to "give back" to a new generation of ELITEAMers. Well done!

Thanks to all the campers for staying focused, digging deep and having fun this week! We hope to see you next summer too.

In the meantime...


EC Friday: A little too much peanut butter...

Today at Eliteam we… started the day with a morning run & stretch to get our muscles warmed up for the last big day at ELITEAM! At breakfast, we fueled up with yummy french toast, VT maple syrup from Kelley & Doug's backyard and fresh berries! The morning workouts were filled with another round of ropes courses and agility work. After lunch we sampled our ELITEAM Energy Bites for the first time. They turned out to be quite the hit! Next we loaded up the bus and headed off to the sandpits where we took a total of three practice runs and two race runs, putting our agility and speed to the test! Just as we ended, the rain came so we headed back to the dorms to clean up and pack. After dinner we finished our last rotation of rock wall and field games, which included a very intense game of dodgeball! The last part of our busy day entailed running through the dance again, crazy relays and the infamous jello drop. After 6 rounds of heavy competition, Henry and Coach Zack emerged as the Jello victors!



Memorable Moments-

Coach Zack: When Matt said “I don’t have good balance but I’m going to make it count.” 

Coach Conor: I laughed this afternoon when Kate D said that once she gets home she’ll be able to plank for seven straight minutes because of how hard she is working her core at camp!

Coach Molly: I loved seeing campers charge up the hills during the leg routine!

Coach Livy: I thought it was awesome when Logan M. exclaimed “THIS IS EPIC” atop the slalom course.

Coach Julia: I loved seeing all the campers be really positive and psyched up to run through the slalom course.
Coach Kelley: When Cade walked into Doug's room at 5:54am and asked, "Is Teddy up? Can we go run some tires?" We told him to go stack cups instead.



Camper Quotes-

What was your favorite part about the sandpits?

Mackenzie G: I really liked the quick turns. 

Brielle: My favorite part about the sandpits was the competition all while having fun.

Sonja: I liked the fact that they took the top 5, and I liked the fact that the start was uphill.

Natalie: I liked that it was steep and hard, so we had to dig deep.

Kristina: My favorite part was cheering all my friends on. 

Counselor Abbi: Watching kids pushing their limits, diving across the finish and MAKING IT COUNT! 

Sofia: I liked going around the sharp turns and almost jumping into them.

Anna: My favorite part was trying to keep your balance all while trying to go fast.

Noelle: My favorite part was when you were falling down, and being able to get back up and try to do better.


Name one thing you learned today?

Izzi: I learned how to run in better form today. 

Natalie: I learned how to do better tuck jumps and push myself during the leg workout.

Noelle: I learned that some things may be challenging but you should keep trying,


How did you “make it count” today?

Izzy: That I was brave enough to do the rock wall today, even though I was scared. 

Mackenzie G: I made it count by pushing myself in all the activities. 

Sonja: I made it count by getting into the top five during the sandpit slalom. 

Anna: I made it count by pushing my limits and trying not to fall in the sandpits!

Noelle: I made it count by pushing myself really hard and trying to go faster each time. 

Kristina: I made it count when I fell at the sandpits and decided to get right back up and finish it. 


How were the energy bites that we made?

Natalie: Amazing!

Sonja: Awesome!!!

Mackenzie G: Good :))

Kate D: Not my favorite…but healthy.

Mere: They were good, and tasted really healthy!

Anna: They were good!! I think we put too much peanut butter in though! 

Kristina: The best in the world!

2017 Dates


Europa Cup: July 5-8
World Cup 1: July 10-15
World Cup 2: July 17-22
GMVS Campus- Waitfield, VT

GPC 1: July 29- Aug. 1
GPC 2: Aug 3- 6
BMA Campus- East Burke, VT

Sorry, no PC camps in 2017.
We plan to return in 2018!

All 2017 camps are overnight.

Europa Cup- $775
World Cup- $1275
Girls Camps- $825