What is ELITEAM’s Age Policy?
Europa Cup Day Camp= ages 8-12
World Cup Overnight Camps= ages 11-14
ELITEAM Clinics= Determined by the Club or Organization hosting the event. Ages range from 8-16 years old.
Campers must be of the required age by the first day of their camp/clinic.
On a side note: We often recommend that 11/12 year olds who are first-time campers start with a Europa Cup camp. It is a great introduction to ELITEAM and will prepare them well for a World Cup session the following year.
An Explanation on the Age Policy:
We have tried a variety of policies over the past 25 years. In the end, our age "compromise" was that 11/12 year olds could go either way... they can attend either a Europa Cup or World Cup camp. Our age policy states that kids must be of the required age by the first day of their camp. Unfortunately, things get tough when kids are on the wrong side of that line by only a few weeks. Common sense dictates that a camper in that situation would obviously be fine at camp. However, if we were to make an exception for one family in this regard, then we would need to do the same for all other families who are in the same boat, and there are many. Every year we receive many inquiries and requests regarding this issue. Essentially, if we were to allow a "7 year old" into a Europa Cup camp, or a "10 year old" into a World Cup camp, it would open the floodgates, which is why we've been forced to adhere strictly to this policy. The reality is, we need to draw the line somewhere, and no matter where we put that line, someone always gets the short end of the stick. For that, we apologize. We realize it is not a perfect system.
What is on the packing list?
Listed below are sample packing lists for the World Cup overnight camps. A final packing list will be sent approximately one month prior to your child's session.
MANDATORY ITEMS -
- 2 Water bottles
- 2 pair Running shoes (should be supportive athletic footwear, no "flats"!)
- 1 pair "RPC Gym" shoes
- These shoes will be dedicated strictly for indoor use in the RPC Gym (Race Performance Center)
- They will be left in the RPC at all times, so please make sure your child's name is marked on their shoes.
- These shoes should be running or cross-training shoes with NON-MARKING SOLES (ex. generally speaking this means no black soles)
- Please make sure the soles of these shoes are clean (no mud/dirt)
- These indoor shoes could be, but do not have to be, running shoes. Probably more appropriate is a cross-training shoe that works for jumping, cutting and running. Many of you have indoor soccer shoes already. Those would work for this purpose.
- This is a mandatory rule set by GMVS intended for all GMVS students, ELITEAMers & visiting athletes.
RECOMMENDED ITEMS -
- Sunscreen / Bug Spray
- Towels x2
- Sheets (reg. twin), blanket & pillow or Sleeping Bag (most opt for sheets/blankets) Stuffed animals welcome!
- Athletic gear- running pants/ sweats, workout shorts & t-shirts
- Fleece or Sweatshirt
- Socks (lots... 2-3/day)
- Laundry bag for storing dirty clothes (laundry services not available- although we can help if there is a "clothing emergency" during the week)
- Plastic bags for packing wet clothing/ towels at end of camp
- Rain coat
- Light wind jacket
- Baseball hat or sun hat
- Costume... 2019 theme TBD (2018 theme was "Demin & Duct Tape")
- Inline Skates- We'll be inline skating at the World Cup camps this year. If you have skates and pads, please bring them. If not, don't worry. We'll have some on-hand courtesy of Rollerblade.
- Bike Helmet- Everyone needs a bike helmet!!! We will NOT be mountain biking, but will use the helmets for our inline skating session.
- Reminder - MTN BIKES are NOT required or needed at the World Cup camps.
- We will be doing a long "Adventure Hike". All campers must have their own backpack for hiking that is big enough to carry two water bottles, a bag lunch and an extra layer of clothing (ex. sweatshirt, wind jacket or long sleeve shirt.) Be sure this is a "proper" backpack for hiking, meaning no cinch sacks with string straps!)
- Alarm clock
- Watch- we emphasize being on time
OPTIONAL ITEMS -
- "Inside" shoes for the dorm-
- GMVS- kids will be parking their running shoes in the "shoe garages" on the front porch of the dorm, so they may want to bring along some comfortable shoes to wear inside the dorm. Ex. Flip-flops, slip-ons, slippers, etc.
- Fan (recommended if it looks like hot weather for the week)
- Books/magazines/etc (may help if your child has trouble falling asleep)
- Eliteam provides all meals and snacks, but parents may send campers with additional healthy snacks. Please do not send candy or junk food. It will be confiscated.
- We'll play some soccer, but it's casual, so shin guards and cleats are not necessary. However, your child is welcome to bring those items along if you prefer.
- We highly recommend that you LABEL all of your child's gear and clothing!!!
ITEMS NOT PERMITTED:
- NO personal computers/electronics (ex. no iPods, iPod-Touchs, shuffles, DVD players, etc) A digital alarm clock is fine, although we prefer that it does not have a radio.
- Cell phones are NOT permitted. Please be respectful of this rule. If you need to leave a cell phone with your child, please give it to your child's dorm parent to hold for the duration of camp. Make sure your child's name is clearly marked on the phone.
- "Spending money" is not needed.
- Do not bring valuables to camp.
MEDICATION & INHALERS:
Don't forget personal medications, inhalers and epi-pens, etc. (Medication should be in its original packaging.) Medications to be administered by the dorm parent should be left with the dorm parent (or in their room), along with any special notes for administering.
If your child has an allergy that requires an epi-pen, please bring 2-3 epi-pens to camp, along with a fanny pack designated for one of them. (A fanny pack is strongly preferred over a backpack.) It is important to bring at least two epi-pens, so we have a back-up/second dose available in the event of an emergency. It depends on the allergy, but we normally keep one in the kitchen and/or one in the dorm parent's room, and one in the fanny pack that "travels" with us (around GMVS and off-campus). Please bring one epi-pen up to the Dining Hall when you check-in, so it may be left in the kitchen immediately upon arrival. Make sure the fanny pack and epi-pens are clearly labeled with your child's name. Please also double check that your child has re-packed them all when heading home after camp.
CELL PHONES / ELITEAM'S COMMUNICATION POLICY:
Cell phones are not permitted at camp.* ELITEAM does not allow campers to make or receive phone calls and/or texts while at camp, as we have found cell phones to be a major distraction to campers and/or a source to trigger homesickness. We like to use this time at camp as an opportunity for the athletes to "unplug" and instead become immersed in the ELITEAM world of working hard, pushing limits, having fun and reaching their goals. Should you have an urgent message for your child during the week, or would simply like to check in with us for reassurance, you are welcome to call Kelley or Doug Lewis. If you are uncomfortable with this rule, please discuss your concerns with us in advance so we can work something out. There is no need to sneak in a cell phone. Please be respectful of this rule, as we take it very seriously. Any child caught with a cell phone at camp will be asked to leave.
*(In the case that your child needs to have a cell phone with them due to travel/logistical complications before or after camp, the cell phone must be left with their dorm parent upon arrival. It will be turned off for the week and returned to your child on the last morning of camp.)
Day Camp athletes will receive a notice of any special items needed prior to camp.
General daily items needed:
- Workout clothes
- Appropriate clothing/supplies for the day's weather.
- Ex. rain coat, extra sweatshirt, baseball hat, sunglasses, sunscreen, etc
- Bathing suit and towel
- Lunch and snacks will be provided, but feel free to supplement if your child has her/his own favorite foods.
- If you child has a cell phone, it must be given to a coach at drop-off each morning. It will be returned to your child at the end of the day.
- Medication, inhalers and/or epi-pens, as required.
Can you give me directions to camp?
VERMONT CAMPS (EC, WC)
Directions to GMVS in Waitsfield, VT.
From the North: (from Burlington and points north)
Take interstate 89 South to exit 10 (Waterbury). Follow Route 100 South to Waitsfield. Immediately prior to the intersection of Routes 100 & 17, take a hard right onto Bragg Hill Rd. One quarter mile up, bear left on to Moulton Rd. The school is located a quarter mile down on the left. Look for Eliteam signs.
From the South: (From New Hampshire, Connecticut, Massachusetts, New York and points south)
Take I-89 north to Exit 9/Middlesex to Route 100b. Follow 100b to 100 South into Waitsfield. Immediately prior to the intersection of Routes 100 & 17, take a hard right onto Bragg Hill Rd. One quarter mile up, bear left on to Moulton Rd. The school is located a quarter mile down on the left. Look for Eliteam signs.
I have a GPS system in my car. What is GMVS’s address?
Green Mountain Valley School
271 Moulton Road
Waitsfield, VT 05673
(if you can't find the listing under "Waitsfield", try "Fayston")
When is drop-off / pick-up?
World Cup Overnight Camps @ GMVS:
Special Note: 1:00pm early check-in for campers with prescription medication.
Europa Cup Day Camp @ GMVS:
Daily drop-off: 8:30am
271 Moulton Road
Fayston, VT 05673
World Cup Overnight Camps @ GMVS:
There will be a reception with a slideshow and light snacks in the Dining Hall @ 11am. Camp officially ends at noon.
Europa Cup Day Camp @ GMVS:
Daily pick-up: 4:30pm
Special Note: Camp will end at 3pm on the last day to allow for extra travel time home.
271 Moulton Road
Fayston, VT 05673
My child will be arriving with another family, is there anything I need to do? (Overnight Camps)
LL VERMONT OVERNIGHT CAMPS-
Yes, please notify us in advance if you will not be dropping off your child. We can tie up any loose ends and complete the registration process prior to camp.
Admin@eliteam.com or 802-793-5055
Can I drop off my child early?
Check-in is from 1:30-2:00pm for all Overnight Camps. Due to pre-camp staff meetings, we are unable to accommodate early check-ins. However, if you have a conflict, please call us and we can discuss your options.
Clinics & Day Camps-
Drop-off is 8:30am for all Day Camps. Due to daily morning meetings with our staff, it is difficult to accommodate early drop-offs. However, if you have a conflict, please call us and we can discuss your options.
What meals will be provided on the first day? (Overnight Camps)
All Overnight Camps:
Check-in is from 1:30-2:00pm, so lunch will not be available on the first day. Please make sure your child eats lunch prior to registration. We'll provide a mid-afternoon snack before dinner.
All Day Camps:
Check-in is at 8:30am daily. Breakfasts are not provided. Please make sure your child arrives with a full belly and ready for action! However, lunch and snacks are provided each day.
What should I do if I am running late and will miss registration or the designated drop-off time?
Please call or text to let us know that you are on your way and what time you expect to arrive. We will make arrangements for a coach to meet you at the Hobart Building (main building) at GMVS.
Text ELITEAM @ 802-793-5055
If you're running late please text to let us know when you expect to arrive, so we can coordinate a convenient drop-off time and location, as we may be off-campus.
Text ELITEAM @ 802-793-5055
What is your Communications Policy?
ELITEAM'S COMMUNICATION POLICY:
Clinics & Day Camps:
If you child needs to bring a cell phone to camp each day, we require that it is handed in to a coach at drop-off, to be returned at the end of each day. We do not allow cell phone use during the day, unless your child has an urgent need to contact you.
Cell phones (and all electronics) are not permitted at overnight camps. In addition, ELITEAM does not allow campers to make or receive phone calls during the week, as we have found the nightly phone calls to be a distraction to campers and a potential source to trigger homesickness. ELITEAM is a time for your kids to "unplug" and focus on athletics and FUN!
If your child has a cell phone with them upon arrival at camp, they should hand it in to their dorm parent for the duration of camp. If it is discovered that a child secretly brought a cell phone to camp and chose not to hand it in to staff, we will ask you to come and pick up your child. We are strict about this rule and appreciate your cooperation. If you have a concern about this policy, please contact us in advance to discuss it.
Should you have an urgent message for your child during the week, or would simply like to check in with us for reassurance, please don't hesitate to call.
Lastly, we encourage all parents to follow the ELITEAM Blog that is updated daily during camp. This helps keep you connected to all of our activities and adventures during the week. The full photo gallery will be posted at the end of camp.
How much mountain biking will they do?
No mountain biking this year.
Campers do NOT need to bring bikes for either the World Cup or Europa Cup camps.
How can I reach the staff during camp?
2019 Phone Numbers
- Kelley Lewis (main ELITEAM phone number): 802-793-5055
- Doug Lewis: 802-793-3078
As a reminder, campers are not permitted to have cell phones at the overnight camps.
For Day Camps/Clinics- If your child must bring a cell phone to camp, it should be handed into a coach at drop-off, to be returned at the end of each day. (No cell phone use during the day.)
Can my child call home during camp?
Day Camps & Clinics:
If your child needs to bring a cell phone to camp each day, we require that it is handed in to a coach at drop-off, to be returned at the end of each day. We do not allow cell phone use during the day, unless your child has an urgent need to contact you.
Phone calls (and cell phones) are not permitted at ELITEAM, as we have found the nightly phone calls to be a distraction to campers and a source to trigger homesickness. If your child is not able to last the duration of camp without speaking to you, then he/she is not quite ready for ELITEAM. If you're "on the fence" about registering, we suggest waiting a year. Have your child "practice" their overnights, and then reevaluate for next Summer. When that time comes, think about sending them with a buddy. That can help their comfort level tremendously. Please consider this carefully. It is important to us that your child have a positive experience at ELITEAM.
What are the rooms like? (Overnight Camps)
Overnight Camps @ GMVS
World Cup Camps-
Two dorm buildings are used on the GMVS campus- one for boys, one for girls. Each room has 2-4 beds, a desk area, and shelves for clothing storage. There are 1-2 bathroom/shower areas per floor that are shared by the campers.
What is your procedure for handling injuries & medical emergencies?
All Camps and Clinics-
All ELITEAM coaches are First Aid & CPR certified.
Clinics & Day Camps-
We typically do not have an Athletic Trainer on-staff for Clinics and Day camps. ELITEAM staff will evaluate and treat minor injuries during the day and report to parents at the end of the day during pick-up. For more serious or questionable injuries, parents will be contacted and consulted. In an emergency (ex. possible broken bone), ELITEAM will contact parents immediately and take the injured camper to the hospital for evaluation if parents are unavailable.
Vermont Overnight Camps @ GMVS-
A part-time Athletic Trainer will be on staff to monitor existing injuries during the week and evaluate any new injuries that occur at camp. Ex. sprains, strains, etc.
Typically, our AT will check in with injured athletes both at breakfast and again at lunch see how things are going and to tape injuries if needed. For more serious injuries, every effort will be made to contact parents before seeking emergency treatment.
How do you handle the situation if a child is homesick? (Overnight Camps)
Kids who are homesick are often fine during the day, but have difficulty at night when they're tired and have a bit of down time. We will do our best to comfort your child, and provide him/her with a distraction. In general, we have found that a phone call home to parents only makes things worse, so we will strongly discourage this approach. However, should it become necessary, your child’s dorm parent will call you to discuss a strategy for handling the remainder of your child’s time at camp.
In order to manage your child's expectations prior to camp, please be clear with him/her about the "no phone calls" policy at camp.
What is a typical day at Eliteam?
ELITEAM offers a variety of Camps & Clinics. Depending on the program and location, the schedule will vary. Overall, however, we follow a very structured program each day. We feel the kids do best with a focused, busy schedule and limited free time.
World Cup Overnight Camps-
6:45am: Wake up
7:00am: Morning run & stretch
8:15am: Morning activity/workout
12:30pm: Notebook meeting
1:30pm: Afternoon activity/workout
5:00pm: Free time
6:30pm: Evening Activity
8:00pm: Dorm meeting & Journal
8:30pm: Get ready for bed
8:45pm: Campers in their own room — Quiet time.
9:00pm: Lights out
Europa Cup Day Camp-
8:30am: Daily drop-off
8:45am: Morning warm-up
9:00am: Morning activity/workout (snack mid-morning)
12:30pm: Notebook Meeting
1:00pm: Afternoon activity/workout (snack mid-afternoon)
4:30pm: Daily pick-up*
*On the last day, camp ends at 3pm to allow for extra travel time home.
Why do you recommend that Eliteam not be a child’s first overnight camp experience?
ELITEAM’s program is quite strenuous. The physical exhaustion combined with the stress of being away from home for the first time can be overwhelming for some campers. Although many can make it through the day, they often have a difficult time in the evenings. This is especially true for the younger campers (ex. 8-10 yr olds). On the other hand, if your child is older, and has not yet been to overnight camp, but is used to being away from family and the comforts of home for a week at a time, he/she should be ok. We suggest that you give us a call to discuss your child’s situation if you are unsure. It is important to us that your child has a positive experience their first time at camp.
What are my local lodging options during camp?
Camps in Waitsfield, VT.
We recommend calling the Mad River Valley Chamber of Commerce @ 802-496-3409, or visit their website. There are a variety of motels, Inns and B&B's in the area.