Frequently Asked Questions for Parents of Campers
We realize that you are looking for the gymnastics camp that will care for your child in the best
possible way. That is why we work so hard to provide the right environment that
- Safety is an important part of our Pre-Camp Staff Training Program.
- At USGTC, your child is not allowed to go anywhere on our property unless our staff
are with them.
- We have twenty-four hour security service, besides our own Staff and Counselors.
- We do not have cabins. We have dorms with slide card entry.
- Our camp has two full-time Nurses and two full-time Trainers.
- We have fire drills the first day of each session.
- Our staff references are checked and we require Cori Checks on staff.
"THE CAMP WITH DISTINGUISHED QUALITY"
Does USGTC allow cell phones or any electronic devises for
games or music? NO!
Our policy is in effect because of our past
camp experience and recommendations by the American Camping Association professionals.
Please call us if you would like a more detailed explanation.
Where is your training camp located?
Mount Holyoke College, South Hadley, Massachusetts
What are the dates for USGTC Summer Camp 2013?
July 21 - July 27 and July 28 - August 3
Where is your main office located?
USGTC's National Office is headquartered in Tequesta, Florida.
What are the drive times from major cities in the area?
Hartford, CT - 45 Minutes
Boston, MA - 2 Hours
New York City - 2.5 Hours
Brattleboro, VT - 1.5 Hours
New Hampshire - 2 Hours
Do you offer an Airport Pick-up Service?
We personally pick up campers from Bradley Airport, Hartford Connecticut. It's
fourty minutes from our South Haddley camp in Massachusetts. The cost is only $35.00 each way.
How much does it cost?
Resident Campers: $1,225 for one session, $2,520 for both sessions.
Weekend fee is included for two-week Resident Campers.
Day Campers: $650 for one session, $1,300 for both sessions.
Do you offer discounts for individuals and teams?
Anyone who registers before January 1st gets $75.00 deducted from
their total camp tuition. $40.00 will be deducted for each additional sibling.
How late can I register my child?
We accept registrations until our camp is filled. After that time we have a waiting list.
What does a one week camper fee include?
The price includes all meals, a spacious dorm room, and all the gymnastics and recreation.
What does the two week camper fee include?
Everything! Two weeks of camp, including weekend meals, a dorm room, and
a planned between session week end of gymnastics and recreation.
What is included in a camp session?
A spacious dorm room, meals, gymnastics instruction, and all our fun recreational activities.
How can I register?
Print out our application and mail it to our Florida national office along with
your $250 deposit for each session. Call 561-743-8550, email email@example.com, or fax us
your request for our 16 page full-color brochure.
Click Request A Brochure
to request a copy of our 8 page full-color brochure online!
If I cancel do I get my money back?
Our camper application explains our refund policies. WE HIGHLY RECOMMEND
THAT YOU PURCHASE CAMPER REFUND INSURANCE. The camper application gives you the contact
information for one of several companies who sell this type of coverage.
What is your refund and returned check policy?
- Written notice of cancellation must be received by April 30th. Deposit less
$75.00 processing fee will be refunded.
- After April 30th, Registration Deposits Are Non-Refundable. This Include Cancellations
for Medical and Athletic Injuries.
- Written Cancellations Post Marked Thirty Days Prior to 1st camp day. Camper
will receive Session Fees Less Deposit.
- Cancellations Within Thirty Days Of First Camp Day - ABSOLUTELY NO REFUNDS FOR ANY REASON.
- No refund will be made for a camper who withdraws at any time after arriving at Camp.
- There is no reduction or refund of fees for Late Arrivals or Early Departure.
- Retuned Checks - There Is A $35.00 Processing Fee. We Only Accept Refund
Requests In Writing.
How much spending money should I bring?
We recommend $100.00. We have a camp store and snack bar. Our
staff dorm leaders take care of camper spending money. Campers take out money
when they need it. The younger campers in our youth dorm can get the assistance
from our staff if they need special help in purchasing items in our camp store or snack bar.
Can parents come to visit?
No. We also prefer that a two-week camper does not leave camp during the
Saturday before the second session. Visitations are a disruption to our program.
"An important part of camping is to have an independent experience."
What kind of housing do you provide?
We have no cabins! All our campers and staff are housed in dorms. Campers
pick their own roommates. We allow two or three to a room. Campers and staff
tell us that our dorms are luxurious and spacious compared to other camp
housing. Our campers can decorate their rooms and win prizes for their
efforts. It's part of our fun "Color War" recreation program.
Can a team stay in the same dorm?
Yes, except all 8-9 year olds must live on a youth dorm floor. No
exceptions! Teams are housed on one or more floors. It's possible that
other campers will be on their floors. Meeting new friends is an important
part of being a USGTC camper.
What Olympians and World Champions will be at camp?
We will have at least two former Olympians at each Session. Our
Olympic and world championship coaches and gymnast names will be posted on
Twitter and our website once they are contracted in 2013.
Who are your instructors?
Our campers are taught by former Olympians, elite coaches, college
coaches, college gymnasts, private club owners, directors, and staff.
What should my child bring?
Once you become a registered camper, we will send you a list of things
to bring such as the usual workout clothing, bedding, toiletries, etc.
Most of our campers like to decorate their rooms. We will have special
"Color War" awards for the best room decorations. We also have a costume
night with a new theme each year. Again, it's part of our zany exciting
recreation program. Check out our spectacular dorm rooms.
Our Gymnastics Training Program has been developed over many years
by some of the greatest coaches from around the world. Check out our
Staff and Stars and
Do you have a Boy's Program?
Yes, we have approximately fifty boys, and at least two former male
Olympians at each session.
How much gymnastics training will I get?
You will have the opportunity to work all the Olympic events each day. Dance
and conditioning are also included. You will have five 40 minute long required
classes, plus two one hour optional, open workouts. Our gymnasts have the
opportunity to modify their optional gymnastics program, which offers more
recreation opportunities. Dance and conditioning are also included for girls.
What's the class ratio?
We have eight gymnasts to one instructor. Some times seven. That means
you can spend more time doing gymnastics with specialized attention from
What's the gym like?
The best! Each camp has one humungous gym. No small gyms like other camps.
Everyone works out together. Campers and staff really like it that way.
What ages and ability levels are your campers?
Boys and girls ages 8 to high school. We have all ages and ability levels. Most of our
campers are considered beginning and intermediate gymnasts, pre team through
level eight, but we also have some very advanced athletes. Remember that we
have staff that can spot and teach any skill done in gymnastics. Every
gymnast gets the same attention at our camp.
How about your Gymnastics Testing Program?
It was developed at USGTC and is unlike any other camp-testing program.
Our girls are first divided up by height. Each group is then tested for
their ability in each Olympic event and placed in ability groups. Six
ability groups get six classes each day, including dance and conditioning.
Do you have a Pit?
We have an incredible pit system that our Olympians and campers rave about.
Our pit system is 124 feet long, eight feet wide, and six feet high. All
our foam blocks are new each year.
What kind of equipment do you provide?
A majority of our products are new each year. We use mostly new AAI equipment
and mats. All of our camp products are available for purchase, once camp is over.
Contact us for our product list and prices.
How often will girls attend a dance class?
Unlike most camps, our girls get a forty minute dance class every day. We
also have private choreography sessions to develop optional routines. Click
here for Floor Exercise choreography information.
Do you have to be with a team?
No, most of our campers come with a friend. Approximately 30% of our campers
come with a team. A camper who comes alone is roomed with another camper the
same approximate age that has also come alone.
How about younger campers? (8-9 year old resident youth campers -
7 years and older for day campers)
Their gymnastics program is the same as older campers. They are housed in a
special dorm with a special staff, and they go to bed a little earlier than
our older campers. If a youth camper is part of a team, they are still required
to live in our youth dorm. We permit an older camper to stay with a youth camper
in the youth camper dorm.
What kind of supervision do you provide?
Our counselors are in every dorm, at least two per floor. Our owners, directors,
and medical staff also live in our dorms. Our campers are monitored during their
walks to and from their activities. Besides our own counselors, we have a
professional 24-hour security patrol.
What recreational activities do you offer?
"Color War" is a unique program only offered at USGTC. Campers and staff are
divided into two teams that compete for awards and points. Campers and staff are
all involved in the many fun activities. Some are age group oriented so that
our munchkins have a chance to win our many awards and points.
USGTC Color War
promotes meeting new friends and helping other people. Our days and evenings
are filled with fun recreational activities that do not take away from our
required gymnastics program! Some are conducted in our new multi-million dollar
student center. It houses our camp store, cafe, snack bar, and is used for
some of our recreational activities.
We have movies, bingo night, treasure hunts,
poster painting contests, camp dances, Awards Night, and Skit Night. We have
recreational swims twice a day with "Color War Swim Contests." We also have lots
of outdoor tennis courts and a basket ball gym. USGTC is known for having 4-star
We have a modern Olympic swimming pool for all our recreational swimming and fun swim contests.
What's your food like?
We have three dining halls, complimented by a cafe
and snack bar in our new 17 million dollar air conditioned Camp Center.
We can design a menu for anyone who has allergies, or other special challenges.
Campers and staff tell us that our food is the best! We
designed our menu for the growing athlete. Our food service can prepare
food for children with special needs.
Do you have an Athletic Trainer or Nurse?
We have two Athletic Trainers, two Nurses, and a Nurse Practitioner who accepts all the
prescription medication the first registration day of each session.
How old do you have to be to work at USGTC Training Camp?
You have to be at least eighteen years of age to coach at USGTC. Our Junior Counselors
have to be at least sixteen years of age. Their camp stay is free. Check out our
employment opportunities for available positions.
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