5th Annual American Cheerleader Guide to Summer Camp

Is your squad having trouble deciding which camp to attend this summer? Don't give it another moment's worry. Just read our directory listing, which details all of the essential info for the leading cheer camps across the country, to see which is the best fit for your squad's needs.

National Cheerleaders Association (NCA)
PO Box 660359
Dallas, TX 75266-0359
Camp Programs: resident, commuter and private camps; all-star, elite, coed, non-mount, junior high, college prep, Christian and mascot camps
Curriculum: team building in association with MADD, safety stunting through SMART, crowd involvement, Bleacher Mania, jumps, partner stunts, pyramids, dances, cheers and chants, custom coaching
Instructor Info: collegiate cheerleaders who complete a training program and NCA safety certification
Advisor/Coach Benefits: certification program, $1,000,000 in liability insurance, national competition and safety guidelines booklet, spirit book, coaches' manual
Competitions & Awards: daily ribbons and team certificates, team and individual awards, qualifications for national competitions and special events
Locations: US, Austria, Brazil, Chile, Germany, Mexico, Slovenia
Cost: varies by camp type, location and length
Availability: year-round
Specials: spirit packs, spirit books, membership cards
Infoline: 1-800-NCA-2-WIN or on the web at www.ncacheer.com

Universal Cheerleaders Association (UCA)
2525 Horizon Lake Drive
Memphis, TN 38133
Camp Programs: resident, commuter and private camps; Christian, elite, all-star, non-building, junior high, college prep, youth camps also available
Curriculum: crowd-oriented cheers, sidelines, dance in levels, partner stunts, transitions, "retreat" team building activities, private coaching, low pressure evaluation, safety
Instructor Info: collegiate instructors who have completed the AACCA Safety Program and an eight day training program
Advisor/Coach Benefits: $1,000,000 liability insurance, exclusive Nike coaches' program, manual, focus groups, retreat planning, liability and emergency plans
Competitions & Awards: daily awards for spirit and improvement; evening evaluations & final day championships
Locations: US, Canada, England, Japan, South America
Cost: varies with program & location
Availability: resident camps, summer only; private camps, preferably in early summer, but available year-round
Specials: special event, bowl game and parade performance opportunities including the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade
Infoline: 1-888-CHEER-UCA or on the web at www.uca.com and www.varsity.com

Cheerleaders of America (COA)
3593 Interchange Road
Columbus, OH 43204
Camp Programs: resident/commuter and private camps; dance camps also available
Curriculum: daily stretching, warm-up, motion and jump exercises, crowd and performance cheers and sideline chants, variety of dances, partner stunts and pyramid classes with emphasis on safety and proper technique, alternate incorporation classes for non-building and competitive teams, daily evaluations, private coaching and buddy instructor meetings emphasizing team building and squad unity
Instructor Info: college cheerleaders and dance team members who have completed a comprehensive 40-hour training program
Advisor/Coach Benefits: free attendance at private camps, one complimentary coach camp fee for every 12 paid-in-full student camp fees at resident camps, COA Spirit Guide, coaches' workshops and manual, COA coaches' packs with Spirit & Co merchandise
Competitions & Awards: daily non-competitive team evaluations with progress awards and written critiques, final day team and individual evaluations, bids to the COA National Championship, COA "Dream Team" qualifiers for a nationally televised bowl game
Location: US, Europe
Cost: $50-$225 per student, depending on program
Availability: primarily summer; one and two day clinics, year-round upon request
Specials: early registration discounts for resident and private camps, camp merchandise, product samples
Infoline: 1-800-25-CHEER or on the web at www.coacheer.com

Cheerleading Technique Camps (CTC)
PO Box 15267
Gainesville, FL 32604
Camp Programs: customized private camps
Curriculum: cheers, chants, dances, stunts, pyramids and jumps, hands-on spotting and safety technique with progressionary drills
Instructor Info: collegiate cheerleaders and dancers who complete a seven day extensive training session
Advisor/Coach Benefits: free attendance, personal training on topics including incorporation, stunt technique and safety, team building and goal setting
Competitions & Awards: ribbons and incentive awards, qualification for bowl games, The American Open National Cheer and Dance Championships and The American Grand Championships in Las Vegas
Locations: US, Australia and Cuba
Cost: varies by program, length and location
Availability: year-round
Specials: free video of all summer material and free audiocassette of dance music, discounted campwear to registered campers, early sign-up incentives
Infoline: 1-800-462-8294 or on the web at www.cheercentral.com

Fellowship of Christian Cheerleaders (FCC)
5060 North Royal Atlanta Drive, Suite 15
Tucker, GA 30084
Camp Programs: resident, commuter and private camps
Curriculum: team building, safety, crowd-oriented cheers and chants, partner stunts, pyramids, tumbling, jumps, music routines, leadership training
Instructor Info: collegiate cheerleaders who complete an extensive seven day training session
Advisor/Coach Benefits: free attendance and instructional video if squad registers before April 15, one CEU from ACSI, spirit book, merchandise discounts
Competitions & Awards: daily ribbons, team and individual awards, qualification for FCC's National Championship
Locations: US
Cost: varies with location and program
Availability: resident camps, summer only; private camps, year-round
Specials: bowl game qualification opportunities
Infoline: 1-800-825-6953 or on the web at www.cheerfcc.org

AmeriCheer
20 Collegeview Road
Westerville, OH 43081
Camp Programs: resident, commuter and private camps; one and two day clinics, elementary to college level
Curriculum: "School Spirit Program" that promotes crowd involvement, jumps, tumbling, stunts, pyramids, transitions, cheers, sideline chants, dance routines, private coaching, pep rally ideas, informational and instructional coaches' sessions, squad leadership, goal setting
Instructor Info: collegiate, professional and college prep cheerleaders who complete a comprehensive 5two hour training program
Advisor/Coach Benefits: special pricing for coaches, Reebok Coaches' Program, AmeriCheer safety training and certification, daily coaches' meetings, AmeriCheer coaches' manual
Competitions & Awards: daily evaluations and spirit awards, optional home dance routine competition, end of camp team and individual awards
Locations: US and Canada
Cost: varies with location, region and timing
Availability: resident and commuter camps, summer only; private camps and clinics, year-round
Specials: special event and parade performance opportunities, special merchandise giveaways during camp, AmeriCheer coaches' safety certification
Infoline: 1-800-966-JUMP or on the web at www.americheerinc.com

Cheer LTD.
118 Ridgeway Drive, Suite 101
Fayetteville, NC 28311
Camp Programs: private camps
Curriculum: custom instruction in material and choreography including routine building, chants, dances, floor cheers, stunt progressions, gymnastics, jumps, team building, youth camp formats available
Instructor Info: collegiate cheerleaders who have completed National Safety and National Judges Certifications
Advisor/Coach Benefits: free attendance, training session, coaches' notebook, camp book, coaches' gift pack with product samples, free cassette with all camp dance music
Competition & Awards: bids to CanAm International Cheer and Dance Championships, bowl game qualifications
Locations: US, Puerto Rico, Virgin Islands
Cost: $95, 3 days; $125, 5 days
Availability: primarily summer months; limited during school year
Specials: free instruction book of cheers, chants and dances, Early Bird Specials before March 1, 1999, $50 onsite coaches' rebate to those meeting criteria
Infoline: 1-800-477-8868 or on the web at www.cheerltd.com

United Spirit Association (USA)
521 East Weddell Drive, Suite 110
Sunnyvale, CA 94089
Camp Programs: resident, commuter and private camps; youth through collegiate and professional levels
Curriculum: stunting, safety, building, pyramids, jump and motion technique, "West Coast Style" choreography, sideline cheers, performance cheers, game-time training, team building, private coaching, pep assemblies, elite program in some locations for competition-oriented squads
Instructor Info: collegiate and professional cheerleaders and performers who complete advanced training workshops
Advisor/coach benefits: free attendance as a chaperone, classes and seminars, hands-on workshops
Competitions & Awards: daily spirit awards and ribbons, individual all star tryouts, team awards, non-competitive team evaluations
Locations: US, Japan
Cost: $40-$250 depending on program
Availability: resident camps, summer only; private camps and one day clinics, year-round
Specials: each squad receives a "TeamMaker" book and "Camp Notes" with routines, cheers, skits, etc., national and international special event performances
Infoline: 1-800-886-4USA or on the web at www.usacamps.com

Eastern Cheerleaders Association (ECA)
PO Box 475
South Hill, VA 23970
Camp Programs: resident, resident express, cheer/gymnastics camps and private camps
Curriculum: crowd involvement cheers and chants, sidelines, dances, jumps, partner stunts, pyramids, spotting techniques, coaches' program, workshops, private coaching
Instructor Info: collegiate and professional cheerleaders
Advisor/Coach Benefits: CEU credit program, workshops, manual, T-shirt, summer music CD
Competitions & Awards: optional daily evaluations and home routine competition, qualification for ECA Finals Invitational Championship, individual awards, educational scholarships
Locations: eastern US
Cost: varies by program
Availability: year-round
Specials: bowl game and special event opportunities
Infoline: 1-800-940-4322 or on the web at www.ecaeda.com

World Cheerleading Association (WCA)
PO Box 27070
Overland Park, KS 66225
Camp Programs: resident, commuter, youth and private home camps
Curriculum: crowd involvement cheers and sideline chants, conditioning classes, dances and fight song routines, partner stunts and pyramids, daily one-on-one private coaching, custom curriculum at private camps
Instructor Info: collegiate cheerleaders who complete a comprehensive 10-day training session
Advisor/coach benefits: coaching manual and WCA camp yearbook, special daily coach classes; private home camp, coaches attend free
Competitions & Awards: daily spirit awards and evaluation ribbons, optional camp competition on last day, camp awards, bids for WCA National Cheerleading and Dance Championships
Locations: US, Canada, England, Germany, Ireland
Cost: $3five $210 depending on camp program
Availability: June-September
Specials: see coaches' benefits above
Infoline: 1-888-TEAM-WCA or on the web at www.worldcheerleading.com

United Performing Association (UPA)
361-90th Avenue Northwest
Minneapolis, MN 55433
Camp Programs: private camps
Curriculum: warm-up, fundamentals, jumps and leaps, motion drills, routines; specific material available upon request
Instructor Info: professional, collegiate and high school graduate instructors who have completed the UPA instructor-training program
Advisor/Coach Benefits: coaches attend free, camp manual, opportunity to attend the UPA Coaches' Cruise
Competitions & Awards: individual and team awards, qualify for the UPA AmeriCup Championship and/or the Cup of the Americas International Championship
Locations: US, Canada, Mexico
Cost: determined by curriculum and specific needs, call for more info
Availability: summer, fall and spring; dates selected based on availability
Specials: special event and performance opportunities, qualification for UPA Championships, individual and small group competitions
Infoline: 1-800-800-6UPA or on the web at www.upainc.net

CHEERSPORT INC. (CSI)
11011 Monroe Road, Suite C
Matthews, NC 28105
Camp Programs: commuter, weekend and two to four day camps, one day events, specialty camps in choreography, cheer, chant and dance, stunting, tumbling and jumping
Curriculum: customized squad training, team bonding, goal setting/achievement and strength/conditioning exercises
Instructor Info: nationally ranked all star coaches and choreographers, collegiate cheerleaders representing prestigious programs, nationally recognized speakers and judges
Advisor/Coach Benefits: free attendance for all coaches, hands-on experience with instruction, coaches' manuals
Competitions & Awards: given for bowl game performances
Locations: nationwide
Cost: $30-$80 per student, cheer and specialty camps; $30-$90 per student, choreography camps
Availability: year-round
Specials: free T-shirts with three day camps
Infoline: 1-888-READY-OK or e-mail at csireadyok@aol.com

US Spirit
1425 E. Dublin-Granville Road, Suite 112
Columbus, OH 43229
Camp Programs: resident, commuter and private camps
Curriculum: cheers and chants, crowd involvement techniques, safety, team building, leadership training, jumps, tumbling, dance, private coaching
Instructor Info: current and former collegiate and professional instructors who complete a comprehensive training program
Advisor/Coach Benefits: free attendance, private camps; free attendance with squads of 10 or more, coaches' sessions and training, resident camps
Competitions & Awards: daily awards for teamwork, improvement, optional home dance routine competition, camp competition, all-star selections, qualify for US Spirit National Championships
Locations: US and South America
Cost: varies by camp type, location and length
Availability: resident camps, summer only; private camps, summer and on a limited basis year-round
Specials: bowl game and other special event opportunities, early registration discounts for camps, coaches' package, product samples and more
Infoline: 1-800-469-7878 or on the web at www.usspirit.com and www.winternationals.net

Cheersports
PO Box 24041
Lexington, KY 40524-4041
Camp Programs: resident, commuter, in-house facility camps and choreography camps
Curriculum: technical classes in stunts, tumbling and motions; jumps, cheers, sidelines and dance routines; seminars in team building, goal setting, nutrition, individual success and confidence
Instructor Information: all instructors are First Aid/CPR and AACCA certified and represent prestigious cheerleading teams
Advisor/Coach Benefits: advisors and directors attend free and receive advisor manual, seminars in safety, technique, nutrition and team building, goal seminars and tips on running effective resident camp practices
Competitions & Awards: daily awards, end of camp individual and team awards
Locations: resident camps in Kentucky, commuter camps available in various states, private and choreography camps available nationwide
Cost: $50-$179 per student, depending on program
Availability: resident and commuter camps, summer only; private, in-house and choreography camps, year-round
Specials: T-shirt giveaways, 10% discount to teams who register before June 1, 1999, certificates to competitions, all-star program and special event opportunities
Infoline: 1-888-810-2544 or e-mail at gocats@aol.com

JAMZ A.S.C.
PO Box 512
San Ramon, CA 94583
Camp Programs: resident, commuter and private camps
Curriculum: stunt training, performance and game action cheer material, technique workshops, motion drills, team building
Instructor Info: professional, collegiate and all-star cheerleaders and dancers and professional coaches and choreographers who follow a training program and JAMZ A.S.C. safety certification
Advisor/Coach Benefits: free tuition when attending with teams of 10 or more, free motivational and educational coaches' clinics for youth leagues and conferences when booking a camp with 250 or more students, coaches' manuals, video and cassette tapes of all material taught at camp for teams of 10 or more, JAMZ A.S.C. safety certification
Competitions & Awards: individual evaluation and participation ribbon to every student, daily awards, qualification for special events and national championship, team spirit awards
Locations: US, Canada, Europe, Guam, Japan, Mexico
Cost: varies by program; call for more info
Availability: resident and commuter camps, summer only; private camps, year-round; coaches' clinics, spring and summer
Specials: qualifiers perform at events including professional football and basketball games and major university events; invitations to perform and study abroad, qualification for national championship
Infoline: 1-800-920-4272 or on the web at www.jamzasc.com

US Spiritleaders
PO Box 32227
Long Beach, CA 90832
Camp Programs: resident and commuter camps, camp videos for out-of-area teams
Curriculum: advanced and custom choreography
Instructor Info: Rey Lozano, special guest instructors and artists from top college and professional teams
Advisor/Coach Benefits: advisor program on proper nutrition for competitive squads
Competitions & Awards: daily awards
Locations: west coast
Cost: call for more info
Availability: summer
Specials: giveaways to participants
Infoline: 1-888- 675- 2999

United States Cheer & Dance Camps (USCDA)
PO Box 1524
Washington, PA 15301-7524
Camp Programs: customized private team camps at all ability levels, specializing in youth camps
Curriculum: tumbling, stunting, jumps, flexibility, body conditioning, technique, cheers, dance and pom routines, half-time and competition routines
Instructor info: collegiate and professional choreographers who specialize in cheerleading, gymnastics and dance and have produced national title-winning teams
Advisor/Coach Benefits: free camp attendance and membership to USCDA All American Coaches' Team, video and audio tapes and notes of camp materials
Competitions & Awards: daily team awards, camp certificates to each student, special event and bowl game qualification opportunities
Locations: nationwide
Cost: $50-$140 per student depending on number of days, hours of instruction and number of students; call for more info
Availability: year-round
Specials: T-shirts to all team members when paying in full at time of camp booking, off-peak season camp discounts, student membership discounts to United States All American Cheerleaders Team
Infoline: 1-888-922-DANCE

USA Cheerleading Federation (USACF)
100 Hive Drive
Charlotte, NC 28217
Camp Programs: resident, commuter and private camps, day clinics
Curriculum: progressive tumbling and stunting skills taught with emphasis on safety techniques, competitive routine choreography
Instructor Info: collegiate instructors with extensive background in progressive stunting and tumbling skills
Advisor/Coach Benefits: programs include spotting techniques for both stunting and tumbling, rule book and safety information
Competitions & Awards: camp trophies for teams and individuals, All American Team Tryouts for both cheer and dance, leadership awards, mascot training and the opportunity to cheer for NBA and WNBA teams
Locations: southern and eastern US
Cost: $20 per participant, daily clinic; $50 per participant, three day private camp; $60 per participant, three day commuter camp; $110 per participant, three day resident camp
Availability: year-round
Specials: qualify for half-time performances for NBA Charlotte Hornets and WNBA Charlotte Sting
Infoline: 1-888-86-USACF or on the web at www.usacf.com

American All Star
PO Box 1062
Mandeville, LA 70470
Camp Programs: resident, commuter and private camps
Curriculum: team building, leadership, sponsor relations, fundraising tips, technique and safety classes
Instructor Info: collegiate and professional instructors who complete an intense training seminar
Advisor/Coach Benefits: coach's handbook, full-time staff
Competitions & Awards: national and international special event performance opportunities
Locations: nationwide
Cost: varies by camp program; call for more info
Availability: year-round
Specials: special event performance opportunities throughout the year
Infoline: 1-800-256-7827 or on the web at www.americanallstar.com

American Spirit
507 South Coltrane, Suite F
Edmond, OK 73034
Camp Programs: hotel camps, commuter and private camps
Curriculum: spirit rally, fight song, jump class, stunts and pyramids, cheer technique, game cheers/chants, performance cheer, funk class, team time and private coaching
Instructor Info: each instructor has many years of competition and teaching experience in both cheer and dance
Advisor/Coach Benefits: free attendance; workshop topics like pep assemblies, discipline and competitions; coach's bag and workbook; safety certification
Competitions & Awards: fight song and home routine competition, trophies and ribbons awarded at various age levels, individual awards, bids to American Spirit Nationals
Locations: CA, FL, KY, MO, OK, TX
Cost: $95, commuter; $179, hotel camp
Availability: June and July; private camps by request
Specials: spirit book and participation ribbons
Infoline: 1-800-636-5272 or on the web at www.dance-n-cheer.com

Carolina Cheerleading Association (CCA)
PO Box 7303
Columbia, SC 29202
Camp Programs: resident, commuter and private camps
Curriculum: cheers, sidelines, stunts, pyramids and private coaching; skills camps for all-star and competitive squads, including elite stunts, basket toss classes, tumbling and limited cheer class
Instructor Info: collegiate instructors who attend a week-long training session
Advisor/Coach Benefits: safety certification classes, NCA Spirit Books and Safety Guideline booklets, coaches' video series
Competition & Awards: camp dance, cheer and chant trophy awards, spirit sticks, opportunity to enter Grand Championships held in Columbia, SC, NCA National bids, Myrtle Beach Classic bids
Locations: eastern US
Cost: varies by camp type and location
Availability: year-round depending on staff availability
Infoline: 1-800-385-6076

Champion Cheerleading
1187 Hemphill Court
Brighton, MI 48114
Camp Programs: resident, private and stunt camps
Curriculum: leadership and "life-skills" seminars, anti-drug program, "team time" activities, "Candlelight" staff shares inspiring stories, various levels of cheer and chants, stunt progressions, tumbling, jumps and plyometrics, fight song/dance, final day pep rally
Instructor Info: collegiate cheerleaders/students, teachers, championship coaches who complete a 1four day training program
Advisor/Coach Benefits: seminars on effective coaching tips, stunts, pyramids and tumbling training
Competitions & Awards: no competition at camp; daily and end of camp team and individual awards
Locations: MI and surrounding states
Cost: $17five $190, resident camp; $90, private camp; $105, stunt camp
Availability: resident and private camps, summer only; stunt/skill clinics and one day clinics, year-round
Specials: team handbooks including all materials taught, stunts, jumps and other information, free coaches' gift, video and music tapes
Infoline:1-810-220-1146

Champion Cheerleading Inc.
5655 Western Boulevard
Raleigh, NC 27606
Camp Programs: resident, commuter and private camps
Curriculum: resident camps include cheers, chants, crowd responses, dances, partner stunts, pyramids, transitions and total team relations; private camps include individualized curriculum; Power Elite Camps include intense curriculum for competition teams
Instructor Info: call for more info
Advisor/coach benefits: call for more info
Competitions & Awards: ribbons, trophies, scholarships and cash awards, qualification for bowl game performances and national competitions
Locations: eastern US
Cost: $13five $215 depending on program
Availability: resident camps, summer only; private camps, year-round
Infoline: 1-800-732-2309 or on the web at www.championcheer.com

Cheer! Michigan
6851 Woodbank Drive
Bloomfield Hills, MI 48031
Camp Programs: resident and private camps, coaches' camp, stunt camp and leadership programs
Curriculum: leadership training, skill and team building, competition preparation, stunting and tumbling
Instructor Info: cheer instructors who complete an intense two week training program
Advisor/Coach Benefits: coaches' camp including educational sessions and hands-on training
Competitions & Awards: non-competitive camps with daily attitude awards voted on by teams at camp
Locations: MI
Cost: varies by program
Availability: camps, summer only; private camps, year-round
Specials: call for more info
Infoline: 1-248-932-3474 or on the web at www.cheermichigan.com

Cheertec
PO Box 2236
Pullman, WA 99165
Camp Programs: resident and private camps
Curriculum: motions, jumps, chants, cheers, performance dances, sideline dances, safety and spotting, stunts and leadership
Instructor Info: collegiate and professional cheerleaders/instructors who attend a comprehensive four day training program and successfully complete a written exam
Advisor/Coach Benefits: coaches' certification, special workshops, coaches' manual, coaches' clock hours
Competitions & Awards: camp spirit awards, optional "Bring A Routine From Home" competition, team and individual qualification for bowl game performances
Locations: ID, MT, OR, WA, British Columbia
Cost: $170-$180, resident camps; as low as $70, two day private camps
Availability: resident camps, summer only; private camps, year-round
Specials: goodies, individual performance ribbons, free coaches' manual
Infoline: 1-800-785-2433

Christian Cheerleaders of America (CCA)
PO Box 49
Bethania, NC 27010-0049
Camp Programs: resident, commuter and private camps
Curriculum: crowd-oriented cheers, sidelines and band chants, fight song, music routine, jumps, tumbling, stunts, team building, technique and safety training, leadership classes, devotional skits and songs, one-on-one personal squad training and devotional spiritual counseling with staff
Instructor Info: collegiate cheerleaders from nationally ranked teams who complete more than 350 hours of intensive training
Advisor/Coach Benefits: free attendance with six or more students, training sessions including safety, spotting, team building and more; "goody bag" with coupons and giveaways, free audio cassette of summer material
Competitions & Awards: daily camp awards and ribbons, final day camp competition for teams and individuals, special event performance and national championship qualifications
Locations: US, mission trips to non-US locations
Cost: $6five $149 depending on program
Availability: resident camps, summer only; private, mini, coaches' training and choreography camps, year-round
Specials: early registration discounts
Infoline: 1-88eight 732-8522 or on the web at www.cheercca.com

Elite Cheer Camps
816 Grandview Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15211
Camp Programs: private camps
Curriculum: cheer, pom, dance, gymnastics, partner stunts, pyramids, workshops, individual awards, squad evaluations
Instructor Info: collegiate cheerleaders who are certified in CPR and complete an eight day training program
Advisor/Coach Benefits: manual, free gift, spirit book
Competitions & Awards: daily evaluations, camp certificates, individual awards, All American awards
Locations: nationwide
Cost: $40-$92 per student, depending on type of camp
Availability: year-round
Specials: pre-booking discounts up to $150
Infoline: 1-800-456-4PEP

Global Cheerleaders Association (GCA)
2607 Big Woods Trail
Beavercreek, OH 45324
Camp Programs: private camps
Curriculum: cheer, chants, dances, mounting
Instructor Info: former All Americans who complete an extensive safety/curriculum training weekend
Advisor/Coach Benefits: free attendance
Competitions & Awards: daily evaluations and awards
Locations: nationwide
Cost: call for more info
Availability: year-round
Specials: free advisor gift if squad registers by April 1, qualifications for All American Cheer & Dance Hawaii Performance Tour and US Cheerleading Championships held by SpiritPower
Infoline: 1-877-GCA-9476

Midwest Cheer/Dance
1113 Highway 330
Griffith, IN 46319
Camp Programs: private camps
Curriculum: custom curriculum and schedule based on coach requests, cheers, dances, motion and jump techniques, tumbling, building, captain/team building sessions
Instructor Info: current and former collegiate cheerleaders who are CPR certified and complete an extensive training program
Advisor/Coach Benefits: free attendance, manuals, certificate upon completion of coaches' training
Competitions & Awards: daily evaluations and ribbons
Locations: nationwide
Cost: $2seven $55 per person, depending on length of camp; additional fees for extra travel; call for more info
Availability: year-round
Specials: individuals qualify for Midwest Cheer/Dance Competition
Infoline: 1-219-864- JUMP or e-mail at midwest@aol.com

Pine Forest Cheerleading Camp
PO Box 11
Olyphant, PA 18447
Camp Programs: resident camps
Curriculum: team building, stunts, chants, optional classes, sideline cheers, dance routines, daily evaluations, regular and elite stunt classes
Instructor Info: all instructors trained by the Universal Cheerleaders Association
Advisor/Coach Benefits: free attendance, coaches' manual, daily coaches' meeting, certification program
Competitions & Awards: camp championships on last day
Locations: Greeley, PA (Pocono Mountains)
Cost: $135
Availability: 10 sessions throughout the summer
Specials: free T-shirts to all students
Infoline: 1-570-876-2664

Spirit Xpress
5410-T Highway 55
Durham, NC 27713
Camp Programs: customized private camps for all ages, gym camps at two locations, choreography, college prep and residential camps
Curriculum: custom-designed private camps include motion techniques, cheers, chants, stunting, tumbling, dance, pyramids, team building and choreography, emphasis on technique and safety; residential camps focus on cheers, dance and jumps, stunting, pyramids and tumbling
Instructor Info: extensively trained collegiate instructors
Advisor/Coach Benefits: free attendance at private camps, free attendance with every 12 registered students at residential camps, free coaches' manual, year-round help with tryouts, clinics and routine choreography
Competitions & Awards: non-competitive environment, individual ribbons upon camp completion, individuals and squads selected to perform in parades and bowl games
Locations: US, Canada, Europe
Cost: varies with program, length and location
Availability: year-round
Specials: early sign-up incentives, Team Spirit performances at nationally televised bowl games, free camp music audio tape
Infoline: 1-919-544-2390 or e-mail at sprtxprs@aol.com

Carolina Tumbling & Cheerleading Power Camps
4900 Highway 55 East, Suite 240
Durham, NC 27713
Camp Programs: resident camps
Curriculum: focus on tumbling, stunting and pyramids
Instructor Info: current and former collegiate cheerleaders and gymnasts
Advisor/Coach Benefits: free attendance with every 12 registered students, free coaches' manual, coaches' session with current college cheerleading and gymnastics coaches
Competitions & Awards: non-competitive environment, squad and individual ribbons upon camp completion, qualification for bowl game performances
Location: University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Cost: $195
Availability: July nine 12; July 1six 19; July 2three 26; July 30-August 2; August six 9
Specials: Carolina football/basketball clinics, Team Spirit performances at nationally televised bowl games
Infoline: 1-919-544-2390 or e-mail at sprtxprs@aol.com

United States Cheerleading Association (USCA)
7848 NW 71st Way
Parkland, FL 33067
Camp Programs: premier resort, resident, commuter and private camps
Curriculum: cheers, chants, jumps, dances, stunts, tumbling, baskets, dismounts and elite stunts, private coaching, team building
Instructor Info: collegiate and professional cheerleaders
Advisor/Coach Benefits: coaches' certification program and coaches' specials at various camp locations; free camp attendance at private camps
Competitions & Awards: participation award certificates for all students, special event, All Americans and national championship qualifications, daily evaluations and awards, team and individual awards
Locations: US and international
Cost: varies by program
Availability: year-round
Specials: bowl game and special event opportunities
Infoline: 1-888-414-USCA or e-mail at CheerUSCA@aol.com

American Cheerleaders Association (ACA)
PO Box 852949
Dallas, TX 7508five 2949
Camp Programs: resident, commuter and private camps; specialized All-Star camps
Curriculum: cheers, chants, dances, partner stunts, pyramids, evaluations, ACA Huddle Up Leadership Program
Instructor Info: collegiate instructors professionally trained by company founders
Advisor/Coach Benefits: ACA Coaches' Game Plan Book, coaches' programs on technical and leadership aspects of being a coach
Competitions & Awards: Camp Champions, Spirit Sticks, Five Star award system, best cheerleader, tumbler and jumper competitions, Fun Jam Award, ACA All Star Team Award, Camp Favorite Award
Locations: residential camps in LA, MS, OK and TX; private camps by reservation
Cost: $7nine $200 depending on program
Availability: resident camps, summer only; private camps year round
Specials: coaches' Nike bag for early registration, special events and performance trips for qualifiers
Infoline: 1-800-316-8815 or on the web at www.acacheerleading.com

NCA Collegiate
PO Box 7303
Columbia, SC 29202
Camp Programs: resident and private camps for college squads
Curriculum: cheers, chants, fight song, dance, spirit routine, stunts, pyramids, basket tosses, tumbling, jumps, safety/spotting, coaches' training, mascot, certification
Instructor Info: elite collegiate staff who complete a training session
Advisor/Coach Benefits: training sessions, safety/liability certification
Competitions & Awards: evaluation ribbons, team and individual awards
Locations: CA, CO, IN, MA, MO, SC, TX
Availability: resident camps, summer only; private camps, year-round
Specials: bids to national championships
Infoline: 1-800-564-9254 or on the web at www.ncacheer.com

American Cheer Express
PO Box 3505
Princeton, NJ 08543
Camp Programs: resident, commuter and personal camps
Curriculum: personalized, game and/or performance cheer and dance, progressive stunting classes, tumbling clinics in some locations, pyramids, tosses, safety training, teamwork workshops and games, fitness and nutrition
Instructor Info: collegiate instructors who are tested and certified and have graduated from a mandatory annual training camp
Advisor/Coach Benefits: safety certification programs, free or discounted registration, coaches' manual and personalized workshops
Competitions & Awards: daily and weekly progress evaluations, ribbons, trophies, spirit and fun awards, All-American Awards, Bowl Bids
Locations: personal camps east of the Mississippi; overnight camps, CT, MD, NJ, PA
Cost: $6nine $89 per student, personal camps; $15seven $194 per student, overnight camps
Availability: personal and residential camps, summer only; choreography and private coaching year-round
Specials: wide range of giveaways to coaches and individuals, discounts for large groups and special performance opportunities
Infoline: 1-888- TEAM-XPRS or on the web at www.americancheer.com

American Cheerleading Federation
3555 Holly Lane North #50
Plymouth, MN 55447
Camp Programs: resident and private camps
Curriculum: stunts, leadership, squad bonding, crowd involvement-style cheers and chants, dances, partner stunts and pyramids, transitions, interactive coaches' classes, jumps, tumbling and choreography
Instructor Info: collegiate and professional cheerleaders who complete an extensive training session
Advisor/Coach Benefits: handbook, hands-on training, free attendance
Competitions & Awards: daily squad evaluations, individual awards, qualification for bowl game performances and national championship
Locations: US
Cost: resident camps: prices vary; private camps: $60-$100 per student depending on number of days
Availability: resident camps, summer only; private camps, year-round
Specials: free video of summer material and cassette tape of music, choice of another free video if team registers by March 30, 1999
Infoline: 1-800-803-4294 or on the web at www.cheeracf.com

American Cheerleading Academy
1145 12th Street
Laurel, MD 20707
Camp Programs: day camps for youth teams and individuals hosted by high school teams, private camps
Curriculum: focus on teamwork, integrity and priorities
Instructor Info: collegiate and high school (youth camps only) cheerleaders
Advisor/Coach Benefits: American Spirit Council Coaches' Conference each spring
Competitions & Awards: daily evaluations and awards, individual ribbons corresponding to her/his team achievements
Locations: mid-Atlantic region
Cost: from $49 for a two day camp
Availability: day camps, summer only; private camps and clinics year-round
Specials: special event performance opportunities through All American Cheer & Dance
Infoline: 1-888-PEP-ACA1 or e-mail at goaca@aol.com

America's Best Cheerleader
PO Box 25328
Dallas, TX 75225
Camp Programs: custom clinics
Curriculum: customized according to coach's request, techniques in all areas, personalized cheers and chants, jumps, tumbling, stunts, strength and conditioning and choreography
Instructor Info: collegiate cheerleaders from the south/southwest with extensive cheer backgrounds and teaching experience who attend a comprehensive training session
Advisor/Coach Benefits: free attendance, training and development with personal, one-on-one attention
Competitions & Awards: individual and team awards, national and international special event performance opportunities, outstanding individuals
Locations: AL, AR, FL, GA, KS, LA, MO, OK, TN, TX
Cost: one day, $45; two day, $70; three day, $90; early registration incentives
Availability: one day clinics, year-round; custom clinics, May-September
Specials: free T-shirt for early registration, free summer dance music cassette
Infoline: 1-800-414-8778

Pyramids Cheer & Dance
2060 Commerce Avenue
Concord, CA 94520
Camp Programs: resident camps in association with the California Association of Directors of Activities (CADA); Pyramids Cheer & Dance private camps
Curriculum: cheers, chants, sideline dances and half-time routines, stunt timing class, stunt sequencing, jumps, tumbling, team building, spirit raising workshops, rally with slide show memories
Instructor Info: former all-star and collegiate instructors who are CPR and First Aid certified and trained in stunt safety, effective teaching and group communication skills at a four day intensive training session and year-round workshops
Advisor/Coach Benefits: special discounts, manual and free camp music cassette, full-time trainer available at resident camps, free attendance at private camps
Competitions & Awards: skill evaluation, daily awards include spirit, safety, teamwork, leadership and individual skills at resident camps; special awards designed for team after consultation with coaches for private camps
Locations: CA, OR, resident camps; nationwide, private camps
Cost: $200-$250 per student, resident camps; fees quoted for private camps depending on location and length of camp
Availability: resident camps in July and August; private camps year-round
Specials: special event opportunities, all resident camps are cheer, dance and mascot combined, competitive team material and instruction available
Infoline: 1-92five 685-3910 or on the web at www.pyramidsonline.com

Premier Cheerleading Association, Inc.
5302 Canal Boulevard
New Orleans, LA 70124
Camp Programs: recreation, commuter and private camps; competition choreography camps, customized camps, instruction at the Premier Cheer Centers, private summer gym, pep squad and stunt
Curriculum: cheers and chants for crowd involvement, dances, jumps, stunts, pyramids, spotting and safety techniques, progressionary drills
Instructor Info: collegiate, professional and college prep cheerleaders who complete a week-long training session
Advisor/Coach Benefits: coaching manual, seminars including health and nutrition, strengthening and conditioning, coaching workshop
Competitions and Awards: non-competitive daily team evaluations, final day team and individual awards
Locations: LA, MS
Cost: varies by program
Availability: year-round
Specials: qualifications for Mardi Gras Parade in New Orleans, free T-shirt with early registration, cheer apparel available
Infoline: 1-800-408-4858

United States Competitive Cheerleaders Association (USCCA)
PO Box 81114
Bakersfield, CA 93380
Camp Programs: commuter, private and youth camps
Curriculum: beginning through elite level of instruction covering all aspects of cheerleading for competition and spirit programs
Instructor Info: collegiate cheerleaders and coaches
Advisor/Coach Benefits: personalized instruction program for private camps
Competitions & Awards: ribbon awards program at youth camps, student recognition and performance awards program at commuter and private camps
Locations: nationwide
Cost: $75 per student, three day youth camp; $95 per student, three day commuter camp; $99 per student, three day private camp
Availability: year-round
Specials: commuter camps are set up as a fundraiser for host squad; $10 discount if registration is paid by May 1, 1999
Infoline: 1-888-872-4337, on the web at www.uscca.com or e-mail at summercamps@uscca.com

Worldwide Spirit Association (WSA)
4606 Jones Creek Road, Suite 150
Baton Rouge, LA 70817
Camp Programs: four day resident camps; four day squad summer retreat; four day commuter camps; three day private camps; two day stunt camps
Curriculum: team building, spotting and safety program, crowd participation cheers and sidelines, jumps, partner stunt and pyramid progression, dances, daily evaluation for progression and improvement, ropes course and challenge activities
Instructor Info: college instructors who complete a six day training program focusing on teaching technique and safety
Advisor/Coach Benefits: daily hands-on partner stunt training, private coaching workshop, seminars, coaches attend free with registration before April 1
Competitions & Awards: daily awards for teamwork, improvement and spirit, optional home cheer and dance competition the first night of camp, optional camp competition the final day of camp, all-star tryouts, WSA Charity Cheerleading Championship
Locations: AL, AR, FL, LA, MS, TX
Cost: resident, $160-$200; retreats, $160-$200; commuter, $85 (fundraiser opportunity); private, $90-$110 (two instructors); stunt camp, $85 (two instructors)
Availability: resident and retreat camps, summer only; private camps, stunt camps and one day clinics, year-round
Specials: free dance music, list of cheers and sidelines, free coach/advisor manual, register before April 1, advisors attend free, free tryout judges for the first 100 squads that register
Infoline: 1-800-53-CHEER or on the web at www.wsacheer.com

(From left) Darriel Johnakin, Diego Pasillas, and Emma Sutherland (all photos by Erin Baiano)

Congratulations to Dance Spirit's 2019 Cover Model Search finalists: Darriel Johnakin, Diego Pasillas, and Emma Sutherland! One of them will win a spot on Dance Spirit's Fall 2019 cover. Learn more about the dancers by clicking on their names here:

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