Which Camp is Right For Your Gymnast?

Summertime is fast approaching, and when school is out what do most gymnasts dream of? More time in the gym, of course! No matter what level your child is there are multiple camp options and we’ve got a rundown of some of some of the most popular gymnastics camps around the country where your athlete can safely learn skills, make new friends, and have a blast!

Beam Queen Bootcamp

Founded by former Olympic gymnast, Sam Peszek, this traveling camp offers gymnasts the opportunity to spend two days focusing solely on training for beam. Designed to be a fun, high-energy experience, the camp provides plenty of emphasis on skills and drills, but also on dance, confidence building, and performance. Sessions include working with a judge, a choreographer, and a mental performance coach. Beam Queen Bootcamp events take place at gyms across the country and are held during back-to-back days with no overnight options. The coaching staff changes for different events around the country, but typically includes former Olympians and NCAA gymnasts. The camp is geared toward levels 3-10, and Xcel Silver and up. Registration is $350, or $405 for the VIP ticket, and merchandise is available for purchase through the website, including Beam Queen Bootcamp leotards. Visit www.beamqueenbootcamp.com for dates and locations.

Camp Woodward

Woodward has been running summer gymnastics camps for over fifty years, and has recently partnered with two-time Olympic gymnast, Aly Raisman, to design their current camp curriculum. While the main focus is on developing gymnastics skills, other activities include swimming, horseback riding, Go Karts, a climbing wall, yoga, and a ropes course. With a facility that provides over 65,000 feet of gym space, Woodward features state of the art equipment and coaches who come some of the top private gyms around the country along with former Olympians and NCAA gymnasts. Available to both boys and girls ages 7 to 17, regardless of level, campers stay in cabins and are grouped with kids of their own age and gender. Camp sessions run for one week, beginning on a Sunday with pick-up the following Saturday, and the cost is $1399 per camper with group and team packages also available. Woodward has two locations, one in Woodward, PA, and one in Tehachapi, CA, both offering the same camp experience. Woodward also runs several other sports camps at the same location, including Skate, Cheer, BMX, and Parkour, giving gymnasts the opportunity to meet and socialize with kids in other sports. For more information visit www.woodwardpa.com.

International Gymnastics Camp

Founded in 1971, IGC has been hosting its gymnastics camp in the Pocono Mountains of Pennsylvania for generations and is the longest running ACA accredited gymnastics summer camp. Available to both boys and girls between the ages of 7 and 17, ICG offers programs for kids who have never done gymnastics up to elite level gymnasts. Coaches include former Olympians, and world and national team members. The camp offers three different tracks: the traditional schedule where each gymnast receives six coached rotations a day plus additional optional gym time in the evening; the recreational track, which provides gymnastics training in the morning followed by an afternoon of different recreational activities; or a day program geared toward campers ages 7 and 8. Campers stay in cabins based on age and gender, and in between training sessions kids can enjoy kayaking, gaga ball, water slides, arts and crafts, and a ropes course. Camp runs for one week from Sunday through Saturday, and the cost is $1495. While your child will get plenty of gymnastics training, they won’t be on their phones all week. IGC is a device-free campus, free of cell phones, iPads/tablets, laptops/computers, gaming devices, smartwatches and personal music playing devices. Instead, IGC staff post pictures daily for parents to check out, and campers have access to email and traditional mail. Check out www.internationalgymnastics.com to find out more.

Flip Fest

Located on Lake Francis in Crossville, TN, Flip Fest was founded in 2005 by former Olympic gymnasts John Macready and John, Roethlisberger. With special guest coaches including former Olympians and NCAA coaches, along with fully-equipped air conditioned facility, Flip Fest offers plenty of time working on skills and drills, but there is also a lot of emphasis on recreational lakeside fun. Activities include jet skis, campfires, scavenger hunts, swimming in the lake, arts and crafts, and laser tag. The camp is available to boys and girls ages 7 to 17 with ability levels ranging from recreational to elite. Campers sleep in air-conditioned cabins based on age and gender. The cost is $1099 for a week of camp beginning on a Sunday morning and ending with a Saturday pick-up. Flip Fest fills up fast, and, while registration is available for boys, there is currently a waitlist for girls for the summer of 2022. Flip Fest also offers a Ninja camp and a Cheer camp. For more information visit www.flipfest.com.

College Camps

Many of the top NCAA programs offer gymnastics camps during the summer where your gymnast can train in the same facilities as their NCAA idols. Some college camps are high-performance camps geared towards level 8 and above, and some are by invitation only.

Auburn University

Auburn University offers three different choices for their three-day summer camps: their Premier Camp, designed for levels 7 through Elite, Tiger Camp for levels 5 through 10, and Aubie Day Camps geared to girls ages 5 to 11 with level 4 skills or above. Visit www.auburngymnasticscamps.com to find out more.

University of California Los Angeles

UCLA has two-day summer camps for gymnasts ages 7 to 18, coached by current and former UCLA gymnasts. The day-camp program is recommended for levels 5 and up, while the high-performance camp is geared toward gymnasts level 8 and up. Visit www.uclabruins.com for more information.

University of North Carolina Tar Heel Camp

UNC has a couple of three-day camp options coached by North Carolina coaches and gymnasts: a high-performance camp that is recommended for gymnasts at least nine years of age, and levels 8 and up, and a camp for gymnasts of all levels between the ages of 9 and 18. For more info visit www.tarheelgymnasticscamps.com.

Oklahoma University

Oklahoma offers three sessions of their two-day camps throughout the summer for gymnasts ages 8 to 18. Coached by the OU Gymnastics team staff, this camp provides six hours of training for gymnasts of all abilities and levels. Check out www.championsgymcamp.com.

University of Utah

University of Utah’s Peak Performance Camp takes place over three days and is available to female campers ages 7 to 18 and is recommended for gymnasts who have competed level 4 or above. The camp is coached by current Utah gymnasts and the Utah coaching staff. To find out more, visit www.universityofutahgymnastics.com.

To find even more gymnastics camps near you, visit Gymnastics Camps USA at www.gymnasticscampsusa.com.

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Does anyone know if camps like these are open for international campers? I checked their websites and couldn't find any obvious answers. I have an opportunity for international travel next year, and a camp would be perfect opportunity for my little one to have fun while I work

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My son is going to Flip Fest for the 2nd time and absolutely loves it! He acquired multiple new skills and loved all of the non-gym related activities as well. In a couple of years we will consider going to college camps, but for now he is only 10. I just want him to have fun!

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My daughter went to the lower level camp last year at Auburn and absolutely loved it. She is scheduled to go again this year.

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Does anyone know if camps like these are open for international campers? I checked their websites and couldn't find any obvious answers. I have an opportunity for international travel next year, and a camp would be perfect opportunity for my little one to have fun while I work

Woodward has had international gymnasts. I can't see why others wouldn't allow it.

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I love Flipfest. I am taking my girls week 7 and my son is taking his boys week 3. We work at different gyms and it is the first time that we have gone different weeks. I love that there are so many activities besides gymnastics. This will be my 13th year taking gymnasts.

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These all sound so brilliant. We don’t really have the equivalent in the uk, just day camps like
Childcare really.

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My DD is attending Flipfest for the first time this year and she is looking forward to it!

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I’m attending Dunkley’s this summer and I can’t wait! I’m thinking about college camps or Woodward next summer.

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For our adult gymnasts. Chellsie just posted details of her CoEd Adult gymnastics weekend. I would love to see this being a great success.

Update: Chellsie’s camp sold out in less than 24 hours with gymnasts from 20 states. She is trying to schedule another weekend from August. I don’t actually do gymnastics but I love the idea of adults continuing to do something they love And pushing past the stereotype of gymnastics being for kids.

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Does anyone have info for Gators camp? Like how did their kid like it, what did they do, how was the coaching?

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Does anyone have info for Gators camp? Like how did their kid like it, what did they do, how was the coaching?

We have been several times. My daughter loved it, but she/we are huge gator fans lol. Very large groups, so don't attend thinking you are going to come away with some new skill/secret sauce/Individual attention. They break up the girls in about 7-8 smaller groups of about 20 gymnasts, each of those groups are led by a gator gymnast. Then they rotate to different stations with Gator coaches and guest coaches (sometimes the guest coaches are alumni gymnasts that are coaching now) but most of the guest coaches are from JO programs in the central/n. fl region. Besides the traditional event stations, they have a nutrition station, and I think they even did a social media safety/self-care/mental health station (I could be wrong on that). They also do a picture session where each gymnast can get a group pic with the team. The last half-day at the end they have open gym for an hour or two where parents etc can come in and watch, they do a dance that they learned over the two days, awards are given and then they are dismissed. Of course tons of pictures after they are dismissed.

Overall fun to see where they train and be close to the team. Camp fills up quick!!!! so literally be ready to sign-up online as soon as it opens to get a slot.

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We have been several times. My daughter loved it, but she/we are huge gator fans lol. Very large groups, so don't attend thinking you are going to come away with some new skill/secret sauce/Individual attention. They break up the girls in about 7-8 smaller groups of about 20 gymnasts, each of those groups are led by a gator gymnast. Then they rotate to different stations with Gator coaches and guest coaches (sometimes the guest coaches are alumni gymnasts that are coaching now) but most of the guest coaches are from JO programs in the central/n. fl region. Besides the traditional event stations, they have a nutrition station, and I think they even did a social media safety/self-care/mental health station (I could be wrong on that). They also do a picture session where each gymnast can get a group pic with the team. The last half-day at the end they have open gym for an hour or two where parents etc can come in and watch, they do a dance that they learned over the two days, awards are given and then they are dismissed. Of course tons of pictures after they are dismissed.

Overall fun to see where they train and be close to the team. Camp fills up quick!!!! so literally be ready to sign-up online as soon as it opens to get a slot.

I managed to sign up by 12.01 and by 12.02 everyone got waitlisted!

I literally picked this one out of distance convenience although we are gators fans. What level was your daughter when she went? They’re split up by levels right?

Did the gators coaches also hands on coach? Was there a good number of coaches for the group of 20 girls (like..more than 1 lol)?

Do they announce at some point which JO coaches will be there or which gators gymnasts will be there? The info given is super minimal.

Can they work upskills? There’s a weird disparity between her skills on bars vs on beam for example, she’s got the level 8 bar routine and starting to work 9 skills, but I think she’s going to compete 7.

Sorry for all the questions!

In 3 days I don’t think she’ll learn anything new lol, I’m just hoping to give her a little bit more of a fun atmosphere and a bit less of a grind to get specific skills. She loves being at the gym, but there’s a lot of pressure on her to do specific things which results in some snide comments from some girls about favoritism (middle school girls ugh)- she just needs a fun place where no one knows her.

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I managed to sign up by 12.01 and by 12.02 everyone got waitlisted!

I literally picked this one out of distance convenience although we are gators fans. What level was your daughter when she went? They’re split up by levels right?

Did the gators coaches also hands on coach? Was there a good number of coaches for the group of 20 girls (like..more than 1 lol)?

Do they announce at some point which JO coaches will be there or which gators gymnasts will be there? The info given is super minimal.

Can they work upskills? There’s a weird disparity between her skills on bars vs on beam for example, she’s got the level 8 bar routine and starting to work 9 skills, but I think she’s going to compete 7.

Sorry for all the questions!

In 3 days I don’t think she’ll learn anything new lol, I’m just hoping to give her a little bit more of a fun atmosphere and a bit less of a grind to get specific skills. She loves being at the gym, but there’s a lot of pressure on her to do specific things which results in some snide comments from some girls about favoritism (middle school girls ugh)- she just needs a fun place where no one knows her.

No problem happy to help. If I recall, my daughter went from level 4 to about level 8/9? They don't split by levels, the last time she went she was in an elite group (or what felt like one) with I think it was Ellie Lazzari and Gabby Gallentine by chance. Needless to say, she was pretty intimidated.

But yes the coaches were pretty hands-on. And there are several at each station. The gymnast is only the "leader" of that group and helps come up with their dance and team name and team cheer. I know my daughter worked a lot with Adrian Burde such that he always speaks to her (casual hello, no recruiting violations lol) when he sees her at the gym/competitions.

I have never seen them announce who will be there in advance. But there are plenty of coaches to make sure everyone is safe.

As far as upskills, it really is up to the gymnast to speak up and ask the coach to work on helping them try to do a particular skill. Otherwise, they will just let go through the drills at each station. I also know that they will not let them do an upskill if they don't think it is safe or appropriate. I know my daughter got one camp because she wanted to try some new skill and they wouldn't let her.

Overall, a fun action-packed camp. No pressure, just really enjoy being around a lot of other girls that love the sport and just love being in the gym.

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