Summer lacrosse camps for youth and high school athletes are not new. In my youth and high school playing days spanning the mid 80’s – early 90’s growing up in northeast NJ, my friends and I had Rutgers summer camp. Not only did we get great college level instruction, we stayed in dorms together, participated alongside rival lacrosse townships (making spring games even more fun with familiar face lined up against us), and participated with kids from Upstate and Long Island NY. It was amazing!
These days, there are a lot more summer lacrosse camps! I have started to lose count. Not all camps are created equal, so be certain to do your research, ask questions, and try to speak with parents of children who have done a given camp before enrolling your child.
Our Space Coast Elite Lacrosse Club is very proud to have pulled off our 4th annual Pro Camp run by professional lacrosse players, Division I college assistants, and lacrosse specific strength and agility training experts. Our newest addition to our camp this year, Florida Launch midfielder Duncan Clancy noted how unique our camp is with the depth of talent and diversity and shear numbers of kids (51 boys, 24 girls with divisions from 3rd to 12th grade). With our area, Viera Florida, being a very fun place to visit (Kennedy Space Center is just a 15 minute drive north, Cocoa Beach is right over a causeway, and Disney theme parks only an hour drive west in Orlando), I would encourage out of state families to visit, have their kids participate in a top rate camp, and make a family vacation out of it.
Our course, we are not the only camp around, but I would caution that there are many that promise a lot but deliver little, more interested in taking your money than anything else. Unfortunately, this includes some of the college sponsored lacrosse camps.
However, summer is unique opportunity for your lacrosse player to experience great coaches, different training techniques and philosophies, and network with kids from many different areas in summer camps. They not only become better players, but realize that they have so much in common with kids that love lacrosse no matter where they come from.
Dr. Roger Welton is a practicing veterinarian and well regarded media personality through a number of topics and platforms. In addition to being passionate about integrative veterinary medicine for which he is a nationally renowned expert, Dr. Welton was also an accomplished college lacrosse player and remains to this day very involved in the sport. He is president of Maybeck Animal Hospital , runs the successful veterinary/animal health blogs Web-DVM and Dr. Roger’s Holistic Veterinary Care, and fulfills his passion for lacrosse through his lacrosse and sport blog, The Creator’s Game.