Enjoy this glimpse into a typical day at the boys camp.
8:30–9 am: Check In
Each morning as campers arrive, our awesome coaches are on hand to welcome boys to camp. They have plenty of ice breakers and stick tricks to engage boys as they arrive. Boys are then broken into clans by age group so they can be with friends they may have signed up with. Each of the clan’s is assigned a clan leader (counselor) who will follow them to each activity throughout the week and get to know them very well.
9–9:10 am: Warm Up
Once everyone’s arrived and met with their clan leader, all the clans warm up together. Warming up with the entire tribe allows boys to feel like they’re part of a real team for the whole week they’re at camp.
9:10–9:20 am: Intro to Lacrosse Skills
Each day the camp focuses on a specific new skill, for example: cradling. The clans learn the basics of lacrosse each morning, then they test those skills at various stations.
9:20–10:15 am: Stations
Having multiple stations (shooting on goal, war paint, dodging, sharks and minnows) allows boys to get to know all of the awesome coaches while having tons of fun. Obstacle courses, relay races, and story time are common activities during our morning stations.
10:15–10:30 am: Snack Time/Water Break
All campers need a break once in a while. A morning snack lets boys refuel and hang out before they get back to having fun.
10:30–10:45 am: Team Challenge
Mid-morning the clans gather for a tribe-wide clan challenge, for example: cradling relay races. These challenges ask clans to compete against each other in a series of lacrosse challenges.
10:45–11:15 am: Banners
Each morning campers take a break from lacrosse to work on crafts that follow our Native American heritage theme. Boys make banners to represent their clans or paint their faces like original Native American lacrosse players.
11:15–11:25 am: Skills Instruction
Before lunch, boys focus on learning one more skill for the day. Skills like groundballs and cradling can be used in every game situation.
11:25–11:45 am: Lax Games
Lacrosse games like nuts and squirrels, sleeping giants, and steal the bacon are a way for boys to practice the skills they’ve learned in a fun, low-pressure setting with their clans.
11:45–12:10 pm: Lunch
Lunchtime at Sum It Up is where friendships are formed. Boys are free to spend the lunch break chatting with friends or learning from their stellar role models. Our coaches always eat with campers so they have a chance to get to know them off of the field.
12:10–12:30 pm: Playground
When a playground is in sight, campers can’t resist playing on it. Recognizing this, we make time each week to take the campers over to the nearest playground for some laid-back fun.
12:30–12:50 pm: Sprinkler Play
Afternoons at Sum It Up can get hot, especially if we’re on turf. Sprinkler time before the afternoon lacrosse sessions let boys cool off before their big afternoon.
12:50–1:20 pm: Stations
A second series of stations are used to reinforce the second series of skills learned that day. Each coach chooses the game played at his station. This gives our coaches the freedom to bring activities to camp that they may have learned in their own high school or college programs. They often play games such as nail in the foot, covered GBs, or cradle relays.
1:20–1:30 pm: Water Break
A quick break to hydrate before lax baseball begins.
1:30 – 2:00: Lax Baseball
Lax baseball brings together the whole boys camp. By combining two classic American sports, boys that are new to either sport get the chance to come together and have fun.
2:00–2:35 pm: Play Break
Sprinkler play and playground time.
2:35–2:45 pm: Goodbyes and PODs
The end of each day at Sum It Up is super busy. Campers gather to cool off running through sprinklers, hang from monkey bars, and receive their Player of the Day (POD) awards. The POD stickers are given to a different camper each day from a coach who thought he did something special to earn that distinction.