It's never too early to start planning your summer cheer camp. I repeat: it's never too early, even if it's still winter. Cheerleading camp is a huge element of a cheerleading program, so it's crucial that you take the time to plan and find the perfect solution for your squad. Here are our tips for planning the best cheer camp ever:

  • Be the early bird. Don't wait until everyone else is also planning and booking camps. That's how you can miss out on the best deals and locations! Start planning your camp as early as possible.


  • Research, research, research. Don't choose the first camp you find. Spend a lot of time researching, from how long you should hold the camp to where you should go to what activities you should do.


  • Get advice from others. If you know another cheer coach, swap camp ideas. You may learn a new activity you never thought or heard of. You can learn a lot from your peers.


  • Don't be a afraid to haggle. When you find a great camp location but the price is steep, talk with the owner or manager about your concerns. You may be able to get a discount. Sometimes, a place may offer a discount if you promise to use their camp location for the next few cheer camps.


  • Think outside of the box. Can't find a camp location that you like? Get creative and think of places you love, even if they aren't necessarily a camp. Talk to your city government about using a local park for a day camp. Or, visit campgrounds and host a rugged cheer camp, s'mores included.


  • Save time for fun. Camp shouldn't be all work and no play. Make sure your camp has time for fun team building games!


Finally, before booking a camp, ask yourself these three key questions:

  1. How many days should my camp be? Remember to consider the ages of your cheerleaders, the size of your squad, the camp's distance from home, and your budget.


  2. What do I want to focus on? Plan out a day-to-day itinerary to make sure you can fit in all your lesson plans and fun activities.


  3. Will I need special equipment? If you plan on teaching tumbling, you'll need mats and appropriate flooring. Don't book a camp that doesn't have the space or proper facilities.

What are your tips for planning an awesome summer camp?