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Cheer Camp Survival

Posted by Stumps Spirit on June 28, 2010

Are you getting ready for cheer camp – and all the practices, squad bonding and even nerves that go with it? Don’t let those nerves get in the way! We’re here to help you prepare for a week of training and fun you’ll never forget!

  • Prepare your body physically for camp practices and training. Do some running, aerobics and stretching. Keep working on your tumbling and stunts. This will build up your stamina, flexibility and strength so you are ready for your workouts. It will also give you the energy you need to make it through the week!

  • Learn how to use your voice. With all the cheering you’ll be doing, you don’t want to strain your vocal chords! Yell from your diaphragm, not your throat, to increase volume and projection. Also, practice emphasizing “key” words in each cheer to keep from becoming monotone.

  • If the squad is a new one, get to know them a little before camp by having a sleep-over or going out to dinner. This will start the bonding process and help relax you during camp time!

  • Be prepared to listen, take notes and pay attention. If you have questions, ask them. You’ll only get out of camp what you’re willing to put into it. If your camp offers contests or competitions, try to enter as many as you can. This will help you learn to perform in front of other people and compete as a team. Don’t take criticism personally, if you have an attitude, leave it at home. Be open to suggestions and new ideas.

  • Take a look at our camp checklist, below. Feel free to print it out. You don’t want to leave anything behind, especially your camera!

  • Cheer Camp Checklist

      □ Alarm clock
      □ Bed linens and towels (if necessary)
      □ Disposable camera
      □ First Aid kit, including bug spray and pain reliever
      □ No valuables!
      □ Notebook and pen
      □ Practice clothes and sneakers
      □ Signed medical release and consent forms
      □ Spending money
      □ Tunes! (e.g., MP3 player)
      □ Sunscreen
      □ Toiletries
      □ Uniform and poms (if necessary)
      □ Water bottle

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