The View from the Dorm Room
Imagine being with a group of kids, in your own age range, all with the same common interest of playing ball. Now add coaches who care about you, want to help you improve your mental and physical game, and are part of an organization run by an owner who makes sure things are structured so that parents know what is going on, every moment of the day, even though they are not physically present. That's a recipe for success. That's Point Guard College.
We looked around at quite a few camps before deciding to go with PGC Basketball. This is the one that had far and away the best reviews, and it had been running for quite some time.
Once the decision was made, signing up for it was easy. We did it online, and then the information on what to expect was sent to us very quickly. A list of what to bring to camp was e-mailed, and a schedule was sent to parents. There were FAQs answered, and e-mails answered immediately if questions arose.
The packing list:
- Basketball with your name written on it
- Gym Shoes
- Change of Clothes for Each Day
- Soap, Shampoo, Deodorant, Toothbrush/Toothpaste, any other Toiletries
- Sheets, Pillow, Blanket for the Bed
- Fan (the room had air, so we didn't need one)
- Snacks for the room
- Reusable Water Bottle
- An alarm clock or phone/charger (to wake yourself up for breakfast)
Now that we have experienced the camp, I would also suggest the following:
- Slides (to let your feet breathe when you're not in the gym)
- A backpack or drawstring bag to carry items back and forth from the room to the gym (it was immediately clear that this was going to be a necessity. We were on a college campus for this particular camp, so we purchased one from their bookstore).
- Extra Pens (because pens can run out of ink, malfunction, or get lost)
- A laundry bag so they have a place to put their dirty clothes
- Be sure to get your child's camp counselor's information in case you need to get ahold of an adult directly while your child is in attendance
The campus we were on was so pretty.
PGC Basketball camps run all over the United States,
so it is very likely there is one located close to you.
What to Expect:
There are several kinds of camp to choose from...day camps, overnight camps, Point Guard Camp, Playmaker Camp, Shooting Camp, etc.
Kids have classes, gym time, and meals. They do not spend a lot of time in the room where they will be sleeping. For us, that was a dorm room that slept 8 kids (four on each side) and a bathroom with several stalls and showers.
Class Time: Students are expected to have a notebook and something to write with, for every class. Students learn the importance of a positive mindset, how to be a positive influence on their team, etc. They also hear success stories of others who have been a part of the PGC Basketball in the past. Students are not allowed to leave the classroom. Safety is paramount to the directors and this is enforced.
Gym Time: Students get play time with a coach, and with each other. They perform drills, learn from one another, and get fair evaluations along the way. Each child is made to feel special while on the court. Again, safety comes first and students are not permitted to leave the gym.
Meals: Students and counselors eat together in a restaurant. There is a buffet of sorts set out and they select what they want to eat from it. Drinks are bottomless and varied (something my said he appreciated).
Room Time: Students retire to their room for the night. There are adults close by, but not in the rooms.
Note: there are day camp options available if you don't want to leave your child overnight. My son was enrolled in the four-night, five-day overnight camp.
Students come from all over the world (my son had someone from Germany in his room) and all over the United States to participate in these camps.
When we were taking our elevator to the dorm room on check-in day, all of the parents on board were assuring us (first-time attendees) of how great it would be. Everyone had been before, most of them mulitple times, and the woman with the wagon full of things (cases of water, snacks, bedding, etc.) said it was her sons SIXTH time enrolling and that her older son had been dropped off at a different PGC Basketball camp in another city the day before. All good signs that my son was going to have a quality camp experience.
Parents had already been e-mailed a schedule of what their children would be doing every moment of the day, each day they were there. Things were moving along just as planned.
We had ample time to get my son situated in the room before his first class began. We set up the bed, and the desk underneath him, got his charger plugged in, so he could keep his phone charged when he got back to the room and hung the laundry bag we packed for his dirty clothes.
Then we headed down to the common area. Kids were shuttled off to a classroom (no one could get in but camp counselors and the kids). A sign-in sheet was checked to make sure everyone was where they were supposed to be.
Parents were gathered for a 'meeting' which I think was brilliant because it got us all away from our kids to stop fussing. "Do you have this?" "Do you need this" "Don't forget to text."
And because the 'meeting' was so short, I was certain it was really just to get us out so they could focus on the kids. ;)
The pink shoes.
He owns a dozen pairs of shoes but these are the only ones he wears on the court.
As I headed out to my car, I was flooded for a minute with emotions. On the one hand, I was super proud that my son was going to have some freedom and independence (his first time away from family since he was born). On the other hand, I was a little concerned that I would be so far away (a few hours away, to be exact). I'd considered getting a hotel room for a week close by, but I wanted this experience for him to be authentic, so I headed home.
Turns out, PGC Basketball knows what they are doing. They make sure kids are grouped by their ages, and in numbers small enough that everyone feels like their instruction is very personalized.
In the room, kids all have something in common before they ever arrive (a love of basketball). The ONE thing I would have done different in hindsight, is have a friend of his enroll too. There were two groups of kids in his room...one was brothers and a friend they knew and the other was a group of boys who already knew each other and had enrolled together (including the child from Germany).
Though camp was a great experience for my teen, I believe it would have been that much better if he'd have had someone along that he already knew. That's my own personal tip, if you're considering sending your child (and I highly recommend that you do!). Some kids blend in seamlessly no matter who they're with, others are quiet observers (and that has always been my son, even when he was little).
The classes were broken into chunks of time that allowed them to be useful, and something to look forward to (rather than being a chore, like classes can sometimes be viewed by teens). My son brought home his notebook and it is full of tips he can keep to refer back to at a later date. All valuable information, much of which can continue to help him in the future.
And most important to him (because let's face it, the gym is where it's at) he has some new skills to use (mental and physical) on the court.
Other points of interest:
- There is one game mid-week when parents can attend a game the kids are playing
- There is a closing ceremony on the last day, parents attend and the atmosphere is electric.
- When camp is over, a survey is sent to get genuine feedback from parents
- Kids will be sore when camp is over (they're using muscle groups they didn't even know they had, lol!). If you're a parent like me, you'll snicker internally (or loudly and out loud). ;)
- Kids will come home happy.
My kiddo is always looking to improve his game, and PGC Basketball camp was a great way to help him do so. If you're looking for a basketball camp for your children, this one is easy to recommend.
What a great idea for a kid who does love basketball.ReplyDelete
Yes, it's so nice to be around others who are loving the same thing you do!Delete
It does sound like a great camp! Jason would fully appreciate the bottomless drinks too. Must be a boy thing LOL. And I totally sympathize with you wanting to book a hotel to be close by. It's hard for mamas to let go, even when we've done it with the older ones time and again.ReplyDelete
Kids went willingly into class, and parent lingered to the very last second, so reluctant to leave. The conversations I heard on the way to the parking lot made me laugh, and feel very normal. ;) I knew too, that he would be fine. He was in good hands with PGC. And yes, hurrah for bottomless beverages. :)Delete
Basketball camp sounds fun! This is perfect for the kids to get to know the sport better. I wish we had programs like those here in our country.ReplyDelete
I think they are worth their weight in gold. :)Delete
That sounds great! I have nephews who loves basketball. I will suggest this to them. Thanks for this!ReplyDelete
Plural? Even better because it's more fun if someone you know is there with you!Delete
This sounds like the perfect camp for someone who loves basketball! It must be good if kids are coming from all over the world. We haven't done any sleepaway camps for my kids yet, but I have a feeling our first will be with Boy Scouts since they are so into Cub Scouts right now.ReplyDelete
I was a Brownie and a Girl Scout. :) I don't remember going to camp, but it was still fun just the same.Delete
I love camping a lot. We usually go to three or four camping trips yearly, it is so much fun...ReplyDelete
Some of my fondest memories from childhood.Delete
These sound perfect for any basketball love. I love the idea of them being able to immerse themselves in the game and learning more about it and how to improve their skills.ReplyDelete
Yes, this is such an ideal situation for the basketball kids. I don't know about other camps but this one (PGC) is awesome.Delete
My great granddaughter went to basketball camp this year. She loved it.ReplyDelete
Have a fabulous day and week, my friend. ♥
That's wonderful. I'm glad she had a great time. :)Delete
Camp is so important for kids especially after most camps were canceled the last few years! This sports camp sounds amazing for athletes!ReplyDelete
Yes, there were so many people there, and I didn't think of Covid once. How nice is it to say that?!Delete
Definitely a great way to keep kids entertained over the summer months! I wonder if there are some near my city.ReplyDelete
If you are in the US, they are all over the country!Delete
I had a nephew who went to basketball camp at 12. It was very beneficial to him!ReplyDelete
There are so many wonderful principles they are learning, not to mention upping their game strategies!Delete
How fun does this look! Thanks for the packing list and suggestion to bring slides.ReplyDelete
Yes, don't forget the slides!Delete
Wow! That sounds absolutely amazing! Basketball is my son’s favorite sport!ReplyDelete
Same. My son breathes basketball right now.Delete
My son would definitely love this for sure! Basketball camp sounds so exciting!ReplyDelete
It is exciting. A great and safe way to get a little independence, and still have a great time with a set of quality objectives. I couldn't support it more.Delete
I love the view! My kids love basketball and Im definitely sending them to basketball camp like this. I also love the idea that my kids will experience to be independent from home and explore some new environement.ReplyDelete
Yay! Perfect timing then! I hope you'll check out PGC. They've been around awhile, and have a good handle on how to run things. I was very pleased.Delete
It's awesome to send kids to camps like these. They learn and enjoy playing the game.ReplyDelete
Agreed. I can't think of a better camp for my kiddo! Basketball is life to him at the moment. :)Delete
Camp, in general, is such a fun option to have for your kids if its within budget!ReplyDelete
Yes, camp is a great memory maker for the kids. I still remember my camp days and believe me when I say it's been more than a 'few' years ago. :)Delete
I am always looking for summer activities for my kids. I prefer sports summer camps as they can learn something new or improve their skills. This one is now on my list!ReplyDelete
Yay! I'm glad you've got it on your list. It's worth it and then some.Delete
The facilities look awesome. That's important in order for the kids to enjoy their stay in the camp. On the other hand, it's important for us parents to get our money's worth.ReplyDelete
Agreed, on all three counts. :)Delete
This is a great way for your child to learn new skills and improve their game. I remember going to soccer camp one year, it was a blast.ReplyDelete
These are def. great opportunities for the kiddos.Delete
I just enrolled my son too for basketball camp and he is so excited. Thank you for sharing your packing list. This is helpful. Thank you for sharing these tips as well. How we wish we live nearby so we can join PGC next time.ReplyDelete
I highly recommend PGC. They were amazing. I hope your son has an amazing time at his bball camp!Delete
I used to go to horseback riding camp in the summers with the girl scouts. I didn't always love it, but I definitely was happy to do something fun!ReplyDelete
I have never been on a horse. It's one area where I am a great big chicken. :)Delete
Nnniiiicceeee...is it allowed to attend as many of these camps as possible?ReplyDelete
Yes! They have a discount if you purchase more than one camp.Delete
We love sports and sports camps. This sounds like an awesome program!ReplyDelete
Yes, ma'am. It was the best. A pleasant experience all the way around.Delete
Camping is great for children not only to learn skills but it helps improve social skills. Basket ball camp must be a lot of fun and it looks like they are super focusedReplyDelete
They did have a very well-organized agenda and they stuck to it!Delete
That sounds like a great concept, and handy to know what to packReplyDelete
Yes, better to be prepared before you get there than to miss what you forgot when mom and dad are back home!Delete
I think it's great to send kids to camps. We sent our son to a soccer camp before. -LYNNDEEReplyDelete
Yes, I think so too. This is a really solid program that is easy to get behind.Delete
I've been considering sending my son. Good to know!ReplyDelete
I think a great camp is such a good investment in our kids.Delete
A basketball camp or some other sort is a great idea to send your kids in to enjoy, learn and meet new people.ReplyDelete
Yes, I was thinking a lot of the kids probably left with new friends who would last for life.Delete
Basketball camp sounds like a great idea. Best way to send your kids to have fun.ReplyDelete
There are so many good things about it!! I really like PGC. They're very organized.Delete
These kind of camps sounds great for those wanting to up their skills in their sport, improve and make friends at the same timeReplyDelete
Oh my gosh, they are a great opportunity for kids to learn new skills and socialize with other like-minded people. You are right about that!Delete